Mick West

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So my naturalization oath day finally arrived. It in Pomona, which is about 60 miles from here, and they said to arrive at 12:30. So I set off around 11, and arrived around12 (unusually clear traffic for LA). When you arrive it’s pretty much a case of follow the signs. There was a huge queue

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The next to last part of applying to become a US citizen is the naturalization interview, where they make sure you are a worthy enough person to have the right to become a citizen of the US. Mine was scheduled for today, at 7:45 AM. So I get up at 6AM, and set off. They

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I’m currently living in the US as a “premanent resident”, with what is known as a “green card”. This means I can live here as long as I like, but I’m not a citizen. I can’t vote, I can’t leave the country for more than six months at a time, and there are some tax

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Back in 1993 I took a trip to Nepal with my ex-girlfriend Carol. I took a lot of photos on that trip, and finally got around to scanning them in: http://picasaweb.google.com/mickword/Nepal1993# Six days of the trip were trekking near Pokara, in the Annapuran region. This is approximately the route we took: From Nepal 1993 It’s

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This is how I got started programming, 20 years ago, 1988: Actually I started a few years earlier, but this is probably where I really got into writing code, and writing games. That’s a Sinclair ZX-Spectrum in a dK’tronics keyboard. Microdrive on the left. TV as a monitor. Sound sampler plugged in the back, plotter

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This is in Hebden Bridge, near to Bingley, where I grew up. If my life had a taken a few different turns, this could have been me: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8548110@N06/516706022/

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Books I’ve read since Feb 4th 2008, on my Kindle, with a ranking out of five of how much I enjoyed reading them. 1984 by George Orwell. (4/5) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (4/5) Sabriel by Garth Nix (4/5) Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (4/5) A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian,

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[Update June 2009] The following account might still be useful, but I don’t think the DPH548 is available any more. I would now recommend the NetGear MCAB1001 Adapter kit, which Amazon is currently offering for $180 for two adapters. It gets very good reviews. Someone reported problems getting it working with FiOS, but according to

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It works great! My wife and I both like to read. I recently got a Kindle, and Holly just had to have one too. One downside of e-books is that you can’t share a book with a friend. However, if two people can share one Amazon account (at least, just for Kindle purchases) , then