Thursday, May 25, 2006

Well the weather is getting warmer and the end of term is getting nearer. In fact, after tomorrow, I only have 3 weeks of teaching left. Time really seems to have flown by even though it also feels like an age since I left the UK. Still, it means I now have to start working out what I'm going to do for the summer.

This book looks interesting....

Strange Horizons Reviews: Visionary in Residence by Bruce Sterling, reviewed by James A. Trimarco

Thursday, May 18, 2006

I've been a bit ill this week with a cold and sore throat and ear. I went to the doctors yesterday and was given two drips, some antibiotics and some throat lozenges. The drips are bit over the top but tey are used to administer some kind of medicine. Am starting to feel a lot better now although my ear is still sore. Have had some time off work as there's no way I could have taught and mostly I just lay in bed.

On Tuesday evening I had an interesting chat with a man in Shanghai who is interested in Lifehacking and GTD. We started by discussing linux distros and it kind of went downhill from there... still it was nice to geek out for a bit and I've offered to help him set up, which could be fun. He also put me onto a site that gives you 1GB free storage space for files - useful for backup and accessing anywhere:

And, this week, Google Notebook is here, which looks pretty good despite not being able to tag stuff. Handy for collecting research from the web together and not a bad interface either.

PS. David makes a good point about the box link (see comments) - use that and help me on my way to a free account upgrade! What are you waiting for?

Friday, May 12, 2006

So, after a short break it's back to work. Spent Sunday spraying for cockroaches and sweeping up the remains. Actually I'm still occasionally sweeping up the remains as there are more, er, victims every morning. Basically after having a cockroach jump at me for the third time after opening my fridge door (they like to rest in the space between the fridge and freezer doors) I'd had enough.

Teaching has been pretty fun, the kids seem mostly to be glad to be back (although one class was just so so when I asked them how they were). The only day that was a bit rough was Wednesday but that was entirely my own fault. I went out on Tuesday night for Noah's birthday and we had way too much beer and sake at a Japanese restaurant. mmm sushi. I also found out I had another story rejected on Wednesday morning.

And tonight it's Steven's birthday so it looks like I may have to do it all again. In the meantime I'm listening to Black Grape and enjoying an unexpected afternoon off as my tutor students are not back from Korea yet.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

May Day Holiday

A podcast talking about what I did on my holiday - travelling to some nearby cities and seeing the sites.

My Odeo Podcast