Right! Well that's nice and done with then. Four exams done and out of the way, one left in a week,...

Right! Well that's nice and done with then. Four exams done and out of the way, one left in a week, and it's GCSE-level French, so I'm not nearly as panicked about that. They went okay, thanks for asking. It's time for a triumphant return to the world of blogging, don't you think? But no. I'm going to redesign some bits of Seldo.Com. Because that's what I do when I have time, and I have quite a lot of time at the moment. I will also be studying French, polishing up my CV and applying to 8 billion jobs, one of whom will turn out to be my dream job and everything will be absolutely perfect. My backlog of interesting sites is huge, so while I'm redesigning I'll keep you interested with a few links at a time; does 10 a day sound good? That'll still take a month to work off. Here we go then, starting as far back as I can be bothered: Silverchair have an interesting story. Did you know the lead singer was anorexic? Neon Ballroom was very good, although the lyrics are not exactly subtle. I wonder if he's...
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Day 2 of the Great Backlog, let's get going people. Time is money! Back when Yahoo! was the...

Day 2 of the Great Backlog, let's get going people. Time is money! Back when Yahoo! was the king of search engines, everybody looked like Yahoo!, was a portal like Yahoo!, did everything like Yahoo!. Now Google is king, and everybody looks like Google, including Yahoo! Does this prove that simplicity is the key in web design? That Google designers are true geniuses? Or, maybe, that web designers still haven't got a clue what they're doing and just copy the people who seem to be winning? While we're on the topic, have you heard of the Google dance? No, it's not a variation on the hampster dance, it refers to the way Google progressively updates its data centers with the new search index every month. So, once a month, while the update is in progress, you get different results depending which of the Google datacenters handles your query. The next one is coming up, and you can use the Google dance tool to see it in action. Hint: when revising for your final-year exams, don't take time out to try some IQ...
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Blog Backlog day 3 (ish). Parallel universes really exist, in an article that's fascinating,...

Blog Backlog day 3 (ish). Parallel universes really exist, in an article that's fascinating, but not fascinating enough for me to read the whole thing. 10 pages long? My info saturation hits long before then. Random good blogs: the excellently named Defective Yeti (clearly, all the good names were taken) with such articles as 7/5 Americans don't bother to do the math. Sinfest continues to be the master of understated satire, while Get your war on, while excellent, prefers to hit you violently over the head with the truth. Hey, whatever works. So, they take a watch, and load it with 128MB of flash memory and a USB port, but you know what? The face is still analog. Why is it somehow viewed as being more classy to utilise an interface that's more than 500 years old over a digital one? I want a classy-looking digital watch, won't someone make one for me? Spiky Bras invite you to "Wear your silicone on the outside". (via the Goo) A fairly excellent documentary on the DotCom bubble, including a look at...
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Blog Backlog day 4 -- these are less frequent than I originally intended, since I've been working...

Blog Backlog day 4 -- these are less frequent than I originally intended, since I've been working on stuff (like moving Free Trinidad over to MovableType). I have been addicted for some time to Tropico, a simulation game based on managing a small tropical island. Coming from a small tropical island myself, this is extremely amusing. Which is why it's good to know that I'm not the only one who takes it seriously, with crazed Tropicans producing incredibly detailed (and really quite useful strategy guides for the tyranically impaired. Of course, for me most of the joy of a sim is working out the rules through experimentation, but getting a few tips is quite handy. The Sweetwater Post-Natal Abortion Clinic is great. From their page of frequently asked questions: Q: When is a post-natal abortion necessary? A: A mother should only turn to post-natal abortion when she is certain that it is the best (albeit regrettable) option. Generally we encourage mothers to make this choice only when the product of...
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Last exam, in my life, ever, in 1.25 hours. Scared? Me? Also, this is not what I wanted to read...

Last exam, in my life, ever, in 1.25 hours. Scared? Me? Also, this is not what I wanted to read this morning.
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FINISHED! And that's a big SCREW YOU to the educational establishments of the country! I don't...

FINISHED! And that's a big SCREW YOU to the educational establishments of the country! I don't need YOU anymore*! HA HA HA! *(unless said establishment is the Informatics Department of Edinburgh university, in which case I still need you very much indeed, please call me)
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(Cross-posted to Gay Geeks) A few words on the ongoing SCO versus IBM situation, rapidly...

(Cross-posted to Gay Geeks) A few words on the ongoing SCO versus IBM situation, rapidly evolving into SCO versus the Entire World of Computing. Today, SCO threatened to revoke IBM's licence to UNIX on Friday unless it settled the case. This isn't going to mean anything for IBM, but it does mean something to the world of computing that is rather too big to ignore. Now, see, spreading FUD about Linux is one thing -- you have a real chance of scaring away some potential Linux users that way. But AIX? It's old-school, like prehistorically old-school. It's firmly entrenched into the legacy systems of some of the biggest corporations in the world, and they not only don't want to get rid of it, they are in fact completely unable to do so without hugely expensive redevelopment and massive disruption. It is far cheaper for the AIX users of the world to pour money into the defence of UNIX than attempt to abandon the platform. SCO is just waving a red flag in front of one hell of a bull, and they are going to get...
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I quite like the Friday Five today: What's one thing you've always wanted to do, but never...

