30 Nov

Going to Prague

I am on a Czech Airlines plane somewhere over Europe on my way to run a conference in Prague for the next 2 days, and then attend another conference on Wednesday before returning home. I am quite tired, what with a busy workload last week, either seeing friends or working every night and then Matt’s 18th birthday do on Friday night [to Saturday morning].

23 Nov

Gardening Day

Got up and gardened all day today and yesterday. Cleared nettles, cut down brambles, trimmed hedge with my eldest’s trimmers. Then planted out winter pansies and put down crocus bulbs. There are lots more things to be done and much more clearance, but I feel that I put in a good 12 hours productive gardening. Compost bin totally full, as is the ‘green recycling bin’ so goodness knows where the next lot of green stuff is going to go.

Got to work now, then the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ results show and a couple of episodes of Silent Witness before bed. Off to lecture to lecture tomorrow.

Oh, and I shaved my moustache off when in Belgium last week and both Ann and Matthew say they prefer it.. wow. I have had a ‘tache for 28 years!

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.. 🙁