October 3rd, 2004


The current state of play -- meh and urgh.

So ... what's going on?

Slouch yesterday was good. alexmc, aeglefinus and Sarah, hddod and nerosmaster joined me in wandering around Southend. There were supposed to be fireworks at 8pm, but with the rain and the general tiredness most of us abandoned ship and set off home before they started.

Slept on the train.

Got home, and there was no Internet. All the little lamps on the cable modem were fine, the firewall got an IP address from the ISP, but I couldn't get any traffic out at all. No clues on the NTL recorded message either. Swapped network cards in the firewall to no effect. Swapped them back. Still nothing. So that was all a bit urgh. Traffic on the Lan was fine. I missed scarlatti's phone calls because I was in the server room with all those fans going, so that was urgh too.

Internet came back sometime this morning.

I slept far too long. Missed Church. I wonder if I'm still on US time? So that was urgh as well.

Shoulders urgh. Head urgh. Throat urgh. Left knee double-urgh.

Not being with scarlatti is very urgh indeed.

Back to work tomorrow, and the fridge needs defrosting too. Meh.

Lasagna and Chat now. Life improving, but too slowly to be useful.


My firewall at home has needed replacing for a little while.

Until earlier today, it was an ancient Pentium 100MHz (f5 m2 s5) with 56MB RAM running Smoothwall GPL 1.0 patch 10.

Now, at last, it's an ancient Pentium 100MHz (f5 m2 s5) with 56MB RAM running Smoothwall Express 2.0 patch 4.

When I have some spare time, I'll replace it with an ancient Pentium 100MHz (f5 m2 s5) with 56MB RAM running a hand-cranked firewall on a 2.6 kernel and something like Turtle. One day. It'll still be a stupidly overpowered machine for the task.

NTL are still being a bit crap, dropping traffic for a few seconds at a time once or twice an hour.
  • Current Mood
    discontent hurting a bit

Birthday presents

My mother (NOLJ) got me a book of popular songs, with scores, dating from throughout the last century. There's a suspicion that this may be used as a resource for Filking.

scarlatti got me a couple of trips to the Circus, and was generally wonderful to me in all sorts of ways during my recent trip. There was a trip to a restaurant too.

hawkida got me, amongst other things, a book of Adult Origami. It looks like I'll be studying this in order to demonstrate a couple of folds at her party next weekend.

flick turned up to the pub and told me that she didn't have my present to hand because she'd not anticipated being there that evening. She could be a fair bit later with my present and still get it to me sooner after my birthday than I got hers to her after hers.

hddod got me a box of blackcurrant Matchmakers, following a conversation in her journal about having found them on sale near her place of work -- I'd previously bemoaned my inability to find orange Matchmakers, which I'd wanted for a variant on my previously posted recipe for Chocolate Mint Vodka.

Memo to self -- when making Chocolate Blackcurrant Vodka, start with the bottle that doesn't have a pepperami in it already.