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jez has been a member of JezUK since 22nd August 2001.

Their home page is http://www.jezuk.co.uk/cgi-bin/view/jez.

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Blimey, Point Blank is as bone-dry a crime thriller as you could wish for.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:50, 28 May 2015

Installing a separate webserver to front your Rails installation? No - this was just about setting up your box for dev work. I'm no expert in delpoying Rails to live - I've gone the easy route and use Heroku.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:35, 28 Sep 2014

It is pretty Groovy, but there's more in the streams, particularly in its support for parallelism. I'm up early again tomorrow so maybe I'll bang on about that then :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:11, 02 Dec 2013

It does, doesn't it?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:51, 22 Nov 2013

If he hadn't been so full of himself I might not of bothered, although it was fun. The picture of Tati is a beauty - big man, bolt upright on a bike that's too small, with the peloton giving chase.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:35, 16 Oct 2013

Echoes that it's a problem, or that he thinks it's a problem?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:43, 04 Jun 2013

A buff - the ideal thing for the one-two punch of keeping the sun off the upper reaches and stopping sweat getting in your eyes :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 06:01, 09 Mar 2013

Which means, slightly confusingly, that's its number is 390-155. When we arrived in Euston 390-156 was sitting on the next platform ready to head back to Birmingham. So, success, but not complete success yet.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:54, 18 Apr 2012

And, even better, it's running as an 11 car set.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:38, 18 Apr 2012

The very same Dragon Gate that spun out when Ultimo Dragon folded up Toryumon, yes. They've been over the last three years, doing a couple of shows each time and they've been really brilliant. The wrestlers work their socks off, the crowd has a ball, and the whole thing is just fantastic.

Morishima's only young by Japanese standards - thirty three, I think. I was sitting in my seat at the end of the show, just waiting for the crowd to clear. Someone start working their way down the row of seats, and I stood up to let them past and it was Takeshi Morishima in the massive flesh. The internet tells me we're the same height, but I felt like a tiny child next to him. Trying not to mark out too much, I mumbled "arigato" and shook his hand. He bowed. Then I got out of his enormous way.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 23:39, 18 Jan 2012

I've expressed what you said very badly. What I got was that you were dissatisfied with the book in the way a child, unencumbered by comics theory, knowledge of author's past works, knowledge of the subject, concerns about bookbindings, etc, wouldn't be. Perhaps I should have said that the first time?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:36, 14 Oct 2011

The Giantrobotathon continues ...


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 23:34, 26 Jul 2011

Buy Mo-Bot High!You can buy signed and sketched copies of Neill's Giant-robot-tastic book Mo-Bot High direct from Neill.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:48, 26 Jul 2011

Yayyyy! Good job, Harry! RT @jezhiggins: http://yfrog.com/kihz8sp Giant ROBOT! @neillcameronTue Jul 26 13:29:54 +0000 2011 via tGadget Favorite Retweet Reply


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:43, 26 Jul 2011

I had a couple reported by other people in the first half of January, but these are in-the-wild first-sightings outside my house :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:03, 02 Mar 2011

Dad!!!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 07:44, 05 Feb 2011

I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 on a Vostro 1310 and, apart from about 10 minutes worth of manual intervention to get the right WiFi driver installed, it's just worked. And worked really well. The 1310 is a few years old now, so I wouldn't expect it to have a trouble. Are you trying it on something shiny and new?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:12, 14 Jan 2011

Whoever you are, you win a prize for the best quality spam comment I've ever had. The prize is I don't delete your comments :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:10, 23 Sep 2010

Looks like I didn't have my local mail forwarding quite right. I wonder how much mail's gone down the /dev/null because of that?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:47, 04 Sep 2010

... "Well inside the time" ... even after several kilometres of going deliberately slow we had to stop for five minutes so we weren't early at the control. Harry had been complaining for a while ("when is the tea stop? when is the tea stop?") but it turned out he just needed a wee and chocolate chip cookie.

After a respectable interval of 25 minutes or so, we hopped back on. We fairly tore back. There were two info controls on the return leg, where you have to stop and write down some piece of information, and we didn't rush to get those done, but when we were moving we really moved. It was actually pretty amazing - on the flat we were comfortably winding up to 40km/h (about 25mph). That's not an outrageous speed for a road bike, but it can feel like hard work. At least it does for me :) On a chunky tandem with fat tyres, more or less into a headwind, being stoked, remember, by a six year old, it felt like we had plenty more to give. It was fab! Tandems are fab! I don't know why everyone isn't riding one!

Anyway, National Forest 50km is a lovely little ride. We did 53km at a moving average of 23.1km/h (17.6km/h including stop) and a max speed of 63.8lm/h. And, oh yea, we were first back :)


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:14, 21 Aug 2010

Another courgette and chocolate cake. Also, many given away. Slightly worried people will stop coming round.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:16, 31 Jul 2010

Courgette bhajis in a tomato sauce. While not quite a bhaji, but is was fried balls of grated courgette and gram flour. Excellent.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 08:23, 31 Jul 2010

Stir-fried strips of the yellow courgette with garlic, last night. Rather good.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:57, 30 Jul 2010

Erm ...

Not sure yet. Have already made courgette soup, courgette with lemon and mint, and courgette and chocolate cake. Offloaded a few to a neighbour, obviously, but there's only so many you can give someone before they stop answering the door to you.

I'll let you know :)


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:40, 28 Jul 2010

The Rainbow Orchid Fun Pack - dot-to-dot, spot the difference, maze, and word search.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:43, 05 Jul 2010

Here's an example using TagSoup with JDK5 built-in XPath processor.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:25, 12 Mar 2010

Aha! Is the you in the Marmite jersey, Mike?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:15, 02 Oct 2009

We arrived just before 8, so must have been unpacking when the 160km set off. Shame to have a missed you.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:51, 29 Sep 2009

That wasn't the order they were played in, btw, it's the order I remembered them.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:19, 22 Sep 2009

They didn't - they did quite a few, more than I was expecting, from Stand Up - Nothing Is Easy, Jeffrey Goes To Leicester Square, Bouree, Fat Man, ("the worst song I've ever written") Back To The Family, and A New Day Yesterday. From later period they did Farm on the Freeway, and Rocks On The Road. What else? Jack In The Green, a rather truncated version of Thick As A Brick, Mother Goose, Heavy Horses (when I really did start to mark-out, I realised it was being introduced and started jumping up and down with excitment), Aqualung, and a driving version of Locomotive Breath as the encore. Anderson's voice isn't what it once was, but it was bloody marvellous and entirely strange to have them setting up shop at the end of my road.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:46, 21 Sep 2009

Half an hour. That's just a warm up. What did you do next? ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:14, 31 Jul 2009

I read about that case a few weeks ago - sounds like a pretty poorly investigated incident.

The reason I wrote about my little brush was because it was the first time anyone had ever said those immortal (immoral? amoral?) words to me. Every other time I've had a "lively discussion" with a driver it's somehow been my fault that they had to squeeze past - wobbling around, too far over, you should cycle in the gutter, too slow, what did I expect, too fast, being silly, and so on.

I've not yet had anyone tell me I should wear a helmet or use the cycle path when there isn't one, but I'm sure that'll happen in due course.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:16, 12 Jul 2009

On the other hand, going commando has its own dangers ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:28, 10 Jul 2009

One of the main causes of personal cycling discomfort is seams chafing against your nether parts. The old lycra shorts don't have big seams, they have padding, so yep I'm going to suggest them. If you want something a bit discreet then you can get some that go under your street clothes.

That's also why it's traditional to go commando under your shorts.

If you're going out for long ride, dig out some of that left over baby-bottom cream you have hanging round from when Doc Jr was an infant. Give yourself a generous slathering around the manly bits-and-bobs and down your thighs. Works a treat. Sudocrem is the Auxers favourite, apparently.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:56, 02 Jul 2009

As well as being large and healthy, he's also well-socialised, friendly, and extremely patient with young children. Conscientious dog owners (or crushingly middle-class, or both), remember.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:32, 02 Jun 2009

Hi Steve, hooked mine out of the storage (ok, found them under a pile of stuff as I was tidying) and checked, but can't see an art credit for the BEM 25 cover. I'm still not sure about that face, but the rest of it does look so much like Talbot that it must be by him or it's the work of the world's best tribute act :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:48, 01 Jun 2009

Not entirely. Being extremely busy at work has had a much larger impact. And not only here - I've not played GTA IV for weeks.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:08, 07 Apr 2009

John, thank you so, so much. That is marvellous.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 20:39, 01 Mar 2009

It is a spotted one. Congrats!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:43, 06 Jan 2009

Graham, one of BCC's cycling officers, tells me it's probably broken and he's asked for it be fixed. Good man.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:42, 27 Oct 2008

Hi John, Taggle is indeed part of this release.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 16:17, 20 Oct 2008

This isn't really the place to ask, however if the router is working with one machine and not the other, look at the laptop not the router. The router is fine. Check your wireless network settings on the laptop that doesn't want to play.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:11, 08 Oct 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 to The Coffee Grounds on 16:14, 30 Aug 2008

Extra thing added today - Audax UK membership card.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:34, 26 Jul 2008

* Dave's wallet
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:10, 22 Jul 2008

* Discussion at Yet Another Cycling Forum.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:15, 21 Jul 2008

Yea, yea. They were fitted when I bought the bike. They've been common place for at least the last twenty years. I didn't think anything about them until now.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 00:01, 18 Jul 2008

Curses! Natalie has identified the "spawn" as some water retaining gel she'd dropped while potting up some plants.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:43, 11 Jul 2008

ISP means internet service provider, and in this case it's Blueyonder (now Virgin Media). The address 195.188.213.7 isn't assigned to you, Dave, but to one of Blueyonder's outbound email relays. When you send your email, it disappears up the wire, bounces around inside Blueyonder for a bit, before emerging for its onward journey through one of the outbound mail relays (there are several).

The reason Tiscali are kicking back your mail is because some other Blueyonder customer (in fact, probably many of them) is sending spam (almost certainly unknowingly). One of the spam monitoring services has noticed and, as a result, blacklisted Blueyonder. Tiscali (because they are stupid) appear to be blindly following the blacklist, and are kicking back your email.

If you wait a while (hour, couple of hours, day), somebody at Blueyonder will have spoken to the people who run the blacklist (again), and get themselves unlisted. Hopefully they'll also talk to Tiscali (again), but I wouldn't bet on it not happening again.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:11, 27 Jun 2008

I'll make a note not to shave for a few days beforehand then.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:12, 26 Jun 2008

Here's a slightly breathless review, although I don't disagree with any of it. Bison Smith over the top rope was breathtaking, and KENTA GTS on Edwards just made your eyes water.

While I'm here and remember, the venue was really pretty good. Nice size, comfortable seats (good when you're there for four hours), not overly excessive beer prices, and pleasingly informal staff. Not at all unpleasant. I even began considering going along for some ice hockey.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:58, 23 Jun 2008

There were many drops on the head. Many. A goodly number of stiff clotheslines too and, as you might expect, some fierce chops.

Main event was Naomichi Marufuji and Mitsuharu Misawa against Go Shiozaki and Kenta Kobashi. Kobashi hit the half-nelson suplex on both Marufuji and Misawa, and by God it looked like it hurt. Misawa's a big chap and not exactly light on his feet, and he hit the mat like a sack of spuds. He took a hell of lot of chops too. His whole chest was red by the finish.

Also on the card were KENTA, Bryan Danielson, Jay Briscoe, Takeshi Morishima, and Doug Williams tagging with Nigel McGuiness. Big home crowd pop for them.

Things I learned from this evening: Aerials are off the top rope higher than they look on the telly. Taking a lariat off the ropes must hurt like hell. Even small wrestlers are big and big wrestlers are giants who walk the Earth.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:05, 23 Jun 2008

Well, I've only been twice so far so maybe they'll wait for me when they know me a bit better :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:44, 17 Jun 2008

They take a rather sink-or-swim approach I think (or should that be ride-or-be-left-behind), so there is no banana barrier.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:24, 17 Jun 2008

It says I hit 35mph this morning, which made me kind of doubt it. I checked this distance when I got back and it agreed with the map, so w00t!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:58, 10 Jun 2008

Fitted a bike computer yesterday. It's all downhill from here, isn't it?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:39, 09 Jun 2008

Thank you anyway :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:56, 02 Jun 2008

Thank you, mysterious well wisher.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:29, 02 Jun 2008

It be top. I had a super time. Set list, as ever, ranged from his early solo work, through Sugar, to his most recent album, then back to Husker Du. Surprise tonight was a very slow, very heavy version of Hanging Tree. Some of the tracks, more than I remember, had different arrangements, and he and bassist Jason Narducy even engaged in a few vocal harmonies.

Bob, although no longer the angry man was, plays with intensity and power and emotion, barely pausing between tracks. I love seeing him play live.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:19, 27 May 2008

Failing tests now pass, which is lovely.

Here's the change.


Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 10:15, 18 Apr 2008

Thanks. Daniel injured his wrist at gymnastics training on Saturday evening. Sunday morning it was up like a balloon, so we went down to A&E at the Children's Hospital. After some prodding and poking (and an X-Ray) they confirmed he's got a buckle fracture. Fortunately, we had a gymnastics aware doctor (daughter trains with Wyre Forest) and he not only diagnosed, but was able to advise on how and when to go back into training.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:39, 14 Apr 2008

He's not cool, he's an evil menace to society.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:43, 14 Apr 2008

Packed. No bike :(
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:43, 01 Apr 2008

Now to pack for accu2008, and then off my first ever ACCU Chair freebie - dinner at the UKUUG Spring Conference. Woo!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:07, 01 Apr 2008

And it was! Yay!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:51, 01 Apr 2008

I'm aware that the some of the boundaries are a little bit arbitrary, and that for practical purposes some of them aren't especially relevant (at least as far as people live their lives), but I didn't look into them. Yes, as far as I'm know Sutton Coldfield's 100,000 isn't included in the population figure for Birmingham. For my purposes, however, it doesn't make a lot of odds. Birmingham is very large indeed, the West Midlands conurbation frankly colossal - well in excess of 2 million people.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 23:44, 27 Mar 2008

Happily for us it wasn't, but it was a pretty near thing. Near thing for driver too, if he'd lost control to the left rather than the right he'd have hit a full skip rather than a smallish car. Doubt he'd have been in a condition to run off down the road after that.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:12, 25 Mar 2008

Splendid!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:50, 24 Mar 2008

If I'd been in a different frame of mind, I can see that I would have come to the same conclusions. And yes, they did overfill the arena, and I'd have been pretty angry if we'd ended up out in the corner there somewhere.

