Archive for July, 2007

Latest run – knee giving trouble…

July 22, 2007

Latest run is 12 1/2 mile but knee caused trouble in the last mile.  I hope this goes away!  View route.  Only six serious runs before Berlin!


Latest weekend training run for Berlin

July 15, 2007

Here is Sunday’s run, a  bit delayed as knee was dodgy yesterday.  See it here

Cellular Automata

July 8, 2007

Whilst having one of my ‘cellular automata’ moments in my life, they are quite frequent, I came across an interview with Wolfram on Forbes, which is quite interesting and worth a read if you enjoy such things.  I personally am very interested in Wolfram, I am no mathematician and lack training but that is not important, Wolfram uses math to explore his ideas, not as as end in itself.  Cellular Automata are one of his interests, I have a copy of ‘A New Kind Of Science’, which I often refer to.  I am in full agreement with Wolfram that there is much to be learnt from the interaction of independent interacting entities.

btw. Looking at one of my old websites in the wayback machine, I found an old CA that a friend and I wrote one whiskey fuelled night. It is intented to model a sort of energy disserpation through the CA space. Works quite well, also as an Interactive java app it is quite good fun! Here it is (sorry for the line number, you will need to remove them before you compile the code)

Todays running route

July 7, 2007

Two laps of Regents park and a short one to get some water from the foutain.  As usual it’s up on

UK house price reductions website

July 7, 2007

Gosh, I love the site, it tracks property websites and reports on reductions in prices.  Pure genius.  Hours of joy for all of us who work really hard but still can’t get the house they want in London!

Training for Berlin marathon

July 4, 2007

I managed the 7.5 mile NikeTown London club run last night, but they are so fast!  I was last in, but it felt pretty good.  Here is the route.  In short, the run is twice around Regents Park from Oxford Circus.

Doing Backups in a small business -do we always get ripped off?

July 4, 2007

Every week or so I receive an email from an IT consultancy informing me of their great services for offsite backups.  They always cost a  fortune and often they require a lot of technical know-how.  In my experience small business and non-profits do not have the technical experience to use these offsite services correctly. After all, they often struggle to use email , and that is ok, because IT is often far from their core business, which might be drama therapy, or cycling

I think there is room for a low cost personal service for off site backups, perhaps as a social enterprise, employing people perhaps with an interest but not experience in IT, and combied with a clear protocol for taking backups, to visit small business regualrly in a region and take backups to an off site location. 

Anyone agree?