Sin City

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I’m in a temporary apartment at the moment, and the nice previous occupant appears to have DVR’ed Sin City for me from Comcast pay per view, so Andrew and I sat down and watched it last night. I must say that I liked it, in a Pulp Fiction kind of way.

Put it this way — I wont be able to take Rory in the Gilmore Girls the same way any more.

Yeah, I liked the movie a lot. Now I need to decide if I will recommend my wife see it…

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Example 2.1 from Dive Into Python

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I’ve just started working through Dive Into Python, so I don’t really have an opinion of the book yet. I did notice that Example 2.1 produces different output on my machine than from the example…

The example says I should get:

    server=mpilgrim;uid=sa;database=master;pwd=secret
    

I get:

    pwd=secret;database=master;uid=sa;server=mpilgrim
    

It’s interesting that this is exactly the reverse of what the book says I should get. I have no idea why, as I can’t read Python yet, but there you go.

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On home sound systems

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My temporary apartment in Santa Clara came with a $500 US Bose alarm clock, which is of interest firstly because it’s an amazing amount of money to spend on something as trivial as an alarm clock, and secondly because it sounds fantastic. It has an impossibly large amount of bass for something so small.

I initially thought I would buy one, but at $500 US, there is little chance of that happening. I also need some way of spreading the musical joy around the entire house before I go crazy, so I suspect that I might just end up with a bunch of Squeezeboxes or equivalent around the house.

More details when I’ve finished surfing and deciding what I want to implement.

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What do you do on days as a bachelor in a strange country?

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Well, for me it was a cooked breakfast before getting the house work done. Instead of writing an exciting blog post about the fact that the bed here comes up to my belly button and it’s sheets needed washing, I thought I would comment on American bacon.

As the people who I hang out with will know, my wife is allergic to all forms of pig. In a no longer breathing way. I happen to love pig, so when she’s not around I tend to go a little wilder with it than I probably should. So, when I went shopping for the first time here the other day I picked up some eggs and some Safeway bacon just in case my arteries needed hardening.

It was a good thing too, because I have a medical need to eat bacon to help me with the after effects of the Coronas this morning. I’d already done one cooked breakfast here, so I have already discovered that American bacon (based on my extensive sample of one) appears to be 50% fat. It took me about ten minutes to trim off enough fat to approximate Australian bacon quality.

After that it was quite nice. The point of this post though? Is all American bacon so terribly fatty, or is the Safeway stuff just terrible? Is this why Americans seem to eat Canadian bacon instead (think ham steak)?

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New laptop

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The dead ThinkPad R51 has been replaced by a new ThinkPad X41, which accidentally turned out to be a tablet PC without me really intending it to be. It’s a nice looking machine, and the perfect combination of size and weight (small and light). I think we’re going to be very good friends.

Ubuntu Breezy installed just fine on the machine, although I haven’t bothered to get everything working yet. I’ll report back if I have any interesting problems getting stuff going.

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