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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.

Snowcrash

emoticon:ghostradio I've got a few days off whilst I'm in between jobs. We move on Friday, so the next couple of days will be very hectic. In the meantime I'm doing a hasty update to one of my programs.

To accompany the headscratching and mind-numbing work, (and having finished Angela's Ashes) I'm now listening to Snow Crash. This is written by Neal Stephenson, one of the heroes of Cyberpunk.

Its theology is distinctly dubious [1], but that aside it is very interesting [2]. I'm particularly drawn to the Metaverse. This is a virtual world created by computer hackers.

It is similar to the cyberspace envisioned by William Gibson, but more of the details are fleshed out. From my point of view, the most exciting thing about it, is the ability to create new things. Stephenson doesn't describe the mechanics of virtual matter and energy, but programmers are able to create new and working objects like motorcycles.

I've searched the web [3] to look for the hackers who are creating the Metaverse. Despite the rise of the MMORPG, where people can interact in virtual worlds, I can find nothing similar. All the ones I've seen have a fixed and rigid infrastructure. Objects must be built into to the fabric of the world, so you're unable to create new ones from the inside. Sad

I'll have to wait, or build the Metaverse myself. Wink

Note

I was explaining to a friend recently how humans had managed to create such complex things as computers.

Computers are (currently) based on silicon wafers, with circuits containing hundreds of thousands of transistors - switches.

Despite the complexity of modern devices, they are built from combinations of circuits comprised of very simple components. At their heart, microprocessors are still descendants of mechanical devices like The Difference Engine of Charles Babbage.

The basic component of the human is the cell. A cell is a phenomenally complex device, a miniature chemical factory that operates on the quantum interaction of its inner workings. Each of us have hundreds of millions of these cells.

So despite packing untold numbers of transistors onto silicon wafers, humans are still a long way off achieving anything remotely approaching the complexity of the human body (and mind). Smile

[1]The philosophical (or Spiritual whichever floats your boat) suppositions are predicated on the fact that the resurrection is a myth.
[2]The real world it describes is a little silly for my tastes, the virtual world on the other hand...
[3]A bit...

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Irish History (Well... Sort of)

emoticon:waffle I've just finished reading Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt.

It's the tale of his childhood in Catholic Ireland in the thirties and forties.

"Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood," writes Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes. "Worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."

Angela's Ashes is a fantastic story, and a great read [1]. It paints a bleak and brutal picture of Catholic Ireland. A tale of prejudice and poverty. Frank's story-telling paints great humour into the near destitution he claims to have grown up in.

It's a great reminder of how fortunate most of us are, but it may be fantastical in more than one way. Apparently Frank's relatives were outraged by the depiction of his childhood, and say it bears no similarity to reality.

Whatever the case it's a great story, but like everything you read; it requires imbibing with a good dose of salt Exclamation

[1]Well, listen anyway. Wink

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Record Breaking

emoticon:key Voidspace had a record breaking month in March with almost 200 000 page views served, plus around 17 500 downloads. Smile

The steady march towards world domination continues... Wink

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