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Debbie and Jonny's Wedding

My sister Debbie got married yesterday! What a fantastic wedding, on Oudekraal beach in Cape Town, with the mountains and the sea ... the wedding just seemed to reflect Debbie and Jonny so well. Celebration, Worship, Community, Joy.

they danced by the light of the moon


Having had many deadlines with my St James Software work, I haven't had a chance to respond to many Pootle / translate enquiries as I would have liked to. (Fortunately I've been making progress there, it's been nice to get things finished off). Anyway I leave them all marked unread until I do - now have exactly 100 unread messages in my translate list mail folder.

Pootle Test Installation Live

We've put up a live version of Pootle at, kindly hosted by my employer, St James Software

The Free Software Platform

Aaron J. Siego thinks that porting too much open source software to Windows will kill open source on the desktop.

Preached at Jubilee on Building the Church with Gold, Silver and Precious Stones

Preached at Jubilee last Sunday night on building with gold, silver and precious stones - how we build the church.
Included this great version of the three little pigs ("Wolf-Side story"?) and a picture of the Taj Mahal, contrasted with the Cardboard House mentioned last week on Slashdot.
What kind of church are we after? Something temporary or something permanent, something functional, or something of beauty? We need to build Love, Obedience, Passion for spreading God's glory (Jim Elliot quotes) as well as Persistent Prayer, Faithfulness and Commitment, Sacrifice and Suffering and Discipleship. We need to avoid building mere structure. Building on the precious foundation of Christ, building for eternity means we cannot settle for less. And God supplies the materials by his grace (v10) so we don't ever have to settle for less.
Felt like it was delivered OK, people encouraging afterwards. Presentation here [dead link] and low-quality MP3 here.

Strategy for guessing encodings

Came across this in comp.lang.python, fairly useful for localization work as you often have to guess what encoding something is in:

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