Archive for November, 2004

Monday, November 29th, 2004

I looked up at the time and noticed it was 4:04. i am obviously not found.

Oh and next time you see me remind me to tell you my great joke about hearding cats.


Monday, November 29th, 2004

A well has a pump at the top which works by suction, you fill the tube of the well pipe up with water, and then use the negative pressure of the pump cylinder to draw water up the pipe.

In a barometer you lift a pipe full of a fluid to a height above which a vacuum starts to form in the top of the tube, this is the maximum height that the fluid can be lifted under its own pressure (about 10 meters for water, about 1 meter for mecury) it also depends on the air pressure at the bottom of the tube (And to a lesser extent the temperature) which is why barometers work.

So a well with a vacuum pump at the top can never be deeper than 10 meters. is this true?

aprez party

Saturday, November 27th, 2004

You wake up. The room is spinning very gently round your head. At least it would be if you could see it which you can’t.

It is pitch black.
> i
You have:
a splitting headache
no tea

Interesting traceroutes

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

our project’s cuban partner is aparrently coming onboard after a year of political wrangling about contracts and executing dissidents or something. Which made me wonder, “how do packets get from here to cuba?”,

The story is something like:
UK to NY,
NY down to miami,
miami to santiago, Chile
Santiago to havana (across the andes and back up the atlantic coast)

this is considerably further than they need to go, i mean they were in miami right?

Car woes

Sunday, November 21st, 2004

playing with our car

Sitting on my ARSE watching TV

Saturday, November 20th, 2004

Watched the rest of Lola rennt which i now love.

Stayed at uni until nearly 2am last night, the EU project that is paying me has to demonstrate its agent network to a bunch of eurocrats and all of the south american science and technology ministers in Rio on monday, and its quite important that the system at least appears to work . Fixed a couple of bugs, and hacked around another interesting one, still haven’t properly solved why the whole network seems to spontaneously and simultaneously collapse and die, still it doesn’t do it that often, and i guess we’ll have to leave it to the gods that it won’t happen on monday….

Decided to print of some photos although havent’ decided which service to use.
some brainfartage

Leonard Cohen

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Just watched a program about leonard cohen on bbc4 (now nobody say that your license fee is not going to a good cause). There was an extract of an interview on later with Jools Holland which went something like this:

JH: And then what got you into poetry?

LC: Well, I don’t know. I thought that was the way to kind of win women’s hearts.

JH: Did it work?


LC: Yes, it did.


Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Got to sleep at about 3, didn’t get up as early as would have liked, and got into uni at about 11:30, aside from trying and failing to help marina with her laptop “I hear you know how to deal with Dell support” (the problem went away when i looked at it), and planning what to do today i haven’t acheived very much yet. Went outside and found a huge pile of beige boxes which were to be “recycled”, mostly very old PCs with “BROKEN” scribbled on them, but i managed to salvage a Mac LC II with VGA lead which i suspect might work (although i couldn’t find a keyboard for it).


Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Was going to stay up for a bit a finish this diatribe’s excuse for a position paper, and more or less spent 4 hours writing a 10 page rant about life the universe and my Ph.D. and sending it to my supervisor, then ummm.. well i don’t know what happened then but i fixed the TV controller and i haven’t had any sleep.

Great Bands

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

“Hey everybody, lets all go and see band X next week, I have reliable evidence from a leaked psychiatric report that their lead singer is feeling depressed and might commit suicide any minute, think about what having seen an iconic suicide band could do for our social caché”