Monday, December 26, 2005
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Was reflecting in a talk recently about control in the various forms of employment I've had. The cartoon version is that in software development you're in control - any mistake is your fault - work at your pace. On the checkout there's continuous interaction, far shorter segments and then you start again - though there are knockons - people get aggravated if you make a mess of the preceding customer and take ages.
To some extent you are in control there's all kinds of things that you see that the customer doesn't know about, but it's far more of an alliance you can work together - or not!
Scanning rate still increasing monotonically and by (usually) more than 0.1 per week!
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Saturday, December 10, 2005
| Feminine |
You scored 46 masculinity and 73 femininity!
|You scored high on femininity and low on masculinity. You have a traditionally feminine personality.|
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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
In our little corner of Macclesfield it has been a very stable community as it has been the same people living here since we moved in.
We have never regretted living here as the people of Macclesfield have always very supportive and generous.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Working backwards - because that's easiest! And with some blanks towards the beginning, linking either to what I wrote or the best webpage on that book!
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon. No blog entry yet!!
- The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith.
- Bad Blood - Lorna Sage
- Franzen's The Corrections
- Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
- Now You See Me - Lesley Glaister
- The Untouchable - John Banville
- Astonishing Splashes of Colour - Clare Morrall.
- Falling - Elizabeth Jane Howard
- The Underground Man - Mick Jackson
- Bel Canto Ann Patchett
- Dog Days Glenn Miller Nights - Laurie Graham
- Miss Garnet's Angel - Sally Vickers
- The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
- The Bonesetter's Daughter - Amy Tan
- The Last King of Scotland - Giles Foden
- The Road To Nab End - William Woodruff
- In Siberia - Colin Thubron
- The First Man - Camus
- Larry's Party Carol Shields
- My weblog stops here!
And to be filled out later and others added as I remember them:
- Music and Silence - Rose Tremain
- Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood, good pages here - natural born quilter - hmmmmm.
- Love and War in the Apennines - Eric Newby
- Quarantine - Jim Crace
- The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
- The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
- Northern Lights - Philip Pullman
- White Cargo - Felicity Kendall
- Cod - Mark Kurlansky
- The Surgeon of Crowthorne A Tale of Murder,Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary - Simon Winchester
- Last Orders - Graham Swift
- Wait till I tell you - Candida McWIlliam
- The Soldier's Return - Melvyn Bragg
- Sea Change - Robert Goddard
- The Falls - Ian Rankin
- Park and Ride (Adventures in Surburbia) - Amanda Sawyer
- 253 - Geoff Ryman
- Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
- Ingenious Pain - Andrew Miller
- Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned - Walter Mosley
In case you're wondering, BATS stands for Books And ThingS - not a lot of things so far!
Last week sometime, I was asked 'are you a student' - unfortunately we don't sell glasses. Then at the end of the week, 'is this your retirement job'. I think the truth lies with Mister Inbetween!
On Sunday a colleague passed on to me a customer question - 'Where is Bali?', I said Indonesia, got the response 'But where is Bali in the store' which puzzled me no end! It was about 10 minutes later that I re-parsed the statement as 'Where is the barley' and things started dropping into place.
Then there was serving Neville Holder who quietly went through spending his royalties - not much if I remember his letter to the Guardian Notes and Queries a few weeks back!
Get a reasonable number of items per minute scanned in my first week and thought it should be much better next week and yesterday I saw it increased by 0.1 item/min. Ah well slowly and steadily!
Monday, November 21, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Well, it is our fault. Reds frolicked happily in the forests of England undisturbed (more or less) until one dread day in 1876 when a Victorian landowner thought it would be a jolly wheeze to import a couple of those unusual greys from North America. The guilty man can now be named as Thomas Emmet Brocklehurst of Henbury Park in Cheshire. A time traveller with a shotgun could save a lot of trouble.
We have a lot of grey squirrels around here on ground that used to belong to the Brocklehurst family - now we know the reason for all the local squirrels. We hope the cat will get around to reducing the numbers!
Also I see that a lot of web pages claim that it was TV Brocklehust (rather than the above Emmet), but apparently there are mentions of a Thomas Unnet Brocklehurst in the local Silk Heritage Centre which suggests that the Independent has it wrong and that the rest have confused their V's with their U's. Google gives me one relevant hit for Unnet Brocklehurst (apart from suggesting Uunet :-))
which appears to confirm the Americas connection.
