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Strike a pose

Loco's Shit Party is a bit of an Ibiza workers' tradition, having run for 11 years now every August near San Antonio. In the last few years, a reunion party has been held in London for workers to dance off the winter and post-Ibizan blues and do a spot of reminiscing.

While I didn't make it out to Ibiza in 2010, I wandered down to the reunion to catch up with some old faces, and went armed with the camera. During the course of the night I got chatting to a few randoms, including this lady.

I like this photo because, apart from hitting Potatoshop's auto-contrast button, it hasn't been re-touched at all.

Not - I should emphasise - that judgement played any part in getting this photo. I think I was probably doing my usual trick of not-even-looking-through-the-viewfinder as I took it, so any apparent technical ability in this pic was all thanks to luck.

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Excuse the randomness; just a good time of the night to be postin'...

TMI

Saw this. Thought it was awesome. That is all. =o)

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Austerity win: my free laptop stand

I'm working my way through the process of getting my posture sorted out at work, so I've picked myself up an office chair which you kinda kneel on - it doesn't have a back - and perch.

That's all well and good of course, apart from the inevitable and accurate - if slightly-cruel comments - that it looks like a birthing chair, but I also needed to sort out which way my head was pointing; with my tiny laptop and a normal-height desk, I was spending most of my day with my head canted down at a 45-degree angle. Not particularly good for posture!

Anyway, being a tightwad, and not having the patience to wait for a postal delivery even if I could bring myself to spend money on a laptop stand, I decided that the easiest approach would be to nip downstairs to Argos (yup, we have an Argos in our building) and grab some of their catalogues. As an added aesthetic bonus, two catalogues placed spine-to-spine provide a perfectly-sized footprint for my laptop.

Two trips, some huffing-and-puffing, odd looks from Argos staff and a little desk-based feng-shui later et voila! We have ourselves a laptop stand.

Massive win =o)

New office!

I've been contracting as a Drupal developer for a little company called NBC (natch ;) for the last few months. During that time, I and the other developers have been stationed in a fairly compact meeting room, based around a table - quite compact, and a bit insular as we were somewhat locked away from other folks in the organisation.

Happily, a couple of weeks ago we moved ourselves downstairs to a floor full of meeja types; every other desk has a TV/VCR displaying one of the company's myriad channels - people sitting at their desks are variously typing away updating EPG information, adding subtitles, or doing any one of the many jobs associated with producing the media output for a broadcaster.

The main benefit for us, of course, is that we now have our own desks. I've never seen so much space which I can call "my own" - I'm seriously* considering installing a hammock for any long weekends we may find ourselves working through.

Oh, and since we were setting up a wireless network to connect to, we thought we'd give it a new name; we chose Kabletown for its 30 Rock-related connotations. No-one outside of the team's spotted it yet or, if they have, they haven't asked us about it. Hopefully if and when they do, the execs will see the funny side. Fingers x'd and all that...

Anyway, onwards and upwards, or something. Oh, and we have a great big kitchen with lots of daylight (huzzah!) and a table football game (which seems to be a default fixture in media organisations, for some reason...?!).

* No, not seriously at all... =o)