Once again, an enforced and prolonged absence from writing these pages, with
Mono having a continuation of its earlier disk-corruption problems. Things
appear to be up and working properly again now, and I have happily donated a
few quid to the equipment fund - remember, this is a free service, run entirely
on the goodwill of its staff and users and that of City University, London, and
it's all too easy to take it for granted; there's nothing like a little crisis
to get people digging in their pockets, however, and I'm pleased also to see
the auction scheme has started up again, with people selling off various
equipment and services - computer and otherwise - giving the proceeds direct to
Work's going reasonably well. I am now concentrating on this quantum physics
package for a little while, all about electron energy levels in various atoms.
It's all beginning to come together now, though I'm not out of the wood yet!
My deputy-boss handed me a long list of problems he had with the chemical
equilibrium software, but qualified it by saying he thought it was actually
fine as it was, really, and that he thought it had the potential to be enhanced
considerably - a far cry from the days earlier in the summer, before I took it
on, when there was described as being "no product". I was glad though, today,
that the previous designer on the project popped in today to have a look at
what I'd done, because it allowed some misconceptions to be cleared up once and
for all, and we ended up in broad agreement about the status of the project.
The flat's OK, and the car's happier for being garaged at night. The
plumber/electrician guy - always seems a dangerous combination! - called in a
few mornings ago and surveyed what needed to be done in order to come up with a
cost estimate. I haven't yet heard back from him about booking a convenient
time to do the work, but he seemed very efficient, and I am sure it will only
be a short time before these problems can be sorted out once and for all. It
seems the problem with the water tank is not as serious as the first guy had
thought, which is quite a relief - not that the money involved would worry me,
since that would be paid by the landlord, but from the point of view of the
sheer disruption, seeing as these Milton Keynes flats were apparently never
designed to be maintainable, with everything stuffed into one small cupboard.
Church is going well. Our joint ventures with the other city churches are
continuing and indeed going from strength to strength. Since last writing, we
have had combined prayer and worship meetings at St Mary's in
Woughton-on-the-Green and at the Salvation Army in Conniburrow. Both were very
different, needless to say, though at the end of the day, everyone wants the
same thing, and it's just different - and equally valid - ways of expressing
that. When we get so engrossed in denominational differences that we
effectively lose touch with Jesus, that is tragically sad, and it is wonderful
to see that with this new initiative, we can respect each others' methods,
whilst keeping focused on the most important thing of all. Each meeting has
been bigger than the last, and I am sure it will continue to grow and its
influence spread in ways we cannot conceive.
Musically, things are still rather barren. I've recently got started on a
rather mellow new track, which I think could well develop into something
worthwhile, but it's a slow process, which does not inspire a huge amount of
confidence - the best tracks I have ever done have been conceived in an
evening. Good tracks are almost invariably spontaneous, not crafted over many
days or weeks. Sure, it can take a few days to polish things satisfactorily,
but the basic idea should be there within hours, from my experience. I'm
hopefully going to be going to the National Music Show at the end of the month,
which will no doubt give me loads more things to start saving the pennies for,
though I mainly like to go to such things to keep in touch with what's new and
interesting, rather than as any kind of big spending exercise.
Well, I think that's about it for the moment - though as ever, I'll probably
think of loads more things I should have written about, so be prepared for an
addendum at some point shortly...