Friday, December 07, 2018

Mutterings - Dec 7

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Notification :: Emailed
  2. Promise :: Keeper
  3. Tailor :: Spy (leaping a few in the le Carre sequence)
  4. Laughter :: Hysterical
  5. Sneeze :: Gesundheit!
  6. Forgotten :: (they fly forgotten..) Dream
  7. Job :: Employment
  8. Shift :: Night (or maybe Red - thinking of the Alan Garner novel set near here..)
  9. Criticism :: Just
  10. Holiday :: Long

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Mutterings - Nov 25

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Hack :: Space
  2. Unimpressed :: Sniffy
  3. Garden :: Shed
  4. Saliva :: Drool
  5. Ache :: Back
  6. Elect :: Gevernment
  7. Format :: A4
  8. Temper :: Iron
  9. Snail :: Horns
  10. Holidays :: Walks!

Saturday, November 17, 2018


I wanted to have a photo of the new Codethink work offices before I retire at the end of this month to link with this posting back from 2009 of TNEI's offices in Newcastle. Here's the Dale St offices
Green and white used to be very much the fashion, I think I remember similar tiling being present in the Cussons offices in North Manchester where I worked on a project back in 1977?

Mutterings - Nov 17

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Notification :: Email
  2. Vote :: early, vote often!
  3. Simmer :: Rage
  4. Biology :: Textbook
  5. Constant :: Planck
  6. Nail :: Hammer (I wonder if my previous answer was the mental link of the compiler to 'nail'!?)
  7. Filter :: Coffee
  8. Curls :: Innocent
  9. Sensation :: Pop
  10. Strap :: -On (errrmm!)

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Mutterings - Nov 4

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Persistence :: Dogged
  2. Access :: all areas
  3. Pulp :: Fiction
  4. Sincere :: Greetings
  5. Dog :: Follow
  6. Restriction :: Choke
  7. Drilling :: Quake ( contentious fracking has recently started in the North west)
  8. Pony :: Red (Copland..)
  9. Monday morning :: Feeling
  10. Retirement :: Nearly there!!! - see the announcement here!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Non-disclosure agreements

As non-disclosure agreements are in the news I thought posting one might add a little information to the discussion. This is an extract from one I was pressured into signing in 2009.
4. The terms of this Agreement are confidential and shall not be disclosed by either party to any third party except:-
4.1 in the case of the Employee his immediate family, provided such person agrees to maintain confidentiality; or
4.2 in either case for the purposes of taking professional advice in relation to this Agreement provided the professional adviser is bound by a duty of confidence; or
4.3 in compliance with any legal obligation to disclose, for example to HM Revenue and Customs or the Compensation Recovery Unit.
5. The parties agree and undertake (in consideration of their mutual promises to that effect) that neither will make or publish any derogatory or disparaging statement or do anything in relation to the other, which is intended to or which might be expected to damage or lower their respective reputations.
You'll see that I shouldn't be posting this (clearly!) but as the other party broke the terms of this (para 5 above) in a private briefing to ex-colleagues the day after it was signed I'm not unduly bothered!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mutterings - Oct 23

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Bitter :: Herbs (Passover)
  2. Sister :: Brother
  3. Health :: Service
  4. Weekly :: Timesheet (not going to be many more of these for me?!)
  5. Theory :: Relativity
  6. Innocent :: Pope
  7. Bar :: Barrister
  8. Conditional :: if () ...
  9. Basement :: Department store
  10. Rehab :: Drugs
catching up again...
  1. Peaceful :: Vista
  2. Halloween :: nearly birthday!
  3. Wave :: o/ (IRC..)
  4. Always :: Present
  5. Blow out :: Straw
  6. Rumors :: Nasty
  7. Family :: Commit
  8. Unwanted :: Approach
  9. Love :: Actually
  10. Cubicle :: Work (but never had one inflicted on me)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Mutterings - Oct 10

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Unexpected :: Arrival
  2. Register :: Fast (a computing connection)
  3. Argument :: Parameter (ditto!)
  4. Calendar :: Mayan
  5. Breakfast :: Croissant
  6. Crossed :: Purposes
  7. Sticker :: Laptop (my work one has a few!)
  8. Simplistic :: Wrong (but what do I know!)
  9. Jingle :: Bells! (a bit early..but advertising is prob not UK common parlance)
  10. Cornerstone :: Faith (1 Peter in New Testament)

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Granada and Málaga

My line manager is Spanish and I've had a standing invite to go and work at his house in Málaga for a few days and this year once the hot weather had mostly receded, Beth and I took up the kind offer. We flew initially to Granada and had a couple of days with a trip round the Alhambra and then a bus ride to Málaga and some work. Though it wasn't without enjoying the beach side location and the chiringuitos (restaurants along the shore). Some warm weather away from the rain that week - and some serious unrushed conversations. The photo album is here and there were the sardines.. lunch

- lots of great memories from both parts of the trip.

