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Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post
« on: January 09, 2008, 01:49 PM »
Why, thank you, kind Sir!  :-[

Living Room / Re: Wanted: Electronic/Searchable Holy Books
« on: January 09, 2008, 12:25 PM »
The purpose of this web site is to set out all of the Christian writings that are believed to have been written in the first and second centuries, as well as a few selected from the early third. I have also included non-Christian documents that may have special bearing on the study of early Christianity in order to make this web site a comprehensive sourcebook. I have provided links to English translations for all of these documents. When available, the work has also been provided in the original language, usually Greek. I have also provided information and scholarly opinion regarding the background, authorship, dating, and provenance of these documents. These comments are intended to provide an introduction.

I did not want to follow the common scheme of organizing early Christian documents into the canon and apocrypha, which is simply anachronistic. Because it is the most intuitive and useful, I have ordered them based on one possible chronological scheme. My judgments concerning the authenticity and dating of the documents concerned are made in the best tradition of biblical scholarship. Nevertheless, the ordering is almost certainly wrong in some part. To provide some bearings, a range of probable dating is provided for the scheme, but this range of dating can be disputed. All dates are approximate. An alphabetical listing is also provided as an easier way to find a specific text.

See also  Roger Pearse's pages on Tertullian and others.

Into His Own - Perspective on the World of Jesus
Into His Own is designed as a tool for the historical study of Christian scriptures. Since the works in the New Testament were composed in implicit & often explicit dialog with first century champions of Jewish tradition, the bulk of the passages included here have been excerpted from works written by Jewish authors, especially those composed after the Hebrew scriptures that can be found in any Christian "Old Testament." But there are also selections from non-Jewish sources that help bring the writings of Christian authors into a clearer cultural perspective.

I do appreciate the need for power transformer boxes in order to reduce desktop clutter and keep the device itself cooler. However, I really hate those "wall wart" boxes that have the plugs built-in, occupying three outlets by overlapping one one each side. It would work out better if, like most laptop computers, there were cords coming out both sides of the transformer.

Not all USB hubs need to be powered. It depends on what you plan to plug into them. Something like a flash drive takes little enough power that it can run off what was supplied by the host. However, some devices take so much power that some cheap USB ports can't supply them adequately (e.g., my Dell Axim PDA draws as much as 1.2A when the USB spec only requires that it be given 0.5A, which is a real crime).

IBM has a PoweredUSB standard that is compatible with normal USB but uses four extra wires to provide up to 6 amps of power at 5, 12 or 24 volts DC. With so many appliances now that are either rechargable or low voltage, it would be really nice if you only needed a single transformer hub to power them all!  8)

Living Room / Re: What is a "Gentleman's drink"
« on: December 28, 2007, 09:06 AM »
Jenny, I was referring to app's post, which I thought listed a bunch of booze brands? :)

I'd never heard of Night Train either, but the effects seem very similar to red-eye whisky!  ;)

Living Room / Re: What is a "Gentleman's drink"
« on: December 28, 2007, 08:15 AM »
There's actually a thing called "night train"? I always thought "I'm on the night train" was figuratively speaking :)

A train that travels through the night, usually with sleeping compartments. If it were a plane it would be a "red-eye."

Very, very cool. Thanks for sharing. Now if only I had a Wii.

You don't need the console itself, just a PC with Bluetooth and the Wiimote, which es a bit  easier to find at present!  :)

This is a really neat bit of inverted thinking.

The Wii Remote tracks its position in space relative to fixed points of IR light. Johnny Chung Lee demonstrates how a fixed Wiimote can track up to four points simultaneously, adding multitouch or head-tracking capabilities cheaply to any PC display.

Demos with open C# source code and plenty of scope for further development.  :-*

Living Room / DM of the Rings
« on: December 21, 2007, 03:24 PM »
I laughed my way right through this, even though I Know next to nothing about D&D:  8)
Lord of the Rings is more or less the foundation of modern D&D. The latter rose from the former, although the two are now so estranged that to reunite them would be an act of savage madness. Imagine a gaggle of modern hack-n-slash roleplayers who had somehow never been exposed to the original Tolkien mythos, and then imagine taking those players and trying to introduce them to Tolkien via a D&D campaign.

