21 Nov


Gastroscopy confirmed I have a hiatus hernia but I’ve known that from informed diagnosis for years, so effectively an all clear on the stomach. Hoorah! Wouldn’t recommend it for light relief but with sedation it’s over pretty damned quick and is not too awful. Still
means we have to find causes of pain attacks and stomach pains, but that tends to put the gall bladder/stones back in the firing line.

Then.. following that paragraph, at about 7pm, I had an attack of GI pain. Intense, nasty and barely controllable until I threw caution to the winds and bombarded it with Tramadol and Codeine. Shattered today but still very pleased it’s not anything life threatening.

17 Nov

Free AVG

If your copy of AVG has just offered you a paid upgrade to 7.5 and you just want to carry on using free AVG then this is the link: download and install:


If you don’t use this free anti-virus checker then I have used it successfully for years.

16 Nov


The Tarot Card meme rolls on, I think this is a very odd card for me..

You are The Tower

Ambition, fighting, war, courage. Destruction, danger, fall, ruin.

The Tower represents war, destruction, but also spiritual renewal. Plans are disrupted. Your views and ideas will change as a result.

The Tower is a card about war, a war between the structures of lies and the lightning flash of truth. The Tower stands for "false concepts and institutions that we take for real." You have been shaken up; blinded by a shocking revelation. It sometimes takes that to see a truth that one refuses to see. Or to bring down beliefs that are so well constructed. What’s most important to remember is that the tearing down of this structure, however painful, makes room for something new to be built.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

15 Nov

Projects We Once Wrote

In project meeting in Brussels discussing the launch of the Freightwise project. It’s good to have a new and exciting project to get my teeth into. They also have free WiFi in this office, so we can also check our email. It is odd tho’, in that it is 2.5 years since we wrote this and we are trying to get clear what it is we meant when we wrote it.

I went to see the surgeon yesterday about my stomach issues, and I shall have a gastroscopy next Tuesday. Do I get myself sedated for it or just have a throat spray? I am quite a wimp so I am tempted to go with sedation, anyone else had one?

13 Nov

Stomach Woes and Belgium

Stomach hurts. Found out I have dual referrals at the local hospital running in parallel, one for surgery and one for medicine! I shall leave both alone, and when I see the surgeons tomorrow I shall let them know. I do hope my problem is easy to solve and not something awful. I am in Brussels most of this week, at a new project launch. I have felt more alive today than most of the year. I am tired now but it was a great feeling.

10 Nov

Tribe 8 and Exalted

Played my first game of Exalted ever on Wednesday. Great, crunchy, lotsa dice, very epic, loved it. Created character for Tribe 8 with gspearing on Thursday night. Dark, apocalyptic, dystopian, and mystical. Really looking forward to it. Did some lecture writing today. It’s Matt’s 16th tomorrow, I hope he has a nice day paintballing.

06 Nov

Cheese and OS X

I like goat’s cheese, but I had no idea how bloody strong the stink is. We got some Saturday for a risotto tonight and it’s stunk up the fridge no end. Ah well. Ann is trying some new recipes and Sunday’s was great and I am looking forward to the risotto so the smell should be worth it.

I’ve such a lot of love for Unix, my first online ISP was Unix based and now, as you know, I run Linux on 2 of my computers, XP on one (for Matt to play Guild Wars on) and my laptop is a Mac running OS X.

I have recently been looking under the bonnet of OS X and seeing just how it is Unix that lies beneath all the sexy Apple GUI. I have installed the Developer package from Apple (basically to get the optimised Gnu compilers for OS X) and even compiled some applications. I then did the same on m Linux boxes since increasingly I want to run the same apps on all my computers.

03 Nov

Tribe 8

I am excited! My mate gspearing is going to start running Tribe 8 from next Thursday in the Queen’s Head pub in town. We need a few more players so feel free to come along, we’ll be in the upper room. I have wanted to play this beautiful magical, post apocalyptic, religous, violent, role play tastic game for years. I can’t wait!

01 Nov


The new spin off series from Dr. Who, Torchwood, started a few weeks ago.
I watched all three episodes last night, they’ve
all amassed in my Sky Plus box. I felt in epsiode 1 that the TW crew
looked very amateur, that I was watching CBBC. In epsiode 2 I became
convinced I was watching CBBC but with sex, which is a very odd and
unpleasant feeling. I started to wonder why they always run
everywhere, and are always eating. Episode 3, I started to think it had
a stride to hit that didn’t involve endless running, so I shall watch
epsiode 4. Matt not greatly attracted, didn’t even suggest Ann watched
it. Ann and I then watched Vincent, the PI drama on ITV 3 and you can
see how weak TW is as a piece of TV. Forget the writng and acting for a
minute and compare the camerawork, lighting and direction that goes
into a Prime Suspect or a similar top bill drama. TW looks like a group
of cameramen from CBBC who can point a camera at a scene that they’ve
flooded with light and get a fresh faced simple capture that suits
Tracy Beaker or Grange Hill. Dr Who is the same, it’s playschool
cinematography. Now it can be fine, but I think TW could have done with
better lit and shot scenes, better directon and then the actors could
have relaxed into a darker mood. The running is a symptom I think of a
director who thinks he’s doing CBBC or a hyperactive Home and Away.

  • Capt. Jack, he’s ok, not as nuanced as he thinks he is, but ok.
  • Gwen is a star, she plays an ordinary Welsh girl with brains thrown
    into a very odd but exciting world, whilst squaring it with her bloke.

  • Owen, could grow into something good, twists and flails a bit but some depth there.
  • The Asian girl, ho and then ho and then hum. But we’ve seen such
    characters in other dramas emerge from the chrysalis in later episodes.

  • The Flunky, flunks well.

I just wish someone had told them this was a late night adult
series with some bite, and planned it cinematographically to suit. Have
I mentioned the music, the running music, always with the running..