Thursday, November 01, 2007

Corporate Dress Code

So.. That's me yesterday.. At work.. dressed as a Pirate! I have fulfilled a career long dream of arriving at the office in full Pirate Regalia!

And it felt good. Oddly tho.. it wasn't being the center of attention for the day made it so great. Tbh, that part made me feel a slight peculiar. The fuzzy warm feeling came from the smiles, glances, double-takes and occasional "Arrs!!" I received from random strangers, both inside and outside the office.

Who would have though a few pieces of cloth/leather could change people's perspective of me so dramatically. Most people don't usually even give me a second glance.

It was enjoyable to reach out from the norm... not just for myself, but for everybody else too. And I know I made those strangers day because they saw a Pirate! It was awesome !

The best part was walking out of the local Sainsbury's and seeing two small children running around infront of me... they both stopped and stared at me as I walked passed... stunned and silent... then, from behind my back I heard: "Look MUM!.... a PIRATE!!!!"

May you be touched by his Noodly Appendage.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Updated: Redhat Linux RHEL 4 NIC Bonding

Update: The below configuration for multiple bonded interface *does* work, but involves loading the bonding driver multiple times using precious system resources.

The other option is to use the following in modprobe.conf

alias bond0 bonding
alias bond1 bonding
options bond0 miimon=100 mode=1 max_bonds=2
options bond1 miimon=100 mode=1 max_bonds=2

This will only load the module once, and setup 2 (as specified by max_bonds) bonded interfaces in it's initialisation. However this means that if you wanted to add another bonded interface at a later date you would have to re-load the bonding driver causing the other bonded interfaces to be disrupted.

I can't see any reason why using both config simultaneously wouldn't work. So intially you could setup modprobe.conf with the above config, and then add some of the config below to setup a new interface with no down time.


# Inital 2 Bonded interfaces
alias bond0 bonding
alias bond1 bonding
options bond0 miimon=100 mode=1 max_bonds=2
options bond1 miimon=100 mode=1 max_bonds=2

# Additional (temporary) bonded interface:
alias bond3 bonding
options bond1 -o bonding3 miimon=100 mode=1

Alternatively, setting max_bonds to a high number such as 8 or 16 would also help solve this issue, but would leave you with a large number of unused interfaces.

Using RedHat Enterprise 4, I was having major trouble getting multiple bonded interfaces to work.

I tired:

alias bond0 bonding
alias bond1 bonding
options bond0 miimon=100 mode=1
options bond1 -o bonding1 miimon=100 mode=1

But I kept getting the error:

[root@newbuild ~]# ifup bond1
bonding device bond1 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization.

However bond0 would come up at boot time fine.

When trying /sbin/modprobe bond1 manually there was nothing returned, no log entries created and no interface appeared. Adding the options to modprobe directly worked correctly:

/sbin/modprobe bonding -o bonding1 miimon=100 mode=1

I eventually solved the problem by completely removing the above configuration and putting the following in /etc/modprobe.conf:

install bond0 /sbin/modprobe bonding -o bonding0 miimon=100 mode=1
install bond1 /sbin/modprobe bonding -o bonding1 miimon=100 mode=1

And finally both bonded interfaces initialized correctly.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007


anyho.. so.. i walk into sainsuby's after drinking three free prints, and the price of my purschases comes to 2.56..

bisscuitt: That's a nice round number!
cashier: *blank look*
cashier: You want a recipt ?
bisscuitt: no.... no.. it's ok....

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

New car

Just got a bargain on our dream car :) We pick her up next week.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Most Random Series of Events.

Once again, it's been a while... But the most recent events have been somewhat strange and have clogged my head.. So I'm going to pop this proverbial brain pimple upon the mirror which is my blog. This is probably going to be a three part story.

We travelled up to Hull on Friday night (22nd June) to see my parents. The plan was to leave Ruben with my parents while me and Jo spent a relaxing break in sunny Mallorca (Majorca) for 3 nights to celebrate our 3rd Wedding anniversary.

The weekend went without incident. We spent time with the family and a few close friends. Our flight was due to leave Doncaster (Robin Hood) airport on monday evening and we stocked up on a few more supplies.

Monday morning was when everything kicked off. A cry came from Jo in my parents downstairs bathroom. "Ermm... There's a problem with the toilet". This and Rubens earlier re-enactment of the rather unusual "Glub, glub" noise coming from my parents downspout led me to cautiously peer out of the front window and into the street. Sure enough... the rain was pouring, and the street was filling with a muddy concoction. Rousing my parents with "zOMG.... Guys... They street is teh Flooded" filled the house with panic, a little more tact might be in order next time.

As Jo bailed water (etc..) out of the stricken downstairs commode using a bucket and a soup ladle, I tried contacting the slashdotted flood line website and their over crowded telephone system, but to no avail.

The water quickly rose over the next hour. Me, my dad and several neighbours frantically waded through knee high waters lifting items out harms way in neighbourhood garages, and rescuing escaping wheelie bin contents as the water continued to rise.

We left for the Airport 5 hours before our flight. This may seem excessive for a 45 minute drive, however the TV and Radio was warning that Roads were starting to be closed. At 12 o'clock, 3 of my parents neighbours garages were flooded and we set off to the airport.

The rain was falling hard, and fast. Just as it had been for the previous 4 hours since I had awoken. The planned route took us down Major roads only. But approaching the exit on the Beverley bypass towards Beverley and the Humber Bridge brought the small amount of traffic to an abrupt halt on the slip road. The entire exit was an enormous puddle. It didn't look too deep... but I knew we wouldn't make it through when I saw the stricken purple Nissan Micra in the centre of the puddle, it's passengers stranded.

A decision was soon made to continue down the bypass to the roundabout at the end of the road... without intervention the SatNav calculated a new route.

