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Dreamwidth [Apr. 12th, 2017|11:29 am]
So, turns out I've had a dreamwidth account since 2009 (same name as here). Guess I'd better import my stuff over there since everyone else is moving, huh? :)
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Nerdery [Sep. 21st, 2015|12:50 pm]
My pet personal tech project can now compile this to a working 64-bit Windows executable:

extern USER32.DLL:MessageBoxA(Uint64 hwnd, Byte^ text, Byte^ caption, Uint64 type)
extern KERNEL32.DLL:ExitProcess(Uint64 val)

Byte^ text = "Hello World"
MessageBoxA(0, text, text, 0)

(it already does the equivalent on Linux with raw syscalls instead of Win32 API calls.)
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Long term no hai [Sep. 2nd, 2015|10:58 pm]
I have a house (A three-bedroom end terrace which is way more house than I need, but it allows cats, so gotta take what I can get - plus it has a fenced in back patio so I can actually let the Fangster out). Got a pay rise. Life is same old same old really.

I miss when LJ was a hub of activity. I face no books, so my social-media life is pretty quiet these days :/ I hope y'all are doing ok.
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Landladies apparently think cats are the Antichrist [May. 1st, 2015|06:05 pm]
[mood |stressedstressed]

Still trying to find somewhere new to live since my current landlady is selling where I'm living right now.

Twice now, I've gone to view a property the letting agent has assured me is ok with pets, put in an application, and been turned down. The first time 2 other people applied on the same day as me and the landlady picked one of the people without a pet. Fair enough, fine I guess. Just today I put in an application on a place and got told the landlady had changed her mind about pets and now wanted to wait for viewings from petless people. For heaven's sake, they wanted a deposit of about two grand, exactly how much damage do they think one housecat is possibly going to do?

It wasn't easy finding somewhere the last two times, but this is ridiculous. I've got 6 weeks or so to go, but I'm considering the doomsday scenario of putting my furniture into storage, finding a room with friends/a B&B, and trying to find someone to take care of Fang for a month or two til I can find a place. :(
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Oh joy [Mar. 23rd, 2015|07:31 pm]
18 months or so since this happened, my new landlady is also selling the house I'm currently living in. So I've got to find somewhere else by June 10th (that allows pets; that's always the tricky bit it seems).

Seriously, I've not lived in one spot more than a year and a half since moving back to the UK, and generally it's not been by my choice. Feel v like Bedouin, hobo or similar. Is a little stability too much to ask?
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Even longer time no post [Dec. 31st, 2014|05:10 pm]
Well, 2014 is drawing to a close. It's been a stable kind of year; I'm now just past my second year at Sophos. Technically this means I now have the right to take them to an employment tribunal if they mess me around! Fortunately, that's not likely to happen. It's a really nice company to work for, actually; not at all what I expected of working for a big(ish) company (Sophos is ~7000 people, the largest company I'd worked at before that was like 100).

Other than that, same old same old, I guess. I did indeed barbeque some things. I didn't get around to growing any things. I've learned (finally) how to make proper roasties I'd not be ashamed to serve my mum. I've done a bit of random tech nerd stuff (and in the general spirit of dusting things off I should post about them on my old tech blog at some point, I suppose).

Hope everyone else is having a good New Year's Eve; I'm actually quite looking forward to 2015. :)
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Long time no post [May. 6th, 2014|07:10 pm]
Probably because not much has happened; same old same old. I now live in a two-bedroom bungalow (spare bedroom awaiting furniture to become a place to mess about with robots and/or painting little plastic mans); much nicer than the previous place, no damp, and my landlady seems a decent sort too. The job continues fine; it's the annual pay review next month so am hoping for more of a raise than we all got last year (i.e. 0%, since the company was in poor financial straits at the time).

Fang continues fangy; often bitey, sometimes snuggly. Have just started a Numenera campaign with my local nerd krew; some astonishingly bad dice rolling got my first character crucified, gutted and eaten by a dog in his first session, but the replacement has at least survived an evening thus far.

I have a garden! For the first time ever (the concrete patio in Ann Arbor doesn't really count). It's got an apple tree and a small herb garden already; am pondering what else might be fun to plant. Am also pondering barbequing out; the previous tenant left a simple grill (i.e. big metal hinged cylinder on legs into which one deposits charcoal).

I hope everyone else is having a reasonably non-traumatic life. :)
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Happy Thanksgiving, leftpondians [Nov. 28th, 2013|09:20 am]
I shall think of you tonight as I munch on my Austerity Thanksgiving Dinner (ham-flavoured-turkey and swiss cheese toastie) :)
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Whew [Nov. 20th, 2013|12:18 pm]
Looks like I can move paying the deposit and first month's rent on my new place to the beginning of next month, after I get paid. Considering that's an eyewatering total of £2685 ($4329 in Leftpondian terms), that's just as well; it means I can afford to, like, have food and stuff.

It's going to be a lean couple of months til I get the deposit back on my old place...
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Have found a place! [Nov. 15th, 2013|04:05 pm]
Barring the usual credit check, previous landlord's reference, &c I shall be moving here at the beginning of next month.

Doesn't have the character of my current house, but it's considerably roomier, centrally heated (trust me, 18th century cottages are very quaint, but they're a bugger to keep warm in winter), has a garage/shed, and for the first time in anywhere I've ever lived a proper garden. I might even try letting Fang go outside; the neighbourhood is pretty quiet, though there was a black and white kitty in the front garden at the viewing who seemed to think he owned the place.

Going to have to watch my pennies given I'll be paying deposit+first month's rent while I'm still not out of the old place, though :/
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