Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tips For Travelling With Babies

Pack plenty of sleep,
it's hard to find over-seas
especially if you cross time zones.

Pack optimism and love
and an extra large serving
of look on the bright side.

One or two changes of clothes
will do for you
but pack 18 changes for them.
Plan on visiting laundries.

Pack dummies and toys,
bottles and nappies,
doodads and miscellaneous baby things.
Think about packing ear plugs then leave them at home.

If you're travelling by plane,
wear a thick skin
and take frequent doses of patience.
The flight attendants will fill in the gaps.

Plan all your sight seeing
within an hour or two of your room
so you can quickly get them
to bed, changed and fed.
Go somewhere and stay a while
break camp as little as possible.

Insist on a routine,
but not too intently.
Plan for frequent changes,
to nappies and schedules.
Plan on giving up and then
just let go.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Kite Renter

John Stanley Associates just published an article I wrote on customer service Keeping Your Existing Customers stemming from our travels to Spain last year. If you are wondering who the travel agent was the (rhyming) clue is in the title of this post.

Thanks to JSA for publishing my article and look closely before you rent your next kite folks!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Quoting Hell

Perl (my fav programming language) is often accused of being line noise and other atrocities so imagine my delight when a colleague forwarded me the following line of code from VBScript


retValue = objWShell.Run(""""& executable &""" -l -s " & my_period & " """ & the_file & """", 1, true)


The equivalent perl (he was rewriting a perl script I wrote to run in windows because they don't install perl there) was a very happy


my @cmd_out = `bplist -l -s $date $file 2>&1`;
my $err_status = $? / 256;


Admittedly there's some oddness (2>&1 and $? not to mention the backticks) if you don't come from a unix world but it's a world ahead of the quoting hell in the VBScript.