Friday, January 23, 2004

The Voidspace CGI-News Home Page

Well..... just as my 'CGI-News' project gets off the ground... and I'm also producing snippets of python that others might find useful (Pythonutils) - I get hit with a hammer blow from work..... Yet again they're revising the internet policies and talking about switching off our connections... other than to a white list of sites........... *sigh*... it's not that I haven't lived through this before - but it is a right royal pain for a while..... Oh well - I guess there are plenty of worse things that could be happening to me :-)

On the positive side... it means I probably won't be posting here so often... :-)
posted by Mike Foord on Friday, January 23, 2004

Monday, January 19, 2004

Classic Books For Download

Minor update.... but I've finally added Hunter S Thomson, Curse Of Lono, which a 'reader' donated, to the books for download page.

I've almost completed additions to the gallery section as well... but you'll have to wait and see :-)

Happy Monday to everyone.........
posted by Mike Foord on Monday, January 19, 2004

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Python Bookmarks

I've updated the python bookmarks again ! I keep getting too many and re-organising...... There are now 270 links in 15 sections.

I've also taken the sitemap offline temporarily whilst I rebuild it. I have a very good program to build a sitemap... unfortuantely if it finds a previous sitemap online it just shows one link to that and *all* pages linked to that ! I'll also rebuild the search index so that everything is nice and up to date :-)

posted by Mike Foord on Thursday, January 15, 2004

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

New Zealand National Anthems - Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Most 'Englishers', and probably a few of you 'johnny foreigners' who visit my website, know the English National Anthem... 'God Save Our Queen' and all that muffin................

Not many folk (myself included) know there is a second and a third verse... and the second one is pretty heavy stuff :

O Lord our God, arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks;
On thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all

It's usually missed out.... The reason I mention it is that apparently it refers to the squashing of the rebellious Scots.... (or the 'Scotch' as they loathe to be called)... I just mention it in passing as my 'Scotch' colleague Micky is back in work after six weeks off after a back operation... Hurrah.... :-)
posted by Mike Foord on Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Monday, January 12, 2004

Words of Wisdom
Wedding Photos

Wheewie...... actually done an update to my website...... two *whole* new pages.........

Finally put some photos from the wedding up - only a few you'll be pleased to know.

Also an inspirational piece from the Indian tradition - very inspiring.
posted by Mike Foord on Monday, January 12, 2004

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Alison's PantsCam

What is interesting isn't always useful (and the reverse even more so)... but this takes the biscuit..... Soemtiems you see something and you just stop and say... 'why'... which isn't always a bad thing in life.... Anyway - not that I actually managed to get this working - but the idea is so ridiculous that I just had to tell someone - and you are the lucky person my friend.

You've always wanted to get into Alison's pants. Now you can do it from the convenience of your own room, through a novel web interface! Thanks to incredible new technology developed by the experts at, you can now see what's going on in Alison's pants 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

That's one bizarre advery for the monzy technology, sounds uncomfortable though.........

Alltheweb - links to Voidspace

Ahhh... that most attractive of human qualities... narcissism.. but what web-'master' hasn't had a look to see who's linking to his website. Alltheweb (which claims to index more webpages than google) thinks that 49 websites link to mine. Of course some of those web sites that link to voidspace... are also mine.

This is a convenient place to briefly comment *again* on my utter astonishment that sites like google and alltheweb perform searches by keeping a copy of every page they index... they then catalogue all their copies and search through billions of pages in some tiny fraction of a second... completely mind-boggling. Not only do they search at a huge speed - but there are in fact several copies of almost the entire 'net' in existence being searched.......

PythonUtils - I dun sumfink

Well..... I do produce something with my life... even if it's of dubious value.... Anyway - as part of learning Python (which I've greatly enjoyed - my first forays into programming after a break of ten years) I've been working on a project called Atlantibots. As part of that project I've released a couple of simple modules - the main one of which will parse and update simple config files.... It may not be of much interest to you... but I like it... it's kind of 'personal'... which is why I've put it in this blog rather than the techie one... :-)

I had a need for a lightweight config file parser. I wanted to be able to specify which keywords to read from a potentially larger file *and* for some of those keywords to have multiple values that I could read in as a list. As a bonus I would like to be able to adjust these values and then write them back into the original file - preferably preserving any comments in the file.
posted by Mike Foord on Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Monday, January 05, 2004

Reincarnation Research

Ah Plato... you were responsible for much mischief. Not least of which was convincing scientists that they could form all theories about the world from pure thought... and therefore didn't need to experiment. That held the world bound to some bizzarre theories for many generations - which a touch of actual experimentation would have soon set straight :-) This is the first time I've seen anyone blame Plato for their strange belifs in reincarnation though....

"The soul returns to earth in a body similar to its last one and has similar talents and inclinations" -- Plato

From the Reincarnation Research site - they say -

"Who was Bruce Springsteen in his past life? We think we can shock you with our research and whom we think he has been!
Bruce is just one of 83 connections we have made in our reincarnation research in the last 3 years."

Still, I guess it's a fairly reliable way of helping the credulous to part with their cash.

Far more importantly I've completed (*ahem* at least by the time YOU read this I will have !) updates to my link section. Hurrah - the first major update to my site for some months.

I've checked all the links - which took a few hours as instead of just doing it electronically I checked for redirects and relevance etc and did it by hand - and added various new sections. The best addition of course is the large section on Python, Atlantibots and Programming in general - but also links from my job, the Jesus Centre project I'm involved in, a new philosophy section and buying stuff in the UK... a few thousand links in total......

I was actually surprised that in the five months since I first posted the links here onyl a few were dead (and mainly 'articles' that you might expect to be moved once they are no longer current). Perhaps the web isn't quite as transient as I imagined.....

posted by Mike Foord on Monday, January 05, 2004