Further catchup with the world of AlistairL

I think I would be better off with Twitter than these summary posts, but such is. These will placeholder my life until I get my thoughts down in more detail:

  • A week last Friday I took Mrs AlistairL out for a Fish Tea at the Tailend restaurant in Albert Place. Alegedly related to the management of the Anstruther place at one time, they managed to squeeze us in without a table booking and the fish and chips was excellent. The dining room is a bit small, so look it up in advance and book. Recommended.
  • I had “fun” this week wrestling with some UI work regarding customisations to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. A search around the blog postings on IFRAME Javascript calls to parent forms shows the same but frankly useless code example. I’ll spare you a rant on this sort of stuff, just remember that some folks don’t try the sample code they blog. I got it figured with a bit of code from the SDK, a bit of code from a blog posting (I know) and a function “borrowed” from the CRM js libraries. And that was after virtual directory fun in IIS. Full posting to follow.
  • Had a lovely brunch with Mrs AlistairL at S Luca in Morningside, she had the Vegetarian, I went for the French again with extra bacon (poached egg, bacon, muffin with Hollandaise sauce – yum).
  • I’ve stepped in to the breach at work and volunteered to take an exam at short notice (for me). I am booked to sit 70-630 TS: MOSS 2007, Configuring on Monday 8th September.
  • I bought a rorty exhaust for the RS from ebay this week (a bargain). Work are getting used to me carrying motorbike exhausts home from the office.

Catchup with the world of AlistairL

I do these catchup posts from time to time, when I go through a period when I’m not in to keeping the blog up to date. Happenings include:

  • Cat MkII. After keeping her resolution not to have another cat, two weeks after the departure of Cat MkI I accompanied Mrs AlistairL to Dalkeith to meet a little female kitten being fostered with her brother and mother by the Lothian Cat Protection folks. After an hour of play we departed with a little 12 week old black male kitten who is now called Luey. He plays most of the time he is awake and sometimes will play fetch – bringing items back that you throw for him. His little black and white sister didn’t want to play as much – apparently female cats can be like that.
  • New Tyres – put a set of new Bridgestone BT-021s on my bike, which is all back together and working after my tumble. Maybe I blogged about that.
  • Kung Fu Panda – Took Mrs AlistairL to see Kung Fu Panda at the IMAX in Glasgow. Enjoyed it and going to see the Dark Knight on Saturday at the same venue.
  • IAM Motorcycle Observing – I have been helping someone work towards their advanced test. They ride a Fireblade, I’ve not lost sight of them on the ride outs so far.
  • Shiny valve caps – I bought these as one of the other Motorcycle Observers said they were better (they have a seperate seal in them) but the young folks in my street seem to like taking them off my bike and car. After two weeks of replacing them every other day I have given up and gone back to black.
  • New Phone – After enjoying my Orange SPV M600, I have now got a black and shiny HTC Touch Diamond. Doesn’t have a memory slot, but hangs together pretty good. Yes I know it is not an IPhone but neither was the price. Unfortunately the supply chain of accessories is as stuttery as the phone supply chain – I’m waiting on a cradle and one of those strange HTC extended USB cables.
  • SharePoint and Microsoft CRM – I did two courses in the last month or so, one on Microsoft CRM and another on MOSS 07, or SharePoint as we commonly call it. Both are superb products and I’m looking forward to using them.
  • Writing – I wrote a short article covering the Scottish IAM Motorcycle Senior Observer’s day in April and it has been published along with a photograph I took on the day. They went in to the Motorcycle section of the summer 2008 edition of Advanced Driving Magazine, the members magazine for IAM Members.