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The official wedding pictures :) [16 Aug 2005|01:08am]
[ mood | happy ]

I collected the official wedding pictures from the photographer this afternoon, we have already been through the CD's of digital images she took and have put many online already here.

We still have to sort through all of the prints and decide which to have negative scanned etc, it is going to be a long long process.

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Zeni & Faris-Eirin's wedding. [12 Aug 2005|11:10pm]
Seen as though I first met Faris-Eirin via a friend on LJ I thought it only right that I post this here :)

For those interested we now have the pictures from our entire honeymoon (not just the first couple of days) online here and a few wedding pics here (no official photos from the wedding yet, should be some time this week.

The write up of the honeymoon is on my blog.
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[17 Jun 2005|09:24am]
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Graduation weekend [05 Jun 2005|11:36pm]
We have just arrived back from the the UK after spending over 12 hours in planes and airports from the Isle of Man to Zurich, via Manchester.

Friday was a fantastic day for me as I graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the Open University, it was a day I never really thought I would happen as I struggled through the last couple of years of study. On the days when I thought I would make it, I envisioned being there with both my Mum and Dad as they have provided me with unbelievable support from afar during my studies. Unfortunately Dad is no longer with us but I was thinking about him a lot during the ceremony and the rest of the weekend. Both Mum and Ursula came along with me and tell me how much pride they felt throughout the day.

Ursula took some pictures of us all of which I have posted a couple in the gallery, the official photos will not arrive for another few weeks but I'm not confident that they will have turned out as good as these.

After the graduation we headed home to the Isle of Man to experience a bit of the TT atmosphere, there were certainly plenty of bikes around though no racing (apart from sidecars) due to the bad weather. Both Ursula and I would like to go back maybe next year on the bike for the week.

After a nice long weekend and nearly a month off work, reality is about to hit home. I return to work on Wednesday and I have a TMA for M886 due next Monday. We were hoping to go hiking this weekend if the weather is good though the plans may change depending on how much work I can get done on the TMA this week.

I also have a huge list of other stuff to get on with like organising a suit for the wedding and finding out about climbing lessons that I can get Ursula into as she has agreed to try indoor climbing (so I may now have a climbing partner after a couple of years break!)
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[16 May 2005|09:35pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

A nice long weekend due to the public holiday here today so new photos have been added to the gallery, a few of myself and Ursula along with quite a few of the cats. Some family shots were also uploaded for those of you that are able to login.






Oh and as per 's journal....

1) Total number of films I own on DVD/video:
Probably a couple of hundred

2) Last film bought:
LadyKillers

3) Last film that I watched:
Half of Casino last night or if that does not count, The Interpreter

4) Five films that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me, in no particular
order:

Lethal Weapon
Casino
Full Monty
The Italian Job
Last of the Mohicans

I don't really do repeat viewings over and over any more.

5 ) Pick on five people. Tag five people and have them put this on their journal.
baston, felinebird, likewildfire, and....faris_eirin
YOU'RE IT!!!

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[08 May 2005|01:59pm]
A few people have mailed and asked why I no longer update my LJ with comments about both life in general and my Open University Studies. I do update LJ occasionally but more often than not I just read my friends page and update my blog at http://www.ady.net it is here that all entries get posts about my OU course etc.
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Babies! [27 Apr 2005|09:39pm]
This isn't the first time we have had Crib babies, but this is the first time that the parents are being protective enough that the kids are getting large enough to swim around for me to grab a picture of.
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[27 Apr 2005|06:32pm]
After upgrading the Gallery to the latest version of Coppermine this evening, I've finally got around to uploading some of the pictures from the sailing holiday I went on to Greece during the summer of 2003 with rillaith, I've also uploaded a lot of new pictures into all of the Cat albums.
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Server-side rss aggregator [11 Apr 2005|11:06am]
Anyone have any ideas which is the best PHP server-side rss aggregator out there at the moment?
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New pictures. [05 Apr 2005|11:30pm]
The weekend weather was fantastic, the combination of sunshine and catnip seemed to work well for the cats too. I've added 4 new pictures to Greebo's album in the gallery, and 1 to Fenella's.

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[31 Mar 2005|09:25am]
[ mood | angry ]

On checking my morning news sites I stopped by Wired mag and found this article about 4 undocumented Mexican immigrants in the US that have beaten some of the top schools and colleges in the country (including MIT with a budget over $10k) in a competition to build an underwater robot able to carry out a number of predefined tasks.

These are 4 very clever guys yet because they are undocumented, they are unable to gain any federal aid in order to attend college AND if they could gain financial assistance they would have to pay out of state tuition which can be three times more expensive than for a US student.

Their high school has setup a scholarship fund though it only details checks from the states, I wonder if they accept paypal or another form of international transfer?

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[20 Mar 2005|11:41am]
After a lot of work I have most of my old pictures (and quite a few new ones) back online using Coppermine, if you want to take a look head on over to http://www.ady.net/gallery/

There are lots of new pics to be added over the course of this week and some work to be done sorting out the albums, descriptions and theme.
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Bachelor of Science. [17 Mar 2005|11:31am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Cross posted from my student weblog at http://www.ady.net/

I’m finding it hard to comprehend at present but I have finally completed my BSc degree.

The road has been a long one that started in 1997 and there have been many highs and lows along the way. Some years I could not bring myself to register for a course, some years I quit only to restart the following February and some years I considered quitting all together. Things finally came together in the last two years and with the support of those closest to me I stuck it out.