It is expensive. For me, the gap between buying the tickets and seeing the show was about seven or eight months, so I'd already got over the pain of the price. That probably helped.

But I did enjoy myself. I don't know if I'd go again, but I enjoyed it on the night. Sorry :)


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:07, 24 Mar 2008

Ah yes! indeed - Bob Mould at the Academy, May 26. I have a ticket already clutched in my hot little hand.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:16, 14 Mar 2008

Flapjacks are not biscuits. What works for one may not work with the other.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:00, 11 Mar 2008

Well, you're young yet. I might have been a bit OTT with the Frank Whittle question, although I'd hope you would know the name.

I hadn't heard the phrase white knowledge before, BTW, but it describes exactly what I'm talking about.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:22, 05 Mar 2008

It was a British looky-likey cast, but they were all pretty good. Sporticus had the tash, the accent down pat, and the requisite biceps. He'd obviously filled up on sports candy for lunch, because he looked fine to me. Stephanie channelled Bonnie Langford a touch, but that is more-or-less what the part needs. Four year old don't know who Bonnie Langford is anyway.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:28, 05 Feb 2008

I thought that was just between the two of us.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:06, 03 Feb 2008

The one with the dog and two nippers, one with curly red hair, generally bought coffee, quinoa, and tofu. Is that sufficiently distinguishing?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:09, 02 Feb 2008

Time and inclination. Porting TagSoup to C++ took me a few hours. It was fun, and quite an easy win. Having done it, I'm surprised that nobody's done it before.

Writing an HTML5 parser needs rather more time than I have - not only in writing the code, developing the test suite, but then tracking the standard as it emerges. Even if I had the time, I don't actually have the inclination, because it's not something that really interests me enough right now. Sorry :)


Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 12:32, 02 Feb 2008

Yea, but nobody likes a spoil sport :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:09, 02 Feb 2008

And there's the fix in subversion.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 09:42, 01 Feb 2008

My favourites are the people who do stop at the kerb, look you right in the eye, and then walk out anyway. Where are their brains?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:54, 29 Jan 2008

I get out of it by reading more of them I suppose. The curious thing is the backlog seems to be growing (or at least not getting any smaller) despite putting myself under a book-buying embargo some time last summer. That's for a definition of books which doesn't include work books or big comics, natch. That said, I violated the embargo just last Wednesday, buying a copy of Cyclecraft. I will, however, finish it this evening, and I've read nine other books this month already. Why isn't the stack diminishing?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:45, 25 Jan 2008

The slightly tedious answer, by the way, is the the use of std::not1 in copy_until requires pred be an adaptable predicate (by, for example, having Pred derive from std::unary_function). This means using a simple free function as your predicate, which people expect to be able to do, isn't possible. I guess you could dink around creating traits classes and partial specialisations and so on, but it's easier just to rewrite as:

template<typename InIter, typename OutIter, typename Pred>
OutIter copy_until(InIter first, InIter last, OutIter dest, Pred pred)
{
  for(; first != last && !pred(*first); ++first, ++dest)
    *dest = *first;
  return dest;
} // copy_until

And no, Allan, this isn't an argument to program in some other language.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:04, 04 Jan 2008

I don't think it liked my markup. I've changed, it but it hasn't noticed yet. Let's see what happens :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:11, 04 Jan 2008

I have nearly all my work sitting in version control, so I wouldn't especially worried on that score. It was more the time - fixing the machine, rebuilding the install and all that stuff - that I was worrying about. I have a job, a deadline, and not a lot of wiggle. Let's not dwell on the might have beens :)


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:51, 02 Jan 2008

They did Russ, thanks. We all did. You too, I trust?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:12, 01 Jan 2008

EVERYBODY BOOZE UP AND RIOT!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:07, 19 Dec 2007

Well, you were wrong. Move along, please.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:02, 10 Dec 2007

Curses! But thanks!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:17, 07 Dec 2007

Granted. The masters of plutonium rock would have been a good closer.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:52, 05 Dec 2007

Well since you ask, Russ ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:41, 04 Dec 2007

It's not like I planned it or anything, but I accept it for what it is
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:16, 30 Nov 2007

Nobody mentioned coffee.

There's something snuggly-blankety about tea in some situations that you just don't get with coffee. I'm presuming, but I don't think coffee figures on Pete's campaign radar. We're talking tea, from a tea urn, in a mug, perhaps with one sugar.

And those little pots of ice cream in the summer.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:25, 20 Nov 2007

Assuming I drive. JezUK On The Train may turn out to be a more accurate title.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:24, 20 Nov 2007

No, no XBox or any other thingy of that type in this house.

I took a bit of advice on Ticket to Ride and got the original USA map. The rules for the European edition are slightly more involved and, since I was going to be playing with a 7 year old most of the time, the lower-entry version seemed the way to go. Since then, we've added the 1910 expansion which adds more tickets and an extra end-of-game bonus. It also includes all the game cards at normal playing card size, replacing the original small ones.

There was a new expansion, based on a map of Switzerland, which came out in October. Cunningly, it's designed for 2 or 3 players. I have a strong suspicion we might end up with a copy around Christmas time :)


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:36, 14 Nov 2007

The run out to the airport hardly shows them to their best advantage. Take run down to London and be amazed. If you get the 7:45, it's non-stop from Iternational to Euston. Fab.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:40, 11 Nov 2007

Disappointing, came back on Virgin Dream.

Have a nagging feeling I should be recording the times as well. For the record I went out on the 07:45 from Birmingham New Street, and came back on the 18:10 from London Euston.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:21, 08 Nov 2007

Now I think about it, it's more like to be

that's a train

Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:13, 08 Nov 2007

I'm delighted with it. Natalie likes it too. The disgruntled expression is entirely unrelated.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:20, 23 Oct 2007

I miss my weighted companion cube.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:05, 17 Oct 2007

I tend more to prompt then fruitful, but I try my best, you know.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:54, 09 Oct 2007

And there I am, all ticketed up.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:46, 03 Oct 2007

I actually know very few people, but it turns out that they know pretty everyone else and if they don't they know someone who does.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 07:38, 03 Oct 2007

I don't know that I know people, but now you've mentioned it I think I might have an angle if I could be bothered to pursue it. But I can't.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:20, 02 Oct 2007

I see how this works. It's ok for you to be too busy ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:40, 02 Oct 2007

He did have it as

print i; " + "; j; " = "; i+j
and was mid-way through changing it to minus when I interrupted and made him come for his breakfast.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:10, 19 Sep 2007

On further use turns out I'm wrong about the touchpad - it isn't offset at all. Perhaps I was just looking at the machine on the squint. Still, I haven't yet suddenly found myself expectedly typing elsewhere, so it much be doing something right.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:34, 12 Sep 2007

I placed my order for one of their new Vostro at about 20 past 10 on Thursday evening. It arrived at just gone 12 today, which is pretty good.

First impressions are that it's rather nice - very quiet, pleasant keyboard action, touchpad cunningly offset so you don't brush it when you're typing. It's my first time using Vista too, and it seems very pretty. Pleased.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:18, 11 Sep 2007

B13 9HD is the post code of the local surgery, by the way. Perhaps the googlebot detected you were feeling a bit poorly after your long cycle ride John?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:50, 17 Aug 2007

Allan: If you look around, it's not uncommon for companies to give their company and VAT registration numbers, so it felt quite corporatey. Besides I copied directly from Kevlin, who's career (and presumably rate) I hope to emulate even though I'm not clever or energetic enough.

John: It's a post code just along the road. If you search for B13 9HD it doesn't say "Did you mean: B13 9HD", so I need to raise the corporate profile another notch or two.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:37, 17 Aug 2007

Fix hitting svn now ...
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 15:41, 07 Aug 2007

The Pilot 1.0 and 1.2 have the same frame, but different chainset and gearset. I reckoned that for the miles I do, I won't notice and it wasn't worth the extra 150 for the 1.2. This Etape has almost exactly the same bolt-ons as the Pilot 1.0, because Lemond bike are, as you say, built by Trek.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:13, 03 Jul 2007

I was, of course, using the 2nd definition here ... with the something in question being useless facts.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:09, 26 Jun 2007

Swallows can only transport coconuts when they're in a swoggle, everyone knows that.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:30, 26 Jun 2007

Well a swallow, European or African, weighs about 20 grams. So let's say it can manage a quarter of its bodyweight for shortish distances. 5 grams.

Next?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:47, 26 Jun 2007

He's been the colour man on Smackdown for about a year or so. While I don't really go for his redneck heel persona, he's turned out to be a much better commentator than I expected. He can advance a storyline, he knows his wrestling history, although a heel he's not above praising faces, and he can be extremely funny. He has the misfortune, though, to be paired with Michael Cole as the lead man, who is really quite dreadful.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:52, 11 Jun 2007

Thanks a bunch. I feel *so* much better about it now.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:33, 10 Jun 2007

They were black.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:43, 05 Jun 2007

I know the feeling. Given the detail on the aerial photo of my old house in Bearwood, I was able to identify the date it was taken. (No longer though - they've recently moved to more recent photos which were taken quite late in the evening, so long shadows obscure a lot of the detail. This is, of course, both good and bad.)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:40, 01 Jun 2007

I'm not a regular Live search user, but in this case their aerial photos are much better than Google's. Also their 3D display is pretty spectacular. You can zoom around as if in a flying car and who, frankly, wouldn't want to do that?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:49, 31 May 2007

2742/1403/29.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 23:31, 11 May 2007

XPath::ExecutionContext copy constructor wasn't setting the current node. Fix committed. Axes tests now pass 128 tests, fail 2.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 23:18, 11 May 2007

Looks like a problem with my implementation of current().
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 21:25, 11 May 2007

Back when I drew this, it was more of a mid-Saturday afternoon thing. This or a Mars Bar, a bottle of Big Frank's Red, and a spot of wrestling.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:55, 11 May 2007

Perhaps it's the other way around. Everyone knows a swan can break your arm. Ok, I've never met anyone who's arm was broken by a swan, but it just goes to show what a rock-hard rep swans have. That swan-fu is killer, man.

(I was once crew in a two man canoe that was attacked by a swan, but all four of our arms survived uninjured.)


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:18, 09 May 2007

There are so many swans on that river, I'm surprised any of them could get any privacy ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:16, 09 May 2007

That friend was probably me, and it's true. Guinness found lots of people like the look of the drink and they like to piddle around with the head, but ooh they don't like that bitter taste. Guinness Cold is one answer - chill it down to knock out the taste. Caffrey's is another - a not really bitter bitter, nitro-kegged to give a tight head.

I'm really not sure what Wetherspoons think they're doing. They've built their whole brand around being an "anti-chain". They make an effort to make their pubs local, by not having a corporate look, keeping the pub's name (or for a new pub finding an appropriate local name) and so on. They active promote the quality of their beer, and the all around "pub-ness" of their pubs. Contrast this with, say, O'Neals who call all their pubs O'Neals, serve the same beer with the same brass-belted faux-Oirishness in every place they own. Chilling the life out of the beer you built your business on seems rather silly.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:09, 07 May 2007

Well, I needed them then but that was 20 years ago. Now, nobody cares about nicking stuff off my bike, what with its tiny rolling resistance and low weight, and would rather heft about the bike equivalent of a 4x4.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 08:14, 28 Apr 2007

I'd been up to interview at Hull University - spent bloody hours on the train that day. From Norwich to Peterborough, (via, if I remember, March and Ely) then onto the Inter-City to Doncaster (one of the nation's more desolate stations), then the final leg on the stopper to Hull. Still, managed to arrive early enough to walk from the station to the university - about 3 miles. Had a wander round, was interviewed by Dr Hall (not the world's most strenuous interviewer), walked back. Sat next to a fantastically pretty woman on the chug back to Doncaster. Was so taken I bought her a sandwich as kind of "I love you, even though I'll never see you again" present. Back to Peterborough, through the fens, to Norwich as dusk fell.

Recovered my bike, minus front wheel and quick release spindle from the rear wheel, from the fence. I was, still am really, furious about the spindle. It was my first encounter with a really pointless crime - there is nothing, absolutely nothing, you can do with a second-hand spindle. Nicking one only serves to annoy. Carried my bike across the city to the police station to report the theft to a rather bemused desk sargeant, pausing briefly on the way when a drunk stuck his out of a car window to let me know that, gosh! look, I seemed to be missing a wheel, I hadn't noticed that until you pointed it out, how could I have been so stupid. Tossbag.

It was half-term, which I thought significant. I took against school children for quite some time afterwards.

If I leave my bike for a long period now, I often use two locks. That's probably overkill, as kids these days don't give tourers a second look, they want fancy-pants city bikes with fat wheels and big suspensions.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:51, 27 Apr 2007

Best response from Moseley Free list so far

I do hope that if anybody does actually get canvassed by any of the BNP that they regale them with "You're not from round here though are you" and "Go back to where you belong"

Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:49, 06 Apr 2007

Yes, we're all ticking along.

We have the rivers expansion - the extra one in addition to the one that comes in the box - but I don't think it really works when there are only two players. We also have Inns & Cathedrals which is top, The Count which I haven't really played enough but clearly works best with 4+, Princess and Dragon which I'm really not sure about, and King and Robber Baron which is good, although rarely a difference maker with 2 players. There are a couple of other expansions too, which I haven't got.

There's a big games festival coming up in Birmingham in the summer, where Ticket To Ride is one of the exhibition games. Looking forward to it.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:58, 05 Apr 2007

Mike! How are you?

I've read good things about it, although I haven't played it myself. I'll give it a look next time I'm in Wayland's Forge. Thanks.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:01, 02 Apr 2007

2742/1409/30. Ok, that's it.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 01:01, 24 Mar 2007

2742/1421/30. Should really be in bed now.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 00:39, 24 Mar 2007

2742/1477/30. I really should get on with my conference slides.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 14:59, 23 Mar 2007

2742/1483/30
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 12:18, 23 Mar 2007

2742/1486/30. Yay
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 11:14, 23 Mar 2007

Getting better all the time :) 2742/1492/30
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 10:57, 23 Mar 2007

I will, and I best get a move on about I suppose ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:18, 20 Mar 2007

And now 2742/1533/95. Rock.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 22:20, 26 Feb 2007

Unimplemented functions now marked as fails not exceptions. Numbers are now 2742/1535/95.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 13:12, 26 Feb 2007

Made a two line change, now 2742/1354/276. Yay!
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 13:00, 26 Feb 2007

M&S? Posho!

Are you still in Kensington Road? How many beds have you managed to fit in?


