- I started working at FutureLearn again this
week. They’ve asked us to help with a couple of
projects and it’s good to be back. It goes without saying that the working
environment is dramatically different to the last time I was there - everyone
is now fully remote. Chris has joined me to help out
too, and it’s great to finally get chance to work with him.
- Life is otherwise pretty quiet, there’s not a lot to do in lockdown London.
We’ve been lucky to have the Heath and some reasonable weather. N- enjoyed a
trip to the playground and the lido cafe
makes something he’ll eat (and has a tasty falafel stand outside on weekends)
so we had a wintery picnic.
- With no travel to pay for I’ve been able to save a little bit in the last few
months. I treated myself to a Koma Field
Kit to use as a small mixer
and because Hainbach has one. I’ve been able to connect my Volca
Keys and PO-33
sampler to the built in mixer
and mash that up with some radio static and buzzy noises from the LFO. The
setup just puts a huge smile on my face. Not to sound like too much of an old
man, but as a teenage music technology student I would have been blown away by
the capabilities of these little instruments.
- I had a couple of Zoom calls with friends. That tradition seemed to die away a
bit over the summer, but I really enjoyed catching up. One of my friends has
lived in Singapore for years so we scheduled a chat for Friday lunchtime UK
time. That worked pretty well (although I was a bit jealous of his beer).
- I’m down from around 93kg at the start of the year to just over 85kg now. I’d
like random online calculators to stop calling me “overweight”, which I think
means a BMI of 25 or less (< 81kg). A fairly plain diet and not too many beers isn’t
a lot of fun during lockdown but it’s also not a bad time to do it. I’m
pleased with my progress so far.