Careful What You Wish For

This weekend Jurassic World made about a gazillion dollars at the box office. I haven’t seen it yet but people are saying it’s the great sequel Jurassic Park never had.

I totally can’t wait to see it.

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Along with the Terminator movies, it was my favourite movie growing up.

Later in summer there’s another Terminator film. Having only seen the trailers for it, inside I’m screaming

“Stop making Terminator movies! Stop ruining ALL THE THINGS.”.

The sequence of films after Terminator 2 were the playbook of how to mess up a movie franchise. (Spoiler alert – the latest trailer shows John Connor as the bad guy.)

Just stop. Like right now. STOP.

But maybe you don’t get a Jurassic World without a couple like Terminator:Genisys.

But stop. Please.

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How I Learned To Git (And You Can Too)

I’m a Software Engineer. About a year ago I moved job and the new role required me to learn to use Git for source control.

It was a bit of a culture shock moving from projects based mostly on Visual Source Safe to Git. I thought it’d be cool to list some of the resources I used to get up to speed.

Git is a distributed VCS (Version Control System) created by Linux founder Linus Torvalds. It’s free and becoming commonplace in industry. It’s also the tool of choice for Open Source developers. It might be quite hard to avoid in the next few years if you haven’t already been exposed to it.

I’d definitely recommend using the command line (Git Bash where Windows is concerned) as the best way to learn Git. That might be a bit of a culture shock for less technical users, but I found it was the best way to visualise what’s happening in the background.

The first tutorial below can be completed online, so you don’t have to install if that’s intimidating. You can also use a GUI client to carry out changes – Atlassian SourceTree is what I currently use.

How I Learned To Git (And You Can Too)

My Favourite Albums #1: Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

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The Hour Of Bewilderbeast‘ was released in 2000 and went on to win the Mercury Music Prize that year. It still holds up now as one of my favourite albums. It changed how I think about music.

I discovered the album when I saw the video to Disillusion on MTV2 late at night (when MTV still played music).

Music was mostly guitar centred at that point, but Damon Gough had instrumentation and arrangements that were totally beyond that. As a sixteen year old school boy my main love at that time was Britpop.  I just hadn’t heard songs quite like that.

The opening track ‘The Shining’ is as good a track-one-side-one I can think of. Elegant and sad. Each track is unique, but it flows together so well. Even the songs I felt were skip tracks are now engrained in me.

My Favourite Albums #1: Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

Everything Is… OK

Late last year I went to a physio. I’d been getting regular injuries at football. Sore ankle here, groin strain there. Small stuff. It seemed like a pretty normal things to happen to a man of a certain age, but I wanted to get it looked at.

To my surprise the physio took me aside at the start of my second session and said:

“I think there might be something wrong here… Neurologically.”

What then followed was several months of freaking out, appointments and diagnosis. Followed by more freaking out.

I had a lump on my Cauda Equina. That was what was causing everything. The surgeons at the wonderful Royal Victoria Hospital recommended excision.

We cut you and take it out.

We. Cut. You. And. Take. It. Out. 😦

There were risks both ways. Left unchecked it could cause some scary issues. These were also the issues that could happen if the op went wrong.

For months I’ve been worried. It’s occupied a lot of brain real estate. The op was two weeks ago. Things are looking pretty great.

Everything Is… OK.

I am thankful.

Everything Is… OK