Daily Archives: Tuesday, 13th May 2008

Weight Report – 12 May 2008

Oh dear, oh dear. While I seem to be doing really well on the “catch up on all those photographs” target, I seem to have completely lost the plot on the “lose some weight” target. I can only put it down to being demotivated by the change in the weather – it’s been the second miserable day in a row, and I really can’t manage to persuade myself to walk to or from work at the moment.

Oh well, maybe tomorrow. Or next week. Or, err, well….

Cardiff Bay – 22 December 2007

Yes, the tuitness goes on! As I more or less promised yesterday, here are the pictures from my visit to Cardiff Bay last year. For most of the time I was there, it was a dull, grey day of the kind that makes photography a little more challenging. A lot of these pictures might have been better on a brighter day, but it was the only day I had, so I tried to make the most of it.

Doctor Who and Torchwood fans will recognise some of the locations, not least the water feature. I got a close look, but I didn’t see anyone being invisible around Torchwood’s back door :laugh:

Also in this set are the lovely brick Pierhead Building and the wooden Norwegian Church, which are survivors from the Bay’s last period of prosperity, when Cardiff exported coal to the world. Along with those are more modern buildings such as the Millennium Centre, Senedd (home to the Welsh Assembly Government) and the St David’s Hotel, with its distinctive sail on the roof. There’s also a nice selection of sculpture, some views of the bay looking towards Penarth Head, which is almost lost in the haze, and some birds, real and less real.

Some of these you may have seen before – I put a few on Flickr some time ago, but most are new. Oh, and watch out for the Dalek.

I’m Something of a Geek Myself…

…but sometimes I just stand in awe of the truly professional masters of geekery.

A case in point: KiX is a scripting language for doing clever stuff on Windows systems[1]. While it was created by a Microsoft employee, it’s very much an independent project. I’ve looked at it a few times, but never really got to grips with it, thanks to the usual tuit issues. One thing that stuck in my mind was from the title page of the manual:

KiXtart 2001: A Scripting Odyssey

Nicely geeky...

Yes, an Arthur C Clarke reference, which is guaranteed to give certain kinds of geek a warm fuzzy feeling. Nice. Not quite nice enough to make me get on with learning how to write useful scripts, but still very nice indeed. Moving on a few years, and some things have come up that suggested that getting my head round KiX would be a Good Thing, so while a colleague was applying his existing knowledge, I decided to get hold of the latest version to see if there was anything new that could be of use to us. The first thing I noticed was that it’s moved on from being KiXtart 2001 to the next major release, which is of course:

KiXtart 2010 ..it's full of scripts

KiXtart 2010 ..it's full of scripts

They broke the Geek Meter

..KiXtart 2010, with a suitably geeky reference. Anyone who doesn’t get it needs to do some reading, or at the very least some movie watching. Better still, some of both.

I presume the next release will be KiXtart 2061, but it might be a long wait. And the one after that will require an even longer wait….

[1] The kind of things that Unix geeks have been doing for ages with shell scripts, awk and bits of string