Saturday, February 24, 2007


When I went into town today, the daffs were out on Parker's Piece.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Dawn Chorus

The past few days, while the sunrise alarm has been ramping up after 06:00, I've been aware of birdsong outside. And today was thoroughly springlike for cycling into town and back.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Anime — Akagi, Mahjong Legend; the Genius who descended into the Darkness

So, I'm a little late on this one. But when it comes out labelled as "Genre: Sport", you don't immediately think of something anywhere thrilling.

The very first glance at the introduction, and a look at those noses, tells you it's not going to be “just another anime”.

The best summary of the first three episodes (from which most of that montage comes) is that it's 1958, and teenager Akagi Shigeru drives a car into the ocean, then from zero background comes to win your tabletop game, clear your debts, double the winnings and and mess with the heads of the local yakuza.

From there on, after just one episode to catch your breath it's mind-games all the way. About the only weakness is that the series ends when it catches up with the manga, two-thirds of the way through a climactic match, where Akagi is wagering his blood against the fortune of the Secret Master of Japan, and only a sudden skip from Summer 1965 to Summer 1999 and a brief glimpse of middle-aged Akagi tells us all we need to know.

Not a series I would have expected to like from the premise; but one that is riveting watching — and bears a rewatch as the scan for the screenies above proved in passing.

Thursday, February 08, 2007


The snow arrived overnight, and I woke up to something like this

The road less travelled

The view from the bedroom window

So I decided not to go to the office.

A staying at home day

Not inclined to drive

This meant that I ended up working an 11 hour day, with only a few interruptions, as a result of “eating our own dog-food”, with GotoMyPC, and related GotoMeeting and GoToWebinar (so I worked when had I been at the office I would just have been passively consuming an all-hands presentation). *sigh*

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Winter night

About quarter past ten last night, it was a clear sky with hard bright stars, and a coppery fat waning half moon just rising. Going to bed, Penny the Burmese cat snuggled down under the covers between us, curled up, and purred very loudly.

Frosty dawn

Sunlight on branches

Morning dawned with a very hard frost, but very bright and clear.


Once sitting, now walking.

The ponds at work were frozen over too, except where the fountains had been churning the water.

[Now playing - Planet Rock]