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In early this morning

Apr
28
Started at 8am, waiting for someone at work to generate a new ssl certificate that all our machines in the callcentre will accept and we might well be on our way... still several odd support calls coming in where customers have had problems, but generally we're looking good.
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Paul Clarke's blog - I live and work in Hythe near Folkestone, Kent. Married to Clare and father to two, I am a software engineer, and I do mostly javascript, nodejs, python, ruby, and php. I like pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.

Working tonight!

Apr
27
Worked until 9pm what on earth is going on?

Deadline day tomorrow and had a thing that we had missed, so frantically trying to make something work. It's going to be ok...

Made a fantastic system for the callcentre ages ago which has been done and dusted and just not tried out live for the last couple of months because they weren't ready to do training, and didn't want anything changing without formal training. Now they're using it, on the day before the final deadline, we have found there's a different "flow" that we had not covered. So desperately trying to hack that together in the closing hours. It's going to be a real hack, we have to add someone else's domain name to a host file and pretend to be them, and you're not meant to do that. Can we work around all the security implications of this? We'll have to see...

At least working late, and also starting early in the morning, means finishing nice and early. Hopefully tomorrow, but maybe save up the hours for next week.
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Colder again today

Apr
27
Was a beautiful evening in the end yesterday after the black clouds of earlier. I walked along Princes Parade and the sea was a bright turquoise colour. Not many people about as it was cold, a very low tide though and a metal detectorist going along the shoreline. That is a hobby for me in years to come I think.

Today nice again, on the walk to school and a few steps after, it's still a bit nippy again, but the sea is calm and the sky is bright.

I have the heating set to "off" when I'm working from home as I'm very mean, but might ramp it up a little today...
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Pay day tomorrow

Apr
27
And any profit share has already been spent in advance on luxuries like a plumber... it comes around every three months, a bit extra in our pay, but it has long stopped being a bonus and is now just money I rely on for regular paying for stuff. At least our holiday is all paid for, with this I will settle up the things that I've been putting off to this point. Also seemingly have to buy some new shoes, as I polished Clare's shoes the other day and somehow changed the colour of them...

Last month was an expensive month but looking back we did go out quite a lot, a good few meals out and our trip to Brighton.

Will this month be quieter? I don't think so. We have the (still secret) trip to Extreme Robots (like robot wars) and Horrible Histories live show, at least they're already paid for. Then I have the sort of stag do beer festival too. May will be a busy month, at least most of the events are already paid up in advance...
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Boring for you but amusing to me

Apr
26
Hmm that is the topic of this whole blog really...

You can use unicode in code, html, css, javascript etc... just redoing some of my website and replaced any mention of "stars" and "star" (star ratings like I mentioned earlier) with a symbol and it all works just fine... valuable saving of characters and the code all still makes sense semantically. Sort of.

. {
width: 200px;
position: relative;
}
. a {
display: block;
}


Means you can safely use Greek letters as var names:

const  = 3.14


A bit pointless but fun.

Glossary:

javascript: a major programming language of the internets, mostly how I make my living
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test

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Twenty years ago today I was at a David Devant gig

Apr
26
David Devant and his Spirit Wife 7.7(10 1 votes, 0, Pauly) 26th Apr
Rate David Devant and his Spirit Wife
This one doesn't stand out for me, I went to a lot of David Devant and his Spirit Wife gigs.
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Is bad weather on its way?

Apr
26
Expecting arctic conditions this week, following news reports, but the last couple of days have been bright and sunny. A little colder than usual maybe. I cut today's lunchtime walk short though as there were ominous black clouds all around. Sparkly and blue to the South-East but seriously dark in all other directions. Saw a few people walking out as I was coming back into the office, but they followed close behind wiping their glasses dry. Still good for the lawn, which needs it.
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Hectic day at work today

Apr
26
Insurance issues, possibly as a result to the changes I have made for pci compliance, so getting on to that.
And in personal updates today, yesterday it seems Jen has left Dom! Is it a phase she is going through? Maybe coincidence she has two friends who have also just left their husbands, are they all heading off to some all women commune? I obviously don't know all the details yet so can't judge. They've had troubles in the past, thought it was all good now though, seemed particularly good recently.

AND Dad's ear operation was all good on Monday, went very smoothly. They did cut off the cancerous part and stitched it up,
that's gone off for biopsy. They did not even need to do the skin graft that had been discussed. They also burned off another mole
for him while he was there, that he had asked about. It wasn't a problem one but they said "while we're here do you want that one gone too?" very efficient.

ALSO chum Chris was hospitalised yesterday with suspected Atrial Fibrillation - heart racing. He's ok and been discharged again hope to find out more details today.


It's "be courageous" day today at work, being courageous is one of our core values. There is a logo for this value, it is a roaring lion. They gave me a lion bar.
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update star ratings here to use fewer html elements

Apr
25
I'm running out of thing to improve on this site (apart from the content and how it looks, of course) but it says here that I have some repeating actions building those star ratings... it's of no interest to you, it is a @todo that I shall leave on the sidebar over there -> and not act upon for years and years...

