Monday, 24 August 2015

GP London

When I heard about GP London, I thought I'd head along to play some Magic, making a change from only playing at prereleases. Not in the main event; I play seldomly enough that I have no idea if I have enough cards to make a half decent Standard deck, and certainly not a good one. Plus an incredibly long tournament didn't seem too appealing. 

Liz got the Friday off, arranged for the kids to be looked after by their grandparents while we were away, we were ready for our first weekend away from the children. We booked a hotel a couple of days before we went so we wouldn't have to travel far each day, staying at the Marriott which was very nice. 

It was about midday when we arrived at the Excel centre. We picked up our Infinity Challenge badges and wandered around a bit as we had some time until the first event we signed up for was going to start (2 Headed Giant Sealed). One of the Wizards people with a camera chatted to us, and we also did an interview with Dan who was videoing people there for a future GP London video. 

Friday, 5 June 2015


We spent the end of May Bank Holiday celebrating birthdays - mine and my Mums, and Kalebs. With the amount of people around the house (and the amount of food and presents going around) it was like a mini-Christmas. 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Dragons of Tarkir Prerelease

I did really well at the Dragons of Tarkir prerelease, not only winning the tournament but winning all games I played (6 rounds, so 12 games in a row with no losses). I can't remember getting a Game Win Percentage of 100 before, certainly not in a tournament lasting longer than 3 rounds. 

While I don't have a chance to play Magic as often any more, I generally try to make it along to the prerelease events. I usually prefer draft to sealed, but they are a nice way to just have some fun with the new cards. 

I've been going to a new venue as well after I found out a prerelease is now being held on Saturdays down the road from my Dads house (which makes it easier to find someone to look after the kids). 

Friday, 13 March 2015

Eclipse Tip: Highlight Occurrences

I thought I would write a quick post about taking advantage of a useful feature in Eclipse when writing code - highlighting everywhere a selected item appears in the current file. 

Friday, 27 February 2015

Agile as part of Waterfall

When we started developing with Scrum, it was just the development team using Agile, but we were one of many teams still working in a waterfall style (one long cycle with a delivery at the end). This introduced a couple of irregular circumstances when we tried to follow the Scrum process as best we could, for example we always had 2 week Sprints, starting mid week and could fit 3 sprints into the larger delivery process, but we would have a couple of extra days at either end where we couldn't start on the next delivery because the one we had finished (early) hadn't been submitted yet. 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

2014 in numbers

Another year has gone, so as is tradition, I've written another yearly review. It has been a varied year to say the least; the highs have been very high, and the lows very low.