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Evening stroll [Posted on Tuesday, the 28th of July 2015 at 10:37 pm]

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Sunday before last, I went on a stroll east of Fareham, almost as far as Portchester...Collapse )
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What Pokémon are you? [Posted on Tuesday, the 28th of July 2015 at 12:35 am]

boggyb
[Tags|]
[What |sleepysleepy]

Somehow, while semi-randomly bouncing round the Internet and catching up on sites I stumbled across a What Pokémon are you meme...

I am Mew!
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On shouting at dragons in Skyrim... [Posted on Sunday, the 26th of July 2015 at 4:45 pm]

boggyb
[What |amusedamused]

elemnar: ...and you can shout at dragons to make them fall out of the sky.
boggyb: Dragons? Surely they just glare at you and then eat you?
elemnar: Well, yes, they glare at you once they're on the ground but by then you've usually switched to a better weapon...
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elemnar's approach to Zelda games: [Posted on Sunday, the 26th of July 2015 at 4:29 pm]

boggyb
[What |amusedamused]

elemnar: I go through it like a viking on caffeine
elemnar: This works up until the first boss, which generally requires some actual thought

It's not just limited to Zelda games - my sister uses the same approach for pretty much any game. Case in point is Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles where she picked the Lilty race - these being small hobbit-sized characters wielding frankly enormous halberds and with the strongest attack stat out of all the races.
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Car park chaos! [Posted on Thursday, the 23rd of July 2015 at 9:26 pm]

boggyb
[Tags|]

Winding back in time a little...

For quite some time now Network Rail have been working on the viaduct behind the flats. I'm not entirely sure what they're doing - it seems to involve hacking out chunks of brickwork from the arches, which somehow hasn't resulted in the whole thing collapsing, though then again it's Victorian engineering and so'll be massively overengineered for the load it carries - but anyway, as part of this they rather need to be able to get at the roof of the arches. So on Tuesday when I returned home I discovered this in front of me...



That made parking a little interesting on Tuesday when I entered to discover all this. Since reversing out of the leftmost archway space (being the only space remaining) is awkward, I decided to reverse into it. That was rather tricky - Alfa's are not designed for small-space manoeuvring - though not as bad as it might have been, as the hatchback design means the rear of the MiTo doesn't stick out at all (which shows how pointless kerb-to-kerb turning circles are - on paper I have about the same turning circle as The Gnu does in his 159, but in practice I can fit in a smaller area as the MiTo is quite a bit shorter!). It still took me a couple of goes to get lined up enough to slide in to the space.

One of the other tenants must have bent the ear of the site foreman over this, as on Wednesday when I left for work one of the workers came up and said rather apologetically "We do try to leave it tidy here". I suggested they also tuck the cherry picker in better so that Trevail House can fit one of their cars in next to it, which they've done (and also lifted the bucket out of the way) and today the scissor lift underneath the arches has disappeared as well so overall we're only down one space.
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Chuff-chuff-chuff-chuff... [Posted on Thursday, the 23rd of July 2015 at 8:32 pm]

boggyb
Today's random encounter, while strolling back from the nearby village for lunch (I say village - half-a-dozen small villages have mutually borged each other over the years and you can no longer tell where one ends and the next starts) is this:



Specifically, it's HMS Sultan's steam lorry. Why the Royal Navy has one I don't know - it's not like any of their ships are steam powered these days (well... technically the subs are, but I'm not sure how useful steam lorry engineering skills are with nuclear reactors), but anywhere there it was trundling along to Netley Marsh Steam & Craft Show.
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boggyb casts Summon Cat's Eyes! [Posted on Monday, the 20th of July 2015 at 11:59 pm]

boggyb
[Tags|]
[What |sillysilly]

So pleaseremove and I were trundling along the A3 the other night (returning from choros's stag do, which will be another post if I manage to write it), and somewhere in the vicinity of the Hindhead Tunnel we'd ended up discussing the state of the road...

boggyb: ...except there's no cat's eyes here. I want my cat's eyes back.

Not five seconds later the road curved round to reveal a string of shiny cat's eyes (for non-Brits: reflective lane markers that look rather like the eyes of an actual cat), at which point pleaseremove burst out laughing at my ability to summon them on demand!
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Drivetime craziness from pleaseremove [Posted on Friday, the 17th of July 2015 at 6:21 pm]

boggyb
[What |amusedamused]

pleaseremove: Oh, I see, we have a tractor being held up by a cyclist...
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Alfa 1: hubcaps 0 [Posted on Tuesday, the 14th of July 2015 at 6:52 pm]

boggyb
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Well, I checked the tyre pressures this morning and everything was fine, so, um...

Alfa 1: hubcaps 0!

Not that I intend to flatten any more hubcaps with the car...
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BOOM! [Posted on Monday, the 13th of July 2015 at 11:39 pm]

boggyb
[Tags|]
[What |surprisedsurprised]

Today's surprise is plastic hubcaps detonate most impressively when you run them over. Especially when it's in the middle of an archway with perfect acoustics for such. It sounded like a firework had gone off underneath the car!

At least I think it was a hubcap - the remains were in rather small pieces and hard to identify.

Since I was all of ten yards from my flat I just kept going and parked up. I think the tyres all survived, but I'll make a quick check of pressures tomorrow morning just to be sure.
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Random insanity in the life of pleaseremove [Posted on Sunday, the 12th of July 2015 at 6:53 pm]

boggyb
[What |amusedamused]

Skype: ring ring!

boggyb: Afternoon Mr. pleaseremove
pleaseremove: Evenin' Mr. boggyb, how be you?
boggyb: Fine, thanks. You?
pleaseremove: I'm fine. Well, I say I'm fine, I'm trapped in the study...
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Majora's Mask: 100% completion! [Posted on Sunday, the 12th of July 2015 at 1:57 pm]

boggyb
[Tags|]
[What |accomplishedaccomplished]

Part of the strive for 100% came from the much improved Bomber's Notebook, and all the hints dropped by the Bomber Gang leading to a lot of opportunities that I just wouldn't have paid attention to before. And then as I collected more and more and the notebook filled with completed tasks, I decided that it'd be a shame to get the the end and miss out by only a couple of items.



