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One of life’s little tragedies. Well at least the sun’s come out now. This is a pretty church tower in Hambleden. Haven’t posted many photos recently so here’s one of some wavy grass. Also corn. Can’t forget the corn. Nice clouds too.

Bodiam Castle

A cloudy bank holiday weekend seems the perfect occasion to spend the day wandering around a National Trust property with the family. So off we went to Bodiam Castle yesterday. This has got to be one of my favorite castles: it’s so cute and well formed! Somewhat like Skipton Castle. Some photos I took:

Green Bug

Maybe some kind of grasshopper? Saw it on the balcony today in the sun.


After being a little sceptical about our corporate day out to Thorpe Park I was pleasantly surprised by it being totally epic.

Stopped Raining

Finally it was sunny enough to go walking on Saturday. So I went adventuring in previously unexplored territory near Princes Risborough. Tried unsuccessfully to get a tan, instead I ended up with lots of nettle stings :-(. Here’s some generic pleasant countryside: Also, a cute little church:

Xcowsay on Raspberry Pi

Xcowsay fans rejoice! Xcowsay is now officially supported on the Raspberry Pi! In other news I’ve started updating xcowsay to use Gtk3 and Cario. Expect version 1.4 later in the year!

Mysterious Component

I thought managing over two years without washing machine malfunction was too good to be true. And lo it was. This time a mysterious banging noise was caused by these as yet unidentified components: Foolishly I forgot to ask the engineer what the problem was so washing machine lore has not grown. I’m pretty sure […]

Olympic Park

For reasons vaguely connected with my day job I found myself at a soiree at a certain marketing suite on the Olympic Park last Thursday. The less said about the event itself the better but I did manage to get a look at the nearly finished venues: Photo sucks as I only had my phone […]

Portable high resolution timestamps from stat

A small nugget of information that might be useful to someone: The standard timestamps in struct stat have type time_t which only gives a resolution of seconds which is less than required in many situations. Luckily most operating systems provide a higher resolution timestamp within struct stat but the field name differs among Linux, BSD, […]

VHDL compiler improvements

A while ago I posted about a VHDL compiler I’d started writing. Well I’ve been working on it a bit during the evenings and weekends and it’s acquired several new features. Probably the most significant is that it can now compile the standard IEEE std_logic_1164 and numeric_std packages as well the Synopsys std_logic_arith and std_logic_unsigned […]