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Well, I suppose I ought to start using this properly really. I'll probably put up some pages of my own in the near future - some about the game I'm working on, and others just about things that annoy me.

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 ...what he said.

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Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun

Some days are harder than others.

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Moonlight Serenade

You know how some pieces of music affect you the same way, no matter when you hear them, or in what circumstances? Maybe it's because you heard them at a certain time early in your life, and you've forgotten that context, but your mind hasn't forgotten the emotions and the feelings, and they all come back perfectly when you hear the first few seconds of the music.

Moonlight Serenade (written by Glenn Miller) does that for me...and I've not much idea why. It's a wonderfully constructed, and very emotional piece of music - or perhaps it's more emotive than emotional. With today's 'perfect' digital recordings, the original Miller recording sounds almost reassuringly low quality, with plenty of noise, scratches and scuffles...after all it must be over 60 years old now...and yet whenever I hear it, it reaches out across all those years as if it was written yesterday. The imperfections seem simply to augment its perfection.

You may not know what I'm talking about, or you may know a piece of music that makes you feel this way - in which case you know what a wonderful experience it is.

Oh yes - either way, if you ever get the chance to see the movie of Glenn Miller's life story (starring James Stewart - see ), do watch it. It's simple and magical.


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Finally... some time to do something useful. Approved a bunch of articles for h2g2, re-organised my home page, and ripped out the offensive ref-counting code in my project management software. The sad thing is, once I'd removed it, it only took about 10 minutes to duplicate the functionality/ intelligence it was giving me. D'oh! I'll listen to Rik next time. So the undo garbage collection was really we didn't need to use hidden nodes in CorelXara after all, which would have saved us a load of grief. In summary: Bugger!

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