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March 1, 2006, 00:48 EST
Strippery II
Posted by Administrator

And lo, there was a second guest strip. The second of Hetal's two.

I've been doing some late nights in the dept recently. When this meeting with my supervisors (tomorrow, well today) is done, I can finally go back to a more normal slacking schedule.

February 27, 2006, 00:29 EST
Strippery
Posted by Administrator

And the first guest strip is up. Woo.

February 24, 2006, 15:01 EST
Be Our Guest
Posted by Administrator

I'd like to thank Otie and Hetal. They're the reason that next week will be a week of guest strips. Wait and see...

And it just goes to show what sick and twisted people they are... especially in their senses of humour. Or maybe that's just me looking askance at them.

Enjoy, people.

February 22, 2006, 14:30 EST
Idiocy
Posted by Administrator

I. Am. A. Total. Idiot.

I was up until 4am last night preparing for this meeting. I got into work, printed out a load of stuff and prepared for it, very last minute, but damned good stuff if I do say so myself... even got dressed up nice and smart, clean-shaven and everything...

And I rechecked the e-mail for the time and place... and found out I misread it. It's *NEXT* Wednesday (1st March) at 2pm, not this Wednesday. I have an entire week more. I got the wrong day.

I feel like such a fool. But at least I have plenty of time now - so I'm a happy fool :)

February 22, 2006, 00:28 EST
C and Me
Posted by Administrator

Had the second part of the C course today. Covered the basic conditionals - logical statements, if, else, while, do, cases, switches, conditions and the like, as well as reading and writing to files. I'm quite looking forward to the third class, and I'm also seeing just how difficult coding can be, and just how much *planning* is involved.

My supervisor has also sprung a surprise meeting on me for tomorrow (well, today), which I'm not looking forward to. But I've prepared a bit - so should have some good stuff to show.

Today's comic was inspired by an old comic strip I read the archives of - it's been closed down for years now (no, it's not the old Angband comic). I rather liked it, so I'm paying tribute here.

February 17, 2006, 17:54 EST
Basic C
Posted by Administrator

It's odd. I've been playing Angband (and variants) for years, but I've never actually learned even a fragment of C. So I signed up for a nice basic course a while ago, and had the first three hour session today.

Not bad. Skimming ahead through the course notes, it's covering the maths, accesing files, data, as well as the structure and syntax of C programs. In other words - they teach you all the basics, but leave you to learn the stuff you individually want yourself.

Rather well done, I thought :)

February 16, 2006, 00:26 EST
Back online
Posted by Administrator

Back on chat, MSN and suchlike again.

I don't notice much of a difference :)

February 14, 2006, 17:51 EST
Day Five
Posted by Administrator

That's right - fifth day of my week with no online chat. It's remarkable how it affects you when you no longer have something you take for granted. It's not an essential, but you've become used to it.

My mind is doing strange things :) I'm actually thinking for myself, instead of thinking "out loud" on IRC :) Oh, and general Valentine's Day misanthropy lasted until 5pm this afternoon. A casual hug'n'snuggle with a friend can cheer you up massively, even if there's no romantic relationship between you :) Any one of who can guess the first name of the snugglee wins a guest spot in the comic :) It's a standard English name. (hey, all webcomics seem to have competitions - I just thought I'd make mine even more random and pointless than most!)

February 13, 2006, 01:49 EST
Birthdays
Posted by Administrator

Don't worry - this hasn't even happened to me. Besides, my birthday's in November, not February :)

Am on day four of my week with no IRC, MSN, Yahoo or any form of online chat. I've been doing it far too much, and thus am going cold turkey to see what a week without it does to me.

Sanity is fading... or being restored. Not sure which :-)

February 9, 2006, 17:59 EST
Puzzle games
Posted by Administrator

Most of my time outside work recently has been spent designing levels for various puzzle games. Even if no-one else plays them except me, I still enjoy making them. I find it very relaxing.

I've also been pondering whether to make this strip a Monday to Friday strip instead of a MWF strip - 5 a week instead of 3 a week. I believe that I can draw at the required rate, but what do you lot think? Good idea, bad idea?

February 6, 2006, 17:08 EST
Downtime apology
Posted by Administrator

Seems I spoke too soon - the BIOS battery went on the server this comic is hosted on - and thus more downtime ensued.

Apologies for the absence, people, and *fingers crossed*, there shouldn't be any more of it coming up.

February 5, 2006, 12:27 EST
Downtime and updates
Posted by Administrator

Sorry about the downtime on Saturday. My hosts were migrating the server to a new location. It only happens about once every two years, fortunately :)

For those of you wondering when I'll update - I'll give you a precise schedule. A new comic appears at midnight exactly (GMT) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday :) Though, once in a while, I may do an occasional Sunday strip, but don't hold your breath :)

February 3, 2006, 17:04 EST
A thanks
Posted by Administrator

The circle's complete. Penance and Pav (hoster of the now defunct Angband comic) have mentioned me... and I mention them... and we are mentioned... and there is a link circle!

Thanks guys. I feel kinda honoured :)

On a unrelated note, I was able to properly salvage the experiment that malfunctioned. It'll be concluded this evening.

February 3, 2006, 04:21 EST
Frustration
Posted by Administrator

Sometimes it's the little things that annoy you. Like a gas cylinder running out during the middle of an experiment. Now that's fixable - provided you change it over to a new one within about 20 minutes, it doesn't affect the experiment.

However, it's particularly annoying when you find out that it ran out during the morning... about half an hour before you arrive. *growl* i.e. if I'd been out of bed 10 minutes earlier, this wouldn't have happened.

As I said. The little things.

January 31, 2006, 00:21 EST
Chills
Posted by Administrator

Despite it being the end of January, over a month since the winter solstice, it's still bloody freezing outside. The days are noticeably longer (it's not dark at afternoon tea time), but it still feels as bitterly cold as ever.

On top of that - our heating at the flat is on the blink. It frequently cuts out for no reason that we can think of, and needs a manual reset. This isn't so good if it happens while you're sleeping - you don't notice as you're under a nice thick duvet. However, the flat is freezing cold when you awaken.

I'll be so glad when it's spring again! Summer's too hot... but spring is just lovely :)

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