maddy (themadone) wrote,

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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 it should start indexing it all soon. w00t.

Tags: geekery, humour, robots, til, update
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