In Rainbows and more work

In RainbowsI finally managed to get to listen to Radiohead’s latest album, In Rainbows, today after I left it downloading painfully slowly yesterday. I’d pre-ordered it a week or two ago and it’s got a lot of attention as they’re free from a record company and so have released the entire album on the internet and let people name their price. Technically, you could give them nothing (though would still pay a 45p handling charge…), but it’s a great show of how meaningless record labels are becoming. Another of my favorite bands, Nine Inch Nails, also recently announced the same kinda thing after years of recommending people grab their music illegally off P2P networks to screw their label 😀 I’ve been a fan of Radiohead for years, and still class their 2003 gig at Newcastle Arena as one of the best I’ve been to (only matched by front row pressed against the barriers right in front of Noel Gallagher watching Oasis in 2002) and thankfully In Rainbows isn’t quite as weird as Kid A, but a nice progression from Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief. Not quite as electronic, which is nice being able to pick out actual instruments, and understand Thom Yorke’s lyrics about as much as any Radiohead song! Definately worth dropping the guys a few quid and getting In Rainbows, just make sure you do actually buy their other albums (or at least OK Computer if nothing else!).

The last week or so has been different working outside. It’s moved from rain to a couple of snow showers on Friday and a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice across puddles this morning. Has been very frosty every morning this week making working first thing a bit dicey carrying a skillsaw or jigsaw! There’s a shade under 300 feet of 16″ square wooden sections (each 8ft long) raised anywhere between 1 to 4 feet off the ground, with 2 inches of insulating foam in the bottom and plywood sides all round. Has taken six weeks, and there’s no pipes in yet! But, the rest of the pipework and connectors should be here next week so we can start laying the sewer pipe, hot water feed (meaning each house can simply open a valve to fill their water tank up,) and a glycol heat loop.

I also found out that the stack of pre-insulated metal pipe sections that have been sat by the school for months are to connect our houses up in the same manner. The two duplexes over here will have the sewer tanks ran straight back to the school along with a hot water feed linked into the water tanks. Will certainly be easier than hauling water once a week during winter with our ickle 180 gallon tanks! It’s nice there’s going to be work for at least another 6 weeks realistically even though our duplexes shouldn’t be anywhere near as much work without the need for wooden sections to hold all the pipes, but the idea of digging snow out the way to run the lines over here in the middle of November isn’t as appealing 🙂

Still, should have a pay check from September tomorrow – can see if it’s all been worth it!


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