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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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One of those ideas that is obvious once you see it (so it must be good, right?)

(you won't be interested in this unless you code in #Java)

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One of our sheep had a hard day.

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My task for today was to get this soldered up and running. Mostly done and what is done seems to work. I connected the screen to it and up came the applet menu and they all seemed be working. I still have some more external things to wire onto it (leds, switch, heart monitor, bluetooth) but the hard bits are working, ie the touch screen.
A good weekend.

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A conflict between human rights and tradition.

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A quick project that helps you (actually me, mostly) to configure an AMPQ application using Spring. It seems like a gap in Spring compared to their JMS support, but I am fairly new to AMPQ and maybe they have good reason for leaving this feature out. Seems useful though. Anyway, published to the usual places for everyone to use who wants it,

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This is good but it is quite long. I especially liked the observation near the beginning:
"When people tell the truth, they can experience a feeling of release from pretense that is perhaps similar to the release of rudeness. It might follow that people can mistake truth for rudeness, and rudeness for truth. It may only be by examining the aftermath of each that it becomes possible to prove which was which."

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I often wonder about this. The Chinese were running massive expeditions to the Indian Ocean 50 years before Vasco Da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope. Why did European ships sail into the ports of China and not the other way around? This explores some of the reasons why.

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Heartbreaking stuff

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Lake Rotoma is the easternmost of a line of lakes near Rotorua. It isn't as spectacular as Okataina where we paddles yesterday, because the surrounding hills are lower and there is more development around the edges. But up at the northern end it looks quite pristine. I can see from satellite pictures that forest doesn't extend very far past the hill top, but what is there is good and the beaches are sandy with ground pumice (which means it can be a bit coarse and scratch, somewhat like coral sand). We had lunch on the beach ahead and a swim. Then we ambled back exploring the other bays.
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