Archive for June, 2008


Friday, June 20th, 2008

A few people have pointed out that I haven’t said why we’re going to Cambridge. There’s no big story to tell, really, other than that I got itchy feet and fancied a change, and what with our failure to buy a house last year, we sort of figured we were free to think about whether we wanted to stay in Manchester or elsewhere. So I started casting around for new jobs and a friend pointed me to one in Cambridge which I applied for but didn’t get; but I decided I liked Cambridge and so starting hunting for others. Plus, I’m a bit of a country boy anyway, and I’ve got roots and family in East Anglia so that part of the world makes sense. And it’s only an hour out of Kings Cross on the train should we feel the need to go and inhale some smog for a while.

So, I’m quite excited – I start in about three weeks and Naomi will hopefully be joining me at the end of July, assuming we’ve found somewhere to live. Lovely.

Awesome Birthday

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

So, my birthday presents today have included a blood test and two X-rays. Hoorah! Fortunately, I also got a rather more conventional selection of books and book tokens, too, so that’s better.


Friday, June 6th, 2008

Bit quiet around here, isn’t it? Insert usual apologies and things here. I don’t really plan to start updating again regularly, but I know a few people subscribe to my RSS feed so I figured this was an easy way to spread news.

So, yeah, we’re moving to Cambridge, which is quite exciting. I’ve got a month or so left at Transitive before I have to start packing our life into boxes and carting them down the A1 to the second furthest place south I’ve ever lived. I’ve been in Manchester over 10 years – the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere – and it’s not going to be terribly easy to let go, but I’m a bit of a country boy at heart and I quite fancy the idea of having a garden with wildlife other than foxes and pigeons in it. Plus I have a soft spot for East Anglia, flat and dull as it may be, and London’ll only be 50 minutes away on the train should I feel the need to inhale some smog and sit in some crowded public transport.

So this is all quite exciting, anyway. Hooray.

I am not laughing

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Yeah, so, with reference to this, today I discovered this. I’d say I’m surprised, except I’m not. And the WINE guys had this to say:

D3D9 isn’t even comparable to the very first out-of-tree patch Oliver put onto Sourceforge years ago. No handling for stateblocks or shaders, no proper texture handling, no vertex arrays, etc. The other libraries are in a similar state. D3DX has a few math functions implemented, but we have all of that already thanks to David and the other D3DX hackers.

Never mind, eh?