Almost all the heart pieces I managed to stumble across just while playing and wandering round - the Zelda games have always leant themselves to exploration, and are full of little tidbits to discover. I ended up consulting a guide for 2 or 3 of them, though amusingly not the final one - it turned out that I'd previously skipped the one in Ikana Castle due to time. The remaining four pieces are on the moon and so I'll be getting them in the endgame.



That's the largest quiver, bomb bag and rupee wallet there, along with the Gilded Sword which I picked up in passing.



I never got close to this on the N64. Oh, some of the masks are trivial to obtain - the Bremen Mask you get just by chatting to Guru-Guru - but most are more involved, and the Couple's Mask in particular takes an entire 3-day cycle to collect (and that's assuming you don't screw up right at the end and have to go back to the first day and try again).

Unlike with heart pieces where once you're on the second row you've got plenty of hearts, it's worth going out of your way to get all the masks. Because once you've got all 23 of the ones in Termina, you can then collect the Fierce Deity Mask on the moon and absolutely annihilate Majora.



I'm sure the 7th bottle is new... but I'm not sure what it replaced (on the N64, like the 3DS, the inventory fitted into a grid). Maybe the Ocarina - wasn't that originally a C-button item?

Anyway, onwards and upwards!
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(no subject) [Posted on Friday, the 10th of July 2015 at 11:44 pm]

boggyb
Today's annoyance is discovering that the only way to override an entry in the Firefox blocklist is to disable the entire blocklist. Which then leaves a gaping security hole, because the main point of the blocklist is to prevent Firefox from running malicious addons.

Unfortunately the Firefox folks also use it to prevent one from running older versions of Java and Flash, which is all very well except they block *all* versions of Java and now block last month's version of Flash as well. This is not helpful, especially given that I run the excellent Flashblock extension which replaces all Flash animations with a click-to-play button (and unlike the built-in Firefox feature, it actually works). Combining two click-to-play mechanisms doesn't end well.

Meh. Sledgehammer approach it is, as there isn't actually a security hole on my system (thanks to Flashblock and an anti-virus package). And at least I can still do this - the upcoming mandatory addon signing is not planned to have any override at all (which hilariously is a more locked-down approach than Internet Explorer!).
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Grexit anyone? [Posted on Sunday, the 5th of July 2015 at 10:43 pm]

boggyb
[Tags|]
[What |amusedamused]

Well, that's going to do interesting things to the Euro. Greece has overwhelmingly voted to reject the austerity package that goes with the bailout they want from the ECB, which they desperately need to repay the IMF and the previous bailout from the ECB.

I can't help but think it all went a bit like this...

"I'm calling your bluff! You're not really going to withhold the loan"

"No, I'm calling your bluff first! You're not really going to reject austerity"

"I'm not bluffing!"

"I'm not bluffing either!"

"...Oh"
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July car check [Posted on Sunday, the 5th of July 2015 at 7:22 pm]

boggyb
[Tags|]
[What |accomplishedaccomplished]

Car check time! Not quite as much mileage as the previous check - this time, over the past month I've done only 456.9 miles.

The spare tyre was down 0.05 bar, with the rest spot on except for the front left which was 0.05 bar higher than it should be (I blame the warm weather and general inaccuracies of tyre pressure gauges). Tread depth generally at around 6mm left - the fronts have slightly less tread in the middle (by maybe 0.5mm) compared to the edge, while the rears are wearing pretty evenly. The fronts are inflated to a higher pressure than the rears which may explain it.

Oil at maybe 3/4ths, which is slightly less than last month but again not really worth doing. Brake fluid and coolant are fine... well, I believe the brake fluid is overfilled and the coolant is underfilled, but they were always like that and neither have changed level.
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Name that Game, round whatever-it-is [Posted on Sunday, the 5th of July 2015 at 4:28 pm]

boggyb
[Tags|]
[What |determineddetermined]
[Who |the British F1 Grand Prix]

Enough worrying about speed cameras - I can't do anything now except wait and see if a letter arrives.

Anyway, it's time for something completely different. Or not so different, as I'm still in a mood for quizzes. Specifically, Name that Game!

As usual, the rules (though you should all know these by now):

  1. Pick some of your favourite games.
  2. Find a quote from each game.
  3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
  4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed.
  5. Wait a few days (preferably not months) before posting the answers to give everyone a chance at guessing.
  6. Those who search TV Tropes will have their internet privileges revoked.

Commentators, start your consoles!

  1. You thought you could trick me with that fake emerald didn't you?
    So... how did you know it wasn't the real one?
    Because you just told me, fox-boy!

    Guessed by elemnar
  2. Do a barrel roll!
    Guessed by crschmidt and elemnar
  3. Oh, Igniculus, fly on by; the lowest of the low I do not spy.
    Oh Aurora, search the sky; because I don't see the highest of the high.

