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    Wed, 26 Oct 2005

    Yes, I think Freddie would be proud

    I realised last night how much I'd lost track with this years F1 Championship. Not only did Ferrari come 3rd in the Manufacturers Championship but Michael also came in 3rd in the Drivers Championship. Last time I'd looked it was shaping up for the usual Schumacher/Ferrari walk in the park. Apparently not. Pleasingly Mark Webber finished the season in the top ten too.

    Rather unusually, this all came about courtesy of an entry tucked away on Music Thing - Formula One engine plays 'We are the champions' Being something of a Queen fan too checking it out was a must. Quite well done and clear proof that F1 hackers have at least as much a sense of humour as their computing breathren. May want to turn your sound card down before you let it rip tho...

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    Mon, 30 May 2005


    This from The Onion by way of jwz's blog.

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    Wed, 30 Mar 2005


    You know you've been playing Half Life 2 a bit too much when you step outside on a foggy/cloudy kinda day and marvel at how some views look just like Highway 17.

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    Sat, 22 Jan 2005

    What you'll wished you'd known

    "What you'll wished you'd known" is the title of a short essay by Paul Graham. Graham is the author of Hackers and Painters which was two books down on my reading pile at the moment. I've sinced moved it to the top.

    The essay is linked off a story on Slashdot and while aimed at high school students is one of those pieces that has something for a reader at any stage in life. Worth the 10 or so minutes it will take you to read through it.

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    Thu, 13 Jan 2005


    Courtesy of a friend of mine - "I thought C++ was a new and improved orange soda"

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    Fri, 07 Jan 2005

    I propose a new rule

    If you have a silly ring tone on your mobile phone*, you must keep the phone on your person at all times so the rest of us don't have to suffer the tuneless nonsense for any longer than necessary.

    If I had my way, the twit that thought up programmable ringtones would be dragged across carpet tacks, or at least forced to write VCR timer firmware for the rest of their days. Come to think of it, maybe it was the person that wrote early VCR firmware and it's some sorta revenge trip...

    * Silly being defined as anything that doesn't closely resemble the ring-ring sound a sensible phone would make.

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    Sat, 09 Oct 2004

    For my birthday...

    I would like a change of government please.

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    Wed, 22 Sep 2004

    Kule Loklo

    Visited the Point Reyes National Seashore today - very picturesque spot, good to get some fresh air. From the visitors centre you could take a short walk up to a re-creation of a Kule Loklo village. As you approached there was a sign which had the following quotation, attributed to Kathleen Smith, a Bodega Miwok artist in 1993

    My people have lived on the coast for at least 8,000 years. To live in spiritual and physical balance in the same small area for thousands of years without feeling the need to go somewhere else requires restraint, respect, knowledge and assurance of one's place in the world.

    Says it all really...

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    Tue, 21 Sep 2004

    Orange County Choppers

    OCC were mainstays on the Discovery Channel for a few weeks while we were in Austin in a show called "American Chopper" I could never see myself owning a chopper (maybe a Ducati though) but for some reason this show just clicked. The key players at OCC are rough and tumble kinda guys (father and son team) but they turn out some impressive machinery that really does look slick. Clearly passionate about what they do and use an interesting combination of very high tech gear (CNC mills etc) along with more traditional materials.

    So there you have it, I'm a closet OCC fan :)

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