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Please Remove Your Feet [Sunday 2nd June 2019 at 7:54 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |nostalgicnostalgic]

This one's from a couple of days ago, while pleaseremove was trying to lock down a new Mattermost server...

boggyb: Wait, what? My team's gone!
pleaseremove: Muwhahahaha
boggyb: Of course, you know how this will all end
pleaseremove: Heh... with a message that says "sod it, you're all banned!"

This then sent both of us off on a nostalgia trip... "sod it, you're all banned!" is from the original Please Remove Your Feet forum that pleaseremove and I ran for a few friends way, way back in 6th form. It didn't last long - the quote is the very final post, after pleaseremove permanently ended the mod wars, and we thought the forum had been lost to the mists of time.

Except I did a bit of searching, and found an archive I'd taken...



It's not going back online - the actual posts are best left back in 2004 where they belong. But it was a wonderful moment of nostalgia to see it briefly resurrected.

As to why it was called "Please Remove Your Feet"? Well that's a question best asked of pleaseremove...
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The tech support force is strong with me this evening... [Sunday 2nd June 2019 at 7:10 pm]
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[Feeling |amusedamused]

Summarised from a Skype call just now...

pleaseremove: I've finally got my new router working!
* pleaseremove rants for 5 minutes about websites that hide the latest firmware version
pleaseremove: ...except I can't get the port forwarding to work. I've added an entry for the web server.
boggyb: What IP address does your router think it has?
* boggyb tries that address
boggyb: Works for me.
pleaseremove: Oh sod.
* pleaseremove tries that address
pleaseremove: That's working. That wasn't working ten minutes ago!
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Pasta night! [Monday 27th May 2019 at 11:51 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |sleepysleepy]
[Playing |Roger Joseph Manning Jr - Sandman]

It's been far too long since pasta night was a thing - for one reason or another, after the 8th April it wasn't until last week that I could make it to pasta night again.

Last week was mainly spent nattering and catching up, followed by a short session of Smash Bros wherein I reminded everyone to ph34r the pikachu, or at least take it semi-seriously. The final match of the night went surprisingly well for me - somehow, and I really don't know how, I achieved an almost flawless victory against Jonners, Matt and Kyle, taking most of the KOs as well. I haven't been practising, honest!

This week we ended up giving Power Grid a go. It's one of those games that comes with a bajillion complicated-looking rules, but actually has a fairly straightforward play sequence (though not helped by it continually mixing up "rounds", "turns", "phases" and "stages"). The aim is to buy and fuel power stations, and at the same time build cities to power. Buying power stations works by bidding in turn until only one bidder is left, fuelling then happens in a single pass in reverse turn order (so the last player gets the cheapest fuel), and then city building again happens in one pass of reverse turn order. Then everyone consumes fuel to power their cities (or as much as possible), fuel is restocked, and players get money based on how well they did. Simples!

The complication, as always, is from the strategy, and that happens on many levels. I ultimately managed to shoot myself in the foot by successfully bidding for a power station that I didn't want to get, which gave me cash-flow problems for the rest of the game (we ended it probably about two-thirds through due to running out of time). Beth on the other hand managed to do stunningly well both with power stations (concentrating early on renewable ones, which are more expensive to buy but don't need fuel) and city locations and was the ultimate winner. Definitely one to play again, though maybe when we've got a bit more time (then again, having played it once next time should go quicker).
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MEP elections 2019 [Thursday 23rd May 2019 at 5:54 pm]
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I've voted, and not for you!

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Skype fail [Wednesday 22nd May 2019 at 10:53 pm]
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Once upon a time, sending files via instant messenger actually worked. Reliably. But nooo, we can't have nice things anymore. As this recent Skype chat shows...

pleaseremove: this is the most frustrating thing to enter a password on... and also, the most evil...
* pleaseremove sends video (judging by the thumbnail, it's an IoT widget with typically terrible UI)
boggyb: that looks like it could be awkward
boggyb: on a related note, I have discovered yet another Skype fail...
* boggyb sends screenshot (of me trying to play the video)


pleaseremove: lololol
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Bonus election propaganda: 2019 UK MEP elections [Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 11:50 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |contemplativecontemplative]

Bonus propaganda time! This Thursday it's the MEP elections that the Tories have failed to avoid!

I must confess, normally I've paid little attention to MEP elections. They've usually ended up happening at the same time as local elections and there's been almost no campaigning material specifically for them - I always got the impression that the main UK parties didn't try particularly hard with MEP elections. I've still voted of course, but that's not due to any effort on the part of the political parties.

This time, however, it's all different because of Brexit and has almost morphed into another Brexit referendum. All the parties have Opinions on Brexit (some may as well be single-policy parties!), and roughly summed up they are:

  • If you want to be in, vote Lib Dems, Change UK, or Green.
  • If you want to be out, vote The Brexit Party or UKIP.
  • If you want to shake it all about, vote Labour or Conservative.


Anyway, on to the Party Political Broadcasts and snark! Since last time (a whole three weeks ago), the BBC have changed their website and it's no longer alphabetically sorted, because why do a useful thing when one can do an unhelpful thing? Sigh. Full-text search it is! Oh, and you can't filter the results to just available programmes because again that would be a Useful Thing and we can't have Useful Things.


The Conservatives get to go first because that's the order the results came in. A collection of totally unbiased talking heads try to justify the chaos by saying it's everyone else's fault for playing politics. Oh, and the Maybot turns up to point out how voting Tory is in the national interest.

Next up, Greens! They're trying to convince everyone that the MEP elections do matter, really, honestly. Look, we even outnumber the Lib Dems! And we're green!

Labour on the other hand have a new film trailer full of gratuitous slow-mo. Showing in cinemas 23rd May, only Labour can save you from Theresa May's deal! We're not sure how, but we'll think of something!

According to UKIP it's all so simple: we voted to leave, and therefore we must leave. And by "leave" we mean "rage quit". Now. Or else.

Now for the Lib Dems. This time they get sidetracked by the glory days of the coalition, before realising that it is indeed MEP election time. Only the Lib Dems can stop Brexit! Oh, and we'll improve the economy and stuff.