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:05, 20 Feb 2007

We all make those kind of judgements all the time, even if perhaps we shouldn't - look at the car he's driving - why do grown men drink Barcadi breezers - that is a stupid hat - and so on.

Do you have an allotment, Garry?


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:33, 20 Feb 2007

Of course it does. In an ideal world I'd do my shopping on the high street, but unfortunately unless you want to eat a bizarre combination of pot noodles, organic dried fruit, and imported cheese that's not a reality here. Or most other places, due to the largely malign influence of our supermarket chums. Did you know, by the way, the if a supermarket opens in your area only about 10% of people need to start shopping there to make the existing small retailers unviable? As they close, more and more people have to use the supermarket. So much for "enhancing consumer choice".

Anyway, badge snobbery, yes. We don't use Tesco, because they clearly control too much of the nation's spending already. We don't use Asda because of the Wal-mart connection. Somerfield I use for the odd thing (because there's one on the high street - irony!), although the fact that its robot tills are friendlier and more polite that the tills staffed by actual humans is more than slightly disconcerting.

I enjoy going to Waitrose. For a start they actually stock more stuff that I want to buy. They also have a much lower staff turnover than other supermarkets, so you can actually get to know the people there. Bridie, on the cake counter, often stashes away the cookie with the most chocolately bits on for my kids, for instance. Would you recognise the manager of whichever supermarket you use, let alone have him greet you by name?

Very few large organisations are actively "good", but I think Waitrose are relatively benign.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:05, 19 Feb 2007

Some Waitrose, some Sainsburys. No Asda, no Tesco, no Somerfield.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:10, 16 Feb 2007

I'll just note for the record that today is a scorcher.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:42, 02 Feb 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 to The Coffee Grounds on 18:34, 28 Jan 2007

Too late. You have branded yourself the enemy!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:04, 17 Jan 2007

What are you using at the moment? If you like I'll do a you a massive zipfile of my install tree, so you can have a go.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:54, 17 Jan 2007

I was wrong about how much extra work it would be to resolve a conflict in favour if the later template. It took exactly one line :)
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 09:22, 03 Jan 2007

I did wonder about that - we could do two-for-one because Russel's latest book has just come out as well. I'll prod Tony to do a news item :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:54, 18 Dec 2006

It's slang, in our house anyway, possibly elsewhere, for Christmas, as in "who wants some more Crimbo pub?". Also Crimble, Crimblemas.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:12, 17 Dec 2006

Wrestling wasn't quite what I was hoping for - ECW really is being mishandled. Attributes in namespaces are now remapped correctly. Had a crack at #default too, although it's not quite there yet.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 22:33, 04 Dec 2006

And more - more sound, more levels, more damsels. Yay.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:44, 01 Dec 2006

Don't know that one, but I know the kind of thing. Back when, I did actually write a couple of adventure games in Spectrum Basic, and even managed to get reasonably sophisticated things like understanding "it" to mean to the last object you handled. Writing games for the Spectrum wasn't overtly competitive at my school, but there was a degree of rivalry. We wrote platform games, 3D shooters, maze games, centipede, all sorts. I was 2nd best - the best programmer at my school was a guy called Scott Porter. Years later he ran the now defunct javascript-games.org. I wasn't sure it was him to begin with, until I played one of the games and saw the attract screen. It had his style all over it. Wonder what he's up to now.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:34, 01 Dec 2006

Jake: Thanks!

ga5ket: It was a bug not a worm that chased you. But yes. There'll be the damsels too :) Expect it to grow over the next couple of weeks.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:20, 30 Nov 2006

I arrived there a little after midday when they were four wide and several deep, with more arriving.

We went to the Good Food show a few years ago - saw Madhur Jaffrey (she's tiny!) cooking up curry. It's good fun, isn't it?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:15, 29 Nov 2006

Like I said, get yourself a bird feeder.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:15, 27 Oct 2006

Excellent! We used to get foxes over in Bearwood, and I definitely heard one in Moseley the night I locked myself out and had to sleep in the shed, but not seen any here. We've got hedgehogs though, and the place is riddled with frogs at the moment too.

The bird feeders are attracting all kinds of things - blue tits, great tits, greenfinches, robins, all sorts. Big bonus today was a pair of jays coming down and poking around the place for half an hour or so. They're generally woodland birds - I've seen them in Birmingham maybe twice in the last five years - so that was rather super.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:28, 25 Oct 2006

Update: attributes now handled properly
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 15:49, 18 Oct 2006

No, because it was all set up and working, so I didn't want to risk breaking it. I am going to get another (hopefully soon), and reflash that straightaway.
What did you go for in the end?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:31, 27 Sep 2006

Added a variation on find which returns the index of the object in the collection
Added to The Mango Library on 17:48, 23 Sep 2006

Added an algorithm to find the intersection of two collections.
Added to The Mango Library on 12:27, 21 Sep 2006

It's insane!

Ah - our chum Google has your pictures too ...


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:59, 07 Sep 2006

Later - massive? Not half. [photo index]


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 00:09, 07 Sep 2006

4-8-4? Must be massive.

My track arrived today. I'd assumed it was going to be a random selection of odd bits, bit it appears to a be a complete set of some early vintage. It came with a rather yellowed Tri-ang Hornby leaflet, listing dealers across the country and around the globe. Need your train-set fixed while on a jaunt to Nassau? The Maura Lumber Co Ltd can assist!

I found it all jolly exciting, and insisted on showing it to Pete (who I detect was also slightly stirred). He mentioned your set, but didn't know its disposition. I've been bracing chaps I know who fit the profile (mid-50s+, grown-up children) to see if I can locate a stash in someone's attic. Thee's always the possibility, of course, that they'd be keeping it for themselves, and I see that's the case with you :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 23:56, 06 Sep 2006

I had my tea in the Solihull branch a few weeks ago. There was a group of about 8 kids, aged between 6 and 10ish, and 3 adults. They all seemed to be having fun and enjoying themselves and the staff didn't seem remotely bothered, although I can imagine that things might be different during a busy lunchtime shift.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:02, 30 Aug 2006

I meant its a nice building, but I found the staff perfectly pleasant too.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:44, 18 Aug 2006

For years and years I've worked with the screen off to the left. I can't remember why I first started working that way, but bad office design is probably it. Since then I've kept up because I found it comfortable and because it was the only way to fit a large CRT on the desk. Since switching to work straightahead, I've had to redefine comfortable completely. It's something of a revelation.

As for your cube farm, isn't it about time you switched jobs again ...


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:26, 31 Jul 2006

Looks pretty expensive though - 250for a 200Gig drive, against 135 for a 250Gig Linkstation.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:50, 23 Jul 2006

It is very quiet. It's not silent, but it's nowhere near the clatter of PC. My big box sounds like a jet engine when it's cool, let alone hot, so it's more than drowned out by that :)

I'm still copying all my data on to it, but it seems to do the business. Plug it in, run the initial set up (which you seem to have to do from a Windows box), and off you go. Once it's up and running, you can administer it all through a web interface. It'll run with a static or dynamic address, you set up as many shares as you like with open or restricted access and what-not. Out of the box, it'll do FTP too. It does what it says on the tin :)

If you reflash it, you seem to be able to do pretty much what you like. There are people running SlimServer on it, but I think you'd lose RealAudio streams. LinkStations run MIPS and it looks like the codecs aren't available. I'd like to run a CVS server and maybe SSH. I've seen a report of someone running SVN, so it must be doable. An email server in a box would be top too. And maybe a cool secondary market :)

I bought the LinkStation because it's got a build in power supply, so there's less underdesk clutter. The Maxtor NASes are comparable in terms of features, and they are also nicely hackable.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:10, 21 Jul 2006

Good ones. Finding out your kiddies' friends middle names and occasionally addressing said friends by the full name is also good. Kids love wordplay too, so silly rhymes and songs are also good for boosting Dad-fu.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:15, 18 Jul 2006

Perhaps they should sell more iSeries machines first?

I found this recommendation particularly bizarre, because it was emailed to me by amazon.com, rather than .co.uk. I haven't bought anything from amazon.com since 2001, and the last computer book I bought from them was in 1998. An 8 year old purchase of Lions Commentary clearly makes me a prime candidate to buy books on iSeries.

I don't even know what the iSeries is? Is that the latest name for the OS/400? Not that that helps, because I don't know what OS/400 is either :)


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:48, 17 Jul 2006

Well, I'm delighted I've been able to help you expand your bodily horizons.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:46, 03 Jul 2006

... in every crack and crevice ...

... I'm still digging it out now ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:08, 01 Jul 2006

People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, sharepoint-boy.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:58, 30 Jun 2006

I think you don't have children :)
The bathroom was really rather teeny-tiny. Once the dust has settled, been hoovered up, settled again, re-hoovered and then settled, it should be really rather keen and comfy.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:22, 30 Jun 2006

I'll take all the pops I can get.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:15, 26 Jun 2006

Cool! Thanks, Marc.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 23:53, 23 Jun 2006

Fix committed to CVS. XPath/impl/xpath_step.hpp 1.26
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 23:52, 23 Jun 2006

Wrote a test case for this. The failing assertion is line 666. Dum-dum-*dum*!
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 20:00, 23 Jun 2006

That's not the problem, although it was a problem. You read it as I read it - although it took me three or four goes. The solution is to provide your own specialisations, which is what the code in CVS now does. I've been distracted from this recently, and I might just kick the release out anyway and see what happens :)
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 22:31, 21 Jun 2006

Don't care so long as I get the work :) Acutally, it's looking reasonably speedy. I've got another XML database with built-in XQuery and they feel as quick as each other. I'll grant you that I haven't got an enormous dataset though.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:18, 21 Jun 2006

There isn't a customer yet. I'm pitching, more in hope than expectation :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:53, 20 Jun 2006

They aren't contracting clients, but remarkably it is actually true they don't know. At least I don't think they do ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:38, 24 May 2006

Kicked off a gcc 4.1.0 build on Linux. I think it's going to go through ok, but it's a rather aged box (Cyrix 333 with less memory than you get today's graphics cards) so I won't know the result until about this time tomorrow.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 23:29, 19 May 2006

gcc 4.1.0 on Cygwin using expat
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 23:21, 19 May 2006

gcc 3.4.4 on Cygwin using libxml2 version 2.6.22
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 22:58, 19 May 2006

gcc 3.4.4 on Cygwin using Expat.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 22:37, 19 May 2006

Quite possibly. But ten years after that, he'll thank me.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:41, 13 May 2006

As you've probably guessed, I was the shoutee rather than the shouter. I didn't tell him that my own children had left to walk and cycle to nursery and school half an hour previously. It didn't seem helpful.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:50, 05 May 2006

gcc 4.1.0 on Linux is failing, because of some codecvt weirdness. Either it's broken or my understanding is less complete that I believed. Probably the latter. gcc on Cygwin doesn't support wchar_t, so it dodges the issue. Am vexed.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 22:10, 03 May 2006

gcc 4.1.0 on Cygwin using Expat
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 22:10, 01 May 2006

From memory, no there isn't. The text in the balloon is just one long string. If you want any kind of formatting, you have to suppress the balloon and do your own
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:46, 29 Apr 2006

A lot of people like LotR, sure, but I don't see the connection between that and a statue magically bestowing "benefits" on us. I really don't.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:40, 13 Apr 2006

The one now known as ***? Yes
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:39, 30 Mar 2006

Slightly later again: I stayed with the data binding, and switched selection mode back to one. I added a handler to the list box's SelectedIndexChanged event which unselects any selection made. There's a slight flicker, but I guess I can live with that.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 00:36, 22 Mar 2006

Slightly later: Sure enough, if I populate the list box manually, the problem goes away. DataBinding let's you tie a dialog box widget, like a list box, to a property on another object. It takes care of synchronising data back and forth, and means you don't have to write lots of tedious synchronisation code of your own. Unless someone missed a case out of their test suite, of course, in which case you might as well have not bothered. Bah!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 00:32, 22 Mar 2006

I think it's slightly silly for precisely the opposite reason. It is so easy to publish these things - on the web, by email, by SMS to everyone in my phone's address book, and so on. Clearly nobody really gives a monkey's about Domestos really, but sooner rather than later someone will publish something they've been asked to sit on, and it's going to cause a kerfuffle.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:18, 13 Mar 2006

Everyone loved to ramble and it was great! If the letter did take over the whole zine then suddenly the spell would have been broken - Nothing but letters? What kind of crappy zine is this? - so we all colluded in pretending that letters were less important than they really were.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 07:37, 10 Mar 2006

Slightly later - Arabica CVS head builds through with GCC 4.1.0.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 22:56, 06 Mar 2006

As expected, it's turned up the Standards conformance another notch. That's good, so long as you don't get throughly disheartened by it's prodigious error reporting. On the other hand, adding 'typename' in one place and watching a screen and half of error report disappear is rather satisfying.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 22:52, 06 Mar 2006

Doh - it's a noble gas! You know I had to think about that but I am, as you gently point out, a dolt.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:16, 06 Mar 2006

'Is your house infested with a bad smell?'
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:06, 21 Feb 2006

Common themes - mailing hit the spicy brocolli recipe, all URLs eventually point to an online pharmacy allegedly in Canada. I have been manually killing them off, but it doesn't seem to be putting them off. The opposite, in fact. Blacklisting is catching some now, so maybe that'll put them off a bit.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:29, 15 Feb 2006

It'll work longer than the nonce I hope :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:32, 15 Feb 2006

I considered the "do a simple sum" approach and may still have to, I guess. I've just hooked in some blacklisting though, so fingers crossed that'll stop it for the moment.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:04, 15 Feb 2006

It is, isn't it?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:18, 15 Feb 2006

Middle to end of March, maybe. Hopefully by Easter anyway. It's very kind of you to offer, but even though it's not even half a mile, I fully expect to be hiring a gang of hairy-arsed blokes to do the lifting and carrying.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 23:34, 01 Feb 2006

No, we won't :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:08, 01 Feb 2006

And now, so will I. Rock!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:38, 31 Jan 2006

Not yet ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:27, 31 Jan 2006

Like I said, I make no guarantees about my recollection. I'm pretty sure Ego Override was part of the encore, though. Now you mention it, he did do Makes No Sense At All. Maybe that was last. Don't care :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:53, 25 Jan 2006

The Attic Cam is where it's always been, but my cheap-arse webcam isn't really up to following my little spider. Here's a quick snap of him though
Monitor-spider
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:17, 19 Jan 2006

The average housefly would crush him like a bug - he's only a couple of millimetres long - so I've no idea what he eats. I guess he can look after himself, though. He's been doing ok so far.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:10, 19 Jan 2006

Erm, not really, although I think now that we probably won't be getting the house on Forest Road. There are a couple of places on Mayfield Road, just round the corner, that we're thinking about again. It's all such a faff, isn't it?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:11, 17 Jan 2006

Well, it could run and run, but I know stuff all about Marvel comics. My dealer was a DC man, and consequently so was I. DC have always been somewhat more conservative in the old redesign department - Dr Fate, for example, always looks like Dr Fate - and anyway, their characters where better in the first place :p
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:48, 14 Jan 2006

Chum Nige also suggests Captain Marvel, but there are about so many different versions - Marvel, Mar-Vell, the man, the woman - I don't know which one he's talking about. They're all rubbish, I think.

