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Saturday, May 31, 2003Oh yeah - even bigger change which I completely forgot about.... I`ve swapped the search engine over and put a random quote in the top right corner of each page :-)
I think its nice.... still need to customise the search engine a bit and sort out the sitemap and main index page which don`t use it yet. Oh - and I still have to decide whether to use the english 'radomn' or the American 'random'... and having decided I need to stick to it.
posted by Mike Foord on Saturday, May 31, 2003
Other news - my Mum has gone temporarily blind in one eye due to a haemorrage (or however you spell that word) and we might have found a property to start the new TBS depot in. Another big company want the same property though.... so its a bit of a race !! I really hope we get it though - it will be ahuge challenge. Oh, and I haven`t managed to see Matrix 2 yet... but a lot of people are reading the Matrix articles on my site all of a sudden !!
Blogger still haven`t sorted out these dodgy archive links... *sigh* oh and I might *actually* have succeeded in finally starting this Mums and toddlers gorup for the Jesus centre - far out man.
Thats all for now - hopefully it won`t be so long before I post again.
posted by Mike Foord on Saturday, May 31, 2003
Thursday, May 22, 2003Right..... I`ve managed to upload some books at last..........
Some philosophy, a couple of psychology books, some classic fiction and some christian books.
I haven`t managed to do links yet... but I found a lovely little utility that turns a directory into a page of links... very nice and very small.......... theres a link on the three pages :
The archives are a bit odd... I hope blogger sort it out !! Grrrr.......
posted by Mike Foord on Thursday, May 22, 2003
Wednesday, May 21, 2003I`m trying out a traffic monitor called hitbox. It offers great features...... but puts a horrible advert on every page.... *sigh* - I`ll see how it works before decidign whether to keep it or not. It does offer great information though.........
posted by Mike Foord on Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Saturday, May 17, 2003I haven`t blogged for a few days. I read an article recently though saying that blogs that talked about blogging are utterly pointless... kind of like eating your own tail. Hmmm.. so maybe I shouldn`t bother. The same article pointed out that blogging is the enemy of proper writing - a blog is a personal ramble, accidentally stepping on half-truths and feelings. Oh, and it can be short. Proper writing - has a start, middle and end... tries to say something... and if you want to get paid for it - it isn`t short. (Not that I *ever* expect to get paid for writing). So blogging develops all the bad habits you don`t want to see in proper writing :-) Weeeeeeellllll... my writings not proper anyway ! Seriously though, its been nice to be a bit creative in the last few months and get some writing done - something I`ve wanted to do for a long time. Everything I`ve done needs work, but I`ve put some of that work in and its beginning to pay off - Great.
posted by Mike Foord on Saturday, May 17, 2003
Wednesday, May 14, 2003Aaargh... busy at work, things piling up around my ears. I actually prefer it when its busy... so long as I actually do the work.
Ever fancied a job speaking klingon, or more to the point dealing with mentally unstable Klingons ? Sounds terrifying doesn`t it - but apparently there`s a job vacancy for a Klingon speaker. Check out this article to make your application.
Also the 'deepest space photo ever' pictures that only a couple of years ago would have been great photos of our galaxies... but these are from galaxies hundreds of times further away. Very breathtaking - article here.
More geek stuff. Computer memory hundreds of times more powerful. Using our old friends the carbon nanotube - article here. And how about the worlds most powerful laser Researchers have a broad array of plans for the petawatt, including using bursts from it to try to kick start a nuclear fusion reaction. - article here. Wow.
Also added a sitemap to the site. Very nice - using a program called SiteXpert. Hopefull soon I`ll integrate itinto the rest of the site. In the meantime you can - view it here.
I could tell you that the guy running our Atlantis game had a hard drive disaster and the game is on temporary hold, that I got into a fight, went for a beautiful walk in a wood full of bluebells and broke my old PDA *again*.... but I haven`t got time......
posted by Mike Foord on Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Saturday, May 10, 2003Just been to my 'Jesus Centre' meeting. For once I think I actually sounded quite good, I had quite a lot of research I`d done and vision for the way forward for the projects I`m looking at. Setting a 'community cafe' vision in motion is quite intimidating though. It means finding practical things we can do with the cafe area to turn it into a 'hub' for the community..... hmmm..... lots of ideas, but I need to come up with the practical stuff.
