Say [en]

I think I’ve always felt I had something to say to the world – something to leave behind me.

Is everybody like that or is it just me?

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Household Advice [en]

I highly advise all my readers not to let dirty washing-up pile up in the sink for a long time – a “long time” being… erm… let’s say “more than a few days”.
And if it did happen, get something better than candlelight to wash it by. You can’t see anything in candlelight.

Yes, the bulb in my kitchen is broken, and I can’t get the “ball-light” off the ceiling – I mentioned that already, didn’t I?

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Dog [en]

Cali has always been keen on herding “things”. “Things” being: Bagha, the servants in India, and any male stranger who appears to be “a worker”.

She also likes digging. She bites mouthfuls of earth out with her teeth. When I left India with Bagha, Aleika told me that Cali simply spent her time in the garden digging holes.
Yesterday evening, I was on the phone with my grandmother in the university grounds, while walking her. Of course, it’s hard to talk and walk at the same time, so at one point I just stopped where I was, in the middle of a patch of green.

By the time I had hung up, Cali had dug a hole big enough to contain her head and shoulders. I put the earth back in, but I don’t think it will fool anyone…

Her “new” thing now is trees. I’d always heard jokes about dogs and trees, and I’d already noticed Cali liked peering up trees when a cat or squirrel was around. She did that in India, already.
But the “tree mania” has got much more intense lately. She has her list of trees on our walk, and she’ll run from one to another and guard them, nose up high. It’s specially funny at the university, where she will do that with simply enormous trees which make her look like a miniature doggie.

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Alive Again [en]

Great! Work is doing fine, and the bush has been nastily trimmed.
Bagha is a free cat again, and I feel alive for the first time in nearly two weeks. All I need to do to consider myself a human being again is to clean the flat, do the washing-up, pay my bills, change the bulb in the kitchen (I can’t get the damn lamp off!) and start studying a bit.

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Une vie de chat [en]

Oui je sais… je néglige mon auditoire francophone. Mais existe-t-il seulement? Je n’en vois nulle trace!
Si vous passez par ici, vous savez quoi faire: laissez plein de petits commentaire français, et vous sachant là , il sera plus facile pour moi de vous écrire…

Résumé de la situation: Bagha vit enfermé depuis bientôt dix jours. Un paysagiste mandaté par la gérance vient en principe demain pour tailler l’arbre coupable, et mon fauve pourra à  nouveau gambader dans le jardin sans risquer de m’entraîner dans des histoires d’avocat et de tribunal.

Je travaille depuis deux semaines à  près de 75% chez Orange. Inutile de dire que je suis épuisée, et que je n’ai pas fait grand-chose pour mes études dernièrement. Je compte bien me rattrapper durant les vacances de Noël.

Sinon… ah oui, petite anecdote familiale: mon pauvre frère s’est décidé à  acheter un Nokia 6210. Il l’a eu entre les mains en tout et pour tout six heures avant qu’il tombe par terre et que l’écran se brise. Retour au magasin, et avec la complicité compassitante de l’employée du service après-vente, on espère qu’il sera remplacé… croisons les doigts!

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Intranet [en]

Writing web pages for an intranet is nice: if they show up OK in your browser, you know that they will behave the same on all the company’s computers.
Orange is giving me a good chance to mess about with CSS – and now that I look at the stylesheet I use here, I see there is a lot of work to be done.

I also want to slightly redesign (haven’t I been saying that for ages?) and clean up all my files.

My “helper” at work made me discover EditPlus, which is, I must admit, an improvement on Notepad. Even if it was just for the coloured tags and the multi-file replace.
So I’m hunting around to see if there is anything better, and also looking for a good free FTP client.

Suggestions, anyone?

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Orange Work [en]

Work at Orange is exciting, but tiring. There is too much work for one person (coding something like 400 Powerpoint slides in HTML) so I have an assistant, and should get two more on Wednesday.
Only thing, they don’t know HTML yet, so I’ll have to teach them some basics before they can really help me.

More and more, I’m realising how much I have learnt about web designing and publishing. I also tend to forget how little the “common mortal” knows on the subject. Hanging out with the “web designers” community on the Net doesn’t help!

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Délation [en]

Ça commence à  bien faire!
Je croise ma concierge en rentrant, qui me dit qu’au moins trois personnes se sont encore plaintes de mon chat. Parce qu’il se promène dans les couloirs de l’immeuble. Parce qu’il rentre par les fenêtres ouvertes. Parce qu’il miaule derrière les portes.
Mais qu’ils me le disent à  moi, bon sang! D’autant plus que probablement, ce sont surtout des vieilles dames qui se plaignent pour le plaisir de se plaindre.

Passons.

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TV Cereal [en]

Talking of my TV viewings in India (on the newly created DALnet channel #waferbaby), I remembered a few dreadful typos we came upon in the Asian Age TV program (the newspaper Somak said was so dreadful that one day he would see on the front cover “Gandhi shot dead!”).

  • Water Rates (not “Rats”)
  • Walker, Taxes Ranger (not “Texas”)
  • The worlds widest police chases (not “wildest”)

Do you have any fun typos for us?

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Trains [en]