The only one I can think of was Tim Truman's reworking of Hawkman, from around 1990. Googled around, but can't find a decent picture. Bother.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:58, 13 Jan 2006

About two minutes away, on the next road up from here. Hopefully. Should know more on Monday, sometime.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:50, 13 Jan 2006

Some providers will automagically convert a txt to a voice message. But rather than just reading it out, you get a whole load of "press 1 for the message, press 2 to get even more cross ...". Wildly irritating, and definitely not worth bein woken up for.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:53, 27 Dec 2005

How did you reheat it? If you've got a big lump, you can stick it in the steamer again for three-quarters of an hour or so. If it's just a slice, you can bung it in the microwave for a minute. Alternatively fry it up in butter or some pleasant tasting oil. That's top.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:28, 27 Dec 2005

Considered that on and off over the past several years. In the end, I've always decided to stay as close to the DOM spec as I can. It specifies unsigned int, so that's what I've always gone with.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 08:11, 19 Dec 2005

Pah. I'm just making it up as I go along and, so long as I pay attention when I read the specs, I'll get it to work in the end. It's only software, after all :)
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 21:57, 18 Dec 2005

Hmm, not sure I agree with that. There are rather more dominos to need to be lined up for XQuery.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 07:47, 14 Dec 2005

I'd say straightforward, rather than easy. I think it'll work pretty much as you expect - compile the stylesheet to a tree of things-that-do-stuff, stuff the context node in at the top, and everything just drops out. Time consuming - well, unfortunately, I have plenty of time at the moment :)
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 22:08, 13 Dec 2005

Yep, been thinking about that for ages.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 19:55, 07 Dec 2005

- "I'm protecting myself and my family from flu if I swab down everything with Domestos."

Exactly. Everything including your own lungs.

I did quick bit of research on preventing flu transmission. Nothing I found suggested blasting bleach around the place. The best you could do, once you had flu, was to try and prevent onward transmission by staying at home. Even then, it's probably too late, because you can be infectious even before symptoms manifest.

- "If the flu germs are on the faux marble then we've probably already got flu."

Bingo!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:45, 01 Dec 2005

The ASA have acknowledged this very morning. Fingers crossed they will kick Unilever up the arse. A bit anyway, as Unilever undoubtedly have a very large arse indeed. Does anyone else find it slightly unsettling that the same company that makes Domestos and Surf also makes Hellmann's Mayonnaise, Findus frozen foods and Bertolli olive oil? The cleaning products/food stuff combination just doesn't sit right with me.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:02, 01 Dec 2005

I just filled out a form on the ASA website, although I'm not sure if it's worked properly. After I submitted it, its summary page was completely blank. I'll give them a day or too, then have another go.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:06, 30 Nov 2005

Trust me. It's completely humane.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 14:40, 26 Nov 2005

He does sound like Jeffrey Lewis, but comparing him to someone else isn't pointless at all. There are two reason why you might compare one band to another (or one artist to another, or one writer to another or ...). The first to fix them in your own mind - "I like X because they sound like Y" or "I don't like A because they sound like B", or even "I don't like The Futureheads because they sound like XTC, but have none of XTC's playfulness". The other is to give someone else an idea of what they are like - "you might like X because you like Y", "imagine A crossed with B". We could rewrite

Jeffrey Lewis he has two modes, quiet solo songs of maudlin but good humoured self depreciation and loud full-on punk rock.
as
Jeffrey Lewis has a similar dry deliver to Lou Reed, but every now and then goes all Neil Young on his guitar.


While I doubted you would compare Lewis to anyone, there was a chance you might. Ascribing a genre to something is a similar shortcut. My chum Ken once enquired whether I liked "big, depressing science fiction" novels. He could equally well have asked if I like Arthur C. Clarke or Kim Stanley Robinson. In the past, you were happy to describe Lewis's music as "antifolk". When I asked you want the hell that was, you described something I summarised "so it's folk then". Following this gig, I'd describes, as a shorthand, both Schwervon and Lewis as "hardcore". Like Sonic Youth, Big Black, The Pixies and Bob Mould :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:01, 18 Nov 2005

I have been fiddling with it, as you've probably now noticed, but I suspect any hold up may have been at your end.

I usually swim three mornings a week, and do about 1600 metres in a session. Except this week, when I've done about 1km. I too have a cold. At the moment, it feels busy if there are three people in the pool, ACCU members or otherwise :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:14, 17 Nov 2005

Like I said, I did get two on one. Kristen Hersh sings with Throwing Muses and Kim Deal is The Pixies bassist.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:59, 14 Nov 2005

None of that, by the way, should be taken as a review substitute, or as dismissive, or they were a knock off of, or stole riffs from, or anything other than for a brief moment, they reminded me of whomever.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:27, 12 Nov 2005

For Schweron! I have Throwing Muses, L7, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, REM, Tom Petty, My Morning Jacket and Guided By Voices. Except I don't think I really mean Guided By Voices, I mean another band on the Buffy soundtrack CD, but I can't think which one. Death Cab for Cutie, maybe? Matt's voice has a definite "young Micheal Stipe" sound, especially when singing unaccompanied. For a moment, in a couple of songs, if their ghost bass player had been made physical and started spanking out dirty, thumping bass riffs, they could have doubled for a fresh-faced Talking Heads.

For Jeffrey Lewis and chums I have The B52s, John Denver, Fleetwood Mac, Big Black, Sonic Youth (again), The Monkees and Neil Young, although they didn't necessarily occur to me in that order.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:26, 12 Nov 2005

<later/>Pete's block has passed, which is good. Hope he was able to get some sleep in the meantime. I'm declaring a draw on the who-sounds-like-who thing. He didn't liken Jeffrey Lewis to anyone, which I think I knew in my heart would be the case, but did compare Nan Turner of Schwervon! to Kristen Hersh or Kim Deal. I have Throwing Muses and The Pixies on my piece of paper, so I reckon that's about equal. The comparison with Hersh is valid I think, but I'm not sure about Deal. I didn't put The Pixies on my list because of any easy-peasy female-vocalist-in-a-guitar-band reason, but because of, well, I don't know really, but that's how they struck me. An attitude, an approach, just something for a moment reminded me.
I have dinner to cook. Excuse me.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:57, 12 Nov 2005

<later>Still in the grip. Going to try and reboot myself with a spot of lunch.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:00, 10 Nov 2005

HM Swan Marker assures me that while the HM the Q retains the right to all unmarked swans on open water, she only exercises that right on certain sections of the River Thames.
Frankly, I have no idea what the hell that means.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:48, 09 Nov 2005

Mute swans don't generally, no and those that do migrate to the UK from Eastern Europe for winter. The RSPB website tells me some swans do form winter flocks, so maybe she's done that.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:26, 08 Nov 2005

Bang on!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:38, 04 Nov 2005

Well, you might think that but I couldn't possibly comment
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:05, 03 Nov 2005

Further Oracle Alert: Looks like their SAXSource might be bug-bound too. Bloody useless. I haven't investigated in detail, but it throws an exception in a place where Saxon and Xalan don't.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:43, 31 Oct 2005

Yes. They'd come in all blinking and confused. That's why they'd be in your bathroom and not at the footy ground where they should be.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:57, 27 Oct 2005

I suspect you are yanking my chain, as our colonial cousins have it. Why? Please, why?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:00, 26 Oct 2005

But I still don't understand what you *do* in this enormous bathroom. Kitchen - yes, understand. Bathroom - as long as it's got a bath and a lavvy, I consider it complete. Personally, I find large bathrooms slightly unnerving. They're like changing rooms. Any minute, a bunch of hairy-arsed footballers will come wondering in and expect to get in the bath with you.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:38, 25 Oct 2005

She may find it amusing. Nobody else does. She doesn't even clock just-about-humourous.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:15, 24 Oct 2005

Family get togethers == kiddie's bath time. As I said, a bit bigger would make that a little easier, but we're talking about a bit of a squash for 5 minutes while they're being dried off. It's not worth not buying a house over, is it?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:33, 23 Oct 2005

You've long had a journalistic blind spot where Zoe Williams is concerned, but even you must concede that her dog training article was bloody abysmal.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:51, 23 Oct 2005

Mate, I'd *love* to ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:36, 22 Oct 2005

Could be. I went for the testicle option myself, although I flirted briefly with builder's arse cleavage.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:17, 21 Oct 2005

Update: I have now eaten my comedy potato.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:51, 20 Oct 2005

How do you think I know it so exactly? Because that's how much our total claim is.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:39, 17 Oct 2005

Doh! Fixed
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:15, 10 Oct 2005

No, it was a dodgy router in Small Heath (or virtual Small Heath more likely), and was all sorted out, for me at least, by mid-afternoon.
Other than this outage, my BY service has been rock solid for years. I haven't had an outage, that I've noticed anyway, for maybe 3 or 4 years.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:32, 07 Oct 2005

BY's support boys raised a ticket around midday and it all seemed to be sorted about 3ish. Top tip - don't bother emailing or phoning, use news://news.blueyonder.co.uk/blueyonder.support.access.hi-speed instead. The BY support boys hang out there, and they know their stuff.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:45, 05 Oct 2005

Yea, well clearly you'd hate BT more. BT would lose in a fight to anyone ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:12, 05 Oct 2005

The slides now available.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 07:15, 04 Oct 2005

I don't recall in any detail :)
Happily though, someone else does
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:18, 28 Sep 2005

Also
DOM/CDATASection.h r1.3
DOM/Test.h r1.4
DOM/CharacterData.h r1.3
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 13:18, 30 Aug 2005

But a few minutes spent contemplating an unbidden hug from a large furry purple dinosaur will send you screaming to the bottle.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:40, 25 Aug 2005

They are by the time he's finished with them.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:12, 25 Aug 2005

Big Cook, Little Cook is top if indeed slightly camp. Although I guess we'd all be a bit camp if our cafe only ever served characters from nursery rhymes. They don't unsettle the Bean though.

Only Barney and his obsessive hugging of any child within his reach does that. I ask again, why does Barney keep hugging the children?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:48, 24 Aug 2005

Not only does Barney exist, he's an instrument of torture : "In training, they forced me to listen to the Barney 'I Love You' song for 45 minutes. I never want to go through that again," one US operative told the magazine.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:47, 22 Aug 2005

"a certain level" ... there are limits, and a tie is waaaaay over the edge
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:53, 22 Aug 2005

If you've got circular dependencies that you can't solve with more than a forward declaration then you've got problems. Big problems. Headers only libraries are nice because a) they don't need building seperately and b) only the bits you really, absolutely need get compiled into your application.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 15:52, 21 Aug 2005

It hasn't at all as far as I can tell. In any case, a bit of paint here and there is pretty small beer. We're getting large parts of the house redecorated actually, because there are scuffs and scratches and outright bloody great gouges in a lot of places. In the kitched, opposite the back door there are pieces of slate and glass stuck in the wall.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:04, 20 Aug 2005

We could have looped the other way, but that would have really rung up the meter. Maybe we should have abandon the Worcester cab in Moseley and got a fresh new one? Ah well, we'll know for next year(!)
I think the train might have been a bit early too. If we'd only just missed it, we would have heard it go through as we hoofed up Shrub Hill Road. And it wasn't the speed of the eating, it was the waiter dawdling through the bill paying procedures ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:11, 15 Aug 2005

Thank you so much for that. Get lost.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:23, 14 Aug 2005

One, maybe, above the back door. I considered it, but I would have had to stand on a wobbly pile of garden furniture to reach it. Had I managed that, I'd probably have cut myself on the leftover bits of glass as I squeezed through. Assuming I wasn't impaled on anything I'd have certain landed on my head on the way down. I was drunk, but I wasn't that drunk :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:25, 09 Aug 2005

I have on already :) I think we've pretty much decided to take the money, sit on it and see if we really need to get another car or not. Hopefully we won't.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:16, 04 Aug 2005

You tell me John, you have more channels than I do :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:14, 04 Aug 2005

No such luck. We get the Glass's Guide value, which is going to be somewhat shy of the cost of replacing it. We also lose our no-claims bonus because it was, in their terms anyway, a fault claim. I said arse and I meant it :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:10, 04 Aug 2005

This and this and this and this and this, plus sundry other dents, bashes and scratches. Three and half thousand against a book value of 2,300.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:05, 03 Aug 2005

It took them two or three goes but they cooked their own. Even without our intervention they found it a bit of a pita :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:11, 18 Jul 2005

It's not a top plan, is it? Why not turn the whole place into Tolkienland, build turrets at either end of the Alcester Road, and get the Street Wardens to dress up in pointy ears and tights. That'll get the tourists rolling in. In the aisles, at least.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:53, 10 Jul 2005

Chap. Thanks.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 23:18, 07 Jul 2005

Picked up the new B13 today. Lots of letter along the lines of "yes to a statue, but no to this one here", followed by an article by David Isgrove of the statue group saying "yes to this one, in this place". Hie thee down to Woodbridge News and get one. You could pick one up on your way to work and quietly fume. (When not fuming about your boxes, obviously.)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 23:17, 07 Jul 2005

Nick Gillingham said there are plans for a 50 metre pool at "one of the universities", in a brief interview on the BBC yesterday. I've not seen any other reports confirm it since, though.

