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Rob Hallam

Glasgow University graduate. I have wide-ranging interests - please see my about page either here or at

Spore Part I

Finally, Will Wright and his cadre of demoscene hackers has created something that I’ve wanted since I first started playing games. Spore lets you take a species from molecule to intergalactic civilization an a free-form manner. The game is both evolutionary and revolutionary (and I use the latter term cautiously) in a number of ways.Read More »Spore Part I

Update Update Update

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I’m afraid this is not only an update as the title suggests, but also a confession. At the start of this year, I made three resolutions. So far I’ve kept to about one and a half. It’s not that I’ve lost sight of my goals – if anything I want them more than ever. However, time constraints are a big issue.Read More »Update Update Update

Gerald Ford Is Dead

I may be slightly late, but former president Gerald Ford has died aged 94. Now, I’m not one to pass up an opportunity to cheapen a death, so I’d like to share with you a video of an SNL sketch by Dana Carvey about the late Gerald Ford.Read More »Gerald Ford Is Dead

Spam Begone!

Just a small note to the effect that this blog has been weathering a fair spam storm over the past 10 days or so. It would appear from the range of IPs that someone with a nice big botnet is doing the spamming. May they die a painful death. My plan had been just to let them roll in (just about everything is moderated) and delete once every few days. However, after logging in one day and seeing that there was about fifteen hundred spams in two days, I had had enough!Read More »Spam Begone!

IE7 Released

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Just a quick post to let anyone who hasn’t heard know that IE 7 has officially been released as a public download after one and… Read More »IE7 Released