Sun 10 Apr 2005
Books - Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Category : Commentary/manfredi.txt
Just one book recommendation before I go. I've discovered books by Valerio Massimo Manfredi.
I picked up "The Last Legion", not knowing what to expect, but I enjoyed it tremendously, and so I've started on his Alexander trilogy and, so far, it may not be as good, but it'll be with me on the flight.
I love reading history (a whole lot more than I enojoyed my engineering books). Novels like these help you feel how things could have been, and there are ideas that will make you think while you're being entertained.
But I really got to pack...
Category : Commentary/shanghai.txt
I've been shanghai'ed. By my wife and kid. Dragged off my work to Shanghai for a week. We're leaving in the afternoon and I've got my head still wrapped up in code.
I've realised that it's not quite so easy to make Postfix Enabler work remotely on a server. For a variety of reasons, it's turning out to be quite intricate. But the solution, if and when it does unveil itself, will need to be clean, simple, and precise. Otherwise, I can already see where and how it won't be reliable. Along the way, I've had an education on the subtleties of using quotes on Unix shell scripts.
Anyway, back to Shanghai. This is from the Lonely Planet guide, and I'm looking at this page :
One such history that I've quite enjoyed was "Shanghai" by Harriet Sergeant.
So to Shanghai, I go. Time to pack.