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A polar bear walks into a bar…

…and says to the barman, “I’ll have a gin ……. and tonic please.” The barman asks, “Why the big pause?” “I’m afraid I have a minor speech impediment”, retorts the polar bear, “and I feel it’s a bit insensitive of you to draw attention to it.”

In my case, the big pause in posts has gone on for two months now. In fact, I’ve been busy with another project, which ironically is a time management tool. I don’t intend to let this blog lapse entirely, but right at the moment I’d rather do one side-project well than two badly.

If you’re interested, please head on over to TaskMaster and let me know what you think, either here or at the feedback forum. It’s at an early stage, and is at least a week or two away from being ready for ordinary users (there’s very little documentation at the moment, so it’s probably not obvious how to use it). I’ll update here and on the TaskMaster blog when there’s some significant progress.

Home again

I got back from Zambia a couple of weeks ago, and have decided to remain in the UK for the forseeable future, so there should be no more rambling about life in Zambia from now on. Thanks for those who bore with me during all the off-topic posts. Normal service will now be resumed, by which I mean I’ll still go off topic, only not quite as much.

A departure

I’ve never been that keen on blogging about personal matters, since it seems like the wrong medium to me: my friends will find out what’s going on in my life when I talk to them, and people who don’t know me have no reason to care. Never the less, I’m undergoing a change in personal circumstances that will partially alter the goal and scope of this blog, so it seems appropriate to report it here.

As of a month from now, I’ll be moving to Zambia where I will be living and working for at least three months. I’ll be working in a technical role for a local ISP. On the surface my job description may not be all that different, but I expect the culture and business environment to be a radical departure from the UK.

The main difference to this blog is that I intend to post more about the experiences of preparing for and living abroad, in the hope that some of this will be of interest to others. People who were expecting a blog on technical topics (something I never stuck to particularly well) may be inconvenienced by this. I had thought about starting a separate blog, but for such a short-term period it hardly seems worth it.