I before E
Whoops, I seem to have found a hole in the standard
English spelling rule "I before E except after C",
not that it really excuses my spellings of
recieve receive and
The rule breaking word is a popular drug extracted
from plants grown in Africa and South America, and
the correct spelling is caffeine.
I wonder how many of the other spelling rules have holes like this?
[Tue, 30 Mar 2004 18:47
Yet another site for your blogroll,
a site mostly devoted to the lighter side of Formula 1.
There's a better url coming soon, when Rafe sorts out the DNS...
Main ranters currently are OPL mad
and myself, athough more contributors are welcome.
[Tue, 30 Mar 2004 13:29
Life on Mars
sounds like fun, but wouldn't it be cheaper (and better for all of us)
if the US had just signed up to the Kyoto treaty rather than
turning the World into their dustbin?
[Tue, 30 Mar 2004 13:23
Rice has "Nothing to hide"
But the truth it appears...
Why on earth is it a
"long-standing principle that sitting National Security Advisers
do not testify before the Congress"? Is it because Congress is one
of the few places they'd have to tell the truth? Servants of the people
should be answerable to their masters, if not they should do the honorable
thing. I'd settle for resignation, but ritual disembowelment is fine too.
Ms Rice can consider herself a member of the enemy
in my ongoing
War Against Bullshit.
[Tue, 30 Mar 2004 09:03
SMS Around the World
castigates the hype
about trans-Atlantic texting finally working, after all
he and I have been exchanging messages for quite a while,
I suppose the real story is in interoperability between GSM
and some of the whacky home-brew cellphone networks that the
Americans love to use. GSM to GSM invariably just works.
Thinking about it I used to regularly exchange SMS with some
of my mates in Australia around 7 years ago, hell I even used
a great Australian SMS-email gatewaying (and much more) service
run by some Melbourne based chaps called
it used to puzzle the hell out of folks when I gave them a .au
email address for sending messages to my phone in the UK!
[Mon, 29 Mar 2004 21:16
When is false always true?
When you're using a mixed mode .Net C++ program apparently!
If your managed C++ code calls an unmanaged virtual method
that returns a bool you will only ever see a return value of true.
The Code Project
this astonishing "feature"
in .Net - truly scary stuff, just the sort of thing that'll
make you pull your hair out when debugging.
[Mon, 29 Mar 2004 13:37
he asked for it.
For some perverse reason (testing I think),
wants people to send their spam to
Let me see, I suspect I might have a small amount of spam
hanging around here...
[Mon, 29 Mar 2004 13:21
How crufty is your FOAF?
If it's anything like a lot of the FOAF documents
I've seen, it's probably pretty nasty! Even if it's
gives it the thumbs up, there's still plenty of
opportunities for stupid mistakes.
tool, this currently has 13 tests to help encourage
best practises in
documents, and I'm sure that Perry will be adding more
tests as best practises evolve and he gets more feedback.
[Thu, 25 Mar 2004 14:57
Are Ralf and DC even worthy of Minardi seats?
Probably not, I suspect even the lamentable
would keep their number 2 driver positions' safe.
After all, their
against their teammates last weekend in Malaysia were
as poor as usual. I've
enough times already, so today's fish in the barrel is Ralf.
Despite this mediocre performance, there are still persistant stories
about Ralf re-signing for
even if he does have to take a
frankly if I was Frank, I'd be more concerned about
losing sponsorship money and championship points (and hence
Bernie's money) than a minor cut in an under-performing and
over-priced driver's salary. Even if Schumi-lite does follow
advice he's being given
he's still a long way from being truly competitive.
Fortunately it seems like Frank is already looking very
for next season, and
tells me that the FIA allows you to change the number 1 driver
once and the number 2 driver three times in a season. Given that JPM
appears to be the number 1 driver,
he suggests that we might see Gene in a Williams race seat
once the season gets back to Europe. Wishful thinking perhaps,
but as Ralf seems more intent on
taking out his team mate,
rather than overtaking anyone else, Gene could be a very
[Wed, 24 Mar 2004 21:53
The War Against Bullshit
Ok, I'm a little cynical about
against Bush's desire to be seen (and more importantly photographed)
in situations that imply he's improved "Homeland" security.
After all he's a politician, so it's standard procedure,
much like lying, taking kickbacks, kissing babies, and
funerals of people you've indirectly killed,
but as part of my role in The War Against Bullshit
[Wed, 24 Mar 2004 14:22
Who Wants to Live Forever?
Who dares to love
So, the chances of dying prematurely from heart disease are
how long will it be before the human body becomes
infinitely repairable? When will the only chance of
death be massive trauma in a location far from immediate medical
I suspect I'm a member of one of the last generations who
will escape immortality. Will my children ever grow old and
die naturally? Sometimes I wonder.
[Wed, 24 Mar 2004 13:14
Proof that stupidity is hereditary?
Maybe it is...
I don't know what the solution is, oral contraceptives in alco-pops and
Sunny D or cutting the Kings Ferry bridge towing Sheppey out to sea
and sinking it would be the populist suggestions. They might work, but
I would suggest that education is probably the better solution, but what
should one do when you can't even get the bastards into school?
