Holiday – July 2004

I’m on holiday! Jane and I have just bought a house (see another post about that) and so are saving money by holidaying at home. But it’s been fun: cycling, reinstalling Windows XP (fun?!), a trip to Inverness, a trip with my mate Mike J to Cellardyke, Anstruther and St Andrews, and more cycling to come this week. Marvellous!


My mate Max ( introduced me to Godflesh years and years ago. In my opinion Streetcleaner was the best thing they did. On Tuesday I bought Messiah; as far as I can tell: lost tracks that have resurfaced and been remixed. It is quite amazing. I’ve been listening to it all day.

I listened to their first album today in the car. I had forgotten just how phenomenal it is.

Hmm… those are going on my To Buy on CD wish list .

Comedy gigs

Comedy / theatre that I’ve been to:

  • Die (21 August 2003, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh Fringe)
  • Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure (10 August 2003, George Square Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe)
  • Phil Kay (17 January 2003, Eden Court, Inverness)
  • Lee Hurst (9 November 2000, Eden Court, Inverness)
  • Jesus Christ Superstar (10 February 1999, Edinburgh Playhouse)
  • Jesus Christ Superstar (16 May 1997, The Lyceum Theatre, London)
  • Eddie Izzard (21 November 1995, Shaftesbury Theatre, London)

Resizing partitions in XP

I’ve just spent the last couple of hours re-partitioning my second hard disk. A simple task in Windows XP.

When I say re-partitioning I mean exactly that: none of this dynamic re-partitioning nonsense, like trying to resize your living room and dining room, with all your furniture still in it and while having a dinner party. No! I like to back-up, then delete the partitions and start over.

XP allows you to do this in Admin Tools: click – delete – click – as required – click – new partition – click – what size – click – format. Marvellous.

Why? I’d run out of space for my MP3s. I love my MP3 WinAmp-powered jukebox. 16 GB of MP3s, stick it on random and Hey! I’ve got Radio Saunders! Every track a favourite, and no interruptions from DJs. I only had 500 MB left on my 20 GB partition. So I’ve now got a new 36 GB partition for MP3s, and Videos have moved into the old MP3 home.

I also made sure that the new partitions were NTFS, rather than FAT32, which is what they were before, as 10 GB partitions… but remember, FAT32 can’t work with partitions over 32 GB.

The Lesson

My friend Nick sent me this by e-mail:

Then Jesus took his disciples up the mountain and gathering them around him taught them saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn.
Blessed are the merciful.
Blessed are they that thirst for justice.
Blessed are you when you suffer.
Be glad and rejoice for your reward will be great for you in Heaven.”

Then Simon Peter said, ‘Do we have to write this down?’
And Andrew said, ‘Are we supposed to know this?’
And Philip said, ‘I don’t have any paper.’
And Bartholomew said, ‘The other disciples didn’t have to learn this.’
And John said, ‘Do we have to hand this in?’
And Matthew said, ‘Can I go to the toilet?’
And Judas said, ‘What has this to do with real life?’

Then one of the Pharisees, who was present to watch Jesus’s lesson, asked to see Jesus’s lesson plan and enquired of him, “Where is your anticipatory set of objectives in the cognitive domain? May I see your differentiated scheme of work? How are you going to assess the criteria required to fulfil the objectives required of the National Curriculum?”

And Jesus wept.