Monthly Archives: August 2004

Federal Election

So the Federal election has been announced for 9th October. If you are an Australian living overseas, now would be a good time to apply for a postal vote. It’d be great if this gets rid of John Howard. Of course, even if he does win he will probably retire soon after the election … […]

Python Unicode Weirdness

While discussing unicode on IRC with owen, we ran into a peculiarity in Python’s unicode handling. It can be tested with the following code: >>> s = u’\U00010001\U00010002′ >>> len(s) >>> s[0] Python can be compiled to use either 16-bit or 32-bit widths for characters in its unicode strings (16-bit being the default). When compiled […]


I’ve been in Oxford for the past week at the Canonical conference. There are lots of great people here, working on a lot of cool projects. Jordi’s blog has a lot more info about it.

7 August 2004

Bushisms I found this one quite good. Compulsory Voting tberman: I agree that voters should have the right not to vote for anyone, but don’t feel that simply not turning up to vote is a good way to do so. In a non-compulsory election, the non-voter count is going to be comprised of those who […]

3 August 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11 Went to see Fahrenheit 9/11 on Monday night. It was an interesting movie, but it was clearly aimed at a US audience. It did have a fair bit of information I hadn’t heard before, but in some areas he was obviously choosing which bits of information to include to increase the effect (eg. […]