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Hi there.

It’s been 3 months since I last got around to updating this blog. So some catching up seems in order. My project for college is going reasonably well, I’ve got a working application, which matches the initial TOR. I’ve also managed to implement another version of it which does 3D Pythagoras Theorem questions, but they need integrating fully to make them selectable from the menu (plus an option for random types of question needs sorting out). Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the Plug-In version to work at the moment so I’ll have to come back to that later. For some reason, Amanda has changed my supervisor from being her to Adam, odd (well not that odd if you know Amanda).

My other course is not Integrating Business Websites as it was originally supposed to be, but instead, I’m doing Client Server Solutions with Jim. Which can only be a bonus, as I think that this is one course which plays to my strengths. We’ve done out patented Jim Use/Change Analysis thing and are now implementing a client to talk to Jim’s server in VB6, nice.

I’ve been playing with Python and PyQt, and I’m thinking that after graduation I might try and limit myself to Python, Lisp and maybe C# for all of my programming needs. In fact other than learning Lisp for Lisp’s sake I might try and just do Python (as we have PyGame, PyQt, PyGTK and Django) which pretty much covers everything I want to do.

I need to do some stuff on the school website, like install Drupal to allow other users to add content, and finish implementing DtMonitor (maybe I should rewrite in Python using Django?).

Connor has moved to BCPS, as we think he had outgrown where he was and was in need of a change. Plus we didn’t think he would get in at the local Catholic school so if we wanted to guarantee a place at somewhere decent we needed to move him now.

He seems to be enjoying it.

Anyhow time for bed.

I am Knackered!

We came back from Scotland last Sunday, and since then I’ve had a few days to do some work, and most evenings but I’m getting nowhere. I’ve not slept well all week and as a result, I’ve just been too brain dead to do anything constructive towards my project. I know exactly what I need to do first, that is decide on the exact interface for the Qgl base class to inherit from and test an implementation of it using CPPUnit and the QTest class. Tomorrow I think I might be able to have a go.

Instead of doing this constructive work I’ve been faffing as usual, although I have managed to end up with some useful stuff even if it doesn’t help my project along. I’ve set up this website to be Drupal based finally, and ported all of my previous blog posts over including photos (although I ended up installing the Tiny TinyMCE and the IMCE module to allow me to put images into the text and to give improved formatting options when entering text). I also made a few buttons to go on the site linking to my profile on various sites (Vencorps, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) and then managed to create a new block containing my current Twitter Status (I used some code from the Twitter site but had to add a space in the empty ul and /ul tags).

As I said I added some links to the various sites mentioned above, playing with these sites has been part of where I’ve been wasting my time this week too. Vencorps is an offshoot of the old Cambrian House site that I was previously a member of. I completed my LinkedIn profile again just to pass some time, but I have one more thing I’ve been doing to waste time: GPS mapping.

I’ve been meaning to get a GPS receiver for a while so that I could participate in the OpenStreetMap project at: to create local entries for the map. My phone has a GPS receiver so by using the free (beer-yes, speech-?) I’ve been tracking my cycle routes and then tracing them using the JOSM mapping tool, which lets you plot roads and then upload them to the OSM server where on a Wednesday new details are added. If you look at the are around Halliwell and Astley Bridge you should see lots of details I’ve added. As other than one road there was virtually nothing drawn in between Chorley old Road, Blackburn Road and Moss Bank Way.

I don’t know if it’s my phone or if it’s the fact that I’m in a built-up environment but some of the traces I’ve done haven’t been particularly good. I reckon to do all of the bits in detail in this part of Bolton will take me a good few months. Before I start trying to add details on the map, I can check out what I’ve done using the SportsTracker website where I upload each route and it is displayed as an overlay on a GoogleMap, if it looks reasonably like the route I followed then the track has worked and is usable. If it is full of straight lines then I can’t really use it.

My profile at OpenStreetMap is:

Anyway, it’s time for bed.

Night, night.

So Tired

Have been incredibly busy over the last two weeks. So haven’t posted for ages. First of all, it was my birthday on the 28th of April, so I got lots of nice presents etc. Then on the 29th I went to the Water Park, an Activity Centre at the Southern tip of Coniston, where we did various things like Ghyll scrambling:
then we canoed out to an island and did a bit of clambering round on the rocks:

On the Sunday we went scrambling and hill walking near Old Man of Coniston, and then came home. I spent most of last week in a knackered haze and didn’t start coming round until the weekend when I got lots of sleep.

I’ve picked up a copy of SELECT SSADM Case tool from college so that I can do my Information Systems Assignment this weekend from home (it was only a fiver), as the weekend after its Spud’s christening and we’ll be rammed with relatives and friends all weekend long, not actually very conducive to study.

Have decided to have a new type of entry entitled “coding” as part of the blog so that I can keep the other bits separate.

