Monday, 17 October 2005

Listen to your Dad

Bloody great big hole. These pictures were taken after it rained, rained lots! We were on our way back from school and the heavens opened, putting down so much water that the poor drains on Riverside couldn't cope. The water pressure forced the drain cover up, I'm thinking, and gravity pushed it back down into the hole that was left.

You can see the drain cover in the last image, under the water.

My poor youngest ended up falling in, number 2 rode over it and shredded his back wheel but number 3 couldn't control his bike (hardly surprising really - if it weren't for my avoiding puddles like the plague I'd have lost control too!) and he ended up half-submerged in the drain... poor mite!

The bike is there both for scale and to warn other road users of the danger... you wouldn't have believed the number of people who got nasty about us blocking the road, guess we should have made out merry way home and let the daft buggers fall in...?

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3rd image:

Here's a lesson for you kids: If'n your old man says don't ride in the puddles; listen to the old codger wink!

This picture was taken around about the same time on my way into work around about the Beehive Centre... Red sky at night and all that!

Friday, 7 October 2005

A cool book and DVD

Brought my lovely boat back today from being painted. I'm grateful for the use of a house for a week or 3 but I've gotta say I'm happy to be back in my own home, and it's a lovely colour now too! Black on the sides and light-grey on the top... wonder what the hex values are of those? Finally finished Anil's site and caught the beautiful Appleseed on DVD... had a busy old time of things really.

Finished a cool book as well, The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfield. It really is excellent and proper space opera fare, sounds a lot like the review of Serenity I heard on Radio 4 earlier today that. There's an excellent write up on the back of the book talking about, "the precision of a surgeon's scalpel and the wild abandon of a machete", from Wil McCarthy. Couldn't agree more really, an excellent read full-stop.

Next week I'll get back to my dissertation... honest!

Monday, 3 October 2005

Been busy

Sorry for not writing anything for a while but I've been busy with a project or two.

Firstly I'm getting to grips with my dissertation - and thoroughly enjoying it too.

Secondly I've been doing some design work for an architect chap by the name of Anil Barnes.

It is lovely being able to mess around and I've managed to cobble together a script which did what I wanted in terms of an image slideshows, and what have you, for his site. I keep getting back to having a site on a page and the address not altering but the content being dynamic in terms of what's pressed on the page. I like that a lot but it'll kill the back button on bigger sites I guess...? Perhaps I don't care wink?

Anyway, the address is here and the original address used for development is here.