Weekly Round-Ups

And then the lobster exploded

Have I really been back in the country a whole week?

This has been my first full week properly back at work, and it’s been a good one.

Last week was taken up with flying and being on trains and having meetings and going to conferences.

This week has been taken up with actual work.

Quite a lot of it has been investigative work, which I don’t write about for obvious reasons. But it’s been nice to have a couple of cases again. And should you need a private investigator in London, you know who to call. Or who to email, anyway.

office_paper_bloc_264988_lDuring the week I’ve been feeling a bit ill, so instead of following my usual route of just working until I get really ill, I decided to scale back and go to bed early on most of the nights.

Now I feel better. It’s almost as if looking after yourself works.

I spent most of Thursday designing the methodology for a research project which I’m planning to do next week. Whether I’ll actually get it done or not is another matter, but I’d like to. It’d follow on quite nicely from a previous project, so hopefully I’ll manage to fit it in.

It’s been a really fun few weeks in a lot of ways, but it’s also been quite stressful.

So it was nice on Wednesday to have a day which solidified the next year or so of my life.

I’ve managed to secure a five-hour workday, five days a week, working from home, on which I can support myself.

My trips across Africa and America are now most of the way to being confirmed.


I’ve limped through the end of a few projects which were weighing on my mind, and sorted out a solution that means I won’t have to work on them in the future.

The builders have finally begun working on my house.

And then I discovered I’d lost two stone since I moved here. Possibly due to stress about the bloody place falling down, but still.

This prompted a celebration.

I went out and treated myself to a new swimming kit. This was a necessity as much as a treat, since something ripped a big hole in my trunks (and my leg) while I was in America, rendering them unusable.

Then I saw a lobster on sale for £6.66.

Note: If you put anything on sale at that price, I will be tempted, just for the sake of amusement.

And I love seafood.

Every few weeks, at around the time other women are craving chocolate, I crave seafood.

I crave it to the point that not having it makes me sick.

I’ve resisted it for months. I’ve been vegan. And been good about it.

But this lobster was the satan price. And it was staring at me at exactly the time I was craving food from the sea. Plus, it was pre-cooked, so I wouldn’t have to go all Annie Hall on its ass.


I bought the fucking lobster.

So I guess you could call  me a lapsed vegan. I think the best way to describe my diet would be “Usually vegan, with seafood lapses”, but that’s a bit long-winded.

Today I cleaned my house (well, the bits of it that aren’t currently a building site), had a shower (the boiler was having a rare working day), and then set about pulling apart the lobster.

Of course it exploded all over my nice just-cleaned kitchen.

Of course it did.

Having polished it off, I placed lobsters in the box in my mind marked “Not worth the effort” and decided that future lapses would have to focus on things that are easier to prepare.

I cleaned my kitchen again and now I’m about to settle down with the remainder of the fifth season of Game of Thrones.

Stuff I wrote elsewhere

An interview with a guy who specialises in recruiting people who want to work in the Middle East & North Africa.

A review of Learning iOS Forensics by Mattia Epifani & Pasquale Stirparo.

Some recommended blogs to read if you’re thinking about moving to Costa Rica.

A round-up of this month’s posts on the Forensic Focus forums.

This week I read

Learning iOS Forensics by Mattia Epifani & Pasquale Stirparo

The Basics of Cyberwarfare by Steve Winterfield & Jason Andress

We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Parmy Olson

Until next time.


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