Sun 28 March 1999 @ 11:00
Tense... Anna is tense at the moment, waiting for a taxi to arrive and take us to the airport. She always gets tense before meeting her parents like this, I'm still not fully sure why yet. So, looks like we're all packed and ready to go, if we've forgotten anything then… bummer. I'm looking forward to the next week - no stress, no smelly London air, no underground (well, there is but it smells nicer and has more room), no traffic hassle and loads of time to do stuff. Germany's a bit like Ireland in that respect, it’s a good place to go to chill out for a while. You can either take it easy or not, depending on mood, but whatever you want, you can get it. Should be kewl :-)))
Sat 27 March 1999 @ 11:00
Can't get the database entry working. I think there is a permission problem in that I can't write to a file unless I'm logged in as me. Anonymous users can't, and when browsing the web I'm an anonymous user.
We went shopping today, I bought a cool blue shirt and Robbie Williams' latest CD. Good album, better than I thought. How clichéd, just as I write this "Angels" is playing ;-)
Still can't figure out this fucking database. Maybe there's something here which doesn't allow me to write to a database without using a DSN….gotta keep trying.
Fri 26 March 1999 @ 11:00
Friday... and the last work day before my holidays. Yaaaaay :-) I think I have to visit a client in Munich, so I'm taking my laptop with me, which means I can post the pictures I take up here, when I get the chance. Right now, I'm going to see if I can finish off doing the database work and make it all tie in together.
Thu 25 March 1999 @ 11:00
I think I've almost gotten the database thingy working working. I can now retrieve records from the table and parse them as you see on this page (example can be seen here)... but I can't get info INTO the damn thing. I never thought Access would be so hard to program for - that's what I get for using SQL Server all the time. Spoiled.
My book didn't arrive, they said they'd call tomorrow and let me know what's happening. They better have it in. 'cos I'm going to Germany on Sunday and I don't want to wait 10 days to read it. Did I mention I'm going to Germany on Monday? That's going to be funky - we're going snowboarding :-) I'll see if I can update this from there, but I don't know yet if I'm gonna bring my laptop - it IS a holiday ;-)
Wed 24 March 1999 @ 11:00
Another wrecked evening. This page was running out of a database over the last couple of days, but that was prooving to be a pain in the bollox to administer, so I've temporarily gone back to using good 'ole InterDev to make static pages. I'll do something soon though, can't be having it this simple!
Its been a weird couple of days I think. Work as been intermittantly quiet, but hectic at other times. Home has been pretty cool - after 8 months we might have come up with a solution to getting all the house work done. Now, don't go telling everyone this, 'cos we might be able to get a patent on the idea, but we're ALL going to do different things on different days in a pattern... kinda rotating through the defined jobs around the house. We should give it a name, this system of ours. We should call it flarbleplurt. No, something snappier... we'll call it a Rota :-) LOL, it isn't that I don't think we're going to stick to it, its just that I don't think we're going to stick to it. I almost guarantee I'm (and I include Anna here) going to have to clean the kitchen during the weeks when its not our turn to do it. Andrew, you were right about the book - its called Betrayal at Krondor, and it takes part back after the Riftwar. It has Arutha, Jimmy and Locky in it, and I take delivery tomorrow afternoon :-)) I'll let you know what I think of it. I've also started reading Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzche, and I have to admit that so far I think its fairly shite. Either I'm reading it completely wrongly, or the guy is the biggest egoist I've ever come across. Actually I suspect the former... the introduction tells a completely different story from what I'm picking up so far ( I thought it really WAS about a guy living on a mountain ;-) No, I'm finding it pretty heavy reading, and having to adopt a style of observation I haven't had to use since school. I shouldn't have spent the last 20 years reading pulp fiction - it has completely destroyed my comprehension of any written form not prosaic. Anna's going to sleep now, and I think I'll join her. Nighty poop.
Tue 23 March 1999 @ 11:00
Today was a bitch. ---insert rant about work stuff not doing what it should here---Here's a thing, I've changed this page drastically. Instead of static html which I have to edit every day, its all now done from an Access database. I love toys ;-) I'm shagged, so I'm gonna sleep now. I'll update this with some relevant content in the morning, the last couple of days have been tiring, developmental, and mental… so no time to play with my thoughts.
