Back for good???

September 7, 2009 · Posted in brain dump . . . · Comment 

I’ve finally got around to upgrading the site to the latest version of WordPress, something I should have done a long while ago but the recent security issues prompted me to finally get it done. I’d heard a variety of horror stories relating to the upgrade process but all went through without incident. Thanks should go out to Vero who I had a quick chat with before hand. Her thirty-second tid-bit, turn off all the plugins and backup, backup, backup . . . good advice at any time but especially so during an upgrade (as my ex-honeymoon photos would attest to).

There’s a lot going on at the moment so I figured I’d start chatting again on here, probably more as an extension of things I Tweet about but there you go. I wonder how long the updates will last this time 😉

The Economic Fiction?

December 14, 2008 · Posted in brain dump . . . · Comment 

Having just read a post about the process of trying to turn the book into a film, I was searching on for ‘Software’ by Rudy Rucker, I guess you can tell from the link that I found it . . . however in the process I came across what I assume is a, somewhat ironically, miscategorised book.

Head over to and search for software in the books section.  Unless something’s changed you to will end up with a list of 103,616 books, most of which are, fairly reasonably, of a technical nature.  Scroll down a little and select the Fiction category (containing a far more reasonable 217 entries).

Sitting there proudly at the top of the list, with the default sorting of ‘by relevance’ is The Ultimate Technical Trading Software: In Search of the Holy Grail . . . erm, what? It does feel about right though.  The economy is currently in a state of meltdown due in part to people using software to predict the movement of the markets in order to make more cash . . . then other people using different software to predict the behaviour of the first software and the people using it.  Then still more people using software to predit the behavior of the software that’s predicting the behaviour of the software that’s predicting the behaviour of the markets (I think that was right).

At some point people started making money off the behaviour of the software rather than on the behaviour and all of a sudden our financial system is down the rabbit hole or through the looking glass and we are just creating money out of thin air. At some point of course someone took a trick from the The Emperors New Clothes and said “He’s naked!” . . . end result, global recession . . . ho hum 😉

What a day . . .

November 17, 2008 · Posted in brain dump . . . · Comment 

No posts over the weekend which alternatly involved eating, drinking sleeping, DIY, travelling, eating drinking, sleeping, shopping, cooking, eating and yet more drinking . . .

This morning came as quite a shock, not least because I’d spent most of Sunday somehow thinking it was Saturday – hence the shock at wondering where my weekend had gone.  The start to the week wasn’t helped when I awoke at 6am this morning.  Tuesday to Friday my alarm is set for 6am in order for me to catch the 6.45 train from Cambridge but on Mondays I work from home and get, at least, an extra 2 hours in bed . . . but not today.

Today I awoke just before 6, lay in bed totally failing to get back to sleep for nearly 20 minutes before giving up the unequal struggle and getting up. Oh well, get a few misc tasks out of the way first thing, have breakfast and start work.  Working from home is nice as I actually get more work done due to a lack of interruptions. I can chill out for lunch, watch a bit of TV, jump onto my PS3 or browse abound (and hopefully post a couple of blog items). I also do more work as I tend to work longer hours.  It’s a nice way of easing myself into the working week.

I don’t know if not much has come up from my RSS feeds or I’ve just been very busy, I suspect both, but I haven’t even tweeted since I first got up this morning. My plan with the new site was to post at least one item, something, every single day. The weekend blew that one away but I was determined to not skip today – even if I just managed to post some of the reasons why I hadn’t posted (while finishing work)

Tomorrow is likly to be busy too but at least I’ll be able to sort out a few things as I left myself drift during the journeys too and from work . . .

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