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

Verified Purchase

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.

See this?

See this?

Read the small print.


In about a month’s time, Dick…

“He’s behind youuu…!”


I’ve spent my spare time during the last few weeks writing another app, this one for the social network. It enhances the failures of my first app, for Yes, more social networking, surprising for such an antisocial [expletive deleted.]

It’s a Python program, application; heck call it an app if you must, I’m old. I began programming in the early 1980s, a time at the beginning of the UK’s home computer boom, and a time when one had to program to make computers work. And then came the Sinclair Spectrum and its awesome games and all was lost for me by the mid-eighties.

Back to the present…

Yes, I’ve gone for feature bloat rather than iterate through the creation of bulletproof functions, but it’s so satisfying when something works, when something clicks into place in my head, and when someone helps me understand something. That’s the very best bit, cooperation!

FAQ (usually means ‘frequently asked questions’):

So what does it look like? Old-fashioned.

How advanced is the graphical user interface? There isn’t one.

Does it have a SnapChat plugin? Er… a say what now?

Does it have the ability to– Wait! It’s written in Python 3.5; in good hands it can do pretty much anything a computer can do–

Ok, can it– No. I’m on but the second rung of the ladder, I can see snakes from here.

Roll 1d6 Oi! You f[CARRIER LOST]

Ok, the main thing I’ve gained from my progress so far is an enhanced understanding of the effort involved in the creation and maintenance of all the apps and services I’m using right now.