And it looks like that will continue for a few days, at least.
The course I am following on Corpus Linguistics is demanding a lot more time and effort than I had planned for and, frankly, is not holding my interest as much as I had hoped. Having completed five of the eight weeks it is due to last, though, it seems a pity to drop out at this stage. Perhaps I’ll give it another week, and see how it goes.
I have completed a significant chunk of proofreading for publicity brochures, visitor leaflets etc., and have been put on alert for a newsletter (usually 12-16 pages) and email newsletter over the next couple of days. There is also the possibility of a novel to proofread shortly. I shall say nothing about that yet, in case it doesn’t arrive.
The second assignment on my novel and short story writing course is about due – that is a major chunk of work!
The results came in for the Hawk Conservancy Trust photo competition, and have been processed; a batch more images have arrived for Hamish Smith’s photographic site, which I shall process over the next couple of days. Hamish has also updated his site that catalogues the progress of the Peregrine Falcons’ nest in Bath.
Having looked at the computer of Clare’s French teacher a couple of weeks ago, to address some performance issues, it looks like a couple still remain. A re-visit is planned for tomorrow. In the meantime, a friend came around yesterday afternoon with his PC, which he tells me is running very slowly, is plagued with pop-up ads, and occasionally freezes. Sounds similar. As I tap this out, I have a deep Spyware S&D scan under way on that machine.
The last work-related news is, so far, a non-event. Back in December, I received a request, via my brother, to help with the creation of a web site for a new charity that was being formed. Domain names had been bought, but they had no web site building expertise. I bought an additional domain name, set up an area on my web server space for it, had the other domain names point to that area, set up email addresses, and a mailing list. I told them what I needed in order to set up the web site. The charity had its launch at the end of February – no information to build a web site yet. Watch this space!
I mentioned last week that our UK satellite TV system had failed. I tried various things during the course of the week, but nothing helped. Julie came around yesterday, so she and Clare could work on a re-upholstering Julie wanted to do, and Rob came with his satellite meter. We tried a number of things, and finally decided to put the dish back as it was, and change one variable at a time (sensible thinking). The plan was to put the old 4-way LNB back on and start by checking the dish position, using the latest data from dishpointer.com as a start point. That was when we hit the first problem. Where I had forced the new 4-way LNB onto the dish arm – the fittings were slightly different – I had damaged the end of the arm, such that the old LNB wouldn’t go back on. With a smattering of some of the finest Anglo-Saxon vocabulary I could muster, I announced that I would go and buy a new dish, as threatened earlier. Rob said that he had a spare dish, that he had replaced, and disappeared back to his house to fetch it. Fetch, that is, in the sense of getting a ladder out, climbing the side of the house, and removing the dish. In the meantime, I removed the one fitted here. Before removing his dish, Rob had the excellent idea of recording the exact direction in which his dish is pointing. On his return, we fitted the 4-way LNB to his dish and mounted the dish in a position as close as we could manage to the direction Rob had noted down. We immediately had a signal strength of 70% – twenty percentage points higher than we had achieved previously. With some gentle jiggling of the dish, we raised that to almost 90% – quite acceptable under heavy cloud – and locked it down there. Checking since, on different TVs around the house, we have recorded signal strength from 80-85% and signal quality of 7-9dB (front room, early evening, cloudy) up to 100% (late evening, clear sky, TV in the bedroom). Fingers crossed, and hope we are OK now. Thanks, Rob!
Thanks Rob, also, for pointing out how I can easily use the Dremel to sharpen my chainsaws!
I’m hoping that winter has effectively by-passed us this year (although I’m not going to rely on it). We are now in March (and still no word from the guy who needs to do some promised work on the camper) and the weather seems to be heading toward spring. Today is mostly sunny, although there was a decent frost earlier. I tried, during the week, to capture a rainbow reflected in the fishing like. Guess what?
Here is the rainbow I tried to capture, as seen through the trees.
À la prochaine