Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by David at 2006-10-23 22:26
On the subject of good books, I picked this up a few months back.
Its very good.
There is a distinct lack of the heroic character who takes up arms for the good of all
Instead we have a barbarian on the run from his homelands, a crippled soldier turned torturer, and a self-centred nobleman
Which doesn't sound very inspiring, but works rather well.
Posted by David at 2006-10-23 22:23
Adam, you're evil. I've promised myself that I won't buy any books until my budget is more sane.
... and then you go and wave this sort of tempting goodness under my nose!
... hmm, maybe I should remind myself how the local libraries work ...
Posted by David at 2006-10-23 22:08
I'm posting this, not because I'm all that interested in the content (I might be, I haven't got past the first paragraph yet), but because of the coincidence.
Its all about NP complete problems.
And it just so happens that the book I'm reading at the moment has discussed the same subject.
Of course, a coincidence is just a coincidence, and to quote a certain Time Lord: "Humans, always seeing patterns in things that aren't there"
Posted by David at 2006-10-23 16:45
"Mark the outline of the emblem on the pumpkin using a bat'leth dipped in the blood of your enemies. Or in this case, a biro."
Posted by ats at 2006-10-23 15:39
"An electronic fly zapper styled as a racquet. Kills flies in an instant with no mess."
"Do not use on humans or animals"
How are you meant to kill flies with it, then?
Posted by David at 2006-10-23 13:21
I've started uploading some photos to flickr to see what its like
This is mainly because I still haven't gotten around to writing the photo gallery software that I really want
Cuurrently I've only got a couple of images up (from my holiday in Spain earlier this year)
Partly due to needing to beat Jim with a cluestick until he told me what the name of that Fort we visited was called
I took a lot of photos of that fort; it reawoke my "Must learn more about history" itch
It would be nice to do an OU course on the subject, but that would demand a fair investment of time (which I'm short of) and money (which I'm very short of thanks to my car having a few problems).
I might resort to just digging into the library's collection of history tomes, but I suspect that having something more structured would be better.
Anyway, the point. I have photos online now. More coming soon (I've got a stack more of that fort to sort through and upload)
I've uploaded a few more shots now, and added some geographic data
I'm actually quite impressed by flickr
The geotagging is quite neat
(Zoom in and the dots will spread out)
Posted by ats at 2006-10-23 00:31
"In a dramatic U-turn that has been attacked as a sop to the anti-immigration lobby, John Reid, the Home Secretary, will unveil plans to prevent thousands of people from Romania and Bulgaria coming to Britain to work."
Yep. Apparently if you're from the rest of the EU it's fine, but if you're from Romania or Bulgaria then you're not good enough to work in the UK.
I imagine that if you'd asked your average voter twenty years ago whether they could imagine a Labour government implementing a plan like this, then you'd have been laughed at.