July 31, 2007

Harry Potter Frustrations

Filed under: Uncategorized — alsuren @ 11:52 pm

Am I the only one who wishes he could do this:

cat hp7.txt | sed -e %s/round/around/g \
| sed -e %s/[.][^.]*(that had nothing to do with)[^.]//g \
> hp7_slightly_less_annoying.txt

I'm halfway through, and I'm off to bed now. I will doubtless finish it


July 28, 2007

Physical labour

Filed under: Uncategorized — alsuren @ 11:56 pm

I thought I was supposed to be on holiday!!

Dad: Do you want to day's work on Tuesday? Terry [project manager] is on
holiday and I can't get the guys

Me: I'd really rather not, but if you can't get anyone else…

— Tuesday —
Dad: So I've quoted for 6 man-days. That means 3 of us for 2 days
Me: …

— Wednesday —
Dad: Don't worry. We're on schedule
Me: No we're not. We're never going to finish by tonight.
Dad: I know. I'm not coming back tomorrow, but you guys are.

— Thursday —
Me: Dad. Have you got a new annor T-shirt? I've been wearing this sweaty one
two days already.

– Later –
Dad: We've got a job in london tomorrow. It's only half a day, but Tom can't
do it on his own.
Me: Fuck off. I'm going dancing tonight. I'm not going to be up for working
tomorrow… And anyway: If it's only half a day, there's no point in all 3 of
us wasting time travelling.
Dad: Then I'll pay you for a whole day's work… Well make up your mind. I've
got to call the client now to tell him what time we'll be there.
Me: Well if you can get me a T-shirt, I will go (secretly knowing that there's
not a chance in hell that he will have an annor t-shirt washed.)
Dad(on phone to client): We'll be there between 9 and 10
Me: *rushes out to the bus stop, and buys a sandwich for dinner on the way to
– 20:15-11:30 –
Dancing was… It's a different experience to cambridge: A lot more
performance than social, and no Matt and Lotte :'( (we love our Matt and
Lotte *hugs*). Also, the teaching is more of a one-way process, mostly
general derision of the entire class. No questions there (even though we
loooooove questions) because the class is so much bigger.

[babble] Also, there was a lot of really shit lead-follow: Early on, I noticed
a lot of guys stopping their partners and forcing them to do a move in a
certain way. Then later (when all those "advanced" guys left) I had a dance
with with some (possibly drunk) girl who kept forcing moves upon me. I knew
it was going to be a bad dance from the way she clamped my arm under hers. I
ducked out pretty quickly, and she said something like "I've taken way too
many lessons to just do the basic stuff: It's too boring".
If anyone says that to me again, I think my response will be "If following is
boring, DON'T DO IT! and save the rest of us the pain of dancing with you,
you back-leading bitch!"
Note that I quite enjoy trying to follow (though I will complain quite loudly
about not being able to do it). The problem is that when I'm leading, I will
always start off simple to get a feel for how the girl moves (and if she
struggles with the basic steps, I'm happy to just dance basic for a song or
two). If she does something un-expected(like back-leading) then I can't get
an idea of what she can follow, and it all goes to shit. Of course, if I've
led something already with someone, and the second or third time results in
something un-expected, I enjoy the variation.[/babble]
— Friday —
– 00:30 am –
Me(silently, after missing the last W16 bus without realising, and letting all
other even remotely useful busses pass him, then desperately getting on the
next bus going along the road): This is why I don't use the busses.
*walks from <a
cross round about</a> to <a
which is… erm… about here (*makes a note to update that*)</a> * (google
maps seems to say 2.6 miles, but I doubt I took the shortest route)
– 01:30 –
– ~07:30 –
*gets woken up by neighbour mowing lawn, and parents aren't here*
Me (silently): Oh wow: My dad must have left without me.
*prods mouse to get computer to display the time*
*curses and curls up in bed*
– 08:30 –
Dad: You getting up?
– ~09:15 –
Me (staggering into shower): You got that T-shirt then? Didn't think so. [note
for future reference: should have used that excuse as soon as it presented
– 09:45 –
Me(through a breakfast of chocolate cake): Dad, can you phone Tomasz and tell
him we're going to be late?
Dad: Whose fault is it that we're late? You ring him.
Me: You know, I'm doing this as a favour for you. The more you piss me off,
the less likely I am to *ever* do this again
– 10:00 –
Tom(on the phone to me): Where are you?
– 13:00 –
*has the first non-[sandwich/cake] meal out of the last 5*
– 18:00 –
*leaves the site, after doing a really shit job of a frustrating install
between two equipment cabinates (why can't the English just use Hubbel
I-Frames like the rest of the civilised world)?

— Saturday —
*punts among the tourists, and gets sunburn and cam-water in his cable-tie cit
from yesterday*

July 24, 2007

Windows vista progress

Filed under: Uncategorized — alsuren @ 7:52 pm

July 23, 2007

Linux/Windows Vista drivel

Filed under: Uncategorized — alsuren @ 10:06 am

Okay, so if anyone wants to submit useful bug reports, I found the "ubuntu"
way of doing things:
This was originally because amarok was getting stuck in busy loops, and I
wanted to find out why.

I also installed qemu (and kqemu, which is now Free, contrary to all the
out-of-date articles I found on the net) so that I can run
vista/gutsy/freebsd without rebooting. It's actually surprisingly simple
(especially when you have 3GB of RAM), but freebsd's "tar" is a bit slow
under qemu. I expect this is something to do with disk access. There is also
a problem with the liveCD of Kubuntu gutsy, so it stops working before it
reaches the desktop. I will get the alternative CD shortly and try again.

I'm still looking for a *legal* version of windows vista that I can use for
free. I don't see why I should have to pay for an operating system that I'm
not even running on real hardware, and which will only be used for testing
Free software.

Ideally, I would like a 30 day trial that I can keep re-installing, and a
little powershell script that I can use to get the system how I need it each
time. For now, I guess I'll have to make do with my copy of Vista Ultimate
that "fell off the back of that truck" :P.

I also want to install MPX now ( ),
because I have 2 mice (one left handed, and one right handed(currently both
set up as left handed)) and two screens (one of which is a bit temperamental,
but didn't cost me anything(give me a multimeter and a power supply and I'll
soon fix that)). I will also have a HUGE room next year, so having two
[keyboard/mouse/screen]s could be useful at parties if someone wants amarok
and someone else wants to check emails (or if we have a film running on one
screen, etc.)

Much love.

July 21, 2007

The Craft

Filed under: Uncategorized — alsuren @ 11:32 pm

What more could you want from a film?

I wonder if Mel has seen it.

July 19, 2007

Computer Geekery

Filed under: Uncategorized — alsuren @ 12:03 am

So I *may* have upgraded my computer to 3GB of RAM.

This is so that I can run Vista.

…in VMware.

July 1, 2007

Cambs Memes

Filed under: Uncategorized — alsuren @ 2:42 pm

Friday night:
I walked into the bar to the sounds of MC Hammer. How to make a geek feel at home in one easy step?

Saturday morning:
Got a hug from Aaron. Awwwww! 😀

Mess-ups regarding dinner meant that we had dinner in an interesting,

No network until after lunch on sunday (right in the middle of the keynote speech)… Caused lots of interesting problems, and geeks with withdrawal symptoms. Also caused a cheer to go up.

I will do a proper review later, but for now, I'm just happy to be on the net.

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