Brocklehurst, Thomas Unnet, Mexico To-Day: A Country with a Great Future, and a Glance at the Prehistoric Remains and Antiquities of the Montezumans, 1883
Monday, November 07, 2005
a British Army Major, who retired in '62, told me that in their computer section, the programers were corporals, because they were really just clerks, but the operators were officers, because they were in charge of very expensive equipment. Of course, the operators were required to wear dress uniform, including swords, after 8pm on the night shift.
says it all really!
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
You fit in with:
Your ideals are mostly spiritual, but in an individualistic way. While spirituality is very important in your life, organized religion itself may not be for you. It is best for you to seek these things on your own terms.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
evangelicals often use the phrase ‘authority of scripture’ when they mean the authority of evangelical, or Protestant, theology since the assumption is made that we (evangelicals, or Protestants) are the ones who know and believe what the Bible is saying. And, though there is more than a grain of truth in such claims, they are by no means the whole truth, and to imagine that they are is to move from theology to ideology.
Not only evangelicals I think! That quote comes from NT Wright - evangelical and Bishop of Durham How can the Bible be Authoritative?
No wonder Cameron's supporters want the Tories to merge with the Eurofanatical, anti-family, pro-drugs, pro-crime Liberal Democrats.
Only slightly hysterical!
Monday, October 10, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Hello Hotmail and yahoo users. There have been many attempts to hack hotmail or yahoo.com. Unfortunatly all of them have failed, EXCEPT this one. I though have found out a revolutionary way to hack hotmail and yahoo accounts. And might I add it's az easy az ABC. After 8 months of
research we have found the broken link. soi_manbot to be exact. firstname.lastname@example.org is a bot, an auto bot. You send it a letter and within 24 hours it will send you one back. The ULTIMATE hack for hotmail and yahoo is as follows:
Send a letter to email@example.com, within the Subject heading place the word "Password" (not in quotes but has to have a capital P) this way the automated bot recognizes what you are after. Then in the text field place the name of the person at hotmail or yahoo that you
want to hack (Do not put @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com after their name). No capital letters are to be put in this place. Then skip one (1) line and place your own hotmail or yahoo account information such as: My login:My password (a smeicolon makes it easier for the bot to
recognize). This way the bot can verify that your account actually exists. And then supplies you with the password for the person's account that you want it for. Here is an example:
This IS the only way to hack hotmail. Use it with care.
As they say, you can't cheat an honest man. The expample i've deleted doesn't follow their instructions either.
What's a soi_manbot?
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Your CD collection is almost as big as your ego,
and you can most likely play an instrument or
three. You're a real hit at parties, but you're
SO above karaoke.
What people love: You're instant entertainment.
Unless you play the oboe.
What people hate: Your tendency to sing louder than
the radio and compare everything to a freaking
What Kind of Elitist Are You?
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oboe!! what's an obo (original text of above). 'song' - grrrr, all music does not just consist of songs.
But that result is not a surprise!
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Meanwhile I'm trying to address the continuing saga of my daughter's machine. Having worked perfectly over the Summer, just before Uni restarts it decides to sulk.
Definitely memory problems so a new stick acquired from Crucial but now it appears that the disk (a Maxtor) is sulking - no partitions found - recreated and then (sometimes) the same error again - unless I just can't do wiring?!
Friday, September 09, 2005
Thursday, September 08, 2005
The nuns always warned against storytelling and day-dreaming, which they said meant lying, an escape from the truth. To me it was the opposite. Those bright pictures were the most real thing.
Nothing could be too difficult if the sea was nearby. I fell down that last stretch of road as though I were being born.
From Michèle Roberts The Looking Glass
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
I think the answer is 'better than you'! Google suggests it is fairly common, though in some of those links punctuation and the phrase continuation makes a difference.
(there's bound to be a grammatical howler somewhere in this!)
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Friday, August 26, 2005
Just found the page at Macclesfield college recording the A levels results and there's a photo of Beth having got her A in Italian
Beth Marshall (on the left, who achieved an A grade), Susan Neville and Lesley Howard who both gained Bs. All of them chose to study just for the pleasure of learning a new language and to be able to put it into practice on foreign holidays. Beth has already put her new skills to use, “I've been doing some research work recently that's involved speaking on the phone to Italians, so the course has been a real benefit.”
