Thursday, 26 July 2007

Now that's consideration!

One wonders if my new team colleagues in ACC will be able to show me the same consideration that I've grown accustomed to getting here in Dublin. See two emails here... {we'll ignore the fact that I don't own a single pink possession other than a hot water bottle and a pair of slippers!}

From: ...
Sent: 24 July 2007 17:39
To: TA
Subject: RE: Blackle

Pink version for aoife!

From: ....
Sent: 24 July 2007 17:30
To: TA
Subject: FW: Blackle

For those worried with energy consumption and all its downsides.

When your screen is white, be it an empty word page, or the Google
your computer consumes 74 watts, and when its black it consumes only 59
watts. Mark Ontkush wrote an article about the energy saving that
would be achieved if Google had a black screen, taking in account the
huge number of page views, according to his calculations, 750 mega
watts/hour per year would be saved.

In a response to this article Google created a black version of its
engine, called Blackle, with the exact same functions as the white
but with a lower energy consumption,

check it out:

Sunday, 22 July 2007

Suitcases and cleaning...

I had sudden realisation on walk to Dart station on Thurs evening that 4 weeks from that day I'd be at my cousins wedding and 5 weeks from that time I'd actually be getting up soon to head in to work... in Wellington. I'm flying tomorrow 4 weeks, though unfortunately I'm flying through Los Angeles :-( From what I've been told, the US stringent (I'm refraining from use of harsher words here) security laws are that even in-transit passengers have to go through their security checks. I mean I know that I was in NY in March on holidays but I don't like the idea that they have my finger prints on record or that they take iris scan. I don't subscribe to any conspiracy theories or anything like that but, well, I guess I'd be more comfortable if they didn't stuff about me on record!

There is an advantage to flying with Air New Zealand though... I get to use my business class weight allowance through to Wellington instead of it stopping at Auckland which is what has happened the other times I've flown over. So of course those times I had to limit my luggage to 20kg. And, it gets better... the business class weight allowance with Air NZ is two pieces of luggage of up to 32kg... each! Of course I have no intention of going anywhere near that - I'm just pleased with the two pieces of luggage, though neither will be over 20kg let along 32 kg!

So, I have to move out of my home in 2 weeks. We have a bank holiday in Ireland the weekend of the 4th/5th August and I have a tenant moving in on the 5th. I'll be taking the previous Thurs and Fri off work as not only do I have to move my personal belongings out but I also of course have to clean the place! I'm not an overly dirty person but let's just say that I don't spend every weekend scrubbing the place from top to bottom either so I expect to be spending some time on this cleaning. Luckily Mum is going to help out here ("you Dublin girls" was a friend reaction when I mentioned this!)

Diary is fast filling up with dinners, lunches, packing days, moving days... it's weird! What's weirder is the thought that in five weeks I won't be here at all. And that it'll be over a year from now before I'm living in my own apartment with my own stuff again. But I'm excited about my impending move nonetheless... all I need now is for my visa to arrive!

Sunday, 8 July 2007

Remind me again..

It is July isn't it? And being in Ireland I am being back in the Northern Hemisphere? And, unless I'm very much mistaken, isn't that meant to be the Summer for this hemisphere?
Hmm... I thought so.
It's rained (and I don't mean piddly little showers) EVERY day since I arrived back in this country last Sunday!
Every day!
I've got wet.
Very wet.
But I refuse to give in... yet. I'm still going with opened toed sandals and skirts.
Just not sure how long I can keep this optimistic belief that rain will stop and glorious sunshine and warmth will appear :-)

Monday, 2 July 2007

The journey back...

  • Up at 7am kiwi time Sat morning for taxi to Welly airport.
  • Flight departs 5-10 mins late at 09:10am.
  • In lounge in Auckland by 10:30pm.
  • Board flight to KL about 11:30am.
  • Chat to girl beside me for while - she had hangover and I was just exhausted :-)
  • Arrive KL about 11.5 hrs later I believe around 8pm KL time which would be about midnight Kiwi time.
  • Get to lounge. Shower. Doze. Leg it to plane after dozing off in lounge... amazing how all those boarding announcements all start to sound the same!
  • Take off from KL at about midnight KL time (4am sun morning kiwi time)
  • Sleep for while. Doze for while.
  • Arrive in Frankfurt a little under 13 hrs later, disembarking at 6:45am Sun German time (which is 4:45pm Sun afternoon kiwi time, which is, eh, 2:45pm sun afternoon, and em... oh God, to hard to do all the times everywhere!).
    • Frankfurt very very very boring airport.
    • Frankfurt airport minimal direction signs.
    • Frankfurt airport... don't like.
  • 10:50am departure from Frankfurt becomes 13:20 departure (12:20 Irish time) as that normally *very* reliable little propeller engine thingie is not behaving.
  • Arrive in Ireland at about 14:05 Sunday Irish time (01:05am Mon morning kiwi time).
  • Disembark 14:15 as that normally *very* reliable little propeller engine thingie is still not behaving very well. But hey I'm home and technical fault isn't anybody's problem so what the hell.
  • Go to wait for luggage. As time progresses compose less than friendly letters in head to Aer Lingus. Time passes. Put on iPod to try and refrain from losing temper. Think to myself, how can i travel for nearly 40 hrs and stay relatively relaxed and then I get back to Ireland where I'm hit with super efficiency of baggage handlers.
  • Wait approximately 40 minutes before any Frankfurt luggage appears on belt.
  • 5-10 mins later collect luggage and walk out to arrivals.
  • Spend prob nearly 20 mins as Dad tries to get us out of airport as traffic is nuts.

Get home, unpack and potter in effort to stay awake
Asleep by 8:30pm.
Suspect parents won't offer to collect me from airport again!!