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So, this is how my mail works:

  • Mail going to things at aquarionics go to Sneaky
  • Mail going to things at gkhs go to Jar
  • Other mail goes to POP accounts
  • All mail is pulled from POP/Sneaky/Jar to Atoll, my home server
  • I read mail over IMAP with, Thunderbird, or Roundcube, depending on where I am.

    So, on Friday, DNS on Sneaky goes away, meaning mail can’t get to it for a while. Mail begins to build up.

    Saturday, Jar’s mail goes bye-bye for a little while too, but just my ability to collect it.

    Sunday, Atoll runs out of disk space on /

    By Sunday afternoon, all this is fixed. I’ve deleted excess stuff on Atoll, pol’s got DNS back for Sneaky, ccooke has put Jar’s door open again.

    I’m still not getting mail.

    Seems odd, Retchmail is still supposed to run on the half hour… Spamassassin isn’t admitting to junking it all… Nothing in syslog…

    …nothing at all in syslog…

    Todays lesson in Linux Admin. If you run out of space on /var, Syslog and Cron will shut down, as will anything that can’t live without syslog.

    So I restarted syslog, cron, and everything else that had died without my permission.

    Emails. Fassands of them.


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On the importantance of qualifying your arguments

O sir, we quarrel in print, by the book; as you have books for good manners: I will name you the degrees. The first, the Retort Courteous; the second, the Quip Modest; the third, the Reply Churlish; the fourth, the Reproof Valiant; the fifth, the Countercheque Quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with Circumstance; the seventh, the Lie Direct.
All these you may avoid but the Lie Direct; and you may avoid that too, with an If. I knew when seven justices could not take up a quarrel, but when the parties were met themselves, one of them thought but of an If, as, ‘If you said so, then I said so;’ and they shook hands and swore brothers. Your If is the only peacemaker; much virtue in If.

(And, from the same scene, because I love it so)

He uses his folly like a stalking-horse and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.

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Woooo Woooo

Sliding stealthily from the planes of unexistance back into the happy joy-filled world that we call reality. This is Radio Free Aquarionics. Hi there.

You may have noticed Aquarionics vanished for a little while. DNS hicup caused by the freak coincidence of a badly made gin and tonic, a small disposable sink and about four bottles of pure white sand.

Don’t ask, you really don’t want to know.

Livejournal syndicated readers? Don’t worry your pretty little heads about it. It was a complicated thing.

Bloglines syndicated readers? That was why we got a little red exclaimation point for a little while.

So, what has happened since we went off air? Well, we’re nearly nuking Iran, which isn’t good, but on the other hand we had a sucessful meet in Cambridge, where there was curry, geekery and stuff.

Ah, Cambridge. How I miss living in Cambridge. Land of Bridges, Cams, Kams, Reality Checkpoints, CB1

And I was convinced to try something new. A New, Exciting thing. All my friends were trying it, and the first one was free, apparently, but I said “No”, for I am true and knew it would end up putting me on a slippery slope.

“But it’s fun” they claimed, their arms drifting around me, “And loads of people you know already do it.”

“And”, they added, knowing my weak points as they do so often, “You’ll have an excuse to go to Cambridge more often.”

So yeah, I’m going to be trying this LARP thing.

I am a weak, weak man.

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The mp3 of the introduction to Monkey Island III

Because it was one of the best bits, and I’m playing MI4.

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Go ahead, ask me anything

We’ve done this before, but we can try it again:

Ask me five questions and I will answer them as truthfully as I dare.

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So, what do these weblog things do again?

Oh, yeah. Link, commentary, such.

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I am not new at this “Bread Making” lark. For a while now, one of my default methods of dealing with overstress and the onset of madness has been to pound the unliving hell out of a mount of innocent dough. Last year, this was assisted by a bread maker to do the pounding for me, which doesn’t help with the stress relief, but does make better bread.

Making bread with the breadmaker is really easy. You measure stuff out, put it in the bread pan, press the “Go” button, and come back in a while for fresh bread. For days when you can’t even be bothered with this, you can get Bread Mixes, which basically consist of skipping the “Measure Stuff Out” bit and just dumping it in and pressing “Go”.

And so today, since I was supremely busy fixing bugs and playing Monkey Island 4, I dumped in the last bread mix thing I own, and got this:

The big silver thing beside it is the breadmaker pan. It should be about that size. The white stuff around the edges are uncooked mix.

My first assumption was that the mix was out of date, but this apparently isn’t the case, or is it Bedford’s obviously inferior water. It isn’t even, and I considered this long and hard, the obvious fact that everything and everyone in the universe hates me.

Oh no.

It is, in fact, that breadmakers work better when you put the mixing paddle into the pan.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens when you Critically fail your ‘bread’ roll.

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So yeah, new year, newish design. It isn’t perfect, but it’s a start. And the new new design is trapped in PSP until I get a new 30 day trial 😀


I like simplicity. It appeals to my sense of design, and the light grey with some of the most delicate shading I could make visible is nothing if not simple. The boxes and curves design is lifted from previous designs, but where there they were gradiented and filled here they are lightly hinted at rather than rigidly defined. The construction marks on the logo I like too 🙂


It’s a long way from the new design, which is slightly more heavy on the photographic backgrounds than I usually do, and is therefore something of a departure. Changes are good.


Today I spent a long time in a car, and a slightly shorter time in an actual meeting with actual clients. For this I am wearing a suit, and am reminded – as I am always reminded – that I need a new suit at some point. I don’t wear suits very often, and part of the reason for that is my enjoyment of the reaction of people who haven’t seen it before. I hate with a passion, however, the shiny clompy shoes, because the shiny clompy shoes are clompy – and I don’t like being clompy – and the shiny clompy shoes go clomp-clomp-clomp all the way home until they wear though my socks and make the backs of my ankles bleed. Which, you know, hurts.


