The Saddest Museum in the World

I know I mentioned as recently as yesterday that I wouldn’t be writing anything here, but something has happened since to make me rethink that idea. I think of myself as a fairly tough guy; I keep a lot of things to myself without showing much emotion at all. Yet sometimes even people like me come across a story so sad, poignant and connected that we just can’t help but have a good cry about it. This moment came for me today at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. It came as I read the story of Sadako Sasaki and her origami cranes. Continue reading “The Saddest Museum in the World”

You can almost see the tumbleweeds going by…

Indeed not much has been going on here recently… the reason is that I’m on vacation in Asia. So far I’m really enjoying Japan generally and Kyoto in particular; tomorrow it’s Hiroshima, then Tokyo for four days, then the Taiwanese capital Taipei. Let’s face it, I’d rather go sight-seeing and picture-taking than staying in my hotel editing pictures and thinking of witty things to say, so this blog will return (for real!) in early June.

5 years later…

I was thinking about this last night: the first PHP version of this site appeared just about 5 years ago. I’d been laid off by my former employer about a month previously, and had decided to use my free time for something constructive (for a change). That’s when I got into PHP, a hobby that took me the way of certification and, we’ll say, two and a half major updates containing significant functionality upgrades. Continue reading “5 years later…”

Nice company you have here! It’d be a shame if anything happened to it…

Finding it harder to flog their wares, Microsoft turns to intimidation and coercion to force companies into signing long-term open-ended consulting contracts. It’s apparently all part of a grand strategy too… as an open-source kind of guy I’m always amazed at the amount of crap companies will put up with from Microsoft. And for what, ultimately?