I don’t like instant coffee

Just like VHS and Windoze, Java is popular despite being inferior; but all three are useful and used because of their popularity.

Many great people use Java to develop great stuff: Lucene is absolutely amazing, and Freenet looks brilliant. Projects like Jakarta and GNU, and people like Stephen Ostermiller, are making my Java experience much more bearable.

I prefer forcing steam through finely-ground coffee beans.

Do you dream in colour?

I wish I could make my blog look good. Unfortunately, I don’t really have any artistic ability or colour coordination.

Icthyosaur Park

I’ve just bought some food for my reptiles: a bag of small locusts (there were no big ones left) for Chow Yun Fat-boy (aka Spike) the bearded dragon, and a nice big mouse for SCSI the corn snake.

Yesterday I watched a documentary about aquatic dinosaurs. One of the paleontologists was talking about part of Icthyosaur Park where the fossils of at least 14 icthyosaurs were found together. They went on to provide several theories to explain how and why these creatures were found together. They then mentioned an old (Native American) Indian legend about the nearby lake: it used to contain many enormous fish that all disappeared after something large hit it. Of course, the paleontologists immediately disregarded the legend since people didn’t evolve until many millions of years after the dinosaurs disappeared. If this is true, why do so many different cultures throughout the world have legends, and detailed descriptions, of dragons?

Installing MovableType

Karen has wanted a blog for a few months, but I only got around to installing MovableType today. It wasn’t difficult, so I should have done it weeks ago. Now that it’s working, I’ll let Karen play with all the templates and styles.