Tall ships (porthole)

Panic baking

So, wandering round Sainsbury's at lunchtime there was:

  • no flour
  • maybe a half-dozen fancy eggs
  • precious little butter

It's official: we're all panic baking.

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Alfa MiTo

Repeat Alfa maintenance!

A nice side-effect of blogging car maintenance is when I end up replacing dipped beam bulbs again, rather than having to puzzle through how Alfa have mounted the things I can just look up my notes from last time.

Last time I put in a set of Bosch Pure something-or-others. This time round, those have evaporated from the market so I ended up replacing them with a pair of Osram Night Breaker Silver's as being hopefully a reasonable compromise between brightness and longevity. Let's see how long they last!
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May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.

By pleaseremove:

Do I think the EU is perfect? No, not really. Do I like what it represents? Absolutely. I will keep on liking what it represents long after the people responsible for this shambles are gone. After this evening we will simply be, less significant. Less able to change things for the better. I like that the EU was pushing standards, the environment, data security and integrity etc. Things that each and every time made them less competitive. Not because it helped them, but because it was the right thing to do.

I hate what us leaving represents. It represents a step backwards, a move away from cooperation, a race to the bottom, a "me first" attitude. Profits before values. I hate what nationalism has turned our country into. I love my country, but never at the expense of others. Nationalism as it stands today makes me less proud to be British. If you think being British is gravy and pie in a pub, fair enough, if you think it means you can tell a Polish person who has lived here for 20 years to "go home", you aren't a patriot, you're a bully.

In all the years I can vote I have never voted for what would personally benefit me. I have always voted for what I thought would do the most good. Sometimes I got lucky and it would do for both. As a country voting to leave the EU was evidence I am outnumbered in my quest for everyone. That won't stop me trying though.

Malcolm Reynolds: "May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one."

Tall ships (porthole)

The adventure continues!

Well, the network bridging went horribly wrong - Windows decided to use a common MAC address for all packets forwarded via the bridge, and the Netgear router in turn decided to hand out the same IP address both to Nyx and to the Raspberry Pi.

Neither was particularly impressed by this. Windows at least showed a warning message, but the Pi appeared to just sulk in the corner and not boot.

Anyway, I've changed to Windows' Internet Connection Sharing and that works much better - I can now SSH into the Pi (though I did have to change the Pi's DNS server - it seems that Windows isn't running a resolver). And trawling through the logs shows that it does at least detect the WiFi adapter:
[    2.603361] usb 1-1.3: new high-speed USB device number 4 using dwc_otg
[    2.734558] usb 1-1.3: New USB device found, idVendor=2357, idProduct=011e, bcdDevice= 2.00
[    2.734583] usb 1-1.3: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[    2.734596] usb 1-1.3: Product: 802.11ac WLAN Adapter
[    2.734610] usb 1-1.3: Manufacturer: Realtek
[    2.734622] usb 1-1.3: SerialNumber: 00e04c000001

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I'm melting!

One Christmas present was a hot chocolate snowman. Okay, so I bought it for myself (I did buy one each for the rest of the family as well!). Anyway, given the wet and wild weather outside I was in a hot chocolate mood.

Put me in hot milk? Why certainly!


Glug glug glug...

The verdict? Well, the milk probably wanted another 30 seconds or so in the microwave, though as it was it came out exactly at drinking temperature so there's that. And I think it could have done with a little bit of cocoa powder to darken it a bit, but as it was it made for a reasonable white hot chocolate with marshmallows.
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    curious curious
Rainbow fountain

Brighton again

It's been too long since I was last in Brighton - probably last time I was here was for Christmas shopping last year. Unusually it's actually sunny! Most years it's been very wet and windy, but today it was merely windy (and less so than past years).

Really I'm here for Christmas shopping (the Lanes and the North Laines are usually excellent for unusual gifts), but I can't visit Brighton without heading to the beach. Oh, I live on the coast these days, but Brighton beach is different (for starters, Fareham doesn't have a beach!).

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I didn't stay for Burning the Clocks - it was starting to rain, and I didn't fancy hanging around in the cold and wet waiting for it. Perhaps another year!