Knowledge, Responsibility, & Control
Aug09

Knowledge, Responsibility, & Control

As you go through life you will come across many ‘magic triangles’. Ask any fireman, and he will tell you all about Fuel, Heat, and Oxygen – the three things necessary for any fire. This datum is incredibly practical because it tells you that to extinguish a fire you need take away just one of these, and the fire cannot survive. There are two more magic triangles that I have come across in the teachings of...

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Glen Nevis
Jun10

Glen Nevis

We headed north from the Lakes into Scotland and up to Fort William. The cloud came down, the rain came in, and the three nights we spent there in a tent were cold and wet and miserable! Ben Nevis, high on our to-do list, never emerged from the clag. We chatted to one couple who had been up on Wednesday and reported most of the climb in thick fog with snow and howling gales at the top. No view, and a little dangerous (other guided...

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Helvellyn – Lake District
Jun07

Helvellyn – Lake District

Leaving from work on Friday afternoon we drove north and finally made Patterdale in the Lake district at about 10:30pm. The next day was a scorcher (the last we were to see of the sun for some time) and we made the most of it with a walk up 3100 feet of Helvellyn. We chose the more interesting route up, along a sharp narrow ridge known as Striding Edge which requires good balance, a head for heights, and a little bit of scrambling....

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Global Conflict
May03

Global Conflict

Global conflict (and you can look anywhere on the globe today and find conflict and strife – the Middle East is rife with it, India, Pakistan, Korea, China, the Balkans, Russia, much of Africa, the list goes on…) is not ‘inevitable’. It is not ‘human nature’. It is a product of ignorance, the willful manipulation of ignorant people by a tiny minority of power hungry tyrants. And, as with any ignorance, it can be cured by education and the blinding light of truth.

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Introduction to Object Oriented Programming Pt II
Apr16

Introduction to Object Oriented Programming Pt II

Encapsulation In the first part of this tutorial we introduced a class as a definition of a structure containing both its own data and its own functionality. Well designed classes are pretty much self contained and should not rely on data external to the class to work. Our Rectangle class held all the data it needed (position, height, width, color) in its properties stored within the class. All the methods that operate on that data...

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Introduction to Object Oriented Programming Pt I
Apr15

Introduction to Object Oriented Programming Pt I

Object Orientation is a concept that many beginners find challenging at first. This tutorial gives a basic introduction with simple examples.

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