I quite like the Friday Five today: What's one thing you've always wanted to do, but never have? Find the perfect boyfriend. You only need to do it once :-) When someone asks your opinion about a new haircut/outfit/etc, are you always honest? Yes. I like to think this makes people value compliments from me more, since if I think their look sucks, I don't hesitate to say so. Have you ever found out something about a friend and then wished you hadn't? What happened? I found out they were a pathological liar. After a long time trying to save them from themselves, they stopped being my friend. If you could live in any fictional world (from a book/movie/game/etc.) which would it be and why? Clearly the X-men universe. Even if I didn't get to be a mutant, I could shag Iceman and meet Nightcrawler in real life :-) What's one talent/skill you don't have but always wanted? Singing. But I suppose I could just join a boyband :-)
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Oy vey, but this end-of-term stuff is fun! Five hours of lazing around in the sunshine on the lawn...

Oy vey, but this end-of-term stuff is fun! Five hours of lazing around in the sunshine on the lawn next to the piazza, doing nothing very much but chatting with loads of friends in a huge circle and eating far too much junk food and cherry coke. That was loads of fun. Now, a shower, a bucketload of mosturizer to fend off my rapidly-developing sunburn, then Crash at the union. Mmm, indie music! Mmm, indie boys. Update 10pm: I'm absolutely toasted. I love sunburn the night before, it feels so yummy. But I'm gonna be in pain tomorrow.
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Yet more backlog (the sheer size of the backlog is daunting): You know how it's supposed to be...

Yet more backlog (the sheer size of the backlog is daunting): You know how it's supposed to be impossible to fall off a segway? Well, somebody managed it. Predictable, really. The UK is getting a supreme court. When the fuck did they ask us if this was okay? Want an old version of Netscape to play with? Every version since 2.0. And all of them bloody useless :-) But at least you can install them simultaneously, unlike bloody one-version-at-a-time MSIE. Quicktime VR of the burning man festival. Mother*****r of a plugin required, but quite cool once you've got it. By far the best-looking woman in Matrix Reloaded was Persephone (i.e. the kick-ass wife of the Annoying French Guy). Also, at some point soon I will be posting my theory of the final Matrix movie, just so I can say I-told-you-so if I get it right :-) Barcode yourself (via Matt). I'm worth £6.06; who'd have known? (Tip: it gets confused if you use metric units, the silly thing) A fascinating dual interview using questions submitted by the...
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THAT WAS ORGASMIC Thoroughly compensating for Rainbows being crappy yesterday, Crash was just......

THAT WAS ORGASMIC Thoroughly compensating for Rainbows being crappy yesterday, Crash was just... amazing, a three-hour-long musical orgasm; I didn't stop smiling for nearly the entire evening, which didn't really get going until eleven. It was exactly the right density of people for an Indie night -- not too few too seem empty, but few enough that there was lots of room to flail around like a nutcase. The music was great, and much props to Rich-who-is-not-called-Steve for great company and conversation through the evening. For the first time in my university career, somebody dragged me to the dancefloor. This last two weeks better keep up the good standard that's been seen so far from the first few days of it, although I will be surprised if School-frikkin'-dayz is any good; honestly, if I wanted to re-live the feeling of my school career, I would just run a power drill through my eye and fill the hole with chilli powder. I will follow eDan's suggestion and go as the anti-establishment kid; does anybody...
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Bless. John at Rainbow Villa is a nearly-20 semi-closeted gay boi just starting out on the big ol'...

Bless. John at Rainbow Villa is a nearly-20 semi-closeted gay boi just starting out on the big ol' journey of life. He's a pretty good writer, and I find his entries amusing because they remind me of stuff I would say. He's also complaining that nobody links to him, so here ya go, hope you appreciate it.
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Identity Crisis

I am... tired. I am physically tired; I have been out celebrating my newfound unemployment several nights in a row, dancing my camp little ass off in front of a crowd of people who are watching or, if they are not watching, I flash them a smile and wiggle a little bit harder and try my damnedest to make them watch. This is an artform, and I have been perfecting it for several years now. I'm not great at it, but it works more often than it fails. I am mentally tired; I have spent several weeks in intense mental concentration, desperately trying to put my complicated thoughts about the future of the web into words and pictures, then trying to cram into my reluctant brain "in-depth knowledge of several subjects that I will never need to know about again", to quote a friend. I am emotionally tired; I have been walking a tightrope recently on the matter of a friend of mine. The only reason I have not actually fallen is because the wire does not want me to fall either, and has been swaying crazily to...
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Big Brother is redundant

