useless gumph

need… to… update… more… often…

Kinda loose track that i got this little corner of the web now to stick stuff up on, needless to say not many people will access it but i like it (even tho i’ve had some critics complain that its not a website and that MySpaces is better)
I bet those critics dont pay for much then ๐Ÿ˜› I like having freedom to do what i want to this website when i want it (as long as i dont breach the terms and conditions)

Im rambling…

Well, the past two months has been mad at work but yet also interesting. We had major riots over here in NI and from all the action, we ended up loosing two offices to arsons (and a few others suffered scorch damage)
that lead to loads of paranoia from management for Disaster Recovery sites and whatnot, needless to say my manager Jaymes has been pushing for this since day1. Funny how managers work better reactively, all they need to do is decide on a disaster recovery plan prior to its implimentation (its implimentation is currently less than sufficient, just like the DR site server room Eeek)

So, the team had to essencially create two offices in the space of a few days, hats off to the boys for doing such a fine job while i enjoyed my week off ๐Ÿ˜‰ they had to scrounge equipment from the stores just to make sure both sites are now operational once more in “temporary” accomodation. Now all we have to do is finish moving one of the teams again to new accomodation where they will be there more permanent.

The server room is due an overhaul soon, and the network is getting a new lease of life with a much needed upgrade. The whole schemantics of which would be lost on anyone who either (a) doesn’t work in IT (b) is not classed by humanity as being a “geek” or “nerd (c) senior management

So in the next few months the whole team is “stuck” rolling out network equipment, configuring computers and doing office politics as to who gets installed when and why they got installed before we did and all that gumph that comes about in these times.

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So, getting back to this more or less a week after I started writing this post…

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I keep suffering from brain freeze when I go to update this site, trying to juggle the interesting things with the dull things, and not to put anything that could be offencive to people. ๐Ÿ˜› when the hell did i become politically correct? Eeek

So been looking at the local car dealership at a new motor, the Partner combi is a wee bit too big for me these days, and funnily enough im the only person not using the space. So went and looked at the new Fiesta Style, and took a 5dr model for a spin on the 15th October, still undecided if it will be worthwhile swapping tho! which is more important in regards cars?

I’ll hopefully update this a wee bit more often ๐Ÿ™‚

Lights Part 2

Quick update, they finished filming at lunchtime, they had lennox lewis there as well as Samantha Mumba lurking somewhere nearby, they had a few different scenes to do then that was it. cleaned up and disappeared.

I stuck the two decent camphone pics into the Gallery and i’ll see if i can dig the digicam pics out of the works camera later of them packing up.

amazing how long it takes to get what is in essence, 5 minutes of screentime! no wonder movies are big budget these days!

Lights! Camera!

No, im not started an acting career, but we got the film crew outside of work today.

Another independant film company has chosen the wonderfully scenic view of North Street in belfast for a few scenes for a movie in production called Johnny Was starring Vinnie Jones and Samantha Mumba. Quite interesting watching Vinnie and a few of the actors fluff their lines and suffer at the hands of ignorant drivers getting held up ๐Ÿ˜‰

Got a couple of pictures on the cameraphone which i’ll upload later to the Gallery of our view, making me wish i had brought my digital camera into work with me now! could have got some great photos of it as well ๐Ÿ˜€

interestingly a lot of major movies are using parts of Northern Ireland for scenes in movies, but its still strange when they use a small disused corner of a run-down street for a large scene. They have been here since before 6am from what we’ve heard from security in other buildings getting the place ready, its now half 11 and they are still shooting, for this one scene!

to give you an idea of the scene itself so you can spot it and go “that’s where colin works!” ๐Ÿ™‚ It involves the Brixton Sole van and a metal fence, Vinnie and two others get out of the van (Vinnie is supporting a guy who has an injured leg) and talk to a guy whos came out of a grey grafitti’ed door. Its somewhat like a “safe house” scene.

im interested in seeing it as the passenger-side of the van itself is “riddled” with bulletholes, and of course with it being shady Northern Ireland Terrorists, it has to involve guns and bombs somewhere! ๐Ÿ˜€

post more later, im off to lean out the window once more to see what else is happening!

Hectic Weekend

omg…

What a mad weekend!, or should I say mad Saturday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Spent Saturday down in Dublin with a few friends to see the U2 concert in Croke park (pictures Here in the Gallery) and it was a blast.

fair enough, couldn’t see squat where we were, but when your in a stadium and the whole crowd are singing “Elevation” in perfect time to the band, thats amazing ๐Ÿ˜€

Other things which was interesting was:

  • A burger cost you รขโ€šยฌ4 (thats close to ร‚ยฃ3!)
  • We were seen as foreigners more than just “neighbours”, a lot of dubliners looked down on us in the pub for “taking up their valuable space”
  • Guinness there tastes creamy, compared to the bitter taste up here
  • theres probably more than what i’ve covered, im still recovering from the event (getting back into larne at 3am Sunday morning doesnt work Eek)

    Now, back to work!

    definitely not alive…

    Why do councils waste money on frivious exercises?

    Saturday was the day of the “Larne Alive Parade” which, to put lightly gives the town an excuse to celebrate something… which is funny because nobody knows what the heck they are celebrating!

    To go back a few years prior to “Larne Alive” it was called the Civic Week Parade, this was when local companies got in on the act of building a “float” that was a particular theme (like the Sea, or flight, or something silly) and it was paraded down the main street full of school kids. It was a great idea which involved many large companies (like FG Wilsons and P & O ) and local schools.

    Something happened in the mind of the council and they decided to scrap this for the more “modern” carnival atmosphere, which leads up to this day in question. where the once impressive train of floats with bands, music, people in those huge furry suits and stuff, is replaced by a rag-tag bunch of misfits trying to think they are in Rio instead of Larne Eek

    No wonder people dont care about the town these days ๐Ÿ™