    Guessed by elemnar
  4. It is something that grows over time... a true friendship. A feeling in the heart that becomes stronger over time... The passion of friendship will soon blossom into a righteous power and through it, you will know which way to go...
    Guessed by elemnar
  5. Perhaps the ending has not yet been written.
  6. Sine! Cosine! TANGENT!
    Guessed by elemnar
  7. Every puzzle has an answer.
    Guessed by elemnar
  8. Throughout our living nightmare, as we battle with this unyielding darkness, we Chozo see a light. This light glows with promise, chasing the shadows cast by the Great Poison and purifying that which has grown toxic. It is strange, though - at times it looks to our eyes as if the light coalesces into the figure of a woman.
    Guessed by elemnar
  9. We can still dance in the dark!
  10. Truly skilled trainers should try to win with their favorites.
    Sort-of guessed by elemnar (have half a point for getting the right series)
  11. Objection!
    Guessed by elemnar
  12. I appreciate you!
    Guessed by elemnar
  13. You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?
    Guessed by elemnar
  14. Metroids are not pets. Metroids are not for target practice.
    Sort-of guessed by elemnar (have half a point for getting the right series)
  15. Perhaps we could start with the memories of that caravanner there? I wonder how they taste?
    No, you will never touch them. Their memories burn too brightly for you!

    Guessed by elemnar

Remember, comments are screened so more than one person can score points for guessing a quote.

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(no subject) [Posted on Sunday, the 5th of July 2015 at 12:08 am]

boggyb
[Tags|]
[What |confusedconfused]

It's rather disconcerting when, having gone through a speed camera at quite definitely within the limit (indicated speed of just under 30mph) and being now beyond the calibration marks painted on the road, I then spot a pair of very faint camera flashes out of the corner of my eye.

Especially when I don't recall seeing anyone else in the rear-view mirror.

Now, I'm pretty sure that I was still doing about 30mph, and I'm very sure that I was well past the Pulborough speed camera when this happened... but it's still very disconcerting. Hopefully there won't be a penalty letter in the post.
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Guess the Book, round 2: the answers! [Posted on Saturday, the 4th of July 2015 at 12:13 pm]

boggyb
[Tags|]
[What |awakeawake]
[Who |Chrono Trigger - When All Hope Has Faded [OCRemix]]

Right, you've had your week and it's time for the results!

  1. But, that armour is just for show...
    You should know by now, Dilaf. Nothing I do is just for show.
    Dilaf and Hrathen, Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
    Guessed by ladyofastolat
  2. I need an election adjusted.
    How adjusted?
    As a cautious estimate? I need it rigged from top to bottom.
    Patience and Jean, The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
    Guessed by ariskari
  3. What fate? Burn your hearts, what fate?
    To marry the Daughter of the Nine Moons!
    To die and live again, and live once more a part of what was!
    To give up half the light of the world to save the light of the world!
    Mat and the Aelfinn, The Wheel of Time: The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
    Guessed by rustica
  4. But if I change back, it'll take me at least half the night to make a new Charter-skin. We'll miss dinner - and the midnight rounds.
    Some things are worth missing dinner for.
    Lirael and the Disreputable Dog, Lirael by Garth Nix
    Guessed by rustica
  5. You were Will's age then, up on your mountain. And you saw me... riding.
    Riding on the wind.
    Merriman and John Rowlands, Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper
    Guessed by ladyofastolat
  6. To know what would have happened, child? No. Nobody is ever told that. But anyone can find out what will happen.
    Aslan, The chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
    Guessed by ariskari
  7. Barbecued billygoats!
    Nancy Blackett, Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
    Guessed by rustica
  8. Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!
    The Red Queen, Through the Looking-glass by Lewis Carroll
    Sort-of guessed by ladyofastolat (you did get it right, I just fail at reading LJ comments)
  9. You know, Lieutenant, I've seen the summary of the Board of Inquiry. The final paragraph specifically notes that you are not to be in command of any combat vessel until such time as you have demonstrated competence in relevant training exercises. Yet I find that your citation says you took command of the vessel Antberd's Axe which subsequently engaged enemy vessels in a hostile encounter. Your commander praises your initiative, when I would think he should condemn your blatant disregard of the findings of that Board of Inquiry. Do you have anything to say, Lieutenant?
    Well, sir, my recollection is that the Board said I should not command any R.S.S. combat vessels until further training... it didn't say anything about Bloodhorde ships.
    Admiral Foxworth and Lieutenant Suiza, Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon
  10. That sentry ship attack a few minutes ago. You were able to tell from that that those were Elomin ships?
    Learn about art, Captain. When you understand a species' art, you understand that species.
    Captain Pellaeon and Grand Admiral Thrawn, Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

And now to see who guessed the most:

ariskari: 2 points
ladyofastolat: 2.5 points 3 points (I fail at reading LJ comments)
rustica: 3 points

Well, the joint winners are ladyofastolat and rustica! Congratulations, you both win at the internet!

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Yoshi's Woolly World [Posted on Wednesday, the 1st of July 2015 at 11:33 pm]

boggyb
[Tags|, , ]
[What |happyhappy]

Awww, cute!



Unfortunately GAME were sold out of the amiibos ("Sorry mate, we sold the last one not half an hour ago") when I picked this up at the weekend so I don't have a real Yoshi plushie to go with Yoshi's Woolly World. The amiibos do seem to be made of unobtainium, which is a shame as it's a fun concept and they actually look quite good (plus my inner Pokémon Trainer wants to collect 'em all...).

Anyway, so far I've cruised my way through to world 5 in what's proving to be a wonderfully cute and laid-back game - it's basically taken the cuteness and laid-back-ness that was Kirby's Epic Yarn, and added the cuteness and general feel-good-ness of the Yoshi games. Oh, and added the crazy hard platforming needed to actually unlock everything - so far I've only managed 100% completion on one level out of 30 or so:



I can see this being just as hard as the original was for 100% completion.

Oh yes, I also stumbled across this gem in one of the later boss fights...

Minor spoiler for World 4-8 bossCollapse )
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Random ice cream! [Posted on Wednesday, the 1st of July 2015 at 11:01 pm]

boggyb
[Tags|]
[What |hothot]

Today's random event was one of the receptionists at the office popping round with a bag of ice cream. As best as I can tell, she spontaneously decided to pop out at lunchtime and empty the local Iceland of ice cream to bring round all the offices here (remember, the team I'm in works out of managed offices so there's a whole collection of different companies in the building).

