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The below is my proposed platform, can anyone spot any howling errors that need correcting or is it good to go in its present form?

"My name is John Coxon, as you've probably worked out from the ballot paper, and I would like to win TAFF. I want to go out and meet many people I've never met before and re-meet people I met whilst drunk and don't remember very well. I would also really like the opportunity to attend my first American cons and my first Worldcon in Reno! I pledge to appear intelligent on any panels I join, and generally be awesome.

"(As a bonus, I also promise to staple (hard copies of) my trip report, if someone will lend me a stapler.)"

As you may have guessed from this question, I am officially standing for TAFF, and I have opponents. It should be a good race (although I do think I'm in with a solid chance of clinching it!). You have no idea how excited I am!
johncoxon: (Default)
The below is my proposed platform, can anyone spot any howling errors that need correcting or is it good to go in its present form?

"My name is John Coxon, as you've probably worked out from the ballot paper, and I would like to win TAFF. I want to go out and meet many people I've never met before and re-meet people I met whilst drunk and don't remember very well. I would also really like the opportunity to attend my first American cons and my first Worldcon in Reno! I pledge to appear intelligent on any panels I join, and generally be awesome.

"(As a bonus, I also promise to staple (hard copies of) my trip report, if someone will lend me a stapler.)"

As you may have guessed from this question, I am officially standing for TAFF, and I have opponents. It should be a good race (although I do think I'm in with a solid chance of clinching it!). You have no idea how excited I am!
johncoxon: (Default)
The below is my proposed platform, can anyone spot any howling errors that need correcting or is it good to go in its present form?

"My name is John Coxon, as you've probably worked out from the ballot paper, and I would like to win TAFF. I want to go out and meet many people I've never met before and re-meet people I met whilst drunk and don't remember very well. I would also really like the opportunity to attend my first American cons and my first Worldcon in Reno! I pledge to appear intelligent on any panels I join, and generally be awesome.

"(As a bonus, I also promise to staple (hard copies of) my trip report, if someone will lend me a stapler.)"

As you may have guessed from this question, I am officially standing for TAFF, and I have opponents. It should be a good race (although I do think I'm in with a solid chance of clinching it!). You have no idea how excited I am!
johncoxon: (Default)
Wikipedia has failed me, so I am asking you guys: Is Twisted Metal by Tony Ballantyne the first in its series?

D7

May. 4th, 2009 11:50 pm
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I bought a seven-sided die. I have rolled it many times and made a note of which numbers came up. How could I use that data to determine whether the die is fair or not? I have recollections, from my final years at school, of null hypotheses, but I can't remember how they work!

Any statisticians care to help me out?
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In Photoshop (I'm using Elements 6, but I think it's pretty similar in the latest edition of the full program), how does one make a font metallic as opposed to a block of colour? Any help is appreciated...

ISS Virus

Aug. 27th, 2008 11:41 am
johncoxon: (Barred Spiral Galaxy)
OK, so, following from this entry, I have a question: if a computer virus made its way onto the ISS, and did something crazy that killed the crew (God forbid), would the virus' creator be guilty of manslaughter? Would the astronaut that took the virus up on a memory stick be guilty of manslaughter? What would be the legal situation?
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I appear to have two copies of Excession by Iain M. Banks - does anyone on my flist want one? (They're both the most recent cover.)

Holocaust

Jul. 16th, 2008 05:43 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
"To the people who complained about Holocaust jokes in the last video, I think when everyone who died in something would be dead of old age by now anyway it's OK to start taking the piss." - Yahtzee Croshaw in his review of Alone in the Dark.

Discuss.
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Does anyone on my flist have any indepth knowledge of how rsync (on any UNIX box) or launchd (on Mac OS X) work? If so, please make yourself known so that I may fire questions at you...

Radio Times

Apr. 6th, 2008 03:57 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
From the Radio Times' Radio listings for Thursday 3rd April, in reference to Banter (started on Thursday just gone): "Compiling list of 'top' anythings is a man thing." They use, as example, the fact that there's only one female on a panel of five... I can recount numerous times that this has happened on Have I Got News For You, does that mean that satire is a man thing as well? It seems a very odd thing to claim.

