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Welcome to September

Seems strange that I used to update this blog everyday, why? Did I enjoy it.. Don’t think so… 

Anyway time seems to be compressing again and work is eating me alive.. Not only that I seem unable to switch off at the weekends.

On the bright side the Garage/Den is nearly done and I’ve upgraded my PC to a whopping AMD 3900x woohoo.. 

So what’s happening? Not much.. Starting to think about looking for another place to build although it will take some time as this will be “The place”.. 

Oh and I’m planning on taking some holidays soon!!

 

Anyway stay safe out there folks!

So how is everyone?

So how things have changed?

I remember sitting down writing lots of updates and thinking back on the things I had spent the day(s) doing and what I was aiming to do in the next week etc..

Now I have a day that involves;

  • exercise (roughly 30mins to an hour on the treadmill)
  • breakfast
  • calls
  • emails and documentation
  • lunch
  • more calls and documentation
  • dinner
  • exercise
  • watch some TV
  • sleep

I mean I get up to other stuff, but I’m not sure anyone is interested in my struggles to correct a 3D printer or the mucky work involved in Resin printing. Then I have the tidying up, gardening (not as often as I should)..

The main thing I used to talk about was work and what I got up to, now I can’t as the stuff I deal with is very commercially sensitive. I guess I can say I’m working on an offshore wind farm, the biggest in the UK (again) although I’m nearly finished on this one now.

Hope everyone is well and sorry if I haven’t been in touch but my life is a bit surreal these days working all hours and jetting about all over the UK and Europe.. Who knows soon my be off for a trip further afield, only time will tell!

Only bit of news worthy I guess is to say that sadly Smudge passed away at the end of March, it was very sudden and hit us both very hard.. Still find it hard to talk about her and I’ve certainly been down about everything in general since 🙁

Anyway I hope the second half of 2019 treats everyone better!

2019

Well we all made it, well done folks!

The world didn’t end in 2018, although the jury is out on 2019 at the moment.

So nearly 6 months since my last post, so maybe a recap?

Work.. More work and well work.

On the brightside this contract is about to end and I’m looking at another one in February, this one I’m going to have to be very careful about however as I could price myself too low and end up unable to take the role, so I need to investigate some more. Also I’m hoping to make more *me* time as right now all my time is used up with either work or Study.

The last couple of weeks I have struggled with a bad back and so the exercise has just dropped off, that’s something that needs to change from tomorrow. Along with a bit more structure to my daily work/jobs.

Hope you have all had a great Christmas and New Year.

Sorry but again due to my new role(s) I won’t be updating anything online in more detail, but feel free to reach out to me via email if you want to chat, I’m not on Facebook although I do browse Twitter from time to time 😉

Have fun in 2019!

Ready to go

So this morning just getting ready to go back to work, had a nice calm weekend, which was nice.
Even managed to go to a local farm show type affair down the road.

Tidied up the workshop container a bit more, new tumble drier that arrived has the control panel hanging off a tad. Seem to have a wasps nest in the roof, where the guy doing the fascia managed to leave a huge gap that they have gotten into 🙁

Got a long drive down to Grimsby later, it’s going to be a nightmare couple of days until I’m setup offshore..

Found loads of stuff I have bought at previous places, going to get all the retro stuff together and start selling it off in huge chunks next chance I get.

Really need to just either bin or sell off the older stuff.. I would prefer to sell it for a reasonable price but eBay is full of scammers these days so it will have to go on private forums that pay a lot less and want to cherry pick the best stuff.. Could mean I end up skipping (as in two of three) lots of stuff come the end of the year.. Crazy.. But I have no need to hang onto it any longer and I’m not willing to lose money on the auction sites.

Right best get ready to leave, have fun while I’m away!

Moving on

Gosh.. So yesterday went bowling (great fun) and popped into the local (20 miles away) model shop.. They have some HUGE remote controller helicopters and cars.. And no I’m not going to buy any lol..

Got my Amiga 4000 working with it’s 68060 and updated Workbench to 3.9, still have to sort out the networking aspect but for now it’s almost complete and I was enjoying playing with it.
Oh I need to set up some sort of switching system for the audio and fix the fact that for some reason the speakers only output on one side (right).
Bubble’s old Amiga 4000 in a tower has had some upgrades, the HDD has been changed to a 2.5″ and the floppy drive has been changed (the old one was shot), I’m waiting on a heatsink and fan for the CPU and will probably modify a nice new chase I bought off eBay for it to move into. Need to get some sheet metal and make up a backplate mind.. That’s going to be a bit of a mission but I’m looking forward to it.

Not done anything around the place for the last couple of days and although I’m now walking again it will be some time before I can run as I don’t want to push my knee.. so half hour of walking and then half hour on the bike each day it is then.

Trying to get my Kinect 2 working with the pinball table and shall finish that tomorrow I expect (need to solder on a power cable).

Going to charge the drone tomorrow as well and give it a go to see what the place looks like now we have had some dry sunny weather, not to mention nosey about what the neighbours have done, they have been digging in the front garden.

Back to work Monday for a week or more offshore looking after a jointing campaign so that should be good, at least it will be a break from all the hassle I have had the last couple of weeks.

For now I have two days off, so I’m going to make the most of it, well once I have booked the hotel that is 😉

Oh and booked my OU course for the year (3k no wonder people don’t bother anymore!), just think in 4 more years I might have a degree (of common sense perhaps boom boom).