Given that today is the hottest July day on record the ice cream was much appreciated!
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(no subject) [Posted on Tuesday, the 30th of June 2015 at 9:27 pm]

boggyb
[What |hothot]

So, I was out for an evening stroll taking the long way to Tesco's, where out of the corner of my eye I saw what looked like a faint camera flash, but looking around I couldn't spot anything to cause it and so just thought it was rather odd. Then a few seconds later as I was walking underneath the railway bridge, I heard the rumblerumblerumblerumble sound of a passing train... up until with a BOOM it morphed into the sound of thunder.

At that point I decided it would be a good idea to cut the rest of my walk short and head straight to Tesco's. This worked out well, as a couple of minutes after I got there it started bucketing down outside.

Curiously enough the rain only lasted a minute or two, and that single strike was it for the lightning, leaving the evening with that hot and muggy feeling that threatens but never quite delivers a thunderstorm. British weather is weird.
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(no subject) [Posted on Tuesday, the 30th of June 2015 at 6:22 pm]

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This was one of those commutes, where it seems like absolutely no-one has any idea which lane they want to be in or where they're going.

Actually, that's a bit harsh. They do know which lane they don't want to be in - and it's the one that they were in for the last couple of minutes. Until a couple of minutes later, at which point they decide that actually they did want to be in the first lane after all.

And of course all of these are last-minute decisions where they suddenly swerve across the road and only bother to indicate once they're half-way through the lane change.

Sigh. Still, I do have working air con in the Alfa, which is more than can be said for when I was taking the bus to work.
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(no subject) [Posted on Saturday, the 27th of June 2015 at 6:31 pm]

boggyb
[What |confusedconfused]

So because I still haven't fixed the graphics card, I'm currently sat in front of Aether (my laptop). But to access some of the stuff on Nyx (the desktop) I've got a remote desktop session running in the background.

This gets confusing when a RSS post or email or something appears on Nyx, as thanks to the magic of remote desktop the "bing-bong" sound is actually played out of Aether. I'm then momentarily puzzled as to why nothing on Aether is showing any updates.
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Guess the Book, round 2 (probably)! [Posted on Saturday, the 27th of June 2015 at 12:23 am]

boggyb
[Tags|]
[What |sleepysleepy]
[Who |Chrono Trigger - When All Hope Has Faded [OCRemix]]

The real reason for finally posting the answers is because it's time for another "Guess the Thing" meme! This time, it's Guess the Book!

But before I continue, let me remind you of the rules:

  1. Pick some of your favourite books.
  2. Find a quote from each book.
  3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
  4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed.
  5. Wait a few days (preferably not months) before posting the answers to give everyone a chance at guessing.
  6. Those who Google or search their Kindle for the answers will be fed to the Jabberwock.

Commentators, ready your library cards!

  1. But, that armour is just for show...
    You should know by now, Dilaf. Nothing I do is just for show.

    Guessed by ladyofastolat
  2. I need an election adjusted.
    How adjusted?
    As a cautious estimate? I need it rigged from top to bottom.

    Guessed by ariskari
  3. What fate? Burn your hearts, what fate?
    To marry the Daughter of the Nine Moons!
    To die and live again, and live once more a part of what was!
    To give up half the light of the world to save the light of the world!

    Guessed by rustica
  4. But if I change back, it'll take me at least half the night to make a new Charter-skin. We'll miss dinner - and the midnight rounds.
    Some things are worth missing dinner for.

    Guessed by rustica
  5. You were Will's age then, up on your mountain. And you saw me... riding.
    Riding on the wind.

    Guessed by ladyofastolat
  6. To know what would have happened, child? No. Nobody is ever told that. But anyone can find out what will happen.
    Guessed by ariskari
  7. Barbecued billygoats!
    Guessed by rustica
  8. Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!
    Sort-of guessed by ladyofastolat (you did get it right, I just fail at reading LJ comments)
  9. You know, Lieutenant, I've seen the summary of the Board of Inquiry. The final paragraph specifically notes that you are not to be in command of any combat vessel until such time as you have demonstrated competence in relevant training exercises. Yet I find that your citation says you took command of the vessel Antberd's Axe which subsequently engaged enemy vessels in a hostile encounter. Your commander praises your initiative, when I would think he should condemn your blatant disregard of the findings of that Board of Inquiry. Do you have anything to say, Lieutenant?
    Well, sir, my recollection is that the Board said I should not command any R.S.S. combat vessels until further training... it didn't say anything about Bloodhorde ships.
  10. That sentry ship attack a few minutes ago. You were able to tell from that that those were Elomin ships?
    Learn about art, Captain. When you understand a species' art, you understand that species.

Lines are closed and the results are in!

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Guess the Movie, round 4: the answers! [Posted on Friday, the 26th of June 2015 at 10:23 pm]

boggyb
[Tags|]
[What |hothot]

I posted a quiz several months ago now, didn't I? It's about time I posted some answers!

