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Movember, +3 Weeks [Nov. 21st, 2012|11:06 am]

midnightoak said: "It's looking a bit more Victorian and less 70s Cop Show", which is a fair assessment...

Money to grampus, here
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Movember, +2 weeks [Nov. 14th, 2012|12:14 pm]

Hmmm. Over-shortened the sidies...
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Movember, +1 week [Nov. 7th, 2012|09:19 am]

So, here's one week of 'tache growth:

Movember 1 week

I was hoping for: , but it's starting to look a bit

If anyone wants to donate to Movember, I haven't got a Justgiving page, but I encourage donations to other people's, such as this one.
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Saffron, St. Lucia [Dec. 14th, 2011|09:54 am]
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So, I made some Lussabullar On Monday night. This was somewhat delayed by going round every supermarket in the town centre looking for saffron. Eventually we found some in Armley Co-op(!)...For £4.49 per 0.4g.

Last night, as we want to make more for Swedish Jul on Saturday (do drop in, there will be food and conviviality¹) I went to Maumoniat International Supermarket in Hyde Park, where I got 2.5g for £7.95 - less than a third of the per-gram rate! And even when they have it, the town Supermarkets are the same sort of price. Outrageous!

1. and hopefully a roof
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A Mystery solved [Nov. 8th, 2011|10:09 pm]
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The mystery:

Mr Alan Jackson and Mr Jimmy Buffet postulate that it is "half-past twelve, but I don't care, It's five o'clock somewhere". Where are they, and where is it thusly 5pm when it is 1230?¹

A quick check of the ever-useful Wikipedia's List of Time Zones indicates that there are several zones that a separated from GMT by a n hrs 30mins, rendering the problem trivial—one just needs to locate a zone 4hrs 30 ahead of an arbitary point—for instance Jackson & Buffet could be in Paris, in which case it is 5pm in India and Sri Lanka²

However, no Parisian employer could treat their employees as badly as Mr Jackson is treated ("I ain't had a day off now in over a year") as that contravenes the European Working Time Directive, so it seems sensible to assume our hapless protagonists are somewhere on the continental United States, meaning they must be in the Pacific Time Zone, as that is the only "lower 48" US time zone which has another time zone 4½hrs ahead of it, specifically Newfoundland Standard Time Zone.

So best estimate is that they are in California. It is five O'clock in Newfoundland. Job done ;)

1. assuming they mean official time, not the exact mean solar time for that spot, obviously
2. although we can eliminate Sri Lanka as they were on UTC+6 when the song was written
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Go And Vote. [May. 5th, 2011|08:49 am]
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Normally in my "GO AND VOTE" posts, I don't specify for whom or what. (other than "not the BNP")

However, this time, I think I will. Vote "Yes" to AV.

The question is not "Do you like Nick Clegg?" (irrelevant)

The question is not "Do you like the coalition?" (the Tories are against AV anyway)

The question is not "is AV the best possible system?" (almost certainly not - I favour multi-member STV myself, you may disagree, which is fine, it's arguable)

The question is not "Do you want to spend £250m on BABIES or LET THEM DIE?" (actual lies)

The question is: "Do you think AV is, overall, better than First Past The Post?"

It really is. If you want to get academic, it is closer to fulfilling the Condorcet criterion than FPTP, which means the winner of a constituency is more likely to represent the average views of her constituents. (see it explained by cats)

If you think a representative of a constituency should represent the views of that constituency in a representative democracy, vote for AV.
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I am the middle-classest [Nov. 20th, 2010|07:11 pm]
So, I was cooking dinner, and I uttered this line:

"This Polish bacon thing is quite nice, which is good because there's no chance of getting pancetta round here"

At this point I collapsed into a quantum black hole caused by the sheer density of my middle-classness. I'm off to read the Guardian, listen to Radio 4, tut about the cricket, shop at Waitrose and I dunno, drive an Audi or something.

On the plus side, at least Waitrose will have some bloody pancetta.
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Slight cognitive dissonance [Nov. 18th, 2010|04:28 pm]

So, the first former Guantánamo PoW¹ detainee has be tried in a civilian court on 285 counts.

On 284 of which he has been found not guilty.

Apparently, this is a "major setback" for Obama's plans to try the rest under civilian court rules because Congress and the security establishment aren't happy.

Since when has a court's refusal to convict a man when not presented with sufficient reliable evidence been considered a failure of said court?²

It's like 400 years of developments in jurisprudence were completely valueless, or something....

1. You may detect some sarcasm in that strikeout.
2. Well, actually I recall a Metro front page a few years ago which appeared to regard the acquittal on lack of evidence of some British Asians accused of a bombing plot as getting off on a technicality, but I digress
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Help me [Sep. 14th, 2010|09:27 am]
Mostly aimed at redhillian.

If our Land Rover has a full battery and all the fuses check out okay, what's the next most likely reason for none of the electrics working?

It's For Science!
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Where I'll be instead of being at Maelstrom [Sep. 7th, 2010|05:48 pm]
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I will be working, and I took that in the ten minutes of sunshine we've had so far, but still, there are compensations...
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