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ohio result Nov. 3rd, 2004 @ 09:58 pm

  • Some of Ohio used Diebold machines.
  • Diebold machines don't produce a paper audit trail.
  • Ohio electoral law requires a paper audit trail for electronic voting systems.

Yet Kerry still chose to concede although a legal challenge on this basis would almost certainly have been valid. Would Bush have done the same in his position ?

Age meme Nov. 1st, 2004 @ 11:41 pm
This meme which I was planing to post a bit earlier but I unexpectedly ended up going out for dinner at Busaba Eathai (on Wardour Street off Oxford Street) with friends from work (where I managed to eat a whole meal using only chopsticks woohoo!), so only just got around to making the final touches to the meme:

So here it is, the LJ Age meme made especially for baby_sugar:

My age

21

How old are other lj users are compared to me:
Younger
My age
Older
67%
7%
27%
There are 141607 lj users the same age as me.
Enter age:

LJ Age was bought to you by
_imran_ and MemeLand.org



As always comments welcome.

Regarding the age-range limitation - it's not my decision, LJ only provide stats for people between the ages of 13 and 55.

texas ??? Nov. 1st, 2004 @ 10:47 pm
One of the memes I'm currently working on breaks down your friends by which country/state/county/city they have listed as their location on their lj.

While testing it out I noticed something surprising about my results which meant that I had to check it by hand. The people on my friends list fall into three clusters, unsurprisingly two are Bristol and London. The third surprisingly is Texas.

I mean Texas ????

Why ????

Oh well, I know most of you aren't rednecks *wink* *hug*.


And to all my american readers who are registered to vote, I sincerly hope I don't need to tell you this but: go and vote. Yes even those of you that are Texan and support Bush :-)

photos Nov. 1st, 2004 @ 12:20 am
Didn't do much today but I did manage to take some photo's in Regent's Park so you can see why I liked it. PhotosCollapse )

not posting much Oct. 30th, 2004 @ 09:32 pm
I've not being posting much recently, but I haven't been doing much either :(

Today I was mostly doing random shopping followed by spending the afternoon reading a book in Regent's Park. Most of london may be a hideous urban sprawl, but it does have some truly beautiful parks. Admitedlly Regent's Park looked pretty average at first, but the inner circle is a work of art. If it wasn't for Telecom Tower shooting up in the skyline you could barely tell you were in a city at all. I might go back to take some photos tommorow so you can all see.

In the evening I went down to trafalgar square and spent about an hour admiring the pretty fountain (it's got a neat lighting effect so the water going up has a nice gradient effect) and making notes about developing memes until it became to dark to write at which time I went home, and here I am now.

I actually had a really neat idea for an lj tool which reads a users meme and works out where they live even if they don't fill out their location in their userinfo. But then I realied that people chose not to place their location in their userinfo for a reason and making such a tool may make these people freak out and flame me to hell. Oh well that's one idea off my list.
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» (No Subject)
Probably about time for another one of these posts,

My contact details for various IM things:

MSN: tickletux@hotmail.com
AIM: tickletux1
Skype: tickletux

If you're on my friends list then you're more then welcome to add or contact me using any of the above.