It might well have been me who told you about the ent, yes. The statue group have a website where you can contact them, although I suspect objections may well fall on deaf ears there. It'll come up for planning permission if they ever secure their funding, so there'll be a formal opportunity to object then. If you feel the need to unburden now, get a copy of B13 from Woodbridge News and write them a letter.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:52, 07 Jul 2005

:|
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:27, 04 Jul 2005

Mad, isn't it?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:46, 03 Jul 2005

Yep, I'm afraid so.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:45, 03 Jul 2005

The smugger team you mean ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:16, 03 Jul 2005

No, he failed because he wasn't interested. The next week, he was tested again and passed. In the nearly five years since, I have had no reason to doubt his hearing. I strongly suspect that if a child did have a hearing problem, the parents would be suspicious long before a test like this.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:52, 03 Jul 2005

You can do it. You're in charge. There is no confrontation. All you need is the date, and your credit card. I'll see you there.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:34, 13 Jun 2005

I was a bit chessed off when I wrote this. I've since had a rather good email from another chap at the client, who'd read it. So now I'm a bit embarrassed.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:51, 11 Jun 2005

Edgbaston's website is rubbish if you actually want to buy tickets. That is the box office number, and the tickets are 10 of your English pounds. Seating is unreserved, so you can sit whereever you like. I rather fancy the Priory stand myself - nice view over square leg and rather less rowdy that the Hollies stand :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:47, 11 Jun 2005

Get stuffed. Believe it or not, he wanted to go. When I asked him, he immediately went off to find the card we got with a big number 4 on it. We went to the last day of the test last year and had a top time. Twenty20 matches should have lots of boundaries and lots of wickets, hence lots of opportunities to jump around and wave the big number 4. What's not to like? Actually, I remember you saying you might fancy giving a cricket a go. It's a tenner, starts at 5:30 and is cycling distance. Phone number is 0870 062 1902. Come on.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:30, 10 Jun 2005

I should also mention that I'm going to the cricket with The Bean so, depending on how tired or not he is and how exciting or not the cricket is, we may not stay until the end.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:55, 10 Jun 2005

Sort yourself out a ticket then and then we can arrange a rendez-vous.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:06, 10 Jun 2005

Depends on what you mean by 'real'.

Here's the picture. It shows Sid Vicious of WCW breaking his leg during a match. You can see the pretty hideous wrong angle his shin. Now obviously professional wrestling isn't "real" in the sense that it's a genuine competition - it's a work. But sometime's it's a shoot :)


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:24, 06 Jun 2005

We noticed a lump on his back, right on his spine, while we were on holiday. We also thought his gait was a bit off - he was dropping his left shoulder. So we trundle him into the vet, who instantly decided to have it out.

Initial biopsy results show he has a mast cell tumour. I was pretty miserable when we were first told, but I feel pretty optimistic about it now. Having had a bit of a read around, it seems like he's going to get better or he's not. The lump in question has been dispatched off to Cambridge for a further biopsy, so we'll know a bit more later.

In the meantime, I think he seems much cheerier since it was lopped out. He wasn't in pain before, but perhaps he just felt a bit crap. His gait's improved too - he's not dropping his shoulder any more. Maybe the position of the lump right in the middle of his back was a bit uncomfortable when he walked. Anyway, he seems in a pretty good mood now and, since he has no idea what's going on, there's no reason why he shouldn't.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:40, 06 Jun 2005

Well, it wasn't terrible, mainly because there wasn't any dialogue during the fighting, and there was lots of fighting. This time round I didn't find Hayden Christiansen's every screen moment a torture, even though Lucas still gives him some of the Galaxy's worst dialogue. The sequence at the end, switching between Padme's labour and Vader being kitted out with his armour was really pretty good. Did get a bit of a thrill when I heard his first breath. Would have liked to see more of Bail Organa - it's would have been nice to know why he's a goodie and not a baddie like all the other senators. And why, in the supposed democracy of the republic, do people keep electing princes and lords.

But, yea, ok really.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:11, 03 Jun 2005

Well, when the time is right you'll know what to do ...

When we get a bit nearer to next year's call for papers, I'm going to encourage everyone to submit abstracts so they too can be treated with respect and deference. I will be, because it's something I could get used to :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:43, 01 Jun 2005

A former client once cheerfully told me he could get a room full of East European programmers for what it was costing to hire me, so thanks for all your hard work, but my Slovakian roomful will be doing the next release.

That was over a year ago, and as far as I know they've not shipped yet.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:10, 01 Jun 2005

If you'd been registered for a postal vote, you wouldn't have been allowed to vote in person. That suggests you application didn't arrive in time (or just didn't arrive).
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:30, 17 May 2005

Thanks for clearing that up.

Looking at the Evening Mail piece again, I obviously did misread it. Good luck with your new job as an MP. When do you plan to sleep though :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:27, 15 May 2005

I normally walk Dogger at about 5 in the afternoon, so you're not back from work. How would Sunday suit?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:11, 11 May 2005

Then you;d have completely girlied out this evening. The new brood now numbers 13 or 14 (difficult to count, because they don't keep still). If you're on the corner of Church Road and Woodbridge Road tomorrow morning at six, you can come with me and see them.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:45, 10 May 2005

In a good way or a bad way?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:30, 09 May 2005

Come to the park with me tomorrow. There was a new brood this evening, presumably fresh today, 10 of the little blighters. Yay.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:29, 09 May 2005

(It's taken you this long to notice? When I cba I'll fix it.)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:14, 06 May 2005

Check the date at the top sunshine - there was no Green candidate in 2001.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:58, 06 May 2005

Why does it matter?


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:31, 24 Apr 2005

Update: I think I finally worked it out. Although it isn't apparent from the timetable, some of the trains start from Snow Hill and go to Marylebone, while the others go from New Street to Euston. The cheaper open return is only valid from Snow Hill, while the more expensive one can be used on any route from Birmingham to London. I think.

In the end, finished up buying two singles.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:49, 11 Apr 2005

Mailed them over to printing.com this afternoon. Should have them back next week.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:55, 23 Mar 2005

wait and see ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:38, 22 Mar 2005

it's to add a bit of mystery - "what's that dot doing there?" :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:43, 22 Mar 2005

[later]Welcome Googlers. You probably want look here http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/video/index.shtml
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:49, 21 Mar 2005

[next day] It was late when I put the drop together last night, and thought I might left a file out (accounting for the missing 62 lines). Turns out, I'd left a redundant one in, so wc now says 481. 481 isn't prime, I'm afraid John, but it is the product of two primes - 13 x 37. Will that do?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:13, 18 Mar 2005

Just done a bit more and hit 569 lines. Another prime. Rock and roll!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:36, 16 Mar 2005

Yep, xsd.exe will happily generate large quantities of C#, JavaScript or VB.NET, and it entirely fine if that's what you want.

But I want an adventure!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:11, 11 Mar 2005

No need. She's much more organised than I am.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:40, 11 Mar 2005

But that's hardly news. The death sentence was announced years ago. Surely the chance to get something done was then, not now.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:00, 11 Mar 2005

That new trailer is loads better then the previous one. Perhaps we should have a trip out ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:09, 10 Mar 2005

So you could hoover by IM? It'd put a whole new spin on home automation certainly.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:59, 10 Mar 2005

I know. And I'm sorry :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:01, 10 Mar 2005

The internet just rocks sometimes :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:32, 10 Mar 2005

The internet just rocks sometimes :)
Added to Spam on 14:32, 10 Mar 2005

The internet just rocks sometimes :)
Added to QUICK EASY AND INEXPENSIVE SEPTIC TANK MAINTENANCE on 14:32, 10 Mar 2005

You could do all those things.

To be honest, the tools probably already exist, but they're expensive or crappy or are GUI only so don't integrate with your build process or have some other failing. I assume so anyway, otherwise more of us C++ types would be doing it :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:26, 08 Mar 2005

It's a thought, but I was trying to create a more positive "brand image" :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:07, 07 Mar 2005

Ah. You mean the murder?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:10, 28 Feb 2005

It was bit sad it wasn't settling, but dismal? Snow is never dismal.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:12, 25 Feb 2005

It must be getting onto the mid-twenties here, now I think about it. I'd never really noticed how much heat this big machine kicks out, but it is getting a little close in here now.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:11, 25 Feb 2005

Well, he wasn't stopping ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:11, 25 Feb 2005

In my copious free time (TM), I'm toying with the idea of driving the whole thing through XSLT. Stick a RelaxNG or WXS schema in one end, get code out the other, that kind of thing. Not sure when I'll actually do anything about it though ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:31, 21 Feb 2005

... and slightly shorter if you slouch ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:21, 21 Feb 2005

It is for me :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:56, 18 Feb 2005

There are cute girl Jehovah's Witnesses?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:06, 17 Feb 2005

Rough Road in Kingstanding? If it wasn't true, you'd have to make it up.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 23:16, 14 Feb 2005

He came right past the door, about quarter to two, travelling from Church Road to Anderton Park. Perhaps you were lost in concentration and/or a post-prandial snooze?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:16, 14 Feb 2005

Sadly, we didn't make it. The quintuple whammy of a lunchtime birthday party, Bean's current poorliness, England v France, on and off freezing rain, and a 4:30 swimming lesson ruled it out.

In retrospect, I maybe should have skipped the rugby.

Arse.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:37, 13 Feb 2005

Lots of stuff down at the Arcadian Centre

http://www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/content/articles/2005/01/28/chinese_new_year_2005_feature.shtml

Kung Hei Fat Choi
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 07:52, 11 Feb 2005

... well, I suppose it means you do have a different boss now, but it's not exactly what I meant ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:42, 08 Feb 2005

We redesigned our back garden last year.

I lie. Actually we got a man in to redesign our back garden. I'd recommend that :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:51, 31 Jan 2005

Actually I did think about it ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:13, 27 Jan 2005

And now stiff. Today I feel bloody stiff.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:07, 27 Jan 2005

Problem solved - picked up a second-hand copy of GTA Vice City this afternoon :)


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:14, 22 Jan 2005

No. My HL2 package didn't include it. I think I have Bronze - I was given it by a friend who works for ePlay. He got his as a promo-freebie, but as he is a confirmed consolejockey he has no PC.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:22, 19 Jan 2005

Yea, but there'd be no mystery. Maybe later when it's not so fresh in my mind.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:07, 18 Jan 2005

Strike me, I didn't know about that. I shall give it a go.

I do try and avoid swearing with the kids, if only because they're such bastard good listeners. "Why did you call that man a stupid git, Daddy?" Obviously, that knocks out a far chunk of the rock canon, but if Tenacious D can come up with a track free of swearing (and general rudeness and smut) it means there's still plenty out there to listen too.

(The track in question is called "Dio" by the way. It's one of the Bean's favourites. We duet it :) )
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:52, 10 Jan 2005

Well, yes and no. I doubt I'll be the only person writing in the first person, but I can always sling it into the third person if it makes you more comfy ... It's also been suggested that what I've written is a little on the short side. Bah and, indeed, humbug.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:34, 02 Jan 2005

Third person is indeed the norm, but frankly Jez thinks that's a load of bollocks. Everybody knows these things are written by the subject, and that they are very much tootling their own trumpet.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:12, 30 Dec 2004

You never did though, did you?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:18, 30 Dec 2004

Sitting room, of course. Lounge? How common of me :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:09, 30 Dec 2004

In the pub? In your lounge, surely?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:23, 29 Dec 2004

Even as I type, my toes are wrapped in a lovely new pair.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:33, 28 Dec 2004

Drove home last night. Turned off engine. Wondered "what's that noise". Tracked it to laptop bag. Was damn near glowing to was so hot. Fortunately it calmed down pretty quickly once I took it out.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:16, 24 Nov 2004

That's what I do

:)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:48, 16 Nov 2004

Maybe it is - we had Budweiser too.

Hal was still going strong scoffing rice and yogurt at gone 9 o'clock, and it was the Bean who flagged first. Just eaten a big pile of gulab jamon. Feel a bit queasy now :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 23:16, 12 Nov 2004

Well, that's not what he said, but now you mention it ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:34, 10 Nov 2004

Automated unit testing is good, and you can't really argue with that. I'm not claiming it's the key to world peace. The article you link seems to suggest it's the root of all evil, but I don't see any substance in what he says. He sets up an extremely flimsy straw man, then beats the hell out of it without actually offering any alternative. w00t! Check his 3l33t debating skillz.

It's true that some things are easier to test that others. It's true the your definition of a "unit" can make a significant difference. Systems with a lot of state stashed in databases are a pain. GUIs of all sorts - web apps, Java, whatever - are also very difficult to test.

I'm doing a lot of work where significant things happen in XSLT, and so are more and more other people. Testing XSLT is a tedious, generally extremely manual, business. I'm just trying to make is a touch easier.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:42, 10 Nov 2004

Christ, you don't think I actually stayed there? Last year's conference was also at the Randolph, hence my familiarity with both their pleasant and helpful staff and excrutiating (even for Oxford) beer prices.

I dodged their room prices by spending a night on Kal's floor, then when he "had to" go to an ISO meeting in Amsterdam, a couple of nights in a B&B on the other side of Oxford.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:55, 10 Nov 2004

Clever clogs will, of course, be aware of XSLTUnit - http://xsltunit.org/ - and it is undoubted rahter a cool piece of work. I'm aiming to be cooler though :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:04, 09 Nov 2004

Ah yes, the Randolph. The very expensive Randolph. The "did we mention they filmed Morse here" Randolph. The did "the Amatuer Athletics Association was formed in our bar, you know" Randolph. The "did you see that nice Antony Hopkins anywhere" Randolph. The "conferences rooms get very hot in the afternoon" Randolph. Yep, that's the place. Service is jolly good though :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:05, 09 Nov 2004

Hi Paul. As I understand things, they way things have been worked out is that my friend spends time in Birmingham during the week (staying on people's sofas) so that she can attend college. This is, apparently, ok with NASS even though they previously said it was completely out of the question. I'm not entirely clear on how the travel back and forth is funded, though.

As for your experience of Lord Brown, doesn't that seem to be about par for the course? BP are a profitable, well-capitalised company (aren't they), so he must, by definition, be a good chief exec. If he's a good chief exec, he must, be definition, be in touch with his staff. This is nonsense of course, because the definition of these things is all wrong.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:53, 25 Oct 2004

I'm flattered. Thanks :)

(Waking the Texan isn't bad, is it?)


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:10, 29 Sep 2004

cause there's no way I'd scratch it for you ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:43, 16 Sep 2004

At this rate, probably sometime around the middle of next month. Heed my words John - our time is passing, the children are here to replace us.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:16, 08 Sep 2004

No, you wouldn't, which is kind of the point really.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:08, 30 Aug 2004

I'm flattered by, but would reject, the master coder tag. I just chip away at things and they generally turn out ok.

As to why? Why not? :) The other available implementations are tied to their DOM implementations, for a start. You can't use Pathan on anything other than a Xerces DOM, libxml2's XPath implementation wants to work with libxml2 DOMs, similarly MSXML.

Arabica doesn't build on those DOMs (primarily because they're all tied to custom string types or char pointers, involve ludicrous levels of resource management, are C based or whatever). So, if Arabica is going to get XPath, then it needs writing.

