Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy F*****g New Year!

So. Yule has passed. I got way better presents than I now I feel mean. Had a great time at home, yadda yadda...Back to Briz to see Teh Byootifarl Chile and Missman.

All is well. I just hope that between them and 'life' I can get enough sleep!

Speaking of which, I'm going to wake Flomo up for the fireworks at midnight...after all she did wee on me while we were reading a bedtime story!

Oh and you've not had video for a while so try this for size...

Friday, December 22, 2006

So long for now...

Probably the last post of the year as I'm off to the parents for Yuletime feastings...I'm thinking of a new look when I come back!

Had a really wonderful afternoon/night out yesterday, though my camera is truly crap in low light...and I'm not exactly a skilled photographer. All hail Missman!

Here's a bunch of photos from the past week...See you in the New Year I have no doubt!

Notice the ingenious art studio setup!

I poke you in the nose Daddy!

She's in my heart everyday, why not stick her in a box for a bit?

Monday, December 18, 2006

Guri 1 : World 0

Morning. Day one (proper) of my Yuletide holiday...and boy has it started well.

  • Flo was gorgeous yesterday despite a cough & sniffles.
  • I taught her to "Jump"*
  • Pink Velvet 'Loons!!
  • I'm going here on Thursday...been wanting to go for ages.
  • The fire alarm has finally been fixed (though this means I'm paying rent again).
  • I built a robot...called Brinner. It's a seasonal gag....laugh, damn you!
  • Pints & snogs last night. ;-)
  • Early payday for Christmas.
  • Extra Flotime this week!
There's probably some more, but I'm off to the Farm caff for a fry-up...You can marvel at the Byootifarl Chile in her pink velvet 'loons. Sorry I forgot to take the camera to the park....I'll try to remember on Wednesday, and maybe some tree-based photos on Thursday.


* Her feet don't leave the ground or anything but as far as she's concerned every other bit of her body has's very cute.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

I Am A Sleepy Robotician

I'm feeling self-conscious because I've heard I've got a new reader.

I'm also feeling lazy...she's sleeping (just now) and I'm making a'm trying to think of something nice to do with Flo tomorrow.


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Sweet Corn

I debated over "Corny Cob", "Corny but Sweet", "You'll take my cob from my cold, dead hand!"...then plumped for the above. Whatever.

So. Work is kinda interesting at the moment; lots of people huffin' & puffin' about the 'no payrise' thing, how crap the 'present' was this year (bottle of Bucks Fizz, 4 baloons, some toys, some retro sweets, Santa hat (or antlers), and a SIM reader (probably those unsold in the shops)...or a pen!). Admittedly shite, but why expect anything?! More amusingly, Teh Numpty Tw@s have installed all my new servers (needed ASAP) in the wrong environment. Nobody can quite believe this...but at the same time everyone says it's typical.

Performance review...OK...finding out how much I could earn if I sold my soul to the devil (not that I believe in either of those concepts, hence the lower case...and implied irony)...sucked.

Nightmare journey home! The 1st 200 yards took 1 hour, which is usually the whole journey...then I had to walk about a mile because the traffic was so slow it was quicker! Luckily there is a pretty much vertical shortcut towards the end of the march...I'll take a picture next time because you basically have half of Bristol spread before you and it looks top!

Rant's the whole reason I started this sorry excuse for a post...

Man, does she love corn on the cob!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

L'ill Communication

This hat will save me from Daddy's fiendish computer network!

Ill Lil....the 1st projectile vom in 8 months!

I don't care if you want me to put it on 'correctly'; Windy Miller is getting pissed on homebrew!

Luckily, Granny and Grandad were here and brought a lion hat!

Last night and early this morning was fun, but today she needed lots of cuddles...once her stomach was calmer and she was settled in the crook of my arm..we both snoozed with Japanese cartoons* on in the background.

* You can only watch Oliver Postgate stuff for so was Studio Ghibli as I remember, though we both slept through it...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Bucket o' Ducks

Busy busy day today...busy tomorrow, busy Friday, busy Saturday!


