Thursday, January 25, 2007

Blogging on the Bus - part 2

Well tonight I'm using Pocket Word so at least I'll have a spell checker - though I don't think that it will help much!

Well, not much to say today. It was a good day right up until I just missed a bus and had to wait 20 minutes in the freezing cold. Looks like it will be half past seven when I get home again tonight.

Interestingly, I've just discovered that when the bus stops in traffic I can write really quite quickly & accurately and look out of the window at the same time. This graffiti thing is coming back to me.
I always liked the concept of graffiti - that it's easier for a human to adjust and learn a new system than it is for software to learn to read normal writing. It certainly seems to work that way for me anyway.

On a side note, anyone hoping for more pictures of cake - there will be some soon. I've found the prints of the famous bass guitar cake, a hopefully there will be another delicious gluten free cake at the weekend - as it's my birthday.

More soon


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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Blogging on the Bus

So lets see what happens then. I'm trying what I've previously threatened to do - "blogging on the bus".
I experimented a little on the way into work this morning and soon discovered that it's too difficult to hit keys on a tiny screen keyboard when on a bouncy bus. I then tried the handwriting recognition - a little unfair really, as I couldn't read it myself!
I'm now writing this with trusty old graffiti that I learnt on my Palm III. This is doing really well with most of the mistakes being mine from not remembering the best way to do all the letters!

The next problem, though, comes from the software. I didn't want to use pocket word as I'm going to cut & paste it into blogger anyway,but I've just realised that 'notes' doesn't have a spell checker.

Still, at least I'm writing something, even if it is rubbish!

The irony is, with the bus prices going up again over Christmas, it is now virtually the price on the bus as it is to drive and pay to park, and driving could be quite lot quicker.
My next post will probably be on my experiments at driving to work!

I wonder if voice recognition is good enough yet to allow me to dictate my blog whilst driving.

Oh what fun the future holds!

Tim.C on the 138


Monday, January 08, 2007

Gluten Free Cake

Well, it was my son's third birthday today, and my wife made him a cake.

Although he isn't coeliac, both his brother and his Dad (me) are, and so she made a Gluten Free cake. Basically, that's a cake without any wheat flour.

And let me assure you, it tasted as good as it looked.

For more info on coeliacs disease go here

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Look no wires...

Well, I've brought the church laptop home to do some admin and configuration to it. This time though, I also have a WiFi dongle plugged into my home PC, so I'm now sat in my living room watching Top Gear and typing my blog !!

Unfortunately, this doesn't mean that I have anything more interesting to say than normal - just that I am typing some rubbish instead of not typing anything at all!

Although one thing of note for this evening does cheer me up a little. I was talking earlier with some of the teenagers from church and several of them are about to take the first parts of their AS exams. Now I've left FE teaching I am not in the stressful panic of the previous two years, worrying over whether my Computing students will get pathetic results in their exams, and whether they'll blame me for their lack of knowledge (actually, they all blame the teacher anyway)

I really don't miss the stress of FE teaching at all.

Maybe more on that subject tomorrow.


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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Where have I been ?

Well, where have I been.

I'm not sure, but I just noticed how long it is since I posted on my Blog.

The busy-ness of life has settled a little, so I should be able to posts more often again.

Watch this space (but not too closely)