Another one of my periodical roundups, featuring other wee bits and bobs I’ve done in amongst my #PortraitChallenge efforts.
8th December 2018 Brexit—the gift that keeps on giving! Here’s a super present idea for Christmas. Guaranteed hours of ennui for all the family!
11th January 2019 They say today’s news headlines are tomorrow’s fish & chip wrapper. And, sometimes, yesterday’s #PortraitChallenge is today’s washing up.
15th January 2019 Hilarious hospital themed cartoon....
[ Read More ]#PortraitChallenge
30 Jan 2019
Around the end of July, I came across an account on Twatter called @StudioTeaBreak who set a number of artistic challenges throughout the week, for folks to have a go at.
One that took my fancy was one they call #PortraitChallenge whereby, every Thursday, @StudioTeaBreak post a famous [or not so famous] painting, sculpture or whatever which could be considered a “portrait” and then, anyone who fancies a go at it either copies the portrait or produces their own interpretation of it....
[ Read More ]Society6 Steals From Artists
05 Nov 2018
Original image credit: Atlas Obscura The Print-on-Demand T&C Minefield Over the years that I’ve been hawking my artistic pussy via a number of online Print-on-Demand sites, I’ve had the occasional run in with the legal teams running the sites. It’s all to easy to accidentally infringe one of their terms and conditions as they all have various rules and regulations as to what they will and will not allow; Adult themes, Copyright infringement, Offensive material, Objectionable content, Similarity to existing designs, etc....
[ Read More ]17th July 2018 Cartoon Roundup
17 Jul 2018
A couple of random other cartoons [and a bit of Photoshop fun] which I managed to squirt out in the middle of my World Cup Cartoons marathon.
10th July 2018 More Brexit-related fun for all the family, as various cabinet ministers ‘spit the dummy’ over concerns that the whole fiasco might not be enough of a clusterfuck yet.
11th July 2018 Cod-faced fuckwitt Michael Gove announces plans to ban Wood-Burning Stoves as a way of combatting Climate Change....
[ Read More ]World Cup 2018 Cartoons
16 Jul 2018
In one of my habitual ‘Moments of Madness’ I resolved to draw a one-frame gag cartoon every day for the duration of the World Cup… well, every day there was a match!
Needless to say, after barely a week, this became a tedious chore. Not helped by the twin facts that:
A: I’m not interested in football, at all B: I miscalculated the length of the tournament and thought it only lasted a fortnight Still....
[ Read More ]National Selfie Day
21 Jun 2018
According to the Twitterati, today was “National Selfie Day”. Because it’s always “National <fucking something > Day” on Twatter —and people definitely need more encouragement to fill the internets up with vacuous pouting orange-faced selfies.
But still. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. So here is my contribution to the Exhibition of Egoism.
First of all, one I found in an old sketchbook from 20 odd years ago. Probably the last time I tried to draw myself with serious intent....
[ Read More ]GDPR
25 May 2018
In accordance with the new EU GDPR data protection legislation, Them’s Good Broth would like to assure visitors to this site that we collect no personally identifying information from you —apart from randomly sampling the horrendous flatulence blasting from your ragged tea towel holder and billowing in foetid green clouds around your keyboard-hunched carcass.
This olfactory data is subsequently anonymised and sent off to be analysed for flavour and pungency at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, as part of the European Union’s Euro-Quack research....
[ Read More ]Introducing ReCRAPTCHA
14 Jan 2018
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 ]