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I've not been posting much lately as a ridiculously huge amount of my time has been spent working on an open source project that has all sorts of fiddly bits I need to attend to, so here's a recent roundup of 'stuff'.

TV Licensing has sent another threat letter to me, letting me know that they're out to get me. What I really appreciated was the following line:

We take TV License evasion very seriously, and last month alone we caught 33.781 evaders.

Now I find that interesting. In their previous threat letter they wrote the following:

Officers from our Enforcement Division catch 93,138 people every year.

Ignoring that they've switched from a comma in the number to a period (presumably they don't mean they caught 'part' of an evader. Periods are sometimes used in numbers where Americans would use commas), but all of a sudden a over a third of their yearly offender list was caught last month alone. Good job guys! There must be a massive action sweeping the entire country looking for people furtively stealing illegal glances at TV. I wonder why I never heard about it? They probably only mentioned it on TV.

In other news, in visiting my London brother, he took me to Hever Castle, the former home of Anne Boleyn. No head, but everything on display was gorgeous.

Click here for decent pictures of the castle and its grounds. Unfortunately, you can't see the interior of the castle because they don't allow photography there.

Oh, and barring something unexpected, tonight I'll be at The Wake. For one reason or another, I've never gotten out to Goth/Industrial nights around here. I'm really looking forward to this.

yes, TV licence is smth hard to understand. Also, if i'm not mistaken, they have discounts for blind and deaf people. and you have to pay less if you have b&w tv, not color.

it's stupid, but one faces 1000 pounds fine if he dares to have a TV set at home and not paying for the licence.
I don't think I've come across any examples in this country where we use a . instead of a , in numbers. It'd be too easy to confuse with a decimal point. In the rest of Europe, however, they seem to use , instead of . for the decimal point.

More likely a typo - either that or they use a no-holds-barred policy involving rocket launchers, and count each glob of unidentifiable charred flesh as 0.001 of a TV licence evader.
It's not really so surprising when you figure that these are basically the same people responsible for announcing that they'd just a foiled a major (and imminent!) terrorist plot to blow up 10 airplanes with bombs made out of mouthwash and shaving cream.
TAP is the 'Test Anything Protocol'. It's a testing protocol widely used in Perl and many other languages have started adopting it because it's easy to read and generate. Unfortunately, the current implementation is rather limited due to an almost 20 year old design, so I'm rewriting a parser from scratch. Already Yahoo! is using it and many others have started building tools from my parser, so I'm trying to make it robust enough that I'll have fixed the bugs before people find them :)
Ohhh I love old English manor homes. I used to have a huge book all about the different styles and fashions of the houses and histories about each.

I wonder if English goth industrial nights are less ego and drama soaked than the ones over here.
I wonder if English goth industrial nights are less ego and drama soaked than the ones over here.

From what I can tell from talking to folks and reading some of the lists, that would be a big bucket of 'no'. Seems people are people, regardless of the funny accents.
If you've still got a TV set at home, I'd say you better get rid of it. I don't exactly know how things are in UK, but in Denmark, presence of a TV set makes one liable to pay TV license. It does not matter if it is connected, it does not matter if it works, it is there, so, pay up.
Yeah, that's what I've been hearing. Unfortunately, the TV came with the flat and my landlord has not exactly been terribly helpful in sorting out issues, so I doubt he'll come and pick up the TV. On the other hand, there's a crawl space I can stuff the TV in.

In other news, I didn't realize that Denmark also had TV licenses. I wonder how many countries have them?