July 9th, 2003



I hit a mental block at the start of last week, dealing with delegates and events. It literally made no sense to me, no matter how much I stared at the description/examples.

So, deciding that it must make sense or it wouldn't be in there, I decided to keep re-reading the book until it did make sense. I re-read the whole chapter every day, and after 3 days suddenly delegates made sense. After 5 days the way that events worked slotted into place too. It's a marvel to me that the brain can keep on processing things until suddenly they appear out of nowhere - I now can't see where the problem was, the examples now look perfectly simple and the functionality seems obvious.

Following on from that, I played around with web services last night. Getting a simple service up and running was a matter or moments, and writing a form that passed information into the web service and displayed the response took only another ten minutes. I'm very impressed - I wish I'd had this technology a few years ago.

Of course, I then passed the form over to Nathan to see if it would work over the internet, but he seemed to be having all sorts of problems with routing, so I went to bed. Hopefully I'll get the chance to play tonight.

Scary figures

From a gallup poll on the beliefs of Americans on the origins of mankind:

The question was:

"Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings?
(1) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process.
(2) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process.
(3) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so."

The answers:
God created humans in present form: 47%
God guided the process: 40%
God had no part in the process: 9%
Other (vol.)/No opinion: 4%