  1. To infinity, and beyond!
    Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story
    Guessed by talismancer and pleaseremove
  2. The latest thing from Q branch: it's called a radio.
    James Bond, Skyfall
    Guessed by pleaseremove
  3. You didn't slay the dragon?
    It's on my todo list!
    Fiona and Shrek, Shrek
  4. My own personal flurry!
    Olaf, Frozen
  5. Hammer tech?
    Yeah.
    Tony Stark and Col. James Rhodes, Iron Man 2
    Guessed by pleaseremove
  6. Unfortunately there's this dirty great sea monster in the way.
    I think they just add those on the maps for decoration.
    Is that a fact?
    The Pirate Captain and Charles Darwin, Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
  7. Not my daughter you bitch!
    Molly Weasley, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2
  8. Fly, you fools!
    Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    Guessed by talismancer
  9. You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!
    Charlie Croker, The Italian Job
    Guessed by talismancer and pleaseremove
  10. The Grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they moved through the computer. What did they look like? Ships? Motorcycles? Were the circuits like freeways? I kept dreaming of a world I thought I'd never see. And then one day... I got in.
    Kevin Flynn, Tron Legacy
    Guessed by pleaseremove
  11. better drowned than duffers if not duffers wont drown.
    Commander Walker, Swallows and Amazons
    Guessed by talismancer
  12. It's a- it's a- it's a- it's a- it's a- it's a-
    No no no no no no. 'Cause if it was a bomb, the alarms would go off 'cause all these hotels have bomb detectors, right?
    Priest Vito Cornelius and DJ Ruby Rhod, The Fifth Element
    Guessed by pleaseremove
  13. Standard-issue helmet and body armour. Yours, when you graduate.
    Standard-issue sidearm, with 20 interchangeable rounds and voice-activated round system. Yours, if you graduate.
    Lawmaster with rapid-firing cannons and a range of 500 kilometres. Yours... if you can ever get it to work.
    Judge Dredd, Judge Dredd
  14. What's the situation?
    Two blokes and a fuck-load of cutlery!
    Nicholas Angel and DS Andy Wainwright, Hot Fuzz
    Guessed by pleaseremove
  15. Call my name. Bastian, please! Save us!
    The Childlike Empress, The Neverending Story

And most importantly, the scoreboard!

pleaseremove: 7 points
talismancer: 4 points

Congratulations to pleaseremove, you win!

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Today's crazy driver [Posted on Tuesday, the 23rd of June 2015 at 8:43 pm]

boggyb
[Tags|]

Today's crazy driver on the commute back was driving a black car, with a darkly tinted rear windscreen, and a lack of any lights whatsoever.

Including brake lights.

Now, there is an insurance scam where someone will disconnect their brake lights, then wait for an unwitting victim to rear-end them... so I hung back and gave him plenty of room.


I seem to be encountering quite a few crazy drivers these days - the trip to Amberley chalk pits at the weekend for Father's Day seemed to be full of drivers who had no idea where they were going, or even how fast they wanted to go. And then on the return journey I had to brake hard several times to avoid numpties who suddenly decided they wanted to be where I was (including someone trying to simultaneously occupy all of the lanes of one of the Chichester roundabouts). Then finally, as I was climbing the M27 round Portchester I found the opposite of today's driver, trundling along at 65 with the brake lights on. And the lights stayed on as I we left the motorway, came to a halt at the junction, and then pulled away onto the A27. Again, I decided that I trusted him even less than the average driver and gave him plenty of space in which to make a fool of himself.
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I have a shiny new toy! [Posted on Monday, the 22nd of June 2015 at 9:28 pm]

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[What |curiouscurious]

I have a shiny new toy! Surprisingly given that I bought it from a random eBay seller, it actually came in a little box with what presumably must be a cute little Chinese warranty sticker on it:



Can you guess what it is?



Perhaps if I plug it in and make it do something...



Yes, it's a USB power meter, proving that it's a wonder that any USB hard disks actually work. For non-techies, USB 2.0 ports are only spec'd to supply 500mA, not the 582mA that this drive sucked down on spinup.

There is actually a reason for getting this beyond the shiny toy aspect - the 32GB of internal storage in a Wii U doesn't last long once one starts really using the eShop, but searching online suggests that just buying a 2TB USB hard disk might not be the best idea as the USB ports on it are actually current-limited (almost no-one does this!). The consensus is that bus-powered USB hard disks may initially seem to work, but become unstable under load as the high power draw (probably through a polyfuse) causes the voltage to sag. Hence the power meter, so I can check if I'll need a Y-cable that I also picked up.

And because it's a shiny toy to add to my pile of occasionally-useful computing gadgets, along with the Bus Pirate and the Logic Sniffer.
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More Hyrule Warriors silliness [Posted on Sunday, the 21st of June 2015 at 10:16 pm]

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[What |amusedamused]

The ultimate humiliation:



Somehow I'd managed to knock the Darknut down to only a couple of hitpoints, sending it flying into a clump of my foot soldiers. One of 'em then took a quick swipe at it with the result above. Don't underestimate the cannon fodder in Hyrule Warriors... they can and will deal damage, which while small can still be deadly.


Later on, in a different mission (but on the same map - this does get rather repetitive after a bit), the game designers decided to play with the traditional character roles...



The enemy commander, by the way, was Zelda, while on my team Ghirahim was in charge. Sword spirits versus Triforce perhaps?
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(no subject) [Posted on Saturday, the 20th of June 2015 at 10:18 pm]

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I declare this to be most unfair:



For those of you who don't play Hyrule Warriors (probably almost my entire flist), to get an A-rank one needs something like 1000 or so KOs, a reasonably low amount of damage taken, and to complete the battle within 15 minutes. Not 15 minutes and 1 second.

Still, I have to admit I wasn't expecting to get an A-rank given that I'd only just unlocked Ruto... but I was expecting to fail on damage and/or KOs, not by just taking a smidgen too long.
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(no subject) [Posted on Saturday, the 20th of June 2015 at 6:20 pm]

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Been playing some more Hyrule Warriors recently, because I want to unlock at least some of the stuff in it. And what should appear during one mission but this comment from Ghirahim, who's supposedly on my team...



Of course, he then came to his senses, turned traitor, and tried ineffectually to attack me (playing as Impa, because one of her combos is epically overpowered against giant bosses). I just ignored him instead and splatted the Dodongos. I'm not sure his pride will ever recover.


