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First session angst
I hate running first sessions. Afterwards I almost always feel sick with tension and disappointment. Looking at it rationally, I actually think tonight went better than most of my first sessions, thanks entirely to the players, who pretty much ran...
06:04:16 September 5, 2005, Monday (PDT) Source: Flatlander
iPod infestation almost dooms New Zealand
The Register: "The iPod ... has been revealed as an agent of environmental destruction in which the entire country of New Zealand was only saved by a quick-thinking owner and his freezer cabinet." Though I think El Reg is secretly...
00:19:49 September 2, 2005, Friday (PDT) Source: Flatlander
Ever seem in the same room together?
It will come as no surprise to anyone that Jen and I came up with almost identical results on the Law's Game Style quiz....
00:33:43 August 31, 2005, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Flatlander
Political blogging, Kiwi style
Public Address' Tze Ming Mok "famously entered the blogging world when he miskeyed a Google search for 'public bogs.'" And "Destiny NZ's political campaign was thrown into disarray yesterday when, at a sometimes heated press conference, God denied the party's...
00:41:02 August 30, 2005, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Flatlander
I thought we sprayed for Babbages
This is so cool. On a tiny island, 200 years and 12000 miles away from where it all began, Phil Cockfield meets a man with a Babbage machine in his attic. This is like Hicksville for techies....
19:31:44 August 20, 2005, Saturday (PDT) Source: Flatlander
The Devil's Infosec Dictionary
Bruce Schneier wishes The Devil's Infosec Dictionary were funnier and invites his readers to come up with alternatives. My favourite contribution was from "Vainstein," partly because it's such a great metaphor for technological solutions to security in general, and partly...
13:29:26 August 13, 2005, Saturday (PDT) Source: Flatlander
It's elephants all the way down
BBC News: "George Bush has... suggested that a theory known as 'intelligent design' should be taught in the classroom." New Scientist had an excellent if rather apocalyptic article on the subject a few weeks back (subscription required for full article),...
18:09:30 August 9, 2005, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Flatlander
Conflict resolution in superhero RPGs
Mash is not impressed with the state of superhero RPG systems: "Combats drag on, and on, and on, without resolution. It's hard to maintain enthusiasm for a fight between two characters which lasts more than, say, half a dozen exchanges....
00:34:09 August 7, 2005, Sunday (PDT) Source: Flatlander
Fox News: a new low
Brit Hume of Fox News: "My first thought when I heard -- just on a personal basis, when I heard there had been this attack and I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I thought,...
23:26:06 July 8, 2005, Friday (PDT) Source: Flatlander
ID cards: so much for confidentiality
The Independent: "Personal details of all 44 million adults living in Britain could be sold to private companies as part of government attempts to arrest spiralling costs for the new national identity card scheme, set to get the go-ahead this...
00:09:39 June 27, 2005, Monday (PDT) Source: Flatlander
More Vodafone GPRS technical information
Bernhard Gaul stops by to register some more usability concerns, and to offer some great info on Vodafone GPRS/3G technical issues and support. Thanks Bernhard!...
18:52:45 June 25, 2005, Saturday (PDT) Source: Flatlander
Towards documenting deployment best practices
Marc Brooks writes up an exhaustive account of the tools and practices he uses for enterprise development and deployment. The development tools will be familiar to anyone who's been tracking .NET best practices over the last four years, but the...
22:40:52 April 10, 2005, Sunday (PDT) Source: Flatlander
Vincent Baker, Dogs in the Vineyard
Is it unfair to judge a RPG based on two hours' experience with a GM who's never run the game before? Well, Dogs in the Vineyard outright encourages such quick-draw judgements, and heck, boy, he who lives by the sword,...
04:14:01 April 6, 2005, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Flatlander
Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005. Again
Woolamaloo Gazette: "Why are the government trying to force through a new Terror Bill? Well, put basically the existing Terror legislation brought in in the wake of 9-11 is about to expire. If a new bill is not passed quickyl...
00:35:22 April 3, 2005, Sunday (PST) Source: Flatlander
Blogging the Prevention of Terrorism Act
The Last Ditch is "a blog about the death of liberty in Britain." The author is an expat living in Russia. He nails why I left the UK. "I am back in England today - for the first time since...
