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The people you (don't) meet in pubs

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

So I’m sitting at the bar in the Agricultural, a pub in Islington, last night, nursing a pint and waiting for my friend Bill to turn up. Several American guys come in. Two of them look familiar, kind of. They’re sitting either side of me at the bar, but I don’t speak to them. I’ve [...]

Saharan sandstorms and SUVs

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

The latest threat to the global climate is the huge dust clouds from the Sahara stirred up by SUVs, which are increasingly replacing camels as the preferred mode of transport. MSNBC has the story, and an amazing photo of one such dust cloud taken earlier this week.

Oi, robot!

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

In recent days, ridey.net has been hammered by a very aggressive robot called Pompos, from a French search engine called dir.com. It would come in, and rifle through the entire site, sucking up lots of bandwidth. So I’ve banned them via robots.txt. Not sure why it took such an interest in ridey.net.
While looking at the [...]

Protected: Beach boy

Sunday, August 15th, 2004

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