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Saturday April 3 2004

The Eric Clapton FAQ

gives you a ton of information on the man. I, of course, immediately and slavishly attacked the gear section. Hmm - there could be more detail, but I guess that's what guitar magazines and books are for. Inconceivably, not everyone likes to pore over tiny details of electric guitars.

TinyApps.Org is a good site with lots of, well, tiny applications. There is some substance to the view that software should not be any bigger than absolutely necessary, and I for one subscribe to it. Long live elegance.

Sorry about the dearth of postings. Busy regaining control of the garden now the sun has begun to shine!

Posted at 9:18 pm by Jim Woods

Thursday April 1 2004

Fancy a taste

of what life was like online pre-internet? Get yer Telnet throbbing and check out some of these Telnet-accessible BBSs. Those were indeed the days. Phone bills of a grand plus (when a grand were a grand) and everything done in text. Paying hundreds of pounds for s-l-o-w modems. I did a great deal of BBSing, and I have to say things are much better now. Mind you, there was no spam and a lot of the software was surprisingly nice. Still, I can't begin to add up the money I've saved since getting on the net. Apart from anything else, the ability to Google up info on just about anything is invaluable.

Strangely, WAP seems a waste of time to me. You'd have thought that the ability to access a load of stuff while on the move, albeit in BBS-reminiscent text mode with rudimentary graphics, would be a real killer. But it's a yawn, because at ten pence a minute it's ruinous for the serious surfer. Roll on free WAP.

I'm not holding my breath, and I don't suppose you are either.

Posted at 1:10 am by Jim Woods

Tuesday March 30 2004

While "researching" -

okay, cackling with glee over - my previous post concerning submarines I found a couple of other good sites. First up, a nice article on undersea aircraft carriers. And also, a cracker, a submarine art gallery. They certainly have a lot of pictures of submarines. This is the stuff.

Posted at 7:04 pm by Jim Woods

Another vast submarine,

and let's face it - they brighten our days. Surcouf was a huge French beast with a turret gun, rather reminiscent of the ill-fated British M1. In fact, she also had a seaplane in a hanger, like M2 and Japanese Sen-Toku types. Following the link above will lead you to a forum where the somewhat mysterious fate of Surcouf is discussed. I can't wait for someone to locate and identify the wreck.

Now, I think I've talked about this stuff here before but here's what's interesting: try doing what I've done numerous times and get on the Google to find out the fates of these monster subs. M1 and M2 lie in the English channel, both victims of accident. This is all well-documented stuff, and the locations of both wrecks are known. They've been dived, and there was an excellent investigative programme on TV recently about M1. Little doubt that she sank in collision with a ship, the Vidar, during exercises. M2 probably opened her seaplane hanger a tad precipitously, also during exercises, and is an easily diveable wreck.

What I've been puzzling over is where exactly the Japanese Sen-Tokus lie. Three - those that were completed and operational at the close of the Second World War - were obtained by the US at the close of hostilities. You can find some pictures, and at least one detailed account of I-400. There's an account of operating I-401 here too. But what happened to the I-400, I-401 and I-402 ultimately? Scuttled by the US Navy, apparently. But where? Google the fairly sparse material on these subs on the web and you'll find what I did. Locations varying from "off Goto Island", which is in Japan, to "off Oahu", which is in Hawaii, to "off California, maybe". This article says "all three sunk or scrapped". It strikes me as odd that there should be any doubt about any of this. I mean, these were the largest submarines in the world at this point. There's a wealth of information and research into where many rather less notable subs now lie, including a fair number lost to accident or in vague circumstances. But when you ask the question "where did the largest submarines in the world end up, given that they were in the peacetime possession of the US Navy?", the answer is "sunk or scrapped, here or maybe there or whatever". Odd. You'd expect clear facts.

It's another case of wait for someone to locate and identify the wrecks, I suppose.


Posted at 2:37 pm by Jim Woods

Monday March 29 2004

While writing one's magnum opus

try to avoid the various common mistakes listed here. Apparently if you don't you can easily be dismissed as an amateur, although of course you may well be an amateur. I note that changing case from "one" to "you" isn't amongst them, and conclude that I am not an amateur; I am however suffering from a stinking cold, and whether this causes more or less blogging remains to be seen.

Anyone see the Boat Race yesterday? Bloody robbed. If you support Oxford, that is. It's supposed to be a race, not a demolition derby. When will they keep the boats properly separate with a strategically placed umpire? The sooner the better I say.

Posted at 2:56 pm by Jim Woods

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