I wanted to do something with Spirit, just because it's cool. Despite the rather lengthy development period, getting the grammar up and going has only taken a few hours (8, 10 maybe) which is pretty fantastic. What's more, thanks to Spirit, you can validate it directly against the spec. If I'd been writing my own parser, I probably wouldn't have bothered.

I also wanted to work with Spirit, because I have this nagging thing at the back of my head that I should write a "native" Arabica XML parser sometime.

There's an educational aspect to implementing spec text and, as XML specs (sorry recommendations) go, XPath is one of the shorter ones.

I fancied doing it anyway.

I need it for work. Kind of. You never know what clients are going to ask you to do, or in what language. Having an ongoing C++ project stops the relevant brain muscles withering. I like working in C++ too - it's much more fun than anything else, even Python, and is just streets ahead of C# and Java.

Having said I would, I felt I couldn't not.

How's that? :)

Jez
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 15:45, 24 Aug 2004

You did, in a letter which I published in Coffee Time 6 or 7. Why? Don't tell me you're changing your mind?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 07:26, 20 Aug 2004

Doh! Should have gone to a meatspace shop for Doom3 and used the vouchers for HalfLife2.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:02, 16 Aug 2004

Do it! Why else did you buy that new machine?


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:07, 16 Aug 2004

That's the curse of children. You wake up when you're programmed to even when they're not there. Hence, despite going to bed thoroughly beered at knocking on 3am, I was up and more or less functional at 7am. That's a whole hour lay in.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 23:46, 02 Aug 2004

And it was. Sitting in the sun for going on 7 hours, even without watching a game you don't really understand, is pretty hard work when you're four and half, but he was a complete champ. We had I really good time. I enjoyed watching 322 runs and 17 wickets, while the Bean brummed his cars on the step and waved his big number 4.

Towards the end of the afternoon he matched to get some kind of handle on the scoreboard. He would inform me with great alarm that "now they've got 176 runs, Daddy". "The team we are on has got another wicket!", he'd shout as the scoreboard ticked on, failing to connect all the shouting and arm-waving the entire crowd had just engaged in. He's asked to go again, although that might be for the ice cream rather than the sport.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:41, 02 Aug 2004

Sorry. Was drunk.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 08:08, 01 Aug 2004

It only looks rude when viewed through the lens of rudeness, Dan.

Straight is front crawl. Kick is legs only with your arms on a floar. Pull is arms-only crawl with a pull-bouy float stuffed between your willing thighs. Not rude at all.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:00, 21 Jul 2004

The pool is a shade over 20 metres, so it's about 1400 metres for the whole programme.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:31, 16 Jul 2004

That's the most stupid part of all - the common-sense free can't sue you anyway, but everything is still plastered with warnings. I bought a cup of coffee at Warwick services this morning, which was labelled "Caution: The drink you are about to enjoy is VERY HOT". Because it was printed in relatively small type and was covered by hand while I held the cup, I didn't see it until I'd drunk all the coffee and put the empty cup down on the passenger seat. Who's more stupid, those issuing or those needing the warnings?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:57, 13 Jul 2004

Assuming, of course, that you're stupid enough to throw a cup of hot liquid over yourself.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:18, 12 Jul 2004

If anyone tried to sue for being burned by tea, the "he's a fuckwit" defense should surely apply. You can't get burnt by tea. It's a liquid, so you get scalded.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:04, 12 Jul 2004

Presumably it is the culture of litigation we're all supposed to be living in these days. Call me an old duffer if you like but shouldn't "But really, your Honour, the plaintiff is plainly a complete fuckwit" be a defense in law?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:20, 12 Jul 2004

They all have them - "Warning! Even though your baby is strapped into this seat, it is your responsibility not to crash your fucking car!" or "Caution. This pushchair is not designed to let you carreen wildly down a hill into the path of on coming traffic!".

The warnings on baby products are about as helpful as the mythic airline peanut warning - "Caution: This product contains nuts"
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:41, 12 Jul 2004

Your comment is undeniably true.

It is also, like the label itself, undeniably stupid.

Clothes are flammable (except hopefully those given to firemen). Why then are baby clothes especially labelled? Do people feel particularly inclined to dangle babies over naked flames, perhaps? Are we likely to mistake a cotton vest for an asbestos coverall?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:50, 12 Jul 2004

no I need less code, which is what I'm trying to do something about
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:08, 09 Jul 2004

At least that's a hardware problem I can solve :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:57, 05 Jul 2004

When it's ready, whenever that is. I've been busy with work, other things, going on holiday and what not, so progress hasn't exactly been stellar recently.

The grammer is complete now though, I think. Whitespace is skipped in the right places, and everything parses out into a nice abstract syntax tree. From here on, it's a simple matter of programming (ha, ha, just serious) to walk the tree and build a little executable XPath object. Really, I do think the difficult part is done now.


Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 22:33, 28 Jun 2004

Short answer - can't be bothered.

Better answer - It's almost certainly against Jobserve's terms of service to republish their adverts. It'd be ethically dubious too. Publishing customised RSS feeds is something I think they should do, and would improve the utility of their site a great deal. There seems to be no sign of that happening though, so I don't have any particular qualms about scraping their site for personal use. I've found many of my contracts via Jobserve over the past several years. Scraping them into my RSS reader just makes it easier for me to see the relevant ads. Helping a few other people to do that same thing I don't see as a bad thing. Republishing their data for money? Nah ...
Added to Jobserve2RSS on 17:21, 28 Jun 2004

Short answer - can't be bothered.

Better answer - It's almost certainly against Jobserve's terms of service to republish their adverts. It'd be ethically dubious too. Publishing customised RSS feeds is something I think they should do, and would improve the utility of their site a great deal. There seems to be no sign of that happening though, so I don't have any particular qualms about scraping their site for personal use. I've found many of my contracts via Jobserve over the past several years. Scraping them into my RSS reader just makes it easier for me to see the relevant ads. Helping a few other people to do that same thing I don't see as a bad thing. Republishing their data for money? Nah ...
Added to Jez UK Ltd - Code on 17:21, 28 Jun 2004

http://www.jezuk.co.uk/jez/twilight-on-rosewall-hill

ASCII can be Art too ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:47, 28 Jun 2004

There's some dispte over the result in Perry Barr, which is being recounted *again* today.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:50, 13 Jun 2004

The ducks don't, but all the local chickens go "fook, fook".
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:26, 08 Jun 2004

It's worth another look I suppose. I did track the commons-dev mailing list for some time a while back, but there seemed to be no movement on Collections at the time. (It was all Bean this and Jelly that.)

Commons Collections and Mango have similar iterators and unary predicates, so perhaps the algorithms part would fit with them.

I'll have another go at their mailing list perhaps.
Added to The Mango Library on 17:00, 02 Jun 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 to The Coffee Grounds on 10:47, 27 May 2004

Coot have white faces, but coot chicks have red faces ...

http://www.clydebirds.com/files/Coot.ad.feeding.chick_Kilmardinny_040603.web.jpg

http://www.lanius.co.uk/images/own/coot.jpg


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:18, 25 May 2004

The little chaps - which for some unaccountable reason I think are a duck and a drake - are eight days old now. They're already about three times bigger than when they hatched. Smashers!

There's also coot and a goose sitting on nests, which must be due to hatch any day now. Down the road at Cannon Hill Park, there are three seperate clutches of coot chicks already several days old, as well as a large family of great crested grebes which are almost as large as their parents.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:12, 20 May 2004

I have no doubts about the school academically, I was just very surprized and puzzled for Daniel to be offered a place. Casual observation - driving past at home time - suggests that about half the pupils are Muslim.

Given the proportion of non-Jewish intake, I just wondered if the local Jewish community is smaller than it once was, less concentrated in Moseley, or less orthodox maybe. On the other hand, it might always have had this proportion of Jewish and Gentile pupils and I'm just ignorant.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:51, 17 May 2004

Kal, *nobody* can validate against XML Schema properly.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:40, 14 May 2004

We're using Xalan together with the Oracle parser. I solved my immediate problem - running the client's testsuite by specifying

-D org.xml.sax.driver=oracle.xml.parser.v2.SAXParser

in the Java command line.

Both Xalan and Cocoon use the SAX XMLReaderFactory interface, so were bitten by the problem I describe.

Oracle's javax.xml.parsers.SAXParserFactory interface is correct though, so if you can use that instead you're problem goes away. It looks to me like OC4J uses that in preference to XMLReaderFactory.

Note that the testsuite I was working with runs outside OC4J, although the application itself is deployed using the Oracle appserver.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:00, 14 May 2004

Well indeed it is.

Doubt cats are the culprits at the park though. More likely to be rats, foxes or the other birds. Some of the geese get downright uppity.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:05, 12 May 2004

Well they aren't, but that's still kind of my point. They're all new.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:26, 06 May 2004

I did - and I meant it in a good way. I wanted a big-arse machine I could work on, not some namby-pamby ponce-machine for showing off in airport lounges with. So that's what I got - a bloody great machine that's portable in the same way that an Osbourne 1 was portable.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:24, 11 Apr 2004

How's your holiday, btw? Can't be that great if you feel the need to read this while you're out there.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:15, 09 Apr 2004

And no - many, many comments out of China here - http://www.jezuk.co.uk/jez/spam/chinaMotorcycle
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:14, 09 Apr 2004

Doh


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:13, 09 Apr 2004

Well if she can pick us up in Stourbridge ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:05, 18 Mar 2004

Well, I have. And now Kal's coming too, it's going to be full.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:25, 16 Mar 2004

Har-de-har.

I probably am the oldest in our little party, at a sagacious 34. That makes us too young to have been punks, and too old to have had parents who were punks. We are a lost generation who can love and laugh at 70s punk bands :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:14, 15 Mar 2004

What made you think *we* were taking any of this seriously either ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:55, 15 Mar 2004

Jay and Silent Bob? Fuck them! Fuck them up their stupid asses!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 08:49, 11 Mar 2004

BWAH-HA-HA!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:32, 27 Feb 2004

Because of Phil's parka?

House prices are going up here, as they are generally. This is something of a double-edged sword, because when we do move again we're planning to move elsewhere in Moseley. Doh!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:32, 27 Feb 2004

... erm, wait ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:57, 16 Feb 2004

Unless you did it, you know, for peace!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:57, 16 Feb 2004

Well, that's clearly you off the list.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:30, 16 Feb 2004

In my past experience, Blueyonder's SMTP servers have been prone to delay mail for several hours.

Obviously, I don't know what the situation is now because I haven't been using them.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:12, 16 Feb 2004

I run a mail server, inaccessible from outside my network, to deliver my mail.

AOL don't want to deal with it, because they consider such things as carrying the whiff of spam, either by delivering spam directly or acting as an open-relay for others. There's no doubt that a lot of machines do operate like this, largely because they've been infected with trojans.

However, statements like "residential addresses ... should not be connecting directly to another ISP's [servers]" are nonsence, and refusing connections from so-called "residential addresses" won't do anything very much to reduce spam.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:25, 16 Feb 2004

Well, it is a long way from here to Perry Barr :))
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:27, 15 Feb 2004

Here's a cool example:

Screenscraping HTML with TagSoup and XPath - http://www.hackdiary.com/archives/000029.html
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 22:58, 11 Feb 2004

You're not allowed Internet access, but yet you can sync via AvantGo several times a day? So Internet access is sort of allowed, or you're sneakily dialling up via your mobile?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:24, 11 Feb 2004

Almost, but not quite. Arabica, right now, provides the same SAX interface to expat, libxml, MSXML and Xerces. You configure the library to use one of them, and after that it doesn't matter because everything looks the same. You can also build Arabica to support multiple parsers. Then, if you write code for one parser, you can convert to another simply by changing say expat_wrapper to msxml2_wrapper.

Porting something like TagSoup would mean writing something that implemented the SAX::basic_XMLReader interface. After that, you could drop it in and everything would just work.

There are examples of this kind of thing in CPAN, where there are Perl modules to present all kinds of things as SAX sources. There are probably Python examples too.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 14:08, 11 Feb 2004

... instead of AvantGo?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:13, 11 Feb 2004

And no, I don't. First off, my Mum's more than capable of sorting it out herself. Second, providing tech-support for relatives is just asking for trouble :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:54, 10 Feb 2004

Nick! You still live! Unfortunately, your website doesn't -

ping www.nedrichards.com

Unknown host www.nedrichards.com
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:24, 10 Feb 2004

They do similar jobs, but Tidy doesn't present a SAX interface. Looking at it, it has more of a DOM like interface, slanted towards HTML. TagSoup on the other hand, lets you process HTML as if it were XML.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 09:27, 10 Feb 2004

I'm downgrading to ed.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:00, 03 Feb 2004

Erm, well it doesn't really do anything. It's a guided self-help system that tells you about printing letterheads, business cards and such.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:49, 01 Feb 2004

I'm looking initially to implement XPath 1.0. XPath 2.0 is still pretty mobile and I don't have to the time to devote to following the rec as it evolves. Right now it seems like only Micheal Kay, who writes Saxon, is the only man on the planet who does. I don't really have a timescale for it either - I work on Arabica on an as I need to or as I can basis, so it depends very much on how much other stuff I have to do. Sorry to be so vague, but you know how these things go.


Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 23:23, 26 Jan 2004

Doh!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:53, 26 Jan 2004

Yea, but without a massive jarfile you can't use it.

Hang on, isn't this where we started ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:10, 24 Jan 2004

M-x other-window or C-x o

C-x b

etc

You should be able to live without keybindings. Where would you be without JDE, Tramp, xslide and all the rest? Modes. Now you really are stuffed without them
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:02, 23 Jan 2004

Ah, but can we really ever know anybody?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:36, 23 Jan 2004

I have done

tar zcf package.tar.gz work/*

a few times. Doesn't that count?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:13, 20 Jan 2004

Depends what's on
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:19, 06 Jan 2004

That's it exactly :))
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:30, 23 Dec 2003

"why is it so hard to assert your individuality while beig part of a group?"

now that needs more of an answer than I can fit into this little box ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:10, 15 Dec 2003

It's no crime, but I suspect you are Dark Angel ignorant -

http://www.darkangelfan.com/

http://darkangel.sierra.com/

In Dark Angel, Max had a barcode because she was plucked fully formed from the spawning vat, which is almost the very not-definition of "individual".
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:09, 15 Dec 2003

It might be a wry comment on all kinds of things, but you can make the same comment with a t-shirt - http://www.ntkmart.co.uk/ntkmart.cgi#Viral

On the other hand it might equally be a "hey, that chick in Dark Angel had a barcode on her neck and it look way cool". It could be both.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:06, 15 Dec 2003

No, I don't, especially if the terms of service say you shouldn't be. My Telewest TOS say I can run any server I like, so long as it's controlled by a username/password.