Monday, August 22, 2005
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Maybe I should mention the BATS (Books and Things) weblog that I also have, if nothing else it will encourage me to update it more often if I get more hits. Went to the local library yesterday - they have a book sale and walked off with 12 books for a £1 - including Maugham, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Susan Hill, Mary Renault and others - now just have to read them! PIcture is of Hecate enjoying the use of the BATS box.
Friday, August 19, 2005
But I need a few more lines of space, so that the right hand stuff isn't obscured - bit more attention to the html and I needn't be doing this.
But at this stage ona Friday afternoon, I feel lazy!
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47% EMOTIONAL INTUITION
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As many as two-thirds of pubs in the most deprived parts of England could be exempt from a ban on smoking because they do not serve food, according to a study by doctors....Leeds topped the league, with 88% of its pubs not serving food and therefore likely to be exempt from the smoking ban, followed by Stoke, Lambeth, Chesterfield, Sunderland, Bradford and Macclesfield.
Interesting that Macclesfield is up there, not really a deprived area, I assume this survey covers the borough as a whole (it's from the BMJ but I can't find it on their web site). Here I think it's more cultural, a very large number of pubs - back in the 1960's I remember counting 50+ in Bollington - so competition constraints don't encourage the serving of food.
It's annoying though for us non-smokers in the area!
I'm sure the blogger spellcheck needs a tweak, place names are always problematic but it suggests misclassified for Macclesfield and Cinderella for Sunderland!
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
You're constrained, you're hemmed in, you're sat on, but you're not trapped. Whatever happens to you, your value is in somebody else's hands, God's hands. Not your achievement, not other people's approval, but something utterly, utterly non-negotiable.
Left at around 10:15 - the train service to Macc is replaced by a bus for the last train (and gets back at 1:15 or something) so didn't want that death march. The next-to-last train wasn't bad seems to be mainly female - maybe it's women who high-tail up to Manchester on a weekday evening, maybe the men are happier drinking and driving...
Had the camera with me but forgot to take any photos!
Saturday, August 13, 2005
I was actually looking for information on the history of weavers cottages..
From a paper read at a meeting of the Rosicrusian Society, held in Manchester, on the "Historical Memorials of the Church of Prestbury," we find an entry in the churchwardens accounts for the year 1745. "Item - Paid for umbrella for a carriage, 03 00 00." It is hard to imagine the Guards under fire and using umbrellas at the same time. Such a thing, was seen once. During the action at the Mayor's house, near Bayonne, in 1813, the Grenadiers under Colonel Tyling occupied an unfinished redoubt near the high road. Wellington, happening to ride that way, beheld the officers of the household regiment protecting themselves from the falling rain with umbrellas. This was too much for the great chief's equanimity, and he instantly sent off Lord A. Hill with the message, "Lord Wellington does not approve of the use of umbrellas under fire, and cannot allow the gentlemen's sons to make themselves ridiculous in the eyes of the army."
Friday, August 12, 2005
The J-Walk Blog: "All you have to do is post a link to this particular blog item (i.e., the one you're reading now). Just call it J-Walk Blog Link Experiment or something like that. After a few days, I'll post a list of every blog I found that linked to this item. If you're not on the list, I'll invite you to send me the link to your entry. I'll post these unfound links, and we'll try to figure out why I didn't find you."
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Friday, July 22, 2005
Friday, July 15, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful; it is not aimed at presidents or prime ministers; it was aimed at ordinary working class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christians, Hindu and Jew, young and old, indiscriminate attempt at slaughter irrespective of any considerations, of age, of class, of religion, whatever, that isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith, it's just indiscriminate attempt at mass murder, and we know what the objective is, they seek to divide London. They seek to turn Londoners against each other and Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack...from Ken Livingston via Geoff Coupe and
So now it is time for progressives to keep the focus on draining the swamp, not on counterproductive military adventures that will only reinforce Al Qaeda propaganda. Aggressive and innovative policies to address climate change and poverty are two of the most powerful ways accomplish this.
from tompaine.com via Storytellers world
And a Moving story of getting out.
We need to drain the swamp...
Monday, July 04, 2005
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Number of books I/we own: must be in the thousands - I have this difficulty with the concept of disposing of books.
