Culture

A little experiment in visual art

When I visit the data centre for work, I get my photo taken for a visitor pass. It's often on a Friday -- casual clothes day. The camera (and/or the printer) is black & white, low-resolution, and slightly awkwardly placed. For some reason, the visitor passes have been accumulating in my desk drawer. Here are the pictures from some of them, stuck together. They were a little repetitiv

Geek, Retrospectives

Personal geek history

A piece of personal geek history: yesterday I had heard that a system I worked on when just out of uni in 1993 just finally got decommissioned. Myself and my mate Brian got out of uni at the end of '92, and looked for IT jobs. In early 1993 I landed a contract at a Big Company and Brian came on board too, and we wrote the first version of system "X", using Visual Basic 2 (the application runnin

Clothes, Working life

Shirts

A bit over a year ago I stopped wearing a tie to work, mostly because nobody else at work wears a tie. When you wear ties, they can be the distinguishing feature in your work attire. When the tie is gone, it's harder to get away with, for instance, wearing white shirts every day. So I've bought a bunch of different coloured/striped/checked shirts. Stocktake sale time is a good time to st

music, Working life

The Loud list

At work I have a "Loud" play list, for when things are noisy in the office and I need to concentrate on something. Loudness helps, but an all-encompassing sound is even better for when I need to drown out other noise. Most artists in my collection have at least a few loud songs, but some which have more than others and are more prominent on the list, such as: The Living End Led Zeppelin

Geek, Working life

Daniel is happy

I'm in an astoundingly good mood today. My week started off really crappily. You know the saga... boring job doing literally nothing... contracted until 21/11... can't escape early. But no matter, 'cos I got the most brilliant news last night. For the first time in the universe's recorded history, somebody is going to pay me for something I've written! No, I don't mean boring corporate computer