Archive for May, 2008

It's not quite the West Indies

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

I'm flying to Paris next week. {o,o} |)__) O RLY? -”-”- No, Charles de Gaulle.

Indiana Jones and the Last of the Summer Wine

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

I saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull last night and I wasn't impressed. The opening action sequence made me realise how long it has been in watching a film in the cinema since I was last so aware that a stunt double was trying to ...

This post intentionally left blank

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

If you've ever read any formal specifications, particularly from standards bodies, you will probably have come across a page that is blank apart from the statement printed on it 'this page intentionally left blank'. These are paradoxical oddities. On the one hand, it is prudent to let a ...

MST3K: The Region Encoding

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

My DVD player was getting lazy. Whenever I asked it to wake up and play a disc it would often hit the snooze alarm and sleep a bit longer. Sometimes it would hit the snooze alarm many times, not waking up for ages. It was quite frustrating. ...

Embarrassing collision

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Walking back from King's Cross to Euston after last night's gig I saw some flashing blue lights ahead of me on the road. It turned out to be nothing too serious from what I could tell, a police van stopped on the side of the road with a couple ...

Blitzen Trapper at the Water Rats

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

'We've lost Mike, our bass player', announces the frontman for experimental folk band Blitzen Trapper. 'Maybe you can help us find him?' he asks, immediately comfortable on stage and ready to perform. On a count of three most of the limited audience call out for 'Miiiiiiiiike!' but it ...

Hits of the 80s

Monday, May 19th, 2008

I happened to be in Woolworths at the weekend browsing for something in particular, when the person I was with pointed out a compilation CD of 80s hits. It was Woolworths' own brand and decidedly cheap in both cost and design, but it's the content that matters. Having ...

Client, server, other?

Monday, May 19th, 2008

One of the problems with running software under emulation is that when you encounter an error you can never be quite sure whether it is the software itself or the emulation layer that is the cause. In my case, the software is City of Heroes and the emulation layer, ...

The automobicycle

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

I really ought to bear in mind that when I say 'bike' many people will hear 'bicycle' and not 'motorbike' as I intend.

Buying cheaply

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Dungeons and Dragons fourth edition rulebooks are to be released soon, and my RPG group is in the process of ordering or thinking about ordering copies. There are a few deals floating around to order the books at a discount before they are released, with the books becoming full ...