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Bright Green

Alan Green Writes

Published: 2007-08-15T01:36:35+00:00


Death by Coffee. Don't let it happen to you.


Instant coffee should come with a health warning, and a special number to call in case you accidentally get some in your mouth...

Funny thing, life.


Andrew reckons that life is a like a metaphor. Perhaps, but I reckon life is a simile.

Step-by-step to a southerly setting sun


The last paragraph of my previous post wasnt particularly clear. Heres a step-by-step guide to modelling the Suns direction at sunset, using only a ball, a lamp, and a texta. Put a lamp up one end of the room. This will be the Sun. Get a ball to re...

Sydneyside Southerly Sunset


Julian has an astronomical puzzle. He claimed: If you are located further South than the Tropic of Capricorn, then the Sun will never be directly overhead, and furthermore will only appear in the Northern half of the sky. I predicted that this fa...

Google ate my feeds


I was quite enjoying the new Google Reader for a while there. Then it started showing me items Id already read. Then it started miscalculating the counts on the left hand side. Now it tells me that I am not subscribed to any feeds at all. Its not nor...

Ex-Military DBA


Currently, Dilbert is working with an ex-military type. It reminds of my first ever consulting engagement, where we had an ex-ASASR DBA. He was a bit like the character in the Dilbert strip, though quieter and more dangerous. His name was not David, ...

Recycled Beans


Via email, from my dainty little sister, entitled Read before lunch: A young cowboy walks into a seedy cafe in Prescott, AZ. He sits at the counter and notices an old cowboy with his arms folded staring blankly at a full bowl of chili. After fifte...

Friday Cheer-up


Find Friday afternoons hard? Well cheer-up: Monday is only two days away! Hurrah! PS: Heres a five minute (mostly SFW) video that might help, too.

Friday afternoon gross-out


Sarah shares her knowledge of the US and UK cat-food industries. Of course the Australian industry would be completely different.

Hello, Bright, Green World


Regular visitors will note that this website has changed its name from to Ive been meaning to make the switch for some time now, partly so that people no longer look at me funny when I spell out my email address, and pa...

The Curious Incident of the Java Timezones


A production issue puzzle-mystery, complete with multiple players, subtle clues, red herrings and a satisfying conclusion.

In the war against spam, the winner is children's literature


Someone is emailing me J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit. This last week, thousands of advertisements for prescription drugs have arrived in my inbox, and, at the bottom of each, is a little bit of the The Hobbit. It makes me smile in a most un-spamly manne...

Keep the bus interested


A colleague just pointed out that public transport in Sydney is cheap, provided you keep the bus interested: cash fares are an inexpensive way to make single trips. Tickets are purchased from the driver each time you bored the bus. So: wear brig...

Scraping the bottom of the pool


In the lunch room, my wife spied a co-worker reading an article from the sports section of our citys upmarket newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald. The accompanying photograph shows the startling physique of champion swimmer Michael Klim: Unfortun...

Inside every nerd...


Inside every nerd is a comedian, struggling to get out. We brought a clients old CVS repository back to the office. I put it onto a server and emailed the CVSROOT details to a colleague. He wrote back: Thanks. Ill check it out. Check it out! Get ...