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N-O-O-O-O!!!! 27 Feb 2015
I thought I couldn’t get more gutted than when Scotty died… and now this! [Oh well. I know what I’m going to be watching for the rest of the night!]…... [ Read More ]
Fixing Android Insufficient Storage Error 27 Feb 2015
This “fix-it” relates specifically to certain rooted Samsung devices [in my case a Galaxy Tab 2 10,1] which under a certain set of circumstances [which I’ll outline shortly] will leave you head-butting walls in sheer frustration, throwing up an ‘Insufficient Storage Available’ error whenever you try to install any app –this in spite of you having plenty of free space available, both internally [Phone/Tablet]and externally [SD Card]. The peculiar set of circumstances in question being any combo or all of: You have at some stage tried an App which promised to move your apps to your SD Cards but then failed miserably to be able to do so.... [ Read More ]
Brothword 0001 23 Feb 2015
It gives me insurmountable pleasure to present for the delight and delectation of my vast hordes of eager readers, the first in what may very well [or may very well not] be a regular fixture on this ‘ere website. Namely the inaugural ‘Brothword’. I’ll admit the layout of the grid could be better but, since it’s my first crack at compiling a crossword, I don’t think it’s too shabby. Answers same time next week!... [ Read More ]
Bringing A Cintiq Back From The Dead 18 Feb 2015
Many, many moons ago I rescued an old Wacom Cintiq graphics tablet from the skip at the college where I worked at the time. It was being chucked out, not because it was actually broken, but because Wacom, in their infinite wisdom had built that particular model [Cintiq 15X] with a proprietory DIN style connection instead of a standard USB socket. The tablet came with an equally proprietory USB-to–DIN cable which, at some point during the intervening years had got lost or broken.... [ Read More ]
Yandex As An Alternative To Google? 17 Feb 2015
A wee while back, when the latest Prism / NSA spying scandals and similar underhand shenanigans were filling the headlines, I started looking around for non-US alternatives to the various internet services I use. Not because I’m “up to no good” –as the moronic “If you’re not doing anything wrong, you’ve nothing to hide…” mantra chanters, would probably infer– but just as a point of principle. One of the alternatives I looked at was using Yandex as an alternative to Google for [amongst other things] handling email on the various domain names I own.... [ Read More ]
Nous Sommes Charlie 09 Jan 2015
"Is God willing to prevent Evil, but not able? Then He is not omnipotent. Is He able but not willing? Then He is malevolent. Is He both able and willing? Then whence cometh Evil? Is He neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" [Epicurus. 341-270BC]... [ Read More ]
About 01 Jan 2015
So, what’s it all about then? This blog has been assembled from various bits, pieces and fragments of other blogs into which I [stíobhart matulevicz] have spewed my inane drivel over the years. For that reason, it contains a bit of a mixture of different types of content. Earlier posts [dating from when I was bitter, twisted, impoverished and unemployed] tend to consist mostly of me railing against the world and all who sail in it, like Rab C Nesbitt on crack.... [ Read More ]
Nostradamus Corner 2015 01 Jan 2015
Well, my lovelies. Here we are again. I’ve been gazing in wonderment at my ball all morning, I’ve swirled the tea leaves round like a feckin’ Catherine Wheel and the chicken entrails are steaming away nicely. It’s time to visit that Twilight Zone-esque corner of space and time known as “Nostradamus Corner”, wherein I veritably sweep aside the curtain of the present and peer myopically into the future, to see what 2015 has in store for us all: Philae will sadly fail to wake from his winter nap as comet 67/P approaches nearer the sun.... [ Read More ]
Nostradamus Corner 2014 The Post-Mortem 31 Dec 2014
Hello there, dear readers tumbleweed! –and welcome to what has now become a bit of a tradition round my parts; namely my making a set of hopeless predictions for the year ahead, at the turn of the year. I’ll be making my risible predictions for next year tomorrow, but for now let’s see how I got on last year. Those of you out there of a gambling bent will soon realise that a good strategy to maximise your profitibility for the forthcoming solar soujourn is to note down my fuck-arsed visions of the future and then bet heavily on whatever the opposite of them all is.... [ Read More ]
Pull Me Push You 09 Dec 2014
Having dutifully read my previous post about migrating this blog to a Static Site Generator [namely Hugo], you might be wondering whether it’s not a major pain in the nether regions, having to keep reuploading the site, every time I change anything, rather than just posting new content directly via a web interface [a la Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, etc]. It probably would be, but for the joys of Git. Git is a system which allows you to keep “Repositories” ie.... [ Read More ]
