My broadband was down most of this evening.
It didn't take long for BT to fix which was good and rather than watch TV all night I decided to do something with my time.
The result is the video above.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
That white stuff is snow.
This year the weather is behaving. It's December and there is snow on the ground. That's about right as far as I'm concerned. That's the way I remember December from when I was young.
The only thing that's different today is that I'm on my own in a truck and my boots smell like boiled animal bones.
I think I might go and have a snowball fight with myself.
I wonder who'll win?
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Sometimes I find a nice spot to have my lunch.
Sometimes I even manage to find someone to share my lunch with. Today I found Englebert the duck. He said that he liked jam donuts and would I like to swap a few bites for a couple of photo's. I said that that was a good swap.
Englebert did a few dramatic poses and I fed him donuts. We were both happy.
When we'd finished I went back to my truck and Englebert went back to doing The Times crossword.
What a nice fellow.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
It started well.
The folks at the Apple store replaced my iPhone. Then it all went wrong. Numerous reboots and retries over the next 24 hours saw me lose faith in Apple making anything work properly on Windows.
Anyway, it's done now. Since then I've had success with my music on Ukulele and PSP and I'm blogging from a pub.
Can't be bad.
As far as tech goes the last 48 hours have been pure hell.
My iPhone died, the replacement wouldn't talk to iTunes on my Vista machine and the whole update process has taken over 24 hours. That in itself is a small miracle because I managed to get the update in by sheer chance. I still don't trust my iPhone.
On the other hand my Ukulele now stays in tune as the strings have bedded in and I learned 'Eleanor Rigby' by some band called the Beatles, you may have heard of them.
All that remains is to transfer the novel to my WP and that's all the techie stuff done. I can then get back to Beaterator and actually lay my loop blocks into a song. Once that's done I'll get it online and you'll get to hear it here first. It won't be long now, maybe a day or so.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
That's what I want to talk about. On one hand it's a very useful tool, both in my day to day life and my creative endeavours. On the other hand it's a crazy addiction that acts as a plug hole for pouring time into.
If I so wish I can write a whole tune or a book on this device or I can stare aimlessly at peoples comments on their and other peoples lives hoping that something they might say moves me enough to comment myself.
At any point in the day I can take pictures for myself or for other people to see. I can educate myself by listening to audiocasts about subjects I know nothing about. I can know what is happening anywhere in the world and in most cases know how it looks and sounds. In fact I with millions of other people are now the most informed group ever to have existed.
Strangely, as time goes on, I really think that I should select more carefully what I wish to know and from whom I source that information.
Media overload is no good for me or anyone else.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Next I get tearful, upset. It's the light that upsets me. Photophobia is cruel. Only pitch black will save you. This mixes with a deep depression and unexpected highs. I can find humour in most things. Often cruel humour and I instantly feel guilty. The whole rollercoaster ride can last for hours but it does ware off. You just have to be careful what you say to people.
When it does all ware off there is a sad but satisfying calm.
I go through all this about once a month but in the last two weeks I've experienced it eight times and the ringing in the ears and sickness are returning. I haven't had that for a long long time.
I hope you never have to go through this. It is truly bizarre. Thing is I'm used to it and I feel bad for the familiarity I have with migraine. It's like having a bad friend and that's not right.
I thought I'd tell you about what I live with.
I see a dot. It's bright and I know a migraine is about to start. My only defence is two pain killers to avoid the inevitable headache. They won't stop it but they might shorten it by a day or two.
Next the dots start to grow. They look like TV static but they're very short lines and not dots. This goes on for twenty minutes to half an hour obscuring my vision. I once became totally blind.
When the dots go the headache tries it's best to disable me. If I've missed the tablets I'm a mess. Everything is a problem. The pain is physical but also mental. Things like sounds make a virtual lump inside my head hurt. I felt the lump today. Imagine four or five cubes randomly stuck together with their cornets sticking into your brain and skull. That's the lump. If I've taken the tablets the lump is almost non existant but I get a dull ache instead. After thirty years I can live with that. I don't like it but it's better than the lump.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I've been working on my OTP project tonight.
Far from getting bogged down in its complexities I'm enjoying the challenge and it's relatively easy to work on. I can put this down to the slow and methodical pace at which I'm working. I'm researching every single step.
I have a dream that this new method will make it as far as a software application and tonight I thought of an ideal partner in crime. Hopefully he'll say yes.
I'll let you know.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Tonight was the first time I really got my head into my RM1x.
It's an amazing bit of kit. I love the sounds and on the surface it's quite easy to program. Underneath it's a beast with quite awesome power. Step by step I'll get into every corner and be able to produce some impressive stuff but that will take time.
It will eventually send MIDI program change messages to my PodXT and I'll think about performing live again.
It will be strange to approach MIDI from an audio only angle as I'm more used to having to control video.
MIDI is easy. Once you've re-aquainted yourself with a library of manuals.
Here's to some bed-time reading.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
It's been a long time coming.