22:17:46 March 31, 2005, Thursday (PST) Source: Flatlander
Coding one-liners
Andrew Dixon has a great list of One-Liners for Code Cowboys. "A computer scientist is someone who, when told to 'Go to Hell', sees the 'go to', rather than the destination, as harmful."...
11:10:24 March 19, 2005, Saturday (PST) Source: Flatlander
World Usability Day
Usability Professionals Association: "The goal of World Usability Day is to promote the fields of usability engineering and user-centered design. We aim to do this by encouraging, organizing, and sponsoring activities at the local level around the globe, all occurring...
19:19:26 March 16, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Flatlander
Anonymity
Challenging my comment about my not representing my employer when I write here, Tyme White comments on the lack of personal information posted here, and suggests that, because I choose not to post personal details here, I must "instinctively know...
03:23:28 March 13, 2005, Sunday (PST) Source: Flatlander
Representing myself
Scoble: "The reality is you're always representing your employer when you talk in public, no matter how many disclaimers you make." Nonsense. You're no more "always representing your employer" than you're "always representing your country" or "always representing your dog."...
10:52:40 March 10, 2005, Thursday (PST) Source: Flatlander
Verifiable identity is not the threat
Prospect magazine has a great article on potential benefits of identity management: "A nurse, for example, ought to be able to send an email (to report lax hygiene routines, say) with a digital certificate that proves that she is a...
04:21:54 March 4, 2005, Friday (PST) Source: Flatlander
Cambridge council formally opposes ID cards
Not that I live in Cambridge any more, or that any dissent will be heard in Blair's "Big Conversation," but it's nice to know: "This Council notes that the Home Secretary is currently attempting to push an ID Cards Bill...
03:28:42 March 4, 2005, Friday (PST) Source: Flatlander
Dispose woes in Whidbey
Matthew Adams identifies a nasty little problem with the way Whidbey auto-generates Component.Dispose()....
10:42:48 February 28, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Flatlander
Uppity peripherals: the printer joins in
My taskbars are beset by noisy peripherals. I have already mentioned the modem, the mouse and the screen. Now my printer has joined in. And not only does it insist on putting an icon in the tray, but when I...
20:40:50 February 23, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Flatlander
Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005
The Register: "Do not pass court, do not have sight of evidence, do not even think of saying 'beyond reasonable doubt'." The article also emphasises an interesting point about the authority granted by the legislation to the Home Secretary: "an...
12:35:10 February 23, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Flatlander
More taskbar intruders
My rant about the bandwidth accelerator that puts a useless icon in my tray reminded me of some even more bizarre intruders. One Microsoft mouse I had very helpfully put a little icon in my tray to tell me I...
13:25:05 February 20, 2005, Sunday (PST) Source: Flatlander
Vodafone GPRS Mobile Connect usability issues
I've been using GPRS to stay in touch while travelling in New Zealand. In theory, a GPRS card works like a modem for GSM mobile networks. Whereas modems have become almost invisible devices, however, Vodafone's GPRS implementation seems designed specifically...
22:25:33 February 19, 2005, Saturday (PST) Source: Flatlander
ID cards for the rest of us
Katie Lucas: "Politicians and the police will be given opt-outs to all this. Their records will end up sealed or wiped 'for security reasons'. Their data won't be for sale, but yours will."...
10:59:19 February 14, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Flatlander
Leave the penguins alone!
Under New Zealand law it is illegal to "disturb or harass penguins" according to this sign seen at Curio Bay in the Catlins: Mr Evans, Ms McGowan, I'm looking at you....
21:36:53 February 9, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Flatlander
Moving to New Zealand
My old nemesis Harvey G Pengwyn takes me to task for leaping straight from having my EOI selected to buying a car. Is there an episode missing? Well, not particularly. Because NZ will let in pretty much anyone these days,...
01:58:50 February 3, 2005, Thursday (PST) Source: Flatlander
Buying and driving a car in New Zealand
Buying a car in New Zealand is fairly cheap and fairly similar to the UK. My 11-year old Toyota Corona set me back about $4500, roughly £1800. Cars need two documents, the warrant of fitness (which corresponds roughly to the...
20:16:52 January 25, 2005, Tuesday (PST) Source: Flatlander