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What's been going down since I last put pen to c:\dave\diary.txt? Well nothing
too exciting, I have to say, but not completely uneventful either...
The project at work is really getting me down at the moment, having spent the
last week or so running in circles trying to solve a problem which would take
only about 10 minutes using a different language to Toolbook - and I know,
because I tried it, but I'm more or less committed to using Toolbook now.
However I may declare my first two months of work to be wasted, and blame it on
bad decisions previously made by other people - which wouldn't be too far from
the truth, indeed practically spot on. I don't know if they will let me
program in Delphi - I had a go with Borland's 30-day trial edition and really
liked it, but although I have spied a few of the distinctive orange boxes
around the department, I don't think it's a system we officially use,
preferring C++ for real programming, which I'm not yet au fait with, certainly
not for the Windows side of things, but have a training course coming up next
I got the web page music written by my deadline, so a cheque is apparently
winging its way through the post to me for that. I don't know the web address
it is going to be used on, but I'm sure I will let you know when I do, so you
can amuse yourself. We've also now ordered a new Demon account for the flat
here, though the nodename we chose currently escapes me - it's something from
Gaelic mythology anyway and probably utterly unspellable. I've been designing
some pages for myself to go up on the 5 megabytes of web space Demon recently
started offering its dial-up customers. They're nothing fancy, indeed they are
currently completely devoid of anything that probably even an early version of
Lynx would turn its nose up at, though I might start tarting them up a bit, if
- as I am seriously thinking of doing - I get a scanner.
All these things I want to buy though, it's bad news. Especially music
equipment, because that's the most expensive of the lot, really. I'm thinking
of buying a Yamaha WX11 and VL70m, which between them essentially make up an
electronic saxophone, and a hell of a lot more besides. I would be talking of
blowing a month's wages if I got them though, so I'm still not definite, though
I know what I want to do! I also want to buy a decent effects box, such as the
Digitech Studio Quad, which will just about set me up for the music creation
side of things, but then I'll have to worry about the recording aspects - a
cheap 16:4 desk and a MiniDisc multitracker (probably a Sony one, looking at
the basic specifications) are looking very tempting indeed. Oh, then plus a
DAT recorder - sheesh, and I was supposed to be getting a new car sometime next
year; something's got to give.
I recently took the plunge and ordered a credit card, so it might help with
that kind of thing, giving me the best part of two months to pay interest-free,
if I time things right. I've ordered one of those MBNA Visa cards, which have
no annual fee and a much lower interest rate than high street banks' cards.
There seemed nothing to lose really, even if I decided never to use it. Oh and
I got a free umbrella, which is safely in the back of the car for emergencies.
This Sunday was my second week of trying out a church here in Milton Keynes. I
used to go to mainly Anglican churches regularly, but hadn't been anywhere
really since starting work here, what with settling in and everything. Well
last weekend I was in Central Milton Keynes shopping centre and there was a
Christian music event going on, and I got talking to people there. They were
from the Milton Keynes Covenant Fellowship, a relatively new free church, who
meet at a number of local schools around the city. They seem a lively and
friendly bunch, and with good music and sound teaching, what more would one
want? They are pretty strong on spiritual warfare, having played a pivotal
role in the overturning of a decision by the local council to legalise
witchcraft in the city.
For Hallowe'en night, the MKCF are planning a series of prayer vigils around
the city, which sounds good to me. I have never liked the idea of Hallowe'en,
even before becoming a Christian, but now I like it even less, and for all that
those who participate in the "traditional" events may protest that they are
warding off the evil spirits and all that, I say they are basically revelling
in it, and don't understand what it is they are getting involved with. I'm not
saying that every child with a black hat and a broomstick is an apprentice
occultist, but it is a dangerous thing to even imitate, I feel. If it was pure
fantasy, then I could probably just about tolerate it, but these forces of evil
are real. In the past, I have heard many reliable accounts of the forces of
demons and the devastating effect that possession by then demons can have on
the spiritually weak, and they have only ever been overcome by solid prayer and
Christian healing, not by celebration of the world of evil. Call me a
spoilsport, but I'm only saying this because I care.
Anyway, better be going, especially if I am - as I hope - going to tonight's
prayer/worship meeting at the church tonight. I haven't been to one of their
evening meetings yet, but have been to similar things in the past, so I may as
well give it a try.