Last book I bought:Mike Yaconelli's Messy Spirituality
Last book I read: John Banville's "The Untouchable" one of our book group books - I blogged a bit elsewhere. The next BATS book is Lesley Glaister's Now you see me and I'm also finishing off Pierre Boulez's Orientations
Books that mean a lot to me:
- Alan Garner Red Shift
- The Bible
- Williams The Radical Reformation
- Many books of piano sheet music
If anyone reads this and wants to carry on, you know what to do!
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Friday, June 17, 2005
Friday, June 10, 2005
| You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan. |
What's your theological worldview?
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Must be that long-ago Methodist/Congregationalist background! But it looks like a draw between postmodern and Wesleyan! I seem to have a pretty wide spread of sympathies with some very interesting draws in the ranking. Pillaged from Storyteller's World
Not sure of the meaning of all those percentages there's an awful lot more than 100%!
I always find it difficult to name a computer - I had a naming scheme in mind a few years back but it has disappeared into the mists of my brain. The new one is called faure but that should be Fauré and the case and the missing accent is beginning to niggle. Comes of not being prepared for the question when it came. I think a rebaptism will be in order!
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
by Diana Butler Bass. This extract comes from the introduction:
Too often, whatProtestants read about their tradition is ultimately unimaginative — the same tired story lines about conflict, about liberal and conservative divides, and about mainline decline. Contemporary mainline Protestants have believed these stories, allowing their self-understanding to be colonized by storytellers outside theirtradition whose work is sometimes driven by agendas that benefit from stories of conflict and decline. By believing others’ stories
and not having the confidence to imagine their own narratives, mainline Protestants have often fuelled the cycle of conflict and given into the temptation of spiritual despair.
Saturday, June 04, 2005
It's a hot potato. Gay people want to be in the church, pining to be loved unconditionally, and someone else, (evidently) more important, might get angry about it. So everyone runs away. It hurts that people we love have to hide that they love us.
What she says!
Friday, June 03, 2005
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
At long last I now have ip masquerading and a home network working..after problems with a duff network card - or at least one that didn't work with Linux
Friday, May 27, 2005
Say them like you mean them, as if they were the newest, most exciting and important words that anyone could say. And visualise what you’re talking about, as if it’s happening right in front of you.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
"This hardscrabble cluster of mobile home parks and legal brothels is becoming a bedroom community of a different sort."- it's the curse of the spell-checker - I'm pretty certain they mean boreholes there...
Monday, May 16, 2005
- Jeremy Dale Roberts: Stele for John Lambert (off the ABRSM's Spectrum 1 collection)
- Percy Grainger's reworking of Gershwin's Love Walked In
hard to get two more different pieces (well I suppose it's not), but giving different challenges. Also looking at some Schubert and Poulenc..
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Monday, May 02, 2005
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Their FAQ claims
87% of the Bishops present at the 1998 Lambeth Conference and the vast majority of the Church of England General Synod are opposed to the blessing of same-sex sexual relationships.
That 87% figure is untrue and they know it - and also I've informed them of that a number of times - the 87% figure relates to those bishops who voted for the 1998 sexuality resolution and comparing that figure with those who voted no. When you take into account those bishops who abstained and those who weren't present for the debate the true figure is about 70%.
Just for comparison
- the number of times homosexuality appears to be mentioned in uncomplimentary terms in the Bible - seven
- the number of times lying appears to be mentioned in uncomplimentary terms in the Bible - well I managed 50 without breaking into too much of a sweat!
Back in July 2004 Anglican Mainstream went to 10 Downing Street:
Anglican Mainstream believed that to characterize the groupings in the church today as lying on a spectrum between anglo-catholic and conservative evangelical was inaccurate. Therefore the whole breadth of the church is not covered in the present pattern of appointments. To illustrate they pointed to the concern at the fact that in the appointments announced in the 12 months to April 2004 no graduate of Ridley Hall, Trinity College Bristol or Oak Hill Theological College, had been preferred to the office of suffragan bishop, dean or archdeacon in the Church of England.
The implication being that conservative evangelicals are not fairly represented in the current pattern of appointments (at least in the 12 months to April 2004). However there are a number of other evangelical colleges within the Church of England - Wycliffe Hall, Cranmer Hall and St John's Nottingham. Various of those colleges did have people in the suffragan bishops, dean and archdeacon classes appointed in that period (Paul Butler (+Southampton) was Wycliffe trained. James Langstaff (+Lynn) was at St John's Nottingham. Richard Inwood (+Bedford) and David Hawkins (+Barking) are Durham). There were also episcopal appointments in that period of folk from AM's group of 3 colleges - but that doesn't go via that committee. Clearly a meeting designed to pull wool over the eyes their choice of evangelical theological colleges being curiously selective - though it would seem that Oakhill were under-represented in that period.
