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Follow my exploration of living a spiritual life and finding the kingdom at Unpolished Musings.

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.

Me - the Computer Programmer

emoticon:computer Well, for nearly four weeks now I've been able to say that I'm a computer programmer. Smile

I was very surprised to find a job programming with the language Python. Even better, the people I work with are really cool, and I really enjoy the job. Smile

The days are still flying past. The nice thing is, that we are working towards a beta release for November. So just as the first enthusiasm for the job is starting to wear off, things should get really exciting again.

I can't tell you what we are working on, but don't worry. As soon as I'm allowed to say, you'll be the first to hear. Razz

One of the things that worried me about switching to a job programming was that I might lose regular contact with people. Working at TBS [1] (selling bricks) kept me interacting with all sorts of weird and wonderful people. On the whole builders are pretty down to earth, and I enjoyed that side of the job. I worried that I might end up working on my own in a darkened room, barely speaking to another human soul. Laughing

Thankfully, here at Resolver we do pretty much everything with pair programming. This means we talk everything through, and I rarely work on my own. Of course this could be a drag, if I didn't get on so well with my colleagues...

[1]Hey, nice website James.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-05-11 13:55:59 | |
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Neil Gaiman

emoticon:computer There is finally a UK release date for the Neil Gaiman film MirrorMask.

From an announcement on his UK Homepage :

Mirrormask will be released on DVD in the UK on 5th June 2006.

What's even cooler, is that this page has a link to my page on the film. Smile

Anansi Boys has just been released here as a paperback as well. There is even a poster advertising in the train station at Northampton.

God is dead. Meet the kids.

I've read Anansi Boys and seen MirrorMask; they are both awesome. It was especially nice to see a film with a bit of depth, not just the usual hack and slash action. MirrorMask is by no means perfect, but a fantastic film.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-05-11 13:50:11 | |

Thinking About God

emoticon:cross When I was at university I read a short book, called Thinking About Thinking by Anthony Flew [1]. This book had some very good things to say about thinking, and particularly common fallacies in arguments.

As usual wikipedia has interesting things to say about Anthony Flew.

So why am I mentioning this ? Well... I happened to see a new Scientific American Blog Entry via the feed on Planet Voidspace.

It is about a debate on Intelligent Design, that Sci-Am thinks is rigged from the start. This might be the place, but it isn't the time for me to air my views on intelligent design. You can see my article [2] Biblical Truth to see my views on whether evolution and Christianity can ever be more than uncomfortable bedfellows.

The Sci-AM article linked to an article called Anthony Flew Considers God...Sort Of. It turns out that Anthony Flew was a poster-child atheist for many years (remaining unconvinced after attending meetings of the Socratic Club led by CS Lewis at Oxford University).

Apparently in December 2004 Anthony Flew converted to deism (not Christianity). Very interesting... Smile

[1]This book is now out of print according to Amazon.
[2]Quite old now, but still OK I think.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-05-07 22:56:49 | |

Cheap & Free VoIP Calls

emoticon:mobile One of the new opportunities provided by the internet is free and cheap phone calls, through a protocol called VoIP; Voice Over IP.

I've just added an article that looks at free and cheap VoIP providers and programs, with a particular emphasis on Linux and PocketPC devices.

What's New With Free VoIP Providers

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-05-06 23:34:20 | |

Rogue Trooper

emoticon:fuzzy As a teenager in the nineties I read literally hundreds of 2000AD comics. I had a good friend who collected them, and had a stack over two feet tall.

Rogue Trooper was one of my all time favourite characters. His story, in a Cyberpunk-esque world, pits him against the mega-corporations that created him.

At last a software team called Eidos have created the Rogue Trooper computer game.

In celebration, I've updated the Voidspace Rogue Trooper Page.

On the hostile planet of Nu Earth, there are tales of a lone warrior. A man who appears out of thin air to take out whole platoons, then disappears back into the shadows. In the centre of a futile war, one man can swing the balance: the ultimate soldier and last survivor of the massacred Genetic Infantrymen, hell-bent on revenge ... the Rogue Trooper.

Soon I'll post a review of the game, and hopefully a gallery of some screenshots.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-05-06 23:04:09 | |

Planet Voidspace

emoticon:beaker There are several new pages at Voidspace. The first of these is :

Planet Voidspace

At long last I've got it together to use an RSS aggregator to collect all the blogs I read.

These are mainly a collection of techie and Cyberpunk blogs, but you are welcome to browse. As well as various Python and Programming luminaries, it includes the blogs of :

It updates every hour and has its own RSS 1.0 and RSS 2.0 feeds.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-05-06 22:35:04 | |
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Time for an Update

emoticon:clock It's more than three weeks since I last blogged here. In that time I've moved house and changed job. Smile

I now work as a Python Programmer for Resolver Systems.

Finally the amount of news has built up to the point where I have to blog. Surprised

Anyway, the new house is nice and I'm really enjoying the job (this was the summary), website update news to follow...

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-05-06 22:07:44 | |

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