Yes, the whole epic in webcomic form, with stills from the movies matches with some very original dialogue.  :P


what's a tober Jenny? havent heard that one before :-\
pit stop/overnight-stop?

A tober is where the big top is pitched. It might be a playing field, a car park, or just the corner of a field.  A josser is anyone not circus-born.

EDIT forgot to ask, did ye get out of the field then??? :tellme:

With a bit of help from the farmer's little grey Fergie  :P


(Jenny !  Red Diesel??? For shame on you circus peoples!) 

Well, I was just a josser, so I didn't like to ask, but might the Scammells have been classed as tractors, since they did not use it for anything else?

Another tale from that time: only the old hands knew how to get from one tober to the next, so the tentmaster would set out first and put down grass sods at each junction to show the way. I was with a new driver and we ended up on a dead-end road in the middle of nowhere. He couldn't reverse out because we had a drawbar trailer behind, so the only thing to do was to open a gate into a field and make a big turn.

The field wasn't quite big enough..  :-[  So I had to go and find the farmer and explain our position.

Did I mention the six lions in the trailer?  :-[


Actually, I'd like to hear some amusing/scary/interesting trucker anecdotes.  Of the "you wouldn't believe the things I've seen" variety.

Got any?

IANA trucker, but back in the late 70's I used to work in a travelling circus here in Ireland. A lot of one-day shows in small towns and pulling out of muddy fields at four in the morning to drive 20 or 30 miles to the next tober. 

Mostly I rode in an ex-WW2 Scammel artillery tractor that drew the Big Top. It had no heater and no windows, and it drank from a drum of red diesel in the cab. If you unscrewed the cap when it was running you could actually see the level going down. It was so slow on the hills that one driver used to put a brick on the throttle and get out and walk. 

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Do this First.
« on: December 10, 2007, 09:54 AM »

I suggest you do this:
  • buy and read Getting Things Done (see
  • do NOT check emails and feeds first thing in the morning/when you turn on the PC
  • disable "check emails every x minutes" and other tools that frequently show you your new emails

Yes, it's not totally easy to get used to the changes, and yes, you'll get a lot done.

I know, I know, the spirit is willing but the flesh...  :-[

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Do this First.
« on: December 08, 2007, 04:12 PM »
It's something wrong my end. Even version 1.3 doesn't work now.  :'( I'll get back to it on Monday.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Do this First.
« on: December 08, 2007, 02:48 PM »

JennyB: I am so very sorry it took as long as it did for me to get moving on this again.  I've not been doing much recreational coding lately, since work's been sucking the life out of me.  But I found some time now, and I hope this is close to what you envisioned.  Get back to me with bugs and/or feedback and I'll turn it around quicker, I promise.


UPDATE: Added a second edition with an alternate icon design provided by CleverCat.  If JennyB prefers this one, I'll make it the default for the project.

I do prefer the new icon (thanks, CleverCat  :Thmbsup:)

The main program is giving trouble, though. No response to "Due" or "For" and it doesn't minimise to the tray.  :'(


Crazy. I'm telling you, if Steven Jobs got his head out of his own rearend and released Tiger into the wild to run on non-Apple machines, Apple would exponentially increase its market share in weeks. I'd buy it just to try it out - for the price, why wouldn't I?

Probably not going to happen because op the range of hardware they'd have to support, but how about a Hackintosh?

If the high price tag for Apple hardware has kept you from buying a Mac but you're willing to roll up your sleeves and get adventurous, you can build your own "Hackintosh"—a PC that runs a patched version of OS X Leopard. What?!, you say. Apple's move to Intel processors in 2006 meant that running OS X on non-Apple hardware is possible, and a community hacking project called OSx86 launched with that goal in mind. Since then, OSx86 has covered major ground, making it possible for civilians—like you and me!—to put together their own Hackintosh running Mac OS 10.5. Today, I'll show you how to build your own high end computer running Leopard from start to finish for under $800.

Living Room / Re: Poem of English Pronunciation
« on: November 17, 2007, 11:23 AM »
I first came across it on this site

What is Regular English Pronunciation?

