24 Jul

Pimms Bus at GuilFest 2006

Pimms Bus at GuilFest 2006
Originally uploaded by tzunder.

The Pimms bus at GuilFest wasn’t terribly original but it was so incredibly RED! I have a fisheye version taken on the Lomo as well, I’ll post that as well. This was taken with a 1960s German Voigtlander CL, scale focusing, set the lens and speed with a lightmeter and then guesstimate distance and click away. The film is very saturated, but actually the light was so intense that in fact reality was pretty colour saturated that day!

21 Jul

Guilfest 2006

Had a great time at GuilFest2006 with Ann, Tree, Steve, Neil, Pam, Dave and Jackie. Highpoints for me were Hugh Cornwell, Gary Numan, the Stranglers and the Ukele Orchestra of Great Britain. Incredibly hot, my thermometer on my lightmeter recorded 36 degrees Celcius as we sat in the blistering sun. I wore SPF 50 cream all week. Some reviews here: Reviews of GuilFest 2006

My Guilfest photos are at: http://flickr.com/photos/tzunder/sets/72157594206690733/

I am working hard now on completing the Gwenthia pdf (www.gwenthia.org) for the Continuum convention next week. I have already had 500 postcards printed, I am doing some A3 prints now, and Loz and I hope to have the full pdf complete by midnight Sunday for reproduction.

11 Jul

Car broken into

My car was broken into last night and my TomTom and a camera and iPod was stolen. It’s all replaceable, so I suppose I shouldn’t feel sad but I do. Ah well.

Doing some work on the new Gwenthia pdf but watching True Carribean Pirates on the History Channel as well. It’s fun but has some truly silly mistakes: an English ship flying the Union Jack in 1655? A ‘British Crown’ in 1655? I think not. Ah well, poor Americans.

07 Jul

Performancing for Firefox

I am trying a new extension for Firefox called Performancing for Firefox. It’s pretty simple, a pop up option from the bottom of the Firefox bottom toolbar. I use SeMagic on Windows and it’s pretty good, but given how much of my life revolves around the browser it’s pretty good to have an option there. I am using it on my Mac, but like most extensions it’s pretty OS independent.

I have just dropped Matt and his friend Laura at Meadowhall to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean film and now I am going to order Ann a taxi to go out tonight, so I am on my own again. Which wouldn’t matter, I have stuff to do, but I have had cluster headaches for 3 days now and I think all I might manage is to sit and watch Scrubs on abc1.


07 Jul

50 Fathoms and Traveller

I am now running two parallel (and unconnected) games of 50 Fathoms and I am quite delighted at how the two group of players react differently to the framework of islands, ships, trade and opportunity. It reminds me of the great SF rpg Traveller in which ships of humans and aliens travel from planet to planet trading and adventuring. Now Traveller always scared me as a ref, how could I cope when the players had such freedom as where to go? Oddly, even though the setting for 50 Fathoms has the same number of places as a Traveller sub sector, I am not scared at all. I am discusing the game at the Tavern BBS here.. and here..

07 Jul

Europe and the Summer

Well, mucho work on RETRACK project final Technical Annexe, several submissions on a tender on fuel efficiency with FM, but also a realisation that people are disappearing. It must be the summer vacation starting to roll across Europe. For those of you who’ve not worked on a pan European basis it’s a wave of holiday that sweeps across Europe. Each nation used to have a set ‘vacation’ when the whole country went away. In many ways this still holds true, altho there is more flexibility now than there used to be. In some ways more flexibility means that the months of vacation overlap but spread further. If you have multiple nations in your work then you can effectively bid goodbye to half of June and all of July and August. Since I haven’t taken a long summer vacation in some years (we do weekends and festivals instead) this means I have to shift to a different pace and style of work. Out come the books and journals I haven’t quite read and I can work in a comfy chair with a cup of coffee or juice and read. Well that’s the theory, this year I am doing quite a bit of UK bidding so that doesn’t stop, so we’ll see how it goes. One way or another, it’ been a hot couple of weeks and I feel summer is here.

02 Jul


Spent three days in Benelux in intense negotiations about a new contract for a new rail project we hope to start next year. Let us just say that I was running on almost pure adrenaline by Friday! It was very hot and sunny and humid but sadly I was inside in meetings the whole time, and on Thursday the room wasn’t air conditioned nor pleasant after six hours of talking. Friday’s meeting was more air conditioned but more intense. Still I think we sorted out a lot of things and it can be a good project with some real results and outcomes.

I am spending today watching Babylon 5 and doing a bit of typing and email and shopping. Seeya!

27 Jun


I have finished the paper for the LRN conference. It’s amazing how many times you can write and rewrite something and yet when someone else proof reads it they find paragraphs that read like complete bollocks. I am making sure I send nothing to no-one unless Ann has gone over it in future. On a similar note I have rewritten and massively improved our forthcoming EPSRC bid, GANTT charts the whole lot. Need to navigate it through the various financial systems and submit it, but the people who run the systems at Newcastle seem very friendly and helpful so I am sure we can do it. I have started another smaller proposal to do some more work on a topic we did some stuff on earlier this year. I need to get a paper written to go towards my PhD as well. The bloody thing has been sitting in long hand in my drawer fpr 18 months now and god I don’t want to type it up. Off to a series of contract negotiations in Brussels and Delft over the next few days. Not sure whether to take a camera. One of my pix of Brussels ended up in the Schmap Brussels guide, but I am tired of photographing the city in the dying sunlight! I won’t get anytime outside in the sun either day.

We have ordered a fitted bedroom, whoo hoo! I have found a way to delete spambots from my BBS, woo hoo!


12 Jun


Well that was amusing. Tales of Symphonia is classic Japanese rpg, all the heroes are between 8 and 12, with an obligatory ‘elder brother’ character who may be as old as 18. After the heroes have cleared the temple of monsters and helped the Chosen One meet her angelic father (?) they meet their schoolmistress on the way out. She, of course, scolds them for skipping school, spanks one and when the other refuses to come over… drop kicks him into the wall! They’re tough in Japanese rpg fantasy land.. Matt and I laughed and laughed and laughed..

12 Jun


Well that’s the exam papers marked and half the coursework. 50 Fathoms is cancelled so I think I’ll go and play Tales of Symphonia on the Gamecube.