Monthly Archives: May 2009

End of the beginning

It's been a week now since I had my last ever lessons and left school for good. I've been at that school for seven years now, and it's a little weird knowing I'm never again going to have to go back there (apart from exams). I'm now on exam leave, leading up to A-level exams throughout June. After that, I'm free!

The last seven years have been fairly good, on the whole. I made some good friends, learnt a fair bit, and amassed a collection of award ties which is almost into double figures. The school does seem to have a fetish for giving out ties.

What's next? A summer of partyingwork, leading up to university next year, assuming I get the grades in the coming exams. For that reason I might be out of contact quite a bit for the next month, partyingstudying.

In other news, I released libgdata 0.3.0 a few days ago, which features a lot of cleanup work, plus an access control list framework contributed by Thibault Saunier as part of his GSoC work on Nautilus.

So long, and thanks for all the biscuits

After seven-and-a-half years, my time as a member of the West Haddon Players has come to an end. I've just come back from the set break of their latest production, and the first play in a couple of years where I haven't been doing lights and sound. The time I've spent with the Players has been great fun, and it's sad to have to leave, but university beckons.

During my time with the Players, I've seen the purchase of a new mixer, a new dimmer unit, a progression of wireless microphones, and permanent wiring in our village hall. I doubt I'd fully recognise how we do things now if I were to go back in time (as one does) to when I first started with the Players.

In the style of Duke Nukem Forever, here's a list of things which have happened during my time with the Players:

  • The Euro has come into circulation
  • Afghanistan and Iraq have been invaded, and subsequently withdrawn from
  • Mark Shuttleworth went into space
  • Space shuttle Columbia disintegrated
  • SARS, BSE, foot and mouth, Avian flu and Swine flu have all threatened the entire human race, then promptly disappeared again
  • Volkswagen Beetles ceased to be manufactured
  • Concorde was taken out of service
  • HAL was envisioned, developed, and is now being retired
  • The Pirate Bay was launched, and has only just been caught up with by the authorities
  • Facebook was launched
  • Ubuntu was first released
  • Oracle has bought everybody out
  • YouTube was launched
  • The A380 design was finished and the aircraft manufactured and launched
  • The Wii was released
  • Windows Vista was released and subsequently tanked
  • The UK economy died
  • The LHC was completed, and subsequently dismantled itself

It's been great, and I wish them the best of success in future. Here endeth the self-indulgent blog post.