RealPlayer

Dec. 7th, 2007 12:01 am
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Does anyone know of a piece of software that will enable a Mac running Leopard to download .rm streams easily? I'm thinking something like NetTransport 2 for Windows, but on a Mac. Any help would be greatly appreciated... :)
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I need a Windows XP Home SP2 disc. It can't be a Pro disc and it can't be anything other than SP2. I am willing to pay in alcohol for the person that could send me a copy/get a copy to me. I have a legitimate installation code (from an old laptop running XP Home) but I need an SP2 disc for Boot Camp when I get my MacBook.

Can anyone help? As I said, I'll buy you a drink!

Cthulhu

Aug. 27th, 2007 11:46 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
Wikipedia says that the three books published by Penguin Classics, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories, The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories and The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories are the definitive collections of H. P. Lovecraft's works. Do the honourable members of my flist agree or disagree?

Phone

Aug. 22nd, 2007 01:09 am
johncoxon: (Default)
OK, so, this morning, my phone's battery had run down. "No problem," said I, "I'll charge it at work before the beer festival." It wouldn't work in any of the sockets, even sockets which other electrical applicances were using fine. Then, I get home, try it with the charger that I'd tried at work, and it didn't work. I tried it with the car charger (running through an adaptor)Hey and it worked fine. The weird thing is that the same thing happened last time but the normal charger will resume working fine when the battery isn't run down, so here's my question:

Is there any difference in the electricity coming from a car's cigarette lighter and the electricity coming from a mains socket that would make this sort of thing happen? And if not, why is it happening?
johncoxon: (John Lewis)
So, contract phones then. Is there a plan that will give me unlimited data transfer, unlimited offpeak minutes and unlimited text messages for a reasonable price on a decent mobile phone? I want to be paying absolutely no more than £20/month (not including the price of the phone - either paying for the phone at the beginning or dividing the value of the phone by the number of months in the contract and then subtracting the monthly charge for the phone from the total monthly charge to see how much would be going on calls).

Also, please persuade me that it'd be a really fucking bad idea to get an iPhone when they come out. kthxbai.

ETA: I could survive with around 1000 text messages and a couple of megabytes of data transfer, but I seriously can't see the point in switching from my current PAYG deal if I can't have unlimited offpeak minutes, because it is actually more expensive to do it (my PAYG deal actually rocks!).

Macs

Jun. 30th, 2007 01:33 pm
johncoxon: (John Lewis)
This is another entry in what will probably become a series of entries on the months leading up to the purchase of a new Mac - as things occur to me, I'm asking about them, and then I hope I will have asked enough to be able to use my Mac more effectively when I actually get around to buying it. Firstly, on my mind, is the issue of password storage. At the moment I hold a secure password database on a memory stick that I can access using Password Safe. Password Safe is not accessible using Mac, so I've done a little research and come up with Password Gorilla - any other suggestions for similar OS X programs?

Does Mail actually handle newsgroups, or just e-mail and RSS? I can't find any mention of newsgroups in the official OS X propaganda on their website, and I assume it will be able to do news, but I thought I'd check. Does anyone have any recommendations for a decent BitTorrent client for Macs?

Lastly, does anybody have any recommendations for killer apps on the Mac platform? I'm thinking about getting Roxio Toast 8, Parallels Desktop (because I might want to be able to run XP occasionally - compatibility and all that jazz) and Microsoft Office 2008 (I like Word, Excel and PowerPoint!) for it, so what other recommendations do people have? I am not interested in iWork (what the hell is the point in an office application suite with no spreadsheet software?).

Horizon

May. 19th, 2007 10:24 am
johncoxon: (LJ Masturbation)
I've just made the switchover to this newfangled Horizon business, and I'm curious - how do I get onto the Manage page? I can find lots of links to things that are linked to from the Manage page, but not it itself. I won't have to type it into the address bar each time I want to do something with one of my accounts, will I?

US IPs

May. 16th, 2007 05:42 pm
johncoxon: (I Like The Cover)
You can use .htaccess to ban ranges of IP addresses. What range would I have to ban in order to exclude anyone from the USA accessing a part of my website?
johncoxon: (The System)
I wouldn't mind hearing your thoughts on this story on magic. [BBC]

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