Tue, 27 Oct 2009

Finally, Rusty's Blog Moves to WordPress

You won't see anything new here! Try http://rusty.ozlabs.org instead.
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Tue, 14 Apr 2009

Gratuitous Arabella Pics

People do ask me how my daughter Arabella is going; she seems to be thriving on 4-5 days every fortnight with me. We go to the Central Markets to shop. We go swimming. We lay on the grass in the parklands over the road and read The Hobbit. We nap (alot).

She's a mostly-happy wonderful baby, and even my favorite photographs don't do her justice:

Arabella December 2008
(Professional photographer)
Arabella March 2009
(My sister)
Arabella April 2009
(Avi Miller)

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Mon, 01 Sep 2008

Welcome Arabella Lilly Russell, into a complex world

At 10:58am Adelaide time, on the first day of the Southern Hemisphere spring, Arabella was born as planned, 10 weeks premature and 1.06 kg (37 ounces). Pink and wiggly, and spending at least 6 weeks in hospital.

As some of you know, Alli and I are separated: she left me 3 months ago. I came to Adelaide for Arabella's birth, then I'm going back for a couple of weeks to pack up the farm, then returning to Adelaide because Arabella is here. I hope we manage to raise Arabella OK despite our split.

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Sat, 16 Aug 2008

IMDB Top 250 By Year, With No Serious Statistical Method

In a moment of idle curiosity, I wondered whether there was really a "golden age" for cinema. Maybe the IMDB Top 250 could shed some light, despite an obvious preference for recent films?

I broke the stats into 5 year segments: 1920 means 1920 thru 1924 inclusive. For the 2005-2009 segment, I extrapolated by 1.4, since we're only 3 1/2 years through that.

First I looked at raw numbers. How many movies from each 5 year segment feature in the IMDB top 250? This tops with the 2005-2009 section (extrapolated to 42 movies):

But that makes #250 count the same as #1. So if we weight each one, such that #1 gets 250 points, #2 gets 249 points, and #250 gets 1 point:

So clearly, the 50s (eg. 1957's 12 Angry Men at #10) was one peak, around 1980 (eg. Star Wars trilogy in 1977, 1980 and 1983 at #12, #9 and #109), and another may have just passed us in 2000 (eg. Lord of the Rings trilogy in 2001, 2002 and 2003 at #20, #31 and #14).

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Mon, 16 Jun 2008

Selling the Farm


With Alli's high-risk pregnancy, we're selling the farm and moving back to an apartment in Adelaide (where both our families are). She's moved across already, I'm staying to take care of the farm until it sells.

Unfortunately farms do not sell quickly, but it gives me time to have everyone visit (again). And now we're selling, there's less chance you'll be asked to do random tree planting or similar chores.

When Richard Guy Briggs visited last year he took some great photos, and now seems a good chance to link to them.

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Tue, 22 Apr 2008

Austin, TX

Arrived for the virtualization mini-summit (alongside the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit) the week before last, and stayed around because much of IBM's kvm work is done here. Much hacking, but I should have blogged about my travel plans sooner.

I leave on Friday for San Jose (on the "Nerd bird" I'm told) for the weekend before I fly back home, but if anyone wants to catch up, send mail...

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