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Sun, sea, sangria…

...and all sorts of other things I didn't get to see much of, at this year's BrainShare conference. Held in the gorgeous city of Barcelona, Novell's BrainShare 2005 brought together users, developers and partners of Novell's extensive software range. Oh, and a gaggle of journos too. The conference was held in the CCIB building on the coastline -- splendid views of the Mediterranean sea were to be had (just behind this view of the building). I didn't have any time to paddle in the lush blue sea though...

Conference

Meskin food

In between bouts of expletives, our current Art Editor, Effy, revels in telling us all that there is no such thing as chimichangas. Being Mexican, he knows all about Mexican food, you see, and therefore is the office authority on nachos, fajitas, and Doritos - three foods that are clearly eaten all day, every day in Mexico.

Efrain Hernandez-Mendoza, the Linux Format Art Editor

So, say it with me...

New Team Member!

Graham has abandoned us in favour of a h-o-l-i-d-a-y to Crete. We all know he's never coming back - not because he doesn't like us very much, but because he's well aware that when he leaves Crete we'll call him an ex-Cretian. Thank you, I'll be here all night...

Ah! Yes, the reason I'm posting: while Graham is away, we have a Graham substitute in his place. We sent numerous email offers to the Tub of Lard from Have I Got News For You, but were rebuffed each time. Falling back on our last resort option, we have a sprightly young sprog called Scott coming in for some work experience.

On the polarisation of light

Yet again, Canon must have seen me coming: I've spent £160 on a small pane of glass. The lens I tend to use on my camera is the 70-200 2.8 IS, which is a great all-round camera for the kind of shoots I do. The downside to such a fast lens is that it requires huge filters, hence £160 for a circular polariser. Despite being pricy, these are cool, but first I'll explain what these things actually do if you're not into photography (and yet, for some reason, still care what a polarising filter is...)

Stalking Stallman

RMS is a nice guy; I agree with a fair chunk of what he says, and I think some of the Stallman/aureole photos are hilarious:

http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=saint+stallman

Over the last week or so, I've been trying to get a comment from the great man on the recent Australian trademark wrangle. This is for a news piece in the next issue, and while I've not had an answer (yet), I have had to agree to several of RMS's own questions before he would consider a reply.

Bath sucks

I'll say it again: Bath sucks. Perhaps it's because this is primarily a tourist town - "lookit! Those buildings have been around for at least a hundred years!" - but also because our local council sucks so hard that Bristolians can feel the breeze.

That’s gotta hurt…

Today, in my travels around the Net looking for HotPicks and coverdisc software, I came across this absolute gem. Unfortunately, it's not open source -- if it was, it'd thoroughly deserve a half-pager in the HotPicks games section. Natch.

This "game", if you can call it such, is all about pushing someone downstairs. No, really. The excellent plot states that a superhero is facing financial difficulties after trashing a city, so he needs to show damage caused to himself to justify it.

Or something.

Give Andrew your money!

Someone who looks like this needs help - that help can be you! Send all your pennies, tuppences and £20 notes to LXF Towers and we guarantee it'll all go to a good cause, and that Andrew will shave the tache off after the TacheBack month is over!

Andrew Gregory: Meskin and lovin' it

Bank holidays, extinction-level events and hair despair

We had a national holiday here on Monday, which means we get one less day to complete our issue this month - hurrah! On the positive side, I managed to finish reading Vernon God Little at last, so I feel like I made good use of the holiday. In other news, I got a silly email from one of the technical recruiters at Google. It's copied here for your comedy pleasure:

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Help us connect great people (like you) to Google!

heiscal



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