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Thats what I have been doing

It was a post by Don Box that reminded me what I have been up to over the last few weeks. After the Bike show in March I worked my way through some books that I had bought.

My Amazon order history has In Search of Stupidity ordered in September last year, but it seems like I read it more recent than that. I also worked my way through Raw Spirit which I bought as a travel volume and its brief mention of Iain Bank's VFR. Based on a recommendation by a colleague by the name of Pete Baugh, I got the entire trilogy of The Bourne Identity which is an excellent book with a lot more depth than the recent film adaptation. Another of the Dark Angel novels also went in there. I got a couple of cheap books to pass the time, for some amusement. They were both based on X-Box games, the first called Halo: First Strike and the other called Halo: The Fall of Reach.

More recently I bought a couple of motorcycling related books from Border Books in Fort Kinnaird while I was waiting on a dent repair to the Passat. One called The Perfect Vehicle by a woman in the states who runs a Moto Guzzi, and the other was the Autobiography of Steve Hislop who was a Motorcycle Racer in the UK.

So after name dropping someone who read the same book as me, I make that eight books to post reviews of.

Oh dear, that almost makes me sound as if I buy as many books as The Sutherlands :).

 

 

posted @ Thursday, April 29, 2004 10:04 PM | Feedback (0)
April is showers, gardens and nothing much

I must admit that I have been struggling a bit with material for the old blog here. I go through periods of gushing to periods when I wonder what to talk about.

I did figure that my latest gadget acquisition might merit a mention - I upgraded my old Orange SPV to the latest version a couple of weeks ago when my annual contract ran its course. I now have the SPV E200 which is quite nice, having got used to the various functions. It seems less prone to freezing like my old one, and I quite like the little changes to the screen design albeit that the basic forms interface has not changed for outlook and the other applications. I am still at the daily changing ring tone stage so not settled down yet.

I have been having a wee internal debate with myself on work postings. The Managing Director at my previous employer trained me up to be very circumspect when it comes to discussing work related matters with anyone not employed ( or perhaps even employed) by the same company as me and I still carry a lot of that around with me. I wonder to myself how the Microsoft guys get on maintaining necessary company confidentiality while still keeping their blogs up to date. I guess they will be running with a set of guidelines, or the blogs will be very much part of the partner management process.

So when I feel comfortable that I am not "giving too much away" I will be rambling away about nonsensical rubbish that does not cause any problems, or re-using material that is in the public domain albeit with my own opinion stuck around it.

posted @ Friday, April 23, 2004 9:02 PM | Feedback (0)
Been to the Scottish Motorcycle Show

Just been to the MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show at Ingliston, not too far from where I live. I actually enjoyed it! Took a few measures to help the experience along.

  1. Parked at the car park nearest to the airport, avoiding paying the priviledge to park in a field that you cannot get back out again of without four wheel drive.
  2. Bought our tickets on the gate, having had to queue up with my prepaid tickets last time. What is the point of saving two quid to pay in advance?
  3. Everybody was wrapped up, maybe too much, but a lot easier than moaning cold folks.

Some nice bikes going, and managed to shift most of my reticence at sitting on the bikes.

Best bike for me? Shifted from the Triumph Tiger this year, my wife decided that the one that rode in as we were walking in to the show looks wierd in the area below the half fairing. So the one for us is the BMW K1200RS, big enough for me, low enough for my wife to get on (being that she is around a foot and a half shorter than me) the pillion perch.

I had a bit of fun trying out cruisers for a laugh, sadly the rest of the family said they suited me in a sad kind of way. I must have the black tee shirted fat bloke act down to a tee.

With the new digital camera I have quite a few pictures to post up. They will be posted up to my motorcycle website back at demon.

posted @ Friday, April 23, 2004 8:53 PM | Feedback (4)