Happy easter everyone. I’ve never really celebrated easter how it should be. There’s a whole bunch of religious connotations there a little bit like christmas, but I wasn’t exactly raised with religion, although I am christened.
For me easter has always been synonymous with chocolate. Making chocolate eggs and filling them with sweets and then eating chocolate until, well, you couldn’t eat any more. I was recently asked by a Swedish friend what traditionally was eaten in England for easter and I couldn’t honestly tell them; as I said, in my mind : Easter = Chocolate.
So this time last year at easter I had a BBQ. and I have repeated that this year, so now I have a new tradition – the easter BBQ. It stands to reason any normal diet regime is on hold during the festive times.
Perfect… with chocolate and coffee in the evenings of course.
Posted by Owen Richardson on April 4, 2015
So early last week i was looking at my blog site, just generally trying to figure what i want to do with this; its not the first time i have contemplated making changes – the fact is i have plenty to say but i like to keep things a bit separate – the kind of stuff i want to say to family doesn’t really apply to friends, and the stuff i want to say to close friends is different again, and then theres a whole level of stuff i want to journal just for myself. I have still been keeping a journal but it hasn’t been practical – i like to keep things together wherever i can.
My first thought was to go for SharePoint or O365 to do exactly what i want – but it doesn’t really work out to be too cheap, and already at the beginning of the week i was considering moving things again. This is a hosted wordpress.com site – and i originally toyed with the idea of going back to the customised wordpress.org site i had and implementing the security model i had in mind with a little custom php.
Then i was talking to a good friend on Friday which kind of took me a little bit backwards in time, remembering when i tried out XOOPS and Drupal. To cut a long story short i figured that its probably about time i reassessed those technologies – back when i looked at them in the past everything was a bit clunky.
This weekend i started looking at various Linux distributions again and it felt a bit like coming home after a long trip. Sure they all seem to have gone through significant improvements since the last time i looked at them but still the cores seem to remain the same.
I haven’t made my mind up exactly what i am going to do with all this just yet, For now, i am just seeing whats out there. It will probably be a few weeks before i make any decisions on how/if to start writing custom code again.
Posted by Owen Richardson on March 22, 2015
So, i have a few minutes of peace and i spent it looking through my blog. Mostly just running through the music.
Its been quite a while since I’ve blogged and i am not entirely sure of the reason why – i guess partially its down to the fact i felt a need for a little bit of privacy on the internet – and partially down to a very heavy workload which from a large perspective i have been unable to really talk about. So, a few things about life in general.
I am still working as Lead architect balancing the need to have focus on business and technology. too much time focusing on one results in a compensation in my personal time in another.
I am currently rereading my David Eddings books – (The Elenium ones). I have been watching several TV series- recently Elementary, Suits, Heroes.
Ive pulled a muscle in my back – which i am taking a little bit of physiotherapy for.
Games wise, I am playing a lot of Guild Wars 2. I am looking forward to whenever they bring Everquest Next out.
Diet could be better – having lost 20 kilos, i put the 20 back on and now have lost around 10 again. Its a game of ping pong
Tech wise i am totally enjoying having a Surface 3 – i find it much better than my surface 2.
What more is there to say? I will probably think of something :)
Posted by Owen Richardson on March 17, 2015
Posted by Owen Richardson on May 5, 2014
This little comedy sketch is excellent. I know many engineers that would feel this pain.
Posted by Owen Richardson on April 3, 2014
I haven’t blogged much this year – well i have, just not here. I’ve taken my blogging offline to a large extent, because a lot has been going on with my life, and work that i really can’t talk about on a public forum.
I don’t want to delete this blog though, because it says a lot about who i am. The fact is, i have to be a bit careful – firstly because the internet is sometime like a mob of people that don’t listen to exactly what your saying, and can sometimes get angry about one thing you say by taking it completely out of either context or perspective.
The other thing is, this blog has been great from a certain perspective, but some people have used it to stick their nose into my private life, by not just following me, but other people and then had the cheek to give me a hard time over things they have read, and completely misunderstood. Its just stopped been fun.
2014 will be another year of extreme changes – i am in a new job this year which is pretty cool.
I will blog here from time to time – but not as much.
Posted by Owen Richardson on January 22, 2014
This made me laugh. Its my sense of humour!
Posted by Owen Richardson on November 3, 2013
Posted by Owen Richardson on November 2, 2013
The world is a rapidly changing place and people these days majorly suffer from information overload. It makes me feel old to say this, but when i grew up there was no internet – and computers were hardly portable. Theres a habit to attempt to multi task these days which is kind of silly – You can sit in front of the tv tinkering with an iPad and half see the movies that you are watching. I can’t help but wonder if that effects the way that people are producing movies these days. Action packed with not much storyline makes sense if you know that half of your audience will be on Facebook whilst they are watching, and that the average attention span just isn’t what it used to be. There are all kinds of methodologies out there to handle this – GTD – Getting things done is one such mechanism that i find interesting. People are taking innovative ways of keeping together all their tasks – and if you look at your task management apps these days there are literally hundreds of things we need to be doing at any given point. In years gone by we didn’t tweet, we didn’t have a smart phone to tell us what we need to do next and we didn’t have mobile phones… But you know what… we survived… and were happy. Book an hour of time in your calendar to relax and ask yourself this question – are you happy now?
Posted by Owen Richardson on October 27, 2013
Posted by Owen Richardson on October 4, 2013