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Milk Panic

Following a request, I have added Milk Panic to my list of cow games. It is a Flash game in which you must milk the cows before they explode while also making sure the farmer’s pale does not get too full. Does indeed induce some kind of panic.

CILIP RSS feed

CILIP has a new RSS feed (via Library Stuff). It seems to be for news, although it is hard to tell as i) it isn’t working and ii) there is no link from the news pages. For an organisation whose mission is to set, maintain, monitor and promote standards of excellence in the creation, management, exploitation and sharing of information and knowledge resources, I think this is a little slow. Take, for example, their jobs pages which are mercifully free (another disincentive to join, or is it a recognition that there are too many potential candidates who are not members): they could have done with this treatment ages ago.

White tea again

The BBC reports:

And new “white tea” is expected to make its mark as a fashionable new health drink.

You heard it here first. However, don’t buy the tea bags. Go here and buy some Mau Feng.

Musical baton

The ongoing musical baton has reached me via sil.

Total volume of music files on my computer: about 3 albums. I don’t know what that is in MB.

The last CD I bought: I, too, hardly ever buy CD’s anymore. I think I bought Appetite for Destruction off eBay. Unless Radiohead released anything since then. Maintaining my Radiohead collection is about the only reason I would buy CD’s now as I listen to them so rarely. Hang on, though, it might have been the Christmas ones we got from the garden centre. Oh dear, although it might technically have been the Rock Legends CD that came with the News of the World not long ago and had the Final Countdown and the Ace of Spades on it. I did kind of buy the paper to get the CD so perhaps it counts. Maybe I should stop there.

Song playing right now: Nothing, as I’m at work. I was listening to the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street at the time I first read sil’s post at the weekend.

Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:

  • Angels / Robbie Williams
  • How the web was woven / Elvis Presley
  • Won’t get fooled again / The Who
  • Brothers in arms / Dire Straits
  • Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras / Johannes Brahms (Ein deutsches Requiem ; 2nd movement)

I know the last isn’t a song (or a Lied) as such but it does trump the others easily. Anyone who sneers at Brothers in arms should listen to it while driving through Glencoe..

Five people to whom I’m passing the baton: I don’t know too many people online, so if you were foolish enough merely to subscribe…

Image object replacement in Javascript

I just did document.images[1]=myImageObject and it worked. I only tried it as a last resort as I thought it would be silly and the console would moan at me. Sometimes I hate Javascript; sometimes it’s lovely.

A man called Fun

I went to Sainbury’s at lunchtime and was served by a man called Fun. Wow. No need to make lame mushroom jokes or anything. He was actually one of the most cheerful people in there.

Le Google Print

Language Log has an interesting series of articles on the European, French-led, initiative to form a rival to Google Print. The last article pours appropriate scorn on the idea that Google apparently plan to trample on European Culture:

Do these folks really think that the great works of European literature are systematically missing from The New York Public Library and the libraries of the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, and Oxford University? And do they fear that Google’s crack cultural commandos are even now infiltrating across the channel, preparing to burn libraries and destroy scanners from Brest to the Danube?

Last time I checked, Oxford was in Europe. I notice that the British Library are being coy about joining in the European venture too. Does it matter who does it as long as it gets done and gets done to one’s satisfaction. I see nothing sinister as yet about Google Print. As Language Log notes, the more digitization projects the better.

Under attack

By dinosaurs. Via Simon Brunning who is under attack by Martians. There’s also a wasp option, which I can see disturbing some people.

<q>Trains are better than cars. They just are</q>

Some wisdom from Simon Brunning: Oh, and trains are better than cars ‘cos even if they are horribly delayed, you can entertain your children and let them go to the loo, cutting down on the strop count considerably. See also where I wrote the following comment:

Remember that you think travelling by car is more comfortable because you’re a driver. Passengers don’t generally get to choose air conditioning (I can on a (modern) train), music, and rear-seated passengers are often greeted with the view of the seat in front for hours at a time. Try going to the loo in a car, or, as a driver, going to sleep which I do twice a day on the way to and from work after reading my book for a bit. As a passenger, I don’t like being in a car, as much for the smell and car-sickness as the inability to move round. I’m glad to have taken the little one by train as at least he can run up and down for 3 hours if he wants.

Not that we let him run round much anymore, but he can squirm with a certain degree of freedom, as can I.

Party leaders

The BBC reports party leaders in final poll push. Is it me, or has this election been focussed almost exclusively on party leaders? I’m sure it never used to be this bad. Gordon Brown popped up a few times, but he is heir to the throne anyway now that Tony Blair said he was going to stand down before the next next election. I suppose it’s a lot simpler for the simple voter to understand, especially when a fair amount of people will vote on personalities. Given which, it makes sense for the Liberal Democrats, as no-one knows anyone else, and to a certain extent for the Conservatives, for the same reason, although Michael Howard is hardly the most beloved of party leaders. What does surprise me is the reliance of Labour on Toby Blair when he’s supposed to be so much of a liability.

What does disappoint me is a perhaps understandable trend towards openly targetting marginals and not bothering to campaign elsewhere. This has always happened of course, but seems more pronounced this time round: my constituency is not likely to change hands and you can tell by the absolute paucity of election bumf that is coming through the door. I notice these things as I am a sucker for it normally. I’ve lived in safe Conservative seats before and you normally get more than this. Perhaps I notice it more this time because I’ve started watching United States presidential elections: it’s harder to sneer at the electoral college system that means only Ohio and Florida count for anything when my journey to the local school on Thursday is like voting Democrat in Texas (unless I do vote “Republican” which I won’t). The presidential feel of the campaign (see first paragraph) doesn’t help.