Leyton Orient 1-4 Brighton

Leyton Orient 1-4 Brighton

Possibly the worst performance I’ve seen from Orient resulted in a home thrashing against a club that haven’t even been doing particularly well themselves in League One this season.

The situation obviously wasn’t helped by injury as there were no strikers on the bench and a fairly makeshift defence (with Thelwell at right back, and very uncomfortable with it).

Play was fairly balanced for the majority of the first half and although Brighton had the edge there was still everything to play for when we went into half time having only just conceded the first goal. Whatever Martin Ling said to the players, however, really didn’t work as from then on the goals looked to be coming thick and fast. At 3-0 down it was more a case of preventing a thrashing as bad as the 5-0 by Bournemouth the week before. It was only when a couple of the younger players were brought on that a bit of life was breathed into the squad with Demetriou and Barnard both playing to impress, and managing to do so.

But for most of the game Orient didn’t look like they were in the same league, let alone only 3 points behind. The highlight has to be when Alexander had to be taken off so centre back John Mackie was thrown up front.

A very poor performance all round.

Leyton Orient 1-4 Brighton on the BBC website

Ling upset as Orient beaten again

Del.icio.us API timeout and 503 response headers

Three days after building a little bit of code to publish posts from this blog directly to del.icio.us, I still haven’t got every post on there. Despite following the “don’t hammer our server” guidelines and waiting over a second between API calls, my process is still being kicked off after about 20 posts and can’t get back on for a good half hour or so.

Any concrete information about what can and can’t be done at what frequencies with this lame API would be good to see as it’s something that may be useful to integrate a client’s site with but is too flaky to think about using commercially at the moment.

The del.icio.us API

M&S uses ‘slimming mirrors’, says Kilroy-Silk

Marks and Spencer has said it is mystified by a claim by MEP Robert Kilroy-Silk that it uses “distorting” mirrors in its changing rooms.

Mr Kilroy-Silk has accused the store of misleading women with mirrors that make them look slimmer in its clothes.

By an amazing coincidence, I’ve noticed that every photograph of Robert Kilroy-Silk seems to have been taken with an orange filter over the lense.

Orange Kilroy-Silk

M&S; denies Kilroy mirrors claim

ASP.Net del.icio.us API integration with C#

I’ve been playing around with getting my blog to automatically post to del.icio.us when a new post is added (just because I can) and it’s actually very easy to talk to the del.icio.us API. To get any communication going, just create a WebRequest, add authentication, and away you go. The bit of code below reads an XML document of all posts into a string:

HttpWebRequest myReq = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(“https://api.del.icio.us/v1/posts/all”);
myReq.Credentials = new NetworkCredential(username,password);//Both as strings
HttpWebResponse response = (HttpWebResponse)myReq.GetResponse();
myReq.UserAgent = “K-blog del.icio.us adder”;//Optional
Stream receiveStream = response.GetResponseStream();
StreamReader readStream = new StreamReader (receiveStream, System.Text.Encoding.UTF8);
string deliciousResponse = readStream.ReadToEnd();

And now all my blog posts are linked on del.icio.us. There are a few problems linked with having to use the API sparingly (otherwise they start sending 503 headers back) so you can’t post too much at once, but it works as well as it’s going to.

Problems with the semantic web

I was pointed towards Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags by Clay Shirky and decided to read a few more posts. This one about the semantic web is interesting too. I particularly like this section on proposed uses for the semantic web:

“This example sets the pattern for descriptions of the Semantic Web. First, take some well-known problem. Next, misconstrue it so that the hard part is made to seem trivial and the trivial part hard. Finally, congratulate yourself for solving the trivial part.”

This quote could apply to a lot of issues programmers are presented with. Also this:

“the Semantic Web is divided between two goals, one good but unnecessary, the other audacious but doomed.”

The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview

Categorising content on the web

This article entitled Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags is interesting for any programmer who’s had a client say they want a taggable/searchable/categorisable system of some kind. They’re all the rage at the moment, apparently. The interesting ideas reall start in the mind reading section.

“One of the biggest problems with categorizing things in advance is that it forces the categorizers to take on two jobs that have historically been quite hard: mind reading, and fortune telling.”

Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags

Cruciate ligament: the footballing injury to be seen with

Owen was the first cruciate signing
Ashley Cole is contemplating backing cruciate

In recent years no Premiership footballer worth their salt would be seen dead without a metatarsal injury. The metatarsal is a small bone in the foot that was brought to the nation’s attention as a result of David Beckham’s injury in the world cup of 2002. Beckham’s endorsement of the injury is said to have earned him millions over the past four years and, partly due to his backing, it’s market position has been unassailable during that time. The popularity of the metatarsal can be seen as recently as Wayne Rooney’s injury incurred during the build-up to the world cup of 2006.

But now, it seems, the metatarsal is just so last year. Instead, the “must have” footballing injury of 2007 is the cruciate ligament. Michael Owen is the first big name to endorse this new brand and was somewhat ahead of the times, signing a one year deal for the label during the World Cup of 2006. Never one to be seen to be behind with the latest fashion, Ashley Cole also appears to be backing the cruciate.

Like so many chav accessories, it seems that as soon as Wayne Rooney gets one, no-one else will touch them. Ledley King appeared to be about to put his name behind the metatarsal but has pulled out at the last minute with just a stress fracture, probably after taking advice from his agent.

How many other big name footballers will be backing the cruciate label is yet to be seen.

Leyton Orient transfers

It’s good news that Luke Guttridge is staying at Orient for the rest of the season – he looked pretty useful in the few games I saw. But it’s really not good news that we didn’t get a striker given that Martin Ling decided to sell Paul Connor to fellow relegation strugglers Cheltenham. I just can’t see the logic in selling someone who was a decent player.

Now the transfer window’s closed, it’s back to looking at loans again.

Orient sign Southend’s Guttridge

Orient fail in bids for strikers

Connor leaves O’s for Cheltenham