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These pages are all my own work. Unfortunately that may be a terrible admission. In these pages are various writings of mine, from the first part of my life story, to poems, to mad ramblings without excuse. Below the links to the articles is my blog. Not to be confused with the Techie Blog, this is random ramblings from life.

Rambling Rumination

Diving or Drowning Part I. The first part of my Autohagiography... up to the point where I first take ecstacy. The tale of how a polite, well mannered middle-class child became such a ruffian.....

Diving or Drowning Part II. The second part of my life story - the further fall....

Life in Romania. An article about living in Romania. This follows two visits in 2004 and 2005 to visit my wifes parents. Life is very different in Romania than it is here in Britain.

A Random Assortment. A short collection of my poetry. There's one or two gems buried in here.

HumanOS v1.3. Subtitled baby crocodiles, computers and the human personality. This is an article that compares the human mind to a computer operating system. It touches on artifical intelligence and the ages old Nature versus Nurture debate.

Christian Meditation. A short piece on Christian meditation - exploring living Spirituality with God.

Imagine Paradise. No its not about a large network of computers, its actually about Christian Community..... and why we bother.

The first is an article on the spiritual power of symbols and sacraments. The second one, is on what sort of truth we can expect to find in the bible - with a brief section providing one possible reconciliation between modern science and Genesis. They should both be understandable by 'beginners' to the subjects.

Quick 'n' Dirty HTML. Need to get a webpage up quick and never done any HTML before ? This article will get you up to speed with the basics, using a TABLE for layout. Not for those who want nice, standards compliant, XHTML and CSS...

Voidspace Story. My cyberpunk short story. Lovely imagery but very short *sigh*. Come and play in the Void !

Beginners Guide to Atlantis. My beginners guide for new players of Atlantis - the computer 'Play-by-eMail' game. Very useful if you`ve just started to play.

Solarized Me

emoticon:mobile Ok, so this isn't exactly original - but I still think it is cool.

Picture of me, solarized

This was done with the 'solarize' effect from Irfan View. I look almost 'Zeus-like'. Laughing

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2007-05-28 18:52:17 | |
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The Future Has Arrived

emoticon:home I guess you already knew this, but the future has arrived. Cool

Want to buy some nano-chemicals?

Products available include nanotubes, fullerenes, nanodiamonds, ceramics, nano-metals, quantuum dots and self-assembling molecules...

Free pocket time-projection lamp or swiss watch with every order!

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2007-05-25 13:19:28 | |
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Life Observations

emoticon:cat Have you ever noticed that entering '90' into a microwave results in a lot longer time than entering '100' ? Hmmm...

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2007-05-07 13:19:24 | |
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Sad News to Report

emoticon:mobile_world With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week.

Larry LaPrise, the man that wrote 'The Hokey Cokey' died peacefully at the age of 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin.

They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started...

Oh, I've just returned from a second visit to Poland, Poznan this time (very beautiful, but no pictures sorry). It was another programming conference, so you can read the Tech-heavy report here.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2007-04-18 02:30:38 | |
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What Voidspace Doesn't Mean

emoticon:mobile My friend Aidan Strengthener found me this image :

Something to aVoid

Hmmm... what is he saying ? Now this is exactly what Voidspace doesn't mean. Wink

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-12-03 19:45:17 | |
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A Little Fight Every Now & Then...

emoticon:boxing_gloves My wife and I don't argue. You may not believe this, but it's true. I've never (yet) read any marriage guidance books, but I guess they suggest that the occasional argument is normal.

Personally I don't think that arguing could work in our relationship. Delia is a naturally quiet person, and I hate arguing. I'm not saying I don't do it, but I hate it. Working things out by agreement seems to be much more productive for us.

Ho hum. I do tease Delia in order to make her react though. Getting her to fight back more is one of my goals. It's not her birthday for a while (not long till mine), but I'm considering buying her a pair of Pink Boxing Gloves. Razz

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-08-07 23:10:05 | |
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But You Don't Need One of These

emoticon:firefox And this definitely isn't an advert either :

You Don't Need One of These

Who said originality was dead... Smile

For those who might not understand this, the above link takes you to Microsoft's 'new' mp3 player: which just happens to look exactly like the Apple iPod.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-07-28 23:57:17 | |
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Everyone Needs One of These

emoticon:target This isn't an advert honestly (heck you can make your own), but really everyone needs one of these :

The Excuse-me Flag

Laughing

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-07-28 23:55:31 | |
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Men are Just Happier People

emoticon:men Ok, so normally I don't pass on silly emails that have been forwarded to me, along with about two and a half bazillion other people. This one is funny though [1]. Smile

Men are Just Happier People

What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President.