We arrived at the roundabout after fighting a partially flooded road to find chaos. Water had taken control of all 3 exits. But this was our only way to get to the airport. Straight ahead was a HGV battling through the flooded exit, the exit to my right was going completely the wrong direction, and the exit to the left was swamped with water. It was however clear of traffic and the direction TomTom suggested. I took a chance... I dropped my 7 year old 1.3l Toyota Corolla down to 2nd gear and slammed my foot on the throttle....

Water engulfed the car... it was much deeper than it seemed... water easily covering the sills. The engine started to cough and splutter. I squeezed more and more revs out of the engine. The fan belt slipped... The car filled with the stench of burning rubber and petrol fumes. The car never stopped moving. The rev counter jumped about like a seismometer in San Fransisco. Until finally, we Just made it through. "Wahooo!!!". Meters from the roundabout was a small farmhouse. A torrent of water pouring from it's driveway and onto the roundabout, as though somebody had turn on a fire hydrant. Altough we made it past the roundabout, This was not over.

Our new route took us over a sweeping landscape... Travelling to the higher ground eased our nerves, while the downward hills brought fear of more what watery fate may lurk below. The roads here were relatively clear, only a few large puddles and fast moving water to deal with.

We reached the village of Walkington. The entire highstreet was now a shallow river. As we travelled up the highstreet, a Yellow Range rover sped past engulfing the car in water once again... The wipers strained to clear the deluge. But finally after navigating all this and more like it in North Cave, we reached the A63. We were home free.

The opposite carriage way was gridlocked for miles. While ours was clear. Rain was still falling as it had been all day. Now, my thoughts passed to my parents, and my son, back in the flood stricken suburbia that was my parents home. The radio spoke of closed roads, schools and evacuations... I felt like a character in a movie... fleeing a disaster zone.

... To Be Continued ...

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


This bee swarm in our front garden is half the size of 2 others in the back garden. There must be over 1000 bee's here, and atleast 2-3 thousand in each of the swarms in the back.

We are begining to feel like they have us surrounded ! :)

Have fun.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Long time, No post...

Hey guys.

Just a quick post to say I have some new photos up on the Photo Site. Lots of pics of Ruben and the things we have been doing since we moved to Reading.

I've been really busy at work, things are really hotting up on a major project. It's fun and exciting...

Jo is currently laid-up after an operation to remove all 4 wisdom teeth. Everything went well, it just hurts... alot...

I'm going for the same operation in a few weeks time.

Have fun ppl. Also, you can find me on Skype (Username: bisscuitt)

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Spider Mugging

This spider dropped from the ceiling onto the step infront scaring the bejebus of me.. it landed on it's back and appeared to die slowly on the step.... Then when I went to take a photo of this overside spider, I decided to use a penny to add scale. The spider then stood up and took complete control of the penny. I have been officially mugged by a very clever spider!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Ruben: Chicken Pox

It finally happened... Ru got chicken Pox.... We are at the hospital now, but no need to worry. We are going home again very soon.

Sunday, March 18, 2007


A quick photo entry for my birthday, the whole day was summed up with this pie and a chorus of waitresses singing happy birthday. Have fun guys ! :)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Ruben: back home

Ruben is back at home and feeling much better. We'll see you in hull this weekend ! Ruben's neutraphil count has dropped to 0.2. See you soon!

Monday, February 12, 2007

A whole new world....

Ruben fell ill again this weekend... So we had to check him into the Royal Berkshire hospital for the first time.

And I must say we are impressed. The admission process saw us with a doctor within 20 minutes of steeping onto the ward. The nurses seemed to know all about the Neutropenia and were in awe of Ruben's immense cuteness.

They knew exactly how to use his Port-A-Cath and the nurses took blood instantly and knew exactly what they weer doing. The whole process went like clockwork.

They then took Ruben to his suite, That's right... his Suite... After being used to a pokey little room in Hull Royal with dirty wallpaper falling from the wall, we were taken to a room which featured a proper bed, Full size wardrobe and other Bedroom furniture (as-well as the luxury of a window that opened).

We were shown the en-suite bath and shower facilities and then were introduced to our adjoining room featuring a TV/Video/DVD player, Double sofa bed and Kitchenette with our own Fridge and microwave. I was almost in tears it ha already made the whole experience much easier.

As for Ruben, he was just impressed with the sit-in car that was in the room waiting for him.

Ruben is doing well, He is currently going to be receiving IV Anti-biotics until Thursday at the earliest.

If you want to get in-touch, his patientline number is: 07040 264573. Please call us anytime. Calls from the phone are expensive and we are not allowed to use mobiles on the ward. Please call us. We want to hear from you!

In good news, His latest Neutraphil count came back at 1.0 when it was checked on Saturday night. Sadly tho, his platelet count was down. I'm still trying to figure out exactly what that means apart from: "They are the cells that are used to clot the blood". The hope is that the platelets should recover in the next day or so when they are retested.

No need to panic (At least that is what I keep saying to myself.)

And for the record, We have never felt more distant from our friends and family than we do right now. We miss you guys!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Friday, January 05, 2007

Ruben: Great News!

Hey Hey all!

We had some great news about Ruben today! His Neutrophil count came back at a High 1.58. This is an almost normal level (normal being 1.7). In actual fact, Neutropenia is defined as being a Neutrophil count of below 1.5.

Compared to recent constant readings of around 0.02 for the past few months, this could show some real signs of the 'spontaneous recovery' we have been hoping for and hearing about for many months.

We are trying not to set our hopes too high this early, but this news was far too good to just keep to our selves!

If the count is still up next Friday then we'll probably have reason to celebrate!

I'll keep you posted !

In other news: next weekend we are moving to Reading!

Have Fun Kids!