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BBC Radio On Linux
26 Mar 2016
TOC Difficulties with Streaming BBC Radio on Linux Using Browser Spoofing to grab the BBC Radio Streaming URLs Playing the BBC Radio Streams with Radio Tray / VLC List of BBC Radio stream URLs Disclaimers / Warnings In one of my idle weekend tinkering sessions, this morning, I contemplated installing Linux [Ubuntu to be precise] on an old iMac I have lying around. Reasons being; said iMac runs OSX El Capitán like a slug on Mogadon and also, I only really use it for listening to the radio, while I’m on my gym.... [ Read More ]
Why Complicate Things?
28 Jan 2016
As this site is built using a Static Site Generator, any changes I make to it [such as writing new drivel] requires re-uploading the site to my server [or at least those bits of it which have changed]. I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I use Git for this process: firstly by pushing the ‘new stuff’ from my laptop up to a central repo, then by logging into my web server and pulling those changed files to the live site.... [ Read More ]
Possibly The Stupidest Idea Of All-Time
15 Jan 2016
image credit: mygoalis.uk.com On the circuit of technology websites I regularly read, there is one story that pops up with irritating frequency and has been doing so for the past couple of years. Said story usually involves some technology writer gushing enthusiastically about how Arse-Sum!!! this concept called What3Words is. And every time I see such an article I end up practically head-butting holes in the wall, in sheer frustration at the fact no fecker apart from myself seems able to spot the blue whale sized flaw in the concept.... [ Read More ]
Nostradamus Corner 2016
05 Jan 2016
OK. Let’s get this annual ‘Pantomime of Piss-Poor Prognostication’ out of the way. With last year’s predictions returning a record but still contemptible score of 3⁄10 on the Nostradam-O-Meter®, I could probably beat a typewriter-equipped chimpanzee over the head with a crystal ball until he produced some random gibberish –and still beat that total. But I’ve gone to all the trouble of getting my Mystic Meg outfit out of the wardrobe and squeezing into it.... [ Read More ]
Nostradamus Corner 2015 The Post-Mortem
04 Jan 2016
Gosh. Doesn’t time fly! It seems like only a few months ago I was making my annual Nostradamus Corner predictions for 2015 after packing up my crystal ball to send in for servicing, when I gauged the accuracy of my previous year’s predictions. So, how did we do last year? Did I get my mojo back and unnerve the world with my uncanny abilities to peer into ‘the shape of things to come’?… or, as is usually the case, did I show about as much foresight as Stevie Wonder, strolling towards an open man-hole?... [ Read More ]
A Festive WTF?
30 Dec 2015
With the traditional burnt offerings of Hercules Poirot sadly missing from the BBC’s Christmas schedules this year [at least in the copy of the Radio Times I managed to smuggle through customs], it seemed like we might be left without a Yuletide mystery to keep our ‘leetle grey zells’ active. Or it did –until the folks and me sat down to Christmas dinner at my sister’s house and, in between post-prandial belching and farting, started to work our way through the mountain of Christmas Crackers.... [ Read More ]
Flat Broke
24 Nov 2015
Hipster design team, ready for action. [image credit: edinphoto.org.uk] You remember a while back I treated you to a bit of a rant enlightened monologue on the folly of the headlong rush towards ‘Flat Design’, spearheaded by Apple and dutifully, slavishly followed by every other fucking designer on the planet? Well, in that post I commented on the fact that Xiaomi had recently succumbed to the ‘flatness fetish’ and speculated on what this might mean for the design of their forthcoming MIUI6 Android distro [Xiaomi having been one of the companies whose ‘fun’ skeuomorphic interface designs I’d previously admired]: Apple have spoken and now the entire design world must blindly follow.... [ Read More ]
Remove Google Search Bar From Android Marshmallow
13 Nov 2015
CAUTION: [2015-12-31] This post and the equivalent one on Lollipop have been getting a load of hits over the past few days. I suspect this is because a lot of people have got new Android devices over Christmas and want to get rid of that damned search bar. Please be aware that both posts are several months old and refer only to certain versions of Stock Android [and CyanogenMod] and have only been confirmed working on certain hardware.... [ Read More ]
Cult Of Personality
07 Oct 2015
Mr. WiPpy Today’s hilarious jape is based on my girlfriend’s experience of dealing with Apple’s online chat support the other day – after she’d been unable to book a ‘Genius Bar’ appointment online. Skillfully blending all that’s worst in Customer Service on both sides of the Atlantic, the people she ‘chatted’ to online combined an almost manic ‘feeling your pain’ Californian empathy, with a traditional British reluctance to help –which was really quite disturbing.... [ Read More ]
We'Re All In This Together
06 Oct 2015
Tools of the trade Flushed with the success of my foray into porcine punning yesterday, which received no less than a collosal FOUR! re-tweets on Twitter [and three of them weren’t even me!] –I decided to return to the fray today, with another cartoon inspired by the Conservative Party Conference, taking place just down the road at the mo’. As with yesterday’s, I’ll show you the finished cartoon first and then anyone who’s still awake and interested in ‘artistic gestation’ can read on for the Work-in-Progress report.... [ Read More ]