Plaid Cymru have dug through their toy chest to put their clip together. The conclusion: everything is Westminster's fault.

New party on the block, Change UK, want to shake up politics with change! Change all the parties! We'll even let you change your mind on Brexit! Bring it on, Brexit Party!

Finally it's the turn of the SNP's latest film, A Tale of Two Cities. Or Two Parliaments. Or something. We'll let you know once Westminster stops ignoring us.


I wrote that list at the top before watching those clips, but looking back on it... yeah, that about sums it up. Labour haven't a clue what they want, and the Tories appear to have a clue except they're merrily self-destructing. The Greens, bizarrely, have moved from being another joke party to actually making a serious effort now - compare the current clips with earlier instalments (such as the Race to Number 10 board game from 2017 or their boy band music video of 2015).
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My computers eat power supplies [Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 10:32 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |accomplishedaccomplished]
[Playing |Fluke - Eko]

My desktop, Nyx, has been mildly unstable for a while now and I've had my suspicions about whether or not the power supply is beefy enough. It's a very tricked-out system - oh, I'm only running a single mid-range graphics card, but every single drive bay has something in it and I've almost run out of PCI/PCI-E slots. This came to a head the other day when I was trying to use a bus-powered USB scanner and it kept dropping out. So to investigate, because I've never quite trusted the reported motherboard voltages, I stuck a USB power meter into the back of Nyx...



4.71V, on what should be 5V. I'm actually surprised Nyx ran at all with that. SpeedFan doesn't report much better:

+3.3: 3.14V
+5: 4.73V
+12: 12.10V

Upgrade time!Collapse )

So did the upgrade work? Well, SpeedFan now reports:

+3.3: 3.28V
+5: 4.99V
+12: 12.04V

And those numbers have been rock-stable for the past few hours, while previously they would fluctuate a bit under load. Result!
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boggyb's highly inaccurate guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Final! [Saturday 18th May 2019 at 8:00 pm]
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[Feeling |excitedexcited]
[Playing |Eurovision Song Contest 2019]

It's Eurovision Song Contest time again, which means another highly inaccurate liveblog!

So if you win the Eurovision Song Contest, you get to land a jumbo jet at the studio using drones for runway lights? Someone's been watching past British entries for inspiration (a few years ago our entry was a very over-the-top cheesy aircraft safety briefing - not our finest moment)...

This year's theme appears to be triangles and dancing - triangular shapes everywhere, and dancing is actually required for the video postcards. Anyway, on with the songs!

  1. Malta: Okay, that's quite neat. Incredibly gimmicky, but neat nonetheless and one of the better uses of video projection I've seen.
  2. Albania: Impressive.
  3. Czech Republic: Cue the slightly mad drummer to provide backing for a life story. Reminds me a bit of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song...
  4. Germany: Aww... though at times the vocals seem somehow off.
  5. Russia: And their singer has got lost in a hall of mirrors before being trapped in a shower. This might be best described as "trying too hard with special effects".
  6. Denmark: Aww
  7. San Marino: Word soup lyrics? Oddly enough, there was a recent article on training AI to come up with Eurovision lyrics, and the result was similar word soup...
  8. North Macedonia: Wow.
  9. Sweden: Meh.
  10. Slovenia: Lost in their own little world
  11. Cyprus: Um. I wonder if this was carefully timed to be post-watershed what with the clingfilm-and-gaffer-tape outfit?
  12. Netherlands: Decent entry.
  13. Greece: Sword ballet?
  14. Israel: Oddly enough, this makes me think of an Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical...
  15. Norway: I rather like this one.
  16. United Kingdom: We wish to make it very clear that the universe is big.
    And we now have an interlude with interviews around an ironing board? Okay...
  17. Iceland: They are aware that this is Eurovision and not a death metal nightclub, right? And is that singing, or just white noise?
  18. Estonia: Apparently it's stormy out or something?
  19. Belarus: You do know you're supposed to take the smoke machines out of the flight cases first?
  20. Azerbaijan: So this is how the robot uprising begins...
  21. France: Sometimes, one just has to make a point with a sledgehammer.
  22. Italy: I think this is also trying to make a point?
  23. Serbia: Okay, that's good.
  24. Switzerland: Meh.
  25. Australia: Ringwraiths vs Elsa boss battle? No, wait, they're just doing scarecrow impressions.
  26. Spain: Quick, escape from the dolls house!


And that's the lot! So to sum up, my favourites are Albania, North Macedonia, Norway and Serbia, Russia are trying too hard, Malta actually know how hard to try, and Cyprus and Iceland are trying their luck with NSFW entries.

Interval act 1: past contestants perform each other songs, continuing with the borderline-NSFW outfit theme. I think this is one of the strangest interval acts I've seen...

Interval act 2: bit of an odd collection of genres and instruments. Seemed a bit short and underwhelming though.

Interval act 2.5: okay, that's a nifty trick.

Interval act 3: other benefits of winning Eurovision: getting to go to the ball and rap about bananas.

Interval act 4: gothic steampunk pirate Madonna? Accompanied by monks wearing gas masks with flowers of all things. I take it back - this is more weird than the first interval act was. Oddly, the dancers in black remind me of the witch's assistants from the Howl's Moving Castle film...

Anyway, the lines are now closed and it's time for the results! I do find it wonderfully quaint, all the live links and the "This is $capital calling" greetings as each country announces their jury votes. Even today, getting all the satellite linkups together must be quite the achievement. Surprisingly Malta have not given the UK any points (for many years they gave UK the full score in protest at the traditional bloc voting). The Netherlands' presenter is over the moon to have been chosen to take part. Yay, Norway have given us 2 points so we are not on "nul point"! Romania have chosen to yodel their points? Someone has let the Russian presenter loose on a piano. Greece have decided to up things by deploying an electric guitar.

So with all the jury votes in, it's surprisingly close with no runaway winner. Sweden is leading, with North Macedonia, The Netherlands, and Italy not far behind. And unsurprisingly the UK is almost (but not quite) bringing up the rear - our entry this year wasn't bad, just nothing special.

