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Friday 30 August, 2002
# It's a crappy Star Wars joke, but it's still top.
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Thursday 29 August, 2002
#[linkfarm] Johnny Nemo is back!
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#[linkfarm] 'Meteorite' hits girl
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Wednesday 28 August, 2002
#[linkfarm] Color Palette Map
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#[linkfarm] Thank you for removing the license-fee exemption for the release of free mp3 decoders.
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#[linkfarm] Sticky gecko toes have little hairs to thank
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# Finally went to see Fellowship of The Ring at the weekend. Nat hadn't wanted to see it when it first came out, as she didn't think, among other things, that New Zealand could successfully double for The (Warwick)Shire. Obviously time has eased her worries, because when I saw it was showing for 2, she didn't think twice.

As we are about the last people in the country to see it, you'll not be surprised to hear that it was really jolly good indeed. New Zealand passes muster as the Shire, and everywhere else too. No wonder people are leaping on planes to take their holidays there. The whole film does have an epic feel about it - the vast landscapes, huge buildings, and some enormous battle scenes. In spite of the three hour running time however, it did sometimes feel like things were moving a bit quickly. Obviously changes had to be made from the original text, but in an effort to include most of the major scenes it did seem leap from action set piece to action set piece a little. What I enjoyed most were the little touches; the dirt under Frodo's finger nails, Gandalf's grimy face, the blink-and-you-miss-it moment as the party plough through waist deep snow and we see Legolas walking on the snow's surface. It succeeds in carrying an emotional charge too - Boromir's death as he tries to protect the hobbits was paticularly affecting. Knowing it was going to happen didn't make it any easier. This film really is quite an achievement.

prashton said April and I saw Lord of the Rings back on New Years Day in Houston, together with all 7 of our "next generation". We didn't like the movie, but they did, most enthusiastically. is this a generation gap thing? Unnecessarily violent, too much reliance on special effects, etc., etc. We both prefer Harry Potter as an entertaining movie. Remember we grew up during the second peak of Tolkein's popularity (1960/70) so we read the books befoe there was a film (actually there was a cartoon movie in the early 1980s, I think).

But what really inspires me to comment is the concept that the Shire is Warwickshire! The Forest of Arden? The forest that isn't really a forest but numerous clearings separated by trees that give the moniker "Leafy Warwickshire"? Fascinating observation! Are the towers Kenilworth? Where does Warwick Castle fit in? Do all hobbits come from Solihull? The list of unanswered questions could be endless! [added 7th Sep 2002]

Indeed - the Shire is Warwickshire. Just about everybody knows the Tolkien was an Oxford Don, but fewer know that he grew up in Birmingham. As child he lived in Sarehole - then a rural Hamlet, now part of Birmingham itself. His family then moved to King's Heath, then later to Edgbaston. He used to drink at a pub called The Ivy Bush, now a bit of a dive, which is about a mile down the road from here.

I think it's safe to assume that Kenilworth, for all its faults, isn't Mordor. Hobbits may well come from Solihull though, it is rather genteel.

Moving onto the film, I did't find it unnecessarily violent at all. In fact, I found it rather moving. Lots more to say on this, but I should really get on with email out my cv.

Bakshi's rotoscoped cartoon - which only manages to fit in about two thirds of the story before ending rather abruptly - came out in 1978. I went to see it at the local fleapit with my brothers - we may well have been the only customers that day - and I rather enjoyed it. [added 8th Sep 2002]

mc [e] [w] said WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WENT TO THE IVY BUSH PUB.

IT IS NOTHING LIKE A DIVE.

THE DECOR IS LIGHT AND AIRY AND THE PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY PLEASE GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT IF YOU ARE GOING TO BAD MOUTH A PLACE.

TOP NIGHT OUT AT THE IVY BUSH PUB HAGLEY ROAD BIRMINGHAM. [added 25th May 2004]

"a bit of a dive" is hardly damning criticism for a pub.

"grim", "unfriendly", "jumped up gin-palace", "blonde-wood lager bar", "stinky crap hole", "one way trip to A&E" - that would be bad. [added 27th May 2004]

Vicky [e] said Cannot believe anyone would write a bad comment on the ivybush!! I know it was awhile ago but from what I remember it was a top pub with the most friendliest people behind the bar you could ever hope for!! A part of history to boot...what more could you ask for...Long live the bush!! [added 22nd May 2006]
anonymous said i drink in the ivy bush its not a dive at all.its a bit exspensive and could do with a lick off paint.but the beer is good and so are the people.just not good enough for toffy nose people. [added 28th Jan 2007]
You say "needs a lick of paint", I say "bit of a dive", it's the same thing. It's not a fatal criticism, in fact it's hardly criticism at all. Nobody I know would be put of going for a drink in a pub that was a bit of a dive, unless of course it turn out that everybody who drank there was an oversensitive tosspot.

