Research, pubs and diaries

I’ve been spending time doing more research in the Psalms of Solomon… It really is going to be quite hard work to write this dissertation but I’m sure I’ll manage; after all I do have enough time.

Went out to the pub last night as it was Tessa’s birthday. The Stauntons, Camilla, Ian Mac and Jim were there too. It was good to see Ian (my former youth-worker, now the Oxford diocese youth advisor) as I’ve not seen him since easter.

I’ve just put my diary up on this site and written a program to update it as it updates on my computer, so if you wonder what I’m doing when I’m in Cambridge, you can look! Nothing particularly exciting up at the moment though.

Some new piccies

I’ve finished a few more panoramas today – these ones were from Shanghai. They’re up in the gallery. I will write a howto soon because I’ve discovered a lot particularly in the way of getting rid of half-cars and boats and avoiding obvious edges. I was also messing around with some of the effects plugins for the gimp and made a photo of Tom… Go and have a look 🙂

I’ve also written an article about some of my experiences in China.

Killer dolphins on the loose…

A very scary story for divers in the Guardian today – killer dolphins have been released. Also found a story on the BBC about a typhoon hitting Hainan (Hainan was the island where we stayed for debriefing!).

In other news, I went to the dentists this morning for a checkup – he spent about 2 seconds looking at my teeth and then said ‘see you next year’… How easy it is to be a dentist!

Yesterday not much exicitment happened although Helen gave a very good talk on 1 Corinthians 7 all about sex, relationships and marriage. Went down the pub with the Emmaus group after church – was good to see all of those guys again.

Traffic jams and google adverts

Sorry for the lack of update in the past few days.. I”ve not been particularly busy so there’s really no excuse for that.

On Thursday I went to my church’s 20-30 year olds group called Emmaus. This was good fun but we had to get back reasonably quickly so we couldn’t stay to go down the pub afterwards 🙁 Oh well always lots of time after evening church today! We looked at Acts 3 and 4.

On Friday, myself and my mother drove to see my grandparents. The journey there took about 1h20, which is pretty much average. The grandparents were fine – my grandfather seemed much improved after all of his drugs for Alzheimer’s. I took my grandmother shopping whilst my mother and grandfather cleaned the house. I then spent quite a long time showing them pictures from China. We left about 2:40, just in time to hit all of the traffic on the M25, so we took some shortcuts through Guildford which turned out to be even more congested! Oops! In the event the journey home took almost 3 hours.

On the way home we passed (at very low speed) a church which had a really good advert for the alpha course. It was a picture which looked remarkably like the google frontpage. The text in the box was something like “The meaning of life”, and the links along the bottom were “Read the Bible”, “Come to the Alpha course” etc. The title at the top was simply “Searching?”. It’s a relief to see the church finally doing some decent advertising.. I’m sure everyone can think of many cheesy adverts outside churches and I’m sure it doesn’t do anything to help people find Jesus.

Saturday was spent mostly reading and I spent some time in the office fixing the computers there. I also bought the Top Gun soundtrack – what an amazing CD! I’ve been learning to play some of the songs on there on my guitar, particularly the theme tune (which is very easy) and some of the Kenny Loggins stuff.

Computers and parties

Had a nice day today. On Monday I’d booked another appointment for Wednesday on the instructions of the nurse. The conversation went something like “I’ve been told to get another appointment for the nurse on Wednesday” “Ok, is 9am ok?” “Yes” “OK, 9am Wednesday”. I therefore got up at 7:30 (the earliest yet this week) especially for this. I went to the surgery and after several minutes of them searching their systems to try to find a trace of my appointment, they discovered that it had been booked for Thursday… Oh well. This meant that I got a reasonably early start to work as I had walked home by 9:10.

I spent the rest of the day working on our home cluster succeeding in upgrading virtually everything on it in an attempt to get samba working with windows 2000. I finally succeeded and then set up a test network with several domains and so on, to prove that we could use different networks for the office and home. It’s always nice when something you’ve been working on for a while works properly, although I’m sure we’ll have more problems in further days as this is the nature of computers…

In the evening, I went to Rachel Coward’s with lots of our ex youth-group and some other nice people. We had a top-rate evening with a candle-lit supper cooked by the remaining two Coward girls and then chocolate fondu. Following Rachel’s visit to a funeral director’s today there was about an hour-long talk about death and funerals which according to the “how to act in England” book in China, was one of the things you must not talk about over dinner. It didn’t feel strange anyway, especially as we were all Christians and I really cannot understand why anyone would want all these special coffins and fancy arrangements… it’s not like anyone’s going to see it anyway!