On to the phone votes! There's an awful lot of points up for grabs, so theoretically anyone could still win it. I think they've changed the order though - last year I think they went from lowest score from the phone votes, this year they're going by the order the jury ranked them. And the UK is quite definitely last with 3 points from the phone vote, giving us 16 total. At least we didn't get the fewest public - Germany are ahead of us, but got nul point from the public! Now Norway have just been catapulted into first with 200 points - they're unlikely to win, but that just goes to show how different the juries and the public think. The public also like Iceland a lot, but only enough to put them into 4th (for now). And Russia's performance was popular too.

With 5 to go, I don't think it's possible to call it with the new announcement order. With 3 to go there's still 4 possible winners - Italy, Sweden, North Macedonia or The Netherlands (oddly the same top 4 after the jury votes).

With 1 to go... aww, North Macedonia didn't get anywhere near enough from the public. So it's The Netherlands or Sweden. I think it's The Netherlands - the points seemed more equally distributed this year and Sweden need over 250.

The winner is... The Netherlands! And with that, g'night!
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Not now [Sunday 12th May 2019 at 4:02 pm]
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[Where |Deya Village Ruins]
[Feeling |sillysilly]

While exploring the ruined Deya Village, I stumbled across a Stone Talus looking for a fight...


https://youtu.be/WPrAdvKtmyg
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WHIRRRRrrrrrrr...... *beeeeep* [Friday 10th May 2019 at 12:31 am]
Thomas

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That's the second power cut in a fortnight round here, and judging by the outage tracker it's again taken out a sizable chunk of Fareham.

It was actually a little disconcerting: the lights flickered for several seconds before the power went for real, followed by random battery-powered widgets complaining that they were now using battery (at least the smoke alarms were quiet having had their batteries replaced after the last power cut...). But the real surprise was the YouTube video I was watching on my phone (The Ballad of Mad Cap'n Tom) kept streaming without any glitches as my phone merrily switched from WiFi to 4G data. For all I rant about modern tech it's nice when failover actually works!

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A plague on both their houses [Friday 3rd May 2019 at 9:33 pm]
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[Feeling |amusedamused]

In the wee hours of the morning the BBC quizzed figures (starts around 22m30s in) from the three main English parties as to what they thought would happen. Roughly paraphrasing:

Conservatives: ...yeah, we're probably going to lose councillors. Hopefully just 500 but maybe a thousand if it goes badly.
Labour: we lost 200-odd councillors last time and want them back.
Lib Dems: a three-figure gain would be awesome.

And the results with all 248 councils declared, compared to 2015 results:

Conservatives: lost 1334 councillors
UKIP: lost 145 councillors
Labour: lost 82 councillors
Greens: gained 194 councillors
Others: gained 662 councillors (quite a lot of independents doing well on local issues)
Lib Dems: gained 703 councillors

Well, that exceeded everyone's expectations - consensus in the run-up was that the Tories were going to get a kicking (the government traditionally does badly in local elections), but they didn't expect to lost quite so many. And the Lib Dems have done spectacularly well out of the resulting chaos.

The BBC deployed Prof Curtice to sum it up as the electorate collectively deciding "a plague on both your houses" of the Tories and Labour, which seems about right. The Tory leadership is still pursing Brexit at all costs with the only argument being how much of mess they're willing to make of it, while the Labour leadership can't make up their mind whether they want to be in/out/shake it all about. I've thought for a while now that the Lib Dems could do very well if they went all in on a single issue campaign of stop Brexit, and they've only gone and done just that with spectacular success.

Bring on the MEP election chaos!

Edit: updated with final numbers
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Election propaganda: 2019 local elections [Thursday 2nd May 2019 at 10:36 pm]
Thomas

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[Feeling |contemplativecontemplative]

It's local election time for some here in Blighty, which means it's time for another collection of Party Political Broadcasts for me to snark at! This is a bit late as I forgot about them because the local council isn't up for election.

The BBC's making them increasingly awkward to find but I think I've managed to track them down by puzzling through the iPlayer filters - at the time of posting they're listed in the middle of this page. At least the BBC actually understand that "A-Z" is a useful sort order! Anyway, on with the nonsense...


This time I started with the Conservatives... and predictably it's all about how terrible Labour and the Lib Dems are at running local councils and how awesome Tory councils are at building ALL THE THINGS. With a bonus cameo from the Maybot telling everyone how clear the choice is.

Labour are using a charity donation advert to point out that austerity isn't over, and only Labour has the courage to fix things by spending money. Oh, and Labour will build ALL THE THINGS as well (with a notable lack of Corbyn).

The Liberal Democrats are no longer the 3rd biggest at Parliament (they're what, 4th or 5th these days), and so start by taking the opportunity to reminisce about their glory days before getting sidetracked with Brexit. Eventually they realise that the MEP elections aren't for another month.

UKIP only have a regional clip this time, for Northern Ireland of all places. They use a management presentation to rant about NI politics and say how they'll make everything a priority.

The Greens, unusually, have a serious broadcast about changing ALL THE THINGS. Hopefully.

Nothing from Plaid Cymru or the SNP, and it's probably too soon to expect anything from Change UK (the new Lib Dems?) or The Brexit Party (Nigel Farage's comeback tour).


It's an unusual pile of clips. Local elections are always different here - it's much more about local issues and much less about central government, and historically parties beyond the main two (Labour/Tory) do a lot better in local elections. It's common for a local council to end up with no overall control and no-one really has a problem with it (unlike the coalition government of 2010 which confused everyone). Even so, there were surprises - Lib Dems have gone all-in on stopping Brexit, while the Greens actually pointed that they were taking things seriously for a change. Labour and the Tories didn't disappoint though with their traditional mutual blaming of each other for everything.


Well the polls closed half an hour ago and with it only being local elections there's no posses of students frantically counting votes to be first to declare, so it'll be tomorrow before we get any idea how the votes have swung. It could make for an interesting preview of the upcoming MEP elections...
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All the fail! [Sunday 28th April 2019 at 1:07 pm]
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Today was one of those mornings...

