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May 2nd, 2009

Is this an allegory? [May. 2nd, 2009|12:05 am]
Lot's wife's died recently and they never had any more kids, so his two young daughters get him drunk two nights in a row and have incestuous sex with him.
Their babies go on to make the two tribes of Israel... one of which the virgin Mary is from.

Is this an allegory? If so, what of? Is it real? Roughly a one off happening? If so, was it right, or wrong? The bible doesn't say it's right - but no one got smited as an example to show others that it was wrong. God was very active in this part of the Bible, so he might not care one way or another.

It's paragraphs like this that years ago left me wondering what the whole thing was about... and wondering why people didn't mention them (preaching) like some apparently important sections that are repeated regularly by lots of faiths.

Genesis 19:30-36.

30 And Lot went up out of Zo'ar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zo'ar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:

32 come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

37 And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben–am'mi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.
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Guess how much spare care capacity the NHS has? [May. 2nd, 2009|12:35 am]
The NHS has suffered cutbacks for years, reducing costs so that now there's very little to no spare capacity in the hospitals.
For efficiency sakes it makes perfect sense - but it really puts a spoke in the works when demand increases above the average.

"It states that the impact of the 1969 outbreak was lessened by a high number of spare hospital beds at the time. The document says cuts to spare bed capacity, so that the health service is now working "at or near capacity", a 31 per cent increase in the number of over-65s, a more complicated out-of-hours system for GPs and more widespread use of critical care would all make it more likely that intensive care units could be "rapidly overwhelmed". "

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I saw this and tripped space balls... [May. 2nd, 2009|08:11 am]
Anyone interested in photography and compositing has done this before - took lots of pictures of themselves in different poses via a camera stuck on a tripod.
Because the backgrounds all line up, it's a relatively easy matter to roughly cut out each pose and stick it into one main image. Voila! Lots of clones of yourself.

That's basically what's happened in this picture. But there's some technically wonderful bits, like the way he's (realistically) shadowing himself, and how he's taking a picture of himself - almost interacting with himself - rather than just stood randomly around in different poses.

I wonder what techniques he used to make the job easier?
Does anyone know who it is? There's no EXIF information.


Seen on:
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Twittering from VBScript [May. 2nd, 2009|08:22 am]

Yeah, I know it's pointless and simple - but here's a quick and simple Twitter update program in VBScript. I originally started work on this program to do some cookie manipulations - but the Twitter API uses simple authentication, and the alternative was oAuth - which uses "by application" authentication that I wasn't interested in programming for.

I guess you could change it so when you go over 160 characters, your post is split into two or more posts - like text messages do. =D

It gives you access to "The Official Twitter Text Commands" too!

Anyway, here it is:






url = "http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml"

set xmlhttp = CreateObject("MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP")
xmlhttp.open "POST", url, false

'we need to setrequestheaders twice due to KB article Q234486.
xmlhttp.setRequestHeader "cookie", "x=y"
xmlhttp.setRequestHeader "User-Agent","User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30)"
xmlhttp.setRequestHeader "Referer","http://twitter.com/"
xmlhttp.setRequestHeader "ACCEPT-LANGUAGE", "en-us"
xmlhttp.setRequestHeader "Accept", "*/*"
xmlhttp.setRequestHeader "Pragma","no-cache"
xmlhttp.setRequestHeader "Authorization","Basic " & encodeBase64(user & ":" & password)

encodedPost="status=" & URLEncode(postData)
wscript.echo encodedPost
xmlhttp.send encodedPost

wscript.echo xmlhttp.getAllResponseHeaders
wscript.echo xmlhttp.responseText

function encodeBase64(textData)
   set XMLDOM = CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLDOM")
   set tempElement = XMLDOM.createElement("temp")
   set stream = CreateObject("ADODB.Stream")
   stream.type = 2' adTypeText
   stream.charSet = "us-ascii"
   stream.writeText textData
   stream.position = 0
   stream.type = 1 ' adTypeBinary
   stream.position = 0
   tempElement.dataType = "bin.base64"
   tempElement.nodeTypedValue = stream.Read
   encodeBase64 = tempElement.text
end function

function URLEncode(data)
   for i = 1 to len(data)
      c = asc(mid(data,i,1))
      if c = 32 then
         out = out + "+"
      elseif (c < 48 or c>126) or (c>56 and c<=64) then
         out = out + "%" + hex(c)
         out = out + chr(c)
      end if
   URLEncode = out
end function
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Woow! Flu is going... [May. 2nd, 2009|11:00 am]
H1N1 has an infection rate of around 1.16. If it's less than 1 it dies out.
Spanish flu had a rate of 3.75 at it's peak.

So if it doesn't come back this autumn - it could be on it's way out!

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Feeling hungry? [May. 2nd, 2009|01:21 pm]



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Step by step assembly of a digital camera... (Canon 10D & 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 lens) [May. 2nd, 2009|02:24 pm]

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