General: September 2004 Archives
What the hell is a trackback?
Sorry, maybe I should rephrase that question a little. How do I use a trackback, I know what it is in theory, so how do I get a digest of someones writing on my site
which I can comment on. I have seen it on other blogs and was just wondering how it is done.
I don't read that many blogs and for the most part the ones I have read are almost as bad as mine. This means that I rarely feel strongly enough to comment on what I find and when I do it is normally about a topic I refuse to discuss due to the amount of freaks out there who like to talk shit and give it a fancy label.
Due to a severe case of blog block as mentioned earlier I cannot remember if I have mentioned this before somewhere but I thought to myself what the hell, no one reads this crap anyway so I can practice my touch typing if nothing else.
I started reading when I was 14. I can hear people gasp in horror at this thinking that I learned to read when I was 14. Read it again.
My cousin was a very keen reader and it was him that introduced me to the novel. This sounds odd but up until then I had never really thought about sitting down and actually reading a book, thats what nerds did where I came from or at least this was my perception.
The first Novel I was introduced to was probably not particularly healthy reading for a boy of 14 Gor (John Norman). Even to this day I am not sure if it was the thought of all these naked slave woman that kept me interested or if I just liked reading. One things for sure I was soon hooked on reading.
I was staying at my cousins for a couple of weeks and managed to read 4 books and I came home with a whole pile of them. I think they didn't like the Gor books but for me it was great. I was able to escape into this fantasy world where everything always worked out. I made short work of the Gor books and began visiting a local second hand bookshop and buying pretty much anything remotely fantasy related. It was also around this time that I encountered Tolkein and munched my way throught the Hobbit then the trilogy.
I also digressed into Horror for a short period but this was short lived. I read some King, Koontz, Masterton, Herbert etc etc. Most of the populars that hit the second hand book shelf got some attention.
It was around this time 16 that I stared writing a book at home. I got as far as 20000 words before I lost interest. This was due to me knowing I was a crap writer with little skills in english let alone how to write a book. We moved house around then and I still think that the pages I wrote are in the house we left because I had hidden them in the attic.
Since then I have been writing the book in my head or at least that is what I think I have been doing. Having never written anything longer than a few thousand words I have no idea how you go about such a task.
I have built up about 20 characters with lots of short stories that focus on each character. These stories are not necessarily part of the book they are just things I know about the characters and their history etc. Some of the stories feature in the book in various formats ie character B recounting a story about character C to character A etc or the character reminicing about something etc.
I have also the general idea for a plot which so far has been the hardest thing for me to think about. For some reason the characters come easily to me but the plots a lot harder.
I have enough managed to get enough of a book formulated that it took me 3 hours to recount the main part of it to Jenny on a long trip in the car (not sure if she was asleep or not ;)
This is just another of those things that I have got to do.
I was wondering if anyone else suffers from blog block (BB). What is BB?
BB, for me at least is all of the following.
1. Not remembering what you have written previously.
2. Knowing you have something you wanted to write but cannot remember what the hell it was on the Tube/Queue that irked/tickled you enough to write about it.
3. Having stuff to say that fringes on a subject you cannot discuss.
4. Writing some meaningless crap about writing meaningless crap.
There are more but I can't be bothered listing them due to a severe case of Blog Block. Having had a look around it would appear that this is a common occourance.
After the gliding the plan was to go and stay at a B&B close to were Jennys Grandmother lives. After Eastacott Barton house I was not expecting anything even close to what we had just experienced and for the second time that weekend I was humbled. Torrington House and Eastacott Barton are quite different ie Eastacott is in the country Torrington is in the town but the standards they both set would be hard very to beat.
On walking through the door of Torrington the smell was lovely (good sign). Pete (the man of the house) was full of beans and talking away which was good. I have been to plenty of places where the host dosn't speak a word, bloody boring. The room was also huge and absolutely spotless and if you like the old iron roll top baths then this is the place for you. I am 6'5" and I was able to lay down in the bath comfortably.
