18 Jul 2002 MikeCamel   » (Journeyer)

Flanders and Swann
After a spate of gripping and Ogging, I'm currently listening to some Flanders and Swann - absolutely marvellous!

my day (and iPaq heads up)
Meeting in Reading, which is the other side of London to me, and then some, so up at 6:15 (that's ante meridian, folks), and off the Witham station. It was only when I got there that I realised that there was a tube strike on today (yes, the very one to which RossBurton refers), but it was too late to start driving, so I thought I'd chance it. Got into Liverpool Street around 8:15, and started queuing for a taxi - they were few and far between, but I got lucky, in that after only about about forty minutes, the person at the front got into a taxi and was happy to share. The driver went down the line, and as I was going to Paddington, which was close to his passenger's destination, I got to go - five of us, in the end. Traffic not too bad, and I was there in about 50 minutes. First train cancelled, but second got me to Reading for 10:25 - only 25 minutes late. However, getting back was hell - Liverpool Street was closed due to power outages, and I spent over 45 quid's worth of time in the taxi getting to Stratford, the next stop on the line. The train was packed and late, but I sat opposite a couple of Compaq guys, who were playing with the latest iPaq - bluetooth to a GPRS phone, and very sexy. They suggested delaying to the 3970, which should have _much_ better battery life. Linux is, they assured me, in mid-port. Good news. Got to Witham around 1725. Thanks to Neill for warning me about Liverpool Street!

my evening
So, what's a guy to do after a serious day's travel in London? Go to see Minority Report, of course - which wasn't showing for an hour and a half (I'd arrived 10 minutes to late for the earlier showing), so went to watch Spiderman, instead. A little too much CGI for me, but quite amusing. Bugged by the ending, though - why does he have "nothing to offer" but friendship? Yeah, right.

Fallen Angel
Got home, wrote some more javadoc comments. Dull, but it needs doing. Floated the idea to some mates the other day, and it went down well, which pleased me. Also need to add time-stamping to the protocol. Then create a version for XML, then write up the protocol and the framework, then socialise it (raph, yes, that means you), then go for an RFC. Phew!

Sorry this is a bit long, but should have said: got a new printer (Epson Stylus C80) to replace the one I've given to Moo (Catherine). Took forever to get CUPS to see it, then to realise that I needed to install gimp-print, then realise that it's gimpprint-cups or something in Debian, then install that, etc.. But it's working now, and very good. Why, oh why is printing such a pain to set up?

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