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The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross

Have a computer science Lovecraft for you, The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross. Basic premise, all the Lovecraft stuff is real, the use of complex mathematics creates connections to other dimensions and The Laundry is the British MI-5 for the occult. Bob, the protagonist, is a computer geek who works for The Laundry and is transition to field work. It is not as scary as Lovecraft's writing but still very cool so far, I'm only about 1/2 the way into it.

And there is The Laundry RPG for Call of Cthulhu.

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  • Official website documenting Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's epic Long Way Round overland journey via Asia and Africa, visiting Unicef projects on BMW motorbikes

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At 15 months Tilda's take on Star Wars

While watching Tilda this morning I put Star Wars on in the background. First time it played in Tilda's presence. So far we are only to the cantina scene, but there have been three stand out reactions. The first was when Ben is reviving Luke, R2 and 3PO after the Sand People attacked. When 3PO is helped up all covered in sand and an arm ripped off Tilda began laughing and continued for several minutes. The second was when Ben is telling Luke about his father giving Luke the lightsaber. As soon as the lightsaber is turned on Tilda snapped to watching the TV as long as the lightsaber was on, totally mesmerized. The thrid reaction is whenever an Imperial score played she is immediately attracted to the TV. Even when in the other room she runs in to see what is going on.

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  • When it comes to web development, most people wouldn't doubt PHP's best friend is Apache HTTPD Server. Having that said, developers who experienced any of web application frameworks of other scripting languages such as Ruby on Rails and Django may well find it cumbersome to set up httpd.conf just to use it within a development environment as those are most likely accompanied by a tiny web server that can be launched with a simple command line. While PHP is capable enough to write a standalone web server in thanks to the enhanced stream APIs, writing a web server in PHP for each web application framework should not really make sense because it could not be made compatible enough with the standard environment due to difficulty of emulating PHP's per-request resource handling in the main event loop without Runkit. Therefore, it is natural that CLI version of PHP has a feature that the binary itself can be a web server.

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