Archive for November 2007

Stuff global warming, it’s the festive season

Posted by on November 30th 2007 in Rambling on...

Yesterday evening the kids and one of their friends dragged me out to see the Christmas lights turned on in the village. We all liked the illuminated tree next to the church, but we were a bit wary of the radioactive reindeer that had invaded the horsepool!

6 pics, click either of the following images to get started.

For Comrade Napoleon.

Posted by on November 26th 2007 in Rambling on...

"... they had come to a time when no one dared speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes."

Make of that what you will.

Digitally-challenged

Posted by on November 21st 2007 in Great Escapes, Photo hosting, Projects

Anna had just one piece of homework during the recent junior-school half-term holiday... find some pictures of Autumn. What a great excuse for getting the kids outside in the fresh air, we thought, so off we went to the local woods for a "let's see who can take the best photo" competition. I took my Nikon D50, Ella took her Vivitar compact and I gave Anna my old Olympus C730-UZ.

Anna got used to the camera very quickly, this was the first time she had used one "for real", as she put it (she's taken the odd holiday snap with mine, that's all).

Well, we were in and out of the trees, crawling through the undergrowth, trudging through the mud, it was a great time. Anna rattled off shots here, there and everywhere, she really enjoyed herself.

Back at base, we took stock and prepared to send her pics to school, and that's when the experience started to turn sour...

First, we tried to send them by email to the address that had been given to us for this exercise, but they bounced back.

Next, we sent them on the smartmedia card that was in the camera when she took the pics. This was returned with the message that the school "couldn't use that type of card".

Next, we transferred them to an SD card, this was returned with the message that the school "can't read the pictures".

Getting a bit bothered by all the unnecessary hassle, I burned the pics onto a CD, that was returned this week with the message that the school "still couldn't read the pictures".

Now, I'm no expert, but I've yet to find a modern computer that won't read JPG files and finding one without a CD-ROM or better is practically unheard-of these days. It seems to me that the school is more digitally-challenged than I thought.

As you would expect, Anna is now completely disillusioned by the situation, she feels that it was a waste of time, and I can appreciate that feeling. It's not much of a morale-booster, is it?

So, to make up for the shortcomings of the school, I've put her pics in an album of their own. Who knows, maybe the school might figure out how to get to see them too!

Here's a taster of what's on offer...

 

 

 

 

Not bad for a first-timer, eh?

That’s a negative, Houston.

Posted by on November 19th 2007 in Just for fun, Rambling on..., Weather

With a bit of snow, a cheap camera and any old version of Photoshop, even I can fake a lunar landing...

 

The White Stuff

Posted by on November 18th 2007 in Rambling on..., Weather
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We have Snow! Not quite in abundance, but hey, any snow's good. Maybe we'll have a proper winter after all. Excellent!


Proto-Daleks


Not a partridge in a pear tree


Tracks

OK, so it's no great shakes to some folk, but here it's quite unusual at this time of the year.

A composite map

Posted by on November 15th 2007 in Maps, Projects

Right, here's another map, built from the seven KML channels that are used in the individual Wainwright area maps posted in the "Been there, done that" sub-pages. Each channel can be toggled on or off by using the controls in the map's tools sidebar.

Hopefully, Mad Jim will get this to load! 😉

EDIT: I've moved this map to a new page, so that it doesn't delay the loading of the blog.

What a difference a day makes

Posted by on November 13th 2007 in A bit of a rant, Great Escapes, Rambling on...

This morning, during those periods of time when working "on auto-pilot", I devoted a fair amount of time to deciding what to do with the three free weekends between now and the end of the year, weekends that I had reserved so that I could go away winter-walking for at least one of them. This coming weekend there'll be an OM meet up at Langdale, I would have been up for it but I've already declined the invitations to it because Chris is on call-out so I'm on kids-duty. But hey, I thought, I've got three more chances later in the year.

So, this evening, Chris tells me that she's rearranged her night out with friends... it was to have been this coming weekend, but it's been postponed until the weekend after, so that's one of my weekends gone. Never mind, there are still two left.

Being an organised sort of bloke, I cranked up the lappy and made the appropriate edits to the M$ Outlook calendar, at which point I was told to enter the details of Chris's work's Christmas Party... yep, it coincides with one of the two remaining weekends.

Well, the choice was gone, I was down to just one weekend, so it was take it or leave it time. I declared that I would be going away for that one remaining weekend, hopefully to find some snow up in the Lake District. That satisfied feeling took over, at last there was a definite window of opportunity, a fixed date to plan for. In my mind I was already mulling over the map of the Coniston Fells and sharpening the axe and crampons. Wetherlam, Swirl How and Dow Crag would be mine.

Chris looked at the calendar intently, studying the entries for her call-out commitments. From her briefcase she pulled out her ace of trumps, and played it... a revised call-out rota... wtf???

The one remaining weekend was consumed by a previously non-existent week of out-of-hours service for her employer, which means that I'm back in the childcare hot-seat.

Chris can't figure out why I'm ranting at anything that moves, nor why I'm kicking things that don't.

f***d & t**k relent under pressure

Posted by on November 8th 2007 in A bit of a rant, Thanks

I took Hamish's advice and sent a fairly detailed email to the address that he provided in his comment.

The mail was passed to Kris Bezdyk, Director of Information and Systems, who responded quickly with a mail that stated:

Although you have been removed from our general mailing lists, you are a goldcard customer and as such we mailed you our mini catalogue as we did all our goldcard customers, relating to the new store opening in Leicester.
Secondly as a matter of course we do not delete online accounts.

Well, that lot didn't tally with what I'd been told over a year ago... I had been told that my Goldcard membership would be terminated and that the card would be deactivated. And as for the non-deletion of online accounts, well that's plain stupid. Like I said in my reply to the mail, what happens if, for example, an account-holder dies? Surely the account gets closed?

Anyway, I told them that I was asking just once more for my details to be deleted, and that if I didn't get action I would refer the matter to the appropriate authorities, as recommended by Aktoman.

That did the trick. Kris has sent confirmation that both accounts are closed, so I'll not get any more mail. I'm happy with that.

So, thanks are due to Hamish, Aktoman, Kris and, of course, to Mr. Richard Gundle. Cheers, folks!

.....oooooOOOOOooooo.....

Now, I know of another Kris that's reluctant to close accounts... maybe I should send him a link to this set of posts, just to show him how things get done in the real world.

More f***d & t**k junk

Posted by on November 6th 2007 in A bit of a rant

As predicted, today's postal delivery saw the arrival of another copy of the same f***d & t**k catalogue/flyer combi, again clearly addressed to me, this time with my other allegedly-deleted customer-number in the address panel.

So, just out of curiosity, I tried to log in to my allegedly-deleted account, and, yes, you guessed it...

They're taking the piss now.

Revenge will be mine!

Back online

Posted by on November 4th 2007 in Site update

Emails up and running again.

Admin access to blog restored.

Critical progs and data transferred.

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