Joe Blogs




I had an interview yesterday.

I have a job today.

How good is that?

Such a relief after filling in so many ridiculous application forms, this one came from a much nicer source. John Pinner at Clockwork Software Systems posted to the SBLug mailing list with a job opportunity. I replied with a copy of my CV, had an interview and was offered the job.

Clocksoft are a pretty cool company to be working for I reckon (of course I have no first-hand experience of this yet). They’re fiercely committed to Open Source software and are on the verge of releasing their Open Source payrolling system, PayThyme. It will be freely available and companies will pay for support. It seems like the best business model for Open Source to me.

I’ll be doing all sort of things, most likely involving Debian, Python, and a bunch of other stuff. I don’t think it’ll be boring as there will be a fair bit of variety. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m off to mug up on Perl now.

Just once more…


Consuming the fruit of our labours


I ate pie for dinner this evening. It was an apple and blackberry pie, made with blackberries and apples picked from the wild. Very fine it was, too.

We picked just over 3.5lbs of blackberries and over 4lbs of apples. The apples were rather underripe, but combined with the blackberries and a fair amount of sugar, it was most excellent.

Job hunting is not so much fun. I’ve applied for a post with Clockwork Software Systems which would be great. They’re a Linux software house who sponsored the UKUUG conference this year (which I didn’t make it to, but jcm did of course) and seem to have a lot to do with Python, which would be cool as I’ve been meaning to learn Python for ages.

We shall see, working in Open Source would rock.

Stupid people


This evening I went for a run in a local park.

I had hardly got started when I heard crying and yelling from behind some bushes and a woman’s voice shouting “get off me” repeatedly.

I ran around behind the bushes to find a man nonchalently calling his dog and a woman lying sobbing on the ground. I went over to her and asked her what had happened at which point the man came over and said she had slipped over. She said he’d kicked her over, at which point I had to restrain myself from doing the same to him just to see how he liked it.

I helped her up and asked if she wanted to come with me, I was in no mood to take any nonsense from him if she chose to, but she refused and thanked me but said she’d be OK. I helped her pick up some of her things and, since she was still refusing any help, I felt I couldn’t do a lot more. The man seemed to be her partner and wasn’t being aggressive, though she was still sobbing.

I left the scene and met the park warden (complete with van, dog and flak jacket; a commentary on society, I thought) and told him what I’d seen and he went to investigate.

I’m not sure there was a lot more I could do without forcing the woman to do something against her will, but I wish I could have done something to make sure she was OK.

Funnily enough, at no point did I feel threatened by the man. I was in no mood to be trifled with and would have gladly given him some information he would have found it difficult to refuse.

Sometimes I think the world really sucks.

Simple Pleasures


Today illustrated to me some of the joys of the simple things in life. It also illustrated bureaucracy at it’s most irritating, but I’m trying not to dwell on that.

Today is my birthday. I spent the morning at the Job Centre being told I didn’t qualify for any support. Harrumph.

This afternoon, Hannah and I went for a picnic in the park. It was warm and sunny and nice. Then we went on the boating lake and chased ducks in a catamaran canoe. I was hoping the attendant would call out “come in no. 6, your time is up” like in the old days, but they didn’t.

All through the boating, there was the distant sound of thunder rumbling away. As soon as we got out, it started to rain. Then it rained some more. Then it starting falling out of the skies like nothing I’ve ever seen. There was lightning flashing and thunder crashing around us. We stood under a shelter and just…watched. It was fantastic.

It wasn’t cold, it was just very, very wet. I really enjoyed just standing there enjoying nature letting itself be known. After some time, it didn’t seem to be getting any lighter so we hoofed it through the ankle deep standing water to the car getting absolutely soaked in the process.

One of the best birthdays I’ve had, I think. I’m now sitting eating chocolate cake and listening to Neil Young and trying not to think about jobs for a bit.