From Dion to the Ditch

I should explain the random title. Last week, I was suffering Death by Dion, being lodged in a hotel reception and subjected to three CDs of synthisised pan-pipes and Celine Dion on repeat.

By contrast, this weekend I found myself with my colleagues in Wales, beyond the point of no-return on an off-road 4×4 trail having bitten off more than we could chew.

It was supposed to be a gentle way to unwind after the paintballing in the morning. After the climb up the hill of several hundred meters, Jason’s clutch was smoking and smelling of rotten cabbage. Lacking the low range gearbox of Dale’s Discovery, the Freelander was being pushed to it’s limit, so it seemed sensible to take the shorter route and carry on. This was perhaps not the best idea.

We ended up constructing sections of road, driving along a stream, regularly getting out to judge tiny gaps under the chassis and gritting our teeth regularly at the sounds of scraping and sploshing as we crawled our way inch-by-inch to the end.

At least it saved HR the job of organising a team-building course.

General update

Sorry it’s been a while since I updated this blog. Partly it’s that infrequency somehow breeds infrequency. So, it actually became easier to blog at the beginning of the year because I was ‘keeping the oven hot’ by blogging all the time. Anyway, here’s a quick update on what’s going on in my little life…

– Katie’s show Complimentary was a hit at Warwick Arts Centre as part of Bite-Sized. There were two performers at opposite sides of the bar, one audience member passing messages between them, and a very bemused general public enjoying their pints wondering why someone at the bar was singing from The Lion King and having water thrown in their face.

– I’m soon to be the proud owner of a soon to be famous purple drum kit.

– Which is why the shiny new shed is now full and shelves are rapidly being constructed.

– I’ve got some great new CDs: Four Tet – Remixes, Shirley Collins & Dary Graham – Folk Roots, New Routes, and The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs being highlights.

– My new computer, which at 3Ghz was already 8 times faster than the old one, is now running quite happily at a slightly obscene 3.6Ghz. If you grew up with a BBC Micro, that’s fast.

– Which means that I can run Ubuntu inside Windows (using VMWare if you’re interested). This is because (a) I’m a geek, and (b) I read too many articles about unpatched vulnerabilities in things like Adobe Flash Player (that means spyware, if you’re still with me).

– I’m looking forward to being the first to do Black Tonic on the weekend.

– I’ve just realised that we’re all geeks now. If you don’t believe me, then time travel (in your mind if necessary) back 10 years and ask yourself what the following are: Router, Broadband, Mbits/sec. Did you know then? Do you know now? If so, Q.E.D.