She had a late sleep this afternoon, so once she'd roused herself we were running round like loons!, I have never seen Teh Chile eat a bigger dinner than this evening! Haddock Cakes (she ate mine too), Rice & Greens (shoved in by the handful) with a couple of dried cherries for desert.

Just woken up...just standing in the living room, swaying...zoned.

She has only just gone to bed and is singing to herself...and making the odd cockerel noise.


Monday, December 04, 2006

Wind and Rain...

Most of the weekend (and today on my bleedin' holiday), but Sunday was sunny.

Bumbled about with Flo, and then with Flo & Joe, and then with Tola Flo & Joe....I will abide by their protestations that they hate having photos taken and save them for Flo to look at.

You can look at Teh Chile and her new pageboy style blurry (sorry)!
Flomo Flomo again Thrice Flomo

Surface Mount Soldering!!?! WTF?

There's some tricky shizzle coming up on "Project Camera".

Saturday, December 02, 2006



Joe phoned to say they'd arrived in Bristol and were in a supermarket, what was I planning for tomorrow? Turns out they were in the shop 5 minutes from me. So Uncle Joe, Tola and Julia popped in for a cup of tea and a play with Flo while I cooked her dinner...I was too flustered to get pics...tomorrow.

Given how absolutely kackered she was, she was admirable. Didn't bat an eyelid at 'strangers' (will have to do something about that...not the not-eyelid-batting; the Joe = stranger thing), played with them happily, refused to say 'Shoes' (her 1st properly pronounced, contextually used word?)...and generally confused Joe.

My goodness my flat is small. The toys strewn everywhere doesn't help, but 4 people in my (well, 5 with Flo) tiny little kingdom is the absolute max....unless I start befriending midgets of course.

Joe also brought the new kit for the "Cheap and Stealthy Animal Capture Cam". I am so impressed...sure there's 4 or 5 things to solder up and there'll have to be some tweaking to position the PIR correctly for the lens & focus...and it will need some adjustments for infrared capture...and also a solar recharging circuit to add..but the price, which works out at about £15 without delivery is great (though the delivery is apparently not) the uber-tricked-out version will still be less than £30!

Capacitor, PIR, Battery box, Junction Board, Camera Board....yay!

Huh, you don't look impressed enough!

Here's what you really want...

Watchoo talkin' 'bout Willis?

Friday, December 01, 2006

South Park

Go here to make your own.



The Berber!

Teh Byootifarl Chile!

Thursday, November 30, 2006


Been a while since I posted...and the one pic of Lil I got last night isn't so hot.

I'll definitely do an update on Monday after The Bro and His Lady come down. Flo still has a cold by the way...and now so do I.

I, however can blow my own nose!

Oh, and you know they say that there are only 6 degrees of separation between you and everyone else on the planet (not that I really believe that)? Well, beat this:

Me on Random Date (could not be more random if I tried): "So I have a 15 month old daughter called Flo..."
The Date: "Errr, does she have a sister called Esmae? And her mum's name is Rosie?"
Me: "*** ******* ****! Yes!"
Date: "Oh my housemate went out with Rosie last week"

That's 2 degrees people!


Sunday, November 26, 2006

Sun Day

Goats ate my Buggy!

Flo manipulating the goat via the power of horns & feet

FYI: Sun has been shining all day!

We've been out and about...I am now knackered (Flo's having a nap)...hopefully I will be able to stay awake for tonights 'event'.


Today Flo ate: Daddy's Patent Puddo Rice, Toast, Couscous & Falafels with an onion & mushroom gravy...and in between....Animal Biscuits...lots of Animal Biscuits!

She didn't sleep so well last night as she's getting a bit of a cold. A bit bunged up and very snory (is that a word?) last night...which meant I didn't sleep too well either...However, we both maxxed out on the morning nap...and still managed to fit in: Soft Play, The Swings, The Farm and a visit to BFC which is now open on a Sunday (yay)....and has a fine looking Café thing going on.

