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As you may or may not know, I’m currently in Australia. In fact, I’ve now been here for a little over a month. I’ll blog about it sooner or later, but not yet. This is largely because I don’t know what I’m going to say. This trip has been an alarming combination of coolness and frustration so far, and I don’t want to let too much of the later slip out. That would be highly unprofessional of me, and possibly not great either for my employer or my career.

This post shall be about something else.

I have a side project that I’ve chomping at the bit to get started on, and while I’ve been here I’ve worked up a couple of fairly good ideas for it. I can’t start work on it, though, because I only have my work computer with me, and a studiously avoid doing any side projects or personal work on it, just to be on the safe side, intellectual property wise. Aside from reading up on things and doing some scribblings on paper, the other thing I can do is set up a bit of infrastructure. I’m going to make the project public, both in terms of open sourcing the code and blogging about the ideas behind it (at least to begin with). But where, though? Here’s my dilema: I’m HarveyNick on wordpress, Tumblr, Twitter* and now BitBucket (the place I’ll be hosting the code – side note: I’ll be going with Mercurial for revision control). Should I write the blog entries here (and have them trickle down to tumblr and twitter), and host the code directly under HarveyNick’s account on BitBucket? Let’s say I name the project after my old band, the repository would be

Which stamps my ownership on it quite heavily. Likewise, if I put blog entries here: same situation. In some senses that’s a good thing. Right now, it’s my project. I might not always want it to be that way, though. Getting other people involved might also be good. I tend to work better (a lot better) when I have someone to bounce ideas off. So let’s consider option 2; I put the project under another umbrella, and give myself (ie the harveynick identity) access to it. Let’s say I go with one of the names my old band was thinking of switching to after some assholes in Chicago threatened to sue us. That would put it here:

I could then start a blog to talk about it, and perhaps link the entries here. Should other people start playing in this particular sandpit, then they could perhaps add their own entries to this blog.

You’re probably not interested in this. I’m mostly just thinking out loud. But if you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear them.

* Why do I have all three of these? I’m not entirely sure yet, other than because they’re there.



I’ve been traveling around for work for the vast majority of the last month, so generally speaking I’ve been anything but at a loose end. Evenings were full of work or spent with the colleagues / friends I was traveling with. But now I’m back and finding that I don’t know what to do with myself a lot of the time. It’s giving me time to think about things, and that never ends well.

I think my PhD is in better shape than I had been supposing. I found a couple of stupid mistakes in my code today and now it actually seems to be working quite well. With a bit of tweaking of settings it might produce valid, or even impressive, output. This is good. It means I can stick to my plan to only put in eight hour days at the lab (though I might do a bit of writing up at home). An eight hour days feels pretty short just now. Thus the stress levels may reduce. I’ve more or less been running on stress and adrenaline/caffeine for the last few months though, so once again: time and head space to think about things.

It’s making me very uncertain about a lot of things. The financial market is clearly well up shit creak, and it ate its paddle some miles back. This also coincides with a financial meltdown of my own, precipited by my funding running out and exaserbated by my purchase of a car. Yep, I reckon I’ll look back on that one as a particularly retarded mistake in years to come. I’ve got things on a more or less stable footing now, but my long term security is… clouded… not what I’d like it to be… in a lot of respects.

I also find myself thinking about sex, love, friendship, their relationship to each other, and my relationship to each. Things I had, things I’ve lost, and things I want in the future. I’m not feeling quite introspective enough to textualise any of that just now, but you should probably be thankful for that.

These are indeed uncertain times.

I’ve also decided to try and get back into going to the gym. I’ve had no time for excersise in the last month and have probably been eating a little too well and it’s stating to show. I went for the first time in what feels like an age last night, and, you know what, it felt pretty good. I’ve missed that post gym sensation of having actually done something and made my muscles (such as they are) work for a living.

I just looked out of the window. The sun is shining! Time to go out into it, I suspect!