One Assignment Down

Hooray! I’ve finished one assignment (the website/automated telephone one for HCI), two more to go.

I did some concept mapping last night but my heart wasn’t really in it. I’ll carry on tonight I think and see how far I get. Then I actually have to go to my HCI lecture tomorrow, which I don’t look forward to.

Moodle day tomorrow, I’ve got two more teachers’ classes to add (I need to write a script to re-enable their passwords if they ae disabled and in that class), then it’s time to work out whether I should put the data from into a MySQL Database or store it as a flat file.

Then I really have to get cracking on my project work on Thursday (if I can’t sort out the bizarre rotation problem then I’ll have to cut down to just cardinal directions). I think I need to compile a static version of Qt to let me do the project. Once I’ve cracked the movement issues I’l be able to reuse it in the other one.

This afternoon I’ve updated some of the components of LispBox 0.7 to newer ones. Emacs (I think) CLisp 2.44 SLIME (24-4-08 edition) I would also like to try and use SBCL as my Lisp in here but I can’t quite get it working. I don’t want to lose my other emacs settings so I need to work out how to reset the HOME variable so that it points to a local .emacs file. I’ll post some instructions if I manage to work out what I’m doing.

I’ve agreed to take part in the Manchester to Blackpool Charity Bike Ride in July (how stupid am I) for Christies. It’s only 60 miles so I’ve spent the last week puffing and panting up hills, luckily I’ve got another 2 1/2 months until we actually do it so I should manage without keeling over dead of a heart-attack. We’re going to be riding as Team Janice in memory of Janice who died last May (23d I think), I’ll try and add a static page with training to this site so I can keep track of how much I’m doing (or not). Off now.

(Post Script: Page added for training log )

Downloading MinGW

Well I’ve just been looking around on the net to see if I can find a decent IDE and I’m in the process of downloading the MinGW Developer Studio (23 Meg over dialup so a bit of a wait in store) which looks alright but I’ll have to wait and see. Am very tired, K’s at School still, its their Open Evening so she’ll be gone for a good while yet, its my turn next Thursday.

At work yesterday I had yet another set-back in trying to get the “Classroom in a box” working with Maths Alive, our ICT technician supplied me with the user name and password to access the site but it refused to work. So we’re still waiting 6 months after they arrived to use the laptops with a class. If I can get them working before next week, then I’ll have some out with the kids during Open Evening. But if there’s nothing to run on them then there’s no point. They did however come and measure my room in preparation for installing the Interactive Whiteboard and Projector.

I think I’ll have a play with C++ again later to get my eye in before I start at the Institute next week, and to have a go at this MinGW DS thing to see if its any good. I went to PC World on the way home tonight, they’re selling MS Visual C++.NET 2003 version for £99.99, but if you buy the Deluxe Learning Edition (advertised as containing the full version of Visual C++.NET) which is sold with a book, it’ll only cost you £86.95, bizarre or what.

Its my busy day tomorrow, I teach all day, and finish off with 8S, who so far don’t seem too bad. If I remember right I’m doing constructions with them so that’ll be fun, and I’ve threatened to keep behind any of them who don’t come properly equipped.

Anyway I’m going now as its time for me to sort out my tea.

Through the Grinder

I’m shattered, it was back to work after Half Term today, and I’m absolutely knackered, got up about 6.15am after a not very good night’s sleep, and arrived bleary eyed at work by about 7.30am. Taught all morning until 12.30pm, and was on duty for both breaks, so effectively I did 4 hours straight through without any sort of rest. This happens regularly on a Monday, I’m on duty then I end up on cover for the first half of period 4, by the end of it, all I’m fit for is to sit in the staffroom and eat my dinner.

Then this afternoon I had fun playing games with Year 8s so it was a mildly satisfying day. Tomorrow is the first of my two back to back solid days, both of which finish with bottom 10s, they’re a nightmare on a Tuesday, and only marginally better on a Wednesday. Again by the end of them I’m virtually on my knees. Fed up with my job at the minute, the room definitely doesn’t help, but the whole set up just feels designed to grind me into the ground. At least Stuart’s decided he’s had enough and resigned from his place, I’m staying for at least this year and prbably 10 more to come (at least).

I’ve gotten fed up with my laptop seeming to seize up, and have concluded that since I upgraded KDE to 3.2 last Tuesday, that its not happy with just the 128M of memory. It seems to freeze whilst writing to disk which I can only assume is the swap being over used. Have ordered 512M from these people, for £81 (incl VAT) it should be here soon. Must get around to doing some kernel compile benchmarks to see what difference just memory makes.

I’m going now, I have to cut my hair before tomorrow, or put up with more comments from the kids about my new “afro”, I suppose some of the older ones are only used to seeing me with hair thats a couple of mm long.

Night, night.