September Media Consumption

What I’m listening to at the moment:

  • Show of Hands, Roots and Country Life – exploring their most played on Spotify.
  • The Beatles, I Need You. Put on pub jukebox by a seemingly drunk landlady.
  • Naked Famous, Young Blood + others. Heard during a TV episode.
  • Groove Armada, Paper Romance. Played at work.
  • Cater the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Sheriff Fatman. Intrigued by band name whilst on a Wikipedia browsing session got their via Nicholas van Hoogstraten from White Zimbabweans from Zimbabwean Economy.

My “5 Star Rated” Spotify playlist.
What I’m watching at the moment:

  • Waterloo Road – what will the social issue be this week?
  • The Real Hustle – new series on BBC3
  • Watchdog – skip through the boring bits
  • Don’t tell the bride – Recent Pride and Prejudice wedding went perfectly, normally something goes wrong.
  • Just finished watching the Naked Gun Films for the first time in a couple of years

What I’ve read recently/am currently reading:

  • Ned Boulting – How I won the Yellow Jumper. Excellent book about Ned’s escapades covering the Tour de France for ITV. He went to his first Tour knowing nothing about cycling other than there was some cancer guy called Lance who had won it.
  • Barbara Demick – Nothing to Envy. True stories about life in North Korea.

Busy Times

Vale Fireworks 20103 sisters by Conan (TK) (cc)

Since ProSEO two weeks ago I have been very busy.

On the uni side I have been making a console-based text chatting system in C as well as working on my final year project. I e-mailed Patrick Altoft and he gave me a couple more ideas for the project so all is good there, made good progress with almost a full day of work on it last Friday.

On Thursday went to see the Vale fireworks – didn’t think it was as impressive as in previous years. Perhaps they decided it would be good to tone it down given the recent announcements that tuition fees will double and could triple in the next few years. Still I didn’t see any arts students protesting.   Here are some Flickr photos of the Vale Fireworks.

Talking of fireworks my Cassiobury Park website experienced an explosion in traffic – up to a 3,300% spike on normal levels on the day of the bonfire there. Sadly revenue didn’t increase at all!

Have also been hooked into playing OpenTTD by house mates. Kind of like Railroad Tycoon, which I enjoyed playing previously but eventually got bored of, but with the ability to build road, sea and air transport networks as well. The railroad construction system is far more complex than in Railroads with the entrance and exit paths into stations, signals and pretty much everything having to be manually constructed.

Onwards!  Next C exercise has already been out a week.