Month: December 2002

How does my body know that I’m back at work? It must know, it’s the only reason I can think of for it keeping me up most of the night hacking up phlegm… bleuch…

It’s here.
It’s working.
It’s fast and quiet and sleek and ohhhh so many things I don’t even know where to begin!

“Dear Sir,
To receive your new computer you will have to take a day off work, sit at home and wait for us to deliver it. I’m afraid we can’t give you an approximate time, or even an a.m./p.m. expectation as our drivers obviously don’t plan their route until they are actually on the road. Ohhh and if we don’t deliver it by 6pm please let us know.”

So I did. At 5:50 p.m. I was told the that drivers finished at 6 p.m. and had had a ‘big load’ today (so get a bigger fuckin van!). However as the drivers were finished and the depot was closed by the time I got an answer (at about 6:05 p.m.) I didn’t even have the option of driving the 3 miles to the depot to collect it myself.

Tell me, if you have a delivery to make and it’s all of 10-15 minutes away, do you think you would put on your route for the day? And as their online tracking system shows that it has been sitting in their Bothwell depot since Saturday, don’t you think they might’ve planned to deliver it today as they, themselves, stated? Apparently not. Apparently the courier was very busy dealing with deliveries that were within a 2 mile radius. So if we were still staying at our old flat I would be joyously typing an entry from a shiny, new PC.

But I’m not.

Ohh and to cap it off, if I phone back tomorrow at 9 a.m. they will try and give me an ‘ETA’. Isn’t that good of them, I should really be very grateful that they are being so helpful. Especially as the only reason I have to phone back tomorrow is because they didn’t deliver my new PC today!!

Excuse me for a second, kiddies, some gratutitous swearing is coming up, please avert your eyes.


Ahem. Maybe I should try and calm down before I go to bed.

While I remember, if anyone has emailed me via my snowgoonATbigfoot account, over the last week or so, can you please re-send. The emails weren’t getting through, but are now (thanks to a little quirk of Blueyonder)

Worldview desktop
STILL waiting for my new computer, but I might give this idea a go. The ultimate information centre, or as the site’s owner’s brother puts it:

“poor man’s official james bond megalomaniacal super-villian world domination mission control video wall”

P.S. I have a feeling this has done the round already, but hey, I wasn’t online much last week so I’m catching up…

Brain on, check
Back to work, working from home and my brain is back on (and secretly pleased that it’s not dealing with drills, spirit levels and the like). Wading through emails, catching up on meeting preparation for tomorrow and side-surfing a few of my usual reads. So without further ado, here is what’s tickling my brain at the moment:

The ‘Extreme Male Brain’ theory of autism
Whatever happened to Bobby Fischer?
How Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Is Likely to Change Big Media

Ohh and I’m waiting for my new PC….

2002 in retrospect
I thought long and hard about my entry. I did.

“Depressingly it was the same old, same old.”


How was your year? Don’t tell me, share it with others at the mayfly project 2002.

Finally finished our Xmas shopping! Now I’ve just got another two sets of lights to put up outside, and two shelves for the living room… and a run to the skip with our old mattress… and re-wire the TV properly… and tidy the spare room/office.. and build the new desk, dismantle the old one.. and.. what am I doing sitting here!!

Never count the chickens
DIY sucks. I hate it. Always have, always will. Off to sulk now.