Tuesday, November 28, 2017


A quick scaled image with background blur to update my profile pics everywhere with.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Nala the dark princess

We went to Woodgreen animal shelter together to find a cat to be re-homed. Something we had delayed due to the home renovation bustle and noises which we figured would not be great for any cat regardless.

Nala arrived home, already starting to explore

A real lady, and after 2 weeks still settling in, feeling like old family. We have found that, she likes to watch TV in the evenings with us. Is still very shy and retreats to a cosy dark corner for any sudden movement or noises. So not many good well lit photos. She is a real lady, very polite; well trained and all; and although lazy to jump up on the bed is not inactive at all, she just shot past me now like a thundering bullet 3 times up and down the stairs, just randomly. Does not like sudden noises, but is perfectly fine with the vacuum cleaner. 

Finding a cat was a plan that started back in May actually, I made a sortie out to the Godmanchester shelter to see what the place was like and was totally impressed. Woodgreen is not like any other animal charity I've been to. It's very organised, astutely funded (although we found that even that is a tough job), very slick managed site, and focused on one thing. Animal well-being, and that was my big concern, after last having had an animal 10 years ago, I wondered what had changed in petcare. Not much, aside from more regimented immunization it appears.
Back home, we used to only worry about worms and fleas when that particular time of year came around, and yes, already figured out that those nasty cat collars are in fact really nasty in more than one way for a cat.

Nala really loves a good ear rubbing and will walk almost endlessly in circles until your arm is about to fall off just for nudges with her flat nose. Almost trying to scent transfer I guess, but she loves head scratching. Nala is always purring, and slowly getting more comfortable, and spends most time with the youngest boy, mostly under his bed. Oh, and we found she does like to play with all those kinds of fluffy toys and balls that can be knocked about. Quite fun to watch.

She is keen to see outside through the window, which is a good thing to be interested in, but that's still a long way off. She does appear to have lost a bit of weight, still struggling for a way to weigh her, since nobody is allowed to pick her up, that might get technical. We found she will mostly eat more consistently overnight, and also mooches around at night a good bit. Nala is really working out well for us, and she seems to be liking it too.

Hope to get better pictures as time goes by, she does not sit still. Just love this little lady.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Am I in tune?

Started trying to sing recently. As a slightly tone deaf and slightly imbalanced (that last I think happened on a shooting range) hearing person, it's not as simple as you might imagine. Being tone deaf, I have always found it hard to listen to anyone talking or singing. The former probably more out of habit. but I have never had an ipod. a spotify an itunes or a CD collection. I have just over a dozen CDs to my name, such a small collection it's not even worth throwing them out. So why sing?

Well it's a happy thing I guess.
http://www.reaper.fm/ - looks cool, might try buy this later on.


Also tried out but was disappointing by JukeDeck. AI music composer, https://www.jukedeck.com/
JukeDeck is really limited and random. Makes great sounds 9/10 times though, so good for intros or outros/stings. But since no 2 sounds are ever similar, it's not possible to really do something that feels "continous" without spending a load of time generating random short tracks.

Just found an alternative to Reaper - making me wonder if computer made/composed music is the new art frontier. And whether everyone is using a common codebase to churn out all of these apps.
It's MAGIX Music Maker
And you an get it for a limited time in the humble bundle with some free credit go buy plugins (trax too I assume.)

Friday, February 24, 2017


Radiator and boiler notes
Some good backgrounder notes written for installers that actually explain how the things work for non installers too.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Empyrion Galactic Survival Gamemaster points

Some console command pointers and game rules.

= number of h (hours) d (days) or m (months)
kick [message]
list perm[issions] lists players and permissions
list ban[ned]
kick all [message] kicks everyone and sends a message

 Enables or disables Godmode for the current player. This allows you to fly, not take enemy damage and walk through walls/floors.
Map Lists and displays all of the resources and PoIs (Points of Interest) on the map.

teleport x, y, z, Teleports you to those coordinates, only on the playfield you currently are on.
teleport '' Teleports you a Playfield. For Playfields with spaces in them, you must use single quotes! Do note, you may need to change sectors first! (Case Sensitive)
sector ''  
time Sets the time of the server (with a value input) (Example: 10 is night, 10000 is day.) 

create (Faction is the name)

