I've essentially moved offices since my old computer does not have access to the internet any longer; our sysadmin Gord won't let it communicate with the outside world until and unless he can figure out what's causing it to send spam. So now I'm in with James (in Joe's old office) and using another computer to do my work, right down the hall from my old office, which happens to be in the wrong direction from the air conditioning so it's a wee bit hot. On the other hand, I do get to play with the office's local slinky (it belongs to noone, only to the office).
James is British, quintessentially so, and there are assorted bits of paraphernalia pertaining to Britain in the office, including a cricket set. James will also periodically leave to make some tea and return with a cup full of it. Which just seems kind of amusing as most people just get a soda from the local vending machine. He's not in the office daily, though, as he is co-supervised by Gregg at the Royal Military College. I am glad to say that James has taken a liking to Wolf Parade, which has long been one my favourite new bands with a nice Arcade Fire-style flair to them (they're on SubPop, in case any readers are interested).
On an unrelated note, I have now downloaded version 2 of GADGET, the N-body code by Volker Springel, and the thing I really, really like about is that, unlike most scientific software, it's written in C rather than Fortran. C has its faults but I cannot stand Fortran, as I find it tends to encourage lousy coding practices and it's much more difficult to hack through a Fortran program written by someone else than a C prgram written by someone else. Springel seems to like C much better as well, even going so far as to emphasize that the user manual's discussion of accessing data in Fortran should 'not be misunderstood as an encouragement to use Fortran' (p. 30). I'm glad I'm not the only one who prefers C, though I fear Fortran will not die off soon enough.