All posts made in Feb. 2000:

In the latest episode of my quest to play Imogen, I tried pcBBC - an emulator which is time limited, not feature limited. Nice, but it doesn't read .inf files without a converter (and that comes with the registered version only).

TV Cream lists Chock-A-Block. Repeat after me: O TV Cream I will never doubt thee. (they have the theme, too.)

"The Japanese ear is remarkably impervious to automobile horns," according to Anatomy of the Japanese (part of the How To Japanese CDROM. Apparently learning how to be Japanese doesn't include learning the basics of grammar then).

And, in desperation, I tried Horizon under Virtual PC 3 running Windows 95. Well, of course that wouldn't work: it's the old paged ROM problem again.

And could I compile BeebEm on my Linux (RH6.1) box? Well, yes. Could I get it working under X? Gah!

Now, the game I really wanted was Imogen (found at the BBC Games Archive). Could I get it to work? Watch me burst into tears.

nb = Horizon also works on PCs, but the demo version has 'pages ROMs disabled' (like, whatever that means) so most games won't play.

There are archives chock full of software, most of which is stored in two files: the data, and the header bytes. These .inf files are either loaded by the emulator, or in Horizon's case you use a file to append these bytes to the beginning of the data.

I've been having longings to play games from the computer I had nearly 15 years ago. Surprisingly, I can emulate that old BBC Micro Model B on my Mac. What an abuse.

Today is Sunday, which means roast (see my Roast Dinner HOWTO). We went to a different Sainsbury's to get the food, just to make a change. Strange aisle layout, food in odd places, sausagemeat in the frozen foods (of all places!). So much for the legendary adaptability of humankind. It was like being in a parallel universe.

I wonder how Dirk would look using Graphviz? . o O (I wonder if I can hook it in?)

An enormous list of XML links to information, tuturials, articles, Perl modules and more.

Punctuation is a mark of lazy writing. I've got this kind of gut feeling that using italics, bold, ellipsis, exclamation marks in your writing is lazy. It's kind of like screaming obscenities in an argument because you can't articulate yourself. Also like marking up documents in MS Word, or something similar. If you want to make it look good, use Quark - if not then your document should be just as good in plain ASCII (or should that be Unicode?). It's like: if you can't get across what you're trying to say using only plain ASCII then you're not saying it right. I'm as guilty as the next person, but I wish I wasn't.

I wonder if anyone else does this: I'm using this log to store good looking links that I want to come back to and check more in depth later. I imagine other people are a lot more discerning and only publish links that are actually really good. Not me.

And just for luck, another CSS guide.

A master chart of CSS brower compatibility.

Let's not bother pissing around and get straight to the source. W3C's stylesheets page has specs and tutorials - and a friendly guide, too.

Today is stylesheets day: I'm running into problems and I don't know whether it's me or my browser. Webmonkey has what looks like an extensive stylesheets tutorial.

There's a Perl XML::XSLT module. I might have to start using that.

Fantastic! I didn't realise that XSLT is now a W3C Recommendation. I'm convinced that XSL Transforms are the way of the future: imagine an xSQL database natively giving XML output, and then the server applying the transforms based on the client (into WML, HTML, whatever). Okay okay XSLT is supposed to be client-side, but for moving data around it's going to make life so much easier!

Some would content that I'm making up the the 'bartend' and that the noun should be 'bartender'. But they'd be wrong.

The White Horse pub in Oxford is advertising for a 'bar person'. Now, I'm all for gender blindness but we already have two words to use here: 'barkeep' and 'bartend'. You don't need to make any up.

RIP Laura Palmer, died February 24, 1989.

Hey, DIRK went over 10000 ordinary objects last night! Now, about that rewrite...

There's an interesting discussion over on MacInTouch about whether Apple should use Linux instead of BSD as the core of Mac OS X.

Another classic: there and loads and loads of great sites about The Mysterious Cities of Gold, but for some reason none of them have the MP3 of the theme tune that this flat was listening to only a fortnight ago. It has a long intro, no voiceover, and is pretty good quality. But where is it now? Who knows.

My favourite part of Ulysses 31 was seeing his crew in suspended animation. In some bizarre animator's joke, they were literally suspended, all hung in the air in a big room.

Childhood cartoons day today. Watched It! has a million and one (more or less) links to different cartoon sites.

Gah. DW removed the Swiss comment from Scripting News. I hate it when people to do that. Why not just post a correction? We need a journaling system for the web.

The BBC have finally posted the story about the Japanese standed killer whale, complete with postage-stamp sized RealVideo report. Apparently the local aquarium is trying to figure out what to do. Well, as long as they don't blow it up.

A WWW timeline on the W3C site.

Actually, Weaving The Web really is a brilliant book. Knowing the history and rationale makes so many things clear, and the book reads more like a manifesto for the future of the WWW. His ideas about machine information flow are only just now being realised, and I think his more radical ideas about restricting ownership of domains (to one per individual/corporation) should be considered more seriously. He appears to have a very modern slightly left-wing social/ethical responsibility. I like that.

More TBL links: his homepage; errata for his fantastic book, Weaving The Web.

I think Dave Winer is joking when he says that Tim Berners-Lee is Swiss. As far as I know, he was born in England; worked at the European Physics institute CERN in Geneva, Switzerland; now heads the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT. has some new Mac OS X screenshots.

In other news, a killer whale has swum three miles upstream into the middle of a Japanese city. I saw video on BBC News (TV) and it was beautiful - but for some reason I can't find anything online.

From Reuters: A woman has cured her fatigue by drilling a hole in her head. I don't know whether this is a permanent URL, but I can't find the story anywhere else.

Sudden realisation: oh, that's all weblogs are. Places to put links to keep them for later (and a journal sort of mixed in). Well, in that case why aren't they better organised? Links should automatically be added to a searchable directory, surely. I should get to work on my perpetually-tomorrow Mars portal and use it to store the rest of my links too.

I understand weblogs are supposed to have a kind of scope or business plan or something. Well this isn't a weblog, and that's why it's okay for me to put handy links here to keep for later - like how back buttons work.

It looks like the reformers are going to get in in Iran. I didn't understand how their political system worked, but thanks to the BBC, now I do.

ps .= Shit, I just linked to places. Is this how it all begins?

ps = I wonder whether 'weblog' is masculine or feminine?

The question remains: what sort of site is this anyway? (or - what sort of site is this going to be, since there isn't any content.) I don't think it's a weblog since I don't really browse enough to generate fresh links. Anyway, I don't want to be a weblog. I look at the sort of places listed at Blogger's list o' blogs and on and it just terrifies me. So many people, all with their own lives. All different. All just as complex and just as valid as I am. Ceci n'est pas un weblog.

I'm going to use Blogger to manage this page. I wonder if this is the same first post that everybody makes?