5k – my new favorite distance

Since I ran the Pedro’s 5km fun run last month, I’ve become a bit of a fan of this distance.

You can break 5km into laps, do it on a treadmill without outliving your music or just run a straight 5km.

I’m at that stage of rehabilitation where the injury is better but you’re working on getting your fitness back. It not only feels like an uphill struggle but it feels like a hill you’ve already climbed.

I’m at 27:16:36 (11kph), my first target is sub 25 minutes. We’ll see how I get on…

Normal service will continue…

For seven months in 2011 I had a regular treat – a volume of “Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files”. From January through July, I was re-reading my favourite childhood comic – Apocalypse Wars, Block Mania, Judge Child Quest and the fantastic Day the Law Died. Best of all I could introduce my kids to something besides Marvel and DC (although I did wonder about my daughter’s acceptance of infallible law). Then it stopped – volume 8 was no where to be seen. Couldn’t find it anywhere and my obsessive nature meant I wouldn’t bypass it.

I just got an email from Amazon – “Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files – Volume 8“, order dispatched.

Small steps

Back in October I started to develop some serious shin pain and began the Army’s rehabilitation process. A better process than people give credit for – put in effort, take it seriously and it has results. It just takes time. Today I got upgraded to a run/walk program – as long as I remain pain free I could be running in three weeks. I’ve missed doing a few miles after work.

Speaking of small steps, that’s how MS221 TMA 2 feels. I enjoyed Chapter B3 (eigenvalues) but there’s only one question on it. Iteration is half the paper! I’ve still to catch up with block C!

MT264 TMA 3 is due at the start of March – so I think I’ve another week where I’ve time only to train, study and sleep.

Thankfully I’m a couple of weeks ahead on TT284. I’ve kept off the PlayStation but MW3’s first map pack is out at the end of the month.

Developing a developer

Still some way to completing my degree part-time (at the end of this academic year I’m half way). I’m not soliciting my services – just looking for advice from the community and if anyone has a few minutes it’d be very much appreciated.

I enjoy mathematics and programming, my degree modules have revolved around the two, covering Java and VB.Net (its a very Windows centric place the Open University but it’s getting better). I’m in the UK and would like to go back to Edinburgh for family reasons when I leave the services in a couple of years time. Looking at the job boards, there’s a lot of Java contracts in the area.

Has anyone got a job with only open source experience? Does anyone know of any open source projects that are Java based and would be a good starting point to build on the fundamentals? Are there other qualifications or courses that you recommend? What are employers looking for? Does anyone work in a specific field that utilises both maths and programming? Is there a language that is in particular demand or do you find that good experience is more value? What’s a realistic starting salary?

Injuries, contracts and holidays

Physiotherapist thinks that it’s going to be a while before I’m back running, although I haven’t had a specific diagnosis (the Army seems to feel physiotherapy is a panacea). He thinks there’s a 75% chance of recovery without further referral. So no impact PT and watch what I eat.

It’s all quiet on the education front – my next course (or module as the new terminology  dictates) isn’t until the end of September. The Open University also sent me out my contract for TU100’s Café forum – never read so much legalise.

On leave just now, which is nice. Kids are busy with youth club activities this week so I’m pretty much just relaxing at home. Re-read World War Z (someone I know is an extra in the upcoming movie) and re-played Final Fantasy VII.

I’m also drudging through Assassin’s Creed II. Don’t get me wrong it’s a great title but I’ve already done it. I rented it and finished it. Then I saw it on offer and bought a copy to play the add-on levels. FYI, the Platinum versionwon’t read the original’s save game.

Talk about first world problems, lol.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
For The Fallen (1914), Laurence Binyen

San Diego suggestions

I’ve never been to the US before but I’m going to San Diego this week with work.

Although I’m not sure how much free time I’ll have, as I’m there for a few weeks I was wondering if there’s anyone has any recommendations on what to see.

My son suggested Rockstar San Diego (Red Dead Redemption is very popular here just now) but frankly I’d like to see a bit more than that.

So, any thoughts?