One geeky webpage to suggest - Blue Gene supercomputer. IBMs project to create the worlds fastest supercomputer (again...). Heres some tasty detail though :
a system that can perform one quadrillion calculations per second, or one petaflop......... Blue Gene is a completely oddball, you've-never-seen-anything-like-this-before design," said Illuminata analyst Jonathan Eunice. "It is not custom everything, (but) it is still very exotic compared to anything you can buy."
IBM has begun building the chips that will be used in the first Blue Gene, a machine dubbed Blue Gene/L that will run Linux and have more than 65,000 computing nodes, said Bill Pulleyblank, director of IBM's Deep Computing Institute and the executive overseeing the project. Each node has a small chip with an unusually large number of functions crammed onto the single slice of silicon: two processors, four accompanying mathematical engines, 4MB of memory and communication systems for five separate networks.
Oh - my Dads in hospital with an infection... ouch. Doesn`t sound too serious but its still worrying. I`m worried about my Mum as well and how shes coping... still she`s a rugged old bird really !!
Website updates :
Human Genome Project in the science section.
A couple of Rogue Trooper pages in the cyberpunk section.
Meet Rogue Trooper
Rogue the Comic
Oh and I`ve finished off Philosophical Investigations in the psychology section.
Thats all for now.
posted by Mike Foord on Saturday, May 10, 2003
Thursday, May 08, 2003Well, site news (which is all I seem to post these days... sorry) - a useful site I visited from time to time was the Babak Memari computer resource site. Lots of relevant useful links on all computer related subjects (and a few on microbiology). Unfortunately he had problems with his ISP so its now being hosted at Voidspace.
Babak Memari Website .
An interesting project here a DIY cruise missile for under 5 000 dollars. A good one for all you would be terrorists.
And in Atlantis the war has started... the two biggest characters are officially at war. My empire is growing very fast - but this war is a real threat. Exciting stuff.
posted by Mike Foord on Thursday, May 08, 2003
Wednesday, May 07, 2003Well.... I`m at working being distracted... I promised I wouldn`t get distracted... and guess what... it didn`t work. Hmmm.... anyway honestly I`m about to start doing my reports for the Jesus Centre operations meeting on Saturday. Ouch !!
Anyway - at last I`ve put some photos on the site which I`ve been meaning to do for ages. Theres soem photos of me and my family and also some silly pictures. Fractals and so on to follow soon - well maybe.
The Gallery Index Page
And if you go to the voidspace index page (which is this page !! hee hee - oops) there's three new articles. Symbols is new and improved - much easier to read, Imagine Paradise is an article on community and uhmm.. oh yeah - biblical truth is about the sort of truth we can expect to find in the bible... the truth in allegory and spiritual principle basically.....
posted by Mike Foord on Wednesday, May 07, 2003
Saturday, May 03, 2003Right - I`ve made some mad changes to my template to see if it affects (effects or affects ? - I never know) the way my archives appear. This should put the voidspace logo at the bottom of the blog. The reason for this is that the blog archives appear on google...... but with no link back to voidspace... this *might* remedy it !!
Oh - and I found a funky picture used for advertising PDAs... handheld PCs. Actually PDA is one of my favourite acronyms standing for Public Displays of Affection AND Personal Digital Assistant...... how cool is that.
(wow - that nearly worked first time that archive thingy... one more tweak and it ought to work fine...)
I`m still trying to find a way to get feedback... to get you folk to talk to me *sigh*..... hee hee - I actually discovered my freefind (the little free search thingy I use on the bottom of this site) report I get every month helps though... it tells me what people are searching for on the site. I don`t get proper site stats - so that sort of information is dead nice. Ooh... and I got my Nominet document through - telling me that I am the owner of "voidspace.org.uk" - I own property me...... only for two years though. That flashing PDA picture gives me a headache after looking at it for too long... I hope none of you are epileptic !
posted by Mike Foord on Saturday, May 03, 2003
posted by Mike Foord on Saturday, May 03, 2003
Friday, May 02, 2003Hello Luke.......
Today I added some photos for a friend of mine called Luke. The best one is a friend of his gorgeous wife (pregnant !! not fat !! - oops I hope she doesn`t see this !!) and her daughter Marieke. Marieke learned English - from nothing to almost fluent in three months... WOW
Anyway - check out the picture Monique and Marieke.
posted by Mike Foord on Friday, May 02, 2003