Tuesday, March 11, 2008

What next, ponies?

So they arrested Viktor Bout, in the same week the ID cards scheme saw its latest rightward slither and the government's ragingly impossible road-pricing scheme bit the dust. And I cleared my to-do list on our report on new forms of voice and messaging. What next, it rains ponies? as PZ Myers said. Something like that; the whole affair drove traffic on the original TYR to our first-ever four figure days (Friday and Saturday), mostly coming from a distributed googlewave, with some special features (Portuguese anti-Semitism BBSs! Something called Bourque kicking out hundreds of referrals).

I celebrated, of course, by spending part of my weekend changing Linux distro from Mandriva to OpenSUSE, and doing a book splurge; on the principle that I ought to actually read some of my fellow bloggers' work, I bought Charlie Stross's Jennifer Morgue and Halting State, and Ken MacLeod's Execution Channel. This may have been the geekiest weekend ever. But there's more; commenter EJH has forced me to finish my project for a geo-tagged RSS feed of dodgy aircraft movements, by inviting me to present it at OpenTech 2008. So today saw me off with my first-ever regular expression; sorting out different formats for time variables provided by other people is genuinely annoying.

Strangely, I still feel like I've got a million things to do; a sort of work hangover.

2 comments:

ejh said...

commenter EJH has forced me to finish my project for a geo-tagged RSS feed of dodgy aircraft movements

Eh? Are you sure?

ejhp said...

Actually, it was ejhp, not ejh. Easy mistake to make.

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