Just as I'm getting ready to set off to church (bright and early - I was on the projection rota today), the power went out! Fine, I can carry on by torchlight.

Of course all the smoke alarms in my flat then took the opportunity to demand fresh batteries.

At church we had no sound coming through the main PA, despite the desk and amp being live and sound coming fine through the aux PA and foldbacks. Turned out someone had switched off one of the many plugs, which happened to power the equalizer for the speakers and the induction loop. We managed to track that down about 10 minutes into the first service (when most of the A/V rack has power, it's not obvious that a little neon right at the bottom is off).

Also at church we had no heating! It's a hot-air system, and it appears that the blower for it has packed up (so the boiler room was nice and toasty but nothing else).

Anyway, I'm now back at my flat and have power once again. Two of the alarms have been fed - I need to pick up more batteries to feed the heat detector in the kitchen - and hopefully now it's the afternoon that's it for today's fail!
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Nintendo Labo VR [Saturday 27th April 2019 at 8:45 pm]
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[Feeling |sillysilly]

My latest silly toy: Nintendo Labo VR! Surprisingly good, given that it's basically Google Cardboard with a not-particularly-high DPI display (6.2" 1280x720 display giving 237dpi - for comparison my Sony Xperia XZ1 has a 5.2" 1920x1080 display giving 424dpi). I think it works because of rather than in spite of the low resolution - because the pixels are visible, it's not trying to be ultra-realistic and so doesn't fall into uncanny valley territory.

That said, it's really disconcerting watching a first-person VR video of someone eating sushi.

Actually buying it was full of hilarious fail - I pre-ordered it direct from Nintendo just in time to get it on launch day (so I thought) but then the tracking code got stuck on "Sender preparing item". So I messaged a few days after the estimated delivery date and they quickly responded first saying it was delayed, then saying that it was lost in transit and they'd refund me. The refund arrived... and then the tracking code updated as Royal Mail finally received the parcel. It eventually turned up and there was a bit of back-and-forth between myself and Nintendo support to work out how to actually pay for it ("it's arrived", "we're sorry to hear that it was damaged", "it's undamaged, but arrived after you refunded me", "ah. Erm. Have you got a PayPal account we can bill?").
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Chocolate mug cake! [Saturday 27th April 2019 at 5:57 pm]
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Oh yes, I've got a blog here haven't I...

Anyway, over Christmas I was given an instant-chocolate-brownie-in-a-mug kit which made quite good chocolatey goodness, and unlike my previous mug cake attempts did not result in cakeapocalypse.

Unlike all the other mug cake recipes I've found it doesn't include egg in the ingredients, so today I thought I'd have a go at reverse-engineering the recipe. The ingredients list on the kit was basically sugar, self-raising flour, chocolate chunks, and cocoa powder, with butter and milk added to make it up. So based on that and other recipes online I've guessed equal parts sugar, self-raising flour and chocolate. The rest mostly followed the recipe on the tub, and ended up being more-or-less:
  1. Put 15g butter in a mug and microwave for 10-20 seconds until melted
  2. Add 15g sugar, 15g self-raising flour, 15g cocoa powder, a few chocolate chunks, and 30ml milk. Mix well.
  3. Microwave for 60-90 seconds
  4. Let it stand for 5 minutes

The result: a sort of chocolate muffin in the mug. It came out a bit dry with a hint of baking powder aftertaste, which I think is more down to me not getting the mixture right than anything else. I'm using mechanical scales with 25g divisions, so measuring things this small is tricky, and I think I ended up adding too much flour! Next time I'll just measure everything out in teaspoons instead of by mass.

On the plus side, cakeapocalypse did not occur!
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Quotes of the day [Saturday 23rd March 2019 at 6:22 pm]
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[Feeling |sillysilly]

The house group WhatsApp sometimes throws up weird mini-conversations...

boggyb: Churchy question: is it worth saving empty wrapping paper cardboard tubes for crafts?
M: I saw "churchy question" and got all ready for a theological conversion... I have no (helpful) theological answer to that question.
boggyb: Haha, sorry to disappoint
Ca: Mmmm, the theological implications of cardboard tubes. I'm sure there's a sermon illustration in the somewhere! 🤔

boggyb: Wandering round B&Q and I can hear someone testing a doorbell
boggyb: I did not know saxophone solo was an option
Ch: That should never be a doorbell choice
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Lent photography, day 7 [Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 10:43 pm]
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News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
Mark 1:28


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Lent photography, day 6 [Tuesday 12th March 2019 at 10:41 pm]
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"What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth?"
Mark 1:24


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Lent photography, day 5 [Monday 11th March 2019 at 10:34 pm]
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No, I've not missed a day - the photography challenge skips Sundays

"Come, follow me" Jesus said "and I will send you out to fish for people"
Mark 1:17


Cross-posted to deviantArt


Team House Group, at the beach in 2017
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Lent photography, day 4 [Saturday 9th March 2019 at 11:46 pm]
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"The time has come," he said.
Mark 1:15


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Lent photography, day 3 [Friday 8th March 2019 at 9:02 pm]
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Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
Mark 1:10




An origami bird I made for prayers in housegroup last year.
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Lent photography, day 2 [Thursday 7th March 2019 at 8:59 pm]
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And this was his message: "After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie."
Mark 1:7


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Lent photography, day 1 [Wednesday 6th March 2019 at 8:48 pm]
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Over on FB, a friend is running a Lent photography challenge/group/thing wherein she's posting a daily piece of scripture from Mark's Gospel and challenging the group members to reply with a relevant photo (ideally taken that day). It looks interesting and I do mean to post more, so I'm having a go at it. Let's see if I managed to keep it up!

I baptise you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit
Mark 1:8




The baptismal font and etched glass windows of St John's Fareham, taken at the Ash Wednesday service.
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Zombies! [Tuesday 5th March 2019 at 9:30 pm]
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While on the topic of gaming, St John's Fareham held a pancakes and board games evening on Shrove Tuesday. elemnar came along as well and we joined a group playing Zombicide (wherein you try to escape from a zombie-infested city while not getting eaten by zombies - so basically, Shaun of the Dead). We had the weirdest luck with zombie spawns - on the very first turn I drew the abomination spawn card (high-strength zombie, hard to kill) and so we spent a chunk of the game carefully avoiding it. For the scenario we picked we had to collect three food items, get the green key, use it to open a door to the blue key, and then escape. Of course the blue key and the exit were at opposite corners of the map.