Hugo If You Want To 08 Dec 2014
One of the things I want to get done, now I’ve got time to work on my own projects again, is to bring a lot of my various ‘web presences’ back under my control again –and also to update and [in some cases] add content to the sites, many of which have been sadly neglected of late. One of the first ‘guinea pigs’ for the challenge was to get this blog out of Tumblr which, although it had its useful aspects [ie.... [ Read More ]
Attic Attac 23 Nov 2014
One of the biggest hurdles the young matulevicz lad faces in attempting to return to the world of gainful Self-Employment and/or Lancing-of-the-Free-variety, is that his house is like a fucking tip. The gaff isn’t that big to start with and every room is pretty much utilised to the full, as far as cramming the available space full of junk goes. You couldn’t swing a hamster in here, much less a cat!... [ Read More ]
Katie Price Literary Review Centre 11 Nov 2014
I know you should never share a private joke –it won’t mean anything to anyone else. But, what the Hell. I’ve been slaving over a hot WordPress installation for nearly the past week and I’m determined to receive the adulation I deserve, for my tireless devotion to satire so subtle you could cut it with a knife [Does that even make sense?] Meet the Katie Price Literary Review Centre NO-ONE AT ALL: Ooh.... [ Read More ]
Happy Halloween 31 Oct 2014
Here’s my contribution to world culture for the occasion. Yes, I know. As an idea it’s about as original as a 1970s sitcom, but at least I tried! [I did try and capture the full majesty of it later, lit up at night, but I only had my phone camera on me and it turned out shite]... [ Read More ]
Roll Of Dishonour 18 Oct 2014
A list of staff members from within our small department alone, who have left over the past 5 years, since “You’ve Been Quango’d” and “The Rottweiler” took over: Mark Helen Graham Dan Maxine Sian Mike Johny Simon Paolo Ricardo Sweeney Yours Truly Hey! –I’m just saying. Don’t read anything into it. They were probably all just a bunch of useless employees who didn’t appreciate the open, honest and fair way in which they were being managed.... [ Read More ]
End Of An Era 16 Oct 2014
Well, today I trundled off on my bike for the last time from the old TMC mothership. For a number of reasons, I’ve decided to take Voluntary Severance, in the latest round of such redundancies and throw my sixteen years of teaching practise onto the scrapheap. Extremely tempted though I am to bow out with a valedictory rant, I shall resist the urge: my lovely students and the many lovely members of staff who I leave behind know the reasons I’m going, the management don’t give a shit and the rest of the world cares even less.... [ Read More ]
Introducing Project Mini-Me. 30 Jun 2014
Wherein our humble author attempts to recreate a caricature of himself through the medium of silicone. If all goes according to plan with regard to our equipment requests for next year, we should [amongst other things] be getting some new materials to work with for the Character Design unit and doing a bit of silicone casting. Now, back in the black’n’white days when I was a young jackanapes at art college and subsequently a slightly older jackanapes working in design, things like casting silicone were a futuristic pipe-dream, like hover cars and self-removing trousers.... [ Read More ]
Meet BoxComp 20 May 2014
It’s been a while since I posted anything here. In my few minutes of ‘me time’ during recent weeks, I’ve tended to do do more ‘left-brainy’ stuff than ‘right-brainy’, so there’s not been a lot to show for it, outside of my vacant skull. Anyway, part of my weekend tinkering of late has been to do with cryptocurrencies: I’ve become quite intrigued by the whole ‘digital goldrush’. As well as working on my own altcoin, I’ve been itching to do some hardware tinkering too.... [ Read More ]
Character Design 26 Mar 2014
This week, it was time to roll out the new Character Design unit, or Introduction to Methods, Materials and Making Processes, to give it its show name. We kicked off with the old classic 25 Expressions worksheets. Before springing it on them, I gave the students about 25 mins to come up with a character and then draw him/her/it [head only] from the front. As I’m not a complete bastard, I did give the students a few clues before they started, which would make for more “expressionable” characters, such as advising them to use the full complement of facial features and maybe also include eyebrows or ears, etc.... [ Read More ]
BBC IPlayer Without Flash On Mac OSX 15 Mar 2014
The other day an old work buddy asked me if there was a way he could listen to BBC Radio on iPlayer, without having to install that notorious collection of security holes known as Adobe Flash. I thought about various ways this might be done, ranging from installing Flip4Mac [hmmm… a Microsoft plugin to replace an Adobe one. Talk about ’out of the frying pan into the fire!] to using VLC to try and open the live streams, but everything I came up with seemed to be almost as dodgy, or more of a pain in the arse to set up, than even using Flash would be.... [ Read More ]