Vegetarianism on CBeebies

For some reason, perhaps a reluctance to deal with death, virtually all characters on CBeebies are portrayed as vegetarian, even some unlikely ones:

Doodles, the crocodile from Tilly and Friends eats mainly apples;
Captain Barnacles, Kwazii, Peso, and Shellington from Octonauts, despite being animals that would love a fishy snack (respectively: polar bear, cat, penguin, and sea […]

DOAPy Dist

So what’s DOPE? No, not DOPE, DOAP… what’s DOAP? Here’s what Wikipedia has to say… DOAP (Description of a Project) is an RDF Schema and XML vocabulary to describe software projects, in particular free and open source software. It…

Iguanadon and Gideon Mantell

The kids are still both really into dinosaurs thanks to CBeebies’ supply of new Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures episodes, so today we took them for a walk to Gideon Mantell’s house, which is helpfully just along the road.
Gideon Mantell is credited with discovering the first iguanadon fossils, following the discovery of a fossil tooth by his […]

A Less Smart Smartmatch

The smartmatch operator (~~) introduced in Perl 5.10 (and borrowed from Perl 6) has been the subject of much criticism. Its behaviour changes based on the types of its arguments (arrays vs hashes vs numbers vs strings vs …)….