Byzantium at the Royal Academy of Arts

I was in London a few weeks ago and saw the wonderful exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts. I have been interested in Byzantine history since a historian friend at university described how they were essentially the eastern Roman empire, called themselves »


I have recently returned from Edinburgh, I caught the tail end of the Fringe festival. It was a good trip, and the first time I have had more than a day off work since February. I saw quite a few acts in the final 3 day.It’s been ages since I blogged »

Summer Fun

I have been working really hard of late and have decided to block book a load of long weekends this summer and get outdoors a bit. I have been thinking about doing a long distance path for ages and have decided to do one in early August, probably the »

BodyWorlds In Manchester

I went a few weeks ago to see BodyWorlds at the Museum of Science and Industry (mosi) in Manchester. I have only just had chance to get the pics off my phone and am amazed at how well they came out. All one body, look at the shared foot. This was »

Project Euler 39

If p is the perimeter of a right angle triangle with integral length sides, {a,b,c}, there are exactly three solutions for p = 120. {20,48,52}, {24,45,51}, {30,40,50} For which value of p < 1000, is the number of solutions maximised? You may remember »

Databases and Lustre on ZFS's DMU, New CIFS Stuff

When I first heard about ZFS and its features, I was intrigued by a comment by Bill More about the possibility of having a database or other app directly consume the DMU that ZFS uses for filesystems or volumes. After I did a spot of research when editing »