Friday, July 29, 2005

The first rule...

I watched Fight Club over two evenings after work. I'll have to watch it again as soon as possible. The frightening violence is peturbing, but not for itself. Jekyl and Hyde. I didn't see it coming. Might fine way to deal with disappointment, ineffectiveness and insomnia.

Run away while you can.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Actually, any non-white will do

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Being 'of Asian appearance' is now a Capital Offence in London

Shot man not connected to bombing

a tragedy ... that the Metropolitan Police Service regrets.

Merely 'regrets'? I don't that regret is a big part of the Israeli tactics which inspired the shooting. Great - we have gung-ho shoot-to-kill cops roaming the streets. I know - let's curb some civil liberties!!

Friday, July 22, 2005

Police State

Man shot dead by police on Tube and Police ask for tough new powers

The shooting happened about 10 mins walk away. Only the other day I saw a swarm of plain-clothes cops with naff baseball caps to show their colours harassing someone round the corner from me.

Heavy policing does NOT make me feel safer: quite the opposite.

What's in a name(space)? Too much...

I finally had to admit knowing practially nothing about XML namespaces, particularly the default namespace, having fought for 4 solid hours over an (apparently) simple bit of XML.

Basically, using the default namespace screwsup XPath queries. A simple query like book/title against this XML gives no results:

<books xmlns="some-namespace">
    <title>The Meaning of Liff</title>

The solution is use a blank default namespace:

<books xmlns="">
    <title>The Meaning of Liff</title>
The book/title query now returns data, as expected.


Friday, July 15, 2005


Thursday, July 14, 2005

Plugging a leak

Lack of use, an insane 1GB index, and security concerns have led me to uninstall Google Desktop. I feel much better now.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Good Clean Fun


Sunday, July 03, 2005


Where shall we find her, how shall we sing to her,
Fold our hands round her knees, and cling?
O that man's heart were as fire and could spring to her,
Fire, or the strength of the streams that spring!
For the stars and the winds are unto her
As raiment, as songs of the harp-player;
For the risen stars and the fallen cling to her,
And the southwest-wind and the west-wind sing.

- A C Swinburne

Saturday, July 02, 2005

AE ae

Æ magazine is, at once, a creative platform for emergent artists to communicate their work and a source through which emergent art is rendered accessible to everyone.

Hunter "J. C." Thompson

Aspergers Lit meets Columbo...or...the mysterious incident of the pub in the day...

Lots of fire engines around yesterday and lots of firefighters removing mysterious canisters from the local pub (a former post-work haunt on Friday nights). The pub, boarded up for a couple of weeks now, gently smoked away.

Was it blowback from Una King's strategy of tension? An attempt to spark some kind of urban insurrection in the heightened political atmosphere of Bethnal Green & Bow? I'd seen former Internation[al] Socialist member and now Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick hanging around there a few weeks ago. Was he involved? He used to be a firefighter in the 70s, so there's a good chance. Or was it an inside job?

I decided to investigate. I asked big Jim from Doorsteps (the greasy food van with the strapline "Paris...Tokyo...Stepney" painted on the side) as he served me egg, chips and beans in a polystyrene pizza box: "Just one more thing, Jim. Did someone burn down the pub yesterday?"

"Yes, it was petrol bombed."

"Do you know who did it?"

"Yes...I mean, no."

So there you go. He knows something.


He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.
- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Savage Kick

Brian Paddick, Commander Brixton Police, London and the cannabis experiment

Progressive Brixton cop Paddick attracted controversy and huge local support (83%) for his unorthodox solutions to tackling crime in one of the UK's toughest areas.

When he made the unprecedented move of addressing some of his community directly on our bulletin boards, he was rewarded with a rich, intelligent and robust debate, earning the respect of many involved.

Sadly, this innovative and productive approach proved too much for certain tabloids, who embarked on a scurrilous homophobic slur campaign that resulted in Paddick being removed from his post.


Unlikely to be targetted by the "war on terror":

Mike Guzofsky, a transplanted New Yorker and leading Kahanist, is convinced that the very people who are now painted as extremists will one day be viewed as heroes. "I think the day will come when the secret service and the government will look for Jews who are willing to risk their lives and go into Arab villages and kick them out, kill them… and we have thousands of civilians with the military know-how to instigate a mega-attack against Arabs."

Grandma made you something special

"A nice hat, dear..." [worksafe but not brain-safe]

Friday, July 01, 2005


Brainfuck is designed to be one the most compact languages possible while still being turing complete. While brainfuck has only 8 commands, it is still theoretically possible to do anything in it that can be done in other languages... ...I have written a compiler to compile brainfuck code to the MSIL VM.
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