Richard and Weez Excellent Adventure - August 1999...

Sunday 8th August

Where has the last month and a half gone?  I haven't been very good at keeping track of what we've been doing over this time so I'll probably just jot down some of the highlights.

I have just finished a short week and a half contract for Hilton Direct plc which filled a position till a permanent employee arrived.  I have been finding it difficult to get a new contract since we came back from Italy so it was nice to get back to work even if it was only for a few days.  Contracts are still pretty thin on the ground at the moment so it could be a long few weeks.

  • The usual Wednesday football, ten pin bowling and this week... touch Frisbee?

  • Celine Dion concert at Wembley Stadium

  • Comedy Store with five great acts... very quick... very sharp... ending in a Karaoke bar till 2am... on a Thursday evening...

  • Bar Salsa... 20 people... hot and sticky... dancing the night away...

Well, that's about all I can come up with really.  A bit dull for all of you that have headed over here looking for something exciting!

Anyway, onto something which intrigued me.  Who's seen the movie 'Contact'?  Well, two days after watching this I just happened to run into a link from the New Scientist web page to a place called [email protected].

[email protected] is a scientific experiment that harnesses the power of hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).  What you get is a cool screen saver which downloads a chunk of data and analyses it.  If you really want to know what it is looking for, take a look here.  Since my file server (Ally) largely sits here for most of the day doing nothing (apart from the obvious, serving files and the odd print job) I thought I would put her to some good use.  So to date, she has donated 480 hours of processor time or about 425 billion operations on 510 seconds of data.  Now if I had a PII 400, it would probably take a tenth of the time but since I have a humble P60, I just let it chug away!  So if this sounds like you (and I'm sure you'd have to be a geek!...) check it out.  You never know - you may be the one to discover ET!

So that's about it for now.  Hope everyone is well.

L8R... Richard and Louise