Cropredy was good. More detail later.

And this is the sort of place I spend my spare time? Well, yes. I'm pretending to work, though, which I will claim (incorrectly) makes it less pitiable.

The Grauniad was at home to Captain Harsh on Friday. The review section had a couple of real stinkers - I honestly thought that the Zune got a hostile review until I saw them. Marina Hyde started by stating flatly that Kelly Osborne's "continued ability to get work is beginning to make Caligula's elevation of his horse to the senate look like a triumph of meritocracy." Normally this would be a crushing victor in any competition between reviewers, but she was flattened by the rampaging juggernaut of Peter Bradshaw's contempt for License to Wed: "Legend has it that Josef Goebbels had a home movie made of the failed 1944 Hitler assassins being hanged from meathooks with piano wire. It probably had more laughs, more fun, more feelgood moments than this family comedy starring Robin Williams."

Errr . . . I just finished Execution Channel. As well as being dedicated to Andrew, it also sneaks in a reference to M*ke H*lmes. It's probably unfair of Ken to namedrop someone who's unlikely to put him into a novel in response (naming no Charlies at this point, obviously). It's a very good book, actually. I was a little disappointed when it makes it plain that it's not quite our future that it's in, but I cheered up when I noticed that it let him make some very good extra points. Very good. Very gripping. I was really very angry at some points, and laughed very loudly indeed when I found out what happens to one of the villains opposition.

I don't suppose any of you have recent experience getting Elite sequels to run under Linux?
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The writer is partly correct: clubs like Walkabout and Trades are hell. I always liked going to The Calling though.
I don't suppose any of you have recent experience getting Elite sequels to run under Linux?

Please define:
  • Elite sequels
  • Recent

It's not like I'm doing anything else with my time right now.
Elite sequels: sequels to the eighties computer game Elite. First Encounters, specifically, rather than Frontier.

Recent: using any reasonably-current set of libraries. Ten years ago doesn't count. It's probably not worth doing as an exercise - I was just wondering if anyone had already managed it. I got as far as

zotz@zachariah:/usr/local/games/jjffe-2.5$ cat log_err
./ffe.exe: relocation error: ./ffe.exe: symbol errno, version GLIBC_2.0 not defined in file with link time reference
zotz@zachariah:/usr/local/games/jjffe-2.5$ ldd ./ffe.exe
Inconsistency detected by dl-version.c: 230: _dl_check_map_versions: Assertion `needed != ((void *)0)' failed!

and got a horrible sinking feeling.

When they found that one procedurally generated galaxy contained a planet called Arse, they had to delete that entire galaxy.
LJ has eaten two attempts to reply helpfully, so I'll just say yeah, you're probably screwed by having too modern a version of libc. But video games rot your teeth and give you cancer anyway, so it's probably all for the best.
Yes, this line met with my nods:
[preened and made-up ppl] ..."now I see them as walking insecurity beacons, slaves to the perceived judgment of others, trapped within a self- perpetuating circle of crushing status anxiety."

You also got me re-reading all about Elite. We had the original BBC B Disk version at home and a friend of the family used to come over and play it mostly. He was clearly addicted. But I digress.

Back in the late 90s we held my partners 40th birthday bash in D Brabens field and leaky barn out at 'Frontier Farm'. It was fun. Made me not need to have a 40th bash of my own. Most of Angstrom played, as did Blue String Pudding. And there was a rather large fireworks display which came as a bit of a shock to the locals of Longmeadow. hehehe. I hadn't realised that A Duggan was also involved in Elite. But come to think of it... wasn't it Gus's kitcar that was in the shed at the farm? I can't remember now. Tis all a Small World™ tho.

I look forward to hearing about your Cropredy :)