Regular English Pronunciation (REP) is an artificial accent of English - perhaps the first 'designer' accent of any existing language. The aims of REP are to provide a pronunciation of written English that is highly intelligible, easy to learn, and logically connected to the current spelling of English. Let's take these in turn:
Aim-1. Highly intelligible
REP aims to maintain as great a percentage of existing pronunciations as possible, compatible with Aim-2 and Aim-3. In fact over 75% of REP pronunciations of words in a typical running text are the same as standard pronunciations.

Aim-2. Easy to learn
REP aims to have as few pronunciation rules (letter-to-sound rules) as possible, compatible with Aim-1 and Aim-3. In fact REP version 1.01 consists of just 100 rules and 100 exceptions, well within the capability of a learner to remember.

Aim-3. Logical
REP will be as logically connected to the spelling as possible, compatible with Aim-1 and Aim-2. In fact REP is 100% logical but requires spelling to be parsed into morphological units before a pronunciation is assigned.

An interesting idea that makes more sense than simplified spelling.

Living Room / Re: 40+ Free Professional Fonts from Smashing Magazine
« on: November 15, 2007, 10:39 AM »
Overall the site looks a great resource for anyone involved in graphics or website design.  :Thmbsup:

I'm almost convinced about making Caps Lock a backspace. Is it possible to do that without affecting the rest of the keyboard?


Apparently not. The Colemak download has an AutoHotKey implementation for portable use, but that doesn't reassign the Caps Lock Key.

and it's true f0dder, there was a thread here lately about changing keys :-\ had a quick look but no find

Is it this one?   http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=9930.0

Another nice XP tip I picked up today - If you have two input languages installed (you don't have to use them both) you get a "Key Settings" option that allows you to turn off Caps Lock with the Shift key. At least that way you never get iNVERTED cASE  ;)


notice anything odd?
No CAPS LOCK 8) not sure why.. but they talk about it here:

I'm using Dvorak so I don't want to change layout again, but I'm almost convinced about making Caps Lock a backspace. Is it possible to do that without affecting the rest of the keyboard?

The main problem I have with Dvorak, apart from broken shortcuts, is mixing up ' and , .

Living Room / Comics? He's got comics!
« on: November 09, 2007, 04:58 AM »
Kent Dolan is one serious webcomics reader.  This page has links to all 1,700 odd in his bookmark collection.  :o

Purpose: Comics are read more easily and with less overhead for both reader and publishing site if they are accessed roughly as often as they are updated. Comics that have limitations on how far back you can go in the archives need special priority, too. This list attempts to give the comic reader access to a list of comics I read, and the frequency at which I access them, which is only implied to be approximately their update frequency. There are only a handful of exceptions to the maxim "web comic authors frequently miss updates". No comment as to the quality of the comics or the comics' suitability for all readers is intended by their being included here, I have strange tastes, and some of these comics frankly stink, while others are quite ribald.

Disclaimer: Pretty much every link icon here without exception is image manipulated by me from an original work created by someone else, either a link designed by the comic author that didn't quite fit my layout, or a recognizable image ripped bleeding by me from the comic site, either case of which is still copyright by the respective owners of the respective original comic sites despite my best efforts to make their work an absolutely unrecognizable muddle. Everyone, at least once, needs to read Matthew Skala's famous article "What color are my bits?" about the difference between the math of digital media and the law of digital media to decide for themselves just how they want to treat copyrights on bits. Whatever part of what I created in munging these logos is somehow "mine" you are quite free to take for personal use (see below).

Usage: Trying to read web comics directly from this page won't work very well; I doubt my ISP is set up to handle the traffic, and there's no need you suffering the delays of going via this site to get to comics elsewhere. Instead, every (very spread out) so often, do your browser's equivalent of "download full web page", to put the page and all the link icons onto your local hardware, and read comics from that. I find that it works very well to use a tabbed browser, and to open half a dozen comics one by one into new tabs, then read them in the order they finish arriving. This puts lots of the download delays in parallel with your reading. Then just close each tab as you finish reading the comic, and when you've read all you had opened, go do some more.


