OK. I didn’t die.

Yes, I’m still alive. 🙂 The Internet connection at work went down, and I don’t have a connection at home at the moment as the computer connected to the Internet is getting repairs done to it. And my own computer doesn’t have a modem (don’t need one anyway). Hence the lack of posts for a few days.

Both UnrealIRCd 3.2.5 and ircservices 5.0.58 were released while I was connectionless, and can be downloaded from the relevant sites (the links are around here… somewhere…). I should have the Win32 build of ircservices up by this time tomorrow – you can get them from the unofficial support forums that I run. And yes, the nameservers have finally been updated (!!!), so that site is back online.

I didn’t play many games at the LAN, by the way. They decided to play mainly Unreal Tournament 2004, which my poor old computer flatly refuses to run. So I spent half of the time watching Smallville episodes. I need my new computer…

I have some rather disturbing news regarding Michael Cullen (go a few posts back if you don’t know who he is – I’m too lazy to post a link). I still couldn’t get hold of him, so in total desperation I pulled off the relevant details off the CTI system and got in contact with his mother. Apparently the wheels fell off at home and Michael is now staying with ChildLine in Hillcrest (no real suprise to those of you who read my previous post). Which means that he no longer has access to a computer. Now that has totally jeopardised the project that we were doing, since Michael was the one and only coder that we had. So I’m now getting a Java programmer in who’s going to have to pretty much start from scratch. Fortunately, this guy is GEWD, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Except that deadline looms…

I kind of feel a tad bad ripping Michael off now, not realising the situation that he’d gotten himself into. But then, he probably needs it.

I’d better end on a nice light note. Some students were asked the question: is hell exothermic or endothermic. This is what one guy wrote…

First, we postulate that if souls exist, then they must have some mass. If they do, then a mole of souls can also have a mass. So, at what rate are souls moving into hell and at what rate are souls leaving? I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.

As for souls entering hell, lets look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to hell. Since, there are more than one of these religions and people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all people and all souls go to hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in hell to increase exponentially.

Now, we look at the rate of change in volume in hell. Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in hell to stay the same, the ratio of the mass of souls and volume needs to stay constant.

So, if hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter hell, then the temperature and pressure in hell will increase until all hell breaks loose (i.e. Hell is exothermic).

Of course, if hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in hell, than the temperature and pressure will drop until hell freezes over (i.e. Hell is endothermic).

So which is it? If we accept the postulate given by Ms. Therese Banyan during my freshman year, “That it will be a cold night in hell before I go out with you,” and take into account the fact that I still have not succeeded in having a relationship with her, the second case cannot be true. Therefore, hell is exothermic.

The kid who wrote it was the only one who got the marks for that question.

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