Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Who's Audrey Tautou? Philistines!

Due to so many people asking me who Audrey Tautou is I thought I'd explain: She's mine, right! No-one else's, mine!

Oh, alright. She's a French actress that you may have seen in the film "Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain", or "Amélie" as its known in the UK.

Here is a link to perform an image search in Google to jog your memory.

Half-Life 2: Wow!

These days I don't have time for playing games on my PC, what with keeping the kids entertained and all the other grown up stuff that goes on. But I recently got the Half-Life 2 bug, and I think it may develop into full blow flu.

I loved the original game, and have followed the development of the sequel with great interest. Its interesting for me, being involved in software development, to see that companies such as Valve have the exact same problems we do when developing new software. There is a great article on Gamespot that covers the history of the development of HL2. Its well worth a read and covers the development from the conception to the broken promises of release dates (and believe me I know how that feels), to the theft of the code ( Gabe Newells attempt to the hacker into in to the US to have him arrested is fantastic ), to the final triumphant thrashing of the piñata (which I have to say is a lovely idea, as is the point where the whole company stopped work for a week to play the game as it neared completion!).

Read it here: The Final Hours of Half-Life 2

So, on the 16th November 2004 Half-Life 2 was unleashed on an expectant world. I resisted for all of 5 days, until Sunday.
I purchased a copy and everything you may have heard or read about the quality of the game is true. It really is an amazing achievement. I won't go into any detail, its all over the web. All I can say is I better be very careful in the next week or two, my marriage could suffer if I'm not!

Thursday, November 18, 2004


There is a small white card sitting on the desk in front of me. On it is written, in pencil, '10AM'.

I mention this because it is not my small white card. It is a card that, as far as I am concerned, has just appeared from thin air. I came to my computer to add an entry to my blog and there it was. I wonder what it means? I keep looking at it and wondering if there is anything on the other side, but for some reason I don't want to turn it over. I like the simplicity of it...10AM.

I wonder what is happening at 10AM, or what happened at 10AM. Sometimes life throws up these little mysteries and you never quite know what will happen next. As an example, a colleague and friend of mine lost his job this week. He was 'asked' to consider his position and ponder whether he should stay. What a terrible thing to have to deal with. Most of us at work just sat doing our jobs, having a reasonably nice time, and this poor guy has his life turned on its head. It hasn't been made clear to anyone why he was asked to leave. Sometimes life throws up these little mysteries. I'm glad all I have to worry about is a little card with a cryptic message on it.

Oh, I've just turned to card over...

Monday, November 08, 2004

Stung by my Wasp!

It's been a frustrating week. My Vespa packed up so I've had to use a proper car to get to work. It's amazing how much more frustrated I feel having to drive a car to work, than I do when I drive my scooter.

The battery has packed up and the bike is only a year old. Couldn't even kick start the thing.
Fortunately one of the two local dealers was really helpful and has lent me a battery so I can get the bike into him to check out. Sounds like there is a problem with the electrics that's drawing the charge from the battery unnecessarily. Hopefully will get it sorted this week and my frustration will be a thing of the past. Still, if that is all I have to worry about I reckon I'm ok.