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Kitties! [Jul. 11th, 2009|01:54 pm]

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[Mood | kitties!]
[Music |The Feeling - Never Be Lonely]

We can has Normality
...anything you can't cope with in the presence of kitties must be srs bsns.

(With apologies to the late Douglas Adams. Normality is our house name if you've not been paying attention at the back.)

As Susan just said, if all goes according to plan we'll have these two living with us from next weekend. :-) Currently the one on the left is called Biscuit and on the right is Thomaslina. We'll be changing at least the latter. Any ideas? So far I like Susan's suggestion of Brownie.

Update: They are now (from left) Heisenberg, because she tends to run around such that we can't tell how fast she's going, and Schrödinger, because she tends to hide such that we can't tell whether she's there.

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My take on the G20 police fiasco [Apr. 8th, 2009|11:41 pm]

[Mood | discontent]
[Music |Technoir - Manifesto]

Reasonable Force: You're doing it wrong.
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Resolutions [Dec. 31st, 2008|06:40 pm]

[Mood | resolute]
[Music |Keane - This Is the Last Time]

In no particular order:
  • <trad>Something better than 640x480 at 8fps in L4D would be nice (although I'm not doing too badly as is)</trad> ✓ (patched)
  • Visit London more often. ✓
  • Finish rocketjon's interminable website project and make it public before the end of February. ✗
  • DSFW on my Debian bugs
  • Fix all known bugs in Android Puzzles.
  • Bike more. As of 10th January I have a new bike to help with this. ✗
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It LIVES! [Oct. 21st, 2008|02:28 am]

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[Mood | giddy]
[Music |XP8 - Waiting]

Simon Tatham's puzzles on Android. I has released it. Before any Android devices were released (sort of). Happy now. :-)
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Google phone to be announced today [Sep. 23rd, 2008|10:09 am]

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[Mood | sick]
[Music |Code 64 - Starchaser]

Google and T-Mobile will be announcing (text version) the G1, the first Google Android device, later today. I might be slightly more excited about this (and slightly more optimistic about it solving my various ongoing phone complaints) than is strictly sensible. On the other hand, this gives me something to bounce about today while recovering from an ear infection.

Edit: looks good, shame about the curvy (fragile?) slide and lack of 3.5mm socket but I'll probably buy it anyway, depending on what the UK contract looks like. All I've heard about that so far is that it'll be free if you pay £40+/month. It'll be available here early November; you can request spam about it from T-Mobile.
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The importance of providing clear diagnostic information [Jun. 29th, 2008|01:43 am]

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[Mood | silly]
[Music |VNV Nation - Carry You]

Telephone numbers for drama purposes (such as the Doctor's): surely these ought to return something better than [...] has not been recognised. Might I suggest: This number is imaginary. Please rotate it by 90° in the complex plane and try again. :-p I might also suggest that this show in particular, if they were going to put a number on the screen, could have used a valid one and put something interesting on the other end. Also, I would very much have preferred if there was some common substring to all the fictional numbers (like 555 in the US), such that they can be recognised without consulting that list.
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Picnic meme reminder: Sun 22nd June [Jun. 13th, 2008|09:23 am]

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[Mood | cheerful]
[Music |Colony 5 - Avalanches]

This is a picnic meme. There will be a picnic on Jesus Green, Cambridge, UK on Sunday the 22nd of June, from around 2pm. We'll meet toward the town end of Jesus Green, by Lower Park Street. Nobody is organising this; it'll just happen. Please turn up, be sensible, bring food and drink, meet new people, have fun.
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Doctor Who - speculation about Forest of the Dead [Jun. 6th, 2008|09:59 am]

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[Mood | frustrated]
[Music |The Rasmus - In The Shadows]

I have a theory: evire fbat vf gur qbpgbe. A relatively obvious possibility I suppose, but I'm still eagerly waiting to find out if it's correct. :-) Annoyingly, Maelstrom is this weekend. This means I have to wait slightly longer to find this out and I miss Strawberry Fair.
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# Spammity spam, wonderful spam [May. 14th, 2008|03:15 pm]

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[Mood | surprised]
[Music |The Hoosiers - Cops and Robbers]

Now that I've set up that shiny new email configuration, I was interested in what actually happens to incoming SMTP connections. How effective are my various spam countermeasures? What proportion of incoming mail is genuine? Answers to all these and more, in the form of a delicious pie. Pie chart of incoming email rejection reasons An SMTP delivery to my server will run through these checks in order, starting at 12 o'clock and going anti-clockwise.

It's interesting to note how easily I can turn a lot of spammers away. Anyone who sends a HELO hostname that isn't valid and resolvable, or continues trying to send mail when Spamhaus has listed them, is asking for trouble these days, yet spammers clearly still do so. Oh well, saves me some CPU cycles since I don't even get as far as SpamAssassin for those connections. :-)

A couple of things aren't apparent from the chart: address verification ("MAIL FROM is self or undeliverable") is only used for frequently forged sender domains where verification is known to work (including, obviously, my own). SPF before receiving the message didn't feature here because of the annoyingly high proportion of mail going through relays (my other addresses, occasionally a backup MX, etc). In those cases SPF is checked by SpamAssassin using Received headers, as is DKIM.

It's somewhat depressing, firstly that 77.5% of attempts to deliver mail to me are a waste of bandwidth, and secondly that I was expecting an even higher proportion. I don't think there have been any false positives here, except one or two marketing emails I didn't strictly ask for, which, really, aren't so different from spam and won't be missed. Obviously, shout if you've emailed me and it bounced. :-)
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Picnic meme! [May. 9th, 2008|08:06 am]

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[Mood | happy]
[Music |Echo Image - Come Back]

This is a picnic meme. There will be a picnic on Jesus Green, Cambridge, UK on Sunday the 22nd of June, from around 2pm. We'll meet toward the town end of Jesus Green, by Lower Park Street. Nobody is organising this; it'll just happen. Please turn up, be sensible, bring food and drink, meet new people, have fun.
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A game recommendation [Apr. 7th, 2008|11:38 am]

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[Mood | impressed]
[Music |Claire Pichet – Rue Des Cascades (Live)]

Audiosurf. It's a puzzle/racer game; it generates the track from any song you supply. Have a look at some videos (more on their site) to see what I mean. It's cheap, there's a wide range of difficulty levels (determined in part by the song you choose) and it's great fun. I'm very impressed at what they've done with such a simple idea. I've not yet had time to try it on many different tracks, but reviewers report that it copes well with their collections. It works in Wine, with a few silly bugs, but they don't affect gameplay and hopefully the Wine folks will fix them soon.
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