Monday, December 19, 2005

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Aeroplanes

This Is My Love was the first iTunes download I ever got - a freebie Single of the Week. And it was great.

Now the group that made it, Liverpool's The Aeroplanes, have signed with a record company and have their own website up and running. They also have an EP with three new songs on (I like the slower ones best), and to top it all, they're playing a gig in Brighton at The Hanbury Ballroom on the 27th of this month. Who wants to come?

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

New Job!

Should have posted this a while back when I'd had the offer... but today I actually received the contract and signed on the dotted line for a new, permanent, full-time, properly paid job at Park 6th Form College, part of Sussex Downs where I was working part-time already.

I'l be doing pretty much the same as I have been this year, only a bit more of it, a bit further away, and for proper cash on a proper contract. The staff and students there seem really nice and I'm looking forward to starting in September. Just one more Summer School at Lewes to go...

Friday, July 08, 2005

Comic Sans Relief

There comes a time when we in the western world need to stand up and say 'No more'. Stop the hurt. Stop the abuse. Ban comic sans. Now. Make Comic Sans History.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

We are teh Modz!

I have achieved a sort of geek nirvana.

Over at Lionhead Studios I've become a moderator on their forums. Yay! It means I get a shiny badge and have all sorts of powers over other geeks. I intend to use them for good, and to defeat evil, unless someone good pisses me off, in which case I'll ban them. Mwahahahahah!

Sunday, July 03, 2005

The Death Clock - When Am I Going To Die?

For the morbid among you, check out The Death Clock - When Am I Going To Die?. This will calculate the statistically likely day of your death, based on whether you are male, female, a smoker, and your Body Mass Index (ie, whether you're a porker). It'll even count down the seconds for you.

My big day will be: Tuesday, August 1, 2045.

So I'll just get in the 100th anniversary of WW2. I didn't tell them I'm an ex-smoker though. If I was still smoking it'd be Monday, March 8, 2038. I wouldn't even get to celebrate the annexation of Poland.

1,264,694,971... 1,264,694,970... 1,264,694,969...

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Personality Disorder Test

Here's a web-quiz that's more than a web-quiz. This Personality Disorder Test is based on DSM-IV personality disorders, and will not only indicate how mad you are, but also what kind of mad you are. :)

My results, in a clickable table:

Personality Disorder Test Results
Paranoid |||| 14%
Schizoid |||||||||||||| 58%
Schizotypal |||| 14%
Antisocial |||||| 30%
Borderline |||| 14%
Histrionic |||||||||| 38%
Narcissistic |||||||||||||| 54%
Avoidant |||| 14%
Dependent |||||| 26%
Obsessive-Compulsive |||| 18%
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I'm a bit schizo, but not that mad.. which must be why I'm sooo great! :D

Note, of course, that this is just a web test and not clinically reliable information. :) Average scores are given on the results page for comparison.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005


Fate is a 'casual RPG' for zero money (initially), from a group called Wild Tangent - who've been around for a while, trying to make money from free software.

It looks like a high quality game - it's a free download, but I think there's a £20 fee later on for continued play / expanded content / something.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

The Time Traveler Convention - May 7, 2005

An update on The Time Traveler Convention - May 7, 2005:
"The convention was a mixed success. Unfortunately, we had no confirmed time travelers visit us, yet many time travelers could have attended incognito to avoid endless questions about the future. We had a great series of lectures, awesome bands, and even a DeLorean. We regret having had to turn away visitors, but there were capacity restrictions governing Morss Hall. Thanks so much to the dozens of people who helped. "

Ah, well. I'd say 'better luck next time', but...

Perhaps in some alternate timelines this report will look very, very different. :)

Monday, May 02, 2005

The Time Traveler Convention - May 7, 2005

You can't knock this for geek genius.

Tell your friends, write it in the margin of library books, carve it into stone tablets and bury it in peat, but make sure that all future civilisations know about
The Time Traveler Convention - May 7, 2005:

"The Time Traveler Convention
May 7, 2005, 10:00pm EDT (08 May 2005 02:00:00 UTC)
East Campus Courtyard, MIT
42:21:36.025°N, 71:05:16.332°W
(42.360007,-071.087870 in decimal degrees)"

The idea is that if time travel is in fact possible, it will be invented at some point in the future. So, if potential future time travellers know about the WORLD FAMOUS Time Traveler Convention, it'll be high on their list of places (and times) to visit. Ergo, pop along on the 7th and you might just see a myriad of people from assorted periods of the future there. :D

Of course, the alternative possibility is that it'll be the one place future time travellers are banned from going to, precisely because they'll be so expected, conspicuous and cause paradoxes/break the future/meet their own grandfathers etc.

Which would be ironic.

Expect humorous stories turning up at the end of the News where you live, and multiple socially deviant geeks posing as visitors from 2589. Of course, the canny real Time Traveller will be the guy looking nicely inconspicuous in the background...

Saturday, April 16, 2005

IFTF: What's your personal video gaming history?

Palo Alto's Institute for the Future are inviting any and all to email them with a personal video gaming history. It's up to you how much and what you tell them...

Friday, March 25, 2005

Damn Small Linux comes of age

I've posted before about Damn Small Linux, since I discovered it as my gateway into the world of Linux computing - it rejuvenated my girlfriend's tired ol Windows laptop.

Well it has now passed the version 1.0 stage, and is available in multiple formats as a way to try out Linux cheaply and cheerfully. Coolest of all, for those new to 'The Revolution (TM)', if you download the embedded .zip file version, you can run it direct from Windows using QEMU (included with the zip). Geekgasm!

There's now no excuse not to try out Linux. Oh, except that it runs very slow under QEMU, unless you've got a fast processor (over 1.5 Ghz). But then there's the USB-key version, the CD-version, the business-card version, and all sorts of other goodness.

You can find the downloads pagehere.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | Music industry 'nails UK pirates'

So the music industry 'nails UK pirates'. In other news, record companies are arguing for the prices of downloads on, eg, iTunes to rise - at the same time that they're being investigated for inflating UK download costs relative to toher parts of Europe and the US.

The record industry has got it all wrong. They're using outdated paradigms. They are focused on ownership, profits and litigation that protects their 'property'.

Clearly artists need remuneration for their work. But can I suggest three things:

Instead of 'piracy', peer-to-peer downloading is actually 'radio on demand'. If you're interested in a band, you can see what other people are listening to, download a few tracks, see if you like them. If you do, you'll maybe buy an album. You'll talk about them. You'll get the DVD. You'll buy the next album, etc. It's free, word-of-mouth style publicity.

Reduce the prices to the threshold that makes peer-to-peer not worth it any more - especially if you're a parent. Why bother with broken downloads, porn links, corrupt copies, the wrong songs, etc, when a perfect quality, reliable, redownloadable iTunes copy is only, eg, 20p?

At the very least, since the internet is a worldwide phenomenon, the industry needs to settle on worldwide standards if they're going to 'beat' what they call 'piracy'. Proper international competition. (Even 10p a track is better than 'stealing', surely.) Compatibility between platforms. (Why pay for an iTunes download when I can't play the track on my MP3 stick? Why pay for a wma when it won't go on my iPod? I'll download an MP3 thanks, and it'll be free, even though I was willing to pay.)

At least having failed to post for a month, I'm back with a proper rant. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Linux Counter

I'm now registered as a Linux user at the Linux Counter, having got Mandrake 10.1 up and running on my PC (alongside Windows... for now). This is my official Linux Blue Peter Badge:

So there! Welcome to the revolution.