Archive for December, 2004

December 21st, 2004


Happy Solstice everybody

December 20th, 2004


I don’t post much about politics here. If you want to be informed about the world read the papers or similar. If you want to know what I think then call to my house. Bring beer.

In any case Danny and Darren would probably just clog the comments in a wierd authoritarian left “do as I say” vs authoritarian right “do as I think” way, switching sides arbitrarily and capriciously as they found themselves on the losing side of argument after argument.

Having said all that; this was posted at Crooked Timber and its worth reading at a number of levels.

“The real threat to the life of the nation”

Posted by Chris

From Lord Hoffmann’s remarks in the judgement by the House of Lords (PDF, 102 pages) that the British government is wrong to detain foreign terrorist suspects indefinitely without trial :

This is a nation which has been tested in adversity, which has survived physical destruction and catastrophic loss of life. I do not underestimate the ability of fanatical groups of terrorists to kill and destroy, but they do not threaten the life of the nation. Whether we would survive Hitler hung in the balance, but there is no doubt that we shall survive Al-Qaeda. The Spanish people have not said that what happened in Madrid, hideous crime as it was, threatened the life of their nation. Their legendary pride would not allow it. Terrorist violence, serious as it is, does not threaten our institutions of government or our existence as a civil community….

[S]uch a power in any form is not compatible with our constitution. The real threat to the life of the nation, in the sense of a people living in accordance with its traditional laws and political values, comes not from terrorism but from laws such as these. That is the true measure of what terrorism may achieve. It is for Parliament to decide whether to give the terrorists such a victory.

And if we can’t depend on Parliament to decide whether or not to give the terrorists a victory, at least we can always depend on Ken MacLeod

The strapline for The Execution Channel is ‘The War on Terror is over. Terror won.’

December 20th, 2004

Geek Knitting

Jamie found something to keep Hilary’s mind off marriage and babies for the next few years.

There are lots of strange and interesting knitting and crocheting projects for geeks around. You just need to know where to look.

December 16th, 2004


Google suggest doesn’t like me :-(




michael moore

michael moore

michael moore

michael moore

michael buble

michael banarik

michael barone

michael barret

michael barrymore

michael barry is second suggestion after michael barrymore. My blog is 7th on the michael barry page

via jamie – who is the first jamie lawrence google suggests.

December 15th, 2004

Magic Maz

where will maz and her magical chair turn up next?

December 15th, 2004


From Maria:

How to predict what will happen to Mike over the next couple of weeks...

we haven’t had a postcard from Magic Maz for a while. I wonder where she could be…

December 15th, 2004


The Wireless Access Research Group in residence went for Christmas dinner yesterday. We went to San Lorenzo on steamboat quay, with drinks in Tom Collins before and after (including special guests after).

San Lorenzo is a really really reallly good Italian Restaurant most of us ended up having Filetto alla Siciliana – Fillet Steak cooked with black olives, capers and auberguines and a touch of spicy tomato sauce. And a few bottles of Barbera Del Monferrato D.O.C. were consumed as well.

December 14th, 2004

Google Desktop

Even though some people have had bad experiences. It might be worth consdiering Google Desktop after all (via crooked timber)

Google creates and retains several caches of all Word documents that you are working on, so that you can go back and see earlier versions, and, if necessary, cut and paste old material that has somehow gone missing back into your document. It’s not an ideal solution (you lose formatting etc) – but it beats the hell out of having to rewrite something that you had already spent a lot of time on.

In general we are a mixed shop. A lot of us use Firefox/Mozilla/Latex etc but it is impossible to get away from MS office and all the associated crashes and pain and grief. So something that makes using MS more bearable is good.

Of course something that searches and indexes Thunderbird email and text files and PDFs while at the same time providing some caching/emergency save capabilities for everything would be better.

Or better yet a decent operating system that supported multiple file versions seamlessly out of the box.

December 14th, 2004

31 Today!!!

Happy Birthday to me

Happy Birthday to me

Happy Birthday to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Happy Birthday to me

Wow! that was self centred :-)


We had tasty treats with morning coffee thanks to ronan and the gang.

Hilary emailed to call me an “old man” and also left a comment – but she is an obsessive psycho so thats ok :-)

December 13th, 2004

Bad Santa!!

From the New York Times and a Few Other Places.

It was on to the New York Public Library, where several hundred Santas gathered on the front steps shouting: “Santa wants a beer! Santa wants a beer!”

One woman turned to her husband with a frown. “This,” she said, “is really going to mess up the kids.”

There was a dicey moment when two traffic officers gave Santa Claus the eye as he and 300 pals crossed 42nd Street at the Avenue of the Americas. A Santa in the vanguard told the officers a few more Santas would be coming in their wake.

“Whose streets?” one Claus chanted. “Santa’s streets!” the crowd called back

What else can you expect from a man, who amongst other things is the patron saint of butchers, bakers and candle makers. As well as murderers, thieves, pawnbrokers, prostitutes, unmarried women and virgins!!!