The ongoing train wreck just ploughed through the burning orphanage and is headed for the oil refinery.
Speculation is rife that Dominic Cummings will resign / not resign. He’s giving a speech from the garden of Number 10 later. Most irregular.
Later : We’re fucked. People will now do just what they want.
Imaged the Ring Nebula. Was surprised how bright it is, visible in even a 30sec exposure
Tuesday 2020/5/26 Did some experiments with some simple wireless sensor networks
Wednesday 2020/5/27 More wireless network experiments. Discovered after several hours of debugging that I only has transmitters on the network, nothing was set as a receiver, so the network never formed. Everything was just shouting into the void. I know the feeling.
here’s a dinosaur reading a bedtime story to puppies and I don’t know who needs to see this but I sure as hell did pic.twitter.com/RYmymYjOOC
Plans that either come to naught, or half a page of scribbled lines.
Monday 2020/5/18 Another day I should have been away with M. Builders did more on kitchen. Camping upstairs while they work. Found an old circuit I’d made as part of a radio I planned to build. Never did get around to finishing it.
Tuesday 2020/5/19 Students had their formal exam. Seemed to go OK. Staff meeting in evening where I picked up three questions to mark or second mark.
I also re-imaged SN2020jfo in M61, a week after my first images to see how it was progressing. Brightness seems about the same, so it’s not fading yet.
Wednesday 2020/5/20 Started marking the exam questions. Using the TopHat exam and tutoring system, seems to go well.
Started to image the Leo Triplet galaxies, probably a bit too late in this season, as they are already passing the meridian as the sky is darkening enough to start imaging. Has planned to get about 5-6 hours on these this night, but the clouds rolled in just after midnight
Thursday 2020/5/21 A few meetings about marking for the exam. Most of day seemed to be taken up with meeting. Most heavily laden bookshelf decided to start to come away from the wall. Urgent unshelving of books needed. Weeded the collection a little too.
Friday 2020/5/22 Final exam grades submitted. Shelf fixed back to the wall. Reshelving occurring. Useful exercise really, as I found a couple of books I knew I ad, but hadn’t seen in years due to the stacking on that self.
Watched Greg Jenner (Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity from Bronze Age to Silver Screen) at the online Hay festival. More bookshelf work
Sunday 2020/5/24 Took the dog for a walk, got dive bombed by swifts in the park.
Watched Adam Rutherford (How to argue with a racist) at Hay Festival.
Monday 2020/5/11 I should have been in either Edinburg or Cardiff with M today. Part of a long weekend away for a work meeting she was attending. Instead I sat in a long meeting about student exams to be sat this week.
Took a photo of galaxy M61 (no common name) because there is a supernova in it currently visible.
Tuesday 2020/5/12 From 10am until 2pm I helped invigilate the exam. No major issue occurred. Two students kept switching away from the exam software, they will have to explain themselves.
Wednesday 2020/5/13 Marked the exam question I was responsible for, also marked the a missing practical session report from the same students. Builders have retuned to finish the kitchen.
Thursday 2020/5/14 Wrote code all day, or tried to. Building noise meant concentrating was difficult
Friday 2020/5/15 Finally got the code working how it should. It may have already been doing that, but it’s been though a few re-writes, so I re-wrote it all. Now to make it play with the image viewing part of the application.
Actually writing this live on the website! Have been in the loft to find M’s old fridge I’m storing for her. Will use it for milk this coming week as I’m camping upstairs while the builders work. Have eaten rather a lot of Brie today already (writing at 13:21).
Had dinner and walked the dog.
Sunday 2020/5/17 The new cherry bakewell chocolate digestive biscuits are very moreish.
Monday 2020/4/27 Last of the antibiotics today. Received a very nice letter of support for a project at work. Do feel a little guilty as i only names me, but then I am the person that’ had all the contact with the letter writer and I’ve made things very clear in talks I’ve given on this project that it is a team effort.
Tuesday 2020/4/28 Sent the letter in. Had a slightly strained conversation with boss. Oh well.
Wednesday 2020/4/29 I seem to be drinking 12 cups of Tea per day now. Have lost 7kg since lockdown began. Haven’t had a sausage roll or pork pie in six weeks.
Thursday 2020/4/30 In 1999 I was travelling by train to Birmingham for a meeting. We happened to slow down as we passed though Cheddington station, and I noticed in the distance a big hill. I decided on that day I’d like to climb that hill.
Several years later, I’d been past the hill many times, and finally learned what it was called – Ivinghoe Beacon. Over the years many plans to climb the hill have fallen though.
Today, I was supposed to be climbing it with another David Mills. It was set, it was really going to happen. At last, nearly 21 years to the day since I decided to climb it, it was going to happen.
Today I didn’t go to Ivinghoe Beacon.
Friday 2020/5/01 Doesn’t seem to have registered in any way with me.
Saturday 2020/5/02 Five years ago today I was walking around with a ring in my pocket.
Sunday 2020/5/03 Five years ago today I gave the ring to M.
This year we could only celebrate virtually.