Richard Perry

Just another blog about nothing

  |     |   Thoughts, Technology, Future
Rise of the Robots I was recently listening to a Radio 4 Podcast entitled “The Rise of the Robots” that got me thinking. It was a three part series that looked at the past, present and future of robots and how they have developed in our society both culturally and technologically. The first episode was concerned with where the idea of the robot originated and looked at robots/automata of the past. I was very surprised to discover the first recorded concept of a robot was in Ancient Greece (although I suppose I shouldn’t really be surprised by that given what the Ancient Greeks actually achieved in their time). It was very interesting, but what really got me thinking was episode 2. Warning! This may be a bit of a...

  |     |   Circus, Skills, Epic Quest
Learning to Juggle I have wanted to learn to juggle for years but, for various reasons, I never got around to actually putting the effort in that’s required. I tried a couple of times on an ad hoc basis but never really got anywhere. When I got around to putting together “My Epic Quest” I added “Learn to juggle” to the list. Well, last year Rosie & George decided to give me a bit more encouragement and bought me a set of juggling balls for my birthday :smiley:. This time I didn’t want to let George down so I put in the effort and practised everyday. The first day was pretty horrific, I managed to hit myself with the balls more than actually catch them! Each day got...

  |     |   George, House

A couple of weeks ago, on the last weekend of half term, George went to stay with his Grandparents in Taunton from Thursday to Sunday. Rosie and I thought this would be a good chance to replace his bed. The above timelapse shows the process of sorting the bed, which was a bit of a mission (see below) and the room completed. I hope you like it. Read on if you want to know more about it :smiley:. In August 2015, George made the bizarre decision to move from his comfortably sized bedroom at the back of the house to the box room at the front of the house. His main storage is a massive Ikea shelving unit, so moving into the box room meant...

  |     |   Race Reports   |   Running, Race
Race Report: Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon This weekend it was the Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon. Another popular local race organised by St Davids Hospice Care. This year I was well aware that I was not in shape to run a PB so, I made the decision to use this as a long tempo run instead. This meant taking it steady(ish) right from the start. I parked up at Newport Stadium again this year with a view to walking over to the start as a bit of a warm up but, as usual, I was running a little late so I ended up jogging the 2 miles to the bag drop to make sure I got there in time. With my bag dropped off, I headed to the start line...

  |     |   Race Reports   |   Running, Race
Race Report: Pontypool 10k Home Run After a busy start to the weekend sorting out George's bedroom, Rosie and I both took part in the Pontypool 10k Home Run on Sunday morning. The event is organised by St Davids Hospice Care and is always very popular (not quite as popular as the Lliswerry 8, but it does always sell out). So far I have not managed to get myself sorted early enough to get a place, so this year I booked a place almost as soon as the entries opened, and Rosie booked a place shortly after. I have run the route many times as it is so close to home, but this was the first time I have actually run the Home Run. It was a great race, and I will be competing again, despite the slightly boring generic 10k race medal we received at the end...

  |     |   Time Management, Thoughts
Time Management I recently read an article on the Guardian website (thanks Graham :smile:) about time management that really got me thinking. In a nutshell, I feel that the Guardian article has got the right idea, time management, at least the way it is pushed today, is flawed and not actually helpful to anyone. Over the years, I’ve been on a number of different management courses, including specific time management courses, through work. After each course, I diligently try to implement the practices and ideas given and within a couple of weeks, I’m more stressed than I was before! I always put this down to the fact that my workload had increased and I was just getting overwhelmed. Most of us have experienced this creeping sense of...

  |     |   Circus, Handbalancing, Skills
I joined the circus Back in July last year, we went to see a performance called “Block” at Raglan Castle. The performance was a joint venture between NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse and was absolutely brilliant. It was at this point that I decided I was going to run away and join the circus…well not quite. NoFit State run a number of community classes that anyone can join, and they just so happened to have a Handbalancing class on a Monday night. This sounded like a great idea so after looking into it, I decided that it could be good fun but not until after Cardiff Half Marathon (I didn’t want it to affect my training). On 03 September, NoFit State held an open day at their facilities at...

  |     |   George, Milestones
George’s Fifth Year George is 5 today, 5!! He has been around for 5 years already! Where does the time go?!? It seems like no time at all since I wrote the last milestone update for George, but that was 3 years ago :open_mouth:! Seems I have some catching up to do! I think this may be a long post so if you just want to read about his fifth year, then click here. Third Year At the start of the year, George wasn’t talking and he was referred to speech therapy by the Health Visitor. However, once he got started there was no stopping him. By the end of the year it was all we could do to stop him talking long enough to get him to...

  |     |   Race Reports   |   Running, Race
Race Report: Lliswerry 8 This past Sunday, I ran the Lliswerry 8 Road Race for the second time. It is a fantastic race organised by Lliswerry Runners and it is absolutely flat! This picture shows me running up the only 'hill' on the entire course. The event itself was very well organised, despite the issues with the online entries (which were handled very well by the event organisers) and everything went very smoothly I think. During the race the marshalls were all very cheery and supportive and the overall atmosphere of the event was excellent. After the race, back at the stadium, there was a huge selection of cakes laid on which is always a good thing in my book. Thank you Lliswerry Runners for a great race to start off the year...

  |     |   Goals, Epic Quest
Goals for this Year Ok, so it’s been a little while since I actually wrote anything (almost 2 years!). I thought it was about time I got back into it. Given we’ve just started a new year, I thought I would set out my plans/goals for the coming year (and maybe reflect a little on last year). A lot of people seem to feel that last year was a bad year. I admit there were a large number of well liked personalities that didn’t make it to the end of the year, but I’m not willing to write the year off completely on that basis. In 2016 the following good things happened to our family: George started reading; George started school properly; George’s eczema has improved exponentially since he...