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My work desk. This picture is annotated on Flickr (click the image).

My work desk
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I love LEGO. I have a few unbuilt sets stored various places. I decided to get one of these out and build it. It's a neat little quad bike that now adorns my desk at work.

Lego Quad Bike
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There is an awesome off-licence (beer shop) a short drive from our house called Beer Ritz. It sells at least 500 different types of beer. Whilst working in California I got a liking for American Beers from the smaller breweries which, unlike those from the main producers, don't taste like fizzy dishwater. In fact some are CAMRA members and get inspiration from British bottled beers. Beer Ritz sells some of these beers and Saturday night is beer night.

Anchor Steam Beer
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This is looking down on the city of Leeds from Tinshill. To the south you can see South Yorkshire and in the far distance the north of the Peaks. It was taken through the windscreen of the car hence the poorer quality.

Leeds
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This is the same view as the photograph I took a couple of days ago. That day it was a snow storm. Today it is freezing but amazingly clear and sunny.

Snow and sunshine
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You can see why holly and ivy was revered by the old religions. When all is lost and everything else has died they are still green and give hope of the year that is to come.

Ever green
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This is the lane by the house this morning. It is used as a cut through from one housing area to another. Walking seems better than driving this morning.

Walking in the snow
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This derelict mill is behind where I work next to the University of Bradford campus. Its supposedly going to be restored and turned in to offices, However the current financial climate has delayed the project. The building will be known as Campus House.

Campus House
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Its snowed again overnight. I like fresh snow. The day was rather nice so I headed out in the garden with the camera.

Snow on pear tree
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Our heating system is playing up so we're all sitting in the main room which has a coal effect real flame gas fire. I needed a photo for today so wondered what I could with the Canon 40D and the 'plastic fantastic' 50mm 1.8F II EF lens. This is the shot.

Coal effect gas fire
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So its a new year and a significant year, 2010, so I've decided to start two projects which are somewhat related. My first project is "101 goals in 1001 days". Basically I am setting myself 101 personal goals to achieve 1001 days i.e. by the end of 27 September 2012. This can be anything from cycling to work, knitting a jumper to carrying out a solo sky dive.

In order to record my achievements or otherwise I have created a new blog at http://www.cyberspice.org.uk/101in1001/. And my (growing) list of goals with links to pages that describe each goal is here.

The first goal is "A photo a day for at least 365 days". Basically I have set myself the task of taking, and posting to a blog, a photo each day for at least a year. So I've created a new blog for that too at http://www.cyberspice.org.uk/mobblog/. Below is my photo for Jan 1, 2010.

BBC Micro keyboard


Cross posted from Spice World
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So its a new year and a significant year, 2010, so I've decided to start two projects which are somewhat related. My first project is "101 goals in 1001 days". Basically I am setting myself 101 personal goals to achieve 1001 days i.e. by the end of 27 September 2012. This can be anything from cycling to work, knitting a jumper to carrying out a solo sky dive.

In order to record my achievements or otherwise I have created a new blog at http://www.cyberspice.org.uk/101in1001/. And my (growing) list of goals with links to pages that describe each goal is here.

The first goal is "A photo a day for at least 365 days". Basically I have set myself the task of taking, and posting to a blog, a photo each day for at least a year. So I've created a new blog for that too at http://www.cyberspice.org.uk/oneaday/. Below is my photo for Jan 1, 2010.

BBC Micro keyboard


Cross posted from Spice World


Update: I've revised the URL for the photo blog since it isn't really a mobblog.
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This project was used as a chance to learn Purl, ribbing and making tassels. This is how it turned out.

Finished ribbed tassle scarf


I have given it to one of my my sister's as a gift. For the other sister I made her some beaded jewelery.

Necklace and earrings
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I finished my first knitting project in a long long while. Its a simple knit scarf of 24 knit stitches per row in Rico Design "Roxy" yarn (73% acrylic/27% new wool - 50gm/60m - Colour violet 007). It took four balls to get a decent length using 8mm needles.

