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  • "The river may be too wild" he said rapidly
  • "I think I'll put these fruit in my gin" he said slowly
  • "Birds with forked tails!" he said swiftly
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I remember enjoying making these up as a child, so I tried a few new ones.
  • "We're going to have to dispose of the body" he said gravely.
  • "What's for pudding?" he asked sweetly.
  • "I've cut my nails too short" he said quickly.
The canonical example handed down by the ancients is:
"Get to the back of the boat" he said sternly.
Edit: "Get to the back of the boat" he said afterwards
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Sometimes I have lunch with my father, but today there were three of us because EC has a job so we met near where he's working. It's a very strange feeling. Last night I was looking at some old photos. I looked so young when he was born. Now there's an old bloke in the mirror.

Paint

Jul. 25th, 2017 06:54 pm
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Two stories on the BBC about Microsoft Paint, both with pleasing images:
Hands up if you remember when it was called "Paintbrush"?

Edit: it started out as Paint, then Paintbrush, then back to Paint. How much more information can you handle?
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It was suggested to me yesterday that I should take fewer pictures of flowers and more of people. The odd thing is that I'm not all that keen on flowers, but they make a good photo.

For taking people, I like a long lens. You can get a close up of someone without putting the camera right in their face, which means that they don't notice what you're doing, and they aren't putting on their "camera face". Here's an example. It's not that good a picture, but she's natural, not posing.

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Doughnuts

Jul. 25th, 2017 02:52 pm
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I've never eaten a Krispy Kreme doughnut, and I plan to keep that up. They don't look like food. They look like fake plastic doughnuts.

They appear at work quite often when someone wants to mark some occasion. Why? Who looked at those and thought "yum" rather than "yuk"? Lots of people, I suppose. 8~(
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Slightly creepy light fitting


Lola photographing her cream tea


Dog giving me a look
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Twice while working at home today, I've gone into the kitchen and seen butterflies fly into the kitchen window. I've never seen that before.

That's two days in a row that a window has saved me from insect attack.
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In an office on the 7th floor today, something caught my eye outside the window. It was a dragonfly. It might have been blown up there by the wind, but it's not windy today.

Memory

Jun. 28th, 2017 03:54 pm
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Some things are easy to remember, and some are hard.

For example, I wrote a thing called Tilex for making images that will tile on your desktop. There were meant to be two ways of making a tile. I implemented one way about nine years ago (according to source control). I never got around to the other because it seemed more effort to implement. A few days ago I picked it up again and I could remember exactly what I had in mind for how it should work. It was as clear as if I had thought of it yesterday.

I can't do names. If I see people regularly their names mostly stick, but if I only see someone occasionally then I'll struggle to remember their name. And if I haven't seen someone for a long time then there's a fair chance that I'll remember lots of things about them, but not their name. And I'm aware that people can be quite upset if you can't remember their name.

Tennis

Jun. 28th, 2017 03:27 pm
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There are big TV screens in Canada Square so that people can sit out and watch tennis. Presumably this will be popular during Wimbledon. The other day Andy Murray was playing in some tournament, and lots of people sat on the grass to watch. Today there's a women's match and there's no one watching. Draw your own conclusions.
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A big new thing is Kotlin (presumably because it's supported on Android) so I hacked up some support in Compositor. It wasn't too hard - an afternoon's work including learning a bit of Kotlin, so that was good.

Now the world's Kotlin developers can rush to Compositor to make desktop apps. Ahem.
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I read that double yellow lines were suggested by George Musgrave in a road safety competition. Googling, I found that he ran a museum, the Musgrave Collection, which looks as mad as can be, but in a good way, but that since his death it's closed and looking for a new home.

Sad really.
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  1. I wrote some entries for Rosetta Code a few years ago. One was for 3D text output in Java. I found today that someone has translated my code into another language that I'd never heard of, and credited me. I'm flattered and baffled at the same time.
  2. I was looking for a cheap hair cut, and I found a barber that looked promising. At the bottom of their web site it says
    Best viewed in 1028 x 768 with IE5     Last Updated: 21/08/05
    Aww, bless!
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This morning while I was looking at our bug tracker, my laptop switched itself off. No error shutdown sequence. No blue screen of death. Just off. That's not good.

I went to lunch knowing I had to be back for a 2pm meeting. While I was out, the meeting was moved to 1:30. That's not good.

This afternoon the debugger didn't want to step in to the relevant bit of code. Then it told me it was executing blank lines. That's not good.

Can I go home now, please?
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I work in London. This means that I might be blown to pieces by a terrorist. It hasn't happened yet.

What can I do? The country is on a high terror alert, but I still go to work. As I came into the building, I was asked to show my security pass for the first time today. But I'm still more likely to be killed crossing the street.

I'm puzzled by terrorism. What do bombers hope to achieve? Everyone carries on as if nothing happened, but with extra security checks. Nothing changes. The IRA, the Nazis, religious fundamentalists - none of them have thought this through.

Anyway, if I get killed in an attack, please blow a big raspberry at whoever did it (profanities are optional, but satisfying) and carry on as normal. Play 20th Century Boy at my funeral, and no religion please.

Death

May. 24th, 2017 03:37 pm
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We had a message from YC the other day that he was OK, which made no sense until we realised there had been a bombing.

Lots of young people are dead, and I'm pleased that my kid isn't one of them. This is uncomfortably close to being pleased that someone else's kid died.

The next day I read the news about what happened. The government had responded. So what? There were stories about people helping - free taxi rides home for the people in the area, cafes giving food and drink to people affected and the emergency services, and people offering a bed/sofa/floor to anyone who couldn't get home. I had a little cry and missed an on-line meeting that I should have been in.
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I was sceptical that the beans in the coffee machine were actually used. Today I hear from my (less sceptical) colleague that he's seen the coffee machine open, and the bean hopper is in fact quite large (not just a display thing in the door) and the woman who replenishes kitchen things was filling it up.

So when you get coffee from the machine, it grinds some beans to make it. Thanks heavens.

Then it adds powdered milk.

This may be the last coffee post, but I can't guarantee it.
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The topic of discussion at work today is the coffee machine. It has a window at the front where you can see some coffee beans, so you might assume that it grinds some of those beans to make your coffee. But my contention is that they are just for show, and the coffee inside is already ground. I suggested this to a colleague, and he didn't want to believe me because he would feel cheated. Now he's told me that he thinks that the bean level in the window has gone up. I think that he might be seeing what he wants to see.

Rest assured that I'll keep you up to date with developments (if there are any).

Grammar

May. 17th, 2017 11:15 am
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Writing email in Outlook, I used the sentence "So will I." It put a squiggly line under "I", and suggested "So will me."

Thanks, Microsoft.
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