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life

Not Dead

I know it’s been very quiet round here, but I’m still here. I’ve just been off on holiday for a couple of weeks. I was cruising around the Baltic. There will be stories and photos arriving soon. I just need a couple of days to get a bit more organised.

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life

A Life Well Documented

Recently I realised that two seemingly completely different projects were, in fact, both facets of the same project. They both led me to putting more detail about my history into web sites and (once they are complete) this will mean that my life will become far better documented.

The first project started when I dug out an old box of photographs. I was relatively late into digital photography so I have huge numbers of photos which just linger in boxes and albums instead of being enjoyed on Flickr. Also in the box I found the negatives for most of the films so I decided to start getting the negatives scanned in and put on CDs (if anyone is interested, it looks like Boots are the cheapest place to get this done).

This scanning is still in progress, but when I got the first few CDs back I realised that there were lots of photos of holidays and that I only had the vaguest of ideas when some of these holidays took place. So over the last couple of weeks, I’ve done pretty much all I can to tie down the dates of all of the holidays I’ve taken in the last fifteen years. I’ve gone through old passports looking for stamps. I’ve searched for email confirmations of flight bookings. I’ve even gone through my invoicing records to see which days I didn’t invoice clients for (an unexpected advantage of being a freelancer). As I’ve been going through this process, I’ve been adding the trips to my Dopplr account.

The project has expanded from just covering holidays. I’ve been to a lot of conferences in that time and I’ve also added those details to Dopplr. I don’t think I’m very far from having a complete record of every conference and meeting that I’ve ever spoken at.

The other project which eventually led in the same direction was my discovery of Songkick. Songkick aims to produce a complete directory of gigs. Users can add details of gigs they attended and mark themselves as having been at gigs added by other people. Trying to track down the dates of obscure gigs you attended in the late 1980s turns out to be a surprisingly addictive pastime. I’m sure I’ll never get everything into my account, but it’s certainly fun trying. I don’t even mind that the first gig I ever attended was supremely embarrassing.

Songkick currently has one obvious omission. It would be great if they would publish a users list of gigs (or “gigography” as they call it) as an iCal feed so that I could subscribe to it in Google Calendar. I’m sure that something like that will be added to the site soon.

There’s an obvious crossover between these two projects of course. Some gigs (more usually, festivals) can also count as holidays. Every time I went to Glastonbury or the Cambridge Folk Festival, that’s going to need to be listed in both Dopplr and Songkick.

Two interesting projects. Neither of them will ever be 100% complete, but it’s fun trying to get as close as you can. Of course, they both appeal to the “High Fidelity” style list geek in me. If these tools had been available thirty years ago I would certainly have been using them. And that would have given me an incredibly rich set of data about how I spent my time. One that I’m now painfully trying to piece together a bit at a time.

I’m fast coming to the conclusion that you can’t ever have enough data about your life. I’m now looking for new data sets that I could add to my life history.

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photos

More Photos

Last night I should probably have been working on my tutorial for tomorrow’s London Perl Workshop but instead I was uploading photos of New Zealand to Flickr.

So now there are sets from Christchurch and Fox Glacier as well as a more general set of photos of the South Island. There’s also a South Island collection which contains all of those sets.

There are a few more South Island photos to be cleaned up and uploaded, and then next week I’ll start work on the North Island shots.

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travel

New Zealand

I mentioned yesterday that we’re off to New Zealand in ten days time. If anyone’s interested, here’s the itinerary (all dates in August):

Sun 5th Leave UK
Mon 6th Arrive Singapore
Tue 7th Singapore
Wed 8th Leave Singapore
Thu 9th Arrive Christchurch
Fri 10th Christchurch
Sat 11th Christchurch to Queenstown
Sun 12th Queenstown
Mon 13th Queenstown
Tue 14th Queenstown to Fox Glacier
Wed 15th Fox Glacier to Christchurch
Thu 16th Christchurch
Fri 17th Christchurch to Wellington
Sat 18th Wellington
Sun 19th Wellington to Rotorua
Mon 20th Rotorua
Tue 21st Rotorua to Paihia
Wed 22nd Paihia
Thu 23rd Paihia
Fri 24th Paihia to Auckland
Sat 25th Auckland
Sun 26th Auckland to Singapore
Mon 27th Singapore
Tues 28th Singapore to UK

I’ve tried to list the whole tour on my Dopplr account, but it doesn’t recognise some of the places.