Fri 16 November 2007 @ 20:15
Ok, so we've moved into our new place at last :-)) Yesterday the bed, table and chairs were delivered. They're solid oak, and heavy as fuck. They look wonderful though :-) I Interestingly they came flat packed, which I wasn't expecting with furniture so heavy. Particularly the bed, I don't know why but it surprised me that it was flat. Anyway, I assembled it in under and hour, and then went to work on the support for the mattress. That took me about three hours, and it was the most fiddly self-assembly piece I've ever come across. Still, got that done, and the table and a couple of chairs built too. Four chairs, Going to head home now, as I'm in Starbucks. We don't have our Internet connected yet which is frustrating. I have no idea how long its going to take either. ::sigh::
Wed 14 November 2007 @ 01:49
There's a new version of Windows Live Writer, and I like it so far. They have provided the ability for posts to be made with XHTML as well as HTML. I don't know yet how this is going to play with my blog system, but we're getting very close to the point where I will take apart the interfaces to the database and replace them with something much more standard. As a general rule, I display new paragraphs with <br/> as opposed to <p>...</p>. There's no reason why this has to continue now - HTML has come a long way since I wrote this system first, and its time, you know? So, tomorrow we're moving house. I'll get that out of the way first, and then start working on LPC version... er... 20? 25?
Mon 12 November 2007 @ 22:20
After my course today, we went to the cafe downstairs, and practiced our German. We talked about the weather in Germany, and how we couldn't speak the language well enough, and languages in general and how they are thought in schools. We did it all in German. I really had forgotten, and missed the feeling of being stretched to the limit, with that conversation. Maybe some of my sentences came out badly, and maybe the grammar was crap, but we still had the conversation. We talked about a range of subjects and managed to get our points across in German. Fantastic! It was the first time I've managed to do that in a situation where I couldn't switch into English and had someone translate for me.
So, we moved all our stuff to the new apartment in Daglfing over the weekend. It took us three trips, in a van and the car with the seats down. We should be able to get everything else done in a single trip on Wednesday :-) Haven't figured out how we're getting there yet - we'll fill the car and take the train while Andreas drives maybe? There are some bookshelves to move too, which are 3m high. They can be dismantled and will fit in the car if the front seat is down. That means only one person can go with the car. Yummy, logistics. We're not going to have an Internet connection straight away either, so I have to make sure that everything gets done for the guys in London before the end of tomorrow. Its all finished now, but I need to go see if I can break it before I give the code to them ;-)
Tue 6 November 2007 @ 20:38
"Thank you for your comment on the purchase you made recently with Sony Style. We are always trying to improve our service, and value customer feedback at all times. We read and try and act on every single comment." I bought my laptop from them in August, and made whatever comment I made in the survey at the end of the transaction. How's that for customer feedback appreciation ;-)
Tue 6 November 2007 @ 20:36
In start contrast to yesterday, the first song on my MP3 player was some shit by Sophie Ellis-Baxtor.
Mon 5 November 2007 @ 20:44
The song playing on my music player right now is Billy Jean, that wonderful melody by Michael Jackson. Remember the video to that? The one before that was Queen's We Will Rock You. While I booted up my laptop U2's One started. What a brilliant mix to bring me down from the constant concentration of German class.
This was the first one in a week, and I'm trashed after it. I think I'm ahead of the curve though, in that I knew everything we did today with the exception for some vocabulary. There are three of us this time, and a teacher whose accent is a little hard to understand. Just like the last course however, she doesn't stick completely to the rules and some of the more difficult words are explained in English. I don't know if I mentioned already, but the course is being run by Berlitz
in their school just off Marienplz (Marien Platz).
The Berlitz method of teaching is to completely immerse you in the language and use repetition as a learning device. Typically the teacher says something and we repeat it, and then she asks the corresponding question and we answer. Then we ask the questions to each other and get the same answers, or slight variations of. So far though, I haven't seen that method adhered to completely, and that's just fine by me. I think I have improved quite a lot in the last four weeks, and the next four will be even better. I believe that this course actually covers all of the different aspects of German grammar and leaves you with a full (albeit narrow from a vocabulary perspective) understanding of the language. Jesus, the music just changed to Wham's Careless Whispers. Good thing sound doesn't leak from these headphones, otherwise I imagine I'd be getting strange looks. Anyway, we're getting close to Ismaning now so I'm going to suspend my laptop and post this at home.