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Delivery 3 of 4 arrived yesterday, so I now have some books written by that clever bloke that wrote the "brains" behind Creatures. I've finished reading the guys of the first robot book I got (I skipped over the exact details on how to construct the example robots) and now I have some ideas that are making me poing with excitement. Most notably I've got some ideas on how to build a lightweight low power electric motor.

Earlier in the week I was slightly "norty". I noticed an odd new user pop up on Things I Love linking to a very confusing item on some other site. I mostly ignored it until another new user joined up and did something similiar. Except this time they were advertising some radio station too, so I decided to just nuke the items and see what they'd do next.

Like kicking over an ants' nest, this had the effect that the two users started frantically putting the items back up again. I toyed with deleting it again, but decided to investigate what they were doing cos they both mentioned a "Woozle Race". Turns out some Oxford geeks were having a competition to see who could make the most elaborate and length chain of weblinks. And then at a set date and time, some "judges" would traverse the links and see who the winner was. So I decided to wait until just before the "race" started and delete the links again.

Time came and I realised it be more funny to just replace the items with something like "Woozle trap" and change the code temporarily to disable the two users from adding or updating their items. Realised in hindsight it would have worked better if I'd just rewrote the links so that they said the correct link but went some place else. Sure enough like ants they came scurrying back and tried fixing the items and then when that failed, started trying to fix the preceeding links in the chain instead.

What amuses me most about it all, is that at least one of the teams thinks it was the other one that sabotaged things. I'm not sure whether I should 'fess up and tell 'em I sabotaged both of them. They'll find/work it out eventually as I've discovered I know some of them cos they're cammies and some of them read this or know someone else who is.

In other news, google has found my personal website...so it should start indexing it all soon. w00t.

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As one of the judges of the Woozle Race I should like to thank you for your contributions to the race. It was very funny indeed reading the puzzlement of both teams concerning the sabotaged route!

I'm kinda aurprised how quickly people spotted my admission of "guilt"... but at least I provided someone else some amusement with this.

If I didn't know any better, I'd guess I caused a lot more trouble than I had expected too? :)

I almost asked you to put up some bits on the woozle race actually. If I'd realised that site was yours.... I'm most amused, certainly. :)

*grins* I saw you were involved fairly early on in my digging about, which is why I decided to "meddle" rather than anything else.

You do also realise that if thecesspit had used their own TIL account to post the next stage up, I'd have probably not spotted what they were doing and would have only taken out Team Kata? I only keep an eye out for new users cos I'm intensely curious how people find the site :)

Phew... least it wasn't the other team as it really worried me that it got nuked twice.

I was gonna bypass it (and almost did but the next link wasn't put up in time).

Because I use the site, I didn't use my own links page... dang.