However, in the current crop, I don't think the machine pissing out jezuk job-jobs are running ill-configured SMTP servers. The headers on the mail makes it seem like they are originating from these DSL subscribers. However, since the machines concerned are all across the world, yet appear to be working in concert to run alphabetically through seemling every possible AOL address, I think they've been trojaned. They're unknowingly running remailers specifically designed to disguise the real origin of the message. We can also probably guess they're running some flavour of Windows and using Outlook as their mail client. Hopefully, a sharp word from their ISP will get them to buck their ideas up a bit. Hopefully :(
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:45, 07 Dec 2003

especially not after I'd Gimped them sharper :))
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:30, 03 Dec 2003

How *did* I know you were going to say that ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:13, 03 Dec 2003

A "do you want a bigger cock" spammer, who lies about where his emails are coming from, abuses other other peoples resources, and just wants to steal your money, not the occasional "sweep it into the Press Release bucket" type-mailings.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:57, 10 Nov 2003

just moved further down
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:16, 08 Nov 2003

RSS feed is done - link on the Cooking page
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:47, 07 Nov 2003

"compelling daily reading"

You should get out more :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:31, 07 Nov 2003

It's true - I fiddled the wizard's speech bubble from c*unts to c*nts, because that's what I thought it said (it's what I meant it to say anyway) in the first place. Haven't changed anything else though.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:49, 06 Nov 2003

Screw U, Angry John!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 08:49, 06 Nov 2003

Thought so - NetNewsWire Lite on OSX, yes?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:29, 04 Nov 2003

Hello
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:06, 04 Nov 2003

Yes, I had a feeling now might be a good time :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:49, 03 Nov 2003

Forewarned is fore-armed, at least :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:36, 19 Oct 2003

No point me emailing him, because I'd just have to read it to him anyway.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:05, 15 Oct 2003

I'm living proof that 40 fags a day and regular drinking doesn't complete slaughter all of a chap's little wrigglers.

Daniel and the new nipper would be proof, if I hadn't laid off the coffee, beer and hot baths during "mating season".
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:44, 15 Oct 2003

Hmm, I did miss out a vital bit of context. The subject of discussion was Pink Floyd.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:55, 13 Oct 2003

I should probably add that they are all adults.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:39, 09 Oct 2003

Three so far.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:38, 09 Oct 2003

Good point. Perhaps we should ask Norm to apologise too?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:42, 08 Oct 2003

You'd call your kid Canon rather than Leica?

"No not the camera, actually I'm named after the first dog in space."
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:20, 03 Oct 2003

If any of that was even remotely scriptable, I would have scripted it, believe me.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:42, 01 Oct 2003

Pedant! I've never had to do a weekly report for the Rotherham boys. I just send them invoices and they believe me. How cool is that?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:29, 30 Sep 2003

Eventually :)

There were some things I'd forgotton, like Solaris needing to be told the runtime location of shared libraries. Once I'd remembered the necessary incantations it all worked like a charm.

I've rearranged the Makefiles so that platform specific settings are all in one place, rather than scattered about like they are in the current release. It's a pretty basic thing to do, obviously, but it's really helping.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 11:13, 30 Sep 2003

Three minutes to stage opening it anyway.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:22, 25 Sep 2003

Not at all. That's really what I did. To is code for "going out to work". "actual" means I physically went there, I didn't just ssh in or something. "Rotherham" means, well it means Rotherham, specifically a company there that I went to see. On Monday, I'll be in virtual Rotherham, which means I'll be in the attic like always but working for them.

It's just so my Mum knows not to worry. Hi Mum!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:04, 20 Sep 2003

Crazy fule! Only so far as I'm waiting for the new box to arrive.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 07:03, 18 Sep 2003

But I don't throw a wobbly about if I have to go out to a client who doesn't have internet access.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:35, 15 Sep 2003

And no, no std::wstring available.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 21:39, 11 Sep 2003

Your includes got eaten by the tag stripping regex - sorry about that. Fortunately we can guess that they are iostream and string.

I'm not entirely sure what environment John was trying his Solaris builds with. Initially he was using what he described as CC 6.2 - presumably Workshop 6 - and it appeared to have all kinds of library issues. He then moved to gcc 3.2.1 (it's what's approved at his place) and it doesn't support std::wstring -

In file included from ../SAX/wrappers/saxxerces.h:15,

from ParserConfig.tpl:43,

from ../SAX/XMLReader.h:408,

from saxlib.tpl:19:

../SAX/ext/DeclHandler.h:129: `wstring' undeclared in namespace `std'

../SAX/ext/DeclHandler.h:129: template argument 1 is invalid

../SAX/ext/DeclHandler.h:129: ISO C++ forbids declaration of

`wDeclHandler' with no type

So, I was obviosuly overstating - it's not Solaris per se that doesn't support std::wstring, it's the toolchain available to him.

I'm trying to arrange for an account on Solaris box (although unfortunately not the same one) to have a little poke around myself.
Added to Arabica - an XML toolkit written in C++ on 09:49, 11 Sep 2003

Good point about the subroutine.

I chose to ignore the write_temp_file, because the script is only useful when run regularly. So, if the temp file creation fails, the script will be run again and eventually it'll write the file and it'll all kick back into life.


Added to Jobserve2RSS on 14:46, 09 Sep 2003

Good point about the subroutine.

I chose to ignore the write_temp_file, because the script is only useful when run regularly. So, if the temp file creation fails, the script will be run again and eventually it'll write the file and it'll all kick back into life.


Added to Jez UK Ltd - Code on 14:46, 09 Sep 2003

Screw, as the expression goes, U!

:p
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:18, 07 Sep 2003

Bah - they've fixed it. Previously it repeat the Keanu Reeves picture instead of the Tarantino picture.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:32, 04 Sep 2003

Ah, Bull Ring vs Bullring.

There's been quite a lot of debate about that locally. The consensus that's emerging seems to be that the new development is called Bullring, which just so happens to be in the Bull Ring area of the city.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 08:50, 02 Sep 2003

St Martin's has been really opened up during the new Bullring development - you can get a bit of feel for it on these panoramas http://www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/360/bull/index.shtml

The Moor Street Station renovation is complete now too, and its fantastic. There's work on the line I think, but who knows when that'll be done :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:07, 01 Sep 2003

Inadvertant apostrophe in previous comment. Apologies to punctuation pedants everywhere.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:47, 25 Aug 2003

It is impossible to get a good martini in a pub, and near impossible in even swaky "cocktail bars" or restaurants.

Once in Quod - http://www.quod.co.uk - when I asked for a martini, the waitress paused then prompted me with "dry, sweet ... ?". "Vodka", I said firmly. When it arrived it was so full of crushed ice that it tasted of absolutely nothing.

In my limited experience, the best martini's in Birmingham are to be found at the incorrectly named Le Petit Blanc - http://www.blanc.co.uk/lpb_birmingham.htm
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:39, 25 Aug 2003

Fluidly moved? Mowing the lawn makes you pee yourself?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:01, 20 Aug 2003

Angry enough to do something practical about it, probably. Like installing security lighting maybe - something which was done after Martin was released. Or a burglar alarm perhaps.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:56, 20 Aug 2003

BCS? That'll be this http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/lifestyle/body_care/waxing/_review/363883/
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:43, 19 Aug 2003

Every case rests on a combination of things. Shooting someone in the back doesn't help your case, obviously. Not phoning the police doesn't help. Having a gun hanging around in your bedroom instead of locked in a cabinet doesn't help. And so and so on.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:37, 19 Aug 2003

Opps - wrong about the stabbing case. He was acquitted, he wasn't charged in the first place. Wrote from memory, then gathered links, sorry.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:40, 18 Aug 2003

The law doesn't allow the burglars (well, the one left alive anyway) to sue. Well, it allows them to sure but not to win. The ex turpi doctrine already prevents damages for injuries incurred in the course of and because of wrongdoing.

There was a case recently where an old man stabbed and killed someone who had just kicked in the front door and forced his way into the house. He was aquitted, presumably because the jury felt he was in genuine fear of his life and that his actions were reasonable. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/3129295.stm and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/3134723.stm

That doesn't necessarily mean that had Martin stabbed the burglars in his house that it would have acceptable. In cases where a householder kills an intruder, the presumption in law is with the householder. To secure a conviction the prosecution case must show that the force used was unreasonable. Tony Martin couldn't convince a jury that what he did - keeping a shotgun and shells in his bedroom and blazing away at people with it - was reasonable. That's why he was convicted. That's why he's a criminal.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:36, 18 Aug 2003

Yea, but what does he know? Box is ticked meaning restart later, but also disabled meaning what? I'm confused.

I didn't want to reboot straightaway, so I just left the box sitting there until I was ready. That actually turned out to be not very long after, because the installation had monkeyed up the fonts. I guess they really do want you to reboot immediately.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:26, 13 Aug 2003

I haven't had a kidney function scan no, but I'm happy that it is just stones. I've only had renal colic pains twice - in October 2000 and last Sunday. First time round, I was X-rayed which showed that the little pipey bit down to my bladder was looking a bit distressed, and two or three small stones in the kidney. The stones are only a couple of millimetres or thereabouts across, so not really worth ultrasounding to bits. I'd just have to take my chances - if I remember correctly, I was told I'd be unlucky if they came down, so I guess I'm unlucky :)
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:35, 13 Aug 2003

When I first experience the joy of stones - http://www.jezuk.co.uk/jez/2000October#88 - my Mum took great delight in pointing out that kidney stones occur primarily in those aged over 30. She's great, my Mum. Nat and Mum both chided my coffee drinking, but nobody really knows what causes them, and Mr [No First Name Ever Given] Ryan the urologist just told me to keep my fluid intake high. "Any fluid. Any fluid at all."

This one wasn't as completely excrutiating as the first, although I'd rate as somewhere between mild-discomfort and almost complete agony. Stu, I'll bear the inserting-things-up-the-bum for any future occasion, but as we were driving along the A14 at the time, greasing up in a layby might not have practical.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:22, 12 Aug 2003

No! No yay for kidney stones! They are bleeding agony.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 08:53, 12 Aug 2003

I think you'd have to admit that isn't exactly a recommendation, is it?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:48, 25 Jul 2003

Yea, but it's only got a limited range, raising the possibility of beng taunted from the foot of the bed with no recourse but to actually get up and chase him down the landing.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:33, 25 Jul 2003

With the FOAF-a-matic of course!http://www.ldodds.com/foaf/foaf-a-matic.html

To tell the truth, I'm not really sure there is much you can do with FOAF that's actually *useful* right now today, although I'm happy to be corrected on that. On the other hand, FOAF is an RDF application so as well as all the 'I know him and him' stuff you can add any other damn thing you like. Even now, I suspect my chum Kal (http://www.techquila.com/) is dreaming up ways to combine Topic Maps, peer-to-peer discovery and FOAF spidering to crawl his way through vast piles of corporate data, combining them into a towering ontology describing almost everything there is to know.

More fun for us would be coming up with FOAF4Comics browser. You read something. You like it. It's FOAF suggests something else, and so on and so on. OK, that sounds like plain old hyperlinks, but it isn't. It's hyperlinks with a swag of metadata, and that's the difference maker. Hmm, there's the germ of a really stupid idea in there :)

More not-always-apparent-what's-happening stuff here http://www.foaf-project.org/, intro article here http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-foaf.html, more here http://rdfweb.org/ and here http://www.semanticplanet.com/
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 23:03, 24 Jul 2003

Or as they would have it "Champion!"
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:13, 15 Jul 2003

I hope you didn't buy it *solely* so you could see this page ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:08, 14 Jul 2003

I don't want to crap about this too much, but my eyelids are getting heavier and heavier. Presumably, I bruised myself when I cracked my head, and now all the leftover blood rubbish is all sloshing about inside my head, and draining down to settle round my eyes. It's uncomfortable, but it's got ot be better than a haematoma.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:54, 08 Jul 2003

Like this - http://www.jezuk.co.uk/pictures/blackeyeCam.jpg
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:06, 08 Jul 2003

I got the 5 billion figure from a BBC correspondant on either World At One or The World Tonight, I forget which. I'll see if I can find a source online, but it sounds more plausable than 1 billion - that seems very low.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:23, 23 Jun 2003

No, really they are.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:14, 07 Jun 2003

... and now they are mended.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:03, 07 Jun 2003

Yes! http://real.capcave.com/ramgen/esa/mex_rerun.rm
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:59, 02 Jun 2003

But then how would my wifi work?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:42, 09 Apr 2003

Like I've said before - Enterprise and Alias on a Monday, Buffy and Angel of a Thursday, other nights we make our own entertainment.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:32, 06 Apr 2003

No, it isn't. I do indeed have "king sperm".
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:53, 03 Apr 2003

I do. I've correct the docs.
Added to Arabica - How To Build Arabica on 15:02, 03 Apr 2003

I do. I've correct the docs.
Added to Arabica - an XML and HTML processing toolkit written in C++ on 15:02, 03 Apr 2003

OK - what's the string I need to look for.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:55, 30 Mar 2003

Steve, your fix is now in the release. Thanks.
Added to Jobserve2RSS on 11:16, 28 Mar 2003

Steve, your fix is now in the release. Thanks.
Added to Jez UK Ltd - Code on 11:16, 28 Mar 2003

Smartypants :p
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:06, 26 Mar 2003

Not yet. Two data points is just a line. Three points? Now that's a series.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:17, 25 Mar 2003

I did think about getting one of those all-in-one router/hub/WAP boxes, but it seemed a bit of a waste of money seeing as I already had the router and hub bits :) Plus, I didn't want to reduce my little-flashing-lights count.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 23:40, 15 Mar 2003

Pikachu?

The JezUK Network Ops Centre consists of

an 8-port 3Com OfficeConnect hub (used to use 2 when Nat's PC was in another room),

a Linksys Router/Hub (used a normal router until it died, then PCWorld only had this in stock),

a Netgear ME102 Wireless AP, and

a SURFboard cable modem as supplied by Telewest.

The cable modem is ace. It just works.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:25, 14 Mar 2003

The box, approx 40x30x20cms, contained a bit of software I'd bought. That was in a box 24x20x4cms.

