Archive for August, 2007


Thursday, August 30th, 2007

In case I haven’t told anybody, dizze and I will be cycling the 1000 miles or so from Lands’ End to John O’ Groats over the next two weeks.

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Civ IV

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

561 and I occasionally play Civ IV against one another. On more than one occasion (in fact on almost all occasions) this ends in some kind of argument with one or both of us storming off in a huff.

Following the recent purchase of the Beyond the Sword expansion pack, and the cosmic row which quickly ensued, I’ve decided to try and write down some new rules which, when followed might reduce the risk of domestic disharmony:

  1. Spies are strictly banned, because they are “Unfair”
    1. In particular stealing technology which somebody has spent ages researching is “lazy” and makes you a “thief”.
  2. “What do you mean your continent doesn’t have any [oil/coal/iron], I’ve got loads. ” is rarely a clever thing to say.
  3. Persuading an AI neighbor to invade your opponent is underhanded at best, and may lead to an extended period of not being talked to.
  4. “Oooh, I think I’m about to win with a cultural victory” is not a cue to launch a nuclear assault.
  5. Building the Oracle is a carefully coordinated process, both players must express some form of disinterest in completing it. Each must then gauge the level of their opponents interest based on their apparent lack of interest. “Just going ahead and building it” is not fair.
  6. Getting free settlers, workers or technology from huts is not fair.
  7. “But you’re winning on points” is usually little consolation. 

No doubt i’ll think of some more next time we play… If we are talking to one another again by then,. that is..

Strange Bug

Monday, August 20th, 2007

I know nothing about insects, but I found one of these sitting on the railings of our square and I’m curious as to what it is….

It looks like a cross between a caterpillar and a wingless fly but with quite spidery legs (although only 6), it’s just under 1cm long, has spikey protrusions and orange spikes on its back, I’m guessing it’s larval as it has no wings.

Answers on a postcard please.

*Update* 561 wins, it’s a ladybird lavae aparrently.

The hungry Zootipillar

Monday, August 20th, 2007

The very hungry Zootipillar

The curse continues

Monday, August 13th, 2007

We must have gone on the cycle path again!

For a while I’ve had a bit of clunking from the general direction of my right crank/bottom bracket. I’d put this down to dirt on the spindle or a loose sprocket, unfortunately after careful inspection it turns out that the old ultegra crank that I’d inherited is cracked in two places.

On the plus side this explains the clunking which has been annoying me for ages, on the down side this is more £££ which I /have/ to spend in order to get a working bike for next month.

Sentimental Folk Music

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

I don’t think any of my friends like sentimental folk music as much as I do, but just in case: this is how “song”s are supposed to be written.