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to be above average in the Linux games arena as a whole: our #1 game is almost certainly Tux Racer, which is hugely out of date and never was much fun to start with.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!
I haven't posted for a while, primarily because Paul has kept this blog busy with his excellent show reports (and great snaps from Joby). Similarly, nothing spectacular has happened here -- about the most exciting development is... Wait for it... I got my hair cut!
This morning was kicked off with a visit to Sears's café off Union Square. These guys are supposedly famous for their pancakes, but, drenched in maple syrup, it tasted just like all the other pancakes served in the US!
Paul seems to be having much too much fun out in America, with visits to the zoo and midnight cheesecake and what not (er, no time to write your PHP tutorial, Paul?), so I thought I should bring things back to the source: namely, the production desk at LXF Towers in Bath, England (where they don't ask you for ID in bars once you're over 18) (and rarely do it when you're under 18 either). This is where the copy is edited, the headlines are tweaked, the pictures are checked and, with shameful regularity, the typos are added.
Joby has sent over a couple more pictures from OSCon last week, so here's a picture from the Larry Wall interview (shot on the Max light rail train in Portland), and Jim Jagielski, shot in front of the Oregon Convention Center: