Peter M Howard ::

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I don't HATE Microsoft

28October2005

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

28October2005

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

Procrastinating

28October2005

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

27October2005

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)

23October2005

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

22October2005

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

Site Updates

20October2005

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

19October2005

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'

17October2005

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

Bird Flu

15October2005

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

15October2005

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

Site Updates

12October2005

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

Saved!

09October2005

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"

09October2005

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

Blog/Search

07October2005

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

07October2005

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

Bible truth

06October2005

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

Modding legal

06October2005

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

06October2005

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

Photo Updates

03October2005

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

Paris and Coffee

02October2005

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

Search Terms half-working

22September2005

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

21September2005

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)

21September2005

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

Site Updates

20September2005

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

The Game

17September2005

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

Winter, She Cometh

16September2005

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

Starbucks

15September2005

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?

14September2005

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

Home Again

14September2005

Finally made it home last night — just in time to get some essentials from the supermarket too. The flight […]

A Collection of Holiday Posts, September 2005

07September2005

This post is a collection of ?bits written over the last couple weeks in my notebook… These are mainly just […]

Barcelona

05September2005

Visited Barcelona Sep2-6. Explored the Barri Gotic, Barcelona's 'old town' equivalent, which is built atop the ruins of the old Roman settlement, and houses the city's cathedral. Also wandered around Montjuïc, where the complex for the Olympic Games was built.

  • Old Barcelona
  • Comtes de Barcelona
  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Barcelona Cathedral

(19 photos)

A Coruña (y Betanzos)

28August2005

Visited A Coruña Aug26-28, with a trip to Betanzos Aug27. A Coruña is a big industrial town in Galicia, with a huge port and beautiful beach (and the weather was spectacular for bonus points). Betanzos is a small medieval hill-town, complete with thin steep streets; it's recently expanded a great deal but most of the newer development is rather neglected.

  • A Cat
  • Coal
  • Docks
  • A Coruña

(10 photos)

Santiago de Compostela

25August2005

Visited Santiago de Compostela Aug23-25. According to legend the cathedral holds the remains of the Apostle James, and has long been a pilgrimage destination. The city is the final stop on the famous 'Way of St James' pilgrimage, a walk along the north of Spain. The cathedral is in the beautiful medieval Old Town.

  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Santiago de Compostela

(7 photos)

World Youth Day 2005

21August2005

Attended WYD2005 in Köln with an Australian group from Sydney. We spent a week on pilgrimage in France, then a week in Köln, with the final weekend spent at the Marienfeld, a huge agricultural field opened up for the occasion.

  • Rouen Cathedral
  • Rouen: Jeanne d'Arc
  • Lisieux: St Therese
  • Lisieux: St Therese

(14 photos)

WYD Updates

19August2005

Currently in Cologne, here for a couple more nights… The atmosphere is amazing, the city has been at a standstill […]

Tripping Europe

06August2005

This is likely my last post around here for a while. I'm off to Paris tomorrow afternoon. For the next […]

JK Rowling Interview

06August2005

Just read this interview with JK Rowling on fansite The Leaky Cauldron. There's three separate pages to it (linked from […]

Woo! Drink Good

03August2005

I knew it… Apparently regular/moderate alcohol is actually good for you. Moderate drinking was defined as 14 to 28 drinks […]

England, Holiday the Third

31July2005

OK, the oft-promised holiday report… Complete with photos in various albums that I'll link to on the way down. I […]