Mutterings - Sep 30

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Secure :: https
  2. Untamed :: Lion
  3. Private :: Parts (I'm hoping this is C++!!)
  4. Blue :: Bottle
  5. Total :: Crash
  6. Scrunch :: Biscuit (biting into?)
  7. Supply :: Power
  8. Ill-fitting :: Trousers (mine are a lot better these days!)
  9. Aches :: Shoulder (and various other places I threw myself out of bed a few days ago - in a nightmare)
  10. Warranty :: Time limited (money trap..)

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mutterings - Sep 23

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Frustration :: Scream
  2. Lame :: Limp (also audio converter!)
  3. Hungry :: Scavenge
  4. Activity :: Monitor
  5. Miss :: Hit (I fear that's Juke Box Jury..)
  6. Butter :: Ram (too much crossword solving)
  7. Creative :: Mind
  8. Edited :: Second chance
  9. Heat :: Seal
  10. Insistent :: Ache

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mutterings - Sep 20

Last week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Flood :: Spam!
  2. Enjoyable :: Trip (just had one!)
  3. Fan :: Spanish (saw them!)
  4. Dart :: Feathers
  5. Idiotic :: Ove (saw the film 'A Man called Ove' last night)
  6. Smell :: Ripe
  7. Mistake :: Backspace
  8. Grumble :: Stomach
  9. Fear :: Freeze
  10. Burn :: Barbeque

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Chetham's Piano Summer School

I've recently returned from a week at the Chetham's Summer School for Pianists. I've not been before and was treated as a unseasonal Christmas/birthday present from Beth.
It takes the form of a number of lessons with an assigned teacher - I was on the amateur course though I don't think there's a hard and fast division between that and the more skilled course. There are 2 or more (piano!) concerts every night and possibly a talk. There's workshops in the afternoons and you are assigned a practice room which I shared with 2 others though we never saw one of the people and clashes were not a problem. The practice piano was a little bright and I often found a teaching room that wasn't being used.

I booked late and being local I decided to attend as a non residential. This involved a lot of early morning travel and as the course was over the bank holiday and I was trying to use the train things were a little disruptive, also concerts often went on after the last train, so I missed some of these, though the days were very intensive so an early night was welcomed! My lessons were with Marta Karbownicka. I brought along a number of pieces that were in various stages and found the lessons of benefit in all cases - well apart from one where my playing and understanding of the piece just fell apart (the Fauré 11th Nocturne) but the Mompou, Scriabin, Ravel and even the Rachmaninov Etude that I've been given by my teacher - maybe as summer work - so was at an early stage - went well. There were also workshops with Marta. All the lessons and workshops are open so you can benefit from teaching from a whole range of very experienced, and in some cases, very well known pianists.

Frances Wilson gives some useful advice on preparing and attending. There are a huge number of attendees, maybe it's more useful to be residential so you get to know people more quickly especially over meals! I spent the last night with a room I requested during the course so I could hear all the last nights events - including the cabaret - which in some years has gone on until 1am - thankfully not this year!

I found that a lot of the larger workshops on the amateur course clashed with my lessons/teacher workshops so I missed on some of the experience on playing to larger groups but I was kept very busy. Before I went I thought that asking for a 2 hour use of a practice room was hopelessly ambitious. But lots of practice was done - with an absence of most other distractions and my playing improved. I also had useful discussions with Marta over repertoire for the ARSM diploma I'm hoping to take.

Maybe more reflections to be added - work in progress!