We don't need the Ministry of Truth; we deceive ourselves just fine. From an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer today: A third of the American public believes U.S. forces have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, according to a recent poll. Twenty-two percent said Iraq actually used chemical or biological weapons. (Neither of which is true, in case any of you are American). On top of that, before the war, half of those polled in a survey said Iraqis were among the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11, when none actually were. I'm wondering whether the title of the article is a coincidental or conscious reference to Dr. Strangelove. Update: That's 22% of Americans believe Saddam used WMD during this war. As someone pointed out via e-mail, Saddam did indeed use chemical weapons against the Kurds, and possibly at other times. But he didn't use any during this war.
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Group hug

Oh hell, it's crisis season. My own 2700-word masterpiece of self-obsession was merely the tip of the iceberg, it seems. Everyone's having crises revolving around "what do I do with my life?", "what have I done with my life?", "who the hell am I?" and "who do I want to be?" It's the end of term, and for many of us the end of our university careers and the beginning of the Rest Of Our Lives™. It's just mind-bogglingly scary, so no wonder we're all having crises. There's also been some sickeningly petty political maneuvering going on in our own little social circle that's just too sad to mention in detail. So I want to send out a big communal hug to everybody. I'm not nearly as fragile as my Identity Crisis entry made me sound, and things are not nearly as bad as they seem. Everything will be alright, everyone. Hang in there. A final, unrelated thought: if you can't know things, it's almost as useful to know people who know those things. Like how to write a good CV. Thanks, guys.
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Be ashamed of yourselves

Over at Tom Tomorrow's blog, Bob Harris has posted an interesting followup to that statistical horror that made the rounds a few days ago, indicating that those 22% are the last thing we should be worrying about. Of American adults, at least 18 years of age: 56% think in war, the media should support the government over questioning it 45% characterized Watergate as "just politics" 40% believe the media was biased in favor of Bill Clinton 34% think Rock and Roll has had an overall negative impact on America 33% believe a wife should "submit herself graciously" to a husband 30% say the Bible is the "actual word of God" to be taken literally 28% disapprove of labor unions on principle 28% say the government should have the right to control news reports 27% believe divorce is "morally wrong" 26% thought various disasters in 1999 might "foreshadow the wrath of God" 21% say justice was served in the O.J. Simpson case 20% approve of the how the Catholic Church handles pedophilia 20% believe that...
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Is anyone else a little bit disturbed when people concerned with the interrogation of high-ranking...

Is anyone else a little bit disturbed when people concerned with the interrogation of high-ranking Iraqi officials make casual references to physical torture? But he is a hardened nut. If they can make him break and, you know, there are plenty of ways other than physical torture which can encourage people to break, then I think this is good news. 'Cause, y'know, that makes it sound like physical torture is the default option there.
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I should really know better.

I should really know better.
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Well, that was interesting. Nipped down to London for the weekend* for Toby and Fee's joint...

Well, that was interesting. Nipped down to London for the weekend* for Toby and Fee's joint 30-and-half birthday celebration, which was most entertaining and a great day. Now comes the Big Week™: tomorrow is my last top B ever; Tuesday is a big picnic, the guaranteed controversial Emergency General Meeting of Pride, and the first of many goodbye meals (at the Oriental Star in Leamington at 8pm: if you read this, you're probably invited, but check with me first in case I hate you). It also brings my final results (!!!!); Wednesday brings either celebration or depression at the Final Fling, it's all still up in the air; Thursday is the final Rainbows; Friday is the End of Term Disaster, and on Saturday it's all over folks: finis, kaput, terminado. End of my university career and my life as an irresponsible student, and the beginning of my life as an irresponsible adult. Wish me luck, people. * Well, I say "nipped". Actually, thanks to Virgin trains not running direct services to London on...
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Random amusing linkage recently: A new approach to website security: The Honour System (hit the...

Random amusing linkage recently: A new approach to website security: The Honour System (hit the big red button to delete their entire server) Celebrate the launch of the new Harry Potter book (I'm reading it right now) by hitching a ride on the Hogwarts Express (the train really exists!) Aaron's algorithm for distinguishing imagination from reality (to tell whether you're awake or dreaming) is clever Be scared shitless in style with this handsome set of Homeland Security Alert Status chokers Chrissy Caviar is conceptual art that is actually worthy of the name. Something about art that mocks commerce appeals to me All via Rik: A Mac user presents a hilarious list of reasons not to Switch (right-click to save to disk, then watch: the site can't do streaming video), the top 10 reasons the apple dock sucks, a few more reasons to switch, and in case you wanted a hybrid, you can mix features of Windows and Mac systems.
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Webcam mania...

Blame Steve, it was all his idea. Jamie and Carly have also jumped on the bandwagon. If the feed borks after a while just press refresh and it'll start again :-) (There is also a no-frills version if you have a tiny monitor. If you're quite sad, you may wish to use popup stalkervision which updates faster but needs a faster connection)
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The fear is gone. The tension has drained away, replaced by a rushing flood of relief I have...

The fear is gone. The tension has drained away, replaced by a rushing flood of relief I have finished my degree at the University of Warwick with a 2.1 degree (next step down from the highest classification possible, and generally regarded as a very good result). I am extremely pleased with this. Relax. Wind down. Exhale. Rejoice.
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