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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.

The Great Voidspace Computer Sale

emoticon:nanagram Well, not exactly, but I've finally got round to selling a couple of unneeded items on ebay. The selling procedure was pleasantly straightforward. In order to retain PayPal seller protection (and minimise the possibility of fraud) I can only sell to buyers in the UK, and only send to a registered PayPal address.

  • Windows XP Professional OEM

    A genuine copy of Windows XP, never used and with a Certificate of Authenticity.

  • HP Jornada 820/820e Handheld Computer

    This is a lovely handheld computer which is a cross between a laptop and a PDA.

    It runs Windows CE, but has a 70% sized keyboard and a 640x480 screen resolution. It also has a built in modem and 32mb memory.

    It also comes with a host of accessories, like Clik drive and leather case. Great for taking notes or carrying around documents.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-09-22 15:12:19 | |
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Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

emoticon:film Two of my favourite authors are in London next week. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Smile

I discovered this via Neil Gaiman's Blog.

So at last there is some benefit to working in London [1], I'm going to both events. Even better, I can buy a copy of Good Omens and get it signed by both of them. Laughing

[1]Other than the job, which is still great. If I didn't have to work this is what I would be doing anyway.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-09-20 23:14:19 | |
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Geniuses, IQ and Passion

emoticon:rogue A recent New Scientist Article [1] runs with the headline You Could Be a Genius Too.

It suggests that brilliance, whether academic or in music or sport or anything else, is not innate. Instead it is partly based on support and environment in the early years, but mainly on plain hard work.

This is a reassuring message for most of us, who are not yet geniuses, by applying the 99% perspiration we have lacked.

Apparently the majority of real achievers in almost any field have an only moderately high IQ. Conversely, those who have an exceptionally high IQ tend to only live moderately achieving lives.

The article concludes that almost anyone can become a real achiever, a genius in their field, if they are prepared to put in the hard work.

This sounds at least partly true, but I don't think its the whole story. Personality still determines success or achievement (however you want to define success and achievement). I think the missing factor is passion. Passion is the intellectual or emotional force that drives people to achieve, and IQ is probably much less of a factor than we suppose.

It is this fact about the human soul [2] that makes it much more relevant to human endeavours than the mind. We achieve when we get passionate about things. Smile

It's also why I find the blog Creating Passionate Users so interesting. Good programming isn't just about cold rational choices...

[1]The article is by David Dobbs, and although it cites 'studies', a quick scan of the article didn't reveal any specific references.
[2]Perhaps a controversial word, but a word that encompasses human emotions and subconscious drives as well as the rational mind.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-09-20 23:11:18 | |
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