After my father died in August I was not sure if I wanted to attend a graduation as it was a day that I expected him to be there to witness, thinking on it further and with Ursi’s support and caring “He would want you to go and he will be there with you” speech I have changed my mind. I will be attending graduation, to wear the gown and have my picture taken with my certificate. My future wife and mother will be there with me and my father will be in my heart and mind.

My life has changed drastically since this time last year, these changes have made me more determined and more focused on the things that matter most in life.

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[14 Mar 2005|02:46pm]
Finally I've taken the plunge and moved my web sites across from ASP with a MS Access database back end to a new host (Dreamhost) with PHP and mySQL. I'm currently in the process of moving across all of my old blog entries, the dates on them are correct though the time is a little screwed up.

It's going to take a lot longer until the photographs and other pages are back as I have too much to concentrate on at the moment.

Now all I need to do is find time to review PHP and write the wedding website!
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Forum software [09 Mar 2005|10:24am]
I am looking to setup forums for approximatly 200 users and have looked at both vBulletin and phpBB, has anyone used either of these or have comments regarding their use?
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Photoblog [08 Mar 2005|01:54pm]
Added some pics to my Photo Blog today (Mainly cats)
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An update on Zeni's last few months. [08 Mar 2005|01:44pm]
[ mood | rejuvenated ]

There have been no updates for a while and to be honest I'm not sure why, I can't blame having no time because even though I often quote this as an excuse its simply not true. I have lots of time, I just choose to use it in the wrong way more often than not.

Since everything that went on in the last quarter of 2004 I've not really been in a position to share my thoughts with the general public or even the friends on my list. Lots of my thoughts over the past six months have been dealing with my fathers death, which is still incredibly hard for me to talk / think about without welling up, and planning for the future with faris_eirin.

We now have a date set for our wedding which we are working towards, though we could be working harder I admit, the big day is July 23rd which is suddenly not as far away as I originally thought. There is still a lot to plan / organise as invitations have not yet been finished off or sent out, vows are still to be written, the gift list website has to be finished, the locations are set though we need to finalise the bookings and decide on menus and on Thursday we are visiting the woman who will perform the service for the first time. Canada has been decided upon as the place for our honeymoon but again, we have got as far as looking but not booking!

Between now and our wedding we have faris_eirin's brothers wedding to go to on April 1st, my birthday BBQ party to arrange for the end of may and of course my month off work which I get as a reward for 10 years service.

In February I managed to submit the final paper which should be enough for me to be awarded my BSc. It seems so long ago since I started on this project with many highs and lows in between. My parents have provided me with a lot of support during that time, they helped when I asked, stayed out of my way when I needed it, were supportive when I decided I was going to quit and concerned for my mental health when I decided to start again and take on so much. I still have not decided if I am going to go to a graduation ceremony and collect the degree or not, its something that I wanted to share with my mum and dad and it wont be the same without him there.

Quite a lot of my time recently has been spent playing World of Warcraft (see what I mean about time being spent doing the wrong things) where I have a level 40 priest (ok he will ding 40 and buy his horse tonight) and a huge guild which is now up and running - wawow.guildportal.com.

Due to WoW, a lot less time has been spent studying German than should have been. I want to learn German as I want to be able to speak to my kids and future wife's family in their own language, I just have so many problems with the structure of German that I start to learn and become rapidly depressed with progress, the result is that I end up not studying….

The cats are all ok, apart from being a pain in the arse around the apartment. Orry is still fat and very spoilt, Fen I'm sure hates me, she has really turned into Ursula's cat and loves receiving attention from her (often demanding attention all the time). Greebo is getting better after being bitten on the side of his head, we are still not sure if it was a dog or another cat that bit him, what ever it was I would not like to have been on the receiving end of the pain he would have inflicted upon the biter. The infection on the ear has now gone and the holes have been healing nicely, Greebo is still on antibiotics though he no longer has to wear the collar to stop him scratching which is a relief.

So now onto the immediate future with my studies, I have managed to convince my company to pay half of the 20000.00 that my MSc will cost over three years. I now have to study hard for two years taking information security and technology management courses followed by a further year to complete the research and dissertation. I hope that I have not take on too much as some people are suggesting at the moment.

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Very interesting poll from Forbes [13 Feb 2005|11:58pm]
http://www.forbes.com/technology/2005/02/11/cx_jp_0211polldujour.html

Surprising results also.
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Canada [07 Feb 2005|11:26am]
faris_eirin and I have been looking at Canada as the most likely destination for our honey moon. Unfortunately we have a limited amount of time (2 weeks) and Canada is such as huge place that we are not really sure where to go and what to see.

We do have a rough guide and some other books but they can only tell us so much, I would appreciate it if anyone who has been to Canada could perhaps give us some ideas / recommendations.
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Loyalty.... [31 Jan 2005|12:35pm]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

A colleague just reminded me that tomorrow will be my 10 year anniversary with the same company and at the same time implied that they don't know how I could stay with one company for so long.

Since being sceptical about moving from a nice job to my current company ten years ago, I've been through the following:

  • Worked as a Helpdesk Technician.
  • Worked for one fantastic IT Manager who I credit with a lot of what I have achieved.
  • Worked in the Isle of Man, Dublin, London, Geneva, Lugano and Zurich.
  • Moved to Switzerland to live.
  • Gained promotion to Assistant IT Manager.
  • Received promotion to Handlungsvollmacht (Swiss company officer rank).
  • Worked for one appalling IT manager.
  • Gained promotion to IT Manager.
  • Received promotion to Associate Director (Prokura, Swiss company officer rank).
  • Received promotion to Director (Vize-Direktor, Swiss company officer rank).
  • Worked for 5 Managing Directors / CEO's of the subsidiary I work for.

    Not a bad 10 years when I look back, time has flown though!
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