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Mutterings - Sep 1

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Mayor :: Casterbridge (never read it!)
  2. Caller :: Hello..
  3. Escape :: Great
  4. College :: Days (the Tom Lehrer song!)
  5. Nice job! :: Stand back!
  6. Game over :: Collapse
  7. Hesitate :: Lost
  8. Land :: Rover
  9. Roommate :: Compatible (ah college 'marriages'!)
  10. Major :: Domo (Strauss Rosenkavalier)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Mutterings - Aug 29

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Disappointment :: Valley (I thought this was Bunyan but it appears to be a recent film!)
  2. Resources :: Library
  3. Steady :: Turn (as she goes..)
  4. Team :: Building
  5. Barge :: Horse (to pull one)
  6. Issues :: Nit-picking
  7. Engagement :: Calendar
  8. Folks :: Museum (probably bastardised German?)
  9. Supervision :: Weekly (college days..)
  10. Stream :: Live
I've been very busy - still catching up! Hopefully a post will appear on the past week

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


I don't think I'd seen this wikipedia page on CADES before. I'd nearly forgotten the project name - I worked on this back in the early days of it in 1971 as a pre-university trainee and then in the summer vacs. I'd started off at ICL helping with simulation programs written in Beta/S1 - S1 was the forerunner of S3, I don't think there was an S2? Ostech was a small department of around 16 so working there was a great experience! In the summer vacs once we were back in Kidsgrove (we'd moved at one stage to Coptall house in Newcastle) I looked after the submission of jobs by developers into the CADES database. I see the wikipedia page labels it as a version control system and a means of validating the design
The CADES design approach, called Structural Modelling, was rigidly data-driven and hierarchical, and expressed in a formal design language, SDL. Design specifications written in SDL were processed by the Design Analyser, before being input to the CADES Product Database
. I think I once had the Computer Weekly articles referenced in that article but I suspect they've long since been lost.
Whilst there I also had an early computer keyboard/monitor on my desk, I've searched for pictures but so far failed, it had 3(?) big white push transmit buttons beneath the screen as well as a conventional keyboard. There were also the delights of using an acoustic modem and hand card punches! One of these!

Mutterings - Aug 21

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Dating :: App
  2. Path :: Executable (computing as ever..)
  3. Scorn :: Laugh
  4. Gel :: Hair
  5. Simple :: Simon
  6. You :: Toi
  7. Climb :: Route (rock climbing..)
  8. Number :: Four (but was tempted by anaesthetic!)
  9. Short :: Fzzt! (electrical!)
  10. Hell :: Handbasket

Monday, August 13, 2018

Mutterings - Aug 13

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Original :: Release
  2. Vent :: Fume
  3. Screw :: Brass
  4. Type :: Face
  5. Odor :: Body
  6. Lazy :: Bastard
  7. Release :: Open (some gates)
  8. Status :: Return (computing..)
  9. Architect :: System
  10. Management :: Dilbert

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Mutterings - Aug 4

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. 2 weeks :: Holiday - I've just been calculating the holiday days left from work after taking Christmas into account!
  2. Accrued :: Credit
  3. Delighted :: Expression
  4. Facilitate :: Scheme (possibly in a bad sense!)
  5. Boredom :: Ennui - and reminded of France s'est ennui (grammar?) in early '68
  6. Scarce :: Make (oneself)
  7. Poised :: to leap
  8. Family :: History
  9. Backtrack :: Think twice
  10. Retirement :: Imminent!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Mutterings - Jul 29

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Rude :: Gesture
  2. Banana :: Palma (Canaries where we saw lots on trees!) I also wonder at the conjunction of rude and banana..
  3. Crunch :: Breakfast
  4. Unappealing :: Mixture (of food)
  5. Pink :: Hippopotamus (disney I think..)
  6. Saliva :: Spit
  7. Like :: Simile
  8. Lunar :: Module
  9. Pine :: Long (as in pine for..)
  10. Slippery :: Customer

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mutterings - July 15

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Submit :: Job (ancient terminology for having programs run on mainframes?)
  2. Legal :: Verbiage (sorry!)
  3. Ball :: Chain
  4. Nurse :: Nurse!
  5. Flags :: Paving
  6. Depart :: Le (last movement of Britten's Les Illuminations - though I see there's no definite article!)
  7. Memorized :: Difficult
  8. Bullying :: Cyber
  9. Empowered :: Affirmed
  10. Construct :: Mental

Monday, July 02, 2018

Around the Riviera

On our last day - a day in Menton where we were staying at the Prince de Galles - good, modern but a bit of a long walk to the centre - we took the train to Monaco and spent the morning looking around the old town - see the album for the trip for a few photos. Back to Menton and I had an afternoon around the old town enjoying the architecture and colours before enjoying a lavender and mango ice-cream outside the Jean Cocteau museum - camp? never! - alas I didn't get inside.
more Menton Colours

I waited for Beth to get from the hotel and we then looked around the Basilique St Michel - it has a long lunchbreak.. not opening until 3:30 - and then made plans for an early evening (well 7pm) meal at Martin et fils restaurant next to the Menton market. This place isn't mentioned in the InnTravel notes but we'd recommend it! Good veggie menus and the main meateater enjoyed a whole Dorade!