If you're not on my friends list and want to be then just ask :-)
» My second meme
How common are _imran_'s interests
Universal
books (186866)
chocolate (102422)
computers (265117)
drawing (168573)
friends (336539)
harry potter (126522)
movies (538818)
photography (230452)
rain (112920)
reading (351744)
Popular
family guy (60095)
fantasy (63566)
history (62661)
ice cream (60114)
internet (73597)
pizza (54151)
politics (54441)
the simpsons (59970)
Common
bad religion (23335)
caffeine (13949)
comedy (39865)
creativity (27010)
dragons (38807)
fight club (49225)
films (23776)
fun (37610)
futurama (24265)
geeks (16310)
ghosts (17995)
intelligence (21552)
libraries (10448)
linux (13523)
literature (44230)
livejournal (23313)
london (23306)
math (13960)
monty python (40846)
mythology (42841)
pasta (14953)
photoshop (26675)
programming (17681)
queen (31175)
sci-fi (24995)
science (26165)
science fiction (32066)
shiny things (10070)
south park (34520)
star trek (19969)
tea (37061)
technology (13974)
terry pratchett (10173)
they might be giants (10783)
thunderstorms (30487)
vegetarianism (19380)
Specialist
artificial intelligence (2537)
blackadder (3231)
c (2618)
card games (4668)
castles (6589)
coding (2698)
computer science (3004)
crosswords (1337)
cryptography (1476)
dilbert (3092)
discworld (4655)
etymology (2282)
father ted (1819)
females (4009)
go (2761)
good omens (2051)
irc (6280)
isaac asimov (1918)
linguistics (8411)
logic (5614)
mathematics (4993)
mind games (1463)
open source (1991)
paranormal (8437)
quizzes (6809)
red dwarf (8050)
scifi (4391)
sf (1580)
slashdot (1251)
stargate (4602)
stargate sg-1 (3884)
tamora pierce (2590)
unix (5434)
west wing (2926)
world domination (5814)
x-files (8542)
Unusual
algorithms (546)
alt.fan.pratchett (53)
asterix (387)
bristol university (21)
british asians (3)
civ2 (28)
civilization (694)
codes (689)
computer art (920)
constructed languages (161)
cryptic crosswords (143)
current affairs (557)
diana wynne jones (840)
free software (707)
general knowledge (76)
interactive fiction (414)
l-space (34)
lojban (61)
maths (997)
memes (866)
ntk (31)
photo editing (549)
science fiction and fantasy (173)
second hand bookshops (44)
sid meier (78)
simcity (396)
space travel (844)
st:tng (247)
star trek tng (452)
startrek (377)
text adventures (137)
usenet (514)
user friendly (401)
what if's (31)
wiki (102)
wikipedia (318)
Rare
memeland.org (1)

Enter username:

InterestRank was bought to you by _imran_ and MemeLand.org


Enjoy :-)

Comments, suggestions and bug reports are welcome as always.

Update: As a number of people have mentioned it the rare category has changed slighltly so it now covers interests which have less than 10 people (before it used to only list unique interests).

Note: If you're having problems posting this meme to your lj using a tool like semagic try posting via the lj website instead, some clients appear to be having trouble posting this meme without breaking it.

Note 2: Some people are getting "none" listed when they actually have interests, this is due to a bug in the caching system. If you wait 7 hours and try again it should work, alternativly as a quick fix you could just capitalize your username differently (i.e. capitalize the first letter, or use all caps) and the meme will think you're a different user and will hence bypass the cache.

Update 2 (21/Oct): Sometime in the next 48 hours I'm going to chage webhost so memeland might disappear for a short while, hopefully not to long though. Sorry if this effects you :(.
» Which adverts do you hate the least ?
I've thought about it and I've decided I should put some adverts on my meme site (please don't hate me:( ) - I can afford the cost of hosting but I'd rather the site was self-funding. But I want you to help me decide which type of adverts are most preferable to you and hence this poll...

Which type of adverts do you hate the most ?, 1 means "not at all" and 10 means "you despise them".

Text adverts

Mean: 4.01 Median: 3 Std. Dev 3.17
1
28(31.1%)
2
10(11.1%)
3
14(15.6%)
4
8(8.9%)
5
7(7.8%)
6
3(3.3%)
7
1(1.1%)
8
4(4.4%)
9
3(3.3%)
10
12(13.3%)

Banner Adverts

Mean: 5.33 Median: 5 Std. Dev 2.97
1
9(10.0%)
2
9(10.0%)
3
14(15.6%)
4
6(6.7%)
5
14(15.6%)
6
6(6.7%)
7
9(10.0%)
8
4(4.4%)
9
4(4.4%)
10
15(16.7%)

Leader board adverts (extra large banner adverts)

