Tuesday, June 26, 2007

96p don't come for free

Is it possible that ebay has the worst website in the world? So long as there is MySpace it can't be true, but ebay must be duking it out for one of the top spaces on that list. I recently concluded my first transaction using ebay (selling 4 assorted bits of household stuff we no longer want) and while the transactions went smoothly gawd durn does that website make me sick! So much visual noise. It doesn't need to be so hard, but when you're top dog in a big market you don't need to worry about design. To be fair I think most of the big name websites look like they were designed by a three year old, but at least Google keeps their pages clean.

Lots of little incidents recently. Two that stick in my mind are the cops outside a neighbours house (didn't find out why, as no-one was home), and our ill cat (boo! But getting better now.)

PS: The post title is what I made on one sale after PayPal took their cut. As the buyer collected the goods I don't know why they didn't pay cash.

Friday, June 15, 2007


5:20am and I'm awake. Rain is hammering down outside. It's a good time to be awake alone, though I doubt I'll be all that pleased come midday.

It's been a week of rain and little incidents. The bonsai cat killed a sick pigeon, covering the back garden in feathers. I found a dead cat by the side of the road. I eavesdropped on some amusing interactions between the local kids in the park (I'm sure we were just as bad in our youth). Also managed to do some work, sort out most of the robotics kits, and contribute my bit to Untyped's code release on Monday. If I'm not a complete zombie today I hope to get the forward/backward algorithm for POMDPs implemented.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

One Week's Food

Week's Food 1
Originally uploaded by Noel Welsh
As a rejoinder to a post I did at Untyping, this is a photo of most of one week's food as purchased on Saturday at the markets. If you click on the picture and follow it to Flickr you can see the rest of the food in the next photo. No, we don't eat cat. Total cost was about 48 pounds, a bit over budget.

BTW, if you read this blog you probably want to read Untyping as well, which is where all the non-personal stuff goes.

Friday, June 08, 2007


Not awesome: stupid inflamed forearm tendons. Probably not awesome: waking up at 4:35am today. I felt so awake! Let's see how I am at noon. Might be awesome: NIPS paper deadline today. Awesome: paper accepted to ICFP 2007. See you in Freiburg. Next stop Stockholm!