I am an idiot (and don’t back up my data properly)

January 7, 2009

Doh. While carrying around the draft for my latest paper on a USB stick was great (as I was working on it at uni and at home), why on earth did I not back it up properly? The stick now wants me to format it, and all the data has vanished.


Take home message:

(1) Ali, please say you’ve backed up your phd. At least twice. As you’ve had enough set backs!

(2) I will back up the AlKandAlC recordings today. It will be a pain as my cd burner doesn’t work properly. Maybe it’s time to buy an extranal HD for such stuff.

On the plus side, going back to an old version has made it easier to get started, as I kind of know what needs changed, I haven’t lost much, and it’s far easier to read when I’m writing at the same time. Otherwise, I probably would of just skim read the whole thing a few times and not noticed any of the parts that need changed. And none of the graphs and matlab scipts have gone. So, I was lucky and it’s probably made me more productive.


The Pussycats get a gig at the Cabaret Voltaire

January 7, 2009

Here’s a turn up for the books, it’s only the first week (working) week of Januray, and the band are off to a flying start. This is due mainly to Niki for deciding to try and make a go of things, something Ali K and I have failed to do for, what, 3, 4 years now (for some reason we seem content on playing 4,5 gigs at the Ark a year, an annual gig at the Jazz Bar, along with half recording a few songs every couple of months!).

So thanks for setting up the Myspace Niki, and thanks to Ralph for allowing (and mixing) the live shows to be recorded on my mp3 player – the live recordings have a lot more, well, earthly quality to them? If that’s not getting a bit pretensious. Lets just say they are better and leave it like that.

Anyway, as the post title suggested, the Pussycats will be playing at the Cabaret Voltaire (and here) at the end of the month.

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