It rattled.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:02, 14 Mar 2003

jfsingletin: were they like plainclothes policemen in the bill ? i.e. wearing suits

jez_higgins: no

jez_higgins: they were wearing t-shirts and stuff

jez_higgins: kind of Next cataloguey
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:41, 13 Mar 2003

Screw U! Alias rocks!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:47, 06 Mar 2003

I don't know what's going on either, and I wrote the software it's talking about ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:32, 01 Mar 2003

Oh, maaaan!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:25, 26 Feb 2003

I think you've over-estimated the size of the JezUK computing infrastructure. I've got a couple of 486s you could have - I was going to make a micro-Beowulf cluster with them but never got round to it - and I can maybe dig out a couple of ethernet cables, but that's it.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:02, 16 Feb 2003

All three one after another, and conveniently timed to start after the Bean has gone to bed. It rox!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:25, 07 Feb 2003

Spiritually or physically unhealthy? And no, no change to the logins.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:04, 07 Feb 2003

I am superfat - I am a director of two companies.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:41, 30 Jan 2003

We just made up the name during an IM conversation, so we see if it's registered, and blammo. Absolutely nothing. What a waste.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:57, 21 Jan 2003

And then I went to sleep. Obviously.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:47, 11 Jan 2003

You think that was too much info? Wait until you hear this! First I softly caressed her ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:13, 10 Jan 2003

I do think the first half or so of Underworld is better than the second half, but that's partly because you're less familiar with characters. Underworld moves back in time, so when you get to the end you've already some idea of what has happened, if you see what I mean. The very end is a little iffy, but but by then it doesn't matter. Besides, I don't think those final few pages should be taken too literally - otherwise it really would be something of a blot on the book.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:52, 09 Jan 2003

She doesn't need to. I'll tell her :p
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 23:15, 07 Jan 2003

Ah, but it's me poor arthritic extremities that suffers the most ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:52, 07 Jan 2003

I don't just mean you - I suspect that John hasn't read it either, and I even have my doubts about Darren. I've got a couple of skinnier books lined up (Rich Hall's Things Snowball and then maybe a Carol Shields), then maybe I'll be ready for another big fat book.

The trouble with big fat books is that I don't want to spend a load of time reading it only to discover it wasn't really worth it. Mark Helprin's Winters Tale for instance - starts out cracking, turns poo. My brother describes Infinite Jest (which is almost infinitely long) as not as clever as it thinks it is - if you read the back cover blurb, it sounds just like Monty Python's funniest joke in the world sketch. 2 minute skit or 1000 page book? Tough call ...
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:54, 07 Jan 2003

Ta muchly! Now get back to massaging Naomi's feet.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:13, 01 Jan 2003

It really did, and no, no photo. It was too far away for the digital camera to have got anything useful, and the film camera, whose telephoto magic would have got quite a good picture, was between films.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:09, 28 Dec 2002

Sound like no viva I've ever heard about ...

Nat's thesis was "approved with minor changes", those changes being the addition of a couple of pages in the introduction about her methodology (how she found her interviewees, how the interviews were conducted, etc), and a page in the conclusion about how Hull and Birmingham turned out to be similar after all. The were no changes at all to the main body of the text, not even spelling or grammer corrections.

Both her examiners were really excited about it, and seemed to think it was quite an important piece of work. There have been oral history studies of marriage and domestic life before, but they were all conducted in a single town or area. No one has ever conducted research across different locations before, and so it looks like her findings could be quite significant. Yay!

I'm really proud of the way she stuck to it - it's been a long old time coming what with the various enforced interruptions she's had (renovating the house, the Bean, etc) - but I never doubted she'd do it. Nat herself seems to be slightly underwhelmed, but I guess that's to be expected. If it wasn't Christmas, she'd probably have done the additions already. As it is, she'll get the sorted in the new year.

We'll be moving house at the end of January, and knocking the new place into shape will keep her busy for a little while. Question is, what's after that?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:28, 23 Dec 2002

No, I've just got a bit of a Spearmint Rhino bee in my bonnet at the moment. I was sat with the Bean having breakfast, when a bus goes passed with its oh-so-funny advert, and I just it is was massively inappropriate, and hypocritical and all the rest. My friend John informs me that one of the poster sites taken by SR is opposite the central mosque. How culturally sensistive can you get?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:41, 01 Dec 2002

Have you also noticed that Spearmint Rhino never use blondes on their adverts, only brunettes and redheads? I think this is more of their it's-ok-we're-not-really-a-strip-joint-we're-an-exclusive-club bollocks. Blondes may have mroe fun and gentlemen may prefer them, but blondes are dim, cheap and trashy too. Brunettes are classy and redheads are firey - much more the image they want to project.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 22:48, 27 Nov 2002

I retuned my radio (well my audio stream) to FM so as to avoid further bad news this morning. What a fule I was.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:43, 08 Nov 2002

It's taken a while - it's about 6 years elapsed time, but Nat's had significant stretches out. Renovating the house took a while, and the whole being pregnant and then raising the Bean kept her away from it for a while.

Will anyone read it? Hope so - it's called Expectation and Reality of Marriage, 1930-1960. There's a lot of social commentary in the papers, on TV and elsewhere, in politics too, which is predicated on "when our parents got married they did it for life". People posit a golden age when everyone lived in married bliss, children played in the streets and nobody locked their doors. Nat's thesis is one of the few bits of work which actually looks why people got married, and what happened to them when they did.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:17, 06 Nov 2002

Simple answer is I don't know yet. We went out on viewing of our own (about which more anon) and to buy me some new work-trousers (new job, despite being on an industrial estate in the middle of nowhere, is a shirt+tie shop), so by the time we came back it was all done and everyone had gone. Find out more on Monday, I expect.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:26, 13 Oct 2002

At nursery, your kiddy's key worker is the person who is primarily responsible for their care. At the Bean's nursery it includes keeping track of his number/letter/colour/shape recognition, how he plays with the other kids, all that kind of stuff. Persumably, they are also the person who's charged with informing the police if your child starts turning up with bruises all over them.

All the really matters as far as the Bean's concerned is that he thinks "Omi" is brill.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:13, 30 Sep 2002

I think works now. Ric's PC is a strange little machine - Dell, built like a tank, with a built-in sound card and fitted with a modem. Except the sound card drivers weren't installed, and the modem had been set to operate at 9600 baud max. I unthrottled the modem and installed the drivers, so it'll probably all collapse in a heap in about a fortnight.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:04, 23 Sep 2002

Typical user comment. Looks at the surface and ignores the depths beneath.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 20:59, 10 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 to The Coffee Grounds on 19:10, 08 Sep 2002

I gave after the bit about shining-up Steve Balmer's bald patch.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:41, 05 Sep 2002

If you think disposable maternity knickers are pornographic then you, my friend, need professional help.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:52, 21 Aug 2002

You learn that lesson approximately 10 minutes after your nipper first learns to roll over. Never again can you put them down, wander off, and expect them to still be in the same place when you come back. Little gits!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 13:45, 27 Jul 2002

Mine or yours. You can only see about half the garden in this picture, and because the camera's so high up it's actually a lot bigger then it looks. Not mowing the frogs was a problem last year when we only had a handful of them. It's going to be an absolute nightmare this year.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:28, 16 Jul 2002

Aha! Another reason to buy wireless! Thanks!
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:25, 16 Jul 2002

I bought the Scalextric about five years ago - I think he's almost old enough to start having a go. Maybe when those long winter evening start drawing in ...


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:09, 15 Jul 2002

If you're really hungry, you can have a whole handful.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 08:18, 10 Jul 2002

Not anymore they don't.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:11, 19 Jun 2002

My Dad would occasionally poke his finger at the telly and say "I was at University with him". I later discover this didn't actually mean they were on the same course or anything, it meant that the time this person attended Cambridge University overlapped at some point with my Dad attending. Whoever it happened to be that night subsequently went on to some degree of fame, while my Dad was kicked out in the third year with absolutely nothing.

I hope I'm not quite that bad. I've known Frazer for some years, and while we're not bosum chums, we are more than passing aquaintances.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:20, 05 Jun 2002

My Mum is going to get me the bike chain. No luck on the others yet :(
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:00, 31 May 2002

It's not a question of how "safe", because nothing's completely safe. It's about risk and evaluation of risk.

Remember how Edwina Currie kicked off a big scare about eggs, by saying they were all infected with salmonella? There was a problem, but she overstated it rather. In general though, the risks associated with food, whether through over-consumption, contamination or whatever, are hugely understated.

Food should be a thing of enjoyment. If you don't trust the bloke saying "go on, it's really nice", then that enjoyment is diminished.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 09:08, 19 Apr 2002

Not at all. It's about informed choice. Any food in very large quantities isn't going to be terrifically good for you, so we are its sensible to eat things in moderation. But what is a moderate amount of something? It 90lbs of refined sugar a year large or moderate? It's difficult to find out, because the sugar industry sets out to obfuscate. The same is true of fast food, of alcohol to a lesser extent.

I mentioned that the food industry has adopted the same approach as the tobacco companies. Today, the only people who say that tobacco isn't a serious health risk are the tobacco companies. Do you really want to get to the point where the only people who say that food is "safe" is the food industry?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:56, 18 Apr 2002

It's funny because it's true.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 18:08, 02 Apr 2002

this is a test
Added to This Page Has Moved on 10:09, 02 Apr 2002

this is a test
Added to Not Here on 10:09, 02 Apr 2002

hello
Added to This Page Has Moved on 10:02, 28 Mar 2002

hello
Added to Not Here on 10:02, 28 Mar 2002

Yes, the Colonic Irrigation Centre is still there. Shall I pick you a leaflet?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:02, 12 Mar 2002

In a word - no.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 08:58, 04 Mar 2002

In a word - no.
Added to Spam on 08:58, 04 Mar 2002

Screw U Angry John!


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:00, 06 Feb 2002

Yowl! Saucer of milk to table 2, please.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 16:26, 31 Jan 2002

A touch more detail from SeyboldReports.com
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:53, 18 Jan 2002

Your right. Oh dear, there always used to be. In that case I recommend it to everyone running Windows, especially Outlook users.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:36, 16 Jan 2002

I have absolutely no comment to make on that.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:15, 14 Dec 2001

Humph! My errors were typographical not grammatical.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 15:00, 14 Nov 2001

Humph! My errors were typographical not grammatical.
Added to Who on 15:00, 14 Nov 2001

Au contraire! A beginner takes 10 weeks to update his CV. I, on the other hand, needed but a few hours
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:27, 03 Oct 2001

Although now I look at it, it seems they've neglected to turn it on today. Poo.


Added to The Coffee Grounds on 17:04, 20 Aug 2001

Even with foamed milk, sugar and chocolate sprinkles I don't think Bourbon will catch on as hip'n'cool daytime drink.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:20, 17 Aug 2001

Because we were ahead of our time?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:07, 21 Jul 2001

March. That's why it was still fresh in my mind in April. If I remember, Ali got to clear the phoneboxes because he lost a game of No-Name Celebrity Tag during the trip in on the Tube.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:51, 16 Jul 2001

It just boggles my mind that there are people who think that PowerPoint/Spreadsheet/Word processor "skills" are something not only worth teaching to children, but something useful. Typewriters and ledger books have been around far longer, but they weren't taught in schools. Teaching kids to use PowerPoint doesn't give them any understanding of a computer, and (I'm getting very reactionary) giving understanding is what schools are about.

It's like a science teacher giving driving lessons instead of describing brakes, gears and the internal combustion engine.

What's more PowerPoint isn't even useful. I've never seen PowerPoint make a good presentation better, but I have seen dot-fades, blue-gradient fills and twirly animation make many, many bad presentations even worse.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 06:52, 06 Jun 2001

No, just the usual suspects plus Socialist Labour and Pro-European Conservative.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 07:25, 22 May 2001

Another day, another version. The last one claims to need assistance moving $49million in cash and a box of diamonds out of "war torn" Sierra Leone. Any bets on how much and where the next one will be?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 12:06, 24 Apr 2001

Another day, another version. The last one claims to need assistance moving $49million in cash and a box of diamonds out of "war torn" Sierra Leone. Any bets on how much and where the next one will be?
Added to Have $9million! on 12:06, 24 Apr 2001

Another day, another version. The last one claims to need assistance moving $49million in cash and a box of diamonds out of "war torn" Sierra Leone. Any bets on how much and where the next one will be?
Added to Spam on 12:06, 24 Apr 2001

It's being followed for me - I'm just using the Perl LWP module, although I don't think it really applies. I'm not crawling, I'm just banging through the list of links at gblos.threadnaught.com.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 19:07, 18 Apr 2001

Add again on the 9th of April. This time it comes from a Dr. John Karibe White who wants help embezzling US$30 million from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 11:37, 10 Apr 2001

Add again on the 9th of April. This time it comes from a Dr. John Karibe White who wants help embezzling US$30 million from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People.
Added to Have $9million! on 11:37, 10 Apr 2001

Add again on the 9th of April. This time it comes from a Dr. John Karibe White who wants help embezzling US$30 million from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People.
Added to Spam on 11:37, 10 Apr 2001

Pepsi Max is indeed God's own Cola, but sometimes the old bladder needs a change from non-stop diuretics.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:28, 09 Apr 2001

While the editors are under no obligation to get speakers who are "good" adverts for their various viewpoints, it does damage Today's reputation as an informative and authoritative current affairs programme when they do something like this. Surely it couldn't have been too much work to get someone from The Vegetarian Society for instance, rather than "couldn't get Tony Banks MP - who else is on our celebrity veggy list?"
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:39, 02 Apr 2001

At first I was pleased that they hadn't got Carla Lane on. She's a pathetic, irrational whiner who's about the worst advertisement for the causes she esposes there could possibly be. Then we got served up another lunatic celebrity instead. Perhaps the script called for a "meat vs. veg celeb debate (must have loony)".
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 14:45, 28 Mar 2001

On the 28th I received an email that was virtually identical, except it came from a John Ibe instead of Walter Obi and it requested a reply by fax.

What is the point?
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 10:10, 28 Mar 2001

On the 28th I received an email that was virtually identical, except it came from a John Ibe instead of Walter Obi and it requested a reply by fax.

What is the point?
Added to Have $9million! on 10:10, 28 Mar 2001

On the 28th I received an email that was virtually identical, except it came from a John Ibe instead of Walter Obi and it requested a reply by fax.

What is the point?
Added to Spam on 10:10, 28 Mar 2001

Doesn't it. I'm the first entry, and it makes me very nervous.
Added to The Coffee Grounds on 21:58, 18 Feb 2001

Of all these cards, I think Mistress Saphire on sheet 2 is my favourite. That misspelling is just so cute.
Added to Prostitute Trading Trumps on 14:44, 09 Jan 2001

Of all these cards, I think Mistress Saphire on sheet 2 is my favourite. That misspelling is just so cute.
Added to Starter Pack on 14:44, 09 Jan 2001


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