I have taken to wasting my time with Sim City on my phone,called SCBuildIt. It’s reminiscent of Sim City, that and warcraft. Here are some guidelines. Continue reading “SCBuildit”
I fancied a desktop clock for my elementary builds. I found
cairo-clock, which has a bunch of default themes and a bunch of add-ons also. It can be obtained via the package managers; I found this, as the package documentation and I found a bunch of additional clock faces here. Continue reading “Cairo Clock”
It’s a very long time since I have had to deal with binary code translations, but when dealing with HTML and JSON with Python, I need to get to grips with it. The € symbol for instance requires the extended character set support and rss should be written in utf-8. This page collects the notes I amde in learning about Python’s support for unicode/ascii translations. Continue reading “Unicode in Python”
I was pushed to look at some of the Banking Regulation reform performed by the last government. My focus was to look at the Vickers aka Independent Commission on Banking and the legislative response. The key proposal is practical measures to protect domestic savings from foreign risk by de-merging or separating the retail and investment banking arms of the large banks. The next stage in this article would be to collect comments/link around the adequacy or otherwise of the timetable for adoption and the politics behind it. The Banking Reform Act was passed in 2013. Continue reading “Banking Regulation Reform”
How useful are the old fashioned data flow diagrams in today’s world, in particular how useful are they in demonstrating process flow? They showed the relationship between external entities (actors), functions/processes, data stores and data flows. Continue reading “Data Flow Diagrams”
While working on converting ello.json to rss, I needed to convert the date formats, I needed to do it in Python and found the following code worked, using
strfmtime. I had to augment the date string with the name of the day of the week attribute, so felt it had to via a date data type. (This is an important part of the requirement, since otherwise string manipulation would have been enough.) Finding exampes was hard, so I hope it helps, Continue reading “Converting dates to strings using Python”
Last Month, Harriet Harman writes,
As well as mounting a strong opposition to the Tories and understanding the lessons from our election defeat, we need to get on and elect a new Leader and Deputy Leader.
The NEC met this afternoon to decide on the timetable for the leadership election, ….
This leadership election will be run under the new rules we agreed last year: a broad and inclusive contest with one person, one vote. Continue reading “Labour’s Leadership Election Timetable”
For those of us for whom email is a bit passé, we want to recieve our Jira updates using feeds, either because it allows us to choose our browser, or for other reasons. I hope the following links help. Continue reading “RSS from JIRA”
The Labour Party is undertaking a process to choose a candidate to run for Mayor of London. This process is in four parts,
- Application Stage – now complete
- Nomination Stage – closes 10th June
- Selection Panel Stage – currently advertised as complete on 13th June
- Voting – starts 12th August, finishes Noon 12th September
The misleadingly named Nomination stage is (to be) performed by members at all members meetings and by affiliated organisations according to their own rules. Candidates need five nominations to be considered in the Selection Panel stage, there are 72 Labour Party membership organisations in London, together with at least 13 trade unions plus the socialist societies, five is not a high threshold.
The Selection panel stage will be closed and opaque, and has previously caused some controversy, but its one of the reasons that the nomination stage takes place to allow a visible indication of support; perhaps they’ve learnt from the European Parliamentary selection. (The panel consists of 6 members and may have been chosen by lottery.)
Voting will be done by all London members, affiliate members and registered supporters, will be conducted using a secret postal ballot (or on-line). There are no “colleges” so each vote is of equal worth. This is the “One Member, One Vote” closed primary promised when Labour’s Special Conference adopted the recommendations and rule changes of the Collins Review. You can join, or become a registered supporter by going to the Labour’s Party’s join us page. Affiliated membership is via your trade union or an affiliated socialist society.
For various reasons I needed to look at SPARQL again. What’s the easiest way to put it up?, Here! I’ve installed LH Tools and have a SPARQL endpoint and query panel installed. It’s currently here, but I reserve the right to integrate it into my look and feel, I’d like to put up a page. The site has an rdf feed which is what it uses as the query target, need to check if the link record its there. (it’s not, so do I put the code into header.php, or do I have to get inside the plugin code?) Continue reading “SPARQL on WordPress”
I was looking to calculate if someone was under 27 years old; this can Be quite tricky but excel has just the function, =DATEDIF(). Continue reading “Date Differences in Excel”
In the early parts of Act III of NWN2, Zhjaeve seems to be pretty necessary. However, the game software as delivered doesn’t implement armour for her in-game avatar; a mod has been built that this to happen, the default is not. This post records my notes on the mod which also removes her face veil. Also since she’s the only Cleric offered as an NPC, she’s pretty useful, although the ‘coming to’ of otherwise dead party members, and the lack of restriction on ‘resting’ reduces the necessity of the Cleric and it’s the free Heals and combat cure wounds that establishes her utility. The forgotten realms wiki has an article on her here… Her stats are discussed here… at nwn2 wikia where they note that her strength makes her a poor 2nd line fighter. Continue reading “Zhjaeve Unveiled”
How awesome is this! Excel =INDEX, is a matrix retrieve i.e. =INDEX(array, row, col) retrieves an entry from the two dimensional array. If we combine this with MATCH which returns a row number we can use these functions instead of =VLOOKUP, its allegedly faster too. MATCH operates on a column or linguistically a list. Continue reading “VLOOKUP vs INDEX ( MATCH)”