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A writer in my mind

I bike to work every morning.  I bike home every evening.  As I pedal through the fog and rain, I think about happier things.  I think about writing.

I’m not sure how many half-articles I have in my mind right now.  A rough count puts the number at way over ten.  I need to start writing these down.  Typing them into the Internet.  I need to… but I don’t.  I think about them twice daily, and then forget about them when I get home.

Let’s see if I can change this (ahem) cycle of not blogging.


First post from my T-Mobile G1

It’s all in the title, really. I now have a G1.

I’ll write more about it once I’ve got a bit more used to it.


I, uh, renamed my blog…

`Brian’s Blog-o-Blog’ was getting old.  We’re now going to go with `Ultimately the Cheese proved to be Worthless’, which is more in line with domain name.  There’s no real reason behind it.

Reviews of Shakugan no Shana novels one and two should be written in the next few days, as should the write-up of my PHP image viewer.  I just need to find the time.

My graduation ceremony was absolutely awesome.  Whit Diffie was there.  I’ll write more when I get around to it.


Website finally live!

After quite a lot of tweaking, I’ve finally uploaded my styled website to my main domain. The site now uses PHP, CSS and HTML 4.01 Strict. The whole thing validates, and I’ve put those little W3C validator buttons on there as proof. Also, they make it a lot easier for me to check whether a page validates or not!


I’ve also released a new program! If you check in the ‘Code’ section, you’ll find a C++ wordcount program for Windows. Having used Linux for three years at university, I got used to certain features that I wasn’t happy to live without. Wordcount is one of those! It was good C++ practice, and it taught me qute a few useful things.


In other news, I created a web questionnaire for the <a href=””>Fen Line Users Association</a>, whose website I maintain. The questionnaire hasn’t gone live yet, but it will before too much longer. It takes people’s answers, escapes any control characters then dumps them in a MySQL database. It’s not exactly a perfect use of a database, but it taught me about using PHP with MySQL, two parts of LAMP. I have no idea whether they’re using Apache on Linux, though, but it was cool all the same.

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It’s been about a month since my last exam. I think. Time has gone either quickly or slowly. I’m not really sure anymore. It seems a long time ago, but if I think about it – or check my diary, which I just did – then it’s been just under four weeks.


I’ve been learning some CSS recently. I did have a web technologies course in my first year, but it wasn’t very good. The normal lecturer didn’t take the course, for some reason, and the lecturer who ended up teaching the course had about two days notice to learn the material. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed her lectures, but it somewhat put me off the whole ‘web’ thing 😉

Point is, I now have some basic CSS knowledge to go with my basic PHP and HTML knowledge. I have used this knowledge to upgrade my website. I’m not sure that everything is working yet, so I’ve put it up on a subdomain – Once I’m awake enough to give it a proper test (that’d be after I’ve slept, I would think) I’ll finally upload it to the main domain.

The site is still rather lacking in content, but, darnit, it’s finally got some style!


Starting to come together

I’ve done a bit more work on my website, now. It’s still very much a work in progress, but at least I’ve created the various sections that I plan on writing. I’ve also uploaded a game I wrote – Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, which can be found in the code section. It’s based on an old Amstrad game that I used to play, which in turn was based on 20 questions. The code is fairly basic -it runs in a command line, the user has to decide whether an object should be prefixed with ‘a’ or ‘an’ (if the user forgets then it isn’t handled) and it only knows a handfull of animals, vegetables and minerals- but it’s still a pretty fun little game.

Back to the website, the sections I’ve created are Code and Guides, to suppliment the About, Blog and Photo Gallery sections, all of which are fairly standard.

The Code section is where programs I’ve written will go. The aforementioned AVM game lives in the Code section, as will the C++ wordcount tool I wrote, when I get around to uploading it. Revision has to take priority over working on my website. Eventually, I plan on uploading my final year project to the Code section. It needs a little more work before I release it to the world, though.

The Guides section is where I plan on writing short intro guides to various technical things. Take LaTeX, for example. My University department recommends the use of LaTeX for both second and third year projects, but doesn’t give us any pointers as to learning it. Not that learning it is that difficult, but I feel that the guides I used could have been a bit more helpful in places. The guide I plan on writing will basically say “This is what you need to install, use this program and not that one, this is what you need to do, this is what this error message means.” It won’t be a replacement for more fully featured guides, such as the LaTeX WikiBook, but it will act as a good primer for newbies, I hope.

More: Some stuff about AVM

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Innocent Starter

Welcome to my blog!

The current title of my blog refers to XKCD – I might well change it later, depending on how I feel.

I’m going to be using this blog to write about whatever I feel like, while keeping the personal stuff to a minimum. If I go abroad and take some awesome photos, then you’ll all get to know about it. If I’m feeling confused due to girl trouble, then you won’t. This isn’t (my) LiveJournal!

Some subjects that I plan to write about are:

  • Anime, both reviews of shows that I’m watching and spotlights on various creators
  • Games – mostly Japanese ones, I expect
  • Technology – what I’m using, what I’m wanting
  • Programming – anything interesting that I’ve learnt or made
  • Politics – thoughts about various issues
  • Books – what I’m reading
  • ..whatever else takes my fancy!

I make no promises about any of this actually coming to pass. Check my blog every now and again and you might get a surprise!

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