SC and CTR Check

I finally got some papers through for the job that I have been working at for the last couple of weeks. There's the standard offer letter (which is wrong - have to sort that out Tuesday when my manager gets back in) and the terms and conditions. There's a slightly higher wage attached which is always nice but at the back of the pack a nasty surprise lays in wait - The Security Check \ Counter Terrorist Check Questonaire.

Script Issues

Dear Kat, (Cust: 1234567)

Thank you for contacting us.

The system administrator has informed us that a hacker/attacker has tried to abuse one of your scripts (cgi/php)....

Oh well, it had to happen sometime. But why did it have to happen when I was having so much trouble actually logging on to the ftp server and staying on?

True horror is when you've deleted half of what makes the site tick, the ftp software refuses to connect and you know you'll have to force a restart of your browser to get a connection back, in the full knowledge that it'll log you out of your site when you need to stay logged in to make the update work. Still hopefully it'll be fixed now.


Competition a Go Go

I finally took the plunge and submitted a couple of entries to They are Autumn Palette and Colour me "Granny" which is a colouring exercise for someone elses line art.

Trying to Draw in the Manga Style

While in Hobbeycraft recently looking for some props for an entry to I came across a book about how to draw Manga and I thought I'd give it a go. You can see my first attempt below.

Manga Girl: 1st try at drawing in the Manga styleManga Girl: 1st try at drawing in the Manga style

Ginger Cat

I thought I'd have a play around with the copy of Painter Classic I got with my graphics tablet. After a bit of playing around I've come up with the picture below.

Ginger CatGinger Cat

I've never been very good at drawing pictures of animate objects. I always see them with personalities in the way rather than seeing what's actually there. Any advice you can give over how to imporve would be appreciated. :-)

Edited to add: It looks so much better in the thumbnail! Small hides all the flaws!

An Interesting Week

It's been an interesting week. I've spent most of it revamping the departmental intranet site and worrying about where I will work once my attachment in my current department finishes next week. Thankfully it looks lke I finally have a permanent position in the works so on the 18th I'll join a new department as a Designer although my paperwork saying that I'm employed there might take a while to catch up.

The only day this week that I didn't have to do website design was yesterday when I was due in central London for a forum held in the Victoria Plaza. Everyone already knows what happened in London yesterday so I won't reiterate but as someone caught on the (very extreme) edges of what happened it was a weird day. I got on the train at Bristol about 09:00 and was due into Paddington about 10:30. Just before Didcot Parkway the Train Manager gave a message on the tannoy that it looked like Paddinton had been closed and therefore the train may be terminating at Reading (the stop before Paddington). We didn't really know what was going on but people around me with mobiles after a short while started to say there had been explosions in London and that they may have be terrorist acts.

Things You'd Love to Say Out Loud at Work

From a forwarded email - attribution unknown.

  1. I can see your point, but I still think you're full of shit.
  2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.
  3. How about never? Is never good for you?
  4. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.
  5. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.
  6. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.
  7. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.
  8. I don't work here. I'm a consultant.
  9. It sounds like English, but I can't understand a damn word you're saying.

Oldbury to Littleton Walk

I picked up the Evening Post's Summer Special on Friday containing 20 guided walks around the Bristol area. Despite the drizzly rain yesterday I decided to go out with my camera and explore the Olbury to Littleton Walk.

Avon Gorge and the Downs

I decided to go walking yasterday around the Gorge and the Downs hoping to catch some interesting photos or at least learn a bit more about using my camera.

Some More Images in the Gallery

Phew! I've added a few more images to the image gallery and spring cleaned some of the 'Oh my God! How did I not realise this was so blurred?!' images off of my hard drive.

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