And then there's the Anglican Mainstream Comedy Petition
No I'm wrong - last time I took this test and that also reported me as INFP
As we enter a new society, work cannot be considered the dark side of life but rather the opposite. Our educational task in the coming years is to transform work into a moral necessity, an internal necessity. We have to rid ourselves of the erroneous view -- appropriate only to a society based on exploitation -- that work is a disagreeable human necessity. We have to bring out works other aspect, as a human necessity within each individual.Ernesto "Che" Guevara, from "Economics and Politics in the Transition to Socialism"
Though we celebrated by remembering two half birthdays and going out for lunch!
Friday, April 29, 2005
This has someone, apparently not a spoof, claiming that a member of their youth group thought that a rap singer had been made pope!
Putting things on sleeping cats is definitely beyond the pale (via J-Walk).
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Not released until after the election but if true (the report not the statement - that is clearly so!) would be very welcome!
Monday, April 25, 2005
Is the Jesus whom we offer to people really a true and living way?how does the Church offer a faith that attracts that comes along side them. The Jesus that is a living and not a death-dealing way.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Friday, April 22, 2005
And then there's this rather pretty web site - nothing to do with the Pope! (though it plays music at you)
I had Kitty Yo in my bookmarks for ages after an interesting track on a The Wire cover cd. It now causes Firefox to crash - click on the image when that page finishes loading and the next page crashes after it has finished loading. Doesn't happen with epiphany or konqueror. (How do you refer to a copy of 'The Wire' magazine?)
Saturday, April 16, 2005
And tonight it is Mahler's Resurrection Symphony from the Wilmslow(!) Symphony Orchestra.
Friday, April 15, 2005
Who should I vote for?
Your expected outcome:Labour
Your actual outcome:
|Liberal Democrat 58|
|UK Independence Party -12|
You should vote: Liberal Democrat
The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.
Take the test at Who Should You Vote For
Monday, April 11, 2005
Still busy on the java contract - lots of useful experience.
And amazingly it's 3 weeks not a fortnight since my last posting here.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Monday, March 14, 2005
Before that there was a hurried trip the the Job Centre to sign on (and off!!) as I'm now experiencing the joys of self employment for at least the next month and beyond that who knows!
This afternoon is a time for getting down to the nitty-gritty of java development after nearly 4 months of limbo.
Friday, March 11, 2005
J-Walk gives this rather good photo link
Thursday, March 10, 2005
New exam on the 21st March - wish me luck!
Here's a list (I'm told) of the top 110 banned books. Bold the ones you've read. Italicize the ones you've partially read. Underline the ones you specifically want to read (at least some of). Read more. Convince others to read some.
I suppose it depends what's meant by partially read, I've read a couple of paragraphs of Joyce's Ulysses!
#1 The Bible
#2 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
#3 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
#4 The Qur'an
#5 Arabian Nights
#6 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
#7 Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
#8 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
#9 Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
#10 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
#11 The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
#12 Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
#13 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
#14 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
#15 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
#16 Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
#17 Dracula by Bram Stoker
#18 Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
#19 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
#20 Essays by Michel de Montaigne
#21 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
#22 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
#23 Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
#24 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
#25 Ulysses by James Joyce
#26 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
#27 Animal Farm by George Orwell
#28 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
#29 Candide by Voltaire (listened to the Opera!)
#30 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
#31 Analects by Confucius
#32 Dubliners by James Joyce
#33 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
#34 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
#35 Red and the Black by Stendhal
#36 Das Capital by Karl Marx
#37 Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
#38 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
#39 Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
#40 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
#41 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
#42 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
#43 The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
#44 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
#45 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
#46 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
#47 Diary by Samuel Pepys
#48 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
#49 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
#50 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
#51 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
#52 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
#53 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
#57 Color Purple by Alice Walker
#58 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
#59 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
#60 Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
#61 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
#62 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#63 East of Eden by John Steinbeck
#64 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
#65 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
#66 Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#67 Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais
#68 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
#69 The Talmud
#70 Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#71 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
#72 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
#73 American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
#74 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
#75 Separate Peace by John Knowles
#76 Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
#77 Red Pony by John Steinbeck
#78 Popol Vuh
#79 Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
#80 Satyricon by Petronius (again, it was a very good movie)
#81 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
#82 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
#83 Black Boy by Richard Wright
#84 Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
#85 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
#86 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
#87 Metaphysics by Aristotle
#88 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
#89 Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
#90 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
#91 Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
#92 Sanctuary by William Faulkner
#93 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
#94 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
#95 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
#96 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
#97 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
#98 Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
#99 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
#100 Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
#101 Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
#102 Émile Jean by Jacques Rousseau
#103 Nana by Émile Zola
#104 Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
#105 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
#106 Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#107 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
#108 Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
#109 Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
#110 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Looks as if Steinbeck was a popular target!