You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.

You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100. The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected.

New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. Your belly usually hides your big hips. One wallet and one pair of shoes one color for all seasons.

You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes. No wonder men are happier.

[1]And probably true, which is why it is funny. Oh, and it was sent to me by a gurl...

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-05-15 13:32:54 | |
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Joking Apart

emoticon:pill I thought I'd share my favourite jokes with you. Two are a bit geeky (my apologies in advance), but the first should be funny for everyone [1].

A young couple are visiting Spain. They have been recommended a particular restaurant that evening. The restaurant is situated near the bull fighting stadium and the house speciality is the testicles of the bull from the previous evening's fight.

They sit down, and the young man boldly orders the house speciality. To his surprise, the waiter brings him a plate with two shrivelled, and distinctly undersized, objects placed in the centre.

"What's this ?" he asks. "Well", explains the waiter, "Sometimes the matador wins, and sometimes the bull wins"... Very Happy

The next two are geek only jokes, but very funny if you get them. The second one had me especially frustrated trying to find someone I could tell it to who would understand :

Warning

Spoilers in the footnotes.

There are only 10 kinds of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't... [2]

Heisenberg was out driving on the freeway one day. Lost in thought about quantuum matters far beyond the understanding of us mere mortals, he was blissfully unaware of the fact that he was way beyond the speed limit. In due course he saw the blue flashing lights behind him and he pulled over.

The traffic cop got off his motor cycle and indicated for Heisenberg to wind down his window. "Do you know how fast you were just going ?" the cop sternly asked. "No" replied Heisenberg, "But I know exactly where I am"... [3]

In almost entirely unrelated news, I've finally got round to playing Quake 4. Especially as a beginner the atmosphere is awesome. You wander round, nervous and not entirely sure what is going on. You creep from place to place in the semi dark, turning around wildly to avoid being caught from behind, jumping at every sound. Great fun.

[1]When I was young I had an encyclopaedic memory for jokes, with one archived for virtually every situation. These days I only seem to be able to remember the naughty ones. So either my head is now full of more important things, or I'm getting old. Surprised
[2]10 is binary for two.
[3]Heisenberg formulated a principle that is now a foundational plank of quantuum physics. He stated that the more precisely you know a particle's velocity the less precisely you know its position - and vice versa.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-03-15 19:30:51 | |
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Nanagram 1.4 Released

emoticon:nanagram Nanagram 1.4 is now available.

This is a Shareware program, and there is a free demo version available. The source code to Nanagram 1.3 is still freely available, under the Shareware License.

On the Voidspace Shop you will find windows installers and executable versions of both the full program and the free demo. The free demo has a smaller dictionary and a few less features, but is still fun to play around with. The full version costs 4.99.

The Nanagram GUI

What is Nanagram ?

Nanagram is a desktop maker. Astound and annoy your friends by discovering what silly anagrams can be made from their names. It can also be used to help solve crossword puzzles. Nanagram has a friendly interface and a host of features.

Did you know that :

  • George W Bush is an anagram of 'whose bugger'...
  • Tony Blair : 'bony trail'...
  • Ronald Reagan : 'adrenal groan' or 'loan arranged'...
  • Osama Bin Laden : 'bald nose mania' or 'bad neon salami'...
  • Mother Theresa : 'hot rare themes' or 'earth theorems'...
  • Michael Foord : 'cool firm head'... remember, the anagram never lies Smile

What's New in 1.4 ?

  • Improved the GUI.
  • Sped up the anagram finding by around 20%.
  • Now built with Python 2.4 and psyco 1.5 for even more speed.
  • Added the progress bar.
  • Added the option to include common short words.
  • Optimised sorting the results.
  • We can now find anagrams where a word fits more than once into the original phrase.

Plus various other minor changes and improvements.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-02-28 12:18:58 | |
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