See you.


Some basic details about myself.

Amos is not my real name.

I’m a Maths Teacher in Manchester, UK.

I got married last summer to Karen.

We had a baby boy (Connor) at the start of February, here’s a picture:

I’m currently studying part-time for a degree in Computing from the University Of Bolton.

Music playing: Tank by Asian Dub Foundation

Computing Book: Professional C++ by Nicholas Solter & Scott Kleper

Non-fiction Book: Rifles by Mark Urban

Fiction Book: The Confusion by Neal Stephenson



Twenty Week Scan

Music currently playing: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus.

Well, it’s been a while since I actually added anything to this page. I make it seven months to be exact. What have I been doing in the meantime?

I’ve gotten married, we’re having a baby in January/February next year, I’m due to start part-time at the Institute, doing a degree in Computing tomorrow, and we spent a month in New Zealand for our honeymoon. So nothing major then.

On Friday night I went for a few drinks round at Dave’s, and I don’t remember anything past about 9.30pm, until I woke up in my own bed on Saturday morning. Then we had to go shopping at the Trafford Centre at about 10am, which was not fun. Although I did end up buying the new Nick Cave album, the Grateful Dead: Working Man’s Dead and a couple of computer magazines. Then it was off to Middlebrook to spend some of the money we got as Wedding Presents. We ended up getting a new washing machine, tumble dryer, widescreen TV and Sofa. So not much spending there.

Today after getting up, we went and did the weeks shopping, then met K’s Mum and Dad, and went for Sunday Lunch at the Wilton Arms. They’d been to a Rock and Roll Night last night in Manchester and were stopping off on the way back.

Since we got back from the Pub I’ve basically spent a couple of hours working and am about to have a play with C# again on the laptop.

Here’s the scan K had done a few weeks ago at the Hospital:


Felt dreadful all of yesterday, so was up for very little. Basically, we went drinking all day on Thursday, from about 1pm, and didn’t get home until about 10.30pm. We spent most of the day in Ye Old Man and Scythe, and drank numerous beers. Then we trawled up to The Howcroft, (where the Beer Festival happens every year) and had one in there. (Saw Oliver, he looked old!)

Then at about 8 or 9 we headed back up to Dave and Rachel’s, stopping off at the Co-op for more beers, and Syd’s for Chicken Kebabs. Had one beer and then came home.

We went shopping during the day on Friday first off to a place called Winfields in Haslingden where I bought a new Regatta Jacket called a Reed 3 in 1 for £39. Then we went into Bolton so that Karen could replace her mobile since she’d managed to leave it in her jeans pocket when she washed them. She ended up with a Nokia 6100 which seems good so far.

Then on Friday night Stuart came over and me and him headed up to Dave’s again, for more beers. They seemed to get on quite well, but we got horrendously drunk and finally wandered home about 2am. Had to get up on Saturday fairly early and head off to the Trafford Centre so that we could initially order the suits for the wedding. Unfortunately, they couldn’t see us straight away so we ended up spending about 2 hours wandering round the Trafford Centre, feeling worse and worse. But that’s sorted, and we’ve decided that the weekend of the 27th and 28th of May is going to be my Stag Do in Liverpool, Stuart’s going to phone up The Feathers and try to book us in.

Didn’t do very much more yesterday, except watch “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” on DVD, which was a bit disappointing. Only about 3 stars I’d say.

Then today I’ve been off to Middlebrook to get a new phone and to see if my car was working properly. Anyway I upgraded to a Nokia 6610, which seems alright, and my car was fine.

There’s A Pint Of Guinness With My Name On It In Town!

We’re just getting ready to go out drinking now, we’ve arranged to meet, Paula, Dave and Rachel at Ye Old Man and Scythe for afternoon drinkies. Alex was originally supposed to be coming, but as per usual he’s unobtainable at the moment when we need to reach him.

We went to see Touching The Void last night, what an awesome film, Karen was wincing at various points but overall we left with a sense of “Wow, how did he manage to survive?”. A full five stars I think. Then it was off to Frankie and Benny’s for a slap up tea.

I managed to start looking at QT last night before we went out, and in theory it was making perfect sense, but when it starts to get complicated thats when i’ll be struggling. Having said that I have ordered a book called C++ GUI Programming with QT3″ or some such, but I’m still waiting for it to arrive.

Anyway time for me to go, there’s a pint of Guinness in town with my name on it.

Improved Look To Site

Hope this looks better, as I’ve been playing with html this afternoon.

Karen should be setting off to come home quite soon so hopefully it won’t be too long before we can go to the pictures. We’re going to see Touching The Void, and then for a meal at Frankie and Benny’s.

Tomorrow we’re supposed to be going out in the afternoon drinking with Paula and possibly Alex, I think the Man and Scythe might be getting a visit. Anyway, time to get on with coding the rest of the site.