Name: James Lever
Member since: 2001-01-16 08:27:34
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I'm a generalist sysadmin/research support programmer playing in the field of weird systems integration and high performance computing. Things come few and far between but such is life ;)

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Aftermath of accident:

I thought I was feeling pretty well after the accident, but late on Thursday night, before bed, I found that I had a really sore shoulder. Went to bed, woke up the next day with a shoulder in agony and found the other shoulder was also sore along with my neck (muscles that go right into the head) and my entire upper back (shoulder blades etc). Sore a Doctor, noted soft tissue damage, went on to continue playing squash as Doctor suggested it would help to loosen the soreness up a little.

The damage to the bike will by today's estimate be between about $3000 and $5400 depending upon whether the panniers ($1800 each!!!) get replaced or repaired. Pretty scarey numbers from a little knock. On top of that, the replacement cost of my helmet is about $600 - it's a BMW.

Work has been really hectic, trying to prepare for the refurbishment work to the lab and the up coming installation of the new sgi equipment arriving over the next month or so. Only problem, of course, is that I'm still sore from the accident and have to shift the 20 machines from the current lab to the new on tomorrow :(

We're installing an imersive visual reality centre powered by an sgi onyx3000 and a lab full (20) of sgi 330L linux workstations with half a gig of ram, dual cpu and the VR3 (vpro) graphics (it's really an nvidia quadro card) which should be really cool for the developers on the desktop moving from sgi o2 workstations which should be quite an improvement in performance for them. It also means I'll hopefully get to do a lot more OSS work due to the new SOE I'll be using. Yeah!

Anyhow, off to bed; I fly out to Adelaide IV on Thursday and will be gone from my world of toys for a solid couple of weeks.

18 Jan 2001 (updated 18 Jan 2001 at 03:54 UTC) »

Well, didn't get a lot done this morning; well, not a lot of free stuff anyhow... toying with modern bind and the like before sending my poor kitten off to be desexed. Vilya didn't know what the cage was for, found it curious at first and then started complaining about how low the ceiling was as she had to crouch lots. I'll get her back tonight all fixed up and anaesthetized for a couple of days. Just (13:45, 18th Jan) got a call from the Vet to say she's fine and doing well.

News flash: my first batch of home brew is getting better and better! It looks very dark, tastes pretty good and my housemate, latent, commented it looked a lot like Guinness. When I pulled my keg out of the fridge on Monday night to serve it up to another friend, she said it tasted pretty good too, which is always a major bonus. Anyhow, the big excitement was thet the bubbles were tiny and flowed down around the outside of the glass just like real stuff. This was made with a homebrew kit of Coopers Dark Ale. Good stuff. Unfortunately, mbp will just have to wait until next-next time he's in Brisbane to trial it. Anybody else coming to visit soon is most welcome to trial the beer.

Worst thing about this morning (10:40am 18th January, 2001) was I got hit while travelling into work. Some (now known) moron decided to turn right form the left hand lane at the Indooroopilly bus depot into the hook turn street leading to Station road... Naturally, I didn't like this being on my Honda ST1100 in the lane next to him. No indicators, nothing - well, not until the instant he started moving. I managed to survive ok, but I did a nice mickey flip/airborne roll and came off with only a few grazes and bruises to the legs. Shame the bike wasn't better off for it.

Now to the legal battle to get my bike repaired :(


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