Ephemerides

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Tuesday 15 January 2002

A frantically busy day that started a 2 am and finished around 5 pm with me phoning the plumber to come and fix a leak. All I can think of right now are four letter words, so I won't bore you with them. Full story on The House of Steel page, but I don't know when.

Andrew Duffin writes:

Jonathan,

Nice to see that the mainstream press is finally picking up on the mythical nature of global warming.

Keep up the good work!

Andrew Duffin

Indeed.

Thought for the day:

The remaining work to finish in order to reach your goal increases as the deadline approaches.

Bove's Theorem

Current Listening

Tracy Chapman -- Tracy Chapman


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Wednesday 16 January 2002

Today's scribbles are over on The House of Steel page.

Thought for the day:

In any collection of data, the figure most obviously correct, beyond all need of checking, is the mistake. 

Finagle's Third Law

Current Listening

Nik Tyndall -- Lagoon


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Friday 18 January 2002

Today the building inspector either gives me the seal of approval, or not, on The House of Steel. Short shrift here until Sunday, the day after we move into our new home.

Thought for the day:

There is no human reason why a child should not admire and emulate his teacher's ability to do sums, rather than the village bum's ability to whittle sticks and smoke cigarettes. The reason why the child does not is plain enough -- the bum has put himself on an equality with him and the teacher has not.

Floyd Dell

Current Listening

Jethro Tull -- Aqualung


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Saturday 19 January 2002

The House of Steel passed inspection and today we move in. Sitting here at 4:30 am, I discover that there was an error posting yesterday's update.  I was too busy to check.

We have now had several days in a row of dry, mild weather. Until recently, we had just an isolated single day now and then before a return to temperatures 10 - 15C lower than this time last year. 

Thought for the day:

It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take Hofstadter's Law into account.

Hofstadter's Law

Current Listening

Eno -- Another Green World


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Sunday 20 January 2002

Yesterday was our first hot day this summer -- the temperature soared to around 30C. Of course this made the beer taste even better than usual when beer o'clock arrived in the late afternoon. The great day of moving into The House of Steel started at 4 am for me, so I felt I well and truly deserved a refreshing cold one after 12 sweaty hours.

My first bath in the new tub, 100 mm (4 in) longer than standard was an interesting experience. One wouldn't think that such a small dimensional change would feel so dramatic. Unfortunately, my suspicion that the tempering valve that limits the hot water temperature to a maximum 55C would make keeping the water at 45C a great waste of water was accurate, even on such a warm evening. That valve must go!

Thought for the day:

Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.

J. G. Ballard

Current Listening

The Cranberries -- No Need to Argue


 

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