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Supersize me was on the telly last night – very interesting documentary, although its impact was diminished by my reasonable familiarity with the script. On one level, if you’re only going to eat McDs for a month, what do you expect, but on another level the impact of only a month is extraordinary – it took him 2 months to get his various blood levels back to normal, and then something like a year to lose all the weight he gained. Scary. Had a lovely webpade pointed out to be yesterday – Thinking Chess, where you play against the computer […]

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I never did get around to saying what the other toys I want to save up for are! I should probably add that at the rate I am able to save the timescale is probably years, but I can still dream. So, got my eye on the Garmin Etrex range, either the Legend (~140 squid) or the Venture (~115 squid), the former having 8Mb mapping, the latter just 1MB Points Of Interest capability. For an extra 25 pounds it seems silly not to have the extra mapping stuff… Also wondering about updating my PDA. Having now thoroughly abandoned my filofax, […]

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Constantine is a mildly difficult film to classify. On the one hand it’s not just another Keanu Reeves action-y flick, but on the other hand it’s not as intelligent as it thinks it is (if that makes sense). Basic premise is that our Keanu is the titular Constantine, a physic who can see angels and demons. Well, actually it’s not so simple – angels and demons cannot “cross over to our plain”, so instead there are “half breeds”, who are not allowed to directly interfere with humans, but are allowed to influence them in an attempt to further their side’s […]

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My first time using a laptop on a train (and quite possibly my last). My main observation so far is that it’s jolly uncomfortable, which is partly a result of having a large laptop, as this is a fairly old model. I know that GNER do provide WiFi Internet access on some of their trains, but (a) this one isn’t one of them, and (b) even if it was I don’t have wireless on this laptop, so as usual I’ll have to upload this entry when I get somewhere with Internet. I can’t even try and do something fancy with […]

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So, away at a conference in Edinburgh. I decided to go the cinema, so went to the Vue cinema here, to see Constantine. Full review of the film in the appropriate place, but it did bring some thoughts to mind. First of all, the cross or crucifix is fairly universal counter-attack against evil, and particularly vampires and demons. This is obviously representing the cross of Christ as the place where evil was defeated; my question is – what happened before this? Even if you take a literal interpretation of the bible, that still makes the earth some 6000 years old, […]

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I find myself in the unusual position of having a laptop computer, as a result of being away at a conference, in Edinburgh. It’s the one that I’m using to run demonstrations, but it means I can blog from bed. This evening was the conference dinner, at a place called the Beluga Bar (which was nice enough). Just got back from there, and fancied a coffee to wind down before I go to sleep. I actually nearly had a scotch downstairs, but then thought better of it. It’s back on the train tommorow, and I might even do another entry […]

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Found out yesterday, quite by accident, that Indy IV is apparantly scheduled for June 2006! Apparantly Titled Indiana Jones and the Lost Continent, there’s a teaser trailer available at ifilm.com, together with a brief synopsis that has our Indy lured out of retirement to find Atlantis. The trailer itself is pretty closed; it’s got the Indy music with the camera panning over the fedora, pistol, and whip, all of which are placed on a map, and then cuts to a sequence of a martial-arts chap doing his stuff with swords, before getting punched by who we assume is Indy (it’s […]

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Very busy at work at the moment – got a big event coming up in Edinburgh next week where we’re demonstrating our stuff. So I’m going lots and lots of testing and tweaking, but the nature of the beast is that actually I spent a lot of time looking at a piece of code running – and each running typically takes about a minute, which is not enough time to do anything meaningful, but is enough time to get bored! The obvious answer is to do something interruptible and mindless – like writing this! 🙂 That said, not a lot […]

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Just got back from a trip down to London to see my Mum, and to pick up some of my Dad’s old furniture. While I was there, I also collected all my old school reports that my Mum had been hoarding all these years, and they make for very interesting reading. My favourites are the Art reports. Art is really not a strong point of mine, but we had to do it at school, and bless the socks of my old art teacher for being so creative in her reports: “He works with enthusiasm and his drawings show feeling though […]

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Dreams are funny things – you only remember them if you wake up during them, so almost by definition a dream is never complete. I’ve been having some very exciting murder-mystery type dreams lately, but I never find out what happens in the end! The other sad thing is that almost within minutes of waking up they start to fade, and what was perfectly clear and made sense rapidly becomes a confusing and often slightly surreal blur.

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