Over the game we put together a very silly strategy: elemnar proved very good at rolling well on the hit dice and mowed down zombies with a pair of sawn-off shotguns, which caused all the other zombies to head towards her (the game mechanics are that the zombies head towards the most noise).



We took advantage of that, and her character ended up aggro'ing the zombies by emptying the shotguns in an empty room (our record was 6 noise counters). This did then result in her being chased by the entire zombie hoard...



...while another group snuck round the back to retrieve the blue key. We then all made our way towards the exit, leaving all the zombies (and I do mean all - we ran out of zombie figures!) to congregate in the middle of the board as we leapfrogged through already-cleared buildings to reach the exit. Somehow we all survived!

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Pasta nights! [Monday 4th March 2019 at 11:30 pm]
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Let's try and update more than once a month, shall we?

Pasta night has still been happening, with a succession of games as the mood and the voteamabob takes us.

A few weeks ago I persuaded Paddy to bring Stone Age along, and played a 4-way game with Louise and Jonners as well. I find it's a very mathematical game in a way - it's all about playing the odds of the different resource sources and working out what on the board is most likely to be achievable, and what to have as a plan B or C if the dice don't go the way you want. I generally concentrate on gifts of civilisation cards and tools which tends to work out in the end. The gifts of civilisation build up quite nicely (you score the square of the number of unique cards and there's eight to collect) and the tools are overpowered combined with bonus multiplier cards... but on the flip side I do tend to be struggling for food in the late game while my opponents have usually built up on the agriculture track. Perhaps I'll experiment with a different approach next time?

Last week I played Ticket to Ride on the US map. I (in yellow) started with a set of high-value tickets that happened to mostly line up and somehow achieved all of them, though my resulting network was a bit more branched than usual due to conflicting on routes. This meant I missed out on longest route, and because I didn't draw more tickets I missed out on most tickets as well... while I think it was Jonners who got incredibly lucky with drawing tickets and completed masses of them, passing 100 points on tickets and bonuses before the trains were totted up.



And this Monday just gone, the Reduced Pasta Night Company numbered exactly 6 and so we dug out Settlers of Catan with the 6-player expansion. We played a slightly house-ruled version (open hands, no hand limit from rolling a 7) with the 6-player special building rule (at the end of each player's turn, all other players have an opportunity to build) and the game came right down to the wire. I (again in yellow) was in position to win on my next turn by claiming largest army (with two knights played and a third in hand), Louise (in green) was a settlement or two away from a win thanks to longest road, and Jonners (in brown) with three victory point cards in hand only needed one more point for the win. Martin (white) was getting close after recovering from a disastrous starting position and Matt (blue) and Vicki (red) were out of the running. And victory ultimately went to... Louise, by squeezing in one more settlement for victory!



The 6-player game changes things up a bit, especially with the special building rule - this lets one build before rolling and so take advantage of adding more possible resources to the dice roll. The larger map helps a lot with finding good starting locations and didn't feel quite as cramped as a 4-player game on the standard map does.
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Ridiculous moments in Wipeout64 [Saturday 23rd February 2019 at 7:29 pm]
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Today's silly moment in Wipeout64 (yes, I still play that game from time to time...): being 'helped' across the finish line by a quake. The quake took off the last of the shield energy and caused my craft to explode, but not before I'd crossed the finish line and won the race.

That ranks among such silly moments as the AI in Wipeout64 choosing to boost right into a string of mines, or having a blue shell in Mario Kart do a u-turn on the finish line and come back for me (which I claim was most unfair).
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Unexpected victory [Sunday 27th January 2019 at 9:08 pm]
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allegramente: We should let boggyb win, it's been a while since he's managed to win at Settlers.

...several hours of Settlers + Seafarers + Cities & Knights later...

The GNU: *blocks me from completing a shipping route towards an island*
boggyb: *moves a ship*
boggyb: *moves a second ship using the Diplomat card*
boggyb: *places a settlement with two bonus points on a different island for the win*
boggyb: *places two more settlements because I can*

I was up in Horsham with the family at the weekend (the parents had a rack of lamb in the freezer bought for Christmas that needed eating, and elemnar and I were invited to help them with it) and we ended up playing Settlers of Catan combined with the Seafarers and Cities & Knights expansions. Normally what happens at such games is elemnar unexpectedly wins without realising, but not this time. We used the Through the Desert scenario with a random map that gave some very weird resource balance. I spent a lot of the game trailing, but in the endgame I managed to accumulate a pair of Roadbuilding cards which let me suddenly head out from one coastal settlement (on a hard-earned 2-for-1 wheat port) towards the far side of the desert (the direct route was blocked so I took the long way round). Then in the final turn I accumulated a ridiculous amount of wheat resource, which thanks to the 2-for-1 port and a couple of bonus cards let me turn that into three settlements.

It was a very close-run thing and I was honestly expecting The GNU to win it - I'd had to block him with an earlier settlement placement to prevent him getting to one foreign island. And normally my strategy of using a port for resources doesn't pay off, but this map helped by letting me claim a lot of high-probability wheat supply. So, unexpected victory with two more points than needed!
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The blood moon rises... [Monday 21st January 2019 at 8:20 am]
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Total lunar eclipse, January 2019



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End of the Year meme 2018 [Sunday 20th January 2019 at 7:10 pm]
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Go on, let's actually do one of these vaguely on time for a change!

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End of the Year meme 2017 [Tuesday 1st January 2019 at 10:41 pm]
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I'm not doing at all well at posting this meme in the correct year, am I? Anyway, have a rather-delayed end of the year 2017 post!


What did you do in 2017 that you'd never done before?

Visited the Netherlands! It's something of a bittersweet memory as the family went on a overnight trip to scatter Oma's ashes on a beach in Ijmuiden, where she grew up, and we only had enough time for a little sight-seeing. But all in all it was a fun trip, and it was good to meet with more of the extended family.

