Peter M Howard ::

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

02December2005

Saw the new Potter movie last night. It's been a long time since I read the book (ie, not since […]

The Universal Library

02December2005

A follow-up of sorts to Turing's Cathedral from George Dyson. The Universal Library talks about some of the implications of […]

Updates/Weirdness

28November2005

Been experiencing some weirdness with the website over the last couple days, but it looks like it was only me […]

Matrix Reloaded & Revolutions

23November2005

Been a while since I've seen these, so over the last couple nights I watched the Matrix/es Reloaded and Revolutions […]

The Cyberpunk Educator

21November2005

Watched The Cyberpunk Educator, available for download. It's an exploration of 1980s cyberpunk film and isn't half bad. Watch out […]

White vs Beige, Round 3

21November2005

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

The City

20November2005

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

Desktop Specs

15November2005

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

2006 Enrolment

15November2005

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

Site Updates

13November2005

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

10November2005

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

09November2005

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

08November2005

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

07November2005

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

Elizabethtown

07November2005

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

Turing's Cathedral

29October2005

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

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 […]