Apple tree arriving next week.Place your bets on how long it'll take me to kill it.

Stuffed aubergine with bell pepper, mushroom, onion, garlic, mozzarella.

... Rather unsatisfying.

Want a pork pie and a pint.

@dick_turpin it's an awful platform. Like a Skype, SharePoint, Yammer Frankenstein monster.

@dick_turpin aye so we have something like Zoho for customers and demoing.

But we have a lot of internal use now cos we can't just go sit next to each other anymore and we didn't wanna spend extra cash. So ms teams will suffice.

@dick_turpin to demo with a potential customer or to do customer support, but for that we have a few folk with paid accounts for a meetings app (I forget the name).

But internally for college tech support and assistance, and programming help. Just had the UI designer sharing my screen because I'd buggered up some CSS and would have been a pain to describe the issue to him rather than just show him.

And I'm about to walk someone through fixing their broken test scripts.

@dick_turpin could Skype screenshare? That was a bag of wank as well.

@dick_turpin we use teams for screen sharing. Because it's a garbage system and that's all it's good for 😅

Can't remember the last time I was this resentful of a coming Monday.

Working from home sucks armpits.

And often it need be none of those things. It just needs to be there, waiting as an option that you can ignore. Not today thanks but it was nice to know that, should the tide turn or an opportunity arise, it is waiting, like a room of requirement ready to morph into the quiet office space or cooling down chamber or social backdrop that you need.

This is friendship or socialising of a different ilk. This is a unique place.

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Though that can occur too; the people you don’t text to meet up with but are often just there, waiting, hoping that you’ll stick your head in too, like my good friend lost last year. Others have formed their groups too; the lost souls who have garnered quite a friendship circle.

There are even the faces you look forward to seeing, hoping that they’ll be in today. Little, daily, unspoken jolts of excitement that lift the darkest of moods.

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Often the solitude is enough; the environment brings the joy. It can be a solitary drink with a book, or a laptop or just a browse through the day’s media. The weight of a thousand sorrows and burdens feels lifted when the bar stool takes it and the first beer is in front of you.

The familiar faces that come and go don’t even need to strike up conversation, just provide a courteous nod. There is comfort in familiarity even if it doesn’t burgeon into lifelong friendships

Plumbing finished. "Outdoor" tap in the cellar. It works. No floods yet.

2 kinds of potatoes and garlic gone in the ground.


Fuck me, instant coffee is nasty...

Me, yesterday, when I ran out of coffee:

It would be irresponsible of me to go out to a shop, in which I can't socially distance in any effective way, just for a single item like coffee.

Me, today:

This great sacrifice damn well better have saved at least 5 lives.

Lad from work is isolating because his girlfriend is high risk. Down to his last bog roll, decided to jump in the shower instead. Has had a mishap by way of a slightly scolded hoop.

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