Finished Scarf (and Yours Truly)


Finishing it off turned out to be problematic. I didn't realise how much yarn I would need to bind off and ran out half way through. This meant I had to undo the bind off which wasn't easy and I dropped at least one stitch doing it. I then had to unknit a few rows to give me the length needed and to be able to correct the dropped stitch. Whilst doing this the yarn broke. I ended up having to lay the piece flat, take it off the needle, pull off several rows and then carefully rethread the needle. I succeeded though and here it is.

Cross posted from Spice World
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I finished my first knitting project in a long long while. Its a simple knit scarf of 24 knit stitches per row in Rico Design "Roxy" yarn (73% acrylic/27% new wool - 50gm/60m - Colour violet 007). It took four balls to get a decent length using 8mm needles.

Finished Scarf (and Yours Truly)


Finishing it off turned out to be problematic. I didn't realise how much yarn I would need to bind off and ran out half way through. This meant I had to undo the bind off which wasn't easy and I dropped at least one stitch doing it. I then had to unknit a few rows to give me the length needed and to be able to correct the dropped stitch. Whilst doing this the yarn broke. I ended up having to lay the piece flat, take it off the needle, pull off several rows and then carefully rethread the needle. I succeeded though and here it is.

Cross posted from Spice World
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This means I can write my posts in a proper offline app like proper bloggers!
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LinuxChix is a global community of women (and their supporters) who are fans of, users, or just interested in Linux and Open Source Software. LinuxChix has various chapters around the world. Currently there is only one in the UK, based in London, but I am proud to announce the LinuxChix northern chapter, LinuxChixNorth.

LinuxChixNorth is a chapter for LinuxChix members, or potential members, based in and around the M62 corridor in the north of England. This covers the cities of Bradford, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and York. It is intend the first meetings will be held in Leeds and Manchester but there is no reason why members shouldn't organise meetings in other cities. The first meeting will be in Leeds at the beginning of December. I am finalising arrangements for a venue and will announce the date as soon as I know it.

Apart from the website we are on twitter as @linuxchixnorth if you want to follow us. You can also e-mail the current organisers at uberchix at linuxchixnorth dot org dot uk.

Cross posted from Spice World
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Knitting was once a necessity if you were anything other than very rich. My grandmothers' generation all could knit. My mother can knit but many of her contemporaries do not. Knitting when out of favour especially amongst feminists who saw it as "women's work" (even though there is a rich history of male knitters) and everything they were trying to fight. But a new generation of feminists have emerged, many of them geeky women, and they are reclaiming knitting. These third wave feminist knitters think that rejecting the craft devalues the work of past women and rather than rejecting it we should reject the opinion that knitting is in any way a second class activity.

When I was very young my mother taught me to knit. I knitted a small red stuffed bear which my mother probably has stored away somewhere. I haven't really knitted since then, until now.

My First Scarf


A couple of months ago I decided to give it another try so I ordered both Stitch'n'Bitch and The Happy Hooker from Amazon. These books, by the same author Debbie Stoller, are partly teach-you-self books and partly pattern books for knitting and crochet respectively. The approach the crafts in a fun way working through from the basics to advanced techniques with instructions and diagrams. The second halves of the books comprise funky patterns, such as hoodies, alien scarves, fingerless gloves and so on. These patterns are devised by young knitters and crocheters, by a new generation for the new generation. They are an excellent buy and thoroughly recommended.

My current project is a beginners scarf. Knitting is like cycling you never really forget how to do it and its amazing how quickly you pick it back up again. I find knitting relaxing and carry wool and needles everywhere. I am learning slowly but it is now something I will stick with. I've already had a request for a scarf from my sister and with Christmas two months away there are bound to be a couple of gifts I could make for people. I haven't really tried crocheting yet so that's my next challenge.

Cross posted from Spice World
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I blogged about The Subway a little while ago. [livejournal.com profile] auntysarah video-ed me swimming through one of the pot holes using her iPhone. So here it is.



Cross posted from Spice World
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A little while ago I wrote this blog post about adding ethernet capability to my aged BBC Microcomputer. Since then not a lot has happened. But very recently a couple of things have reinvigorated the project.

The geeky details )

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