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Friday, April 20, 2001

Well, close of play on another week, and all I have to do is fill the time between now and 23.55 when the Caledonian Sleeper takes me back up to Edinburgh.

It's been one of those weeks, with fairly long periods of almost-inactivity (poking around the site looking for things to fix and doing far more browsing and newsreading (Google is too frustrating for words -- I can read, but not comment) than I'd really like to be) interspersed with sudden rushes to fix things that have been somehow missed in testing, a bit of playing around with my 'stealth redesign' (which will come to nothing now, as the site's being officially redesigned RSN) and playing with the 'anti-cancer' computational chemistry distributed computing project (our team is Somebody set up us the bomb!!).

Actually, I've UD to thank for rather a lot. First off, it rekindled my interest in the molecular modelling stuff I used to work in (it was weird hearing folk at work talk about Superoxide Dismutase and 'de novo' structures), and was the immediate cause of my most recent attempt to catch up with the folk I worked with in Biophysics in Leeds in the late 80's and early 90's. Secondly, it was the reason I finally stirred my stumps and networked the machines at home, complete with a proxy server and a remote display system.

And finally, when I spotted a name I didn't recognise on the team (and nor did our Glorious Leader), I did a websearch on them with alltheweb, and found they had a weblog, which led to this paragraph... And not long after that, I found out we worked in the same building, so it wasn't really a mystery after all.

I guess I should stick in something about Site5.com here, too. Or maybe (mercenary thought) I should wait until I do the "affiliate" thing...

Talking about site5, finding out about them was the immediate impetus behind going off and registering some domain names so that I could start the prject known as "akicif". This seemed like a really good idea when I first thought about it, but I'd an attack of angst about it earlier in the week, and thought it could look really bad if seen the wrong way. So, the whole thing's on semi-hold again until I can sort out just how altruistic it really is.

Current Reads

Just finished Freedom and Necessity, which has a lovely sort of Quincunx-y Tim Powers-y feel to it. Also, started reading an introductory book on MySQL and PHP (called, funnily enough, MySQL and PHP from scratch...)

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