Monday, November 20, 2006
"There were like 30 people in line.."
What do you really mean? You thought there were 30 people in the line but you couldn't tell? There were 30 people in the line? There were roughly 10 or so?
Sometimes the smallest things bug me; if there were 30 people in the line, then say "there were 30 people in the line". Don't use the word "like"! It's like, so annoying!!!! :)
Monday, November 06, 2006
That has been the main difference for as long as I can remember. There is a large culture difference between England and New Zealand at international level - for some reason we lack the killer instinct and the ability to play free-form, open rugby when under pressure. It seems to come naturally to the All Blacks.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Jon Ker - BBC Cumbria website
I haven't seen Jon in years, but I'm still proud of what he did. I can't conceive of the strength and determination required to climb mountains and then get help when injured while a friend is in mortal danger.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
Big World tech.
It's technology for MMPOGS, which supposedly can support millions of players. The quality of the technology just boggles my mind - I can't imagine how long it took to develop such a system. They also provide a large number of tools for creating the world - those alone would take many man years. It makes the code I work on look like childs play! I'd love to work with this kind of technology. More-so considering the company is in Australia!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
I thought I'd try out Balsa (http://balsa.gnome.org/) - Evolution is too slow and clunky, and Thunderbird is good, but I was hoping to use something native to GNOME. Or at least as native as one can get with GNOME.
I managed to import numerous emails from KDE, but Balsa is proving to be incredibly buggy. If I scroll through each message in my inbox using the arrow keys, Balsa will hang once I've looked at say two or three messages. Every time. It's a shame as it looks like a useful, light mail client. Well not so useful if you can't view messages!
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Update: I found this site, which seems to work nicely for emails.
Maildir to mbox Conversion Utility
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Good Agile - Bad Agile
And I quote:
Back in Ye Olden Dayes, most companies approached software development as follows:
- hire a bunch of engineers, then hire more.
- dream up a project.
- set a date for when they want it launched.
- put some engineers on it.
- whip them until they're either dead or it's launched. or both.
- throw a cheap-ass pathetic little party, maybe. This step is optional.
- then start over.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
We went to an open house at the weekend around the corner from us. We like to keep an eye on the "competition" so to speak, to get an indication of what we need to do to our house to make it sellable. I originally thought this house was bigger than ours, as it's square, whereas ours has little sticky-out bits. Inside the house was incredibly tiny. The kitchen was the size of a small bathroom, and the bedrooms were boxes! The owners must be retired smokers as the furniture was at least 40 years old and the house had that horrible stale smell you can never get rid off. I first thought that maybe the owner(s) died. I know that's quite horrible to say, but anyone seriously trying to sell a house would try hard to remove the smell. Another reason for my thinking was the low price - other house (albeit) slightly bigger are listed between 240 and 260. It was listed at around CAN$225,000, which means there's hope for us yet.
"Politicians are like diapers - they need changing often and for the same reason."
Monday, September 18, 2006
I also took a look at Jython today (Jython), which is a Python interpreter written in Java, instead of C. The beauty of this is that you can access Java classes directly from within Python code! Amazing!
Jython could be perfect for scripting an application/game, which is something I've been interested in for a while. I have an idea for a small two-player, turn based, stratgey game (when is any game small??), so I may just prototype some ideas in Jython and JME. I also found FengGUI, which is an OpenGL based GUI. I would only need this if I didn't want the user interface in my game written using Swing or AWT.
So much cool technology and so little time!!!
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Still, there must be some good in all this if flying is more secure, though flying to/from the UK or the US brings more dangers than flying to Alberta. I can't imagine Calgary has many sleeper cells.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Saturday, March 04, 2006
I drove the Sonata, Fusion, Accord and Five Hundred today. I was disappointed with the Fusion as the 4cyl was extremely noisy, much noisier than the 4cyl in the Sonata and Accord. The Sonata was decent but the 4 speed automatic put me off. The Five Hundred had the CVT and was seriously underpowered. The quality of some interior materials was questionable as well, especially on the driver's door and the dashboard. Will post more later....
Friday, March 03, 2006
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
I thought Paul Martin looked out of his depth and lost on the public and world stage. He looked like a little boy lost in a busy shopping mall; shambolic, uncomfortable and an embarassing front for Canada.
I saw a number of video clips of him meeting the general public (especially children) where he reminded me so much of Mr Bean. His movement, the way he looks from the side, the way he met people - the similarities were startling.
Is that you inside Paul Martin, Rowan?