Piggate
05 Oct 2015
A tidy desk is the sign of an untidy mind When the missus mentioned the ‘Piggate’ scandal to me this morning, I couldn’t resist the temptation to have a go at a wee bit of a topical political cartoon. Yes, I know “topical” is stretching it a bit, but I’ve not been paying much attention to the news over the past week or so. So it was ‘topical news’ for me.... [ Read More ]
My Atom Setup
03 Oct 2015
Themes Built-In Packages Disabled 3rd-Party Packages Installed I’m a bit of a recent convert to the Atom text editor. But I’ve been using it as my main mangler-of-text for a month or two now. So I thought it was high time I did one of those nerdy “Here’s my setup” type posts. These are the themes and packages I’m finding useful at the minute: Themes I’ve not gone for anything 3rd-party with regard to themes.... [ Read More ]
Twitter Tips
03 Oct 2015
Just a couple of Twitter-enhancing tips for you today which, although not directly related, do allow you to have a bit more fun with the compulsive-blabbing website. Multiple Accounts from single email Get rid of Sponsored Tweets Get a Twitter API Key without giving away your Phone no. 1. Multiple Accounts –One Email Address. It’s fairly easy to set up your first one or three Twitter accounts. Most of us have at least a couple of email accounts lying about we can use.... [ Read More ]
Carry On Herman Logo Revisited
01 Oct 2015
Colour me OCD Those of you who read yesterday’s post on coming up with a new ‘Carry on Herman’ logo [ie. No-one on the entire planet] will remember that our hero retired dazed to his fart-sack for the night, still in two minds as to what format the text on the logo should take. With bated breath, said non-existent readership will have stampeded back to this site today to find out what the outcome was… Well, I can exclusively reveal that it was “Inconclusive”.... [ Read More ]
Hold On To What You'Ve Got
01 Oct 2015
App store chore Just a quick reminder folks that, if you’re planning to upgrade[?] to OSX El Capitán in the near future and you have more than one computer to upgrade, you’ll want to grab a copy of the installer application, before hitting that big Continue button –otherwise the installer will self-destruct [well, ‘self-delete’ anyway] when done and you’ll have to download all 6,09GB of it all over again, to install on your next computer.... [ Read More ]
Carrying On Doodling
30 Sep 2015
As the latest part of my ongoing campaign to reclaim much of the verbal diarrhoea that I’ve been spewing out onto the web over the past decade –in attempt to persuade people to pay me to do similar ‘stuff’ for them, I’ve been importing one of my old blogs, called Carry on Herman from Tumblr into Hugo, so I can host it myself. A task I look forward to immensely. [This being the third blog I’ve done this with.] Anyway, to give myself a break from the interminable fixing up of mangled posts and tracking down broken links and images, I thought I’d do a bit of doodling today and work on the new logo I have planned for the blog.... [ Read More ]
Remember Superstars?
24 Sep 2015
Apropos of nothing, other than the usual random thought, flitting unbidden across my vacant skull; Does anyone remember the TV series Superstars from the 1970s? Even the titles oozed seventies grooviness! It was hosted by Ron Pickering and took the form of a contest wherein a variety of well-known sportsmen would compete against each other in a series of athletic challenges. I think it must have had some kind of tournament structure, as I seem to remember that the winners each week went through to the next round and there was some kind of final at the end.... [ Read More ]
Paws For Thought
22 Sep 2015
Today, I have mostly been embarking on one of my habitual quests to finally learn how to draw cartoon hands properly, sometime before the heat death of The Universe. This latest half-arsed attempt was triggered by two things; firstly, I’ve got to draw a cartoon header for a blog of mine I’m currently rescuing from the clutches of Tumblr and; secondly, the other day I came across a set of PDFs of the complete Asterix the Gaul books, which I’d forgotten I had and –flipping through them– I remembered how much I always admired Albert Uderzo’s mastery of hands.... [ Read More ]
Ireland Sketchbook 2015
22 Sep 2015
I always have great intentions to produce some worthwhile art while I’m on holiday –and not just spend the entire time pickling my liver and eating lard by the wheelbarrowful. In reality, if I produce anything at all of an even vaguely artistic bent, it’s usually ‘sub-back-of-an-envelope’ scrawlings, which make mockery of the selfless sacrifice made by the trees who gave their lives that I might have something to daub upon.... [ Read More ]
Nice Irish Bread Logo
22 Sep 2015
I snipped this wee logo from a packet of bread we bought in Ireland the other week [one of the local brands], coz I thought it was a pretty cute wee character. Unfortunately I’ve completely forgotten who the bread company in question was. But I think we picked it up from either Aldi or Supervalu in Co. Sligo. The usual fantastic cash prize* for the smart boy or girl to recognise it and let me know, in the comments, who uses it on their bread packaging.... [ Read More ]
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