Peter M Howard ::

White vs Beige, Round 3


White makes unexpected 3rd Round comeback Apple played a little sneaky, showing its 'education discount' card - a saving of […]

The City


Lost. Stumbling. The Silence of the City overwhelms me. Without Her sounds I am blind. I cannot feel Her rhythms, […]

Desktop Specs


After making lists of suitable desktop Beasts, I've gone back and reduced to a set of minimum specs. For now […]

2006 Enrolment


Just enrolled in next years classes… Was hard to make decisions as it's going to be my final year of […]

Site Updates


Made a few changes to the site over the last couple days. Dumped the ?tribes box and moved the ?currently […]

Languages I Want To Learn


This year in France (and travelling in Europe) has changed the way I think about language. I don't want to […]

White vs Beige, Round 2


Been researching further. Started by going after the high-end systems, completely out of my reach financially, but worth getting an […]

Drop that double-u-double-u-double-u-dot


Seriously, get rid of those www.'s. They're clumsy to say, and they're four extra keypresses I don't want to have […]

A History of Violence


Though only 1h35, this film is too long. It's okay all told, a take on the former-gangster's American dream is […]



This is up there as one of the most confused movies ever made, proving that the whole is never equal […]

Turing's Cathedral


Interesting essay by George Dyson on the history of digital computing; the really interesting part comes in some speculation at […]

I don't HATE Microsoft


I'm rather ambivalent towards Microsoft… Past experience has taught me not to use Windows until they prove otherwise. And I […]

QOTD: French and Saunders


“Who's there?” “Madonna” “A Madonna, Mother of Our Lord?” “No, The Madonna, Mrs Guy Ritc […]



Finally finished my Project Proposal and sent it off… I don't think it makes a lot of sense, but because […]

Reclaiming the label Amateur


Let's take back the name 'Amateur'. An amateur isn't supposed to be someone that doesn't know what they're doing, an […]

Desire (1936)


Just watched Desire, a Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper black and white from 1936. Dietrich plays a European con-chick/jewel-thief; Gary […]

That's not a knife


Excellent comments on the state of broadband in Australia over on Bleeding Edge. The Americans think they've got it bad […]

Site Updates


Was hoping to change the ?bits feed to Atom1.0, but after writing it, discovered that Akregator, my feed reader, doesn't […]

Computer upgrade: White vs Beige


It's coming time to get a new computer, and I'm hunting around, getting up-to-date on the latest releases and specs, […]

Some observations on 'Spam 2.0'


As much as I dislike the term Web2.0 (but can't be bothered pulling it apart as plenty of people have […]

Bird Flu


Bird Flu in ?bits=myth, 'cause that's right where it belongs for now… The media are doing their usual beat-up (here […]

Computing isn't meant to be Easy


Starting to realise that computers shouldn't be easy… _All_ computers should have an admin - someone who knows how to […]

Site Updates


At last, I've transferred to using the database to hold my longer essays (they were previously flat text files). You'll […]



Saw Saved!, quite a terrible movie really (at its heart just a love story, but with too much baggage), and […]

"How a faithful nation gets Jesus wrong"


Interesting article over at about Christian identity in the States. Bill McKibben asks how the west's arguably most Christian […]



Made a couple little changes… Added a 'ping-o-matic' link so that I can notify the majors when my blog gets […]

Pollution != Global Warming


Article in the Guardian on a new World Bank report, with the disturbing note: “Almost a fifth of all ill […]

Bible truth


The Times Online reports on a new document on scripture released by Catholic Bishops in the UK with the terrible […]

Modding legal


This is very cool… The High Court of Australia just ruled that modding gaming hardware in order to play games […]

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


Saw Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas last night. I'd heard about it and had been meaning to see it […]

Photo Updates


Finally posted photos from the latest trip, as promised… There are four new albums, all available by clicking the thumbnails […]

Paris and Coffee


Normally when Paris and Coffee are in the same sentence nauseatic convulsions result. But this is a rare exception: Le […]

Search Terms half-working


Some more search terms; first the bizarre: “medieval photos of people” (that gets top points; I hope they found some […]

let's go out tonight


Amarok tells me I've played this CD 26 times in the two days I've had it. And that I last […]

Converting Relative to Absolute links in PHP (preg_replace)


It took a while, but I managed to get my head around the Regex syntax to change relative links (in […]

Site Updates


Managed to recode the site's PHP backend, and converted to XHTML1.1 while I was at it (and am pretty sure […]

The Game


Interesting article from Matt Baldwin on The Morning News. A series of three entitled Playing the Game. 'The Game' is […]

Winter, She Cometh


Sat in my room shivering this evening; then realised I had bare feet and short sleeves… There'll be no doing […]



After five weeks of travel through places with varying coffee standards, I've come to some new realisations about Starbucks. Previously, […]

Think You're Fighting Spam?


I found a link to 'SpamPoison' (.com) while browsing, and found it rather humourous. I'm not going to link to […]