I also had the dubious honour of being made redundant, along with everyone else in the team I was in - that's what the saga alluded to in various posts was. Suffice to say there's a correct way to handle such things, and then there's the way $COMPANY-1 chose to handle it...

Went on a Go Ape course! I wasn't quite sure how I'd find it, but it turned out to be great fun.


Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I've no idea as I'm writing this post a year later than I should have, so I'll claim "yes" and "maybe".


Did anyone close to you give birth?

If I've got the year right, this was when a friend in housegroup gave birth to her second daughter.


Did anyone close to you die?

A friend's mum passed away this year.


Which countries did you visit?

For a change I actually travelled outside the UK, and visited the Netherlands.


What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?

Buying a house! That didn't happen in 2017 due to redundancy, but in 2018 I may have managed to make some progress on this...


What dates from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The Netherlands trip - as it happened, it was over my birthday weekend so it's an easy one to remember.


What was your biggest achievement of the year?

A toss-up between finding a new job within a month of leaving my previous one, and managing to pay off my student loan.


What was your biggest failure?

Pass - there was probably something hilarious.


Did you suffer illness or injury?

Not especially.


What was the best thing you bought?

A shiny new Nintendo Switch, with Breath of the Wild!


Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Housegroup for being totally awesome.


Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

$COMPANY-1.

Honorary mention to DPD for trying to deliver the Nintendo Switch to the wrong house, on the wrong street. That level of fail is special.


Where did most of your money go?

Taxman, landlord, and car. In 2017 the Alfa wanted new shock absorbers which turned out to be surprisingly pricey.


What were you really, really, really excited about?

Breath of the Wild! Yes, I am a Zelda fanboy.


What song will always remind you of 2017?

Globus' Doomsday, because of the crash of thunder that happened as I was listening to it, perfectly timed with the beat of the song.


Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?

About the same.


b) Bigger or smaller?

About the same.


c) Richer or poorer?

Richer - one side-effect of the redundancy was a redundancy payout and a nice pay rise from the new job.


What do you wish you'd done more of?

Exploring, as always.


What do you wish you'd done less of?

Procrastination, as always.


How did you spend Christmas?

With family - I think Opa came round for the Christmas day meal?


What was your favourite month of 2017?

Dunno about favourite but April was certainly an interesting month...


What was your favourite TV programme?

A toss-up between the Robot Wars reboot and the Crystal Maze reboot.


How did you see in the New Year?

If I remember rightly, the family first went round to Opa's flat for afternoon/evening nibbles. Afterwards we left Opa and met up with the Poons to see the new year itself in. Knowing the Poons, there was probably silly party games and plenty of food.


Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

Let's just say that certain people involved with the saga would not be candidates for my Christmas card list...


What was the best book you read?

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts. I borrowed it from the library following a recommendation from ladyofastolat, and it's absolutely fascinating. Particularly finding out about the St Augustine Gospels - to know that there's a portion of the Bible from over a thousand years ago that still exists and is readable today is quite something.


What was your greatest musical discovery?

Several this year: Globus (recommended track: The Promise), Ivan Torrent (recommended track: Icarus), and Wintergatan (recommended track: Marble Machine).


What did you want and get?

Shiny stuff!


What did you want and not get?

More shiny stuff!


What was your favourite film of this year?

Did I see any films this year? I must have seen something with housegroup, but can't remember what.


What did you do on your birthday?

Visited Amsterdam.

Separately, as a delayed outing for my birthday in 2016 I went with a few friends to Go Ape in Crawley.


What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Not being made redundant.


What kept you sane?

Family, friends, housegroup, and a well-stocked MP3 player. The well-stocked MP3 player is very important :)


Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy/respect the most?

Pass.


What political issue stirred you the most?

Brexit. Sigh.


Who did you miss?

Oma.


Who was the best new person you met?

More housegroup friends!


Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.

Check all Important Paperwork very carefully. Especially when said Important Paperwork has in theory been updated to correct the errors in it (in practice... it was differently wrong. I was not impressed with the authors of said Important Paperwork).


Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Learning to fly
Touching sky on my way
Learning to fly
High above the sorrows
To a new day I fly


From Stratovarius' Learning to Fly, my all-time favourite song to cheer me up when things have gone pear-shaped.
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Goodbye 2018, hello 2019 [Tuesday 1st January 2019 at 12:29 am]
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Happy new year, and onward to the future!

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The mega friend code list! [Friday 28th December 2018 at 10:26 pm]
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Inspired by a friend's post on FB, here's the mega friend code list!

Nintendo 3DS: 0275-8892-8373
Nintendo Switch: SW-4428-5896-1392
Nintendo Wii U: Torkell

Fire Emblem Heroes: 1807689491
Pokémon Go: 0979 0103 7905
Super Mario Run: 4158-1520-4731

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Construction kit the first [Wednesday 26th December 2018 at 10:35 pm]
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As is becoming traditional, I got given several construction kits for Christmas (in amongst the other presents). Can you guess what it will become?

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Merry Christmas [Tuesday 25th December 2018 at 10:17 pm]
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Merry Christmas, one and all! Have a random Christmas video (if I can get the LJ app to behave)...


https://youtu.be/B_pWTlN15bc

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Advent, day 6 [Thursday 6th December 2018 at 10:11 pm]
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Two more tealights - though the older one has just burnt itself out as I'm typing this. And another origami surprise from the mystery calendar!



I've also got a Jacquie Lawson Edinburgh advent calendar that my mum sent me - on that, today's treat was a tartan designer. So I came up with this:



As it happens there is an actual tartan for my surname. That's not it - the tartan is rather obscure and hard to track down, and I couldn't find a reference for it. So instead that's an approximation of the Gunn clan tartan, which is linked to my family as my surname is a sept of the Gunn clan. There you go, a bit of family history trivia for you!
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Advent, day 5 [Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 11:23 pm]
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Another pair of tea lights to burninate (and there'll likely be two tomorrow as I've only just got back from housegroup and lit today's), with a Zelda Amiibo looking on because it's on my desk and why not? There's a thought for you - is there Christmas in Hyrule?

