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Mon, 25 Oct 2004

Which doctor? - 15:00
Found a link to one of those online quizzes that seem so popular currently. This one to discover which incarnation of Dr Who you are. My result was

The Fourth Doctor
You are the Fourth Doctor: A walking Bohemian conundrum with a brooding personal magnetism and a first-rate intellect concealed somewhere beneath your charmingly goofy exterior. You are perhaps the most terribly clever of all the Doctors, though your occasional bouts of childishness get you in trouble. You never go looking for a fight, but when someone messes with you... good heavens, are they ever sorry they did.

Which Incarnation of the Doctor Are You?
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Which pleased me as Tom Baker was and is my favourite Dr Who, however I begin to wonder if, knowing what the aim of the quiz was, did I answer questions (whether consciously or sub consciously) with the aim of this outcome. Anyone else try, or have thoughts on this sort of outcome with quizzes such as this?

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Hacking code anywhere - 14:03
I had forgotten I found Neil Gaiman's blog until I ran my planet and read the output today. Neil comments that he loves being a writer, as unlike many professions, you can write anywhere. In his words

Some jobs like for example being an astronaut you can only do in special places like in for example space rockets or outer space or somewhere like that eg the moon. If you were trying to be an astronaut in the supermarket people would just laugh at you and say What Is He Doing Is He Absolutely Barking Mad Or What?
Interestingly free software hackers have a similar freedom, more so than those working on proprietary software. Developers working on proprietary software may often be encumbered by limitations on the source code being allowed out of the carefully controlled environments with in the company network/buildings. For free software developers you can hack anywhere, it can be argued you do not even need a computer and network and power to work as you can develop your ideas alone or in discussions in the pub or anywhere else. Being a writer or being a free software developer, you can express yourself creatively just about anywhere.

This all brings to mind the Dr. Seuss story "Green Eggs and Ham".

Would you like them in a house?
Would you like them with a mouse?
...
Would you eat them in a box?
Would you eat them with a fox?

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Successful blog hints... - 10:54
I found this link describing some points on what makes a successful blog. They seem relevant and accurate, also the comments there tend to agree.

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It's official - the Platypus is weird. - 09:25
The above is a headline for a story on the ABC news website. All I can say is, don't we all wish we could have a story about us with a title as good as that.

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