Archive for 2007


    Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

    Its not out for a while yet in the UK but once it gets there Grindhouse is well worth seeing. Its the new double bill movie from Tarantino & Rodriguez, a little long at over 3 hours – could benefit from a short break in the middle – but they are 2 really good movies.

    Saw Hot Fuzz yesterday too, the UK getting their own back on US cinema and delaying the release out here. Worth the wait too, plus they showed a preview before the movie for Simon Pegg’s next movie Run Fat Boy Run.

    New stuff on the blog

    Friday, April 13th, 2007

    I’ve added a few bits to the right hand column on the blog. There’s the twitter stuff, which is like a mini blog – the idea is to answer ‘what are you doing’ in 140 characters or less. I’ve heard a lot about it so I though I’d try it out, not sure how good it will be yet.

    Then there’s my lastfm charts which show the artists I’ve been listening to on iTunes and my iPod for the week and an overall chart.

    Last of all I finally found something to put in the links section, there’s my flickr account which has photos, but I haven’t taken many recently so I’ll try to get more in there. There’s also a myspace link to my page there.

    I might be playing around and adding/removing bits but it adds a little more information for when I don’t post anything new myself.

    No time for posting while at work…

    Thursday, April 5th, 2007

    I have previously not been writing much as I haven’t been doing much, now I haven’t been writing much as I’ve been doing too much. I’ve been in my new job as a Systems Analyst for just over a month now, I’ve done the training and been taking help desk calls for a while. Its busy during the week but its a good way to learn, I don’t have time to get bored! It consists of taking calls from Taco Bell managers supporting their back office PCs and printers. Its all going well so far, there’s a lot to learn but its coming along and its a good environment to work in.

    Shifts have been moving about a bit but I managed to get day shifts right from the start rather than having to work through the night. The drive down can vary though, weekends aren’t too bad at 1 hour, but some of the busy mornings or Friday afternoon can take 2 – 2.5 hrs!

    San Andreas Fault

    Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

    I didn’t realise how close the San Andreas fault is to San Bernardino, it passes just through to the north so any major quake would have a massive impact here. According to this article, which itself is over a year old, it’s overdue for an erruption which could be similar to the magnitude 7.6 in Pakistan a year ago. Liquefaction could occur because of the underground aquifers and so the houses would all collapse. I thought I was safer this far from San Francisco!

    I got an interview

    Friday, January 19th, 2007

    The weather out here has been very changeable recently. One day I get sunburn, then the university campus gets closed for high winds, then it snows. It doesn’t even rain here, but it snowed.

    Yesterday I had my first interview. It was a while coming but I got a phone call for one job, then the next day a second call for a second job. So yesterday I drove down to Huntingdon Beach (where Jurgen Klinsmann lives) and interviewed for an IT Help Desk position. The company seemed cool and they have a really nice office, the interview went pretty well and the people seem nice. I’m hoping to have an edge over the competition as I speak French and they have plants in Montreal, Canada as well as Tolouse, France but there’s still a few more interviewees to go so hopefully I’ll hear back next week.

    The job hunt continues

    Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

    It wasn’t so much a resolution but I’ve started coming in to the university library for the day. So I am currently working the same hours as Brenda but my job consists of looking for a job. Its been quite productive so far, the library has wifi so I can just spend the day looking for and applying to jobs, if I stayed at home I wouldn’t get anything done as her whole family is there at the moment.

    The only problem is the lack of tea and coffee making facilities. The coffee side of things should be sorted soon once classes start again and they re-open the student union Starbucks.