Tuesday, December 14, 2004

I'm not sure yet what to make about the new bridge over the Tarn at Millau - France shows off tallest bridge [BBC]

I went on a walking holiday in this area a few years ago. It's a stunningly beautiful bit of landscape. Will the new motorway spoil it, or allow passing traffic to get through the area quickly?

Monday, December 13, 2004

I have agreed to do the Christmas Pudding for the Thursday group's christmas gathering next Saturday. On researching a suitable recipe, I'm pleased to see that the top two hits on the search, Delia Smith and Paul's Puddings, have pretty close agreement.

I don't know whether you caught James Dyson's Dimbleby Lecture last week, but it was an interesting rant about the reasons for the decline of engineering in Britain. (I didn't see it myself, but I was told about it over the weekend)

There's a transcript on the Dyson website

Monday, December 06, 2004

I found on Rory Blyth's blog (neopoleon.com) a list suggesting about a hundred books worth reading. Of the ones I had read (about a quarter of them), I agreed that they're (nearly) all great books - so it looks like a good source of ideas for future reading.

Here's the list of places we're considering for next years holiday...
Broadmarston Manor Stratford on Avon
The Old Neptune, (or here) Central Ipswich
Toft Hall Staffordshire
Skipton Hall near Thirsk, N Yorks
Christmas Hall Suffolk
Middle Stanley Farm near Cheltenham
Cholwell Hall near Bath
Bruisyard Hall Suffolk
Old Vine Barn Diss
Pine Lodge Lincolnshire

Saturday, December 04, 2004


I have now finished reading Neal Stephenson's Baroque Trilogy: Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World.

They are highly recommended - Stephenson brings to life a time in which Alchemy developed into Chemistry, Maths developed into Calculus, Banking developed into Finance, and a lowly Vagabond develops into a Swashbuckling AntiHero - with a ton of Gold.

I was working most of the day today - we're aiming for a milestone on Monday 13th, and there was a large turnout in the office to try to get content-complete by this Monday afternoon.
My main concern is getting everything to fit into memory. The PS2 has only 32Mb of ram, so we have to do a lot of paging in of data as the player runs around the level. Today I changed the code we use to manage overlays for people so it can also apply to other objects - specifically the cars parked around the town. The 3d models and textures for these cars takes up a fair amount of memory, and they are only found in some streets - so I hope to save a quarter megabyte or so by streaming them all.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

The University of Manchester antivirus page recommends a few free antivirus programs to its students.

Grisoft AVG is a free antivirus program (not tried it yet)

The most in-depth spyware removal summary I have seen so far: Jim's IT Blog: Spyware removal tools - ArsTechnica Dsicussion Posting

Comments on /. suggest that LavaSoft's Ad-Aware SE Personal is a good SpyWare blocked, especially when used in conjunction with Spybot S&D - I'll have to give it a go sometime.