And now for something completely different: I was digging through old files to find something for a friend in housegroup and stumbled across this gem:



It's from one of the "Innit" youth services that the Horsham churches used to run around 14 years ago... and knowing the leaders, the service probably did contain those chocolate combinations. Chocolate and marmite I can see as plausible (if you're one of those crazy people who likes marmite)... but chocolate and salad cream?

Going through all the Innit powerpoints brings back memories - I somehow ended up involved in running the a/v for some of them and putting together powerpoint with words in those pre-SongPro days. These were held at St Mark's which I recall had just got a shiny new projector setup (along with a set of new UHF radio mics that no longer shared channels with the pub across the road) - back then, St John's was still using OHP transparencies for the hymns. Then again at least an OHP projector won't decide to install windows updates 5 minutes before the service is due to start...
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Advent, day 4 [Tuesday 4th December 2018 at 11:49 pm]
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These tea lights seem to last 4 hours, so I've got yesterday's still to finish burning as well as today's.

Today's origami surprise was a snowman! Some guesswork involved in working out where to fold it (a couple of the folds are at a slight angle), but I think it came out well.

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Dominion! [Monday 3rd December 2018 at 11:45 pm]
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Tonight I played just the one round of Dominion (combining the Intrigue and Seaside sets) with Matt and Kyle (while the others got stuck in to Agricola - having watched them play, I want to give that a try as well). Unusually I managed a runaway victory with 47 victory points, so go me!

We all played with very different tactics. Matt did his usual trick of turning coppers into silver and gold, which he then used to buy provinces outright out of treasure in hand each turn. Kyle put together a very effective engine for producing 6 money each turn which he spent on the harem card (costs 6, worth 2 money and 2 victory points). I however had spotted the pirate ship card and aggressively bought those, which I then used to steadily increase the tokens on the pirate ship scorecard. This worked out very well in two ways: once I'd built up about 6 tokens, the second ability of the pirate ship became useful and I could reliably buy a province a turn. And the first ability was moderately useful in slowing Matt down by trashing odd treasure cards, but utterly crippled Kyle's deck by turning his harem cards into liabilities. Since a harem counts as treasure it's vulnerable to the pirate ship ability, and the luck of the draw meant I was forcing him to trash them almost as fast as he was buying them. It didn't help when all the harem cards had been bought and Kyle's deck suddenly found itself with never quite enough money for the provinces needed to stave off myself and Matt.
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Advent, day 3 [Monday 3rd December 2018 at 11:30 pm]
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A good message for Christmas.

No origami today, just a chocolate in the surprise calendar. And I spotted Sainsbury's are selling off what's left of their advent calendars at half price, so I picked up a Lindt one as well (because MOAR CHOCOLATE). See, there is an advantage to completely forgetting about getting an advent calendar until well after advent has started!
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Advent, day 2 [Sunday 2nd December 2018 at 10:00 pm]
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The tea-lights are from my mum - she recently blogged about making them and had enough left over for some more sets, so I asked for one. They remind me of the advent candles she used to make - instead of buying one from a shop, some years she'd get a plain candle, write the numbers on it, and stick glitter and stars to the candle. These are even simpler - 24 tea lights, with different patterned washi tape stuck round the base of each one.

The holder I picked up in town on the 1st. Something about the crazed effect glass intrigues me - it's like it's been deliberately shattered and put back together.

Anyway, today's surprise from elemnar was more nice chocolate and another origami creation:



This one's a bit more complex and steps 4-5 took a bit of puzzling out. It doesn't help that I can't read whatever language that is (Japanese? Chinese?), but eventually I sussed it out and came up with a reindeer! It even balances upright!

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Who wants a Christmas Card? [Sunday 2nd December 2018 at 8:55 pm]
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Yes, it's now December and international posting deadlines are fast approaching... so who'd like a Christmas Card all the way from Blighty (brexit and rain not included)?

If you'd like a card then comment with your address (comments are screened) or email it to cardplz@thomasmccorkell.me.uk.

PS: omgimsuchadork, crazyscot and rustica, you're already on the Christmas card list!
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GDPR hilarity [Saturday 1st December 2018 at 10:34 pm]
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Y'know, there is a wonderful side-effect of all the mass panic over GDPR. Whenever I visit a website only to have a full-screen GDPR consent window pop up, I know that the site's unlikely to actually be useful and so to not bother with it. Especially when there's no obvious "opt-out" button and instead the site presents you with a list of a bajillion different categories and cookies to individually deselect.

This brought to you by searching for recipes and finding that most sites contain more ads than recipe ingredients. So I gave up on trying to find new sites and just stuck with the BBC Food site. Who'd have thought that not stuffing every page with obnoxious ads might actually gain you more users?
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Advent, day 1 [Saturday 1st December 2018 at 10:00 pm]
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My surprising sister elemnar has surprised me. I was expecting an advent calendar full of tea - that's what last years' was, and has become the unofficial family tradition. But as with all our family traditions they last until we realise they've become a tradition and then do something completely different.

So yesterday on Sunday 2nd we exchanged calendars (I'm writing this post on the 3rd, despite the date shown). Hers, as she has now discovered, is full of tea and other random surprises, while mine...



...turns out to be a surprise chocolate calendar! The surprise is it's an origami chocolate calendar...



...and the first creation is a Santa hat, to get into the festive mood.

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NaBloPoMo result [Friday 30th November 2018 at 11:51 pm]
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Well, another year, another November of trying to think of some random insanity to post every day. This year was less successful that past ones, in that I completely forgot about an update on the 8th and then again on the 22nd. But on the other hand, this will be post 31 of a 30-day month so I have averaged slightly more than 1 post per day, albeit with a lot of filler (and yes, I'm fully aware that this is also a filler post). Then again in 2013 I managed 40 posts, so even with the extra post this is still below average for NaBloPoMo.

