Neal Stephenson’s ‘In the Beginning…’

Here’s a great short piece of work by Neal Stephenson, author of some of my favourite books. The piece is called In the Beginning was the Command Line, and is a great read in Stephenson’s awesome writing style about today’s operating systems and their evolution.

If you’ve never read a Stephenson book – go and do it, now. Snow Crash will rock you world, and his latest one, Cryptonomicon, is one of the best things I’ve ever read – awesome story, excellent settings – even the cover rocks.

Pratchett’s 25th Discworld novel now out

The 25th book in Terry Pratchett’s awesome Discworld series – “The Truth” – is now available in hardcover.

William de Worde is the accidental editor of the Discworld’s first newspaper. Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist’s life – people who want him dead, a recovering vampire with a suicidal tendency for flash photography, some more people who want him dead in a different way and, worst of all, the man who keeps begging him to publish pictures of his humourously shaped potatoes.

Awesome book series. For those that haven’t read the, its a comedy/fantasy series set on a place called the Discworld – a giant Disc (surprisingly) carried through space on the backs of four enormous elephants, in turn surfing on the back of a giant Space Turtle.

Ok, so it sounds pretty wack, but they’re all a damn good read. RRP is $40, but if you look around you can (like I did) pick it up for $30 – hardcover only at the moment.

How to trap ants

I figured out an awesome way to trap ants. I guess its only really useful if you want to collect them dead though.

1) Have a party

2) Leave a glass with about 4-5 cm of some unidentifiable sugary-alcohol-type mixture in the bottom of it somewhere where you won’t see it

3) Wait 2 weeks

4) Follow the line of ants to the glass

5) You will see a layer of about 3-5 cm of dead ants, with more ants plunging into it lemming-style.

From there, you can do what you will with your new pile of dead ants. By the way, dead ants don’t flush all that well.