Flo solves the 'how do I carry things but leave my hands free for biscuits' conundrum!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Hide & Seek : Part The Second

Oh, OK then, you can have some more photos....these are from this evening.

There's no need for t'hat...she likes wearing them...indoors...when there's no need.

Same hat...different angle...for the hat (she put it on this time) and the camera (I was getting Arty)

One day I'll get one of these 'Father & Chile' shots right...or pay there's a thought!

Hide & Seek

Quick picture post as I may not have time to post on Sunday night....of which, maybe more next week.

However, I might try and post some more Flo pics tomorrow during naptime...we shall see.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Zeit Christ!

Many of you (all 4 or 5 of you) will know that I'm a bit of a geek. I've been wanting to do some techie posts recently, but wasn't sure if the Solar Butterfly, Bumblebot, Taggies, Roller Bot (lucky I crashed my minicopter!) or the various largely pointless plans I have for my much-loved magnets would interest you. Nor would you (probably) be interested in my thoughts on the insignificance of the Human Race given the grander spectacle of the Cosmos and our peculiar inability to live with the environment rather than behave like a culture of adolescents...

Proportional Forest Loss

Anyway, I digress. The point of this post is to introduce a (possibly) regular series of posts sharing some of the cool/geeky things I have stumbled upon may have seen may not.

I'm sure I'll rant occasionally too.

Sunday, November 19, 2006


Teh Chile can spot an Aircraft from miles away...even before you can hear the engines!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?'s a CopChopper 4000!

Half the time I have to look round to see why she is pointing to the sky and shouting either 'chachaah' or 'ehaine' (helicopter and aeroplane respectively)...needless to say that she can differentiate between the two (usually). Though sometimes, depending on the type of pointing and the style of shouting (usually 'Mmm-Mm-MMMM') this may mean she wants food/water/toys.

Why does the Helicopter always circle our neighbourhood Daddy?

Here we are looking at 'naughty boys' taunting the goats....I tried to look stern! But in the back of my mind I was thinking, 'I was that disgusting child'...not Flo though, she just wanted a goat!


That is toasted Nori seaweed she's eating...admittedly the second bit got spat out...but still! I f****** hate it!

Due to the Belgo trip I picked her up on Saturday at 1:30. Had big cuddles and played 'Crab'. Bumbled around and then ate a Tuna Pasta & Sweetcorn affair. Danced, bathed and went to bed.

This morning I was (oh noes) woken at 4:30! But a bottle and a cuddle with me in bed ensured a lie in until 8ish...I love the way she tries to spoon herself between my chin (which must touch the top of her head) and my legs...I feel like a foetus snuggling a foetus. She snores.

Daddy's patented breakfast: Porridge (Oat Groats & Thai Sweet Rice boiled slowly with Cashews), Toast with Blueberry spread! Raisins...

It's all about the Blueberries....she does have to eat her Porridge first!

Laughed myself to death at her blueberry face...Played a bit. Went to the park. She went back to bed for an hour...I cleaned jam off everything.

Lunch: Chunky Veg Soup with Spaghetti 'bits' (Onion, Courgette, Celery, Red Pepper, Carrot, Swede, Mushroom, Squash, Beans, Garlic & Ginger and a bit of Cumin (for the winter) + snapped up bits of spaghetti).

Went to the supermarket (bumped into Baboo with Es & Io), the Farm, the Caff, the Playground, the Park....played...chased each other round the flat with harmonicas (she now moves up and down the scale and breathes in and out...she could be a great Blues harpist!). Snoozed (well, she lay in a darkened room shouting to herself wth a bottle of milk and a fluffy cat) for 30 mins while I read some more Carl Sagan.

Danced...Played Hide & Seek. Played 'Crab'...and home to Mama.


Is it me or does she bear an uncanny likeness to yours truly?

By the way: Brussels is mucho betterer than Paris...any country where everyone speaks at least 2 languages by default is way cool with me. Especially when one of them just sounds like Chaucerian english with a Hoopdegooder accent....Plus they have
lots of very nice beer!

I have trashed your flat and what are you gonna do about it?

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