Topic: General Massive deflation

2:53pm, Monday 22 January 2007

419 scams are getting seriously undervalued these days. This one just in:

From: Engr Patrick Mba


I am Seeking for your assistance in transferring of (US$42) into your bank


Topic: Computers Keep up at the back

1:21pm, Monday 22 January 2007

Anyone would think that Alexander Pope had previous experience of upgrading computer operating systems:

Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.

Or, in other words, moving from Windows 98 to Windows XP so that your son's Lego racing game works will prevent your daughter's dolls house game from working. Thank you, Microsoft.

Topic: General Weird things about me

4:45pm, Thursday 18 January 2007

This is all Bob's fault. :-) But despite the fact that memes which tell you to challenge a number of other people with them bother me slightly (in a way reminiscent of chain letters) here are some weird or unusual things you might not know about me.

  1. As a baby I had surgery to correct pyloric stenosis.
  2. I used to be a qualified trampolining coach.
  3. Last year I played music for a maths lecture in Cambridge ("Dancing with maths") which was relayed live to a school in America.
  4. In the data centre in the building behind me there's about a petabyte of disk storage; I help to manage it.
  5. I can't think of any more!
Topic: General Words

1:51pm, Friday 12 January 2007 (Updated 1:57pm, Friday 12 January 2007)

How many English words are there which are anagrams of their ROT13'ed versions? e.g. bought ROT13'ed is obhtug.

Update: Hah. Someone else has already done it. Searching 56648 words from /usr/share/dict/words, there are 38 ROT13-anagrams: an, averting, baboon, boob, bore, bought, earn, earner, fan's, fans, fiver's, flyer's, flyers, garnet, gnat, lyre, naiver, near, nearer, nearly, paunch, prance, ravine, re, ref's, refers, refs, regret, rely, rive, robe, tang, thug, uh, vain, vainer, vainly, verier.

Topic: General Begone, elephant

10:30pm, Wednesday 10 January 2007

I have completed an elephant task. Letters of complaint have gone off to the Financial Ombudsman (about Woolwich/Barclays) and to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (about Ekins). I am feeling rather pleased with myself now!


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