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Down to Menton

The next day was the final long walk from Sospel to Menton (or at least from where the taxi dropped us at the Col de Castillon -giving us a helping hand).

From there we walked up to the Baisse de Scuvion:

Wednesday's High point

we then had a route finding discussion where - fortunately - I was overruled - there were 5 of us at this point so lots of comparing notes! There was then a gentle descent to the Col St Bernard. Not gentle enough , and the notes said Careful I wasn't and tripped over my walking poles and ended up full length on the ground! - the 'careful' was on route finding rather than any tricky underfoot stages! I was very grateful that I'd been walking along with another party as I would have been otherwise on my own. I was rather bruised but managed to continue on the steeper downward section to the coast. And it was a steep descent and a dodgy walk through an underpass under a motorway. But then the Menton seafront and cafes restored us. That evening we ate at A Braijade Meridiounale flaming skewers in the old town. Definitely worth the experience, we were given too many digestifs and made our way unsteadily back to the hotel.

Here's the street containing the restaurant:
alas my phone focussing...

To Italy

On the day in Sopel I ended up doing a walk I didn't intend - or most of it! There's an easier walk but I ended up on the Piène Haute walk and followed it as far as the Italian border when I returned by the way I came. The day before we'd commented that we hadn't done a walking trip in Italy so this walk nearly changed that!

Border posts are a little less active than they were post Schengen:
The Italian border!
1943 was when Italy changed sides and supported the Allies. The walk was pleasant and shady with views over the river canyons. It appears that I made the right decision to turn around at the border as another party found the rest of walk was difficult route finding.

Afternoon was spent at the hotel admiring the views of the mountains and Sospel. We had mixed views about the hotel, beautifully situated, food was good but the management was a little off-hand (at least to us!). There were now 4 Inntravel parties all heading to Menton the next day so the evening was spent finding each other and deciding who was going in what order!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The GR52A over to Saorge

So the next day was the longest walk of the holiday, an early breakfast and then repeating the ascent I'd done the day before - I did wonder whether I should have taken a tent and camped out the day before!

Panorama from Baisee d'Anan

The ascent was successfully negotiated and half way through the morning I was overtaken by other (younger!) Inntravellers, though we kept more or less together for the rest of the walk - it helped to pace me. The picture above is from the Baisse d'Anan at 1555m - another steep uphill scramble before these wonderful views. We found golden retrievers up there with bells on their collars - clearly sheep herders though a border collie appeared to be doing most of the work! We stopped for lunch further down. Alas there weren't the flower filled Alpine pastures that we'd seen on Saturday. We carried down to the small town of Saorge and I was pleased to have made the walk in just over 6 hours - when the walk notes suggested 8 hours. This gave us more time for a look around the very scenic Saorge.


Not only houses like the above but being nestled in a high valley, if you do this route try to take the time - even if tired!! - to walk around the village. You'll get views like this from just below:


There was then drinks at the Cafe Heinz and a taxi transfer to the Auberge Provencale in Sospel. A hotel just out of the town but with excellent views over it.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Two Walks

Walk to Notre Dames des Fontaines

The next day I decided upon 2 walks - the first was of the InnTravel suggested walks around La Brigue to Notre Dames des Fontaines - linked to the French wikipedia page the English version has far less information. This was an amazing place with 15th/16th C frescoes. My pictures weren't good so here's a documentary (in french) off youtube - even if your French is not good the pictures are amazing!

It's a relatively short walk from La Brigue - the church is open at 10am and there's an entrance charge of 4€. I then walked back to the village for lunch - there's a Sunday market.

