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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:

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:

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


Through many, one - magazine, that is

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.

Nick Veitch is not smarmy
The family photograph

What’s a graphics card?

A plague on distros that don't support mainstream hardware!

Rubber bands and Richard Stallman

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...

A very small rubber band ball

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