A mish-mash of themes follows; it’s been a while since my last confes, er… blog post.

Um… Python programming is addictive. If I could use it at work to do engineering I’d be even happier!


Started last October, m second-ever Python script: PigPen, a social networking app for the https://pnut.io social network, Mainly feature-complete where features exist; apart from those that don’t work. A mentions or messages alert companion application would be a good thing to write, sometime.

Crypto, a cryptocurrency notification and alert application, designed to send regular, timed messages over the Pushover system. Now with added 3-graph goodness of the previous 24 hours’ movements! Currently also sends messages to my dev channel at pnut.io, but it currently seems a little pointless.

rssupdatepnut, periodically checks an RSS feed (currently my blog, but it could be a news feed) for updates, which it should eventually post to pnut.io and other networks. Designed to run periodically. Incidentally, the publication of this post will be its first live test!

The future:

I’ve set myself a few professional goals for this year. Yes, 2018.

  • My maths skills have atrophied; I’d like to be re-updated to engineering college ONC level by December. A project would be good, to inject a bit of real-world reality into the proceedings.

  • Organisation and working ‘smart’: I’ve adopted the Bullet Journal logging and diary system. With a bit of luck it’ll help end my indecision and tendency to bury stuff. One of its strengths is the ‘Migration’, where incomplete tasks are pushed forwards during the weekly and monthly reviews.

Personal goals too!

  • Reliability would be great!

  • I missed February’s pnut.io #ThemeMonday. Sorry all, it’s been an odd, kind-of crappy start to the year.


  • I nearly blogged about my recent longest-ever poo, an epic of 35 minutes I’ll never see again; and the effort in pre-flush preparation, I…


Two rather expensive days, emotionally and financially:

£130 - Loki cat to vet: ` Suspected congestive heart failure £ 30 - Loki cat followup: Heart problem confirmed, not acute £612 - 4 new tyres + tracking: Highlighted by just-about reaching the vet £327 - Ruby overnight vet visit: Who ate 1/4 pack of Smarties and the chocolate off a Crunchie bar? (Chocolate: poisonous to dogs.)`

Pecking order

I looked over earlier, spied my wife eating milk chocolate, decided to emulate the dog so knelt down in front of the settee. Getting no satisfaction I shifted position, into a wet patch Ruby dog had created not long previously.

It was cold (it’d been sprayed.)

I… I looked up after a stifled expletive, to find my wife laughing. The chocolate? All gone of course.

Don’t attempt to emulate the dog, you can’t beat millennia of evolution.

I know my place.

RAVPower case review

RAVPower Battery Case for iPhone 6 / 6S with Apple MFi Certified Extended Battery Charger with 3000mAh 125 Percent Extra Battery

Toilet proof?!
By Amazon Customer on 29 November 2017

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Mine survived a trip to the u-bend yesterday. Don’t try this at home; I did so you don’t have to!

Disclaimer thingy: a quiet buzzing and a refusal to charge for hours afterwards might be a reliable indicator the device wasn’t meant for this kind of adventure.

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White Helmets (Syria)

I’ve just partially recovered after watching probably the most harrowing documentary in…

I don’t…



When the bombs rain down, the Syrian Civil Defence rushes in. In a place where public services no longer function these unarmed volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need - regardless of their religion or politics. Known as the White Helmets these volunteer rescue workers operate in the most dangerous place on earth.”

Yeah, ok, at this time of year, at any time of year, it’s easy to spread oneself too thinly, to try to think about supporting every worthy cause. It’s easier to pick none in the vain hope something great will present itself. Paralysis.

It’s easier still to say we shouldn’t bother, we should look after our own first. That’s true, of course it is. One day, far in the future, we’ll have a government who distributes our world’s-6th-richest-nation’s wealth in an equitable manner. Until then, cue more bitterness and division.

I worked with someone for more years than I care to remember. Nice guy, always had time for me. It turns out that, at least on social sites, he’s racist, xenophobic and a bigot, without a shred of understanding of the realities of modern world; a man who purports to care about ‘people’ yet simultaneously wants to see us spend more money travelling around the world and killing people who aren’t ‘us’.

Sweeping aside the ‘on social media’ thing, the man’s simply a racist, xenophobic bigot. Politicians pandering to people like him simply to get more votes are why barrel bombs continue to be dropped on families in Syria.

Don’t be like him; don’t be a twat.

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