Some thinking on whats changed since completing my research on brachiopodia and computer graphics in 1995. On the computing side: The Internet open source Programming languages, the rise and demise of heavyweight Java On the palaeontology side of things I’m guess a lot less has changed, but worth doing some reading around and research. I do need to go back through the amount of paperwork in my house looking for data, in particular serial...

I have, for some strange reason, been drawn back to my PhD work from the early 90’s. Academia has long passed me by and my brain and attitude long since softened and hardened by the fleshpots of the commercial software industry. However, something is drawing me back, in particular the notion of how much easier it might be now to do the work I did between 1991 and 1991. As far as I know, none of my coding, data or floppy disk material sur...

Data and reading
academia / April 14, 2017

Some thinking on whats changed since completing my research on brachiopodia and computer graphics in 1995. On the computing side: The Internet open source Programming languages, the rise and demise of heavyweight Java On the palaeontology side of things I’m guess a lot less has changed, but worth doing some reading around and research. I do need to go back through the amount of paperwork in my house looking for data, in particu...

Reconstructing the past
academia / April 5, 2017

I have, for some strange reason, been drawn back to my PhD work from the early 90’s. Academia has long passed me by and my brain and attitude long since softened and hardened by the fleshpots of the commercial software industry. However, something is drawing me back, in particular the notion of how much easier it might be now to do the work I did between 1991 and 1991. As far as I know, none of my coding, data or floppy disk ma...

Ferry time
Uncategorized / March 19, 2017

24 hours on a ferry (from Santander to Portsmouth) can be a rewarding experience. Plenty of time to think and read especially when the Internet access is virtually non existent. Roger mention the idea of ships being havens of escapism (the 70s ship, a pirate vessel for example); a more practical Westworld of the high seas. It might be the oceans might be the only escape point from modern society. Along with seaside towns in Essex. Th...

Fine Line
Uncategorized / March 14, 2017

There’s a fine line between love and hate and there is a fine line between good and bad. I don’t speak to a large audience on a regular basis but it’s easy to miss the mood and needs of the audience.  For a technology conference internal or external you normally have a pretty dry subject so getting people to listen is difficult  (they are on their phones reading or communicating or writing blogs, like this...

Day 1 Done. 
Uncategorized / March 13, 2017

The annual sales kickoff  (SKO) is something to be cherish. An assault course of the senses it can be brutal with the hedonism of many and a frustration of a few. From awards for doing your job which can be painful when you watch sales people lauding it up (though the small reward for the team for best staff retention was good and appreciated for change), through to brown-nosing as Olympic sport, there are plenty of ways to fry ...

From the open road to the closed room
Uncategorized / March 12, 2017

Driving across Northern Spain from Santander to Lleida (so far) has been a revelation. Scenery excellent and with light traffic on excellent roads. Weather has been crisp but kind and got to 22 C at one point this afternoon (according to the device on the Transalp).  “What goes through your mind whilst riding the bike ?” asked Roger at today’s lunch stop in Jaca. Good question as it’s not easy to drift of...

7.38am Argomaniz
Uncategorized / March 12, 2017

All quiet in the Paradore in Argomaniz after a short ride yesterday brought us from Santander. Withnail is now without after with brilliant assistance from Jorge we has both emergency repair kit delivered as we got off the ferry as well as a trip to a tyre workshop where it was patched professionally while we watched all for 5 euros. This involved lots of conversation and about 5 guys discussion the concerns of tyre balance and vulca...

Withnail and I
Uncategorized / March 10, 2017

Roger has a nail in the rear tyre of his 955i Daytona Triumph. He is therefore Withnail. I am therefore I.  We have known each other for 15 years give or take a few days, from when he started at the old Red Hat Guildford office. Over the years we’ve shared both work and social memories most involving lots of laughter. A recent day in the Farnborough office was just simply very funny for a number of reasons including someon...

Zurich 7am
Uncategorized / February 22, 2017

I travel a lot, but still when you when you wake up sometimes you feel disconnected from reality. Usually after waking up at some point in the night (in this case 3am) and then falling back to sleep, you subsequently wake with the alarm.  Though awake isn’t quite the right work. It’s a mixed state somewhere between awake and asleep where drowsiness covers the mind and soul. You are thinking slowly and thoughtfully. U...

Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure. 
Uncategorized / February 15, 2017

According to Eurostar you cannot do both. Travelling for work can be a pleasure usually based on the conversations and observations you make. This is much truer for train travel rather than air travel, where making it a pleasure is far more difficult.  I’ve mentioned observation before so should focus on conversation. A couple of weeks ago it involved discussions on pharmokenetics and the quality of science which made the ...