Week Notes 14

Blogging

Just one blog post this week. Everyone was talking about Samantha Brick, so why shouldn’t I?

Health

Halfway through the week I noticed that my ankle was no longer affecting the way I move at all. It still aches a bit at times, but I seem to have lost my limp.

All of which means that I should get back to trying to lose a bit more weight. To that end I have just ordered a Fitbit from Amazon. It’s like an enhanced pedometer. It measures all sorts of movement and uploads the data automatically to the Fitbit web site. It should arrive in the next few days so there will, no doubt, be more to say about this next week.

Technology

Last week I mentioned that I had bought a Google Nexus. It didn’t last very long. It arrived on Saturday and at some point whilst it was being charged overnight on Monday, it died. I’m not sure what happened to it, but there was no way to turn it on. I’ve seen people on the internet claiming there’s a known issue with the battery in that phone, but I don’t know how accurate that is.

Of course, I was able to return the phone to Amazon, but the question was should I get a replacement or a refund? Then I saw news articles saying that the HTC One X would be available through T-Mobile (my current mobile provider) from 5th April. And the reviews of the One X all seemed to be very positive. So I returned the Galaxy Nexus, asked Amazon for a refund and bought a One X on Thursday.

My initial impression is that I did the right thing. The One X is even more lovely than the Galaxy Nexus. And it has already last a day longer and shows no signs of breaking down.

More detail (hopefully) in the next few days.

Programming

I did some more tweaks to a couple of my Perl modules. And yesterday I did more work on a new (and more substantial) project. I’ve put this new code on Github.

I’ve also had a brilliant idea for a web site. But I have no idea when I’m going to find the time to build it.

Books

I finished reading A Game of Thrones. I enjoyed it, but there’s an awful lot of it. And it seems that the rest of the series just get longer and longer. Need a rest before embarking on A Clash of Kings.

I’ve started reading Finding Moonshine by Marcus Du Sautoy. It’s about symmetry and group theory. Not far into it yet, but I’m enjoying it.

TV

Watched the first episode of the second series of Game of Thrones. It looks like it’s going to be as good as the first series. And I spotted Cassie (from the first generation of Skins characters) as one of Craster’s daughters.

We’ve finished our rewatching of Lost. And have started to rewatch Six Feet Under from the start.

Other Stuff

Due to an organisational mix-up we ended up eating in our favourite restaurant, Lamberts, to consecutive nights this week – which was great.

Our boiler has broken down. And it was clever enough to time its breakage to the only four-day weekend in the year.

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