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Comments on Friday 8 February 2008:
I went out to buy some printer paper, and on the way home passed a shop I have passed many times. It invariably has a sign outside advertising 25kg of potatoes for about 5 quid - I don't even know if that's a good price, but I'm always a bit tempted to buy them anyway, until I remember how far uphill it is to my house, and I walk past. Today, however, the door was open, so I peered in to see what else was in the shop. It was full of strange wonders, so I went in and purchased some.

One I purchased was a bottle of "MIGHTY MALT", whose ingredients appeared to be an approximation of "beer that didn't get fermented". It turns out unexpectedly that this drink was pretty nice.

Another purchased one is "Jamaican IRISH MOSS (Carageenan) vanilla flavoured drink", a strange can of nominal drink. To give you an idea of how 'drink' it was, it took about twenty minutes to pour into a glass. I suspect it's supposed to be like a protein shake or something, because it was utterly vile in that sort of way.

There were also several sorts of ginger-based cake that I could eat, one of which I bought but have not yet tried, the big bags of spices that I love this sort of shop for (twenty times a supermarket refill's size for close to the same price), a jar of unrefined palm oil which is a horrific glowing orange colour, a tin of some sort of leaves in brine that sounded like it'll taste like chili leaves (which are nice, like peppery spinach), "fufu flour" which I think is plantains, and a huge bag of cassava flour (unless that one's plantains and fufu is cassava). I didn't buy the huge bag because, like the potatoes, 15kg uphill made it less tempting than it would otherwise have been, but really, crazy flours that I've not seen before! Horrible things in tins and jars! I can never resist these temptations.

Also, Lunix drivers suck. Two possible drivers to pick from for my wireless card; the default one works for about 5 minutes then dies and requires a full reboot, the other option, after being a pain in the arse to install, also doesn't work at all. Working solution - installing the Windows driver inside ndiswrapper so Lunix can understand it. Apparently the drivers that don't work have been works in progress for about three years. [22:42]

Scram
What wireless card are you using after all?

RavenBlack
Some sort of RT61-based card, generic brand. The Windows driver it's using is the generic RT one rather than one from the CD, so it's not anything weird about the specific card. Ubuntu is recently defaulting to rt61pci as the driver, having been using the entirely different rt61 until recently. All of the internet appears to be saying "argh rt61pci isn't working, here is how to downgrade to rt61", but that downgrade didn't work for me either.

Melange
I love shops like this. There's one near me that used to be a greengrocers until a waitrose moved in next door. It seems that to maximise it's target demographic the grocers has morphed into some kind of Everything You Never Heard of And More!! Emporium; it has made me realise how woefully ignorant of the scope of the Earth's plantlife I have been all my life. Now whenever I pass it I buy dubius-smelling packets of leaves and tinctures I'm scared to cook incase they're poisonous.
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