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Archives for February, 2010

Some thoughts on trees

I’ve been wondering for a while now what is the best way to add trees to Train Game. Trees seem fairly important for a train game seeing as trains mostly travel through the countryside where there are trees. (Except for my daily commute to work through Slough where there are no green things.) Anyway my […]

Samsung Q320 Fn-keys in Linux 2.6.32

If you’ve been following my attempts to get the brightness up/down and other fn-keys on my Samsung Q320 laptop to work in Linux, you might like to know the saga has reached a happy conclusion. Previously I published a hack to the atkbd kernel driver to get these problematic keys to send key release events. […]

A sad day

It is with sadness that I have to report the death of my mini dragon tree plant. Mini dragon tree plant was born about two and half years ago and died sometime in the last few weeks. It graced the top of my bookshelf, and before that my desk. Unfortunately in it’s new location in […]

Valentine’s day

Today is Valentine’s day. Valentine’s day is all about love, and the internationally recognised symbol of love is the stylised heart. I love sed. This is probably why I spent this evening alone writing a filter to format text as ASCII hearts: nick@pickle:~$ sed –posix -n -f hearts.sed < poem Shall I comp are thee […]

Breakfast biscuits give you vim

I was wandering around Reading museum this afternoon. Not only does it have a surprisingly large and diverse collection – including a full replica of the Bayeux tapestry – it has a rather confusing and maze-like layout. Walk down what looks like a service corridor or fire exit and you discover a whole new collection […]

Advances in mash technology

Here’s an experimental new method for overcoming some weaknesses in my current mashed potato process: While the potatoes are bubbling and the sausages are sizzling take a small saucepan and make a small fire under it. Add a large quantity of butter, small amount of milk, some salt, some pepper, and a tiny amount of […]


You might have noticed the lack of posts in the last week or so. This is because I was 1km up a mountain in Norway. Possibly not the best time of year to be visiting, as it was incredibly cold with temperatures as low as -20°C during the day. The reason I was there was […]