After lunch I wanted to check out the steep section of the GR52A that was the (longer) walk for the next day. As I would be on my own I wanted to be comfortable with the initial challenge without having to be concerned about the time. I almost gave up there's some very punishing climbing - I'd decided I'd had enough and with the phone checked out google maps and discovered I was 200m from the first Baisse (col) and the Inntravel walking instructions said the last 150m were level so I staggered round the corner and it was true! I returned fortunately getting off the exposed bit before rain and a thunderstorm arrived!

scenic tree

It was a useful reconnoitre to also make sure of the route-finding!

Vallée des Merveilles

The next day - as an extra - paid for at the hotel, we set off early for a trip to the Vallée des Merveilles where we were led - very well and knowledgeably by Sebastien the son of the hotelier - a photographer and guide. We weren't certain what we were going to see but a spectacular day was much enjoyed with the high mountains, the wildlife - ibex, chamois and marmots, alpine flowers, the Bronze Age carvings and the walks.

Valle des merveilles - and a marmot

you can just see a marmot relaxing with a mountain view in the picture.

The Vallée was around a 30 minute drive from our hotel - a 4x4 being essential - the tour started with walks in the meadows viewing flowers and wildlife then up to the higher area to see the carvings (and lunch) and finally a tricky descent through snow back to the vehicle - it was early in the season hence still some snow. We heard a lot about the history - both of the groups who carved the images and of their discovery and preservation from our guide. We'd recommend the trip! You can see more images of the day if you visit the picture and click the 'Vallée des Merveilles' tag.

Mutterings - Jun 25

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Spring :: Zebedee!! - The Magic Roundabout - 441 episodes!
  2. Glasses :: Case (usually misplaced)
  3. Temporary :: Block (must be some internet thing..)
  4. Event :: Book
  5. Contract :: Employment
  6. Memory :: Lapse
  7. Tape :: Cassette
  8. Cage :: 4' 33" (John Cage inevitably)
  9. Inspire :: Concentrate (slow breathing)
  10. Corrupt :: Hierarchy

Sunday, June 24, 2018

La Brigue

Another year, another holiday and again an InnTravel walking tour, the Maritime Alps walking to the coast.

The holiday - after a flight to Nice - started in La Brigue - unfortunately Beth had twisted her ankle in a practice walk before we left - so I did much of the walking alone while she indulged in gentler occupations. I spent a pleasant in a short walk around La Brigue while we both considered the next day's excursion to the Vallée des Merveilles. The album for the holiday is here - a little more tagging needs doing but I think it's all there.

We stayed at the Hotel Mirval for 3 nights (taking an extra night to get our bearings). Some hotel facilities were a bit basic but the food and the welcome was good. And then there were the views from our room...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Mutterings - June 14

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Late :: Dead
  2. Encourage :: Befriend
  3. Patience :: Spider (the card connection)
  4. Loss :: First (piano piece by Schumann)
  5. Favor :: Curry
  6. Annoying :: Whine (must be the air conditioning in the new offices!)
  7. Dealbreaker :: Betrayal
  8. Staple :: Diet
  9. Consume :: Soup (and there's a first read of that as consommé!)
  10. Validation :: Support

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Beyond Inclusion: Part One - Lizzie Lowe's Story - Growth but at a price

An interview with the vicar of St James and Emmanuel Didsbury about their response and growth towards inclusion following the death of Lizzie Lowe. Their church's silence on difficult matters of sexuality led Lizzie to believe that she coud not be loved by them or by God as a young gay person. They realised they needed to change. This is worth the watch and consideration. Read more on the church's acions and her story at st james and emmanuel

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Mutterings - June 9

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Fanatic :: Wild-eyed
  2. Rise :: Sun
  3. Ache :: Heart
  4. Oh oh oh :: how good is the Lord (very 60s-ish chorus)
  5. Chips :: with everything
  6. Best of :: Luck
  7. Lost :: Souls (Gogol)
  8. Gamble :: Dostoyevsky (obviously on a russian novel track!)
  9. Longing :: for home
  10. Crowd :: Threatening (resists Madding!)

Fosdem 2018

This is going back a bit but earlier this year I went to FOSDEM in Brussels and this is my report for work on what I saw and heard.