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Friday, February 25, 2005
See for changing attitude's response to the Primate's Communique.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
I suppose like people of my age I must have read more than 10 Enid Blyton and probably Anthony Buckeridge (Jennings). W E Johns of course.
Maybe one gets to be more discriminatory when older - or I just have less time! There's Iris Murdoch still have most of these and I must revisit some as I've not read many for years except the Bell - I'm trying to recall the Abbess' remark about love from that novel but am currently failing..
I guess I must have read more than 10 J G Ballard's - or am I confusing short stories with books?
Somerset Maugham - I think but it was back at school.
Oh and there's the books I've read to children - do these count? - Awrdy's Thomas the Tank Engine books - shudder! Beatrix Potter - though I expect I read - or had read to me - these when I was young.
Are there really more than 10 George Orwell books?
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Friday, February 11, 2005
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Getting into the rhythm of Grade VIII practice - all those scales. The teacher on the ABRSM forum obviously has a sense of humour - 'handful of scales', hmmmmm. Also finding an enthousiasm for trying other adventurous pieces - in addition to the list - calm down Kelvin! - not done that for years but the fingers seem to be a lot freer and there's all that time to be filled - but I hope - it won't be like that for long.
Then there's a newsletter which should have been produced in January gradually emerging - nothing long or complicated it is just getting around to it.
And then there's tracking down and fixing bugs in blackbox before the next release. Maybe I need to post a screenshot here, but go and have a look at lonely machines collection. I posted one at home here, it felt Ash Wednesday-ish and I've already moved on.
Monday, February 07, 2005
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Contracting is beginning to look a little more likely, just need some good estimates. If you want a Microsoft project look alike for Linux (or even Windows!) ganttproject looks pretty good, uses Java...
Saturday, January 22, 2005
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
- Middleham Church, with the Richard III connections and the stained glass of the strangulation of St Akelda, can't find a link...
- S.Maria della Vittoria Rome - principally for the Bernini!
- Santa Maria della Spina Pisa - ornate outside - have never seen the inside
- Birtles Church Macclesfield - somewhat closer to home - tiny place with lots of wooden carvings inside - can't find a web picture. I believe the carvings were brought back from Holland
Monday, January 17, 2005
Didn't get that job I had an interview for, a bit of regrouping necessary and debating what avenues to follow. My cv is still where it was!
Oh an in an attempt to smoke out readers(!) if anyone wants a gmail invite I have half a dozen spare!
Nice photo need to look at creating a blackbox style for but there's competition!
Monday, January 10, 2005
Those of us who have had the privilege of loving know that we do not look into the eyes of our beloved, of our children, of our friends and say `What are you for? To what moral edification or theological revelation can you be put?' We say `I love you' and if the angels cheer so much more fun for the angels. Now as it happens if we love we will gain moral edification and theological revelation and the angels will cheer, but I know that as sure as hell that is not what loving is for. I do not want God whose love is less generous than my own pale imitations of it.from Sara Maitland's Big Enough God. Maybe - being where I am the words of others help to crystallise things for me - and hopefully for my hearers!
Today various things - as far as work - might be coming together! A revision of my Java knowledge is looking necessary, as well as revising the links, for Bruce Eckel's Thinking in Java appears to have moved and I'm using an oldish print of that document.
Saturday, January 08, 2005
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Discovered from the local paper that another Macc maths teacher has died - also at 89 this week - Marjorie Rose - of the High School(?) - I see that Jack was also 89, I didn't get to the funeral with the Manchester trip.
Preaching on Sunday and a Changing Attitude meeting on Saturday, a busy weekend beckons!
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Remembering his life with gratitude