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Archive for May 2004

went to see "when harry met sally..." show

written by CraigBeattie on May 31st, 2004 @ 02:11 AM. edit (admin only)

Its been a good weekend. went to see when harry met sally and met Alexis Denisof and Alyson Hannigan. Oh, and Luke Perry was there too.

That was a very cool show. lots of fun.

T’ai chi was good this week. Started practicing a little pilates – see how it goes.

misty's overweight!

written by CraigBeattie on May 26th, 2004 @ 09:38 AM. edit (admin only)

we have an overweight rabbit. She sadly must come off the colourful mixed food and go on to pellets (so she doesn’t selectively eat just the good bits). She had her injections yesterday and apart from being a bit fat she’s ok.

everyone else is ok

dinky – mouse muffin – hamster water snails assorted 2 fresh water mouscles 13 fish oh, and smudge the snail

evanescence gig and sherlock holmes

written by CraigBeattie on May 26th, 2004 @ 09:32 AM. edit (admin only)

Went to see evanescence on monday night – damn fine show. There were certain key tracks that really got to me and were done beautifully. In particular I got that whole goosebumps listening to the music thing when the My Immortal track played, most odd, seemed to invoke some emotion in me and it was almost like a catharsis. Indeed Aristotle coined the term to describe “the emotional effect of a tragic drama upon the spectator”. A great experience. I may try to whack a few pics in here shortly.

OO, and took my other half round baker street on the way back yesterday to have a look at some of the sherlock holmes stuff.

good day.

time passes

written by CraigBeattie on May 19th, 2004 @ 10:11 PM. edit (admin only)

its been a short week at work with much done in it. Good work too, got to play with much of the j2ee software stack. Also attended a very enlightening lecture by david cook, top chap in the bcs. exciting times.

Taichi again tonight

written by CraigBeattie on May 13th, 2004 @ 11:23 PM. edit (admin only)

Tried a few new things out. good class – much fun and i haven’t crippled myself. Most exciting.

Just ordered Macromedia Studio MX 2004 so hopefully there’ll be some more web development from me on the way.

A weekend of bathroom decorating beckons.

Making time

written by CraigBeattie on May 12th, 2004 @ 11:12 PM. edit (admin only)

So I’m playing games a little less, reading a little more and making time for a few bits and bobs. Still not practicing as much as I probably should but hey, I’ll get there. Just recently got all the way through the Wudang style short form in t’ai chi – the square form. I should explain. In Wudang there are two styles to every form – square and round. Square can be thought of as a teaching style – simplified and broken down into steps, while round is how it was intended to be. So now I know the short form in square and the first (of six) section of the long form in square and round. A way to go yet but getting there.

Still intending to write here about the books. Will get to it.

A new direction

written by CraigBeattie on May 11th, 2004 @ 08:52 AM. edit (admin only)

I have in recent weeks discovered how far from my professional goals I had travelled. I have since put some more effort into cpd activities with the BCS and also into reading directed at improving my ability to perform my job.

I have read some interesting texts around leadership, motivating others, why people work. This in itself has been quite a journey for myself as I’ve discovered obvious factors articulated clearly that have affected my own motivation and that of my team over the past few months. I am also a little clearer on how being present – so crucial to many Taoist and Zen practices – benefits ones work. I have also found a guide to when one should look at the past and the future.

I started this blog to both record my thoughts and give me a place to articulate and construct these thoughts. I still need that even though I haven’t found time lately to add new posts. I hope to rectify this as I describe my findings from my recent studies.