That last journal entry was interrupted by my most favourite user who by her own stupidity had managed to cause her mailbox to corrupt nastily and get 13000 error messages put in it and wanted me to fix it.

In this case, Emacs was my friend.

Grrrr… users!

Underworld Stargate

Last night I went out to the cinema with Kat and John to see Underworld. I’ll give a more detailed spoiler view of the film later in this entry, but for those who don’t want to be spoilt my thoughts of the film are that if they’d had had a little less action and a little more character development they could have had a *FAR* better film as the basic plot ideas could be quite interesting.

Afger returning home I decided that I’d not go to bed straight away but instead look at the tape I’d made of the first episode of season 7 of Stargate SG-1 which my video had watched for me earlier in the evening. Again, a detailed discussion of this will take place after the cut but suffice it to say that there was a very knowing set of references to Star Wars.

Aha! Spoilers ahoy, mi’shipmates! Aha!…

Oh my goodness!

Guess what?!

You can’t guess, can you?

That’s right, i have a social life again! 😉

Friday night I was out on the town after happy hour with John and Paul. It seems things are starting to look up now that the postgrads have been paid by NERC.

Tonight, I’m off to see Underworld.

It’s all go, you know.

Anyway, on other news, I picked up 3 games at the Games shop for £20. Not bad for £6.66 a game concidering that the games weren’t THAT old, being “Black&White”, “Diablo II” and “Microsoft Flight Simulator 98.” OK, so the last one isn’t so hot.


I can’t remember how long it’s been since I last updated this, so I’m going to assume that it was about a week ago.

I finally managed to finish building KDE 3.1.4 at work only to find that they’ve broken the logout part so the session doesn’t close properly. This is a real pain as it’s a show stopper bug as far as rolling out the update into general use.

Last Friday afternoon so silly person somewhere in north Oxford probably had the fright of his life when he cut through one of the two main power cables feeding the University’s science area and damaged the other cable. The upshot of this was that an e-mail went around warning that there MIGHT be a power failure sometime in the afternoon and to take action. OK, so, what action can you take about a possibility? You can’t shut things down ‘cos there might not be a power failure. Anyway, about half an hour after this useful e-mail the power went off. I was then told that it would be off for the whole weekend so I turned everything off at the wall and everyone went home.

Anyway, as it turns out the power came back on only about an hour after it went off, but this was long after everyone had gone home.

It’s taken me until yesterday to get things back in order. A couple of hard disks didn’t spin up after the failure. Oh well.

Last weekend I visited Graham, Rachel and little Chris. Saturday was spent wandering paths around Odium and watching signal crayfish (nasty american invaders!) fight amoungst each other for small holes under logs. Sunday was spent doing not a great deal, I think. We did try going to the little trains for Christopher but there was a fete going on so there were long queues.

Other than that I’ve not done anything, really.


I was 2/3rds of the way through building KDE 3.1.3…

Guess what happened? Yes, that’s right, they flippin released 3.1.4 with security fixes!

Aaaaaargh! The b*stards!!!!

rm -rf kde-3.1.3
mkdir kde-3.1.4 kde-3.1.4/src
cd kde-3.1.4/src
wget -r ftp://……/*
cp kdebuildtools/* .
buildit >& build.out