Speaking of overpowered combos, I stumbled across another trick. Some missions in Adventure Mode where "all attacks are devastating" - this is essentially InstaGib mode. Previously I've just waded in and relied on the fact that the player can actually survive one hit, but this time I had a go at taking pot-shots with the bow. Normally the bow is only useful against very specific enemies, but it still does a little damage... which in InstaGib mode is enough to churn through vast hordes of enemy captains while staying out of range of them.
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Slightly-delayed real life post! [Posted on Thursday, the 18th of June 2015 at 12:30 am]

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[Who |Chrono Trigger - When All Hope Has Faded [OCRemix]]

Monday turned out to be a rather eventful day, with the news that $WORK is being bought out! Or rather, $BUYER has "signed a definitive agreement" to buy $WORK (I think that's the right terminology), and will actually properly buy $WORK sometime later. This was not a complete surprise to us, though an outright purchase was at the top end of the various speculations.

Short-term to mid-term is still business as usual, and long-term the tea leaves currently say that the team I'm in is one of the reasons why $BUYER is buying $WORK so it should be all good. One industry analyst actually posted an image of $BUYER's logo eating $WORK's logo, which in turn was eating the team's former logo (the team I'm in was originally a separate outfit that got bought by $WORK shortly before I started). Still, it'll be interesting to see where this ends up.

Anyway, that aside I eventually made my way to Jonners' for the Monday pasta night and games (level 1 JaniBots become surprisingly dangerous when someone boosts them to level 24), which took quite a bit longer than expected due to the M27 junction basically being broken by design. Picture a roundabout with four exits - M27 to the left and right, and other major roads to the top and bottom. Now imagine everyone wants to turn right, with traffic lights conspiring to gridlock the roundabout. Supposedly the highways folks are improving this though they don't seem to be doing much at the moment. Once I got onto the motorway however everything flowed nicely (apart from one numpty deciding to undertake me when I was indicating left), and for once even the return journey was free of bad weather! It's quite a different trip with a clear night sky, a lack of kamikaze drivers, and mysteriously absent road works (the supposedly closed Chichester bypass was completely open).
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DIY time! [Posted on Tuesday, the 16th of June 2015 at 7:26 pm]

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[What |accomplishedaccomplished]

One morning quite some time ago, I turned on the kitchen tap for it to spit out a small lump of metal:



This turned out to be part of the tap aerator, which is a widget that screws into the end of a tap to straighten the water flow. I unscrewed the rest of it to discover that the metal portion had broken away from the rest of it, and that what's left wasn't doing anything useful. And that it had collected quite a lot of grit over the years... probably from when the junction was rearranged and the contractors broke the water main (twice!).



Anyway, fast-forward until last Friday when I finally got round to searching for and actually buying a replacement. It turns out that tap aerators are surprisingly hard to find - there's not many mainstream plumbing websites that stock them, and to get a matching replacement that wasn't going to take several months to arrive from China I resorted to an eBay seller that seemed to stock a little of everything (the black spots in the photo are shadows, not dirt).



Replacing it was easy enough - a tip I found online to avoid damaging the chrome is to wrap it in a tea-towel rather than placing it directly in jaws of an adjustable spanner - and now water no longer runs down the outside of the tap!



On to the next task...
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(no subject) [Posted on Sunday, the 14th of June 2015 at 8:28 pm]

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[Where |Fareham]

Today's amusing moment while out on a stroll along the creek is managing to end up on both sides of a locked gate. And no, I'm not talking about a simple farmer's gate or suchlike, but one in a tall chicken-wire and barbed-wire fence.

I'm not entirely sure what the point of it is - one side is the rec next to the creek, and the other side is a small private car park off a residential street which is also blocked from the creek by the same fence.

It reminded me of some of my exploration around university, with the odd inexplicably locked door separating two otherwise-accessible areas. Or when after emerging from a sequence of particularly twisty turny corridors I'd glance back at a door I'd just come through to sometimes find it plastered with "keep out" signs (which in one or two cases warned of an embarrassing demise for the unwary - the corridor next to the NMR scanner comes to mind). This is despite not having seen any such signs facing the direction I was going. Did this mean some corridors were only dangerous if entered from a certain direction?
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(no subject) [Posted on Sunday, the 14th of June 2015 at 12:16 am]

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[Who |Chrono Trigger - The Day the World Revived]

In the beginning, $oldThing exists and does something well. Until...

$newThing: Hey look, we have a shiny new thing!

$newUsers: Ooh, shiny!

$newUsers: *flock to $newThing*

$oldThing: Hmm, we're not getting new users these days. I know! We need to be more like $newThing!

$oldThing: *Changes everything*

$newUsers: *Continue flocking to $newThing, because that's what everyone else is using*

$oldUsers: *Abandon $oldThing, because it no longer does what it used to do*

$oldThing: Why are we losing users instead of gaining them?


For $newThing and $oldThing think, say, Chrome and Firefox, or Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr and everything that isn't Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr.
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Sigh... one of those days [Posted on Friday, the 12th of June 2015 at 5:52 pm]

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Let's see... today I spent the morning trying to work out why one of the jobs on the build server was consistently failing, yet running the build by hand at a command prompt worked fine. The weird part is that after doing that it started working again.

Then I made the foolish mistake of updating the Android toolchain at lunchtime, to discover that there's a new appcompat library which horribly confused Android Studio (as in it claimed that I was missing some libraries, yet my code compiled fine and loaded successfully... and then a function call which was working before started returning null for no good reason). I eventually solved that by blowing away all the dependencies and starting again from scratch, only to discover that in the shiny new Material Design world that is Android 5 they've removed a user interface widget that I was using with the official recommendation being "add a progress bar manually (see StackOverflow for help)". That's not a useful answer!

And finally I returned back home to discover that my Roomba had for once not beached itself on the Ikea chairs, but instead had gotten lost searching for its docking station and eventually ran out of charge right behind my front door...



