For one reason or another I've never really had the opportunity to use a laptop while actually in transit, so I thought I'd take the chance to post while I can.
I'm travelling back North from London on an East Coast train and I have a seat with a power socket (essential until I bother getting a replacement battery). We're not long past Darlington. The handwriting recognition is holding up fairly well although the way the train is shoogling about doesn't help.
I've just spent the week staying with scottymcleod and Jan, and attending Microsoft's UK TechDays to coincide with the release of Visual Studio 2010. The value of the talks varied from OK but uninspiring, to "Ooh, must download that and try it out!" In the latter category, I look forward to being able to have some automatic checking of architecture dependencies and exploring programming for the Windows Phone.
Events (mainly connectivity problems) conspired to prevent me posting yesterday as I'd intended, with this information: he was breathing more by himself, his EEG was OK and waiting for him to wake up continued.
For another source of information that's been updated more recently - and contains some heartening information - try this entry on Dmitry's PowerBlog.
Also try Googling "Get Well" "Scotty McLeod".
This is a heads-up that I'll be making one of my infrequent visits to London over the weekend of the 10th/11th of March, to visit some old friends and my godson, and I thought I would offer the chance for any LJ people to meet up too at some point over the weekend. I can't especially recommend it, as I'm even more boring in person than online, but the opportunity is there if you wish it!
At the moment there isn't a definite meeting place or time, though we're thinking along the lines of Saturday afternoon somewhere near Orcs Nest. I'm leaving the practical details in the hands of scottymcleod, but will post again once things are more definite.
Junior addition to the family Andrew seems to be doing well and was much happier than last time I was down in London a few months ago. He's got a big wide grin and is keen on bouncing. He's very active and to my completely inexpert eye it doesn't look like he can be all that far off managing to stand.
Rather to my surprise I have been asked to be one of his godfathers, and accepted. I managed for many years to avoid being closely linked to the vast extended academic family which includes the majority of my university friends, but I guess this real world link probably now makes me part of that academic Cosa Nostra...
Looking for a link for academic families, there doesn't seem to be a really good explanation anywhere on the Web. You would have thought there would be a definitive source somewhere covering the traditions and vocabulary of Scotland's oldest University. Ho hum.
In the meanwhile, scottymcleod and Jan (especially Jan) have multiplied successfully, so welcome to young Andrew. Last week, most of our team attended a very helpful two day Microsoft Technical Roadshow in Edinburgh, and a minor leak in my house was fixed after three weekends of plumbers' visits. Fortunately, only one visit actually cost me and the leak was under control at all times.
I've put off putting paintbrush to T-Rex (here's someone else's effort) and also avoided assaulting the garden with a machete and vicious chemical pollutants. I've looked at the price of a round of golf on the local golf course (£50 concession price for locals and £135 full price for others [faints dead away]) and eschewing golf matters in favour of more sedentary pursuits I've acquired the latest compact disc offerings from Alanis Morissette and Avril Lavigne.
Other stuff may have happened too, but if so it must have been less memorable than the above, you'll be glad to hear.