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12 years agoGrovesy
Long time no update,
So Friday left Microsoft (for the time being probably be back there in the not too distant future), and made a break back to contracting which I think is much more me (really not a very good full time employee)
Had an offer today for a 4 month contract writing a search engine for a retail system that figures out what products to display as 'relevant', basic idea being that if you click on 'Buy Bread', things like Butter, spreads and milk will appear.
Decided to take it as the other opportunity was for an investment bank doing some clever trading system that offers advice to their traders (basically BUY!, SELL!!!!!!). But it's just taking forever, had an interview a week back and they accepted me for the second interview, but it's taken them a week to arrange it for tomorrow and now they've moved it to next week (with the caveat of 'maybe') sheeshhh.
12 years agoGrovesy
So Last year was a kind of good year. Moved house, got a new job, got fatter, shipped a product (MSN Movies), drank too much. So this year...
1. Must get fit again, buying a new moutain bike (Cheryl is getting one too), and join a gym
2. Actually make a start on thedailywtf book, both me and Alex have been pretty crap
3. Finish of the Tutorial D parser, so that it works has a prototype.
4. Work less (the last three months have been 50+ hours, and for four weeks I was pulling in 80-90 hour weeks)
5. Cause less accidents,
6. End of this year, find a new internal job over in Redmond.
12 years agoGrovesy
So, today I can barely type as my wrist has been pretty much sprained, and my forearm to my bicep and triceps have been wrenched out of place.
How, may one ask?
It all stared with a BBQ with the local scuba dive school, Ads roughly my size stared play fighting with me and well, he lost due to Vulcan death grips and my threat to throw him in the Thames , so, after several pints of Guinness we end up arm wrestling and he looses three times fairly closely. All well, I am the man.
So here comes the fatal conversation.
Ads: So how do you do it?
Me: a little trick, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s to do with twisting the wrist in on itself, say you have Cliff sized biceps, but littleÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ (Never finished my sentence, I was going to say. If you have big hooding biceps but small writs, you can bend their wrist in on itself and win by defacto because they have no way to transfer power from their upper arm to their lower arm.
Ads : Hey Cliff; Paul wants to take you on :
The Entire Pub: Awe, shock, Silence.
Cliff: [extends his index finger]; Ok, wrestle my index finger:
Me: [argh, his wrists are as thick as my bicep]; erm ok
Ok, yeh I lost To his index finger.. Within ten seconds he bent my wrist into itself and then just slammed my hand into the table, three times in a row, in every direction, I even reversed arm wrestled and I lost within thirty seconds, because he just simply bent my arm in a direction it should not go.
So, It turns out than Cliff Ã¢â‚¬ËœDuke NukeumÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Newcomb, was the UK Army champion for arm wresting, and came third in Europe, and once came twenty third in the world, while drunk.
A little scrawny 18 year old was with us, and said; Ã¢â‚¬ËœHey Cliff I will take youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢
While I received silence, he received ermm, Laugher.
Another Guy : Cliff just shamed cluster [me], who dives with twin 12l 300bar cylinders for the fun of it, are you sure you want to do this?.
Cliff: extends his little finger.
Less than a few seconds later, screams of pure agony as the poor kids wrist is folded in on-itselfÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ poor kid, he screamed like a girl before his hand hit the table.
Did that stop him?
He said Ã¢â‚¬ËœMy left is stronger, so I will beat you with the my other armÃ¢â‚¬â„¢
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never heard someoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s arm make an audible Ã¢â‚¬ËœcrunchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ before.
13 years agoGrovesy
Book : Going well, Slowly trawling through the 594 WTF's from thedailywtf.com for material...
once we've done that, we then have to trawl through seval hundred thousand posts for good comments.. I just hope I don;t pick up any bad habbits from the really bad code I'm reading.
We've booked up for a holiday in Egypt, I plan to get some diving in... Problem is all my dive kit is made for Winter conditions in the UK, time to go shopping (don't tell cheryl... ohh wait damn, she reads these)
work : Thursday started early in the morning, the power went out in the Soho area at 2pm, came back up at 6pm... I didn't get out for work untill 6am Friday morning, but we got the last few major bugs and features complete for the new site to go beta on Monday.... Very almost W3C compliant, but as usual the adverts screw us up.... We may have to drop down from XHTML Strict to XHTML Transitional for a short while untill we can put preassure on the adverterisers to sort their crap out....
Spent half my time Thursday / Friday changing elements named in upercase to lowercase to validate.... that sucked.
13 years agoGrovesy
Sorry, Haven't updated for a while, not much going.
Launching another new product next week to Beta next week...
Went diving a few weeks back, all went well.
Err. Having preliminary disucssions with Alex from www.thedailywtf.com about putting a couple of books together, they will be unique. I really should pick some English grammer skills sometime soon.
That's about it folks, quite busy at the moment with work (between xbox tournemants, coke tasting competitions.. the normal everyday stugg)
I'll have a better update in a week or so, (I have one almightly amount of journals to catch up on... yes Dingo, you are the prime offender
13 years agoGrovesy
The new site I'm working on, should be going live soon... Which is kinda cool! It was available to the public as a Beta for a short while, but there were data quality issues with the data provider, so we had to shut it off untill our partner sorted the problems out.
Still working away on my 'True Relational Model' language, the Lexical Analysis engine is mostly complete and I've mostly completed the code for parsing data definitions into in memory objects... It's all been quite plain sailing up till now, I've started to think about the how to code the manipulation language. I haven't even started to think about transaction management and type support yet, even when once I finish it, it will only be a proof of concept and not a full production system language... some way to go methinks!!
Off diving on Sunday (going to Swanage for the day!), and Thursday this week (back at the inland quarry Stoney Cove)
Just had my cylinders filled up with Nitrox for Sunday, two worrying things happened.. they have sat in a garage for the last few months, and when moving them I noticed that the manifold was a bit loose..
Me : And yeh, can you have a look at my manifold, it's a bit loose
Cliff : Are they full at the moment?
Me : about 200 bar in there. (that is, 200 x normal air preassure)
Ads : HOLY MOTHER OF ********
Cliff : <dive bombs behind his desk>
Ads : That won't ****ing help you, they will take the whole back wall out!
The second worry, is that the cylinders ended up with a mix of 42% O2, 61% N2.. Which means, I can't actually get to the bottom of the wreck, because if I did so I would end up with a ppO2 of about 1.8 and a ppN2 of 2.4 ... (that means, I am breathing in 180% 02 and 240% Nitrogten)
The Nitrogen content isn't so much of a problem at that depth, you don't really feel Nitrogen Narcosis until you hit a ppN2 of 3.2, or 320%... The problem is the ppO2, Navy divers dive to a pp02 of about 2.00,... but they die lots. Us techie divers are a bit more slef preserving and don't often dare to go above a ppO2 of 1.6..
For two reasons, 1.) Central Nervous Toxitidty 2.) Oxygen Tiredness which can actually make your lungs bleed...
So, solution set my Watch to sound off like a rape alarm if I break 28m ... which means I will have to skoot along a couple of meters above the wreck.. hey ho.
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