Well it's been a while since I last wrote a blog and quite alot has happened really. Andrew started work Wednesday last week which he was very excited about and so far so good. He is working for AMX Europe, which is a control system manufacturer. He is a Project Engineer in the Digital Media group who deal with Digital Signage primarily. It is similar to the work he did in New Zealand, but he is working for the company who's products he used and sold in New Zealand. He had the day off today because it is a bank holiday here so we have had a nice long weekend together.
We visited the Science Museum last Tuesday and I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. I wasn't that excited about it when Andrew suggested we go but there was lots of cool things to see and do.
The two most facinating things we saw was the Symphony Orchestra display and the Google Lab. The Symphony Orchestra was a series of projections that were all synchronised with multi track recordings, so if you were in the strings section of the exhibition, the strings would be more prominent, so you could hear all the different sounds. You eventially walked through to the 'whole orchestra' where there were 360 views of the orchestra, as if you were the conductor, but again, the way it was layed out, you could hear the instruments from the direction they were coming from.
Cleverly, they were also playing the suite by Vivaldi called 'The Planets' so for the science museum, it was very relevant.
Before we left, we stopped in at the Google Lab, which again, was quite musical. There were instruments being controlled by computers that were all online. You could step up up to a screen in front of an instrument, which was looping over a musical score 'of sorts' and change which notes were played at which time. This meant that both the people in the lab, and people online all over the world, were effectively playing the instruments together and the microphones were streaming the 'music' to the world over the internet.
They also had in the lab, robot arms that would draw in sand when you submitted a photo of yourself. Again, people on the internet would submit their photo online, the computers would draw the their face in the sand and they could watch it over a web cam. We, of course, could see the robot working live. Extraordinary technology!
Yesterday we visited the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum which were both very interesting. The Dinosaur skeletons at the Natural History Museum were the highlight for us but we will definitely have to re-visit these places because there were lots of areas we didn't see properly. I think you can only take in so much at a time in these large Museums!
We picked up some groceries on the way home then got freshened up to head to Putney to meet up with Dayle Hall, her Grandson (Clinton), Russell and Amber. Dayle is heavily involved with Harlequin Musical Theatre in Auckland and Clinton has done shows with Russell and Amber in the past so it was lovely to catch up with them. Clinton is taking Dayle on a trip around the World to lots of different places and it seems like they are having an amazing time so far.
Since we moved into our place we hadn't seen Russell and Amber so we had a catch up dinner booked at a neat little Thai Restaurant in Hammersmith called Thai City. They leave for Iceland this Sunday for a holiday so it was great to see them before they go. We had lots to talk about, ate yummy food and thoroughly enjoyed it!
This afternoon we organised to meet up with my cousin Charlotte who is in London at the moment staying with her Aunty in Seven Oaks. She spent the last two nights in a backpackers near London Wall so she could do some proper inner city sightseeing so we caught up in South Kensington. We found a nice restaurant Rocca di pappa where we had a nice glass of Rose and a flat pizza bread to share. Just perfect and so lovely to see her!
We are having a quiet night at home tonight because Andrew is back to work tomorrow and I will continue my job hunting and applying. I am also going to contact a couple of agents to see if they can help me with auditioning for some theatre work. Andrew is going to help me put a showreel together over the next week also because I think I'll need it. I'll take one day at a time and see what happens. I think that's all for now!