It's taken longer to get the figures than it took to crack the Enigma codes but Bletchley Park has finally secured some lottery funding. I don't want to add any negativity to this wonderful news but in all honesty I'm thinking why did this take so long? The issue of funding has been going on for years. It has taken the extremely hard work of volunteers and campaigners to get things to this stage and this is just the beginning.
There seems to be a ground swell for Bletchley Park at the moment. Let's hope it continues.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
This picture takes a while to get used to.
Look straight ahead, your left eye looking at the left picture and your right eye looking at the right picture. When you're doing it correctly you'll see a third picture in the middle which appears to be in 3D. If you can get it to work it looks pretty amazing.
Keep trying. It's worth it.
This is my lunchtime view today.
It doesn't look like much but this trading estate has got excellent 3g so I can surf the web and keep up with what's going on in the world.
This is a good thing because there's nothing going on here. Apart that is from people going to the batch wagon for their lunch.
I'd like to open a lunch wagon offering advice like "Don't come here on your lunch hour, it's a waste of time."
I wonder how many customers I'd get.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
If you drive a truck you can get your head down here.
It's well known among truck drivers and transport authorities that the heavy goods vehicle is well and truly dead. They all know that a HGV is now an LGV.
This means that this sign informs no-one and is therefore useless. That means that if you drive an LGV you can get your sleeping bag out and get the kettle on for tea and Pot Noodle's.
Sometimes I wish I owned my own truck.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By this blogs title I mean that I should be spending more time here.
As much as I like Twitter it's taken me away from my blog and that's not good. Twitter belongs to everyone but this is my space and neglect of it is a bad thing. I don't want to move away from this blog so I'm coming back to what I know.
I'm also going to start carrying my camera and blog things when I get home.
I think the saying "Use it or lose it. " applies here.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Mr Lion says we need booze.
I'm inclined to agree with him and it is nearly that time on a Friday. I must pop out and source a Merlot or something of that nature. I'll be back soon. I might also try and find out why my wi-fi signal is so flaky these days if I can be bothered.
See you soon.
This week was a good week until today.
My manager managed to spoil that with one of his little talks. Now unless I gain some kind of supernatural power that allows me to know the thoughts of others or predict the outcome of their actions then I really can't help.
After all I wouldn't want to be nannying anyone.
It's just not in my nature.
So here we go.
The Bank Holiday weekend is looking grey and it may well rain. But who cares? I've got a some writing to do, some Reading and I've got a really good new chess app that has really excited me about playing again.
Then there's tonight's wine and beer and web traul so it's looking good.
As for the rest of the weekend? Who knows. I'm leaving it to chance.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Originally uploaded by MikiStrange
Back at Croft again.
This has to be the most utilitarian case for a typewriter that I have
ever seen. It cost a rennet for this unusual Imperial model and I'm
very happy with it. It needs a clean and a new ribbon but that's all.
We've still got Saddington to do then off to Market Harborough for the
collectors fair and hopefully some breakfast.
It's been a long day already. I was up at 5:30am. It was worth it
though as there are some really decent bargains to be had.
One of the better car boot Sunday's.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I'm in the quiet village of Sileby.
Apart from it's not quiet. There's a man cutting the grass with a petrol trimmer thing and he's very loud. I used to spend time here many moons ago but not any more.
All I can say is that the fish and chip shop used to be very good but I'm not sure about these days.
If I didn't have a big bundle of copper on the truck I'd go and find out.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Not being able to check mail or tweets on my lunch break meant I had
time to make a few kaleidoscopic pictures in the nature reserve I
parked next to. This one is of a clover flower and grass and stuff.
I also put a few chords together and made a riff for a song. All in
all a very productive time.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
It's been a good weekend.
I've got a couple of good books, a xylaphone thing, a signaling mirror, a shoebox tape recorder and a fantastic typewriter. Everything works too.
I've yet to date the typewriter but it's reasonably old and in decent condition.
Time to relax now with My Cat and some wine.
Sundays just keep getting better.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
My first proper iPhone blog.
I thought I might be able to give you a nicer view but it's a miserable day. Never mind, at least my iPhone is set up now.
After an equally miserable week at work I think I might just see what Bargain Booze has to offer.
Me thinks that's a good idea.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I've just got an email from Foes Reunited.
They've got a new groups feature and asked me if I'd like to join one or more of said groups. There were lots of inane groups such as Top Table (WTF?) and Star Trek. But top of their list was Over Forties.
...Dear FU. FU!
What about a group about Fire Starting or Decapitation or C#*k or anything other than your lame choices. Next thing I know you'll be inviting me on a cruise around the med.
I'm only signed up to stop other people claiming to be me.
Now leave me alone.
... and rightly f#%*ing so.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
It's nice to be here and relaxing.
Work has been rubbish all week and O2 data has been out for a couple of days so no blogging.
Once I'm all switched over I'll be blogging from a new iPhone. Might have finished migration by Saturday.
It'll be a mixed emotion day. I love my setup now but I must move on.