Thursday, 24 March 2011

Catching Up #1

Well it's been a fun couple of weeks so I thought I'd quickly jot down what's been happening here and what I've been getting up to.

Last week I started working on the kitchen, well I really started the week before but that was only a small amount of preparation.  Last week the gloves came off and we managed to get most of the kitchen out, walls and all.  Currently we still have a sink and the free-standing gas oven left in but that's it, so we're mostly living out of the back room and plastic boxes.  Tyler thinks it's great as all the fun toys like the measuring jugs which were behind locked doors are now in reach.  He's actually been a very good boy whilst we've been decorating and unusually for him has been happy to sit and watch!

There have been a few fun moments such as blowing the upstairs lighting circuit fuse after we found out that the previous occupants had wired in a 13 amp socket to it!  Cables barely below the surface of the walls, plaster falling off with the wallpaper and we even found the old door from the front room to the kitchen which hadn't been covered up properly.  That's all sorted now and the plasterers have done a good job in levelling out the two problem walls.  So now all we need to do is:

  • Fit the new units on one side
  • Get rid of the sink unit on the other side and install the new units there
  • Replace the boxing
  • Buy and fit new appliances
  • Replace the lighting
  • Decorate

Sounds like a lot but now the room is looking better as a shell it seems doable.

When I've had a few moments and not been reading (love my Kindle by the way, post coming soon) I've been trying out the Vala (and here) programming language.  It's syntax is very close to C# but instead of compiling to assembler or another intermediate language it compiles to C and is then compiled with the platforms standard C compiler, so you get the bonus of not having to worry so much about memory management and benefit from a more modern programming syntax but you also get the performance benefits of a natively compiled C application.

Hopefully when I've spent a bit more time with it I'll be able to do another post about it.  In the mean time if you want to see what it's capable of I'd strongly recommend checking out applications like Shotwell which is a photo manager for Gnome which is written in Vala.  It's very cool and is coming on very quickly.

Other than that it's been pretty much the same, but I'm hoping to try and post a bit more frequently here so keep checking back to see what else is going on.  Alternatively subscribe to the feed and keep up to date from the comfort of your favourite news aggregator, personally I'm a fan of Google Reader but that's because it fits nicely with my Android phone.