Weeknote 8: Auld Lang Syne (Weeks 50-52, 2017)

The weekly weeknotes are no more… whilst it’s great to catalogue my life, each post was taking 3-4 hours to write (and much of it is on Twitter anyway!). Even in chunks through the week, that’s a lot of time, though I seem to have found another time hoover to fill the void (edging out Twitter): Sim City.

I may still publish some weeknotes in 2018… they might just be in a slightly different format…

So, what’s been happening over the last 3 weeks?

Locked on a train

(After the train arrived at its destination, I sent an email and used the lavatory before getting off but it seems the Train Manager was more keen to get away than I was…)

Azure subscription woes (caused by credit card changes)

A withdrawn credit card led to some worrying emails about my (PAYG) Azure subscription potentially being disabled.

Although this article says:

“When you update the payment method, Azure immediately processes the payment for all outstanding charges”

it needed a support call to get Microsoft to charge the card and put my account back where it should have been…

Some tweets I liked

On ideas/new technology…

On software maintenance…

And a couple I didn’t

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Photography

I got the chance to give a presentation about architecture (in IT form) to some colleagues, which let me draw parallels with architecture (in construction form). That gave me a reason to pull together some images from a visit to Kings Cross and St Pancras International last summer:

I like this image of my son’s (frozen) bike loaded on my car ready for a morning or cyclocross racing:

And then I got creative on Christmas Eve:

Could there be a correlation between the alcoholic theme and my being relaxed enough to see photographic opportunity?

A trip to York

My family had a little mini-break in York between Christmas and New Year (narrowly avoiding the chaos that ensues when the UK gets a few centimetres of snow…). Of course, being on holiday inevitably led to more photos:

This was disappointing though (especially on a bright sunny day with no sign of ice):

This wasn’t – it was a great recommendation from Brian Cain (@BrianCainUC)!

More alcohol…

I didn’t try this place but I will if I’m back in York again…

I really liked this cafe:

And I finished the trip by going full-circle…

Incidentally, the collages are created using Diptic on iOS.

A bit of DIY

Happy New Year

So, that wraps up another year – and 2018 will be this blog’s 15th! Thanks to everyone who keeps reading and who follows me on other social media channels. I wish you all the very best and a happy new year!

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