Right, I’m staying away from computers for the next week, stolidly ignoring the Jubliee celebrations and the World Cup in west Wales with Jala and Tip.. Back next Friday. Have funky ones, everyone…
Those good people at Road To Reading wrote to me to tell me that their 6-cassette Advanced Reading Course is available free to anyone in the world, not just to Americans, as I had stated on this very page in April 2001. Silly me. Still, I might have to order one now.
Pleasant side-effect: when browsing through my archives I was reminded of the existence of the excellent extended cake mix, a blog which is updated infrequently but well. Don’t miss the story about the talking panther.
On my birthday, next Wednesday, Richard Stallman is giving a lecture at Aberystwyth University. I’m going to be in west Wales anyway, so it’s kinda tempting, but seems on overly geeky way to spend a birthday, perhaps.
Perhaps inspired by the above, last night I dreamt I met Richard Stallman and he told me to contribute to the GNU project‘s documentation. Who should I believe? Him, or Guido van Rossum, who visited me in an earlier dream, instructing me to write a programming manual for children? And what is the deeper meaning of all these nocturnal visits by software luminaries?
On most mornings, one or the other of these is true. Sometimes, both.
Today, it was the wires.
Go Dave. Can’t wait.
I’ve just read in my Wainwright biography that at the end of the last book in his series of guides to the Lakeland fells, “he also reveals that he had made a small fortune from the books – all of which he is going to give to animals, helping the RSPCA to set up an animal shelter in Kendal.”
What a guy…
Matsumoto tried these attacks against eleven commercially available fingerprint biometric systems, and was able to reliably fool all of them. The results are enough to scrap the systems completely, and to send the various fingerprint biometric companies packing. Impressive is an understatement.
Continuations Made Simple and Illustrated, including an example of using continuations to implement a back-tracking search. n-queens with continuations, anyone?
I found a nice, lightweight implementation of Roget’s Thesaurus (circa 1911, admittedly), so I’ve included it in the search proxy, under “roget’s”. Much better than the Merriam-Webster offering currently in my left-sidebar.
Update 2002-08-13: I’ve now replaced that with a more up to date thesaurus.
Must try out the fire-making some time…
Excellent: Wainwright’s Lakeland Fells photographic guide.
In the words of the furniture, “well, we’re back”. We found a very nice, yet pleasantly cheap B&B in Coniston, and had a few lovely days tramping around. The weather was mostly best described as “pissy”, but we did have one day (Thursday) when Jala manged to catch some sunburn (poor thing). Good food was eaten, excellent beer was quaffed, the rain was ignored with a shrug, and I fell in love with Alfred Wainwright‘s beautiful, detailed, witty and just damn cute guides to the Lakeland Fells.
The highlight of the week was definitely Sunburn Day, which was spent ascending, traversing, and descending the excellent Crinkle Crags, but we also had a good time at Tilberthwaite Gill, and watching the Everest IMAX movie. Oh yes, and going to Keswick three evenings in a row because Jala lost her purse. Fortunately they’re very honest in Ye Olde Golden Lion. :-)
We also went to Penrith in search of the fabled Penrith Tea Rooms, just so we could demand the finest wines available to humanity and state that we’re coming back in here. Alas, although we definitely found the right spot, the tea rooms appears to be the “Garden” cafe, unrecognisable on the inside. Ah well… We had some cake anyway.
Alluded to earlier but not explicitly stated: I’m on holiday next week, in the Lake District with Jala. Thus, I won’t be updating Gimboland unless it rains constantly and we get so bored of sitting in a pub reading and playing Go that we seek out a cybercafe.
An unsorted, uninvestigated list of links from the venerable piemaster to help me suss out climbing in the Lake District: www.keswickclimbingwall.co.uk, www.kendalwall.co.uk, http://www.thebmc.co.uk, www.howtownoac.co.uk, www.eclipse-outdoor.co.uk/mountain-guiding/rock-climbing.htm, www.adventure-days.co.uk. Cheers, Pete!
Got three films back from Jessops yesterday, including CD-ROMs on which, I’d been told, I’d find lo-res and hi-res images, where the hi-res images were 20 megabyte JPEGs – excellent.
Alas, ’twas a bare-faced lie. The range from 600K to 1.3M, ie exactly the same as on the Kodak Photo-CDs. Still, at least the CD packaging’s more sensible. Sigh…
Oh yeah – will put some of the pictures up later, or maybe much later as I’m on holiday next week…
Funkin’ excellent… I just used the loopback device to mount an ISO image without first burning it to a CD. Nice!
Fantastic!!! I saw this page (“Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About”) a long time ago but lost the link, couldn’t find it on google, and subsequently forgot about it. Now those good lads at wotever have only gone and brought it back in to my life… Cheers lads!
I remember this being one of the funniest things I’d ever read. I shall now go and re-read it and find out if it’s as good as I remember. (Later: yep, not bad. Much bigger, too.)
Julie pointed out that multiple words weren’t being handled properly by the search proxy. Interesting, doesn’t seem to be a problem with Opera under Linux, or IE5.5, so maybe it’s a non-issue, but I’ve tried to fix it anyway. Will try it out later from home…
Well well, what have we here? Pyblog, a “highly-customisable blogging framework coded entirely in Python”. Wooty!
Securing and Optimizing Linux: Red Hat Edition. So where’s the Debian edition? :-)
Hahahahaha – 54% of Americans know that it takes the Earth one year to orbit the sun. What the hell do the other 46% think?