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Rubber bands and Richard Stallman

Wandering past the desks of PC Format this morning, I noticed the postbox had a large pile of rubber bands in there that appeared to be collecting dust. In a fit of boredom - deadline week just doesn't carry the same sense of urgency it used to! - I collected them all and started on my very own rubber band ball. Julian, the ex-Art Editor of LXF, has a rubber band ball larger than his head, so I have some way to go...

A very small rubber band ball

It’s a javelin with a built-in answering machine!

While I'm recovering from the terrifying Tower of Cups ordeal, I've been entertained by this little page: -- an automagic generator of ridiculous inventions. With so much patently absurd patent absurdity going on, it's hard to tell the difference between those random inventions and real life.

New camera…

Luckily, nobody was injured in the tower of cups event. The tower merely leaned over, perhaps further than 45 degrees. Had the lower cups been exposed to the atmosphere, I'm sure the office would have been subjected to some incredibly harmful bacteria. It's best not to think about it.

Tower of death

Graham’s new camera

As we approach the magazine deadline for LXF72, Nick and I spend our time reading pages and tut-tutting at errors that have snuck past Andrew and Rebecca. Despite having amassed a rainbow of highlighter colours, this part of the job isn't terribly interesting, so it was a happy break from monotony when Graham's new camera arrived.

Doomed to dull games?

I recently finished playing my way through the Doom 3 expansion pack, "Resurrection of Evil", and didn't think too highly of it (read the full review in LXF71). But as I wrote the verdict box it occurred to me that RoE still manages to be above average in the Linux games arena as a whole: our #1 game is almost certainly Tux Racer, which is hugely out of date and never was much fun to start with. My opinion column in LXF65 touched on this when I said, "it's a sad situation when Trout Wars is better than 95% of Linux games". It's even sadder that the statement is still correct six months on!

it’s all geek to me

Good news everyone! Well, when I say everyone, I mean mostly Greek people. You may or may not be aware that there is now a Greek version of Linux Format available! It contains all the usual regulars, features, interviews and reviews - but in Greek!

Hair today, gone tomorrow

I haven't posted for a while, primarily because Paul has kept this blog busy with his excellent show reports (and great snaps from Joby). Similarly, nothing spectacular has happened here -- about the most exciting development is... Wait for it... I got my hair cut!

At the LinuxWorld Expo

This morning was kicked off with a visit to Sears's café off Union Square. These guys are supposedly famous for their pancakes, but, drenched in maple syrup, it tasted just like all the other pancakes served in the US!

Zuruck an der Ranch

Paul seems to be having much too much fun out in America, with visits to the zoo and midnight cheesecake and what not (er, no time to write your PHP tutorial, Paul?), so I thought I should bring things back to the source: namely, the production desk at LXF Towers in Bath, England (where they don't ask you for ID in bars once you're over 18) (and rarely do it when you're under 18 either). This is where the copy is edited, the headlines are tweaked, the pictures are checked and, with shameful regularity, the typos are added.

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