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Linux trivia: usage on supercomputers

This graphic, taken from, shows a breakdown of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers by OS. It was rather surprising to me how dominant Linux is.

Excellent postcard practical joke - return of the baboon

The backstory:
When I was back in South Africa about five years ago, my family and I had a close encounter with a baboon. We were having a picnic at Cape Point, parked by the side of the road. I was outside the car, wandering around, while my two sisters and mother were inside, munching their sandwiches. I noticed a big, ugly, hairy baboon loping towards the car and high-tailed it back inside, all the while shouting to my sister to close the front door.

Alas, she was somewhat slow on the uptake and the baboon made it in the car. He climbed over my sister and stationed himself between the two front seats. He growled at me, his ugly face and fangs just about a foot away from mine. He then grabbed our sandwiches, and made away, my mother by that time having opened up the other front door.

Bloody baboons.

So out of the blue last week, I get this postcard from Stratford-Upon-Avon, scanned here.

(I pixellated the first line of my address. The text reads: Long time no see! I left S Africa, found …

Can I take more work today?



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Maybe Ubuntu really is of the devil.

Commencement ceremony - postcard

Sent to my nephew S- in South Africa
On back:
Commencement Ceremony, Crossroads School, Santa Monica, California
Photograph by © Lauren Greenfield
Courtesy Stephen Cohen Gallery

Groeten uit Heeswijk Dinther - postcard

Sent to me by a postcrossing chum in Holland.
On back:
© Biri Publications BV NL +31 (0)297 23 76 50

On a side note, I got flickrfs working. Damn useful tool. Viva linux.

July Top 10

July Top 10

My favourite movies, books, lectures, etc. for the month of July, most of which is probably old to the rest of you.

10. Stop Messin' About: A Tribute to Kenneth Williams. BBC Radio.
Excerpts from wonderful old radio shows Round The Horne, Just A Minute, Big and Little, Kenneth Williams Playhouse, and others. Of special note is the reading of Gogol's Diary of a Madman, done with great skill and sensitivity.

Got it via Bittorrent.

9. Female Jungle (1955)
Lawrence Tierney plays a hard boiled and hard drinking detective, who investigates the murder of an up-and-coming young actress. But did he himself kill the actress while drunk? He can't remember and it is eating at him. Directed by Bruno VeSoto.
I rented this one largely because it also starred Jayne Mansfield, who is one of my favourite blond bombshells of that era. Boy, she was a looker.
Rented from Movie Madness.

8. In Bruges (2008)
Ray: There's a Christmas tree somewhere in London with a bunch of presents undern…