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:
Help us connect great people (like you) to Google!
Back when we did the KDE vs Gnome photos we also took the time to do some team shots. For some reason(!) these never made it to the printing press, so here are four of the hundred of so extra shots we took - the crowbar you can see is the one featured in the KDE vs Gnome feature from LXF66.
A plague on distros that don't support mainstream hardware!
Wandering past the desks of PC Format this morning, I noticed the postbox had a large pile of rubber bands in there that appeared to be collecting dust. In a fit of boredom - deadline week just doesn't carry the same sense of urgency it used to! - I collected them all and started on my very own rubber band ball. Julian, the ex-Art Editor of LXF, has a rubber band ball larger than his head, so I have some way to go...
While I'm recovering from the terrifying Tower of Cups ordeal, I've been entertained by this little page: http://thesurrealist.co.uk/priorart.cgi -- an automagic generator of ridiculous inventions. With so much patently absurd patent absurdity going on, it's hard to tell the difference between those random inventions and real life.
Luckily, nobody was injured in the tower of cups event. The tower merely leaned over, perhaps further than 45 degrees. Had the lower cups been exposed to the atmosphere, I'm sure the office would have been subjected to some incredibly harmful bacteria. It's best not to think about it.
As we approach the magazine deadline for LXF72, Nick and I spend our time reading pages and tut-tutting at errors that have snuck past Andrew and Rebecca. Despite having amassed a rainbow of highlighter colours, this part of the job isn't terribly interesting, so it was a happy break from monotony when Graham's new camera arrived.
I recently finished playing my way through the Doom 3 expansion pack, "Resurrection of Evil", and didn't think too highly of it (read the full review in LXF71). But as I wrote the verdict box it occurred to me that RoE still manages to be above average in the Linux games arena as a whole: our #1 game is almost certainly Tux Racer, which is hugely out of date and never was much fun to start with. My opinion column in LXF65 touched on this when I said, "it's a sad situation when Trout Wars is better than 95% of Linux games". It's even sadder that the statement is still correct six months on!