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An example of a rule of thirds composition using nearly all the lines… This one was taken in Barbados, January 2012.

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This is me. Just so that I have a self portrait on this stream.

I do not own this music or video, all rights belong to [OTHER]

It always baffles me when people put these kinds of remarks on their videos. It makes me wonder if anyone even understands the idea of copyright? Early indications point at: no.

A good part of the YouTube “pirating” that is going on is kids (and probably grown-ups too) who simply just don’t know better… It’s a Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity

Either don’t say it, or don’t post it.

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Add matcha tea powder to your recipes to turn food green….

I took a train to London town

The following is based on a true story told to me by my flatmate. Here, re-told in verse and in her voice.

I took a train to London town one day in February
A journey I would not forget for this is what happened to me:

I sat at a tabled seat – you know, the ones where two face two
And as we pulled away, two drunks approached from out of the blue

The two men sat at my same berth, before me and beside
And every time one smiled at me, I died a little inside;

His teeth were rotten, breath was foul; his skin was rugged, limp and white
And every time he slurred his words I died a little inside

My neighbour spoke to me foul words, half in jest and half insult
But I remained polite for fear a fight may otherwise result

He hurled abuse accross the carriage at an Asian family
The turned to me and showed he bore a swastika under his sleeve

“I left the prison just today,” declared the drunken savage,
“And I’m going home to my bonnie lass to ask her hand in marriage”

His friend exclaimed, “excuse my pal, he’s normally not this bad;
We’re getting off at the next stop.” For this I was truly glad.

Then up they stood, up went their hoods, and they turned to another drunken pack
“Yer all a bunch o wankers, eh!” — Oh kettle! Oh pot! Oh black! Oh black!

And on the platform they did stand swaggering side to side
And thinking of their brides to be I died a little inside …

Avoid using the expression “stair me in the face.” You do not want a staircase in your face.

me, on the importance of spelling.

Turning scripts into independant commands on Windows


Dynamic language interpreters (“script engines”) in Windows don’t normally install in such a way that once you write a script, you can simply call it on the command line.

If you have a script named hello.py, you cannot just type “hello” at the command line and hope it will work. It won’t.

The file extension has to be registered as an executable file, and the default program for opening the script must be its appropriate interpreter.


  1. Create a directory at C:mybin
  2. right-click on the My Computer icon on your desktop or in the Windows Start menu (in Win7 it is just called “Computer” and select ‘Properties’)
  3. Click on the Advanced Settings button, and then on the Environment Variables button
  4. Edit the PATH variable in System Variables, add the following to the end of its data:

    (note: the semi-colon ‘;’ is important)

  5. save and return to the desktop.

We now assume that the scripts you want to run get saved to C:mybin

You will need to use the `assoc` and `ftype` commands to achieve this

1) Associate a file extension to a pattern name

assoc .jar=jarfile

2) Define the handling in the pattern:

ftype jarfile="C:jsdk-1.6.0_18binjava.exe" -jar "%1" %*

Surround the path to the executable with quote marks as best practice.

Surround the %1 argument with double quotes as well – this is the path to your runnable file; if it has spaces in its path, you need the double quotes to keep it whole.

Do not surround %* with quotes, this represents all the arguments that were initially specified on the command line.

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How things have changed… I really do wonder what Photoshop 1 was like, and if its features would still allow powerful image creation still by today’s standards – not considering ease of use which I suspect has come leaps and bounds! If Photoshop 1 or Photoshop 2, or a clone, were released today, would amateurs

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saddest-summer: The Bortle Dark-Sky Scale

The Walk

I’d like to take your for a walk in town this evening
I thought it might be a fun little thing to do
I didn’t know what kind of things you liked
So I thought we could go out, and decide along the way
It’s just, I wanted to spend some time with you

May I offer you a coffee?
It may be slightly strong, I hope it will do
A coffee from a street stall on an evening promenade
These little things you might remember for a time
It’s just, I’d like to give something to you

May I share my scarf with you?
It’s not particularly long, I hope it can do
As we stop on the brow of a wintery hill
Looking out across the grey tranquility of this town
It’s just, I want to share something with you

May I hold your hand as we walk?
Mine’s hardly even warm, I hope it will do
As we tread the freshly iced evening streets
And you smile at me when I blunder speaking
It’s just, I need your reassurance when I talk

Shall I walk you back to your place?
If you’d allow, I would certainly like to
And when we’d arrive I’d move for a good-bye embrace
And hope by chance, maybe…
Hope that maybe…
It’s just, I’m hopelessly in love with you.