27 January 2008

You thought we had forgotten

Actually, we have been fairly busy. Apart from Errol’s writing of his thesis chapters, he has been to Hastings/Napier to assist in commissairing the Elite national Road Championships (10 to 13 January, see Cycling Commissaire) and to Wollongong for the Australasian Computer Science Week which included the Australasian Computing Education conference (19 to 26 January, see Being encouraged). Errol has been working with a research group investigating novice programmers for a few years now and he had to present a paper that part of the group had written. The project is looking toward its next phase and Errol hopes to be able to continue his involvement with analysis and possible guidance to new participants.

Photography has taken a back seat over this period although Errol did take some photos while in Wollongong. The panorama was taken with Canon PowerShot SX100 IS’s stitch assist feature. When you take one photo, it leaves part of the image on the screen so you can align the next photo. For the best results, you should still use a tripod but Errol was trying to keep his load light for this trip so had to hand hold.

Errol had seen pools before cut into the shoreline rocks at Newcastle. Here at Wollongong, there was a public baths built around the high tide mark but what caught his attention was the rook pools that at high tide were covered totally by the waves but exposed as the waves washed back out. The photo shows the wave retreating exposing what appears to be the concrete edge of the pool. Not surprisingly no one was swimming in these while Errol was there.

06 January 2008

Midas reflection

Doesn’t dad know that I like to lay my fur around wherever I can? He keeps getting out that noise machine and chasing me around the house or at least that is what I think. I get settled on the kitchen table and he turns up with that thing so I run to the sewing room. Next thing he’s there sweeping that thing around the room. Luckily, he doesn’t seem to watch me particularly well so I sneak past and off to the next spot. The frustration is that I want to just settle but he always seems to come to where I am.

Mum hasn’t been much better. When I get outside for a walk, she doesn’t like me going down to the neighbour’s lawn to play with their four cats. Some of them look pretty much like me so I think they must be my friends. They don’t seem that interested in me though.

I like to help mum though she objects when I sit in the middle of her craft work. I thought a few of my white and coffee coloured hairs would just add that additional feature. She also seems to object to me brushing my tail over the pin tin. I can’t see the problem as all the pins are in the tin and I only knock a few out occasionally.

I don’t seem to get the run of the house anymore. Mum still goes off to work most days but dad seems to be around all the time either working with his books or at the computer, except when he goes off for a ride or a swim. He doesn’t play with me much and doesn’t like me sitting amongst his books on the table or leaving my fur trail across the computer keyboard or over the office desk. His office desk is a good vantage point for keeping an eye on the neighbours as they visit our deck.