Category Archives: Stuff

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December 3, 2017

Going to try something new on the blog for the next month or so.

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September 23, 2017

After all the crap it’s been through, how the hell is the Millenium Falcon still flying?

How to setup a Lightbox Gallery on WordPress.com

I was Googling for an answer on how to use a Lightbox overlay for my photo galleries here on my blog. I nearly upgraded my WordPress.com plan to a business one so that I could install a plugin for a JS / Lightbox type thing…

Turns out, all you need to do is enable the carousel, and the background colour, in Settings / Media, simple as that.

Why do books make terrible movies?

I wonder why it’s so hard to make a movie from a book, or, why do so many book to film adaptations suck?

James Patterson is a fantastic writer, Alex Cross is one of my favourite detective / thriller series, but boy was that Alex Cross movie terrible.

Zoo, another James Patterson book, was a terrible TV show. It barely ressembled the book.

Another author I quite like is Stephen King. His book to movie adaptations are pretty ordinary too, sure there were a couple of good ones, IT, The Shining, The Stand, Misery, but for the most part they weren’t remotely as good as the book.

Why is it so hard to make a good movie from a book? Is it the acting choices, is it that books can be way more descriptive, what is the missing ingredient?

Bad back, is back…

After 4 or so months, either the cortisone injection has worn out, or the disc fragment has moved, either way I’ve got quite a bit of pain in my right leg, and a little in the left.

Off to the GP on Tuesday, and hopefully of to a neurosurgeon soon thereafter…fingers crossed! 

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October 12, 2015

On my iPhone, it’s so easy to take a photo, edit it quickly in Snapseed, then upload to Instagram, and share it out. It takes but a moment. Doing the same, or similar, to any of the photos shot on my other cameras is such a chore in comparison.

I captured around 2,000 photos and at least 10Gb of video while I was over in Europe recently, add to that a further 3,000 photos and more than 100Gb of video I shot when we holidayed in Fiji in July, and that gives you an idea of the mess that’s sitting in front of me.

Ugh.

At least it’s all backed up.

The Tumblr Experiment

I moved this blog away from Squarespace a little while back, and it was working well enough, looking back I’m not really sure what my motivation was to move it but move it I did.

Fast forward to today, and here I am moving the blog again, this time to WordPress. 

Tumblr was an ok enough place to post blogs, particularly images and reblogs, but it just didn’t “feel” like home. I can’t really put it into words what didn’t feel right on Tumblr, I just couldn’t get into a rhythm there, and the distraction of seeing other people’s posts inline kind of bugged me a bit.

Anyway, here we are on WordPress waiting for DNS changes to happen, and let’s see where we go from here.

It’s sad, it’s another problem. We’re trying to fix it and we’re making a little bit of progress but you’ve got to convince a lot of people.

Eddy Cue, on the topic of international roaming charges for smartphones. (via parislemon)

This is a huge problem to solve, but if Apple do in fact solve it then they will make every travellers dream come true.

Next up, Apple Fibre?

You know you’re back in Australia when…

Exhibit A… This wouldn’t even happen in 2nd class on a SBB train.

And exhibit B… Sub 5mb download speeds that cost you more than $150 a month because you have to get WiMax as DSL in the area is sub 2mb down.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to be home and I love where I live, but we are so freakin far behind the times here that it should be a national embarrassment.