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Deadline's Breathing Down My Neck. 
16th-Apr-2004 05:11 pm
And I'm no nearer to finishing this damned assignment. It's all over the place in note form and on yellow post-its - never a good sign.

The house needs a good cleaning in preparation for the various sitters who will be here during our absence, but I'm too tired to tackle anything.

I must be really knackered, judging by what I slept through last night. MWNN heard a bang and saw flames shooting up over the back fence at about 2am this morning. My window overlooks the back garden and my bed is directly underneath it. Apparently, he stood on the bed to get a better look at what was happening and I didn't stir. Nor did I twitch when the car that was on fire exploded about 10 minutes later. The Fire Brigade took their time in answering the call but put out the flames in less than 30 seconds. And still I slept. Reminds me of the time the police raided next door when squatters lived there and were running a drugs' factory in the kitchen. WE both slept through that, with the helicopters and police dogs and sirens.

Despite the disturbed and disturbing night, MWNN went over to the CEVNI test centre this morning and passed the Boatmaster's Licence Test which is now a requirement on all European Waters. He now knows what to do when we meet a nuclear submarine maneuvering into port, in fog, at night and things of that ilk.

Mutter, stupid bloody Frogs. When would a narrowboat ever meet ocean going vessels on Class 2 waterways, inland? Still, best to be prepared eh?

Recent conversation with MWNN on a morning dog-walk testing his CEVNI knowledge and my patience.

MWNN: you understand? dit means yes, dit dit means no.
hesadevil: dit.
MWNN: OK, I give the signal dat dat dat, you reply.
hesadevil: dit.
MWNN: correct. Now I'm going downstream and give the signal dat dat dat, you reply.
hesadevil: dit.
MWNN: wrong. dit means yes going upstream only, it's dit dit, going downstream.
hesadevil: canals don't have streams.
MWNN: :pause: Technically they do.

I've probably got the details of all those dits and dats completely wrong but I'm not the one who had to do the test. (As MWNN keeps reminding me he's the Captain, the crew's duty is to obey the Captain without question. I knew there was a reason I hated crewing on boats.)
16th-Apr-2004 10:01 am (UTC)
He didn't wake you up for all the excitement?

As for your c9 question. It really depends on what you're asking Fred to show him. He can obviously find and open documents, so he must be savvy enough to work his way through a directory structure, but I doubt he's had much experience. I would think he'd be able to send email.

I'm thinking over the kind of problems people ask me about in the office - losing the task bar is a good one. They know the basics but can't handle it if things go wrong or if they press they wrong button. I imagine Spike is about that level.

16th-Apr-2004 11:10 am (UTC)
It really depends on what you're asking Fred to show him
He's grumbling about not being able to log in to his mailbox. He doesn't know his username or password. He's also got a lot of spam in his mailbox and is distracted by reading the 22 messages that came in (welcome from Microsoft, music recommendations from Amazon, that sort of thing) before the three from Harmony about information about the incident in the bar. I want Spike to be an innocent when it comes to understanding computers, similar to the way he was violent with the X-box when he couldn't win the game by skill, abusing the machine verbally when it won't co-operate.

MWNN stood on my bed. He thought that would wake me. It didn't. He reasoned I needed to sleep and left me to it.
16th-Apr-2004 11:26 am (UTC)
Are the music recs wildy inaccurate? "Richard bloody Clayderman?". Hee. Oh Penis Enlargement and Viagra cheap!

He can still lose his temper with computers- I do frequently. Maybe the system needs him to change the password to log on for the first time and he doesn't realise this is normal?

He stood on the bed? Why????
16th-Apr-2004 11:39 am (UTC)
He stood on the bed? Why????
My window is the only one that provided a view of the cul-de-sac in which the incident took place. My bed is underneath the window, right alongside, not head-to-window or foot-to-window. Ergo, he had to stand on it get a view over the back fence.

Maybe the system needs him to change the password to log on for the first time and he doesn't realise this is normal?

No, he thinks his username is Spike, because he's the user, and his name is Spike. Our lad's logical even if technologically challenged.

I want him to have a sweet moment with Fred before she dies. No, I'm not killing her off, I'm just anticipating canon. It is possible that I can get the story back in synch with the series at the end. My story takes place over 10 days, at most. It started at Damage and, if Joss can go for a re-set, so can I. Yeah, I can out-Joss Joss if I'm quick. I have a cunning plan M'Lord.
16th-Apr-2004 12:00 pm (UTC)
I don't see what the username has to do with the password, but I'll let it rest.

(Coo. This is the first comment I've made from the laptop!!)
17th-Apr-2004 03:31 am (UTC)
He didn't wake you up for all the excitement?

That was exactly my question!
I mean, I would be all excited and wake everybody in the house ( and neighborhoud ;)
Was it like a real movie-car-explosion? Were there people in the car?

And wow: Drug brewing in the house next door?
maybe you should start to write a book about your neighborhoud...It sounds like straight out of a movie!
I am a little envious! Nothing exciting ever happens here!;)

and LOL about all the dits and dats! Do you actually really say that on a boat? I imagine to be on a boat and have conversations like "dat dat" "dit" lmao... I couldnt stay serious for even a second... thats too funny!
17th-Apr-2004 06:33 am (UTC)
and LOL about all the dits and dats! Do you actually really say that on a boat?
:spews tea all over keyboard:

We were talking about the sound signals given by the boar horn when you're making certain moves and want to warn other boats. It's a bit like morse code dat = long blast, dit = short blast.

I nearly wrote horn instead of blast but didn't think I could stand the double meaning horn = cock. (Is that a new slang word for you?)

As for living in an exciting place - I would have thought Berlin was more exciting than my little town. Mind you, the day we moved here from London, there was a shoot out on the local rose-growers fields. The police were chasing an escaped criminal. And then there was the incident when someone pushed burning newspapers through the letterbox. Perhaps you're right, ther is a novel to be written about it.
17th-Apr-2004 12:29 pm (UTC)
We used to have a drug dealer in the flat opposite, and the BF had one next to him in his mum's house, AND we think there are dealers nearby as people drive into the park behind us at night and flash their headlights into the flats.

God knows what that says about this country.
17th-Apr-2004 03:25 am (UTC)
Well that conversation with MWNN took me a while to work out. Perhaps it's just me but my brain made the following "logical" steps

1. MWNN is taking an exam to drive their boat
2. They drive their boat in France
3. The commands they give to other boat users must therefore be in French.
4. "dit" is French for "said".
5. They must be confused because they said that "dit" means "yes".
6. Or am I confused because surely they know more French than me?
7. I'm going to go and lie down now!!!
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