I spent Saturday in the community dev room some interesting thoughts on building and supporting open source communities.
- Talk by Riccardo Iaconelli on Italy as hacker friendly, he described the policy all municipality projects are open source some discussion on how to encourage small municipalities to make source open
when those who are 'not our electors' get it for free
- An entertaining talk by Brian Proffitt of Redhat on Media 101 for communities - how to get the
message across to more than just the echo chamber.
- Then Kevin Fleming of Bloomberg on Software philanthropy for all - a talk about how they engage their
staff in volunteer community projects. Running a git event in New York they found that it helped their volunteers' cross project communications. `Pick what you're good at not what's shiny`
SeeKevin on Twitter
- A talk by Jeremy Garcia not so interesting but a nice demo of MeasuerOSS
> don't consider what you want to measure but what you want to accomplish
- Draws veil over the community karaoke and dancing (relieved to see this wasn't recorded) - but there was an advert for [FrOSCon]( which they emphasised takes place in warmer weather!
- Finally a talk by Vicky Brasseur on `Passing the baton' on planning for succession
Wikipedia page on succession planning implies only leaders need this - not true - described 'bus factor', How frequent interchange of roles prevents ruts, reduces load (by more knowing)
increases motivation. She moved rather quickly. Limit tenure for role (because you then have backup if you move on)
Slides (and notes) at succession planning

Sunday I was in the Distros devroom, far too much light coming from the back to see many slides.
- A talk from Andrej Shadura of Collabora (he wanted to do a LAVA talk but it wasn't accepted)
Talked about []( a weird mix of Ubuntu and Debian
- Richard Brown on Distributions are not democracies. Beneficiaries of an open project are not the users but the contributors/maintainers
Differentiated between projects which reinforce the status quo (eg Apache, Ubuntu) and those having technical
committees which are less 'controlled' by the organisation. Usually the motivated rather than the better solutions win?
'democracy is the art & science of running the circus from the monkey cage' HL Mencken. Appeared to want democracy and yet..
- Others with more background have commented on Tristan's talk.

Touristy photos
Ate more waffles than last year.

Adding some culinary comments later.. ah yes at last - the first evening we ate Chez Leon - - mussels! Then asagain as the previous year it was to the Sushi train at Kabuki and the last evening we ate somewhere Brazilian near the Codethink hotel - I stayed elsewhere this year, slightly quieter and breakfast was included!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Flaky rocks

Here's my latest terragen render

rather too flaky the rocks? maybe I should calm down that shader a bit?

Wonders why the picture doesn't show - if you click on the image it will download!

Mutterings - May 22

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Justice :: (like a ) Rolling Stream - old testament - I see I've conflated the justice and righteousness bits.
  2. Fireball :: Comet
  3. Hip :: Surgery
  4. Click :: Billiards
  5. Leak :: Government (sometimes deliberately...)
  6. Weekly :: Time Sheet
  7. Instagram :: Photo
  8. Massage :: Stretch
  9. Reference :: Employment (I'm getting beyond some of these links soon..)
  10. Wedding :: Royal - of course - though I didn't watch any of it live, I had a dental appointment!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mutterings - May 15

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Concentrated :: Acid
  2. Move ahead :: Police (instruction)
  3. Weird :: Nights (misremembering the Wild Nights movement of Adams Harmonium!)
  4. August :: birthdays (my mother and my daughter)
  5. Fresh :: Lemons
  6. Actually :: Present
  7. Program :: (args) a faulty syntax piece of pascal programming language!
  8. Finder :: Keeper
  9. Disclaimer :: Legal
  10. May :: Night - not quite nights but more music - this time a Rimsky-Korsakov opera!

Teaser Tuesday - May 15

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
Shelley and Stanley passed a joint between them and we all drank tea and talked and then went out and stood crowded on their tiny balcony to watch the muted sunrise through columns of blown rain. It was a good night.
from Gwendoline Riley's Cold Water our book group book of March, I selected this having been asked for a book of local interest. This book of a worker in a Manchester Northern Quarter bar with an ex-boyfriend in Macclesfield appeared to fit the bill! I was though one of the few who enjoyed the book - a bit dank and dismal but wonderful observations!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mutterings - May 10

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Capsule :: Gemini (age!)
  2. ZZZs :: Snores
  3. Reprimand :: Disciplinary
  4. Democratic :: Oath
  5. Wrist :: Slap
  6. Spiked :: Drink
  7. Sick :: Cat
  8. Lipstick :: Purple
  9. Surround :: Sound
  10. Census :: Bethlehem

