40,000 days since the beginning of ‘time’

Next Tuesday feels like a significant day. Not only is it 7/7, and the fourth anniversary of the London bombings (in 2005), but it’s 40,000 days since the beginning of time. Well, not proper time, but since the start of the 1900s. SELECT DATEDIFF(day,’19000101′,’20090707′)+1 AS DaysOf1900s So if Day 1 is Jan 1, 1900 (as many systems tend to use – SQL actually considers it Day 0), Day 40000 is 7/7/2009. I actually rate the start of the twentieth century as a very significant event in the human race. In 1900 the world was changing faster than it had ever … Continue reading 40,000 days since the beginning of ‘time’

New business cards via Click

For over six months I’ve been meaning to get business cards. Work has been busy though, and I just haven’t prioritised it. Last week I finally got around to it, and I was really quite impressed with the process. I’d been playing around with layout for a while, and also had to work out what title I should use. A couple of people recommended Click Business Cards, and so I checked them out. I submitted my appropriately-sized JPGs and put my order in for gloss on both sides. As I was hoping to give some out this week, I had … Continue reading New business cards via Click

The Pope and sneezing

I flew into Sydney recently, around the time the Pope was leaving after World Youth Day. I figured if I saw him, I could go and stand near him and sneeze. (Don’t ask me how I’d make myself sneeze – I hadn’t worked out that part of the plan.) Hopefully, he’d reply in the standard way, and I’d have a great story about getting a blessing from the Pope. But then I thought – hang on, the current bloke is German. He’d probably say “Gesundheit” instead, which doesn’t have the same ring to it. I’d be stood there, complaining at … Continue reading The Pope and sneezing

Welcome, Charlotte

In the early hours of Monday morning (Dec 10th), I was in Melbourne, ready to teach a course in the morning. I made it back in time to help my new daughter Charlotte into the world, but this is what I wrote from the airport: “Welcome to the world, my daughter. I’m writing this from Melbourne Airport. Your mum called me a little while ago to tell me her waters had broken, but this is nine days early, and I was expecting to teach a course today. Ironically, the course was going to be on SSIS – about moving information … Continue reading Welcome, Charlotte

Bath University’s description of my grandfather

Some people asked me about what Grandpa achieved. This from Bath University News: The University is saddened to announce the death on Saturday of Professor Martyn Farley, a member of University Court since 1983, representing the Royal Aeronautical Society. Professor Farley contributed immensely to the University and was elected by Court to serve on the University of Bath Council from 2000 to 2006. He also served on the Ethics Committee and the Buildings Committee. Professor Farley worked for nearly 40 years with Bristol/Rolls Royce Aero Engines in various roles, including Divisional Director, Head of Design and Chief Engineer. Professor Farley … Continue reading Bath University’s description of my grandfather

A tribute

It seems my hero may not last the day. Martyn Graham Farley, my grandfather. When I was a child, I thought he knew everything. As I grew up and realised that nobody knows everything, there was a part of me that considered that if anyone came close, it would be Grandpa. When I was a boy mourning the death of my father, he was someone who also missed Dad, someone who could tell me stories about him, someone who shared many of Dad’s views of the world. As an adult, Grandpa has been a link to my past. A time … Continue reading A tribute

My views on Arsenal comings and goings

(completely non-tech) I’ve had quite a few people ask me my opinions on the Arsenal transfers this summer (well, winter here in Australia, but summer for Arsenal). The big question of course is around Thierry Henry. Our champion who left for Barcelona this year. Personally, I think it was a year too late, but if he’d left a year ago, it might’ve been a year too soon. This past season for him was a major let-down, and I wonder if he will ever achieve the same kind of level as the past. As for his ‘replacement’, Eduardo da Silva, I think … Continue reading My views on Arsenal comings and goings

Transformers movie – worth the rating?

My almost-ten-year-old son wants to see the new Transformers movie. It’s rated M, which means that it’s not recommended for kids under the age of fifteen. On that point alone, my answer is no. But I was curious about the movie – I remember the cartoon from twenty-something years ago, plus my kids have seen the cartoon themselves. So I went with my brother this week. Before the US release, too. Lucky Australia. Like most movies of TV shows, they seem to want to put the whole plot (or in this case, war) into a single movie. That frustrates me … Continue reading Transformers movie – worth the rating?

An Adelaide icon waves goodbye

The State Bank building was built in Adelaide in 1988, and remains the tallest building in Adelaide. When the bank (not the building) collapsed in the early 90s, it became Santos House, and got branded with the Santos logo. It was like this when I first got introduced to Adelaide in 1994. It’s the building where Microsoft have their Adelaide office, and Level 2 hosts the user-group meetings that I run. At Christmas there are green lights in the shape of a tree, and it displays a cross at Easter time. In the last few weeks, the word Santos has disappeared. … Continue reading An Adelaide icon waves goodbye

Number three due in December

A few months ago, after almost an eight year gap, we decided to try for a third child. Now we only have about six months until the new baby arrives. It’s very cool – we’re just hoping that the baby is born before Christmas.