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Roger Parkinson
Trying to train my sheep to be J2EE architects. This will take a while.
Trying to train my sheep to be J2EE architects. This will take a while.
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This is wonderful.
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Interesting observations about how good bureaucratic structures engender trust which can persist even after the actual bureaucracy has gone. I am pretty sure there is a high level of trust in government institutions where I live, and it seems to bear out in our low corruption ranking, or maybe that's the other way around. But it suggests that a trustworthy bureaucracy is more important than the obvious benefits.
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My home automation system seems to be... um... finished. So I documented it.
https://github.com/RogerParkinson/ESP8266-automation
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I updated my ESP8266-01 board so it can flash without the breadboard rig I had earlier. This is easier to drive.
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I don't often post pics of myself, but here you go. My feet have tiger stripe tan lines from my sandals. Ugh, it looks like the skin is peeling off my legs too, but it isn't, just natural blotchiness.
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And this is the view looking the other way.
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I took this one of Mrs sitting in our hotel, she's the ghostly face in the lower bay window.
Behind me is the rather awesome St Michael's Mount, a small island with a castle on it. The current castle is really a stately home with mock defenses and in earlier times was a monastery.
But Cornwall is a strange place, for this is Cornwall, not far from Penzance. Cornwall, before the road and rail network got modern, was a very long way from London, which the English regard as the centre of civilisation. So we're practically foreign here. Even have a different language, ie not English.
But long ago it was different. Phoenician traders used to come here for tin back in the BCs. They didn't spend any time in London, which was just a muddy river. Cornwall had a trading network to support its mining industry and rich houses had stuff imported from all over the Mediterranean. It must have seemed to the inhabitants then that Cornwall was the centre of civilisation and over in London they were foreign. Of course they maybe still think that today.
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We see these everywhere in Romania. Usually with one horse pulling them, sometimes with two and piled high with hay. The horses almost always have red tassels on their bridles 'to keep off evil spirits' my guide told me. Makes them more visible to oncoming cars too.
It seems tough on the horses especially in heavy traffic and that got me thinking about the sequence. The horses came first and the cars took over their tracks, turned them into roads and now there are more cars than horses and the horses look out of place, but the horses are the incumbents not the interlopers.
I visited a museum dedicated to the victims of the communist regime where the told me a vast number of horses were destroyed in an effort to make the farmers dependent on modern technology ie tractors and therefore on the state. They did a lot of evil things to humans, but the horses really got to me with its stupidity and callousness. The action contributed to the shortages they had later no doubt.
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Mrs: "Just when you find the perfect parking space and someone has left a cannon there. Hate when that happens"
I spend a lot of time laughing when I'm with this woman.
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It's made of an old fashioned iron, y'know for ironing clothes. I didn't notice the evil face myself but Mrs has a different way of looking at things. I was too busy trying to work out how to change the roll. Turns out I had to unscrew the tiny but on the end and slid out the whole rod. Kind of clumsy design, though not actually evil.
I learned yesterday that Bram Stoker never visited Transylvania, just heard bad things about it when he was in Budapest. Also there are no vampire bats here, only South America. That explains why there aren't any mysterious castles on the hill tops overlooking terrified villages I guess. Just evil looking toilet roll holders.
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