For me the best thing was the breakfast. Pete must have thought I needed feeding because I was unable to decide what I wanted at breakfast so he brought me damned near everything on the menu for me this was like heaven and the food was fantastic. Both Pam and Pete are vegeterians and there is no meat on the menu but I have to say I didn't miss it one jot. The Eggs Torrington are the bees knees and I had these both mornings. I also liked the pancakes which I had with maple syrup, brilliant. We were also treated to chocolate croissants which is another thing I have a soft spot for.
I was very impressed with everything about Torrington house and I would give it 5 stars.
http://www.eastacott.com/devon-bed-and-breakfast.htm>is simply magnificent
We went gliding at the weekend and we wanted to stay somewhere close to the airfield and Jenny found Eastacott house. I had my reservations about it but thats because I have stayed in more bad b&b's than good ones.
My mind was soon put to rest on arrival at the house. To start, the grounds are absolutely stunning. The man of the house is a keen gardner and he has done a fine job on the grounds. I don't know how he managed it but it looked as if the garden had just been done for our arrival.
The room we stayed in was called Honeysuckle and was huge. It was quite funny when we walked in and couldn't see the bathroom. We quickly realised that the door to what we thought was a wardrobe led to a bathroom which is as big as a double room complete with Jacuzzi.
What I really liked was the little touches.
1. On arrival at the house they both come out to meet us which I thought was just lovely, its such a rare courtesy nowdays that it suprised me.
2. The room had a stereo and classical music was playing
3. There were a few little biscuits in a tin beside the bed (I love shortbread).
If you are after a place to stay then look no further. It is not the cheapest but it's certainly one of the best B&B's I have stayed in.
From humble beginnings we have now got 28 processors working away and we have now broke the 3000th place barrier. We have gained several new members in the last week.
Join team plico
Is driving me nuts. The last block ie
is trying to cover so much ground so fast I have hardly got time to catch my breath. This is in part due to my preparation ie
These courses are meant to be adequate preparation for M203 but having just started reading.
Hardy G. H: A Course of Pure Mathematics.
Courant R: Differential and Integral Calculus Vol. 1
they seem to spend a lot more time on the fundamentals of calculus ie limits and functions than I ever did previously. Hardy's book is very explanatory but hard to follow and deserves some concentration but so far I have found the first few pages a treat to read. I like the way "he preaches to the cannibals" which is just what I need.
I am not sure if MST121 and MS221 are enough preparation for M203. I have done very well in all of my coursework but my algebra is just not up to scratch. I can tell this when I am reading some of the material and they appear to make leaps from one bit to another. If you are thinking about doing M203 or the next course M208 then make sure that you have a good grounding in algebra. The best arena for brushing up on your algebra or at least for me is "real analysis" particularly sequences limits and series.
I have decided I won't be attempting Complex Analysis M337 next year because my algebra is just not hot enough yet. I will do it in 2 years time when the course runs again. Its a shame because I really wanted to do M337 next year.
We recruited 2 new members today.
I am not sure who recruited them but its a good addition to the team. We have now got 17 processors active and we might be getting another one over the weekend.
Will AKA plico has just joined team plico and overtook me straight away. Or was it Christian because he joined using plico as well. We have now got 4 members and our current team position is.
9130 of 32877
Individual Rank: 273523 of 369286
Team Rank: 10690 of 32865
I have been a member of SETI and distributed.net at one time or another but I found Folding@Home. Unlike SETI and distributed.net Folding@Home is a medical project which is the main reason why I decided to join and start a team. I like the idea of SETI and the other distributed projects but I would rather my cycles went towards curing cancer or some other disease than to finding prime numbers or looking for aliens.
Team details as follows:
Team Name: plico ( Latin: to fold )
Team Number: 39250
Why did I not join an already existing team?
Unlike some people who want to join one of the best teams and start at the top I prefer to start at the bottom and work at it. However, it would be nice to get other members. So, if you would like to join team plico then download the software and just follow the instructions. Its very simple.
I have also thrown together a Home page for the team