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Archives for 2013

Available for a While Longer

Sometimes the single week programmes are on iPlayer is a little too short: (On this. Really good documentary BTW, no hurry to watch it…)

Improved Waveform Output

I’ve spent a lot of time recently improving the waveform output of my VHDL compiler / simulator. Previously only the simple VCD format was supported: this only allows Verilog-style 4-value logic types to be dumped so doesn’t map very well onto VHDL types. The implementation was also very inefficient resulting in a 3-4x slowdown in […]

Butterflies

I was visiting my friend Winni in St Albans last weekend. On Sunday afternoon we went to the nearby Butterfly World. It was very very very wet. Which was a bit unfortunate as a lot of it was outside. For somewhere so butterfly-themed there is a surprising amount of ant-based exhibits. Including a rather scary […]

Avebury

Yesterday I headed to Swindon to finish off the remaining 16 or so miles of the Ridgeway path that I’ve been doing recently. While waiting for the bus I explored Swindon town centre a bit: it wasn’t really worth the effort, although there was a cool building with minis on the side (they’re produced in […]

In The Dark

It gets dark early in October eh?! On the way back home when I went walking in the Chilterns last weekend. Hambledon lock near Henley. Not to worry though as I have this super-awesome LED Lenser torch. It’s pocket-sized, all-metal, German-made, and even comes with a handy carry case. Buy one now!

Garden Train Fully Operational

After having fallen into disrepair my parents’ garden train is now up and running! Unfortunately since this photo was taken the viaduct was attacked by a mob of Luddite snails. Said snails became rather ill afterwards. Serves them right.

Sock Disaster

I have previously congratulated running sock manufacturers on their clear labelling of left and right socks. However, I unfortunately managed to bring two right running socks back home to Hastings which I can assure you is much worse than having two ambiguous unlabelled socks.

Swindon

Ah, Swindon. Who hasn’t dreamed of visiting that mythical Wiltshire town? I know I certainly have since I started walking along the ridgeway last week. So armed with maps and ample supplies I returned by bus to where I’d left off last time and headed west. It’s a primal landscape dotted with iron age hill […]

Where has the fish gone?

I was somewhat distraught on a recent visit to Eastbourne when I discovered the fish fountain described previously on these pages had disappeared! Not just the fish but the water feature and plinth had also vanished. Alarmed, I emailed the Enterprise Centre and heard no response for several weeks. I became convinced that I had […]

Ridgeway

I went for an adventure this afternoon in the hitherto unexplored region north west of Reading. Started in the pleasant village of Streatley and headed in the general direction of Swindon along the “ridgeway” national trail. At first it was a little dull and plodding, the only interesting site being this memorial to a solider […]