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Working lad, day one.

looking downcastCollapse )

Having said that, my desktop was in place and working perfectly when I popped in last week to pre-install it, and everything that depends on the local sysadmin and/or the local IT support girl (who is a total fox, incidentally, and who invited me out to lunch on my first day) has been done in plenty of time with nary a hitch.

Oh, for what it's worth, I'm pretty much convinced that the right thing to do is to throw away Django's ORM in favour of SQLAlchemy, because it does all this - and so much more - out of the box. Yes, type discriminants are ugly; but they are a necessary evil if you want your ORM to go fast (the alternative is a bunch of speculative joins; an approach that SQLAlchemy supports for a single database round-trip). What we lose, principally, is the admin interface (for the bits that don't use Django's ORM), and perhaps some of the manage.py capability. But it still looks worth it..!

OK. I'm shifting to Dreamwidth: I'm "jang" there. You can respond there via openid; everything'll be crossposted here for the rest of the year or so.
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Cooperative Insurance Services are not cooperating,

...and are reinforcing the colloquial image of the insurance industry.

Cooperative Insurance Services are quibbling over a grand's worth of payout to put my kitchen back into the state it was in before it got fucked.

So, I'm not going to give them my business ever again, thereby costing them about the same amount over the next three years and so on into the future. An interesting actuarial tradeoff really.

Bear this in mind when you come to renew your insurance; not giving them any business would make me marginally happier, and make their behaviour increasingly unrewarded. That is all.

OK. I'm shifting to Dreamwidth: I'm "jang" there. You can respond there via openid; everything'll be crossposted here for the rest of the year or so.
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Prozac and other SSRIs; or, oh, for fuck's sake.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/feb/26/mentalhealth.medicalresearch

So, Prozac in the usual light doses it's prescribed in is indistinguishable from a placebo. But that's not what this is about. What this is about is the following gem:

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The only exception is in the most severely depressed patients, according to the authors - Prof Irving Kirsch from the department of psychology at Hull University and colleagues in the US and Canada. But that is probably because the placebo stopped working so well, they say, rather than the drugs having worked better.
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Let's have that once again.

But that is probably because the placebo stopped working so well, they say, rather than the drugs having worked better.

This kind of crap is enough to put one in a mood that is as likely to be affected by placebos as SSRIs :-/
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Asymmetry: D isn't M any more, but it certainly is A.

From the Guardian (and elsewhere), a position paper on NATO. What an excellent quote:

"The first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of escalation as the ultimate instrument to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction."

Let's have that once again.

"The first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of escalation as the ultimate instrument to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction."

If you're reading this from a NATO member state then you're more likely to die in a road accident than in a terrorist attack. But let's just be clear on that:

"The first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of escalation as the ultimate instrument to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction."

For fuck's sake.
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Tomb Raider Anniversary

Turns out that the two centaur bad guys are easy to kill, once you understand how to reliably perform the adrenaline dodge.

The secret is not to treat it like a twitch game but to be running in plenty of time as the horse charges you. Then when time slows, you just tap the dodge button. I was doing the move/dodge combination in under half a second which isn't enough for Lara to actually be moving fast enough to roll out of the way.

The other thing which might help is to spot which of the centaurs is going to charge you: when an enemy rages, there's a small orange flash around their head. You can lock on (with L2) at that point to the one who is going to charge, which helps with camera angles etc. I have no idea if the lock is necessary to perform the head-shot, but having done this right the first time I tried it (thanks to Ruth for actually trawling through a million internet posts saying, "I cannot perform the adrenaline dodge!" until she found one with a useful description) I wasn't about to blow it on trying again.

Still can't use the move against the smaller raging monsters, but typically the shotgun to knock them down followed by the desert eagles to finish them off does the trick.
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    less frustrated.