Warning: I'm retired, and still cannot really read all these comics as fast as they are updated, I just cherry pick whatever suits my mood. It would be soul and life destroying for a person in less idle circumstances to try to read all of these comics. Use a bit of sense in how much you try to do, so that your real life remains real for you.

Enjoy in moderation!  8)

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Do this First.
« on: October 29, 2007, 06:05 PM »
Another build, this one v1.3


However, the syntax is now "Due m/d" instead of Due d/m".  I changed it for consistency since some parts of the app were thinking day/month and others month/day.  If you'd prefer the European d/m syntax let me know and I'll swap it out.  Really no trouble!

European syntax please, it's what I normally use. I can see the logic of month-first for sorting,but that does not apply here.

I like the idea, and I like the "For n" syntax, but just gotta figure a way to fit it into the GUI without it looking crowded.  Maybe I'll implement a right-click context menu, where you can choose to "Open" or "Open for n minutes" or something.

You want an alarm to "bing" when the app restores itself at the timeout?

Is it conceivable you'd have more than one launched task counting down simultaneously?

No need to bing (but you might put it in for Big Jim). I'll have my eyes on the screen, and I'll only be timing one task at a time. The idea is that I promise "Right, for the next n minutes I will do only this."  If TDOD pops up again and I'm doing something else, then I'll know I am cheating myself.

I was thinking a default period in the ini file (0 meaning don't count time), and put a For statement in the description of any entry that needs to vary.

And now to bed!   

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Do this First.
« on: October 29, 2007, 09:38 AM »
Another build, v1.2 and this time the version number in the titlebar is correct. :-)

Ref: Saving - I think that auto save with every entry would be the safest and easiest thing if you can do it. I love processes that help protect me from my worst enemy ... ME!

Agreed; I made it so.

'Ray!  :D


- New optional "Due d" syntax where d is a numeric day, e.g. "Due 28".  If specified day is <= today it's interpreted as next month;

- New optional "Due d/m" syntax where d/m is the month/day desired, e.g. "12/31".

Double 'ray!  :D :D I can confirm that this also works using day-first settings. However, a month less than the current month is not yet interpreted as next year. That will be important shortly!

Thinking a bit more about alarms - I definitely don't want one te go off when a deadline passes, but this might be useful:

For n  is interpreted thus - When the file is launched, TDOD is hidden, and pops up at the end of n minutes. A running total of time spent on the task is displayed.

Two reasons: if there is something I've been avoiding I can maybe persuade myself to spent just ten minutes trying to get started.  OTOH, if I've been a very good girl, I can reward myself with a strictly limited amount of Googling.  :P


Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Do this First.
« on: October 27, 2007, 03:23 PM »
I wrote you a little something, try it out and let me know if it's close to what you want.
Wow! Thanks for your quickwork, Ralf!  :Thmbsup:

Yes, it's pretty much what I wanted, except for the bug in the time calculation. It seems if you enter a date across a month boundary with the day less than today (e.g. 3/11) then it adds on a month and the same for months and years (27/1/08 gives  1 year 3 months, 2 days)

I hadn't thought of including time. Perhaps other people have ideas about time settings to either use an app for a given time or pop it up after a given time, but that seems a different snack.

If I overrun the deadline I'm going to either drop the task or reschedule, so negative time doesn't make much sense.  Ideally, I'd like Due d to be interpreted as "due that day of this month, next month if d<today" and similarly for Due d/m.

+d for "days from now" would be nice too.   8)

Apart from that, great workand thanks again!  :-*

Living Room / Re: dotNET compiler for LOLCODE
« on: October 26, 2007, 12:12 PM »
;D ;D Fun idea!
It's unbelievable the crazy ideas people can find out there.. lol

I thought so too, which is why I made a contribution.  :P

Post New Requests Here / IDEA: Do this First.
« on: October 26, 2007, 09:38 AM »
If you're anything like me, the first thing you do when you start the computer is to check your emails and feeds. An hour or two later, you might get something else done, if you remember what you intended to do in the first place.  :-[

I'm thinking of keeping all documents I'm currently working on in one folder, together with a text file listing the outstanding tasks to be done on each document and there due dates.

Now I need a little program that runs on startup, listing the next action needed on each document, and how long I have left to complete it.  When I select one, the document opens.

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