Reviews by kjwa (13)

Pardon Me I've Got Someone to Kill by Andre Willliams

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Decent country murder song

Plaaydoh's cover of "I'm in Slayer" by Triple School

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Great cover of one of Triple School's best track

Gran Turino

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was a pretty good film, Clint Eastwood as a curmudgeon

Jam

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Jam is sometimes too sweet, but sometimes good.

revyu

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great site

ARC RDF Classes for PHP

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A very usable and fairly comprehensive suite of classes for parsing RDF and/or storing it in MySQL and querying with SPARQL.

I use it all the time.

Smultron

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An open-source text-editor for macosx. I don't like it as much as Textmate or Vim (the interface has too many icons for my tastes), but it's quite good, and free and open source, and has been getting more powerful.

Colloquy

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A nice IRC app for Mac OSX, does logging, etc.

cyber duck

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A decent OS FTP client for Mac OSX. Crashes sometimes, but generally does the job.

planet rdf

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Great aggregation of semantic web related blogs

Semantic Camp, London, February 2008

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A fun event, with many interesting demos and people.

Wharfedale Micro Drive In-Ear Headphones

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The sound is good and clear - an improvement over the standard pair that shipped with my music player. In a way it's disappointing because they make clear that my portable player doesn't sound as good as even my laptop.

They appear to be well-built - using aluminium for the plugs and jack, and the cord is woven nylon rather than rubber. The picture in the Argos catalogue shows them with foam cushions, but the pair I got have rubber sleeve things that overlap onto themselves.

They block out most outside sounds pretty well, so are good for listening in noisy environments.

six impossible things before breakfast by Lewis Wolpert

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The gist of the book is that humans are (perhaps uniquely) pre-disposed to holding beliefs. Wolpert proposes that this disposition has an evolutionary basis rooted ultimately in our use of tools.

However, as Wolpert himself says at the outset, there is little that can substantiate or disprove this claim; in the end, this is not the attraction of the book.

The real interest lies in the statistics and research results with which Wolpert peppers the chapters.

The arguments aren't always water-tight, but the book is an interesting survey of belief-related research for the casual reader.