Wednesday, May 31, 2000

Another benefit of breastfeeding? According to AltaVista Live!, the world's oldest man's
mother breast-fed him until the age of 5, a practice not uncommon in pioneering days. ``I think that might be part of it. He would come home from school and she had a special little rocking chair. She would sit in it and he would stand next to her to nurse.''

Monday, May 29, 2000

Taking your news repeatedly from one source probably leads to some kind of deficit, so I try to move around a bit. Today, at the Christian Science Monitor site, I found a fun bit of journalism in a well designed set of pages about 12,000 mile trip from Africa to Alaska in a light plane.
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Surrey County Show
Taxonomy concerned us today, as my mother and I, five timezones apart, used the web to ponder the crucial question "are guinea pigs rodents?" A question which looks to have been around for some time, judging from the dateline of that article. While I was browsing on the Tree of Life, my mother found the much more classy Animal Diversity Web at the University of Michigan. Both useful resources for the family which regularly asks "what's the difference between a sheep and a goat?"

Or is it 'phylogeny'? leaves me thinking that taxonomy is an attempt to capture and describe phylogeny.

Alarmingly, for those of us who are spelling disabled, I got a few search hits on 'taxinomy,' taxanomy' and 'taxonamy' before I gave up and just typed in "tree of life."
Sunday we visited Ed, Amanda, Poppy, Hollie and Lucy, and went
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cycling in Alice Holt Forest.
Alice Holt is a beautiful bit of woodland with cycle paths, playgrounds and a cycle rental concession. It's over by Selbourne and Alton, so I'm sure we'll go again.
I accidentally posted an old version of this blog yesterday. Sorry about the time warp.

Thursday, May 25, 2000

Speaking of modern art, for years I have had a post card of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's drawings for Pont Neuf Wrapped up on my picture rail. The other day, Karen, Neville and I were wondereing what the pair were up to now. I could imagine them running out of ideas, but it seems that they haven't. The Wall of 13,000 Oil Barrels in the Gasometer at Oberhausen is as stunning as any of the wrappings.

Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Do you need a drunken scotsman figurine? Take a look at the kitsch that you can find on eBay at eBay Treasure. Thanks to thinkdink for this link.

Tuesday, May 23, 2000

Planning June? Import all the Euro2000 final games into Microsoft Outlook's calendar by downloading this CSV file. Then use File|Import in Outlook and follow the instructions. The times are in British Summer Time.
Our friend Nola is on her way to South Africa for a while, so...
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Three guinea pigs have joined us temporarily.
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And a piano has joined us permanently.

Monday, May 22, 2000

Serious thinking. I suppose that all you real intellectuals knew about EDGE and just didn't mention it to me. Or perhaps all of these ideas are readily available in print media like the New York Times Book Review section, which I don't take time to read. More likely is that EDGE is a little gold mine on the internet with nuggets from Dawkins, Ramachandran, Goleman and people I've never even heard of, but should have.

Sunday, May 21, 2000

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La Leche League sold tea on the green in Brockham today.

Saturday, May 20, 2000

It took me a few days, but I have completed the April Slideshow. You can also get to it through the main photo album page.

Here's a little history of Ethan in April: 1997 1998 1999 2000.

I have created my second perl program, and it may be useful to others: it takes a text file containing a list of images and captions, and generates all the html pages needed for the slide show that you see. The output of the html is controlled by a template file, so that you can use your own style and still get the images and back/start/forward links. Email if it is of interest.

Thursday, May 18, 2000

Hey! Karen's December Mom's list (Ethan was due in December 1996) is featured in an article in the Chicago Tribune. The list is still going strong after four years.
We're still alive. I'm working away on a slide show for all of April, but had a bit of trouble with the Java slide viewer I'm using. Perhaps I'll replace it.
Meanwhile, have a hyper history tour here.

Monday, May 15, 2000

PeaceFire, although the tiniest bit juvenile, is probably important. Censorship software which doesn't even tell parents what is being censored is frightening, and the people whose main concern is how to censor the net are certainly not likely to share my political views. I love their tag line: "because ignorance shouldn't have to be hereditary."

The reason I got to PeaceFire was the Internet Explorer cookies security bug, which I haven't seen very widely reported.
Karen went to London and attended a breastfeeding conference today. I went to pre-school with E.

Sunday, May 14, 2000

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Yesterday we bought a sand pit.

Saturday, May 13, 2000

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Helianthemum is blooming.
Today we're going with Nev to see the play Art by Yasmina Reza (in Guildford, not London).
This summer we're all going to Barcelona.

