Thursday, December 28, 2006

AFK

Well, the laptop is officially dead, and I feel like I'm practically dead, so it's time for a break.

First I am going to walk up the hill, then I am going to get on a plane, then I am going to get on a train, and then I am going to go into hiding with a book about prime numbers and a book about cholera, and not come out until the 8th Jan.

Happy New Year the lot of you!


UPDATE: I've just realised that this means I won't be on MSN during the GW feature-length special (10pm, C4, Thurs 4th Jan) after all. Bugger. Rest assured I will be with you in spirit, fellow GW aficionados.

UPDATE 2: Also, I urge all and sundry to join in with Tim's chapter-by-chapter critical deconstruction of the dreadful adverb-fest that is The Da V*nci C*de, for which he has set up a special blog and everything. The fun begins on Jan 1, perfect for your New Year hangovers.

17 comments:

Valerie said...

Well, poo. What am I going to do for entertainment?

Oh well, there's always the five house guests arriving tomorrow.. and the massive party on Sunday night... and the big hike on New Year's Day. Eek.

Enjoy your holiday. I'll be watching Tim's crazy blog, horrified that someone is actually rereading the damn thing.

patroclus said...

Thanks Valerie! I'm quite apprehensive about being laptopless for nine days. I might be found breaking into Cornish internet cafés at four in the morning.

Have fun with the houseguests and the party (will this be one of the legendary ones that people fly into the country for?) and the hike!

Valerie said...

No one's flying in from England or Oz this time, alas — dying to see my Brighton buds in particular, I may have to go to them at some point soon — but folks are flying in from various U.S. ports'o'call, at least. I am very ready to kick 2006 in the teeth and welcome in 2007.

Hope the Cornish internet café reference means you'll actually be in 'wall with le chat bleu. Happy New Year!

Dave again said...

Do have a Happy New Year, and may it bring you all your heart desires.

Or else.

Smat said...

Marcus du Sautoy is currently entertaining the Baby Smats in the Royal Institute Christmas lectures. Top bloke.
Happy New Year btw.

frangelita said...

Enjoy the numbers and cholera...

Can you really go that long without blogging???

Tim Footman said...

Bah! How can I start the DVC blog without your cryptographic nous?

Anonymous said...

Enjoy Cornwall, do not fall into any disused tin mines. It can happen you know, I saw it on Poldark.

patroclus said...

Well, I've finished the cholera book already (highly recommended, although it could have done with a bit more editing if you ask me), and I've broken into MY OWN OFFICE to go on the internet on someone else's computer. Someone please drag me away.

Smat: I saw the lecture, on realdoc's recommendation. Nice to get a glimpse of Tony Sale, aka the unassuming bloke who is altruistically rebuilding the Colossus purely in order for me to have something to compare my mind to. Bit disappointed that Marcus 'I'm a trendy professor, me, look at my trendy t-shirt and shaven head, see how cool maths is, etc.' du Sautoy didn't go on to explain elliptical curve cryptography, because that's new to me, but on the other hand there's a mathematician in the bar downstairs right now, so I might just go and ask him...

*continues waffling contentedly for several hours*

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!
Mmm... cholera.
I've found a bit about elliptical curve cryptography. I must say I've never heard of that before! Well there we go.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know where LC has got to? He seems to have disappeared

cello said...

We're watching Marcus du Sautoy as well (that's on a TELEVISION Patch, and, rather heroically, on five [as we must all call Channel Five these days].

I thought of you when he demonstrated an Enigma machine and talked about code-setting and breaking with primes and the great work done at Bletchley Park, though no mention of St Alan by name.

Prime numbers seem to be suddenly in vogue. Mr C got a book for Christmas called Prime Obsession by John Darbyshire all about the little beauties.

belladona said...

Gah. How disappointing. Ah well, have fun in Cornwall.

Lorna said...

Blianamhath Shona, Patroclus!

(as I think we say if we are half-Scottish, marrying an Irishman and trying desperately to be more Celtic than we actually are... Sorry for shite Gaelic spelling! )

rockmother said...

Hello Patroclus

Haven't been around for a while.

Happy New Year to you - hope it's a good one.

Romo x

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year P hope you have a good 2007.

Pashmina said...

Nonononononono
you *have* to be on MSN on Thursday night. I positively demand it! I can post you a laptop if you like...

Happy new year, by the way