Mean: 7.74 Median: 8 Std. Dev 2.45
1
4(4.4%)
2
1(1.1%)
3
1(1.1%)
4
1(1.1%)
5
8(8.9%)
6
11(12.2%)
7
12(13.3%)
8
8(8.9%)
9
10(11.1%)
10
34(37.8%)

Skyscrapers (sideways banner adverts)

Mean: 6.39 Median: 7 Std. Dev 2.87
1
5(5.6%)
2
1(1.1%)
3
13(14.6%)
4
11(12.4%)
5
6(6.7%)
6
8(9.0%)
7
6(6.7%)
8
12(13.5%)
9
7(7.9%)
10
20(22.5%)

Pop-ups

Mean: 9.36 Median: 10 Std. Dev 1.95
1
3(3.3%)
2
1(1.1%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
1(1.1%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
1(1.1%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
4(4.4%)
9
5(5.6%)
10
75(83.3%)

Once I make enough money from adverts to break even, should I...

Remove the adverts
33(37.9%)
Keep the ads and give any profits to charity
54(62.1%)

» MemeLand.org !
Ladies and Gentleman......

I give you MemeLand (thanks to ladyortyger for the name). There's not much on it yet, just my old meme and a lj tool I find useful occasionally. But it does mean I can get on with the actual task of working on memes, expect my next meme to appear sometime in the next month once I work out a good colour scheme :-)

If anyone wants to know what the tool does - it basically produces a version of your friends list which is easy to copy/paste into a lj entry. So for instance I can get a list of everyone I've friended who hasn't friended me back: kissycat1000, timwi, ladyortyger, greengolux, ev1ldonut, amicu, spot_and_chilly, aerion7, the_smut_fairy, debaday, rob_is_raze
This list was generated using LJFriends.

If you're on that list and are reading this I would appreciate getting friended back, but having had a quick glance through that list there's no-one I would defriend for not friending me back.
» (No Subject)
my weekend...

Saturday: spent most of the day in the National Gallery which has an impressive collection of artwork including some of Rembrandt's better works including Belshazzar's Feast (for the geekier of my readers - this painting is the Rembrandt featured in David Kahn's The Codebreakers), afterwards I spent about an hour just hanging around Trafalgar Square, which has now become my favourite place in London. I don't really know why but it is pretty pleasant even though it is full of tourists. I haven't properly been to Trafalgar Square since I was a kid and being their reminded me of the time when I was a kid when I climbed on-top of one of the lions there, I guess pretty much every kid whose been to Trafalgar Square has done the same :-)

Afterwards I decided to walk down towards parliment/buckingham palace and saw all of the major political buildings in the area, I was pretty tired by this stage so I spent the rest of the afternoon reading K&R in St James' Park - which I have to say is a pretty nice park with some good wildlife. The wildlife seemed to be quite willing to get close to humans so I might go back there sometime with my camera and try taking some photos.

Sunday: Visited Tate Britain, which I much prefered over the Tate Modern, although I think the Tate Modern ha s a more impressive building. The Tate Britain is currently running an exhbition of the works of (JMW) Turner, which is ok but nothing impressive. I don't really get why everyones so impressed by Turner's works, I can appreciate his technical skills in achieve a good sense of perspective but his works just don't do anything for me. They also had a number of Tracey Emin works, some of her non-sensationalist work is actually quite good.

On the way out I realized that I had lost my AtoZ somewhere so then spent the next hour wondering around Pimlico to find my way back to the tube station, but I wasn't in any rush and it was a nice day, so I ddidn't really mind exploring another part of london (btw does anyone know what that wierd buidling near the end of vauxhall bridge is ?). Did some other stuff today to but nothign blogworthy. I was quite amused on the tube to see a busker playing a harp, quite an unusual busking insturment, but it was in South Kensington station so perhaps that's what buskers normally play in that area :-)

Also spent some of weekend working on my website - but see my next post for info on that.
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