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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.

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  • The process is completely reversible.
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[1]Sometimes called SIM free.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-03-17 21:53:44 | |
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Breaking out into the World Wide Web

emoticon:animals_cat At work our internet restrictions have varied several times. This means I've had lots of experience at trying to break through censoring firewalls that block access to parts or most of the internet.

I have written an article documenting the various tricks I've learned, some of which are quite novel. It may be useful for anyone in a similar situation who still wants to browse the internet :

Escaping the Firewall

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-03-16 12:41:37 | |
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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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Old Age & Dentists

emoticon:baldguy Prompted by my previous post [1] I've been reading a bit of my old blog. This is from three years ago when this site was young and fresh. Rolling Eyes

I've got too serious in my old age, the jocular style I used to have is much more readable.

Anyway, that's not at all what this entry is about. I mentioned a couple of posts ago that a filling had fallen out, along with a few fragments of tooth [2].

This of course is a worrying experience. Even more so as it was a molar and I really don't want to lose a chewing tooth. The first filling was done by my previous dentist. I lost faith in that guy for several reasons :

  • He never talked to me. Hey, I need to be able to trust you.
  • His check-ups never amounted to much more than glances.
  • He caused me agony in the last filling he did. I'm sure the problem could have been spotted earlier with a more thorough check up.

So I browsed the internet and found another dentist in Daventry. I'd heard good things about this practise, so I gave them a try. They took me on as an NHS patient and gave me an appointment on two days notice.

My dentist was a friendly Indian fellow, who saw me after about two minutes waiting. He did the filling in about ten minutes flat, without anaesthetic and only slight discomfort during drilling. What an experience! Such a difference. Smile

Note

Whilst I'm doing recommendations on my blog, I'd like to mention Mick Howe.

He's one of our friendliest customers at TBS, and probably the best builder in Daventry. Smile

[1]Which was slightly bizarre even by my standards. I think I'm worrying too much about finding a job.
[2]I used to tell people that the three sounds I feared most were the crunching of teeth between pliers, the popping of eyeballs and the tearing of fingernails. I don't say that anymore as it freaks people out. Laughing

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-03-15 19:26:17 | |
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Search Engine Sadness & Madness

emoticon:globesearch One of the things my website statistics tells me, is what search terms people are using to find my website.

For some reason, one of the terms that regularly crops up is Pippi Longstockings [1]. She's an adventurous red headed girl, from children's books of my childhood.

The disturbing thing is, that as far as I can tell, the reason people search for her is in looking for porn. Surprised

Bizarre.

Still anything that brings people to my website has to be a good thing. Wink For example, just mentioning the phrase "free porn", or "Russian Lolitas" will bring hordes of new visitors. Whether I want them or not is another question. Laughing

Still, it's swings and roundabouts. The same phrases will probably get this page banned by several internet filters. sigh

Now if only I could find a way to bring interesting people to my site, that was just as easy... hmmm...

Note

If I was to do this the hard way [2], I could write articles that actually interested people and earn income from the advertising revenue. Razz

If I could write one article per week that brought in one hundred visitors per day, then after three years I would be earning twelve hundred pounds per month. If each article has an effective lifespan of three years, then my income would remain roughly static.

Not many of my articles bring in that much traffic, but one a week is not that heavy a burden.

[1]I think this is because of a blog entry I made several years ago.
[2]Which is usually the only real way...

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-03-15 12:21:19 | |
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Teeth, Books & Memories

emoticon:tooth One good, one bad, one weird... Or maybe three weird, depending on how you look at it. I'm talking about the subjects of this blog entry. Razz

First of all the good. I've just finished listening to an audio version of Virtual Light by William Gibson. It's classic Cyberpunk and part of his bridge trilogy. I really enjoyed it again, full of intrigue and quality writing. William Gibson is a master story teller, with the several threads of his story woven together in a climactic explosion. Along the way he maintains enough, mystery and emotion to make it a satisfying read. The audio version is true to the atmosphere of the original.

Next the bad. A small chunk of my tooth just fell out, and along with it a much bigger chunk of filling. I now have a sizeable and potentially painful/expensive hole in my tooth [1]. Sad

Finally the weird. Up until recently I thought my earliest memories were from when I was about four. At the age of four we moved from Middlesborough to Macclesfield (a Northern industrial town, set in gorgeous Pennine countryside).

I clearly remember the new house, with no carpet on the stairs, and the smell and the new Noah's Ark wallpaper of my new bedroom. I have no memories of the previous house at all.

I also remember taking a flight with my Dad to visit my Granny. I remember being dressed up in a little duffle coat, and how stiff and awkward I felt wearing it. I vaguely remember the flight, but more I remember the enormous plate of sandwiches my Granny presented me with when we arrived. It seemed like a mountain of them sitting on the plate.

Discussing this with my Dad he says it's from before I was two. He knows this because he got me on the flight free. I guess it is because it was such a vividly new experience that I remember it. I know it's a genuine memory because I remember the feelings so clearly, not just images. So my youngest memory just jumped back two years, cool. Smile

[1]The worst thing is that I can't stop fiddling with it with my tongue, and it's damn irritating.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-03-12 22:18:48 | |
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Job Interview

emoticon:development On Friday I had a job interview. This was for a job working in London, programming with Python. Jobs programming in Python are rare enough, but this could be very interesting.

They've chosen Python for what seems like a very good reason, besides its sheer elegance and flexibility of course. :- }

The interview was five hours long. They are a small and young team, with currently three developers. They use pair programming. Because of this, it is particularly important to them that everyone in the team gets on and is able to work together. So I had a half-hour/forty-five minute interview with each of the programmers before doing some programming with two of them.

None of them asked me any personal questions [1]. They all asked me about design patterns. Laughing

It's impossible for me to gauge how well the interview went. My lack of an academic programming background showed up, and my diagrams of program structure were ropey to say the least. The rest went better, so I think I'm in with a chance.

The two core developers (well, the two who've been doing it the longest) come from a C++ and a Java background and are relatively new to Python. As a result I was able to point out a couple of minor features of Python syntax that at least one of the developers hadn't come across before.

They are all intelligent guys, and seem straightforward enough to get on with. Pair programming looks like an excellent development methodology, along with the other development choices they've made. I'd definitely like to get the job, but I'll find out on Thursday. Confused

Hopefully my strengths, Python experience, creative intelligence and strong productivity, came across and I'll have good news for you then. Wink

[1]One of them came close when he asked me one question about my time at University.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-03-12 16:31:04 | |
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