  • To keep this short and sweet, anything with is the name of the Faction. Anything with is the ID assigned to you from the game. use di to get a player id 

Saturday, July 02, 2016

For all your spatula needs

For all your spatula needs is a special accomplishment in the game called idle quest for Android. Idle quest is a pretty mindless qame in a series of non-questlike questing games. As a text based game it's not too shabby and shows off how much you can do with text only if you have a good game concept. Unfortunately idle quest is good for only one thing:  Easy accomplishments and thus easy google play ranking levels.
But as an ace the game has a few almost impossible achievements. Today I reached "for all your spatula needs" which requires crafting any amulet with discount quality and any quality weapon of type spatula. All you then have to do is wait until you happen to quest through spatula city as well to get it. Which will give you the accomplishment after waiting about a minute or two at most. Just be sure not to craft any amulet nor weapon. Now I twice got one of the requirements,  first a spatula and later an amulet, but the penalty for keeping the item eventually slows your progress to a crawl, so getting both together in a short space of time is not simple. Well it's luck. Here is my screen shot of Invisible spatula and Discount gemstone.

Good luck. And thanks to Topcog.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mission Day Proposal

I'm looking to build up a proposal for an Ingress event. It's called Mission Days which are effectively just a local city promotional/ tourist event of sorts, but based around the virtual reality game called Ingress. If you don't know what Ingress is, please click the link or just read on and consider my Event proposal.


A Mission Day is a social event in the "virtual-reality" Ingress game which plays out in the real world. Mission Days are designed to promote tourism in the host city and get publicized in the online community calendar. The Event takes place on a pre-determined Saturday morning, and will involve quite a bit of walking.

The Ingress game is different things to many people, my personal description of it is that it primarily involves walking, and beer or tea. Ingress is a lot like geo-cacheing, and many people play solo, but when we get together it becomes slightly competitive. The game awards you points for distance walked, number of places you visit and so on, but the benefit for many is around physical and mental health. The game is played worldwide and involves visiting as many historic sites or points of interest as possible, and through a system of "tagging" to apply virtual reality spray-paint and control territory for your team by using your built-in GPS. Yes, there are two teams, and no, combat does not involve shooting or running. That does not mean that the gameplay at other times is not real at all.  Amazon gift vouchers will also go to players meeting in-game goals such as number of kilometers walked for this specific event. The big social events typically are fully outdoors and cover a Saturday morning, entire day, or in the evening as a social meal where players compare game scores or just enjoy a beer/tea. Oh, almost forgot to mention, there is cake!

Participants will need a smartphone and a small amount of mobile data contract. Must know how to safely cross a street, not obstruct sidewalks, enjoy the sights of historic Cambridge. A minimal level of fitness to keep walking (wheelchairs are allowed) for a few hours is helpful, and obviously good walking shoes. You must also be keen to explore, and to learn know how to play an online game and keep to the rules by playing nice. Ingress is a free game created by Google. As such, an email address is required to play, although you do remain anonymous.

The Cambridge city center is a busy commuter zone, but is packed with interesting things to see which many folk never notice. You might even get to find hidden routes to unique or useful places just by playing. Join us out of curiosity for just a day, or sign up permanently and play the game for free. Choose your team and join us today and find a local community near you. https://www.ingress.com/community/


Typical turnouts are up to 20 people, young and old (children intentionally not included in this photo from a recent meeting.) However we expect a slightly larger turnout for the Mission Day because it is a more accessible event and has a special in-game reward.

Supported smartphones or tablets are Android or Apple/IOS and have a GPS. Play using a tablet is possible if your device has a GPS. A portable wifi hotspot will be available on the day if you do not have mobile data access. The exact walking route is unknown at this time, nor is the expected duration although expected to be 3-4 hours.

You will need to choose between joining the Green or blue team, the choice you make is not permanent, and conveys no actual meaning at all.  I am an agent of the Enlightened faction, although that matters little because Mission Day is a cross-faction event and more social than competitive - although competition definitely comes into it. I would thus advise you join the Enlightened or "Green" team.


I'm using this page to gather all the information I have about my plan to host a mission day - probably good idea to set a date to start with, and then work towards that. I'm keen to use A Saturday in summer, just before the holidays on 19 July. First step is to contact the local tourism board/ publicity association.