Archive for October, 2003

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bogof

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2003

oooh, i’m probably really sad for thinking this is dead cool and useful: the fixture ferrets list all the latest special offers at the supermarkets. since i go to at least four different supermarkets regularly and i love stocking up on ‘buy one get one free’ type of offers this could come in pretty handy for comparisons. it’s a pity that they don’t list the co-op’s offers too though.

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from above

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2003

meteosat weather images. i keep losing sources for these since the university of nottingham has stopped archiving them.

the one i look at most is the infrared pic of northern europe.

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maleficent clouds

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2003

aurora watch on 29th oct

damned clouds. damned streetlights. damned crashing servers giving me more urgent things to do than run round the country looking for clear bits of dark sky. more magnetic storms are expected though so i’m still hopeful that i might see some northern lights this week.

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bright skies

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2003

oooh, more night sky activity. jill reports that:

There was a huge explosion on the sun today which means that during the next two or three nights we might get to see spectacular auroras or northern lights here in the northern hemisphere, maybe as far south as France.

i’m going to be keeping a eye on aurora watch because i will be wandering around dark lanes if i have a chance of seeing the northern lights down here in yorkshire.

it’s just started raining after what seems like months and months of clear skies. go away evil sky obscuring clouds.

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other ways to mark the passage of time

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2003

i just put some new memory in my computer, it’s still about half as clunky as hell. it now has 24 576 times as much memory as my first computer did.

[actually, add another factor of 32, i'd forgotten my zeroth computer, i think it got returned to the shop though so i'll ignore it.]

i think we got the bbc b for christmas nearly twenty years ago, that means my computer memory has doubled every 16.5 months which is pretty bang on with moore’s law i think. (even though moore’s law is on about something else, transistors on circuit boards doubling in number every 18 months i think.)

of course my memory trebled just today, until this morning my memory had only doubled every 18.6 months, damn for discovering the figures made a better story before the upgrade after the fact!

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feeling old

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2003

i was merrily reading about today’s kids playing yesterday’s games

pong, ok, it was never terribly exciting; handheld football, yep, pretty much ditto; donkey kong, well that was pretty damn good but the point about the pole dancer is a good one; tetris, whoooooaaaa! kids don’t know about tetris? tetris isn’t still one of the best games ever to light up your pixels? yikes.

i am a product of a bygone era.

[found via jwz]

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best loved books

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2003

of the “nation’s top 100 best loved novels” as figured out by the bbc’s big read project, i’ve read 39, which i didn’t think was too bad going. there’s quite a few more books in that list that i’d like to have a read of sometime.

of the top 21 that are currently battling it out on saturday night tv though i’ve actually read 17. that’s 81% which seems to be pretty good going to me so i don’t feel quite so bad about missing out on the likes of middlemarch, emma and far from the madding crowd. plus i thought my childhood reading was a bit heavy on enid blyton but it looks like i totally missed the best of her as i’ve never read the magic faraway tree.

the four titles in the top 21 that i haven’t read are:

  • birdsong – i’ve actually had this for ages and ages and have read the beginning but got torn away from it by other things, must get back to it. definitely one i plan to read.
  • gone with the wind – are people voting for this based on having read the book or having seen the film? i’ve never had the vaguest desire to read this, or to see the film, and haven’t got any now either.
  • lord of the rings – much the same as for gone with the wind really though i think this would have done pretty well without the films but i still feel the films are garnering votes rather than the books. i’m enjoying the films but have little interest in reading the books.
  • his dark materials – this trilogy sounds pretty good to me. i’m not sure it’s entirely my cup of tea but i’m planning on tasting it and finding out.

i’m torn in about ten directions on which of the 21 is my best loved book, currently i’m cheering on wuthering heights but it’s a hard decision.

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total eclipse of the moon

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2003

oooh, upcoming lunar eclipse with total visibility from the uk, at not quite stupid o’clock in the morning (around 1am) on a sunday morning which means i can lie in afterwards. sounds too good to be true. odds on it being a clear night?

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misbehaving

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2003

misbehaving.net is a weblog about women and technology. It’s a celebration of women’s contributions to computing; a place to spotlight women’s contributions as well point out new opportunities and challenges for women in the computing field.

this looks like an interesting new weblog; the fact that at least three of the authors (caterina, meg and jill) have been bookmarked on my frequently visited weblog lists for several years now makes me think that this will prove to be a very good read indeed.

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jack o’ lantern

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2003

i need a little inspiration for what to do with a leftover carcass – the innards are going into the pumpkin lasagne i’m making for tea. there i was wandering the internet looking for an evil grin to copy and i came across a george bush halloween lantern template.

no further comment necessary, i feel.