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New TrainGame release

It’s been ages since I did much work on my unimaginatively-titled train driving game. Surprisingly some people have actually been trying to build the last release and it turns out anything using Boost bit-rots at an alarming pace. So I’ve bundled up the latest working version as TrainGame-0.2.2.tar.gz. It’s not all build fixes though. Looking […]


Out wandering high up in the Chilterns near Russel’s Water I came across these pretty fluffy things. No idea what they are as usual. Perhaps some sort of dandelion? Blodgett would know. Daily factoid: perusing the previously linked Wikipedia article, I discovered that these plants are adjacent to a pond featured in Chitty Chitty Bang […]


The protagonist was thrilled to finally meet his long-standing hero, cyclopean freak “Mandeville”, at the Paralympic rowing this weekend.


I went to the Eastbourne Airshow with my mum while I was at home last weekend. Borrowed my Dad’s SLR avec telephoto lens to take some snaps. I think they came out rather well after some judicious cropping.

More Castle

I spent last weekend visiting some northern acquaintances in Yorkshire. On Saturday we went on an adventure to Richmond Castle via Darlington. And a very pleasant castle it is too! It’s got a nicely preserved keep which you can climb to the top of for some excellent views of the quaint market town and surrounding […]

Rochester Castle

I had some surprisingly well-timed holiday booked this week so I decided to visit a nearby(ish) castle at Rochester. The last time I came here I was a small child and all I remember is being terrified by how tall and massive it was. Some shrinkage has occurred over the last twenty years. Still it’s […]

Two for the price of one



Got this really cute hemp chalk bag. Climbing is all about the fashion.

Automagic Debugging

It’s kind of annoying to have to go back and run GDB after your program crashes. Here’s a signal handler I’ve been using which drops you into GDB straight away: static void gdb_sighandler(int sig, siginfo_t *info) { char exe[256]; if (readlink("/proc/self/exe", exe, sizeof(exe)) < 0) { perror("readlink"); exit(EXIT_FAILURE); }   char pid[16]; snprintf(pid, sizeof(pid), "%d", […]

Red Flowers, Big Stone

Title says it all: some red flowers in a field last weekend: I don’t know what sort they are :-(. Also a big stone in a place appropriately called Ibstone: Wikipedia thinks the stone is marking the Bucks/Oxfordshire border, which is a bit mundane. Also I’ve decided that driving is among the most stressful and […]