Thursday, May 11, 2000

The Pew Internet & American Life Project looks into the social impact of the internet. They have a good clipping service with articles on the net and life. I got there today by following links out of the BBC News article stating that netizens are actually more sociable than average citizens.
The Queen opened the Tate Modern--London's new 20th C art museum--today. The web site is fascinating, and makes a trip to the museum a must. Look around a bit, and you'll find a catalogue of the collection, as well as the background to the building and its conversion.
As I mentioned a few days ago, Karen, Ethan and I had a plan to make butter from cream by churning it in a jar. Karen had done this as a youngster at school and was deeply struck by it. On Sunday we did the business. It was a magical moment when our experiment worked and the silence of a jar full of whipped cream turned into a thunk of butter. Ethan and I were equally impressed. Take a look at the slides from this great event, then do it yourself!

Wednesday, May 10, 2000

Confusing having fun with improving productivity, I decided to automate the posting of images (like the flower) to my blog. This involves creation of an html page for display of the big image, ftp of the thumbnail, image and html page to my web site, and insertion into the blog of the proper image and anchor tags. How to do it?

I downloaded perl for WIN32, got up early a couple of mornings and now have a script that does it all, including loading the Windows clipboard with the text I want to put in my blog. For the adventurer, perl seems a very powerful scripting tool for Windows with many high-level packages readily available (including html page templates and ftp, both of which I used). If you want to see the script, email me.
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A Pasque Flower bloomed in our garden.

Monday, May 08, 2000

I've got a soft spot for Antarctic exploration. Check out Kodak's photo essay on the voyage of Shackleton's Endurance.

My favourite quote from Shackleton is "A man must shape himself to a new mark immediately the old one goes to ground." Which doesn't appear particularly profound until you consider that he said it as the Endurance slipped beneath the ice stranding him and 25 men inside the Antarctic Circle with only two lifeboats and no expectation of rescue. He saved them all. Read South! by Ernst Shackleton.

Sunday, May 07, 2000

As they song goes, "Heat cannot of itself move from one body to a hotter body." Or can it?
Yesterday E and I spotted these strawberries in the North Street. Summertime is nearly here.
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The problem with articles in the NY Times is that they are only live for a day. I was particularly struck by the last paragraph in a Sunday article about music industry digitizer Dick Wingate and the personal price he pays for .com fame:
"I'm away so much, my little boy cries when I just leave for the day," he said with a sigh. "A revolution is a full-time, round-the-clock thing."
He seems to think that record company profits and his share options in Liquid Audio are worth it.

Saturday, May 06, 2000

Here's a brief description of the medieval synagogue uncovered (then re-covered) in Guildford a couple of years back. Queen Eleanor's road in Guildford turns into our Wilderness Road.

British Archaeology had
Early synagogue
The only known example of a medieval synagogue in Britain has been found underneath a shop in Guildford. It consists of a single, elaborately-decorated room reminiscent of other medieval synagogues known in Europe, with evidence for activity concentrated on the eastern side of the room, where the Ark containing the Torah Scrolls would have been kept. The room, found by archaeologists from Guildford Museum, was identified as a synagogue by Joe Hillaby of Bristol Museum, an authority on medieval Jewish history. The synagogue has been dated by pottery and coins to between c 1180 - c 1280, a period of prosperity for England's Jewish community which ended in the late 1270s when almost all of England's Jews were expelled on charges of clipping silver off the coinage.

Onslow Village's own amateur theatre company has web page.
Style. I changed things around a bit to provide more content on the page. A lot of visitors use 800 x 600 screen size, and I'm trying to make it work for them.

Content. I put in a link to the old logs, so that you can re-visit any of the sites listed in the past. Over there on the left, under "Old Logs and Links." Just select the month you want and it will pop up in this frame. Any comments on the site are solicited.

Thursday, May 04, 2000

We boycott Nike as well as Nestlé. It's nice to see my alma mater mentioned in connection with this consumer action.

Who knew? I was trying out google this morning and found that not only is Jeff Ward an indy driver, but also a sci-fi artist and a folk singer.

Wednesday, May 03, 2000

Buried deep in football365's site are the statistics which show Chealsea has only a dwindling chance of ending up in the top three of the Premiership. This matters because only the top three teams get into the European Champions League next year. Leeds and Liverpool need to lose their last two games and Chelsea need to win theirs, including one against Arsenal.

The Hunger Site has spawned The Rain Forest Site. I doubt that the basic idea of ad click-through for charity can support many more sites.
What are Alice and Bob getting up to? This article on quantum cryptography will take some pondering.

Hey. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit from the potential investors yesterday. It was a pleasure, if somewhat tiring.

I wonder if someone's trying to hack my machine. The cable modem has been flashing all morning.

Monday, May 01, 2000

My father keeps comprehensive and illustrated Annals on his computer. Take a look, if you have the bandwidth.

Today's a big deal at work--pitching to possible investors--I think I'll go iron a shirt.

Yesterday Ethan and I took Harold to the Weald and Downland museum: