Monday, September 26, 2005

Manic Monday

Well I had to say goodbye to ickle Dylan this morning as I had to head to work for an extremely busy day. Dylan and company had to head home in the afternoon after a rather exciting weekend playing around with remote controls, mice and beer bottles.


My day at work consisted of lots of interesting activities such as doing a videoconferencing QA Test with the guys up in Edinburgh and providing a training session for a few academics from the English department. It went a lot better than I thought it would, especially as the lecture theatre I had booked seemed to be occupied by another group. It was quite lucky that Newman A was free in the afternoon.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Hectic Saturday

Well it's Saturday night and I feel quite tired for some reason. I spent the best part of the morning cleaning the house ready for my bro and his family to come down to Exeter for the weekend. I also managed in between cleaning to have a nice chat with my girlfriend today, think we must have been on the phone for around an hour or so. I didn't realise when I phoned her yesterday that she had to pay for receiving the call. Still it was a pretty enjoyable conversation and I'm sure we've got quite a lot to talk about in the future.
I picked Ugy, Dylan + Astrid up from the train station at around 2pm or so and brought them home. I gave Dylan his slightly late birthday present, which he wasn't too interested in playing with at the time as he had discovered the TV remote controls. Though the bear did seem to grow on him later in the day.

I then had to head back into town to meet Seumus to have a chat at Costa.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Traffic

Here's a pretty cool game to waste lots of time, it's a simple game involving try to get vehicles from one end of the screen to the other negotiating traffic lights which you can change from red to green. Enjoy

Monday, September 12, 2005

Insomnia

Do you have problems sleeping? Well I know someone who can talk about sailing for hours and hours, which seems to be just the ticket if you're having problems sleeping. Failing that you could always do worse than check out his rather interesting website.

Christ

Hurrah it's another fabulous Monday and also the start of another exciting week at work. The morning consisted of watching some video stream being sent from Plymouth just to check out everything was ok. Fortunately there wasn't any problems, so I could get on with the rest of my tasks. I was surprised how much I managed to get done this morning, must be a new world record for me.
Lunchtime came very quickly today and after waiting god knows how long for K to get her act together we finally made it to the Ram. It's been closed for 2 weeks so it was nice to pop in and be greeted by the friendly staff. I decided to go for the healthy option as per usual and had a baked potato and salad, whilst the big jelly decided to go for a slightly less than healthy option of cheesy chips and mayo.
As the weather was so nice we sat outside to talk about your typical nonsense like we always do, though I admittedly got distracted a few times and couldn't really engage in conversation for the most of our lunch. It's a real shame that I can't multi-task, but I think by then Kellie had already given up on me and I suppose if she could...she would have rather had a conversation with herself. The finishing touch for me was when a certain female decided to stretch before getting up and I exclaimed "Christ". I guess you had to be there to appreciate it/them, they are the most perfectly formed jubblies I've ever seen. Luckily there aren't too many girls I've seen lately that have that sort of affect on me, otherwise the conversation would be non-existent. I must have came close to raising the table. ;)

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Photos of Exeter

Just thought I'd plug my own personal website by mentioning that I've added some photos of my home town Exeter. Sadly there's not much on the Exeter page so far, but I hope to add a few more over the next few weeks. I've got a few nice ones of Exeter Cathedral and one of a parade a good few months back (one to keep Seumus happy).

http://www.people.exeter.ac.uk/nkjdatta/photos/uk/exeter/

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

World Wind

Stumbled across an interesting application from NASA called World Wind which lets you view the world from all their satellite imagery they've acquired. It's incredibly powerful as it lets you zoom in and look at everything in 3D.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Keystone cops

Didn't really have a proper lunch today as I spent a fair amount of my time talking to my ex gf, which actually went better than I thought it would. We've not been getting on particularly well for the last week and a bit I guess for various reasons I won't discuss. I hope things improve from now onwards, as it's not been fun this last week.

Decided to go over to the University supermarket which still surprises me by being recently renamed KeyStore to grab a coffee and sit on the benches outside. I joined a table with some foreign students learning English and a few minutes later Kellie pops up and joins me after sending me a few abusive text messages. She always sends me abusive messages when she has to walk more than a 100 metres or so, especially if it's up hill. Todays abuse was something along the lines of muppet!

Kellie went into the supermarket to get her usual giant sized baguette and latte. A few minutes later the rest of the Compass team joined us to feast and admire the splendid views. The views were much better than the dismal views in the Imperial yesterday and at least there were a few people we knew especially the ones with interesting faces!

Kate was the first to leave as she had to do some training in the afternoon, though she did bump into someone with a nicely fitting suit. A few minutes later I received this text message from her.....

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Dibley

Got a text message from Judit today to meet up for coffee this afternoon at the Boston Tea Party. I must have got into town at around 3pm or so and decided to waste a bit of time wandering round the city centre. I was getting a bit bored as most of the shops were closing at around 4pm and decided to wander towards the cathedral as you do and who was there but none other than Dawn French.

I overheard some people mention it was some special service for some cancer thingy, perhaps a cancer charity organisation. I must eavesdrop better next time to find out what's going on.

This is the best photo I managed to take at the time as Dawn had a habit of looking in a different direction whenever I got close or someone getting in the way when I was taking a snap. Still I'm quite happy with the shots I managed to take and for those interested I'll put some better quality ones up on my website.

I then headed off to meet Judit and John at the BTP for a cup of coffee.

Ping pong

Popped into the city centre yesterday to get some birthday cards for my brother and sister, though unfortunately couldn't find anything which I liked. So it looks like I will have to return again to the centre to try again, though at least I've got plenty of time. Bumped into several people who I haven't seen for a while, first person that I saw walking down the High Street from MVC was Caroline. I just about recognised her in her new gothic look. So we had a fairly long chat on the seats outside of Boots about life in general, work and of course the love life. I got interrupted about half way through the conversation when Squirt phoned, and after repeated calls and messages I went towards WHSmith to meet him and his bro. We popped down to the Impy for a quick afternoon drink and after much discussion about whether we should eat something, we decided not to. All three of us returned to the city centre and went out seperate ways. I was still starving so I thought I'd make a head for the nearest Subway for a bite to eat, and on the way through the Guildhall literally flew past Ines with her bags of shopping.

Later on the in the evening went to the Three Fat Fish for a few drinks with all my friends, though to be honest they're more likely family now (alright Dad!).
Squirt wimped out, something about having to work in the following morning....pah feeble excuse. Lots of questions were directed to me about marriage and where I shall go next for my holiday, see what I mean by them being more like family. Whilst I was planning to go back to China this year, am not sure it's going to happen at the moment. I also had to answer questions about if I had been in contact with the Cambodian girl that I met at the Duty Free shop at Siem Reap airport and also when the Chinese girl would come to the UK as they all want to meet her. Eeeek time to quickly change the subject...