The main process of updating the diary is performed automatically - I write my entries in a single file, and each day it is emptied and collected into the main months entry. I've yet to automate the monthly updates, but they only occur twelve times a year (odd that?!) so it's not a worry. If you find that the calendars lie about the days on which things fall, I'd appreciate knowing . The formula for that was taken from "The Rainbow Mathematics Encyclopædia" - a book I got when I in the upper infants, I think, which shows just how old it is really.
Some people may feel that I've editorialised some things in the diary. For reasons of contractual necessity, refraining from abusiveness, or general politeness there are sections which have been 'hidden' or have not been written about. I'm sure you can understand these, and it may become obvious in the course of time what has been happening. An example is the formation of RISCOS Ltd back when the diary started; this was well known to me at the time, but I couldn't write much about it so I wrote musings about it as if I didn't know. You get the picture, anyhow.
If you think that I rant on about a topic too much - usually computers! - then you can drop me a line from the comment page. I read all the comments, and will try to answer those that have email addresses supplied (or via the diary!). However, I wouldn't expect the content to change much really. The diary isn't there for your amusement (although that may be a nice side effect) but for me.
So, the last entry of 1999 would be :
http://gerph.org/diary/1999/diary-dec.html#31_Dec_1999The following section documents the old style format. In particular, the description of yy amuses me.
So, the last entry of 1999 would be :
http://www.movspclr.co.uk/diary/diary-dec99.html#31_Dec_1999There is one unfortunate problem with this though. The 'current' month is always stored as
index.htmlso that you can always reach it. Until I think of a decent way around this, that's just life. Sorry.
http://www.movspclr.co.uk/diary/diary.rss.You may find that your browser can read the 'meta' information from the page and offers you an option to subscribe to the RSS or Atom feeds for the diary. Opera 8 can do this, I understand.
The reason I don't read other diaries regularly is split between two. Most importantly, I don't have enough time. And I don't want to get into the situation where I'm merely citing things I've read elsewhere, or stealing ideas from other people because they just happen to have them. I've alread stolen some ideas from David, because they seem reasonable (you're reading one of them, and the other is the reader comment questions and form).
One of the things that I noticed about the diaries on Diarist.net is that they tend to have some sort of title to them. I don't. Part of the reason is that when I started out, I didn't know there were many diaries about or how they did things (I like that). The other reason is that it would have to mean something and cover the whole content of the diary, and I can't think of anything that would cover everything. So, it's simply "Justin's Diary".
The inspiration for starting the diary, as I have probably said in the diary
itself, is from the principle behind games developers
files which provide information on what is happening, and from Jennifer
Ringley's dream diary and other things.
|-||Matthew Bullock||Housemate, colleague from ROL|
|ThisHell||Helen Rayner||Friend, from BBS and the Internet|
|CMJ||Chris Johns||Friend, from University|
|-||Alistair Galbraith||Friend, from University|
|Chocky||Peter Naulls||Friend, from the Internet (New Zealand)|
|Speckles||Julia Naulls||Friend, from the Internet (San Jose)|
|Spanners||David Thomas||Friend, from the Internet (Liverpool)|
|Dave upstairs||Dave Ward||Friend, from Stratford|
|Jogu||Joseph Heenan||Friend, from the Internet|
|Zappo||Thomas Olsson||Friend, from the Internet|
|TheMoog||Matthew Godbolt||Friend, from the Internet|
|-||Robin Watts||Friend, colleague from ROL|
|-||Philip Tordoff||Friend, from Doncaster|
|-||Caroline Webster||Friend, from Downham Market|
|-||Sue Robinson||Friend, from Downham Market|
|-||Angela Beardsmore||Friend, from Newark|
|-||Claire Dunnett ne Wakeling||Friend, from Leeming|
|-||Alice & Sherry||My 'Love Gurus', from California|
|-||Amanda Lord||Friend of Mum's, from Norfolk|
|-||Vanessa Illingworth||Friend, at Warwick Uni|
|-||David Gamble||Friend, from Colchester|
|Ju||Julian Fletcher||Middle brother|
|-||Simon Fletcher||Little brother|
|-||Hannah Jackson||Simon's girlfriend|
|-||Greebo||Cat, at Mum and Dad's|
|-||Grendel||Cat, at Mum and Dad's|
|-||Paul Middleton||Managing Director, RISCOS Ltd|
|-||Matt Edgar||Managing Director, RISCOS Ltd|
|-||Andrew Rawnsley||RCI, for whom I did Doom, Heretic and Hexen|
|-||Ian Jeffray||Friend, from talkers|
|Drobe||Chris Williams||Friend, from talkers|
|-||Lucy Culley||Cousin, dad's side|
|Laugh - a happy emotion, showing something very funny.|
|Giggle - a happy emotion, showing something quite amusing or childish.|
|Grin - a happy emotion, showing amusement.|
|Smile - a happy emotion, showing contentment.|
|Sigh - a mildly unhappy emotion, or regret.|
|Unsmile - an unhappy emotion.|
|Sob - an unhappy emotion, generally regretful or upsetting.|
Obviously, you have to remember that the icons aren't always used in a place that is strictly correct for it's emotion.
There is one other manner in which entries can be added or amended 'after the event'. Over time, other manner of records have been discovered - in particular the 'May 1988' diary - which I wish to preserve. I've tried to add these texts in the appropriate place where possible. Similar to the 'May 1988' diary is the 'Sixth Form Diary' records which turned up during a search for similarly dated work. Both have been recorded within this diary where possible. Due to the content of the 'Sixth Form Diary', many of its entries may appear blank. Those entries which are blank have been held back for important reasons.