Languages, Life, Personal

More Michel Thomas

<![CDATA[Sorry to seem obsessed 😛

My opinion of learning a language with the Michel Thomas CDs has improved – as well as the "Complete Course" 8 hour sets you can get the "Advanced Course", an additional 5 hours designed for people who have done the first 8. Although I think he only does it for French and German…

13 hours of material. Considering the density this begins to rival Pimsleur's 50 hours (only available for Spanish and German).

He also seems to have lead an amazing life, albeit slightly less amazing than he claimed. But still. Go read about him on Wikipedia.

German, French, Italian, Spanish, Michel Thomas, Pimsleur, Linguaphone]]>

Entertainment, Games, MPOGs, Programming, Web Programming

Galactic Horde goes Gold

<![CDATA[Version 1.0 Gold of Galactic Horde went live today. Top new feature would be the Universal War. I think it’s top because I helped write it 🙂

Although I think Universal War is a bit of a strange name – makes it sound like a war that is compatible with everyone or something…

gaming, video games, computer games, online games, Galactic Horde, MPOG, MMORPG, RPG, online RPG, strategy games, RTS, BBG, browser based games, Shockwave]]>

Personal, Technology

My first feed flare

<![CDATA[Oooh, Feedburner have put my new Item Age feed flare unit thingy on their 101 Flare Ideas for a Better Tomorrow page (#10).

It lets you display the age of an item in a Feedburner feed in a nice human format (17 minutes old, 4 days old) etc. It’s really dead simple but I figured Feed Flare might be useful and it was good idea to practice before writing something really cool.

You can see it in action in my feed.

Feedburner, Feed Flare, feedflareunit, RSS, blogging]]>

Google, Personal, Technology

Very regular Google earnings

<![CDATA[For a long time my earnings with Google AdSense were very erratic – now they seem to have settled down. In fact for the past week I’ve gotten the equivalent of almost exactly $0.01 per impression…

Now all I need is more traffic 🙂

P.S. Google spellchecker corrected “Adsense” to “AdSense”…



Holocaust cartoons

<![CDATA[Apparently Iran is holding a competition to find the “best” cartoon depiction of the holocaust as a test of Western principles and ideas of freedom of speech.

Firstly I’ll make my stance on freedom of speech clear. With rights comes responsibility. Although I think that people should be allowed freedom of expression and that people should be allowed to draw cartoons of what they like, that doesn’t mean that I think it’s necessarily a good idea to. A lot of unpleasant situations in the past have arose because of freedom of speech ideals.

On the other hand killing people for saying something you don’t like could rarely, if ever, be justified.

If Iran (or whatever newspaper or person came up with the idea) goes through with their plan, the outcome will be fairly obvious. There will be condemnation of the cartoon(s), people will say it’s an insult to the millions that died as well as those who lived through it. Despite all that I’m fairly sure you won’t see Iranian embassies burnt down nor death threats against the cartoonist or publisher.

Whatever argument there might have been that the cartoons were wrong has been completely overshadowed and rendered insignificant compared to the response. As I was told when I was at school: “If you have to shout, you’ve probably already lost the argument.”

Freedom of speech, cartoons, Mohamed, Islam, Muslims, holocaust]]>

Web Programming

Comment Spam

<![CDATA[I did a bit of comment moderation for Oliver today, since he had a few obvious spam ones. Firstly I didn't know I could actually moderate comments, but there you go… Secondly, why do people try to submit such obvious spam, I mean it didn't even try to get around the spam filter!

Plus its not even remotely tempting to click on them, so what the author aimed to get out of it I just don't know!

Anyway, three cheers for the WordPress spam detector! 😀

spam, comments, WordPress, spam filters, spam detection, blogging]]>


Mohamed cartoons

<![CDATA[This will be a somewhat controversial post.

The violent reaction to the cartoons depicting Mohamed continues to escalate. The form and severity of this reaction is wrong for several reasons.

Firstly, Islam forbids the persecution of non-believers. That is people who just disagree with the teachings of Islam should not be punished or treated any less than a Muslim. Unlike the invasion of Iraq for instance, nobody (Muslim or otherwise) was actually hurt by the cartoons. They simply didn't believe that drawing them was wrong. This represents a difference in beliefs and the cartoonists should not be punished (according to Islamic beliefs).

Secondly, Islam strongly upholds the sanctity of life. Killing an innocent person is said to be like killing the entire human race. The argument here is who is considered innocent? Well it isn't really relevent since killing someone could only be condoned if that individual disregards others' right to life. Essentially only murderers may be executed. Calls for the death of the cartoonists are fundamentally non-Islamic.

Mohamed, Mohamed cartoon, Islam, Muslims, Religion]]>