Robert Hampton

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6th February 2008

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OK, so that didn’t last long. I’ve put the robots.txt file back the way it was, after a quick glance at my stats showed that people are stumbling across various bits and bobs via search engines, and presumably finding them useful.

I’m still thinking about the long-term direction for the blog. I’ll probably work it out just after I find a long-term direction for my life. Don’t hold your breath, people!

31st January 2008

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For the longest time I was somewhat desperate for people to visit me and shower me with hits. This is an obsession that dates all the way back to 1997 and the other site. Apart from one brief blaze of glory, it all came to nought (which, in retrospect, was probably just as well).

When I launched this blog back in 2003 (5th anniversary in a couple of months’ time? Eek!) I fully intended it to be a full functioning web site. I wanted to have comments and trackbacks and pings and RSS feeds and all the other stuff that Movable Type installs by default.

Now though, the wonderful shininess of blogging and all things Web 2.0 has worn off, and right now, I don’t really want to be a part of it. I’m not stopping blogging entirely, but I’ve added a robots.txt file to block out search engines. This may be a bit extreme, but for now I think it’s better that only the right people know about this site.

1st April 2007

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Hosting Problems. Will try and get them sorted out ASAP.

24th March 2007

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The 4th anniversary of my first blog entry sailed past without any official celebration from me.

So, er… yay! Four years! Here’s to four more (not likely), eh?

11th March 2007

7 days
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It’s been nearly a week since I last posted, and I feel obliged to write something. Unfortunately there’s not much to report, other than a comical incident on Thursday night when I sat down slightly too quickly in a low chair and split my trousers. Luckily (for me and everyone else present) I wasn’t going commando.

I’m not sure about the blog generally now. Should this be a diary-type blog where I talk about things that happen in my life, however uninteresting they may be to everyone else? Or should I be giving my own take on issues of earth-shattering importance, even though no-one really cares about my opinions? Or should I just take a break from blogging altogether for a while?

Each of the above options is tempting in its own way.

31st December 2006

You Nears Eve
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Presenting the RHMeUK Review of the Year 2006! Just start here and keep clicking through to the next page until you get back here. It’s like The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, but without Jimmy Carr — so it’s actually much better than The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

Anyway, my New Year’s resolution for 2007 is to write lots of interesting, compelling blog entries and not keep falling back on embedded YouTube videos. However, there’s a few hours of 2006 left, so here’s my current favourite song (Century Plant) from my current favourite film (Camp).

10th December 2006

Now the calendar’s just one page, and of course I am excited
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Hurrah! The red and green colour scheme and tacky Christmas clipart have been brought out of storage — with the added bonus this year of a toe-curlingly bad picture of me on the front page.

Ys, the countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun. Unfortunately, before we get there, we have to endure a month’s worth of “PC killjoys abolish Christmas” headlines in the tabloids.

There’s all sorts of lunacy going around, including the Daily Mail’s assertion yesterday (article not linked online) that there are few Christmas cards available with religious themes (surely just a case of manufacturers responding to the market?). They even went so far as to call for those who want religious cards to boycott non-religious cards (so, you’re going to refuse to buy something that you weren’t going to buy anyway?). Meanwhile, Richard Littlejohn is no doubt waiting to pounce on anyone who writes “Season’s Greetings” instead of “Merry Christmas” in their cards.

I think the “War on Christmas” is largely a myth (“bollocks” would be the less polite way of phrasing it). I think there have been a few isolated cases where well-meaning but misguided people have done something or said something negative about Christmas, which then got amplified and whipped up into a media frenzy by certain organisations and individuals with a political agenda (or who simply want to sell books). I resent Christmas being politicised in this way, especially by organisations such as the Daily Mail and Fox News, for whom the central Christmas tenets of “peace” and “goodwill” are not usually high on the agenda.

I’m not a Christian, but I’m quite happy to respect people who are. In the meantime, I will celebrate Christmas in my own way as a secular event (and before anyone complains about that, remember that Christmas is a restyling of a Pagan festival which was held every December long before Jesus appeared on the scene). I’m sure I’m not the only person who feels that way.

The Guardian had a good piece on the subject on Friday. If you’re not happy to believe the sandal-wearing hippies at that paper, you could just try walking along the street I live on, where already several houses (including my own) are bedecked in ridiculously over-the-top Christmas lights. If there is a War on Christmas, it’s a one-sided affair.

So there.

5th November 2006

Remember Remember
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Yes, I know having a noisy front page is annoying, but you know what? I don’t care! Mwahaha!

Happy Guy Fawkes Night, everybody! 🙂

28th October 2006


I upgraded to Firefox 2.0 recently. Short review: Internet Explorer 7 had almost caught up, but with 2.0, Firefox is now back in the lead again.

I spent the afternoon tinkering with MadMaze, to try and overcome my main niggle with it; namely that, in this day and age, no piece of software, no matter how dreadful, should be running in Mode 9. (320×256 graphics resolution! 16 colours!)

Messing around in BBC BASIC is still, after all these years, quite good fun. I’d like to get back into hobbyist programming, even though RISC OS, the platform on which I cut my teeth (requiring many hours of expensive dental surgery), seems to be in decline. Ho-hum.

Anyway, WordPress 2.0.5 has just been released, so I need to go and install it, hopefully without breaking anything in the process.

19th October 2006

Where do you want to go today?

So, have you downloaded Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 7 yet? I have, and I’m using it right now to write this post. RHMeUK, naturally, looks wonderful in it.

I’m not generally a Microsoft fan, but impressions so far are quite favourable. The new user interface is going to take a bit of getting used to, and I’m not sure it was necessary to move all the toolbars, menus and buttons around. I don’t think it’s going to be enough to switch my allegiance from Firefox, but it’s certainly a big improvement on what’s gone before.

Now that IE7 supports it, you have no excuse to ignore my RSS feed. Have you subscribed yet? Of course you have!