12 Jun


Marking exam papers today. Going to do it in a room far far away from the computer. My office phone is on the blink so that’ll keep the volume down.

11 Jun


Lovely weekend in Northampton with friends. Setup another wireless network. Presented me with some lovely new ‘features’ such as the ability of a TV to obliterarte a wireless router. Don’t put your router on your TV! Big week of marking coming up. Mind you I have very little compared to most. Going to run 50 Fathoms tomorrow night, had a trial run with Matt tonight to refresh my mind. Going to go to bed and read the rulebook again! Ann away all week in Devon doing work shadowing.

08 Jun

Tom gets a TomTom

We setup our new TomTom satellite navigation system to guide us in the car. We previously have used the built-in system in the Volvo S60, but since we intend to sell that car, we bought a portable unit to use in the new Vectra. Oddly enough I have just finished editing a paper on the effects of using such wayfinding systems in freight vehicles, which will be presented at the Logistics Research Network conference in September.

Really enjoyed reading Deadlands Reloaded but I have decided that it changes enough of the Savage Worlds system that I will start with a 50 Fathoms game instead, which will be great fun and also get me up to speed enough on the rule system before trying the Weird West game. I do like the rpg a lot, it’s what I shall be playing this summer, apart from running Mongoose RuneQuest games set in Gwenthia for the summer cons: Continuum and Furnace.

Going to set up a friend’s wireless network this weekend, then I have to go and do the same for my son-in-law the week after. I have done this so many time you’d think I could do it in my sleep, but no. There is always some cute problem that comes along and makes it all so very different every time!

No recent photography.. 🙁

05 Jun


Just had a great weekend in Amsterdam with the missus. The weather wasn’t as good as back in the UK but it improved until we were in shirt sleeves by Sunday. We found a new Asian fusion restaurant overlooking the back of the Dam monument, but basically we had a chilled cafe culture time with nothing too taxing.

I have finished reading the new Deadlands Reloaded by Pinnacle. This roleplaying game is one that in the original incarnation passed me by completely so it was great to be surprised by it. Ken Hite, the great gamer writer and reviewer, noted recently that the twenty first century has been one of retreads and releases for roleplaying games. Deadlands is a great orginal game, and Ken is right, there have been too few of them recently, however much the re-issues have been fun.

Did no photography this weekend and in fact the year is going very poorly for photos! I did use the 50mm Canon lens that my neighbour got me from HK, I must post a few of those picture sometime.

28 May

Deadlands Reloaded

Bought Deadlands Reloaded yesterday, been so productive and busy on domestic and parental duties that I haven’t read more than half a page so far! I am off to read and will report.

25 May

Lovely Day

BESTUFS newsletter done. Starting to get to grips with EPSRC bid. Need coffee. Trying to ignore lovely weather outside..

25 May

Been very busy. Organised and ran a conference in Malta last week. Went very well but very nerve wracking since it’s the first time I’ve been wholly in charge. Still went well. The back to the UK for two days of meeting at base, and now back to trying to finish the EPSRC bid that bereavement and illness have delayed so well this year. I owe it to my colleagues to get this sorted..

14 May

Just come back from a great boys weekend in Amsterdam with Steve, Reg, David, Brian and Merv. We had a great time, did lots of oriental food, some shows, a lap dancing club and had a very chilled time.

27 Apr

Quite perky today. Working on the forthcoming Malta conference. Going to redraft a bid to EPSRC this afternoon. Installed and setup a neighbour’s PC last night, they kindly gave me their old Freeview box to play with. I am such a technology junkie! Need to get a lot of bark and use it to suppress the weeds we have just dug up in the back flower bed. My friend has some rasberry plants for me, but I am still resolutely non-gardening stock. We might get a fitted bedroom, we need to repair the drainms out front, and I think we have squirrels in the loft again!

26 Apr

Ah well, following my trip to the hospital I came down with a virus that had a rash, sollen lymph nodes, a low fever, headaches, and the most painful joints ever. I recovered just in time for Ann to come down with it three days ago. Hey ho!

We’re all gearing up to finalise and launch a project conference in Malta mid-late May. Ann is helping me with it and I hope it goes well. I am not chairing this one I am sitting at the back panicking.

I started playing in a game of the WARS rpg Monday night. Seemed fun, rather like Space Above and Beyond, the system is d20 which I am not a big fan of but it’ll hopefully fade away and allow the game to shine through.

Not done any photography this year yet, the weather’s been so crap..