Skellywag

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Conjuring

"...and for my next trick, I shall compress six weeks' work into three." So much for Gantt charts...

On the positive side, someone pointed me to the Eventum bug tracking system, which should save me from having to code half of that from scratch.


Lightness

I have been taking more photographs, mostly of South London; I also was pointed to desolatelondon. Odd working hours have meant much time talking to Cass, which has been refreshing; likewise was reading her recent writing.

Peach blossom was drifting down from the trees on the south bank this morning and swirling around in the gentle breeze. It reminded me of flakes of dead skin. Must be in a bad mood.

The sponsors of the Hay Festival make a bizarre bunch: Channel 4, Guardian, Private Eye, Country Living, Traveller, TIME, Good Housekeeping(!), and The Economist. I have just started reading Alain de booton's Art of Travel (good so far), having finished Beasts by John Crowley. I thought the subject matter and delivery interesting, though the book didn't explore the issues of ~"speciesism" as much as the clash of individuals' desires.

Resonant article in the Guardian about social phobias.


IProgram

I was bored, so I wrote a utility to copy filenames to the clipboard from Windows Explorer. W00t.

I have also been working on random things like automated builds, Unit Testing, and generalised Transactionable code (C# delegates useful there).

I went to the ACCU Conference last week. Which was nice.


Saturday, April 23, 2005

Funeral Music

Dead Brothers Album Cover

Trekked to Tufnel Park last night to hear The Dead Brothers. Bought the album!


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Q: "Is there a battery attachment?"

A: No. The Banana Guard was designed for its intended purpose only as a device to prevent banana trauma during transport.

*mind boggles*


Monday, April 18, 2005

Salvation

I've got two heads gonna bang my heads together
I've got one leg gonna hop to heavens door
I've got three eyes gonna pluck one out for jesus
And I ain't gonna have no trouble anymore


Thursday, April 14, 2005

Compos mentis

[13:22] nullstr: compis mentis, or however it's spelled
[13:22] lzz: compos
[13:23] lzz: like compost without a t
[13:23] nullstr: is what my brain feels like today
[13:23] nullstr: err
[13:23] lzz: My brain is always like that. Quite fertile, but sort of filthy and horrible at the same time, and you're never sure what might have gone into it to make it like that


Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Electioneering

The Conservative series of "handwritten" posters, especially susceptible to graffitists because of their style, have been seen all across the country. Among the variations seen are "The law should protect me, not burglars" with "burglars" subtly changed to "the rich","Are you thinking that we're stinking?". Swearing also features heavily.

It has to be done, really...


"...filthy poet pimp..."

More than 200 years on from his death, the author of a scandalous bestseller of Georgian London has been outed.
[http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/ story/0,3604,1456598,00.html]


Monday, April 11, 2005

Trennung

Weis gar nicht ob ich falsch enscheiden hab'. Fuhle mich leer und richtungslos. Werde so viel vermissen, sicherlich.


Friday, April 08, 2005

"...Iraq was not pursuing a nuclear weapons programme..."

"Intelligence chiefs have admitted for the first time that claims they made about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction were wrong and have not been substantiated."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/ 0,2763,1454998,00.html?gusrc=rss


Thursday, April 07, 2005

Treats

I bought myself a new amp. And a DVD player. And a printer. And an external HDD.


Wednesday, April 06, 2005

My friends

"...However I found time to go out on Saturday, although possibly rather over-compensated by getting so trollied that Rob stored me in a broom cupboard until the party was over...."

*grins*


Word of the week


Spying on bots?

'A quarter said they knew what "spyware" was, although almost one in 10 of those thought it was a computer program that kept an eye on unfaithful partners.'

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/ rss/-/1/hi/technology/4413155.stm


Hitchcock

Rear Window was a refreshing surprise - great interaction between the characters, and extremely effective photography by Hitchcock. Definately a film to savour again.


2,500 uninterrupted years of Jewish Iraqi history

Jewish culture flourished as part of Iraqi culture. Over a third of Iraq's top musicians were Jewish. In 1949 as the crisis for Iraq's Jews gathered pace, cynically engineered by both Israel and Britain, as well as Iraq's pro-British puppet government, the Jewish Chronicle, to its credit, reported on the determination of Iraq's Jews to hang on: "On the whole, Islamic tolerance has enabled Baghdadi Jews to flourish as a centre of learning and commerce. They and their kind would like to stay..."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/ comment/0,10551,1450812,00.html


Extreme Isolation

Tom wants to go here this summer:

Coast of peninsula gives unforgettable impressions , abruptly breaking rocks in foamed waves of the sea, parting with the most beautiful bays and gulfs, where go the rivers with crystal-clear water, where on ledges of rocks are hundred thousand sea birds, see eagles. On set stony islands have a rest numerous seals, and in coastal waters play dolphins and white whales, float majestic whales.

Serious Ice Climbing

Looks stunning: [http://www.kamchatka.org.ru/kamchatka.html]


Torture, yadda, yadda

The memo clearly establishes that Gen Sanchez authorised unlawful interrogation techniques for use in Iraq, and, in particular, these techniques violate the Geneva conventions and the army's own field manual governing interrogations...
[http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/ 0,2763,1448282,00.html?gusrc=rss]


Frot, not fret

"...gonzo collaborative mapping on the semantic web." - http://www.frot.org/

Seems like there is a forum on Open Mapping coming up soon. Might be interesting, bth from a coding p.o.v. and from a socio-political one too.


Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Recent Ritzying

Recently at the Ritzy I have seen two screenings: Refugee All Stars and Future Shorts. The former brought out the shocking ordinariness of life during the conflict in Sierra Leone; the music was excellent. Jim Broadbent answered questions about his 23rd Earl character, easily the funniest film of the night. Dumb squeeky French crabs were quite amusing too, while thedrag singer was curiously alluring; quite touching. The utter futility and alientation produced by armed conflict was very simply and powerfully depicted in Between The Wars.

Excellent stuff.