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A barn owl

smiley - towel1 Hi. I'm OwlofDoom, a small round purple cartoon owl. NOT a furby as some might have you believe.

In other news, I'm a twenty-one-year old, very happily married, software engineer in Manchester, who is slightly unhealthily obsessed with music.

Get all the information you need about me from my personal web site, including my weblog (online diary) which isn't updated as often as it should be.

My interests

I'm a minger
You're a minger too
So come on minger
I want to ming with you

smiley - musicalnoteIndie & Rock music. The music of Super Furry Animals, Mansun or Radiohead, among others. My CD collection bursts with well over 200 albums.

smiley - geekGeeky stuff. Yeah, I'm into programming, hackery, Linux and website design. I'm also a spod.

smiley - loveblushNitina. Nitina is my wife (legally, at last!). We live together and we're having a big church wedding in Cyprus this summer. Nitina is the reason why I never stop smiling. smiley - biggrin

smiley - oj2Irn Bru. The scottish orange stuff is a popular source of caffeine and enjoyment for me.

smiley - coffeeCoffee. Coffee! What more can be said about this elixir, other than it is the substance that keeps me alive. I generally prefer java if it's on offer. It has to be black with no sugar, and none of that instant stuff that's supposed to be coffee.

smiley - stoutGuinness (and possibly some bitters and real ales). When I drink (which isn't that often for a student), I generally prefer these harsh-biting toilet-trip inducers to horrible fizzy beer-substitute.

smiley - chefCooking. OK, I'm no celebrity chef (I reuse pans!) but I do enjoy putting together variants of classic recipes now and then.

smiley - surferh2g2. I may not be very active as far as posting is concerned, but I find myself here 'most every day to read the articles, and mess around.


...or, How I Learned to Stop Lurking and Help Researchers

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I'm a member of the BBCi Testers. Our job is to test new things on the DNA websites before they go live. If something new is broken, it's probably our fault for not spotting it.

My (meagre) contributions to the Guide

smiley - musicalnoteMusic Sharing and Its Impact on the Industry - my first contribution to the Edited Guide. The history of music sharing on the Internet, as well as the arguments for and against it, is included in the entry, and it sparked much discussion before and after its inclusion in the Edited Guide.

smiley - geekTalkers - Elusive Internet Chat Rooms - a brief look into the world of talkers and spodding. Now in the Edited Guide too!

smiley - online2longXML and Friends - this is (or will be, when I have the time) a big project, presenting a layman's-terms look into the world of Extensible Technologies.

smiley - thiefNetHack Rogues' Guild - I'm an avid player of this classic adventure game, and together with Pete have set up this Guild for all h2g2's Hackers to have a chat about their ventures into the Dungeons of Doom.

smiley - pandaThe Panda Joke - this joke is a blast from my past. Guaranteed (perhaps) to have you in hysterics for several months.

Researchers who should have their name in lights

smiley - loveU217434 - my wife. My life is already complete (at my age!) thanks to Nitina. I can't think of any better experience than that of spending every day of my life in her company. smiley - blush

smiley - cdoubleU151654 - geek, NetHacker, music lover, English pedant, coffee drinker. No I haven't been describing myself, but I have noticed the similarities...

smiley - snowmanU26426 - Snowman's been around since Day 2 (literally) and is not only a great person to talk to, but is also a fellow CABB3 campaigner.

smiley - zenU211824 - an alien, with no gender (and unfortunate resistances to everything on the planet) but also knows everything about the site (despite being here only a few months) and has a secret identity as nighthoover.


(2+0) + ((8+0) * (6-0!))
= 2 + (8 * 5)
= 42

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I am the Keeper of half-finished good ideas. I've had loads in the past, especially web sites. I did manage to get a web site up, but now I have another good idea... smiley - erm Another good idea that I only half-finished was the potentially excellent Python-Talk.

I'm also the keeper of Nitina's heart. smiley - loveblush

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Geek Code (for completeness) -----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK-----
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GCS>$ d-(pu) s+: a-- C++(+++) UL>++ P+>++ L+++ E(---) W++(+++) N+ o? - w---() O? M? V? PS+ PE(-) Y? PGP+ t+ 5? X- R* tv(+) b-() DI-- D+ G(--) e>++ h--- r+++ y?

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1A towel. Almost an owl, i guess. There is a thread which gets a bit out of hand, about an smiley here2Yeah, this is supposed to be orange juice, but who would know?3Campaign Against Bad Biscuits - a slightly sarcastic campaign, set up (in part) in response to all this rubbish about the Iraq policy


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