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Friday, November 29, 2013

7:38AM - Result!

I now have an MSc in Geographic Information Science (Merit) from Birkbeck, University of London, only fly in ointment is I missed a distinction in the dissertation by a whisker - 68% instead of the 70% needed. Ah well. It's all good and the CV is looking prettier for it.

Friday, November 1, 2013

7:06PM - Fuck this noise

THis week has been rough. Even I have a breaking point.

Current mood: discontent

Friday, April 12, 2013

11:24PM - Slowing down

Reality bites. Looks like all of my brews (5) from the last 12 months are a write-off, a result of map-related neglect. It feels like I am going to basically have to start again with my SCA progression. Brewing and fencing are both chalked in for back to basics campaigns, and archery is well starting form scratch anyway, but was hoping to have had my bow by now.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

10:31PM - Tired

It's been a mad mad start to the year. Degree is ramping up on coursework, though I am looking forward to my dissertation as the prep is going well and my supervisor likes the idea. There are mutterings of developing the idea (Mapping English vineyards and their attributes and climate data) post-MSc, but we'll see.

My job is gone, officially unemployed, though in usual Civil Service fashion, they're already trying to hire me again, negotiating with the HR trogs at the moment. My applications to go permanent official Whitehall mandarin have been handed in, writing competency statements after years of covering letters has been an eyeopener. Thoroughly exhausted.

Been intense on the personal acquaintances front, last year I only lost one, but only just April and I've had to sadly remove three who have died recently: two SCA acquaintances - a long-standing pillar of the European scene, and a very nice gentleman knight, who was also incidentally the first black knight of the Society. The third was only last Monday in a cycling accident in Victoria, a polar ice remote sensing scientist who I followed online as she published her research using the Cyrosat data. A highflyer, seen here. Farewell Katharine.

With various high profile losses in literature and science, it's been a morbid year already.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

11:47AM - Contact Lens experiment - first day.

I've been pushing myself to get contact lenses for SCA purposes for a while and finally made the jump. Those in the know will recall my left eye's functionality was wrecked by a horsefly bite when I was four or five and I've had a phobia about things close to my eyes since.

Got a trial pack to play with before a follow up appointment on Monday. I'm only wearing one lens, for my right eye, which is longsighted and has astimatism.

Got the lens in on the second attempt - it's amazing how quickly you get used to poking the eyeball, and a reminder it is a tough lump of gristle at the end of the day.

The effect is mildly hallucinogenic as the eye wavers in and out of focus. Having near 20/20 vision without glasses is also weird, I keep having to remember I don't need to reach for the glasses. There is a slight irritating crescent of blurriness on the edge of my peripheral vision which is distracting, and I have to remember not to rub my eye. Blinking has increased too, all combining into some trippy Nathan-Barley camera effect.

Still, one childhood phobia, nailed.

Hopefully as I get used to this, I won't have to keep my glasses on inside my fencing helmet and it should improve judgement with the archery too. Unfortunately it not come with crosshairs, HUD or targeting computer.

Removing it is going to be fun.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

8:34AM - This Thing?

I suppose I could dust it off... Who's still reading these days?

Friday, October 19, 2012

9:25AM - Statement of the Day

Having a cold and chesty cough sucks. Off work. That is all.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

6:43PM - So, Last Night....

Was amazeballs, to quote a certain website that is dominating G's vocabulary these days.

First of all, I was offered, and accepted, a six month extension of my job. Well, it's more a continuation of my level (HEO) in DCLG, but joining a newly formed team. This will keep me in clover til the end of March next year.

Secondly, I was also offered, and accepted, a pair of tickets to see the Men's and Women's Wheelchair Epee Semi and finals. Cue four hours of swishy-stabby glee at the ExCel centre, dodgy pizza and some seriously good fights.

From a crappy start, this year is getting better and better.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

6:32PM - Plan B

So, unlike George Osborne, I would like to prepare for plan B. Does anyone need a Policy/Admin Officer with a modicum of GIS experience? HEO level, available from end October.

Friday, June 29, 2012

8:53PM - Flathunting by proxy

Can anyone recommend a good/trustworthy flatsharing or rental agency covering the Camden/Islington area please? Family member looking to relocate to the area PDQ.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

4:56PM - Looks like the other Nu-Rock just Fell.....

The Dev is being sold....


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

7:47AM - What Kind of Day Has It Been

I am exhausted, mentally, physically and emotionally. The last week has been a madhouse. Yesterday was my second and last exam, all about statistics and programming. I have never got on with stats, having last used them at Exeter College for psychology back in the mid-90s and they were a tough SoB back then. To effectively relearn about them, and then regurgitate in the exam was really difficult.

Now you'd have thought I would have concentrated on the exam in the final few days, but no, I didn't. I started a new job instead, so had all the fun of the fair of getting up to speed with my role, as well as adjusting from unemployment-based routines to getting up and out the door etc.

Cue a weekend of crash-course revision.

However, it is all over, I managed to answer all the questions. How well is open or debate, but I am hopeful, at least of passing the module.

Then it starts all over again in October.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

5:13PM - I has a job!

Landed a six month contract as a policy bod for DCLG. Kick-off on Wednesday. That's one less worry for this summer. Now, back to the books.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

11:14AM - Bloody weather

In other news, coughing fits now less often, and shorter. However, they're more intense and occasionally cause loss of stomach contents. FML

9:24AM - Siege of Savile Row

Protest against Abercrombie and Fitch opening a store on Savile Row, by the Chap Magazine.

Monday, April 23, 2012

9:14AM - Still ill

Symptoms appear to tick every box for hooping cough. Disturbing.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

5:48PM - When spring cleaning the kitchen....

1. Do it well ventilated and when not recovering from the cough of doom.
2. Start in good time.
3. lay in your chocolate supply beforehand.

Monday, April 16, 2012

11:30AM - Bah

And thus I start my third monday with this chest problem :( Exhausted, sleepless nights. Knocking back codeine and antibiotics and having ot tough it out. This has ruined a lot of plans, namely fitness, jobhunting and revision. I now have no safety net of time for the revision and effectively this means I cannot afford to have another problem distract me between now and Mayt 15th.

Monday, April 9, 2012

11:36PM - Eastercon

Woo, that was awesome. Mixed bag of feelings, but the combination of a decent haul of new SCA contacts, fanboi squee with various authors, looting the dealer hall, pleasant company and lots of discussion on genres, writing has won out.

downsides were the progressively worse chest infection that caused me to scrap my Monday schedule of a writers workshop, followed by more panels, then a scoot into central London to get Gail Carriger's latest novel signed.

Also, the Edwardian Radisson is starting to annoy the hell out of me. A general bare tolerance of conventioneers, incompetent staff who can't operate a till or even add up to ten, intransigence on basics such as aircon left an uneasy feel about an otherwise enjoyable event.

Future convention organisers, please invite Mary Portas to a panel talk on how best to present a hotel.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

11:48AM - Looking for magazine suggestions

Can anyone recommend magazines and journals covering Westminster, charity news and also Psychology? I'm building up our subscription base here. Currently got HSJ, Third Sector, Charity Times and Psychology Today? Any others?

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