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Mutterings - Apr 29

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Kitchen :: Sink
  2. Luck :: Beginner's (Rabbit?)
  3. Ball :: Cock (sorry - but I'm sure mine is linked to sinks and plumbing!)
  4. Master :: Draughtsman (or in IT git master - version control..)
  5. Chocolate :: Bunny
  6. Avoid :: Skid
  7. Tired :: and emotional (George Brown I think?)
  8. Sleepy :: Dopey (we're considering meeting room names in the new work offices and there's 7 rooms so one submitted suggestion was..)
  9. Diet :: Calorie
  10. Top :: MOnitor system (top is a Linux command for displaying machine hogs)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mutterings - Apr 18

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Frustration :: Bang (the table)
  2. Mistaken :: Identity
  3. Twirl :: Give us a ...
  4. Constipation :: Bloat
  5. Purple :: Haze
  6. Phone :: Message
  7. Frizz :: Hair
  8. Sequel :: Suspense
  9. Ache :: Tooth (muttered with feeling)
  10. Fat :: Subcutaneous

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Mutterings - Apr 3

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Error :: Message
  2. Kitty :: Malone (web searches...)
  3. Delay :: Timing
  4. Scale :: Model
  5. Calculation :: Geometric
  6. System :: Failure
  7. Innovation :: Brilliant
  8. April :: Shower
  9. Comforter :: Spirit (Holy)
  10. Frustrating :: Lost

Monday, April 02, 2018

Glacial Firefox

Recently my firefox installation here on the desktop has started behaving very oddle. It's running very slowly and even going to one tab and then returning to the previous one at that point refreshing the webpage happens (apparently) very slowly - this occurs even for the 'blank' tab. I'm running the beta and am on 60.0b8. The menus are fine it's just displaying content. I've restarted several times and the beta has also upgraded - also involving a restart. This is with Ubuntu 17.10 and I see I'm not the only one with this problem seeing a discussion on the newsgroup - and in the other case the problem is with a Windows installation. It takes over 10 seconds to display the 'blank' page- weird, about to try a restart without addons. Even posting this blog firefox sits down for a rest every few words.
PostScript..I've restarted without addons which makes a little difference but still c 10 sec to display an already opened 'New Tab' tab.

Mutterings - Apr 2

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Food :: Hall
  2. Storm :: Warning
  3. Install :: Screen
  4. Report :: School
  5. Dream :: Wet
  6. Analysis :: Structural
  7. Redirect :: Browser
  8. 78 :: No idea (oh
  9. Weather :: Balloon
  10. Protect :: Trade

Monday, March 26, 2018

Mutterings - Mar 26

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Impose :: Mountain
  2. Surreal :: Fish
  3. March :: 4:4
  4. Optimism :: Blind
  5. Conference :: Call
  6. Matter :: Mind
  7. Believing :: Faith
  8. I :: am.
  9. Brace :: Teeth (impending trips to the dentist but not for one of these!)
  10. Fortune :: Cookie
(catching up!)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Teaser Tuesday - Mar 18

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
I've not done one of these for a bit, but am enjoying this book!
She changed tack. "This watch is for Anna's own good, to disentangle her from her web of deceit
From The Wonder Emma's Donoghue's novel of moral complexity in 19th century Ireland.

Mutterings - Mar 18

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Prestigious :: tateur (completing the magician word in french!)
  2. Guilt :: Shame
  3. Booth :: Peanuts (the psychiatrist is IN)
  4. Ambiance :: Soothing
  5. Import :: Package (python language idiom)
  6. Crisp :: Quentin
  7. Show :: Light
  8. Warm :: Fuzzies (I see it's in various web dictionaries)
  9. Flapping :: Tent
  10. Surge :: Tidal

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Dawn on the way to the station

I'm still doing some early mornings, usually catching the 7:30 train into work and sometimes the dawn is worth a picture!

