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January 12th, 2004


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10:12 pm - "Ah. Sponge mode."
Just a quick note to say that quiz_master_man is OK, despite having deleted his journal; I have his permission to quote him as saying
In case you're wondering, the disappearance of my
Livejournal is temporary; its existance was discovered
by the folks at work, and I need to make sure there's
nothing incriminating in the public posts. Should be
back up in a bit. Today's the first day of the Spring
Semester, so I've got bona fide news and could post
something of substance for a change.
This sort of thing happens from time to time (it's an industrial hazard!) so it may be a good time to remind the world of the bulk journal Public-to-Friends-only permission changers. This posting to lj_nifty mentions a powerful tool that someone is hosting online (read the caveats); if you're a bit handy with Java command lines and don't like submitting your LJ password to arbitrary sites, there's always HideJournal, the less-flexible but purely local solution, with source code.

Sponge mode. I will be in London for the weekend of Friday 16th to Sunday 18th January (busy solving puzzles!) and in Oxford for the weekend of Friday 23rd to Monday 26th January (busy playing games at OxCon!) Unfortunately the plan for a free flight to Boston hasn't come off, but London is a very good substitute. I am hoping to stay in The South for the week of Sunday 18th to Friday 23rd January. Accordingly:

1) Please would it be possible and convenient for your schedules to see any of you Southern types who I don't normally get to see while I'm down there?
2) Please might I sponge some crash space from you while doing so?

I do have a confirmed standing offer of accommodation from a guy I do some work for in Potter's Bar and it would be very useful to go up there and see them for some of the time, but I don't think there'll be enough work to keep me busy for a whole week. Accordingly, if none of you are able to help then I'm not wildly screwed, but it would be nice to see as many different folk while I'm there as I can - especially folk I have never seen before or don't get to see at all often as well as familiar friends.

ETP: via ari_o, friend_whoring (the Join Me! of LiveJournal) has a similar potential to turn out to be really evil despite appearing to be benign on the surface. Worth it for the silliest Joule results ever. Makes a change, I guess, from all those let's see how many comments we can get to one post threads - twelve grand and counting...
Current Mood: sucky - as in water not "bad"!
Current Music: Fan heater warming toes

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From:beingjdc
Date:January 12th, 2004 02:35 pm (UTC)
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I'm in London for some of this weekend, clubbing on Saturday which I guess won't appeal to you. Sunday is unpredictable, so don't make arrangements based on me, but let me know what your arrangements are and I'll see how mine come off.

The following weekend I'll either be in London or Northampton, Oxford is really improbable.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 15th, 2004 08:51 am (UTC)
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I'll be in touch. :-) Have fun clubbing!

You should turn up to OxCon and get random people who don't know you to nominate you for something else - even something which doesn't exist. I won't blow the gaff.
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From:addedentry
Date:January 12th, 2004 02:52 pm (UTC)
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huskyteer and I would love to put you up in Lewisham, should it be convenient. You may not see much of us, though, and we go to bed about the time you normally get up...
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 15th, 2004 08:53 am (UTC)
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Thank you very much indeed! I look forward to taking you up on your kind offer. How would the Sunday-to-Monday, Monday-to-Tuesday and/or Tuesday-to-Wednesday end of the week suit?

Sleep patterns are knackered at the moment. Last night I slept from about 1 to about 6 or 7, then have been back to sleep for another 1½-2 hours later. Most perplexing.
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From:addedentry
Date:January 15th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure a weekend of fiendish puzzling will do wonders for your disrupted sleep patterns...

Sunday 18th I'm going to a John Cage concert and won't be back before 11. Tuesday 20th would be fine, but here's a chance to see Robin Wilson on Monday 19th:

The Gresham College/British Society for the History of Mathematics Joint Lecture

MATHEMATICS IN THE METROPOLIS: A survey of Victorian London
Adrian Rice (Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, USA)

The Victorian period was a time of massive change for London, not least in the development and availability of university-level mathematics.

This talk investigates the changes that took place, highlighting some of the famous mathematicians involved, and comparing their teaching styles and the courses they offered at a wide variety of teaching establishments across the capital between 1837 and 1901.

Drinks will be served at 5.30 and the lecture will begin at 6pm. No reservations or tickets are required. Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn.
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From:zorac
Date:January 12th, 2004 03:51 pm (UTC)
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Accommodation is of course available at the T00blerone if needed. I'll probably be along for random gaming at Oxcon as per last year.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 15th, 2004 08:55 am (UTC)
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Thanks very much indeed! I really appreciate the offer.

Would you additionally be interested in Laser Quest on the Friday night? Meeting at LQ at about 5:50pm for one game at 6 and/or one at 6:40, before curry at Uddin's. Curry on Saturday night too. It's just like Red Dwarf, except with fewer robots. (If you're interested in LQ and if you can get down in time for either game - not sure what time you finish that day - then I shall get you added to the group booking.)
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From:zorac
Date:January 15th, 2004 09:02 am (UTC)
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I'm on the late shift next week, so no chance of making the earlier game, but the later one should be doable - and curry is always good. Saturday night curry I'll have to pass on, though.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 22nd, 2004 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Accommodation is of course available at the T00blerone if needed.