That's where it ended up after I pushed the door open - you can see the scuff marks from it being pushed sideways across the carpet!
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(no subject) [Posted on Thursday, the 11th of June 2015 at 9:42 pm]

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[What |surprisedsurprised]

Today's surprise is an apparently legitimate email from the bank, which begins...
Hello Mr boggyb,

We've noticed you've been locked out of online banking. Click here to reset your details - it won't take long...
Okay, so it didn't really say boggyb, but it did contain my actual surname which I'm not posting here.

Despite reading exactly like the umpteen phishing emails that turn up these days, the link does actually lead to my bank's website. The security information in the email (name and postcode) are also correct. Either it's a really sneaky phishing attempt, or the bank has really locked my online access and emailed me to tell me about it.

I'm still ignoring it on principle - I rarely if ever use that bank's online system, and can always sort it out later if it has become locked.
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DIY Pizza Night success! [Posted on Thursday, the 11th of June 2015 at 9:15 pm]

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[Who |Moby - The Perfect Life]

DIY Pizza Night success!

Last Saturday, Beth and Jonners came down from Horsham to visit - they spent the day exploring Portsmouth Dockyard (don't let the museum aspect fool you - it's a real naval base, guarded by real armed police), before arriving at my flat to become guinea pigs for the upcoming DIY Pizza Night (to go along with the regular Pasta Night that they host). The trial was a success, with much pizza followed by the craziness that is Mario Kart 8, wherein we discovered that the Baby Park course contains crazy amounts of item spam and the new 200cc mode is completely mental.

Then on Sunday, after they explored the Spinnaker Tower (having spent the night in a B&B in Fareham) we met up again to have lunch and potter round Fort Nelson. It turns out that despite what the website says they do actually run events on the weekend - not only was there the usual gun firing, but they also had a small unit of Roman legionnaires and auxiliaries!

Romans!Collapse )

Finally, in the afternoon we made our way down to the Gosport Teamsport karting track, which I've not tried before despite living only a few minutes away. The track is another disused warehouse, though it's more comfortable than the Brighton track and felt faster as well - you can take the entire upper section at full throttle, from the corner before the up ramp to after the bottom of the down ramp.

As it happened Jonners and I had the track to ourselves, and so could put lots of laps in without being interrupted by traffic or yellow flags. We ended up with only half a second between us per lap - about 31.5 for me, and a shade under 31.0 for him. In the first session he gradually disappeared off into the distance (though in the 15 minutes we had he didn't manage to reach me to lap me), while second time round I left the pits first and managed to hold him off for a good 5 minutes or so, before losing it under braking at the corner after the bridge. This does seem to be a theme of our karting - I'll successfully keep him behind until I slip up, at which point he sails past. I remember pleaseremove's comment from the first time I went karting at Crawley, that while I don't go as fast as him I'm hard to overtake as I sit bang on the racing line. Presumably that means the F1 driver I'm most like is Trulli (of the Trulli Train)!
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(no subject) [Posted on Thursday, the 11th of June 2015 at 5:59 pm]

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[What |hothot]

I'm still here, just hopeless at blogging!

*melts*

The weather's been weird over the past month or so, with temperature swings of nearly 10°C over the course of a week. Case in point: today it's around 25°C, which counts as far too hot when yesterday only reached 19°C.

And I've not got round to making more ice cubes. Still, at least I have (or rather, had - mmm... strawberry Cornetto...) ice cream, and the Alfa has working air con (very important for the evening commute!).
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Car check time! [Posted on Saturday, the 6th of June 2015 at 11:01 pm]

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[What |accomplishedaccomplished]

Before I forget, car check time! I did this earlier today, while the wind was trying to blow everything around the car park.

This time the spare was down 0.1 bar, so I dug out the compressor and boosted it back up to the crazy high 4.2 bar it should be at. The spare does seem to slowly lose pressure with time (when I got the car it only had maybe 3 bar in it), though that's not too surprising given how high the air pressure is in it. While I was at it I also topped up both fronts by 0.5 bar as well. Still plenty of tread on the tyres (6mm or thereabouts).

Oil is at around 4/5ths which I decided wasn't worth trying to top up. This is about where it was last month, despite doing significantly more driving - 560.6 miles, to be precise (over twice my mileage for April - and yes, I did reset the trip counter so this isn't cumulative!). Alfa oil consumption is weird.
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WD-40 to the rescue! [Posted on Thursday, the 28th of May 2015 at 10:52 pm]

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[What |accomplishedaccomplished]

And today's moment of randomness in the life of boggyb is discovering that the bedroom window won't fully close, which is not the sort of thing one wants to find at this hour of the night. I've no idea who'd I'd phone if it was completely stuck - is there such a thing as a 24-hour glazier?

Or rather, it was stuck. Carefully directed force, some thought as to how to apply the force without throwing myself out the window (which is generally considered a Bad Idea), and vast amounts of WD-40 freed up the mechanism and it now closes fully. My guess is that the weight of the window while open had shifted it slightly on the hinges - the fixed portion of the PVC hinge mechanism is merely clipped in to the runner rather than actually being screwed down, and so can move slightly.

Come to think of it, why isn't it screwed down?

*googles*

Hmm... the internets suggest that there is such a thing as a "fire escape" hinge (which opens 90° to let you use it as an emergency exit), and also that there is such a thing as a "fire escape easy clean" hinge. And in the latter, the fixed portion can be unclipped to let you slide the opened window along the rail so that you can clean it. That looks like what I've got.