Anyway, this is the point at which this blog normally rapidly descends back into radio silence for another year - each year I mean to keep the posting frequency up after NaBloPoMo, and each year I fail. Except for 2016 when I kept it going for most of December with daily advent blogs - who knows, that might happen again this year after elemnar and I exchange advent calendars...
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Not-a-window [Thursday 29th November 2018 at 11:35 pm]
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So the not-a-window in my flat turns out to actually be a window, as the windy weather decided to make clear today. And in doing so it blew everything off the windowsill and a nice piece of stained glass I picked up back in St Mawes ended up shattered on the ground outside. Sigh.

It's a bizarre feature - two of the windows in the flat are theoretically openable, except there's no handle fitted and they're secured shut. Or at least I thought they were - I've noticed that one shifts in the wind but never enough to actually open before.

Anyway, I went spelunking through the bag o' tools and found a suction cup to use to pull the window shut, pried a blanking plate off to reveal the slot that the handle would turn if there was one, and improvised my own handle with a screwdriver. That window is now definitely shut, and I can glue the blanking plate back on later.
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Name that Song, round 10: the answers! [Wednesday 28th November 2018 at 11:37 pm]
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[Playing |Thomas Newman - American Beauty: Any Other Name [Classic FM at the Movies: The Sequel (disc 3)]]

Filler, I know, but hey at least I'm posting the answers in a reasonable amount of time!

Anyway, it's time for the answers to round 10 of Name That Song! There were no comments on LiveJournal (which I was half-expecting), but I cross-posted the same quiz to Facebook and got some surprising results there. Turns out a few songs I thought were originals are actually covers!

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Let's see... there were a lot of mainstream songs in there, but my music player also threw up a few more random entries. Songs for Phillip is incredibly obscure (I'm not sure if it was ever sold outside of Horsham), and I wouldn't have thought many people will know the Sonic Adventure 2 soundtrack. And of course there's an Irish entry from Clannad in there to mix things up.

The high score over on Facebook was 10 tracks right (artist or album or title) - did anyone here do better?

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Supermarket randomness [Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 11:10 pm]
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Some random observations while shopping this evening...

Apparently cauliflower vegan pizza is a thing - it has a cauliflower base (I've no idea how that works), tomatoes, and vegan cheese.

One shelf had a collection of different small cheeses in wax balls. They look like they could be stocking fillers except they should be kept in the fridge, which makes it a bit hard to place at the foot of the bed. Curiously the label had a warning not to throw the cheeses into an open fire...
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Chain Reaction? [Monday 26th November 2018 at 11:47 pm]
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elemnar brought a new game to try tonight: Chain Reaction. Having played it I've got mixed views - it could work well, but I'm not sure it fits our group. Or perhaps we need less tired people and to pay more attention to the game - while members of each team are supposed to answer the question/challenge in order without help, some got carried away and shouted out answers without waiting for their turn, while others on both sides tried to give clues (not always helpfully). And half-way through we lost track of which colour was which team on the scoreboard, and we weren't counting the scores consistently between the two teams.

I think it's a game that we might end up playing every so often only to remember why we don't play it, a bit like with Munchkin. It's all academic anyway as elemnar is borrowing it and has to give it back soon.

Afterwards we filled the remaining time with Jackbox 5, playing first Split The Room and then Mad Verse City. Split The Room backfired spectacularly - I completely failed to split the room at all with my first prompt, and couldn't gain enough points from my second prompt to move up the scoreboard. Mad Verse City went even worse with zero points in the first two rounds. I did get some points in the final round when I gave up entirely on trying to make things rhyme though. Meh, bring back Survive The Internet!
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I only meant to buy one thing... [Sunday 25th November 2018 at 11:41 pm]
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DIY stores are dangerous places to go shopping. You go in with a shopping list for precisely two items, and come out with a bag full of stuff.

Case in point: I went to B&Q the other day to get a replacement shower head and a wire brush (for a sheepskin rug). I left with those two items, plus the makings of a Roomba fence, a couple of sink strainers and a box full of assorted screws. Didn't find a multipack of nails or I would have bought those as well (to give me options - do I screw the Roomba fence together or nail it together?).

I somehow managed to avoid buying a laser leveller this time but only because they were missing the particular model I want.

The Roomba fence is to do with a couple of Ikea Poang chairs I've got - the base is made up of flat strips of wood and the Roomba beaches itself on them. The plan is to put a strip of wood on top of those that's high enough to trigger the Roomba's bumper, so it will avoid them instead of trying to barrel straight over.
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Thanksgiving! [Saturday 24th November 2018 at 11:59 pm]
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Today was the annual thanksgiving karting followed by the annual thanksgiving meal hosted by Beth and Jonners. This time round we had the downstairs track at our usual haunt, Crawley Teamsport.

Qualifying was quite good - I came 6th out of 9th, and consistently improved as the session went on. In fact my fastest lap was my 2nd-to-last one - my last lap was the second fastest, and then on the very final lap into the pits I overcooked it and spun on the corner before the up ramp (very nearly collecting Martin in the process). The kart I had was very slippery, and it took me a few laps to get used to the lack of grip, but once I got my head round it it was fun to drive. The corner before the up ramp is after a pair of flat-out straights and I generally took that corner by tapping the brakes to make the back slide, catching the spin with the throttle and counter-steering, and then drifting sideways round and onto the ramp. The top of the ramp/bridge section is a tight S-bend pair that I again drifted round with bootfuls of throttle and aggressive counter-steering. It's probably not the fastest approach, but it's the fun one.

The race was less good - Jonners asked for a reverse grid, but there was some confusion and what actually happened is the slowest driver got pole, followed by everyone else in grid order. I got a decent start which quickly became very confusing with a spin at the bottom of the ramp bunching everyone up, followed by Craig stalling on the back straights and us getting red flagged while the marshals restarted his kart and signalled him through the pack to the front for some reason. We then settled down to a proper race, most of which I spent stuck behind Jean trying to find a way past her and fighting with my kart - unlike in qualifying, this one had more grip and the back flatly refused to step out unless I got really aggressive with the brakes and throttle. I got past once, only to be punted by someone else which let Jean regain the position, so I spent several laps trying to catch up and pass again. Once I got past her I did find myself lapping faster than a pack of drivers behind me, but the race soon ended and I finished down in 8th.
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