I got a good haul of presents this year: socks and pants, which make me inordinately happy, lots of sweets, a recipe book, a nice shirt and a t-shirt, and two tickets to the Gold Class cinema in Singapore, which is like the normal cinema, except the seats are huge, they give you a blanket, […]
Reasons why Windows is better than iOS
I’ve had my iPhone for a week, while I’ve tolerated Windows Phones for over three years, from before I even had a daughter. That means I’ve used Windows Phone 8, then the wonderful improvement that came with 8.1, and the confusing mix of regressions and improvements that 10 brought. Perhaps because I masochistically clung to […]
Last night I spent too much time stressing over intractable technical problems, but I woke this morning to find them all resolved, which indicates sleeping through difficulties is often the best way forward. I woke at 5:45 with no chance of going back to sleep, so I faffed about for a bit then went for […]
A bit of gentle Japanese music
Because La Serpiente is in Japanese classes at her pre-school, my wife asked the teacher to give us some of the songs that they sing, so we can sing them at home with her. A USB drive went off to school, and came back with some files, and today I got round to loading them […]
Early morning pick me up
For the first time in decades, somebody tried to pick me up. To my surprise and bemusement, this wasn’t in a club full of loud music and people shouting, but at breakfast on a Monday morning.
I didn’t sleep well last night: down at eleven, I woke back up at midnight and then couldn’t get back down until about four or five this morning. Today I felt hideous, but my wife had organised a surprise dinner for me. Unfortunately…
Surprising my child
This morning I went out for a run, because I need to get more exercise and I know that by the time the evening comes, the haze may be back or I may be exhausted from baby wrangling. So I set my alarm for 6, slept on the sofa and then got in almost 5 […]
“Stay!” the owner, a man stuffed into a shirt and bow tie cried, handing us more shot glasses to down. We drank, then fled. It had been a boozy day; first in the afternoon, visiting my old college friend, Astrid, and placidly drinking beer while her girls played with La Serpiente Aquatica Negra. Then, after […]
After a long day, still suffering jet lag and sneezing and coughing, I tried to relax by lying on the sofa and reading a book, when there was a bang from the kitchen and my daughter appeared, wailing plaintively. And apparently covered from head to toe in her own shit.
Surprise in Leavenworth
I got up early on my birthday and went out to buy doughnuts, an epic journey through the freezing streets of Seattle. I left wife and child sound asleep: after the previous night, where hostilities only abated at six in the morning, it was crucial to let them sleep. I peered in at about ten, […]