Glossary:

javascript: a major programming language of the internets, mostly how I make my living
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I have simplified the star ratings

My quickest todo ever. Here's an example of them, if I attach an event to a message they should appear so I've attached the Freddie Mercury Tribute to this message. Hope they still work, and my related score on yellowlab.tools is better now. All the negatve points there are related to google adsense. I have ads blocked, everyone has ads blocked these days don't they? I should just remove the ads and make this site lighting fast...
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Updated this site for the first time in an age

Apr
24
Hopefully won't be noticeable but I dusted down my html skills and improved this site slightly. At least on my browser, possibly broken it on yours. I have removed a whole layer of the DOM which speeds up rendering and hopefully makes the page load and render a bit faster.

Not "Dom" but document object model, it's the components that make up the page.
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Fourth biggest pay out of all time

Apr
24
Hmm, paid out big this week for our holiday. Booked it last year but time to pay for it came around, so this has been an expensive month... Holidays are expensive aren't they? I decided last year to stop trying to skimp and say "we can't afford a holiday" and to just sell some shares each year and go for it, so the boys have some happy holiday memories and experiences. This is the first one of those where I've actually stumped up the cash for the four of us to go away together. In the past we've lived off the generosity of Mum and Dad or Clare's folks for a couple of big trips. But this one is down to me. I think this is the fourth most expensive thing I've bought, after 1) this house 2) the previous flat 3) the current car. It's more expensive than our last car or Clare's engagement ring, which would be the next two...

Got some special holiday savings which should do our trips for the next two years too, then to start planning for the next one...

Typically selling the shares has not happened, there has been no share window. Something going on at work I think.
There should be one in July so I have borrowed out of the money I've been saving for New York next year for Clare's 40th, and also for Disneyland the year after. Been doing regular savings for this since before I decided to try and cash out some Holiday Extras shares. So when the share window opens - possibly in July - I will sell up to seven thousand or so worth and replace those savings, and maybe have a little left over to treat myself. To a doughnut probably.
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Online delivery ordering from New Delhi worked well

Apr
24
vegetable dhansak 瞿4.90
meat biryani 瞿7.80
steamed rice 瞿1.90
mushroom rice 瞿2.80
mushroom jalfrezi 瞿6.00
cauliflower bhaji 瞿2.90


Came quicker than expected, very convenient ordering online like that. I'm sure it's all vegan...
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Got our delivery from Paul Babra

Apr
24
He came in person on Saturday, while were out. Got the chutneys we wanted, and a couple of extra sample pots. One of them is awesome it's just labelled "Ferocious Devilish Dare", and it's really hot. It's making me sweat still. Guessing it's a lot of scotch bonnet in there, it is bright yellow and delicious.

paulbabra.co.uk
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Awesome tidy gardens

Apr
23
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Mum and Dad have done an amazing job this weekend - came to visit, even though we could not spend as much time with this as usual, they came to work! And did a great job, our front and back gardens are looking neater than they ever have.

We spent some time together on Friday, had a curry together on Friday night while Clare was out at the school disco, then Dad and I headed off to the Inn Doors.

Saturday we went to a 70th birthday sort of, family reunion for a lot of Clare's family. All her cousins on her Mum's side together for the first time in ages, for a meal and a few drinks. We went to Iden Green for this, to a village hall type place. It's called The Pavilion, it was a proper Midsomer Murders setting. Good play area outside that the kids really enjoyed. Nice for them to run around with lots of second cousins too.

Saturday evening after we got back, Clare and I went OUT! We never go out together, quite rarely, unless it is a holiday or something.
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On our night out we went to 1) The Inn Doors

Very nice to go in the Inn Doors with the wife, generally I go on my own. Nice to see literally several people in there to say hello to, I felt popular and like a real regular, was very nice.

Dad and I had had gin and tonic the night before, he had an Irish Gunpowder gin that was not remarkable, but I had Mason's Tea Gin that I really liked. Talked Clare into having one, while I had my regular Bushell's cider, but it did not grab her in quite the same way, so we swapped.

This was just our first stop on our walk from home to The Harbour Arm. Onward!
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On our night out we went to 2) Follies (on the harbour arm)

Pizza, at Follies on the Harbour Arm. Really does not look like anything is going to be open at the Harbour Arm in the evenings, you have to be confident to head down there, no-one is coming and going. You have to be pretty close up before you can smell the pizza and hear the music playing. Great place, feels like a secret when you are down there at night. I chose the correct vegan pizza this time, with barbecue jackfruit and vegan cheese, rather than the dry and dull Moroccan style pizza I had the other day. Tasty and quick service.

Hmm, confusing using a parenthesis after the 2 and then round some words too like that, it looks wrong.

Both a bit tired, so not up for a raging night out. Thought about a bloody mary in Cockles, also on the Harbour Arm, but not quite, nor a drink in one of the other Harbour Arm bars, though maybe we should have. Clare did not even want to walk home, we'd agreed in advance walk one way and taxi back. Time for just one more drink...
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On our night out we went to 3) Kipps Ale House

Nice place, last stop. They do vegan food here too, we had a strange flapjack "power bar" thing along with our drinks. Then a taxi home. We're too tired for a proper night out.
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Paul Clarke's blog - I live and work in Seabrook near Folkestone, Kent. wed to Clare and father to two, I am a code engineer, and I do mostly js, Node, python, ruby, and php. I like pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.

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