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Archives for April, 2011

Hastings Castle

I was back home in Hastings for the Easter weekend. My mum and I visited that often overlooked Hastings attraction: the castle! Granted, it’s not the most extensive or complete castle in the country, but it is historically significant and, well, local. Most of it has fallen into the sea or was demolished by over-enthusiastic […]

Royal fact-say

It’s less than a week to go until the most anticipated day of the year: the wedding of Kate and Wills. A momentous day in the history of our nation. And look, even the humble pound shops are joining the celebrations! Here at doof.me.uk we’re marking the occasion with a release of a special royal […]

Conky BBC weather

I’ve written a Ruby script called bbc-weather.rb that parses the BBC weather RSS for a particular location and formats the data for conky. Here’s an example: To use it insert the following in your .conkyrc: ${execpi 600 ruby /path/to/bbc-weather.rb 4197} This will refresh every hour. Replace 4197 with the number of your local weather station. […]

More or Less

I love More or Less on Radio 4. I did squee so much when it came back for a new series. It isn’t easy to make statistics both fun and intelligible. Also, I got horribly sunburnt yesterday :-(. But only on the top of my arms and face and not where my watch goes so […]

Extended Adventure Up North

I was away in Yorkshire last week visiting some northern acquaintances and going for a walk on the moors. I walked along the first part of the Cleveland way, from Helmsley to Kildale, and then got the train back to Middlesbrough and civilisation. Around 45 miles over three and a half days so not very […]