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Big AWS outage

Apr23
Hmm lots of Amazon web services went down for a few hours last night (used for hosting this website, as well as work, and lots of the rest of the internets). Also we woke up this morning to our Tommy monitor beeping, because it was running low on power. We had a power cut over night, though it came back on five minutes after I got up. What is going on?
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Lots of LightwaveRF on ebay

Apr22
Someone is selling a whole bundle. There is always quite a lot on there but it's not usually genuine second hand. This is all boxed, could be a bargain for you.

Glossary:

lightwaverf: the light switches etc that I use to give me remote control of everything in the house
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Where did the super long weekend go?

Apr21
I have had a lovely long spring bank holiday, but don't really feel that I fitted much in. Clare worked Friday and today (bank holiday Monday) so as to bank some hours while I was around, and not have to lean on Granny and Grandpa quite so much for child care. This meant Friday and today me and Harry and Tommy did relatively little. At least we kept it green and cheap both days though. Friday we did the beach and the park and also got the Wii out for the first time in years. Harry loves the bowling, so we've been playing quite a lot of the 100 pin version. Also we've played in the garden, got the ball pit and the tent out in the front garden, we'll see what that does to the lawn.

Sunday we had a lovely lunch round the in-laws, and Saturday we had a rare night out at Vinorium as Emma and Jeff were visiting. Had a good time there, that's a nice place. I only sampled the wine, but they ate a proper meal there too. Didn't have too much to drink, I really was just having a taste of as many as I could. Very civilised.

Back to work in the morning.

I should not post too much about what I've been up to as I'm meeting some old friends on Wednesday, and if they do their research and read this, then I'll have nothing to talk about.
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Human remains found in a garden in Portchester

Apr21
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Probably Napoleonic POWs...

In the garden myself today, not digging up remains though, found some shed paint (or fence paint, whatever, was in the garage when we moved in) and it's supper sunny so guess what, I'm painting the shed. Well I was, while Tommy was sleeping and Harry was playing on the computer. Time to come in now, wake Tommy up and do something constructive...

We also made a sign for the badger doorway in the garden, picture later. Harry drew it out and then I dremeld it.
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The Brewery Tavern: surprisingly surprising

Apr18
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Before we went to Chimichanga on our work night out we stopped in at The Old Brewery Tavern. Well we were passing, and we saw workmates inside. Also they do real ale there, and so if I was going to be able to have one beer at all while driving, best to have it early. It's a nice place, civilised, though Clare always thinks it's a bit old people, so we never go in there. Well that and the fact we never go out in Canterbury, those are the reasons we never go there. I've had a nice afternoon in there drinking beer and watching rugby while Clare has shopped in the past. So, a nice quiet spot for a pre-dinner beer.

Then we went back after the meal, and it CHANGED. It happened gradually, they lowered the lights, they removed all the pump clips to disguise the fact that they sell local real ale and they started lining up jagerbombs along the bar. Then a velvet rope went up outside, about a dozen bouncers arrived, they moved a till to the front door, and suddenly it was a proper pay-to-get-in nightclub. And we were trapped inside!

OK, not trapped, not my ideal sort of spot but we were in a big group of people of different tastes. I think more of the group would have preferred the real ale-ness of its daytime incarnation, which is why there were murmerings to go to The Foundry instead. By the time this was properly established as the plan, I had definitely lost my momentum, and so headed home.

I think the evening ended a bit earlier than people had planned, but the timing certainly suited me. I was home again by about eleven after dropping some people off, and then sat up and watched Rev and 8 Out Of 10 Cats when I got in.
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Chimichanga: surprisingly nice

Apr18
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Work night out last night, we went to Chimichanga and it was good. Surprised me, I was not expecting much at all. Portions were a bit smaller than they might have been but everything was very tasty. I had a vegetable wrap (hold the cheese) with spicy fries, and all the other food looked good too. I was driving but everyone else was drinking Brahma beer and cocktails. It's just the right sort of place for an office party vibe, but Clare has also had lunch in there. We'll give it another go.
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Nilfisk pressure washer

Apr18
Dad if you're thinking of buying a new pressure washer there is a deal here from Maplin, a 110 bar pressure washer. Not sure how it compares to a karcher, but they also do a 120 bar version. I'd be worried about the amount of water I'd be using though. Is there one that plugs into the sea?
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Raspberry pi timewasting

Apr17
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Spent an hour one night this week trying to connect a temperature sensor to my raspberry pi. No, you can't connect analog sensors to the raspberry pi. I might have to have another go with the slice of pi/o kit I bought. At least now I understand what new facility it provides...

Might get some time for hardware hacking over the weekend. I might connect up the beer fridge.

Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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So that is what an MRI is like

Apr17
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I had my MRI this morning for my sacroiliac joint dysfunction. At least that is what I'm diagnosing it as off the internet, there is something up with my sacroiliac joint anyway, where the spine meets the pelvis. I finally got my appointment, after missing one because I didn't get the letter about it. 8am at the William Harvey, so an early start, but it all went smoothly. They offered me headphones with a choice of radio stations when I went into the MRI chamber, but actually there was no music forthcoming. The machine itself makes a monstrous racket, but wasn't as claustrophobica s it might have been. If you were a big fat lad (I am definitely not) then it might be more of a problem.

There is a voucher this weekend for keene.co.uk use ESAVE10 to save 10 pounds when you spend 100 (and you easily can). Did they do this last year? I think I posted the same thing when I was after buying some of their bluetooth in wall amplifier with speakers. I never did. I wonder if I'll post this again next year?

Off to Chimichangas in Canterbury tonight after work, and driving too. Going to The Foundry after too, that will be tough. I'd love to go there for a big session, but it's just a bit tricky getting home, would be two busses. I often get a lift home from work off Ben, and he was talking about driving tonight too, so I've done the decent thing and stepped up to offer him a lift. I will try and make up for it over the rest of the weekend...
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New coffee shop opening in Folkestone

Apr16
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Don't think it's a secret but STAY TUNED for more details.

In other opening / closing news, read in the Folkestone Herald that The Hub is closing. The cycle shop is going anyway, don't know how this affects Loaf cafe which is connected.
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