New mouse

For a long time my old mouse has been registering two left clicks if pressed a certain way - which is really annoying. I've finally got around to replacing it with a Logitech LX3.

Where not to cut a hole in the wall


I'm putting in coax cables to redistribute the TV signal around the house and needed to put an extra socket in my room. Unfortunately there's a piece of wood right behind where I cut the hole...

Where not to cut a hole in the wall

Graduation Ceremony

After having to wake up at 6:30am(!) to get to the morning graduation ceremony at the Festival Theatre, I'm now back home. Everything went fine until it started raining on the garden party just after 4pm (which we entered from the wrong side...). I now have my degree certificate and a free alumni pin.

BSc (Hons)

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The waiting for the results is finally over... I'll graduate with a First-Class Honours degree in Computer Science :)

EC: Software is not patentable

This is great news :) FFII has an explanation.

Sheep 1.0

Hello 3am. By using this list of changes I now have an Atom 1.0 feed!

1 sheep, 2 sheep, 3 sheep…

It's really annoying that after being awake for over 35 hours that I still can't get to sleep.

Buy your own me today!

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An email from PayPal:

You have received a Pending credit card payment. However, to reduce credit card processing costs for accounts that do not pay fees, the ability to receive credit card payments is limited to Premier and Business accounts.
Payment Details

Total Amount: 0.01 GBP
Quantity: 1
Item/Product Name: Simon Arlott
Buyer: Neil Bryson
Message: Thanks :)

"Why is this person buying me?"

After tracking down the IP from accesses to the donation link on my website I found out who it was:

(19:56:40) Simon: was that you? :P
(19:56:50) Duncan: was what me?
(19:56:54) Simon: Payment Received - Name: Neil Bryson (The sender of this payment is Non-US - Unverified)
(19:57:05) Duncan: is my name neil bryson?
(19:57:07) Simon: it came from your ip address :P
(19:57:14) Simon: so it has to be someone on your connection
(19:57:17) Duncan: yes, neil is my flatmate
(19:57:28) Simon: tell him I can't accept credit card donations
(19:57:33) Duncan: haha
(19:57:36) Simon: Item Amount: £0.01 GBP
(19:57:42) Duncan: haha
(19:58:05) Duncan: a penny?
(19:58:11) Simon: yes
(19:58:18) Duncan: hahaha

Endless present

I was watching K-PAX earlier (on More4), and the theory offered at the end was quite disturbing: "The universe is expanding and contracting over and over, making time go forwards and backwards, so that every mistake we make in our lives is a mistake we'll have to repeat every time the universe expands again. Over and over and over and over."

If the tedious eternity of immortality seems awful, what about repeating whatever the current moment is over and over again forever? :(

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