Please might I take you up on your kind offer tomorrow night?
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From:zorac
Date:January 22nd, 2004 04:22 pm (UTC)
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No problem. Are you OK for later in the weekend?
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From:karen2205
Date:January 12th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Hmm - I'm in London, but I'm not around next weekend -after that I'm kind of around but Mon & Wed are out with LPC stuff, Thu will be out until about 8pm until Guides is over and Tue may or may not be out until 8pm if I have a driving lesson. Fri I'll be in, but pretty tired, so I probably won't make much sense;)

I have a sofa that is sleepable on, however you'd need your own sleeping bag. Actually I think my housemates have an air bed you could borrow, but people start getting up from about 7am and the only place you could sleep would be the living room.....So all in all you're probably better off staying elsewhere if you can manage it - though it'd be really nice to meet you....
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 15th, 2004 08:57 am (UTC)
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Thanks very much indeed! I'd love to get to meet you, too.

The times do seem to make things rather difficult. Would meeting up at a lunchtime be more convenient for you? Tuesday tentatively looks like the best bet.
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From:leiabelle
Date:January 12th, 2004 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Potter's Bar! We stayed in the Days Inn there for nearly a week over Christmas! Took us three hours to drive into London from there, when we got turned around and started heading away from London, unbeknownst to us. l337 navigational skillz, that was us. :> Also, there were no restaurants open on Christmas Day, so it was the Welcome Break restaurant. Tasty, but weird to be eating at a service plaza restaurant on Christmas.

w00t for digressions. :p Have fun with your puzzling and gaming!
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 15th, 2004 08:59 am (UTC)
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Crikey. I bet you know the place far better than I do!

Thanks very much! Really looking forward to it - 24 hours to go...
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From:djphantasy
Date:January 12th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for putting up a link! I got a few extra comments because of that. I was wondering where you heard of the journal? Just curious.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 15th, 2004 09:02 am (UTC)
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I was wondering where you heard of the journal?

You know, I can't remember. Sorry! :-)

The most likely guess is that it was a few months ago when I was looking into the question of "which LiveJournal entry has the most comments?"
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From:freethepenguins
Date:January 12th, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for posting the utils. for emergency friends-locking. My friend just had to delete her journal because of somebody reading it so I will surely point her to it.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 15th, 2004 09:16 am (UTC)
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Sometimes I wish that LJ would be a little more proactive at asking whether they can take obviously open source projects that other people have produced and incorporate them into the main codebase. The FAQ entry on the subejct doesn't mention the links, which is understandable but still rather a great shame. The counters FAQ mentions the existence of third-party tools, but there's less at stake when mentioning third-party tools for utils than there is for permission-changing utilities.

I wonder if this is really just a matter of time and manpower before it happens?
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From:glissando
Date:January 13th, 2004 02:45 am (UTC)
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Come to Cambridge for a visit! (No-one ever ventures into Suffolk)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 15th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
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As it happens, I was there over the May Bank Holiday weekend during each of 2001, 2002 and 2003, helping out with MSO Cambridge each time. (Also visiting j4 for her coincident birthday in 2003!) Not sure whether I'll be there in 2004; there's another games convention on the same weekend and I'm not sure whether I'm going to be able to attend either this year. I shall keep you posted! :-)
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From:the_maenad
Date:January 13th, 2004 03:06 am (UTC)
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I'm booked both weekends (dammit x lots) but would be very cool to see you in the interim, and a spare bed is available. Here kitty kitty...
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 15th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
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Thank you very much! I really appreciate the offer and would love to take you up on it.

Would something at the Sunday-to-Monday, Monday-to-Tuesday or Tuesday-to-Wednesday end of the week suit you well? Do you have any preference between the alternatives?

Ooh yes, I was speaking to one Nick Parish just before Christmas and he sent his regards. He also wanted me to pass on the dates of ManorCon for your diary: 16th to 19th July 2004. This year's event sees the return of the World Diplomacy Championship to the UK! *tempts*
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From:the_maenad
Date:January 16th, 2004 03:32 am (UTC)
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Manorcon is the weekend after Anthrocon. Ouch. Dare I risk brakeing my brane by trying to make both? Watch this space I guess.

I should be around Monday and/or Tuesday nights (though be warned that if you come on Monday night you may be shanghaied into a gaming session... which you're possibly the least likely person on my friendslist to take as a threat).
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From:huskyteer
Date:January 13th, 2004 04:31 am (UTC)
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Come to the LondonFurs meet on Saturday. We can do DDR.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 15th, 2004 09:32 am (UTC)
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Thanks very much for the offer, but I fear I will be too busy smashing my head against puzzles on Saturday (all of Saturday - indeed, the hunt will almost certainly be in progress for all 24 hours of Saturday GMT) to be smashing my feet against arrows.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 15th, 2004 09:33 am (UTC)
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:-) I know how these things go! I'll keep in touch. Perhaps a lunchtime meeting might suit better?
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Date:March 9th, 2004 07:41 am (UTC)

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