I dunno about the rest of you, but I’m getting heartily sick of those irritating “I’m not a robot” reCAPTCHA tests, which seem to be cropping up with more and more frequency on the intarwebs, of late.
On almost every site on which I have to complete some kind of form, I’m forced to present my corporeal credentials by clicking my way through at least one —and more often two or three— screens full of those damned things, before I can proceed....
[ Read More ]Using Flickr for Forum Image Hosting
12 Jan 2018
TOC Intro and Miscellaneous Froth-Lipped Ranting Flickr? Why Flickr? Uploading to Flickr Getting the Address of an Image on Flickr Using Your Flickr Image on a Forum Troubleshooting
Intro and Miscellaneous Froth-Lipped Ranting By now, probably everyone has come across one of these lovely graphics, whilst perusing their favourite internet forums [OK. I know it’s “fora” but that sounds too contrived]
Without delving too deeply into the controversy behind this; basically it’s happening because thousands [if not millions] of people posting on internet forums were using the image hosting service Photobucket* which, without warning, recently did away with all its free image hosting offerings, replacing them instead with the above ransom note in graphic format, which links back to a page on Photobucket’s website, inviting people to pay up a wallet-raping $399 a year, if they ever want to see their images alive again....
[ Read More ]TUTORIAL: Obama 'Hope' Style Poster Effect
29 Mar 2017
Intro This tutorial post comes apropos of the fact that, the other day, the missus asked me to help her with creating custom patterned swatches in Illustrator. When I noseyed as to why she wanted to do this, she told me she was following an online tutorial for creating the effect used in that iconic Obama “Hope” poster.
Obama 'Hope' poster by Shepard Fairey Interest piqued, I took a quick look at the tutorial and saw that it was far more complicated than it needed to be; involving the aforementioned custom patterns, loads of intricate pen tool work and god knows what else....
[ Read More ]That North Korean 'Real & Growing Threat to World Peace'
18 Mar 2017
Just a quick infographic for you today, dear readers.
Created in response to the recent sabre-rattling by US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, who claims that North Korea is a “Real and Growing Threat to World Peace” and seems to be itching for an excuse for America to embark on another of its interminable crusades to bring “Freee-Daaahm and Deee-Mocracy” to some poor undeserving corner of the world.
Blessed are the Peace-Makers Sources:...
[ Read More ]Adding Isso Comments to Hugo
24 Feb 2017
TOC Intro Setup Python Virtual Environment Activate Python Virtual Environment Install Isso Configure Isso Export Existing Comments from Disqus as XML Import XML into Isso Configure Caddy Server to Proxy to Isso Add Isso Code to Hugo Fool Hugo into Displaying Isso Comments Create Server Startup Scripts Profit!
Intro If you’ve read my recent post on Disqus’s underhand link hijacking, you’ll know that it gave me the impetus I needed to finally make good on my long-held intention of getting rid of Disqus and installing a self-hosted comments system on Them’s Good Broth instead—to wit Isso....
[ Read More ]Disqusting Behaviour
21 Feb 2017
Image Credit: tembisan.co.za The astute reader will notice that the comments on this ‘ere Electronic Emporium of Ennui are no longer powered by Disqus [and no, I’m not going to give the fuckers a free link!]
A few days ago, while I was trying to track down the address of some website or other, I remembered that I’d once linked to it from one of the comments on this site....
[ Read More ]Nostradamus Corner 2017
05 Jan 2017
Well, here we go again: another year, another fart-worthy folio of futile fog-peering.
With last year’s predictions plumbing new depths of uselessness by scoring a contemptible 2⁄10 on the Nostradam-O-Meter®, there’s only one way to go this year! [mind you, with me at the helm of the Good Ship Predicto, that way is probably downwards].
Anyway, without further ado lets quack aside the mists of time and gaze into the future for 2017....
[ Read More ]Cracking the BBC's GCHQ Puzzlebook Challenge, Revisited
02 Jan 2017
image credit: quapona.com … just to show I can code badly in more than one language!
This post is a follow up to my smash hit Cracking The BBC’S GCHQ Puzzlebook Challenge With Python
I made an abortive attempt to learn Go / Golang last year but never really got anywhere with it. Mainly, I think, because I tried to do too much fancy stuff too soon and got right in over my head, in a morass of package imports and more syntax than I could take on board at once....
[ Read More ]Nostradamus Corner 2016 the Post-Mortem
01 Jan 2017
Bloody Hell. Why did I ever start this nonsense!
Well, loyal readership, [Yes, both of you!] here we are embarking on another new year and, before we throw entrails at our tea-leaves and sacrifice our prize otters to the Gods of Things to Come, it’s time to take a look at how we fared with last year’s predictions.
With famous people dropping like flies for most of the year, surley even this jug-eared balloon must have got something right!...
[ Read More ]Cracking the BBC's GCHQ Puzzlebook Challenge With Python
03 Dec 2016
image credit: BBC NOTE: There’s now a follow-up to this post, wherein I recreate this bumbling incompetency in Go /Golang
TOC The Challenge 1st Attempt: Pencil and Paper Enter Python Python: Failed Attempt 01 Python: Failed Attempt 02 Python: Success! The Solution
The Challenge A week or so ago, to tie in with Radio4’s GCHQ: Minority Report documentary, the BBC published a code-breaking challenge set by GCHQ....
[ Read More ]BBC Radio on Linux
26 Mar 2016
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’?...
[ 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]:...
[ 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....
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