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Wednesday 27 August, 2008
#[linkfarm] We Work for GLaDOS Now
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#[linkfarm] Ingenious
Online version of very clever boardgame designed by the very clever Reiner Knizia

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#If you're the holiday taking type ...


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... we had a pleasant week here. Moments from the beach, good sand plus stream and rocky bits to poke around in, generally deserted and never what you would call busy. Beach shelves gently, good for paddling, swimming, body-boarding. Pleasing walks along the coast in both directions. Top ice cream places in New Quay and Aberaeron. Dolphins! Actual bottle-nosed dolphins, swimming around in the sea.

To get there, travel due west from Birmingham, then turn left when you hit the coast. We avoid annoying hours of I'm bored/I've got no room/I'm feeling sick/He's on my side and generally are-we-there-yet-ness by travelling in two parties. Party A, Bean, Hal-baby, and I, took the train to Aberystwyth, where we wandered around a bit and had chips and ice cream. Party B, Natalie and Dogger, drove. They picked us up for the final half an hour or so's drive. I'd recommend it.

Anna said I've been there too and it is very nice. [added 27th Aug 2008]
Russ L said A week... and this was posted on the 27th.

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Bally hell, you weren't in Aberystwyth on the 20th were you? [added 30th Aug 2008]

We were in Aberystwyth itself on the 16th. On the Wednesday we went out on the dolphin watching boat. Saw many dolphins. Also much enormous rain :) [added 30th Aug 2008]
Russ L said Ah right Ted. I was in Aberystwyth on the 20th, you see. That would have been a mad co-incidence. [added 1st Sep 2008]

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Monday 25 August, 2008
#[linkfarm] Richard Dawkins reads aloud some of his hate mail. - I hope you get hit by a church van tonight and die slowly.

   * Rol [e] [w] said 'This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by a third party.'

Can you copyright hatemail? [added 8th Sep 2008]


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#[linkfarm] Royal Mail doesn't know where its post boxes are
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#Psssssssst!

Trundled out along the canals on the bikes for 2 hours and 12 miles or so with Daniel yesterday, without puncturey incident. Zipped out this morning by myself, and ended up walking three and half miles home from Selly Oak.

Note to self: Always take spare tube and pump, even if you're only popping down the shops.


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Friday 15 August, 2008
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Cycling with Daniel is clearly the kiss of death for my tyres at the moment. Two rides, two punctures. Didn't have repair kit or spare tube this time, but fortunately wasn't far from home.

This one was further confirmation that I've only recently started properly inflating my tyres. When a tyre inflated to 110psi suddenly acquires a large hole, it whistles! Everybody in the park must have heard it.


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#[linkfarm] New military honour for penguin - Over the years, he has been promoted through the ranks and is currently the regiment's Colonel-in-Chief.
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#[linkfarm] Nemesis required. 6-month project with possibility to extend - British accent preferred.
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#[linkfarm] D'Israeli: Stickleback Signing - Birmingham Forbidden Planet from 1-2pm, Saturday 23 August
I wouldn't normally put over FP in favour of Nostalgia, but D'Israeli's a good chap and this book's a cracker.

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Monday 11 August, 2008
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When my children do something silly or dangerous I, once I've calmed down a bit, tell myself that they are only eight and four years old and so can't really be expected to know better. When I encounter adults, with jobs and mortgages and the right to vote and children of their own, I have no such solace.


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Sunday 10 August, 2008
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#[linkfarm] Eat kangaroo to 'save the planet' - Switching from beef to kangaroo burgers could significantly help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says an Australian scientist.
Or you could just pack in the whole eating meat thing altogether. That'd work.

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Saturday 09 August, 2008
#[linkfarm] Shellac come to Birmingham
Mere months after I complained about ATP booking Shellac for a single gig and then suggesting (IRL) to my chums that Capsule should hook up with ATP, and lo! It comes true. For my next trick ...

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#[linkfarm] Brendan McCarthy - I've been commissioned by Marvel Comics to write and draw a new Dr Strange and Spider-Man three issue mini series.
Should be bonkers. Yay!

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Friday 08 August, 2008
#[linkfarm] 101 years of swimming - Moseley Road Baths is one of the finest Edwardian pools in the country, but it's still under threat. Ian Dungavell is swimming around the UK to draw attention to our historic pools...

   * allankellynet said Wrong blog

http://www.londonpoolscampaign.com/

Dont know why they say London, they seem to cover everywhere [added 9th Aug 2008]


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Thursday 07 August, 2008
#[linkfarm] Orgasms 'at the touch of a button' - BBC News Online has been unable to get independent scientific verification that the product works.
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#[linkfarm] Grand Theft Auto IV - for the PC will be released in the US on 18 November and on 21 November in the UK
Yay!

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Wednesday 06 August, 2008
#[linkfarm] Does the eleven go there?
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#[Arabica]Arabica: impending release

Now my latest gentle stroll has concluded, there are one or two platform specific build issues to resolve. With them done, I expect to be dropping a new release around the end of August or start of September. The release will include the Taggle HTML parser and improved XSLT support, along with various little bug fixes, minor build improvements.

If you can't wait, there's always the subversion repository.
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#[Arabica]XSLT: Variable resolution

After a bit of break, I've spent time hacking on Arabica again, which has been lovely. It's really rather relaxing to just nurdle around in your own code, without any particular pressure or need. My normal way of working on Arabica's XSLT processor is to run some of the test suite, pick a failing case, and fix it. If I can get a few more tests passing in half an hour or an hour, and I generally can, then that's a little step further along.

In this latest little bit of activity, I've been focussing on variables and variable resolution. I've fixed various problem with circular references, scoping, namespace resolution, and what I thought was going to be a thorny problem with import precedence.

What constantly surprises me is how straightforward most of these problems are, requiring only a few lines of code. In fact this has been the story of Arabica's XSLT development. Once the initial development push was done, almost all the rest has been a few lines here, a few lines there. I've been working away on this now for coming up three years, on and off and with digressions, and have no idea when I'll be done, but I that doesn't bother me at all. It's like an old pair of slippers, or favourite woolly jumper. It's a comfortable, gentle thing to slip into and go for a stroll in every now and again.


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