Writing from December 2006

Quick Twitter

As I’ve mentioned, I’m enjoying Twitter a lot. The only problem is that it rarely works for me as it should — I’ve only had text updates to my phone for a day or two over the past couple of weeks, and I can no longer get updates via IM either.


In Web Development on 2 December 2006. 7 comments. Permalink

The fundamental journey

Our large group peformance based on a day in Selfridges went surprisingly smoothly, considering we hadn’t even run through the entire thing once. It was very rough and had several acres of room for improvement but I was pleased it all flowed together reasonably well, with few points where things were horribly, glaringly wrong. Having said that the teachers were, I think, unusually generous, having nothing bad to say about it. This is most unlike them and I’m a bit mystified by their praise, which left everyone feeling very positive about the whole experience (despite the difficulties of communally wrangling so many people into a cohesive performance; I can’t describe how frustrating I found the final couple of all-too-democratic rehearsal sessions).


In LISPA on 10 December 2006. Permalink

Leslie Harpold

Leslie Harpold has died. That sounds so horribly wrong. Whenever people recall someone who died they were always the kindest, cleverest, all-round specialest person ever. In Leslie’s case this was very, very true and I’m going to miss her very, very much.


On 12 December 2006. Permalink

Some of Leslie’s ambitions

Yesterday I was searching my email archive for something from a while back when I stumbled across an email Leslie sent to Haddock last year in response to the open query “What do you really want to do which is completely removed from your job?” I thought it was a great example of her imagination, humour and ambition — she always wanted to have a healthy creating:consuming ratio — and was worth sharing with more people:


In Misc on 19 December 2006. Permalink

End of the first term

I feel like I owe an end of term post about the acting classes, which finished just over a week ago, so, a quick summary.


In LISPA on 24 December 2006. 3 comments. Permalink

My top tunes of 2006

At the end of each year I like to make a CD of my favourite music of the year. Last year I didn’t, either because there wasn’t enough I really liked, or I was too busy, or too computered-out, or all three. But this year I suddenly had a bit of time and there’s been loads of good stuff. And, below, is what I’d put on this year’s CD, complete with MP3s (for a limited time only), for your clicking pleasure. I decided to simply order them chronologically, according to when they grabbed me, and restricted myself to only one track by each artist.


In Music on 28 December 2006. 2 comments. Permalink

My year in email

More from the end of year file. Eudora generates statistics of my email usage and I thought I’d take a look at what’s happened in 2006. I have two email addresses: phil@ for my personal email and lists@ for all my mailing list email and messages generated by various scripts on websites. These statistics are for both of these together.


In Misc on 29 December 2006. 4 comments. Permalink