I seem to have missed out on pictures during the cold spell!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Mutterings - Mar 6

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Favorite book :: Well thumbed (evading challenge - though for me an impossible request)
  2. Every day :: Prayers
  3. Believe it :: See it
  4. Up :: Down
  5. Life :: Lesson
  6. Exercise :: 108 steps
  7. Week 1 :: January!
  8. Country :: Walking
  9. Quality :: Street (sorry!)
  10. Favorite movie :: Classic (these words sound like a means of extracting password recovery questions :-))

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Mutterings - Mar 4

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Awesome :: Experience
  2. Race :: (not always to the ) Swift
  3. Pear :: Sorbet
  4. Unintentional :: Accident
  5. Cough :: Wheeze
  6. Repeat :: Mark (in music)
  7. Aching :: Void
  8. Vibrate :: Sympathetic
  9. Tooth :: Ache
  10. Insult :: Rage

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Mutterings - Feb 25

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Blood :: Libel
  2. Tip :: a Wink
  3. Sign :: Road
  4. Necklace :: Pearl
  5. Freaking :: Out
  6. Jelly :: Donut
  7. Rubber band :: Snap!
  8. Coast :: West (train line...)
  9. Wait :: Stand (those who stand and wait..)
  10. Pressure :: Point

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Mutterings - Feb 18

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Foundation :: Church's (one)
  2. Clues :: Trail
  3. Jump :: Ski
  4. Matter :: Anti-
  5. Happening :: 60's
  6. Addiction :: Cocaine
  7. Acronym :: TLA
  8. Falter :: Horse
  9. Concussion :: Fall
  10. Historic :: (Sexual) Abuse

Sunday, February 11, 2018


Last weekend I was at the FOSDEM (the Free and Open Source Software Developers European Meeting - the FOSDEM website appears not to explain the acronym?) conference in Brussels with rather a lot (42!) of work colleagues.
I went to lots of talks, enjoyed the atmosphere, ate waffles, beer and had good meals in various Brussels eateries. I hope a report will appear here as an expansion of the summary I wrote on the company wiki!

I was there last year as well but a report doesn't appear to have reached this blog, maybe if I do that other entry that'll make up for the omission?

Mutterings - Feb 11

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Tradition :: History
  2. Download :: Cache (avoids history again!)
  3. Heroic :: Sacrifice (I'm sure I didn't see the next line!)
  4. Sacrifice :: Fire
  5. Forever :: Young
  6. Backtrack :: Search
  7. Release :: Beta
  8. Pay :: Pal
  9. Fear :: Outstare
  10. Jingle :: Bells

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Mutterings - Jan 30

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Adopt :: Kitten
  2. Summary :: Execution
  3. Intuition :: Feminine
  4. Tears :: Drop (slow-ly) - I see it's a Gibbons' madrigal
  5. Folly :: Castle
  6. Advanced :: Course
  7. Debt :: Prison
  8. Sorrow :: Loss
  9. Early :: One Morning
  10. Flaw :: Diamond

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Water surface and terragen

A recent terragen render - this took a couple of days to complete. I'm still on terragen 3 and intending an upgrade when I can get around to adding some extra memory to the desktop! Maybe it needs a few more textures that rock is a little too uniform?
Terragen is a Windows application but it runs happily under Wine.

Mutterings - Jan 28

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Transparency :: 35mm
  2. Dream :: Live (the)
  3. Delayed :: Train
  4. Spit :: Polish
  5. 1984 :: (Winston) Smith
  6. Suitcases :: Wheeled
  7. Polish :: Mazurka (resists Spit!)
  8. Medical :: Emergency
  9. Martial :: Arts
  10. Parents :: Memories

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mutterings - 17 Jan

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Train :: of thought
  2. Anxiety :: High
  3. Wasted :: Starved
  4. Bread :: Olives
  5. Open face :: sandwich
  6. Cheese :: Straws
  7. Booth :: Supermarket (oh ok Booth's)
  8. Line :: Hold
  9. Weird :: Sister
  10. Mattress :: Sleep
I see that with the increase in tweet size, this complete list could be tweeted!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mutterings - Jan 14

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Prompt :: Payment
  2. Thanks :: a million
  3. Play :: School
  4. Long lasting :: Relief (was it from cold germs?)
  5. Enter :: Friend (actually 'Speak Friend and Enter')
  6. Contract :: Arctic (Ice)
  7. Substantial :: Downpayment
  8. Alert :: Flashing
  9. Swipe :: Left
  10. Resist :: Yes!

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Mutterings - Jan 2

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Stubborn :: Argument
  2. Resolve :: Firm
  3. Pain :: Back
  4. Winnings :: Claim
  5. House :: Ownership
  6. Joints :: Embrocation
  7. Slide :: Trombone
  8. Phone :: Flip-top
  9. Dream :: Perchance (to)
  10. Tip :: per-cent