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Conward bound

This week has really been a bust for updates, hasn’t it? It’s eight am, and I’m preparing to go for the con. Yesterday was really Not Good, since reef (the main network server) decided it didn’t like the heat, various levels of procrastination meant I didn’t get to town until three, which didn’t give me enough time to do all the shopping I needed, so I have to go again *now* to get things before the con… fun…

Back Monday

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Where Am I?

Sorry for the lack of updates, I’ve been travelling…

I’m currently in deepest, dankest kent for a couple of days in order to sort out Bank Things, Money Things (Those two are related, but not in the way you may think) and Costume Things. Of these, the first two are going not-badly (I will actually be able to get to the con, which looked bad last weekend) and the third isn’t going quite so well.

The thing is, I’m involved with this Costume thing at the con, and so I have to look Lordly. This isn’t easy 🙂

Tomorrow I wander around to find out what I can do about this…

With a bit of luck, I’ll be home (er, Cambridge home) tomorrow evening. To the people screaming because my phone is off, yes, sorry, but I left the charger in Cambridge.

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ADSL

Geekhouse has ADSL.

Yay

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'Wow indeed,' said Professor Blue Smush DinoBaby

Tales of the Plush Cthulhu

ccooke (My Housemate) has a plush Cthulhu. I think I may start hiding Bagpuss…

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Pwetty Pictures

So I found this neatocool program that converts your Apache log files into dot files, which can be turned into postscript pictures via graphviz and converted into a jpg with Imagemagick. The result is a map of all the links within a site, including refers from other pages if you want it to. The best way to describe it is with this site map of Aquarionics done with it. I’m generating a picture of all referers, but this is taking a while. It’s not exactly light on resources. When I put the entire 18mb log file though it it locked up my server (My celeron 333 here) for ages.

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RIAAlly?

RIAA to appeal Library Of Congress’ Decision (Via John Robb via Scripting News, isn’t weblogging wonderful?)

WYWOS: The RIAA don’t like the current trend of internet music, because they see it as threatening their classic revenue model. Having suceeded in killing Napster and Audiogalaxy, they are attempting to stop (or at least, demand *heavy* licence fees for) all transmission of music over the Internet by a series of lawsuits intended to establish precendents when they win.

The appeal centres around the misguided reading of the record by the Librarian of Congress, because Yahoo! put forth a self-serving testimony because…

Yahoo testified in the CARP for one reason, and one reason only — to lower the rate that would be paid for Internet-only transmissions, Yahoo!’s principal business.

Yup. Yahoo.com, the world’s second most popular search engine, is really in the music business. I wonder if anyone can get them to read Janis Ian’s articles?

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Front to sideways

Got to reverse my lifestyle. Getting up at midday on weekdays and at 6:45 on weekends is confusing.

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See shells, C shells, on the site floor…

So, ccooke – my friend, my housemate, and coder of many scary things – and I had this bet.

It started with him wanting to start an online diary, and me offering him an account here, very much like LoneCat has, and him deciding that he would prefer to write his own engine.

At this point, I made with the hollow laughing noises, and put forth the view that this would never get finished, and he would spend forever playing with it, and it would never go online as a diary engine.

After about a week, still confident in my apraisal, this was formed into a bet, along with the idea that even if it did go online it wouldn’t stay online for a week, reguarlly updated.

Both of these bets I have now lost. ccooke’s diary is both online, at http://cus.org.uk/~ccooke/diary, and has been updated for a week now. It is both sick and twisted, although it may not seem so at first glance. Dig a bit and you may see why.

It was not linked to earlier because cc asked me not to, rather than because of some petty attempt to actually win the bet 🙂

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Power to the sockets

According to the world’s smallest political quiz (via Kryogenix) I’m a Left-Liberal.

Left-Liberals prefer self-government in personal matters and central decision-making on economics. They want government to serve the disadvantaged in the name of fairness. Leftists tolerate social diversity, but work for economic equality.

So that’s all right then.

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Sounds belivable.

Evil Mind Rays (via Cam)

Basically, someone has invented a device to propel sound direct into your brain. This is Good, because it means that in the future we will be able to do things like listen to differant movies in a car, or true 3D directional sound in movies and computer games and… and…

And when you walk past a coke machine, you’ll get the subliminal message of “you’re thirsty, arn’t you?”. And when you walk though a town you won’t be able to listen to music on your headphones for all the blasting stuff.

Oh, yes. And hitting someone with 150db of sound (as the article mentions) is better than shooting them how, exactly?

Normal design returns tomorrow