Delivery 3 of 4 arrived yesterday, so I now have some books written by
that clever bloke that wrote the "brains" behind Creatures. I've finished
reading the guys of the first robot book I got (I skipped over the exact
details on how to construct the example robots) and now I have some ideas
that are making me poing with excitement. Most notably I've got some ideas
on how to build a lightweight low power electric motor.
Earlier in the week I was slightly "norty". I noticed an odd new user
pop up on Things I Love linking
to a very confusing item on some other site. I mostly ignored it until
another new user joined up and did something similiar. Except this time
they were advertising some radio station too, so I decided to just nuke the
items and see what they'd do next.
Like kicking over an ants' nest, this had the effect that the two users
started frantically putting the items back up again. I toyed with deleting
it again, but decided to investigate what they were doing cos they both
mentioned a "Woozle Race". Turns out some Oxford geeks were having a
competition to see who could make the most elaborate and length chain of
weblinks. And then at a set date and time, some "judges" would traverse the
links and see who the winner was. So I decided to wait until just before
the "race" started and delete the links again.
Time came and I realised it be more funny to just replace the items with
something like "Woozle trap" and change the code temporarily to disable the
two users from adding or updating their items. Realised in hindsight it
would have worked better if I'd just rewrote the links so that they said the
correct link but went some place else. Sure enough like ants they came
scurrying back and tried fixing the items and then when that failed, started
trying to fix the preceeding links in the chain instead.
What amuses me most about it all, is that at least one of the teams
thinks it was the other one that sabotaged things. I'm not sure whether I
should 'fess up and tell 'em I sabotaged both of them. They'll find/work it
out eventually as I've discovered I know some of them cos they're cammies
and some of them read this or know someone else who is.
In other news, google has found my
personal website...so it should start indexing it all soon. w00t.