A Year In Review

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A digital watch.

It’s my birthday! As is customary, here’s my year in review. See 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. WHAT. A. FUCKING. YEAR! The year started with me getting a colonoscopy – and went downhill from there. Well gang, I'm drinking a litre of industrial strength laxative in preparation for a colonoscopy…

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Book Review: The Thief on the Winged Horse – Kate Mascarenhas

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A winged horse carved into a tree.

The Kendrick family have been making world-famous dolls for over 200 years. But their dolls aren’t coveted for the craftsmanship alone. Each one has a specific emotion laid on it by its creator. A magic that can make you feel bucolic bliss or consuming paranoia at a single touch. Though founded by sisters, now only…

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Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

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The golden mask of a Greek Goddess.

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child – not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power – the power of…

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Introducing DOI2HT.ML – the simple semantic citation server

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Website Screenshot.

Academic citations are hard. One of the joys of the Digital Object Identifier System (DOI) is that every academic paper gets a unique reference – like: 10.34053/artivate.8.2.2. As well as always leading you to a URl of the paper, a DOI also provides lots of metadata. Things like author, publisher, ORCID, year of publication etc.…

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A Visitation of Long Gone Cats

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A perky looking black cat.

All dogs go to heaven, that’s just science. But cats are contrary buggers and hang around long after their nine lives are up. My cat, Busby, was the scourge of squirrels. The menace of mice. The dispatcher of rats. Legend tells of the day a dozen foxes ran screaming from the bushes, being chased by…

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Review: G9070 Robot Vacuum

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A round robot.

It has been over five years since I added WiFi to a Roomba. Technology has come a long way since then. I’ve just bought a WiFi enabled mopping robot for under £150. This is the snappily named Muzili G9070. It is a rebranded Tuya model – more on that later – which is available under…

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Movie Review: An American Werewolf in London

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Movie poster.

I'm trying to build up my tolerance of scary movies. The Shining was pretty good – but not too scary. Now @summerbeth is making me watch An American Werewolf in London. — Terence Eden (@edent) October 30, 2020 I have a theory about certain movies. Take, for example, “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace“. It is…

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Open Data – but not *too* open

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If this address is correct and relates to your enquiry, please confirm that you are entitled to view the gas supply details.

I’m an advocate for open data – both in my professional role and in a personal capacity. One of the hard things is succinctly explaining that “open data” means “non-personally identifiable data at a sufficient granularity to be useful without proving a risk to any individual’s (or group’s) reasonable expectations of privacy while still being…

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Using Soundex to find Duplicate Database Entries

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Benches on a website. One is called "Bertie" the other "Bert".

Our community website – OpenBenches – has over seventeen thousand crowd-sourced entries. The nature of user-generated content is that there are bound to be duplicates. Especially around popular walking routes. Here’s how I culled around 200 duplicates using the awesome power of SOUNDEX! Soundex is a clever algorithm for reducing a string of characters into…

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If HTML5 Were British

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The HTML5 Logo.

If you’ve been around programming circles long enough, you’ll probably have read the seminal “If PHP Were British“. If not, go read it now. I’ll wait. I love the idea of a non-American programming language. I’m aware that there are some, but I’m unaware of any which are in British English. Except, perhaps, BBC Basic.…

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