Monthly Archives: March 2012

Strikes my soul with wild alarm

I saw the original of this once in London at a Millais exhibition, it absolutely took my breath away. It’s one of the most beautiful and detailed things I’ve ever seen, it glows so much it feels realler than real, if you know what I mean. I occasionally think about it and always thought it was the Lady of Shalott, even though she was looking out the window. I just looked it up and it’s actually supposed to be Mariana, from Tennyson’s poem. Which actually, I love, so that’s quite a revelation. It’s so cool how you can look at a painting like this, or read a poem, and … and… It’s like the most amazing music sweeping you up and carrying you away in its strong manly muscly sexy arms, it’s like:

Sweet sounds, oh, beautiful music, do not cease!
Reject me not into the world again.
With you alone is excellence and peace,
Mankind made plausible, his purpose plain.
Enchanted in your air benign and shrewd,
With limbs a-sprawl and empty faces pale,
The spiteful and the stingy and the rude
Sleep like the scullions in the fairy-tale.
This moment is the best the world can give:
The tranquil blossom on the tortured stem.
Reject me not, sweet sounds; oh, let me live,
Till Doom espy my towers and scatter them,
A city spell-bound under the aging sun.
Music my rampart, and my only one.

Python on windows 7 with Vim

  1. Download and install Vim
  2. Download this Vim script and put it in your <vim>/plugin
  3. Download python syntax highlighting for Vim and put it in <vim>/syntax (you could also look at
  4. Download and install python 3.2 from here
  5. Under control panel > system click Edit environment variables and environment variables, and either edit the system path variable or add a new path variable for your user. Variable name is ‘Path’, and put in your Vim path and your python path separated by a semicolon, like this : “C:\Python32;C:\Program Files (x86)\Vim\vim73”
  6. Edit runscript.vim (downloaded in 2) and open it in notepad to edit line 40 to “let s:PathToExecutable = ‘python'” and line 44 to let s:mainfile = bufname(‘%’). I’m not sure why the last one is needed but it seems to be!
  7. Run cmd and type ‘vim’. Go into insert mode by pressing i, type ‘print(‘helloworld’)’, press esc and save the file by typing ‘:w’.
  8. Hit F9 to bring up the output buffer and F12 to run your program!

You know what fucking rocks?

Fencing fucking rocks. And it’s funny because it feels like chess, only harder and faster obviously. But you work out what works against your opponent and then you do feints and you try and get them to commit to lunge to get to an opening… It’s just that chess is easier because it’s more brain work and my wrists are WEAK. We need a lot more pushups and yoga and clay wedging and surfing there then.