I suspect that, with all the lack-of-updatingness and the cheese-sandwichingness (though currently it’s a bacon sandwich. Mmm, bacon) I’ve lost most of the geeky percentage of my audience. Though the geeky percentage probably didn’t notice the not-updatingness because they all use RSS readers, and the rest all use friends lists. Why do I bother with the designing of actual web pages again?


Current things that I have been mucking around with include “DOM Scripting” (as well I might), which I will get around to mentioning in a bit, Scripting in computer games (Both Civilization 4 and Vampire The Masquerade use Python as their primary game scripting language, which I find interesting, and have on my list of Things To Write An Article About) and Visual Studio Express.

Open Sorcery types, you can switch off now, because I don’t need your next reaction.

So, I have downloaded Visual Studio Express which is what happens when Microsoft miss the point. Amateur coders are mostly nowadays developing in things like Python, Perl, PHP and if they have had their brains fiddled with, GCC and Java. Lots on Linux. This is, indeed, partly because Visual Studio costs TEN MILLION DOLLARS per license.

Actually, it doesn’t, but as a non-professional developer it might as well do, as the high licensing puts something of a boot-strapping problem in front of learning to dev for Win32, or even Win64. So, Visual Studio Express you can download for Free (as in Beer). Well, you can download a demo for free (as in beer), but you do have to register for free (as in, be spammed for eternity) and have a Passport account (as in “submit to the almighty Gates empire”. Much like you have to do for OpenSolaris) (Except different empire, obviously) (Yeash, you guys are pedantic). So yeah, I’m downloading VC++ (Because I want to design a Half life 2 mod about killing lawnchairs) (Incidentally, Valve’s Developer docs are all in a Wiki, isn’t that interesting?) (Yes, too many brackets, Sosumi) and it’s taking an eternity, though not as long as XCode did. I mean, what do you have to put into an IDE to make it 800mb?

Oh, right. OS X. Chrome, naturally.

So yeah, updates as and when. Also about the Mysterious Project Breakfast, assuming I get around to that too.


Bedford has a sushi restaurant. I swear the things follow me around. I am, of course, doomed, but I am doomed with expensive raw fish, and that somehow makes it all worth while.

Dead Ken(nedy)

Charles Kennedy, leader of the UK Liberal Democrats Governmental party, has, shortly after some people accused him of not being a good leader, admitted to having a drinking problem. His chances are not looking terribly rosy.

(From The Friday Thing Dead Kennedy Pool):
When Charles finally goes, the nearest prediction will win its predictor a bottle of Talisker 18 Year Old Single Malt Whisky. And the country will win a second opposition party with an actual leader. Everyone’s a winner.

(Thats three times I’ve attempted to spell “Kennedy” as “Khennedy”, which is your fault, Jason)

Tuesday, Ten AM.

Shortly afterwards all the people who said they wouldn’t run against him in a leadership election will, in fact, run against him in a leadership election “In the interests of the party”.

Wednesday, Thirteen Fifteen, Sir Malcolm Rifkind will announce that he’s actually really been a spy for the Liberal Democrats all along, will enter – and win – the leadership election, and then all three major parties will be basically Tory. This will set off a chain of Heath Robinson events which will naturally lead to the collapse of the entire political system across the world, leading to the rise and rule of a little known previously almost silent group called the “Bloggers” who will alternate between demanding that everyone be nice to everyone else and being so emo their hair cuts itself, their first action will demand that every person in the entire universe gets a weblog or other online journal and the resulting influx of new accounts at LiveJournal will mean that Six Apart become the single source of money in the entire world, except for Sun, who they buy servers from. Sun will open source world government, leading to rule by whoever argues most consistently on the mailing list, which will eventually lead to the population of the world being run by the commentators on Slashdot, leading to great leaps forward in technological research, the population of Space, a new version of Doom, and a world famine as no money is spent on any food that doesn’t go into either kool aid or cookies. We all die, and it’s all Charlie’s fault for telling us about his drinking problem.

Selfish bastard.

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New Sims Thing

I cough, I splutter, I lay in bed all day.
I have Plague, I am dead, all people keep away.

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The Artists Who Would Be Known As Maxis Had They Not Been Absorbed Wholesale Into The Electronic Arts Brand From Which No Personality Can Ever Be Allowed To Escape (TAWWBKAMHTNBAWITEABFWNPCEBATE, for short) have announced, officially, that the next Sims 2 Expansion Pack will be Open For Business, where your Sims can run shops.

This brand new, suprise announcement comes three weeks after they started releasing screenshots and videos, previews and interviews, hints and explainations. Which leads to the question: Who the hell are they annouceing it to?

Oh No! Not More Zombies!

Zombies 5 is being shipped this week, causing players up and down the universe to get planning permission for a new great hall to lay the board out in.


Interestingly, Darwinia and Rag Doll Kung Fu, both games that find themselves on the difficult end of the classification scale, have both made their way onto Steam (Which, for the record, I like. I like the fact that it means I don’t need to find my CDs to play Opposing Force again, I like that it patches things quietly, though I could live without it always being running, though I can fix that).

Second Life

The idea of Second Life appeals to me, though the program never has, exactly. Each time I try it, I see massive possibilities and wonderful things being done within a framework that makes my brain hurt (It does really cool things, like progressivly more detailed textures as it has time to load them up, and then is still slow and unwieldy). Sure it makes complicated things easy, but in doing so it seems everything simple is more difficult than it needs to be. And what’s with the fixed surname thing? Argh. I’m Jascain Switchblade on it, if anyone cares.

Other things

And there was… er… something else. Now, what was it?

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Now we are six

Golly. Six years of Aquarionics. Where does the time go?