Well, you learn something every day.
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Nostalgia overload [Posted on Monday, the 25th of May 2015 at 11:47 pm]

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[What |sillysilly]
[Who |Blue Peter theme]

Here, have some nostalgia overload:



And for even more nostalgia overload, a kind soul has scanned the technical drawings from the old Thunderbirds comic books. I wonder if I've still got my copy?
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Dynamic mode! [Posted on Monday, the 25th of May 2015 at 9:14 pm]

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[What |surprisedsurprised]

The UK seems to be full of Alfa Romeos these days. On the way back from today's random walk (around the Chilling Coast/Hill Head area) I spotted a pair of black Alfas parked on a corner in Titchfield, and then ended up in a spontaneous convoy with another MiTo in a nice metallic red. I remember when the only time my sister and I might spot another Alfa was on the long journey to Cornwall.

Anyway, while driving back I thought that since the roads were rather quiet I'd give Dynamic mode a try (the MiTo has a switch with Normal, All-weather and Dynamic options - the latter being Alfa-speak for "sport mode"). The first thing I noticed is it makes the steering feel heavier - no, it hasn't switched off the power steering (I know what that feels like from experience), but there's definitely more effort required.

The second change I found is it swaps in a very aggressive accelerator map. I did know that Dynamic mode would change the throttle map, but I didn't expect quite this much of a change and consequently fluffed a lot of my gear changes on the way back (through having more power than I expected when feeding the clutch in). Interestingly though it did make my 1st-2nd changes better.

Finally, it actually made the car feel more stable through the southern exit from the Station Roundabout. Normally it has a tendency to understeer and drift out of the left-hand lane as I accelerate round, but this time it hugged the corner better and didn't seem to need as much steering correction (it also felt like the amount of steering effort needed was more constant). Now, I know that the MiTo has an electronic Q2 differential that's only active in Dynamic mode, so I wonder if this is the effect it has?

I stuck it back in Normal mode for getting into the flat's car park, because a twitchy throttle did not seem like a good idea when trying to do slow-speed manoeuvring (and light steering is much nicer when parking - I have tried parking without power steering before, and it's no fun). But I can see Dynamic mode being worth another try. Perhaps next time I take the twisty turny road over Bury Hill?
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(no subject) [Posted on Saturday, the 23rd of May 2015 at 10:07 pm]

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[What |confusedconfused]
[Who |Eurovision Song Contest 2015]

I've just realised what's been bugging me about the sound in the Eurovision Song Contest: where's all the bass gone?
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Overdue photos [Posted on Saturday, the 23rd of May 2015 at 9:15 pm]

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[What |artisticartistic]
[Who |Graham Norton snarking at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015]

Crikey, I know Eurovision contains vast amounts of tacky pop, but genuinely terrible performances are new. You know it's bad when the resident snarkmeister (Graham Norton this year) apologises for it. Bring back the trolls!


Anyway, I owe you all some photos, don't I? I have been taking them (off and on), but generally got distracted by other things before posting them.


Sunday 17th MayCollapse )


Monday 18th MayCollapse )


Tuesday 19th MayCollapse )


Thursday 21st MayCollapse )


Okay, Sweden have partially redeemed Eurovision with a neat bit of video FX for their song. Shame about the sound mixing at the start of it though.
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Isn't it wonderful the way modern websites make it impossible to search for what you want? [Posted on Saturday, the 23rd of May 2015 at 5:19 pm]

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Isn't it wonderful the way modern websites make it impossible to search for what you want? Either the search engine is overly precise and fails to find documents containing the words you've entered, or it's overly fuzzy with no way to say "search for this phrase only and nothing else"...



I was originally searching for "quicktime" - see, I've got this crazy idea that the Quicktime plugin might actually be a reasonable way to play MPEG4 videos in Firefox on an old laptop, and this even crazier idea that a Firefox extension could replace <video> tags with a suitable <embed> tag to achieve this. This was how video playback actually worked in the HTML 4 days, after all.
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As proof that people never read emails... [Posted on Friday, the 22nd of May 2015 at 6:01 pm]

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Bits of email 1, from someone trying to organise an event:
Old thread was getting very long and cluttered

General info from last email

"I have decided to go for 3 activities and an overnight stay... [event details removed]

Some people are having a hard time digging my account details out of the old pile of messages [this was bolded/underlined in the original email!]

Sort code: [numbers!]
Acc no: [more numbers!]
Also please e-mail my address to confirm your payment...



Email 2, sent by someone else (not me!) in reply to email 1:
I will be going, could you send me the payment details again?
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(no subject) [Posted on Friday, the 15th of May 2015 at 8:28 pm]

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Today's discovery is that Remote Desktop can do printer redirection. Setting it up is slightly complicated since just enabling printer sharing on the client isn't quite enough - you also have to have previously installed the printer driver on the computer you're connecting to (unlike normal printer sharing, remote desktop doesn't seem to be able to download the driver automatically from the computer with the printer), but once installed it just works. Neat!
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Rain, rain, go away [Posted on Thursday, the 14th of May 2015 at 8:07 pm]

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Rain, rain, go away,
come again another day


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Bonus extra photos! [Posted on Wednesday, the 13th of May 2015 at 8:50 pm]

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[What |happyhappy]

I happened to glance across the road as I popped out just now to top up the screenwash in the car (it fairly guzzles the stuff - my instructor wasn't joking when she said to top it up every week or two!), and saw an absolutely stunning sky. Unfortunately by the time I'd finished and dug out the camera it was a bit less stunning:



Over to the left, what little wind there was had dropped leaving a reflection of the trees in the millpond-like surface of the creek...



While to the right, the wisps of cloud glowed in the setting sun, promising new weather for tomorrow...

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Random balcony photo [Posted on Wednesday, the 13th of May 2015 at 7:10 pm]

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[Who |Robert Miles - Princess of Light]

Once again food is in the oven, the NAD is playing suitably powerful music (Robert Miles' Princess of Light, this time), and I've got a few moments to twiddle my thumbs and put together another photo post.



Nothing special today, just a random photo taken from my balcony looking towards the creek. It's almost warm enough to sit outside to eat my supper.
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