Dec 292008

Today, just as Toby, Mareike and I where leaving the house to head up to Hamburg, a DHL guy turned up and handed me a chunky envelope from Manning. It turns out, when I later opened it, that it was my free copy because I was a reviewer of the in progress manuscript.

I had started as the technical editor on this book and was going to do the indexing. Unfortuantly I feel quite ill back in late October and wasn’t sure how long it would take to recover. So, regretfully, I pulled out after doing the first chunk of the tech editing of the book.

Reading through the acknowledgments I had a plesant surprise (though missing from the reviewers list hey ho) when I found this quote:

Beyond that, tech editors are crucial to the success of a book like this, so we want to thank our original tech editor, Robert McGovern, who caught minutia that we weren’t even aware of.

His encyclopedic knowledge of the newest iPhone releases was awe-inspiring.

My thanks to Shannon and Christopher for the compliment.

Hopefully I will manage to post my thoughts on the book in the next few days. Want to have a gander over the finished version first 🙂

Dec 282008

Apologies if this doesn’t work properly but in the next day or so I am going to switch the blog from to simply

Basically given how little I actually manage to do with the real site, I thought I might as well make the blog the main point. Then use WordPress’s Pages feature to make any sub pages I might need and just have some links on the sidebar to the Wiki, Mail, Old Journal and so on.

It seems near pointless to have a nearly blank front page on and I should have done it when I first setup this new blog. Live & Learn I suppose.

BTW The reason it might break, is that I am using NGINX as the webserver and I need to read up on its redirect rules and make sure I set it up correctly.


Permenant Redirect  now in effect, anything pointing to should now redirect to the same page at

Dec 232008

Pardon for the language but fuck that hurts.

I’ve been awake for over an hour and a half now because I ate to late last night and snacked on crisp sticks and it has aggrivated the sore / whatever exactly it is in my asophygus. My own fault really but wasn’t quite expecting that.

Thankfully it has eased off now but boy does it bring tears to my eyes. Looks like I won’t be out tomorrow to get the last of the presents I wanted to get.

Fuck on so many levels. I cannot wait for this to go.

Dec 212008

Dec 212008

image1213715573.jpgYesterday we finally put our Christmas tree up which is great. We bought it last Saturday morning but hadn’t managed to put it up yet; mostly due to me going into hospital again from Saturday evening to Monday evening.

We started a bit late as Bob (Roberta) and the kids had been out shopping in Buchholz, while I rested and fretted every what theme to use.

So 6pm I started cutting a hole into the base for our stand, then we got it upright and roughly in place. Then stopped for tea 🙂 After tea the kids (well Toby) tried to help put the lights on but unsurprisingly it wasn’t working.

Rather than have lots of stress, Bob took the already tired kids up to get ready for bed. This left me free to get the 2 sets of coloured lights on.

This is something I once enjoyed but find annoying. The reason is that I am never happy with the distribution. It’s never perfect, some odd idea I have that I can’t articulated not even to myself. So I fiddle, move these lights a little up or down, adjust some others further out or in. Eventually I can finally let go and just accept it how it is, it just takes time & fret to get there.

Later after the kids where finally in bed Bob set about doing what she’s great at; decorating the tree. It may have taken awhile and she did abandon her original idea but she got on and put the wooden decs on, the paper chains ( that I, granny and Toby made) and many other bits.

It was rather late when we finished but it was good and we now have another set of lights along the main window. Yes there are a few things left to go up, like streamers, but they are easy enough to do. Plus Toby wants to make some more paper chains for the tree 🙂

I should add the tree is tall, we had to chop some off to actually fit under the ceiling.

Final note this will be updated to add a couple more picks as iBlogger only let’s me add a single picture … also discovered WordPress app allows adding more pics but doesn’t appear to allow you to order them or choose where they appear.

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