[Wed, 24 Mar 2004 09:03
Pipeline or Roadblock?
on why mobile network operators should just focus on being mobile
I'm keen on the idea that a mobile network is just a big
fat pipeline, and many operators' content offerings certainly
reinforce this argument by providing very little worthwhile
content (dare I mention
However I can imagine that many others feel the opposite,
for example Orange and Vodafone provide interesting and
sometimes useful content, and there are very few good independent
portals for aggregating mobile content. The alternative approach of
entering urls directly on a phone keypad is just too tedious
for many people, so what's the solution?
I've asked a few of
mobile content guys for their ideas, I expect we'll see
some interesting posts from them on this subject.
[Tue, 23 Mar 2004 14:18
River deep, Peckham Rye
the joke that came true
last week. We've been calling it Sidcup Spring in the office
for weeks in honour of Del Boy, but now given its toxic
can it really continue as a viable product in the UK?
The inimitable Register covers the full story
personally I wonder if the paramilitary arm of the infamous Sidcup Massive
were involved in the attempted poisoning of all these Claire Swire
[Tue, 23 Mar 2004 13:32
Break Like the Wind
Wow, it's pretty breezy today. I've got a mate coming down for the
weekend who's a keen dinghy sailor, maybe I should tell him to bring
his boat but leave the sails at home as a pocket handkerchief should
of 44mph and the forecast for the weekend is even stormier, time
to check my fence panels I guess.
On a semi-related note,
Whitstable Yacht Club
has revamped its website, very neat and clean, my only minor
niggle is that it's not got any
[Fri, 19 Mar 2004 13:31
Tie Me Kangaroo Down!
just down the road from the office seems to be turning into a
odd stuff, Bromley is hardly heaving with Antipodeans. I wonder if I'll
be able to get a decent pint of
[Thu, 18 Mar 2004 13:53
pyblosxom 0.9 released
As I mentioned
the other day there's a new version of pyblosxom out,
from SourceForge. I'm aiming to migrate in the next week or so, cool stuff!
[Thu, 18 Mar 2004 13:38
Nokia 7610 giving you more, and less
There's a nice
of the new
Series 60 Symbian phone by
the phone was announced yesterday.
Now there's some nice features and functionality there, but
the general response in
has been pretty muted, it's arguably the best series 60
phone that Nokia have announced to date, but it's still
got some niggling omissions. All the Nokia phones seem to
follow the "good, fast, cheap, pick 2 of the 3"
rule and none are fully featured. Here are some of the
more notable feature omissions from the latest series
- Sane keypad, small size, stereo sound, FM radio, USB
- Insane keypad, small size, stereo sound, FM radio, USB
- camera, irda
- interesting looks, stereo sound, FM radio, USB
- interesting looks, FM radio, 900MHz GSM
- FM radio, irda
A few common features are that only the 7610 has a megapixel
camera, the 6620 is the only one with EDGE, and the tri-band
nature of the entire range means you're still stuck with a choice
between US (850MHz, 1900MHz and 1800MHz) and World (900MHz,
1800MHz & 1900MHz) oriented variants, roll on quad-band...
A final thought, MMC? Why?
[Thu, 18 Mar 2004 08:58
New Planet Discovered
None of this silly
(Sedna, whatever) stuff, but something rather useful!
is a central point of blog content from pyblosxom users
and developers and whilst it looks a little sparse currently
I'm sure it will develop into something very interesting.
It seems a little strange that Planet PyBlosxom seems to be PHP rather
based, but it's far better to use appropriate tools for the job,
than use one tool for everything.
[Wed, 17 Mar 2004 20:30
I needed a lightweight standalone Wiki for tinkering around and
writing a few project notes, unfortunately most of the
needed Apache or IIS, and
I wanted something self contained and lite.
So, exactly how lite? 25 lines of Python,
I guess that's probably lite enough!
How did I do that? Pretty easily actually, Python's
module did all the heavy lifting,
did the WikiMagic, and a minor tweak of the example
code for the
module (shown below) glues it together:
server_address = ('', 8000)
handler_class.cgi_directories = ['']
httpd = server_class(server_address, handler_class)
Install instructions: Put the above code (I called my copy MyCgi.py)
and wypy.py in a directory, create a subdirectory named w, run
MyCgi.py and point your browser at http://localhost:8000/wypy.py
Minor niggles so far are that I can't get the 11 line version of
WyPy to work so I've had to resort to using the (not very) bloated
18 line version, and that WyPy isn't as fully featured as say
also had to change two places in wypy.py that use "wypy"
as an href to "wypy.py" as Windows isn't smart enough
to autorun Python scripts without a bit of a nudge.
I'm looking at the 11 line version, and that should be fixable,
plus as I'm considering using this same Wiki setup on various
devices including my Psion 5mx and hopefully my N-Gage (when
Nokia finally release their Python port), featherweight code
is a good thing!
[Tue, 16 Mar 2004 22:05