Mon 22 March 1999 @ 11:00
Tidings of great promise. AOL UK is moving with the times :-) Can't tell you the details yet, but watch this space. There was the obligatory trip to All Bar One for unlimited drinking - which I didn't stay long for but managed to get drunk anyway. And now for some reason I seem to have a bit of a headache. Can't figure that one out. Oh, and yes Max, I did vomit.
Sun 21 March 1999 @ 11:00
Cold day. There was supposed to be an exhibition in the Barbican Centre today all about domestic pets. Anna's big into pets and animals, so we decided to go have a look. What a mistake that was. The entire exhibition was composed of about 6 photographs and 2 audio recordings. It was basically a load of shite. The place sucks also - the interior decor was probably lovely during the 60's or 70's, but now its kitch and tacky. So we said fuckit and went somewhere else. There was a culinay street party in Soho which we read about so we trecked along to that. Small thing, not a bad athmosphere, but it was ruined by the weather. Out on the streets were different stalls selling small portions of the food on sale in the restaurants behind... we sampled extensively ;-) There was a Chinese Dragon out there too, and some very strange costumed figures. I'll put some pictures up here when I get them developed. Typically I had left my digital camera in work on Friday. Cian is back :-) Seems like he had a wonderful time in Tucson, and he didn't get sun-burned!!! He got some cool photos of some of the places they went to while over there, maybe we can get them online too. He was saying that St. Patrick's day in Tucson was cheesy - probably everyone can trace their roots back to the famine or something, and they're proud of a heritage they know nothing about. Americans are so stupid sometimes. If any Irish-Americans read this and take offence - tough. I'm Irish, and proud of it, and sometimes dislike your attitude to us. Gotta go get some food now... sushi just wasn't enough.
Sat 20 March 1999 @ 11:00
We've just watched Species, and I had forgotten how crap it was. An interesting thing came to mind, which Andrew said the first time we saw it - "Awesome thing - it sucks in an ugly fat woman and spits out a sexy blonde!". The rest was boring though, so I decided to do something about the navigation on the website. I replaced the images with DHTML and JScript, so instead of loading about 21Kb of images it loads 1.5Kb of text :-) I'm pretty pleased with it so far, all I need to do now is build a browser detection system into it so it can drop back to the original for IE3 and Netscape. Gotta test it all first though, I can do that on the test machines in work on Monday. Dad, I see you've been surfing here a bit, can you have a look at this on the machine you have with IE3? ::sigh:: Saturdays. You've gotta love them. Got up at 12, did nothing for a few hours, went shopping, ate, made love, did more nothing, watched TV. Anna did a pretty fantastic lasagne for dinner. Did I mention that I've gotten pretty big into cooking? I haven't eaten noodles in months :-) I don't even buy much frozen food anymore, we tend to cook things from fresh ingredients. It rocks, and its soooo much easier than I expected. I actually get a lot of pleasure now from cooking with Anna. We tend to come up with some very interesting combinations :-) Love it.
Fri 19 March 1999 @ 11:00
Anna's going slightly mad at the moment. She bought some trousers the other day and they're too long... so she decided to shorten them. If this was me I would have gone to a trouser-shortening shop and had them deal with it, but she wanted to do it herself. Admirable idea, until it all went wrong. It seems the material doesn't want to be sewn as well as she want's it to, so now, she's giving out to her trousers... LOL... bit like Kate really ;-) I'm completely wrecked at the moment. It just hit me a while ago, I think I really need to get some sleep now. I don't remember today being so strenuous, although I got quite a lot done. There are some dynamic web pages I have which draw some pretty graphs from info they pull from a SQL database. Thing is, every time someone loads one of these pages the graph is re-created from the data. I wanted to find a way of getting this together without putting as much load on the server, so I came up with... the MegaProc(tm). This is web page which instantiates the graph object, and then generates all of the graphs and saves them as a JPG. Instead of hitting the server a fair bit many times during the day, it hits hard continuously for maybe 5 minutes during the night :-) I love technology. I went to the pub with some people from work tonight. Discovered there that there are far more stoners in this office than I had originally thought. Interesting, considering I was thinking about spliff a bit yesterday.