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By crispyduck (Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 08:45:27 AM EST) (all tags)
What have you all been up to...


Holiday

Just got back from 2 weeks in Dubrovnik. Lovely intense sunshine for most of the time, just what we needed after this "summer". We stayed in the old town in a private apartment, which was just tucked away enough for peace and quiet (aside from a few elephantine upstairs neighbours). It's more expensive than we expected but still below UK prices, and there are some lovely restaurants. The whole old town is a pedestrian zone so it's nice to hide away within the city walls and forget cars exist... Gets a bit unpleasantly busy when the cruise ships come in but I could quite happily have stayed on for longer if I could afford it. :)

We spent time nude sunbathing on Lokrum island, eating ice cream (lemon is my favourite, and the best is just outside Pile gate), eating at the Mexican restaurant, eating at the veggie restaurant, eating squid, drinking beer, walking up to Mount Srd (a fortress on a 400m high hill just outside the city, it's in ruins since the war), a little time running back and forth from the free wifi point worrying about work stuff, but not too much.

The flight out there was really nice too, it was clear over most of Europe so got a lovely view of the Alps and then the little islands along the Adriatic coast. I'm no fan of flying and that was my first flight in nearly two years, but as they go that one was quite fun.

Wasn't looking forward to coming home but it was nice in some ways, I'd forgotten how pretty the autumn light can be here.

Took loads of photos which I haven't even started going through. I think I'm getting fussier by the day about how they should look, which I suppose is a good thing.


Work

The hosting business could be better. We still rock of course and dgym's working on some cool stuff at the moment, but have had some bad luck recently with fraud attempts, including somebody who signed up last month to one of our bigger plans, let two payments go through and then issued a chargeback last week. Then there's the guy who keeps signing up and ordering with blatantly fraudulent details... grr. I feel like giving all our nice customers a hug and thanking them for not being arseholes. I'm sure we'll get there and it'll be great when we do but it might take a long time. I guess we'll get better at detecting when things aren't as they should be...

I've decided to do what I probably should have done years ago and become an overpaid contractor. I've figured out that if sufficiently overpaid I can support both of us working 6 months a year, allowing dgym to keep working on the hosting stuff without so many worries, hopefully that'll start making money sooner or later. I should end up with both time and money for cycling holidays. I may end up working in London with a short term room let, but am in talks with my existing client to work out an hourly rate from home. I'm bloody terrible at asking for money. At the moment I'm trying to get my head around the ins and outs of the various taxation rules. Fun.

Enough writing. I've got loads of reading to catch up on here. What's everybody been up to...
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dubrovnik by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 10:49:04 AM EST
is one of my favorite cities. we didn't stay in the old town, so i'm sorta jealous.
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I'm glad we did by crispyduck (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 12:11:17 AM EST
We were also considering an apartment in Lapad, which we did visit and I suppose was nice enough, but I'm glad we stayed close to everything. It's certainly a very special city.


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jtl and anonimouse are both contractors by hulver (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 12:08:29 AM EST
They might be able to give you some tips.

As there anything you can do about the chargebacks, or is that money just gone? 
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Chargebacks by crispyduck (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 12:16:56 AM EST
Paypal chargeback + non-tangible goods = no hope for seller.

Paypal decided in their favour so it's gone. Very frustrating but I guess we're learning to recognise these things...


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Dubrovnik by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:13:14 AM EST
Any signs left of the war?

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(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Not many by crispyduck (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:49:25 AM EST
It's been very well repaired. A lot of new-looking roof tiles, some pitting of the street surface from shells, but you have to be looking out for those things. The biggest sign of the war is on Mount Srd, overlooking the city. Before the war there was a cable car running up there, it was damaged in the war and now there's just the ruined cable car house at the top which is kind of eerie, and one of the support towers. There's a museum dedicated to the war inside the old fortress up there too, we visited on one of the last days, they were showing video footage of the siege and it was quite weird to see bombs falling on the place where we'd spent the past two weeks.


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One of my favorite stops in Paris by garlic (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 11:51:07 AM EST
was the Musee de Cluny, that had a lot of pieces of statues and faces of buildings that had fallen off of or been repaired at all the main big attractions. For instance, they had some of the statues from Notre Dame that had been decapitated during the revolution.


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