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Monday, 2 April 2007
Underneath the Lintel

Saw a play called Underneath the Lintel on saturday, starring Richard Schiff from the West Wing. It was a monologue, but really good. Really an outstanding performance. He plays a dutch librarian who, through a library book 113 years overdue left in the overnight box, discovers evidence of the existence of 'the Wandering Jew'. The wandering jew was a cobbler, who on the day of Jesus' crucifixion, told him to move on when he fell onto his shop doorstep, because he was afraid of the Roman soldiers. Jesus said he would move on, but that the cobbler would "tarry no more until i come again". So the cobbler was destined to never sit or rest again until Jesus comes again.

 The interesting point was that if he finds the wandering Jew, then he will have proof that God exists. But not only that, he will have proof that God is really the god of the old testament; jealous, vindictive and unforgiving. In the final stages of the play, he speaks of living life in defiance of god.

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Thursday, 10 August 2006 is awesome! I've set up my own virtual library, still got lots of books to put on there yet though. Anyone who likes making lists or alphabetising their record collection will love this, it's so easy to use! View my library and check it out!

 edit to add: yeah bit scared of what people will think of my taste in books. but hey, whatever.

Posted by benoitjones at 3:12 PM BST
Updated: Thursday, 10 August 2006 3:25 PM BST
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Monday, 7 August 2006
Carnaval del Pueblo
Mood:  caffeinated

Yesterday was the Carnaval del Pueblo in Burgess Park - the largest Latin American Carnival in Europe and it was in Southwark! Wow.

Me and A went on the obligatory Big Wheel ride with ice cream, then watched the carnival come into the park. We must have missed some of it somehow because we only saw about 8 floats. I scoped out (stole) some photos off the interweb because my camera batteries had died. This is what it looked like to us, the Aylesbury Estate (home!) in the background:












The brazilian dancers looked like this: 









But of course the Bolivians stole the show with their fantastic costumes. I remember seeing similar (but a lot more of them) in La Paz a few years ago:


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Wednesday, 26 July 2006
The God of Respiration
Mood:  hug me
The God of Respiration has not been smiling on me lately. Asthma has been BAD. Never really had much of it before this year, maybe it's related to trying to finish a thesis. How come the BBC website says air pollution in London today is low, when the London Air Quality Network says it's high? I know who my lungs believe.

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Friday, 9 June 2006
This is wicked...
Mood:  spacey
... no idea what it means though...

Posted by benoitjones at 4:10 PM BST
Updated: Friday, 9 June 2006 4:16 PM BST
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Monday, 5 June 2006
Don't ask me about my thesis!
Mood:  don't ask
I am fed up of people asking me when i finish or how my thesis is going! grrrrrrr

The next person that asks will get covered in tea. You've been warned.

This website is cool. Type in a web address and see how it draws a nodal structure of the page. Not sure what it means, but it sure looks pretty!

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Wednesday, 26 April 2006
Telemark skiing...
Mood:  a-ok
This past (ski) season i've got into telemark skiing - the more natural, original form of skiing. It is great fun, especially if you're a bit bored of alpine skiing. A great website for finding out more is

I only managed 18 days of skiing this year, of which i think 7 i did tele. It feels so much freer being able to lift your heel. Alpine skis, though they feel 'safer', especially going fast, also feel more restrictive. Bending one knee on the turn can be a little tiring after a couple of hours though!

Posted by benoitjones at 4:05 PM BST
Updated: Monday, 5 June 2006 4:55 PM BST
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more on PoE...
PoE = Philosophy of Engineering see this website for the discussion summaries that Andrew Fox of Coventry University has posted on the web.

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Updated: Friday, 9 June 2006 4:18 PM BST
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Monday, 16 January 2006
New blog eh?
Mood:  cheeky
Ah... so new blog. Well, i say new but i never had one before. So stuff i've been doing that may be interesting... I've been taking part in an online discussion group at the ICE called "Engineering and Philosophy". I posted the other day on the subject of whether engineering is an art or a science, and how using the scientific method can help engineers make defensible decisions. You can view the discussions on the ICE website, although i'll have to post the link because they are very very hard to find.

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Tuesday, 1 January 2002
Work and religion
Mood:  lyrical

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