But The Ivy Bush? Needs a lick of paint, but the beer's good. [added 28th Jan 2007]
anonymous said bring back the old gaffers great girls

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Paul [e] said I used to drink in the Bush when I was over from NZ for a couple of years. Had many a brilliant time with Bagga, Millsy, Nevill ,Ronnie and the rest of the crew, before the anal landlord took it upon herself to ban them all !! [added 14th Aug 2007]
anonymous said As i said if your a snotty nose div who puts his her nose up at people in the bush then u may as well turn round and walk back out. ITS A PUB for getting merry and havin a laugh never mind the decor.if u want nice charming decor go to a wanky wine bar end of? Flembo [added 8th Jan 2009]

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Thursday 22 August, 2002
# I meant to do some useful work this evening, but ended up piddling around so that http://jez.jezuk.co.uk/ points here.
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#[linkfarm] Rethinking the Java Curriculum: Goodbye, HelloWorld!
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#[linkfarm] Discordianism
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#[linkfarm] Type with your eye
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#[linkfarm] True in a Nutshell
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Wednesday 21 August, 2002
#[linkfarm] Programmatically Signing JAR Files
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#[linkfarm] Failed Approaches to Licensing Java Software Over the Internet
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# La Senza's new Hip For Summer range looks, according to Nat, just like those disposable pants they give you in maternity units.
angry_john said Yay, this site heads towards porn to attract new readers ! [added 21st Aug 2002]
If you think disposable maternity knickers are pornographic then you, my friend, need professional help. [added 21st Aug 2002]

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Thursday 15 August, 2002
#[linkfarm] Damn the Constitution: Europe must take back the Web
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#[linkfarm] The Future of 24/7 Computing is...
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#[linkfarm] GCC 3.2 Changes, New Features, and Fixes
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#[linkfarm] ActiveBuddy has won a crucial patent covering instant messaging bot-making technology
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#[linkfarm] Idea in Former Employee's Head Belongs to Alcatel
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Wednesday 14 August, 2002
#[linkfarm] Kristen Nygaard, Who Built Framework for Computer Languages
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#

GridRunner++ is here!

Damn! I was supposed to be working tomorrow ...
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#[linkfarm] The media titans still don't get it
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Monday 12 August, 2002
# Tonight's it's the real news not The Day Today, honest moment occurred when, during a report on the likely closure of many university Maths departments because nobody wants to do Maths anymore, we were informed that mathemathics lies behind many of today's technological advances.

Jesus Christ on a bike.
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# I want to be able to listen to Test Match Special and brain-destroying rock music at the same time.

I need multi-channel ears.
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Thursday 08 August, 2002
#[linkfarm] Protecting Privacy with Translucent Databases
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#[linkfarm] Edsger Wybe Dijkstra: 1930-2002
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Wednesday 07 August, 2002
#[linkfarm] Edward Tufte's Website
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# Been playing the demo of Jeff Minter's latest revamping of his classic shoot-em-up GridRunner. It's fast, it's colourful, it's noisy, and it's just top fun.

Until it's released, why not relive the good old days? Get yourself an emulator for your favourite 8-bit machine, grab a tape image and blast off into the 80s. Yay!
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Monday 05 August, 2002
#[mango] Implemented function composition -
If f and g are UnaryFunctions, then Adapt.Compose(UnaryFunction f, UnaryFunction g) creates a new function h, where h(x) is equal to f(g(x)).

If f is a BinaryFunction and g1 and g2 are UnaryFunctions, then Adapt.Compose(BinaryFunction f, UnaryFunction g1, UnaryFunction g2) returns a new BinaryFunction h such that h(x, y) is equal to f(g1(x), g2(y)).
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Sunday 04 August, 2002
#[linkfarm] * CENA believes that it is wrong for England and the English to use the British national anthem as the English national anthem.
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#[linkfarm] I come to bury IAmCarbonatedMilk.com, not to praise it
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Saturday 03 August, 2002
#[Arabica] Andrew Stagg, Arabica's Canadian correspondant, has been doing some work with MSXML4, that should be going into the build as soon as I find a bit of time. I've gone from no work to too much work recently, which is good in some ways but bad in others.

There's also a new Xerces release, which I should try and sync with soon.

So much to do ... I need to write up the build instructions properly, although it is getting easier thanks to some of Andrew's work. I want to put a release of the DOM together, get a version of the W3C DOM validation suite together, consider doing some DOM level 3 work, perhaps have a start on an XPath processor, go back to look at Spirit again so I can reset the "native" SAX parser stuff. As ever, any and all assistance will be received with grateful thanks.
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# Saturday again? So soon?
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Friday 02 August, 2002
#[linkfarm] 10 Reasons We Need Java 3.0
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#[linkfarm] Using XInclude
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#[linkfarm] Almost Famous, Technically
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#[linkfarm] BuyMeAHooker.com
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Thursday 01 August, 2002
#[linkfarm] Creativity, Flow, and Joy in Programming
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