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Now I hate twitter for various... nay numerous reasons. Chief amongst them the fact that for the very few things I do follow, I want to make sure I read every single thing they say and essentially mark things as read like how email or RSS feeds work. And so finally I have found a way to get twitter into an rss feed to use with a service like Feedly. This used to work in the past but Twitter stopped it because well.. Twitter are dicks.

This is really easy to setup also:

Link: www.labnol.org --- 28149



There is also this service that can pull links from your feeds into an RSS but I did'nt try it:

Link: www.siftlinks.com



Just more ways I can get stuff from my RSS reader Feedly over to my 'read it later' service Pocket... this is why I got this badge of honour after all ;-P




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Plex is quite brilliant ( and free )



If you have your own collection of movies ( say you got from the equally brilliant Yify website yts.re ) or just home videos or photos or whatever. Plex will run thru them and find the ratings, descriptions, poster art and present them to your Tv either via DLNA or via various native clients it has such as for the Roku ( also brilliant if soon to be obsolete due to the new and upcoming Amazon Fire Tv and Android Tv and Apple Tv etc ) and you can get a native Plex client for iPad iOS and Android. And the source code is available, which leads to things like Rarflix which is an enhanced Roku client. And it has plugin support for adding your own channels to navigate various sites, or adding things like omdb support ( also brilliant , a site that gives you an API to access movie information )

So using all this combined with my new 10 megabytes per second internet wooyay, I wrote a script that takes my IMDB watch list and magically downloads all the movies, boom, 300 movies... which naturally I legally own all of them already.. *cough* ahem, I have said this before, the Movie industry needs to be real careful and stop the infighting, I want to pay monthly for access to all tv and movies and music. I do not want to pay £10 per movie to RENT or buy it. I do not want to have to subscribe to 5 different services all with varying degrees of support for my devices and even differing quality or limited availability. And they could do all of that for a reasonable price... but they do not. So apps like Popcorn Hour ( also brilliant if you don't mind the lower quality ) emerge become open source and suddenly people can freely stream almost any movie instantly for free, and then they get no money. Zip Diddly Squat.

I am a paying user of Netflix ( also brilliant ) but it periodically looses films I wanted to watch due to license issues or whatever. And the selection of films in the UK is a joke compared to the US. But it is still the most convenient way to get at most of the Tv series I watch.. well given the 50/50 chance they are even on Netflix anyway. And the Netflix original creations such as House of Cards are significant draws, good for them, as at any point in an instant the film studio can and have pulled significant numbers of films out of greed.



*sigh* all alone

Also after a decade of using Apple Script I finally started using external functions, so you can have common functionality in separate apple scripts and use them from anywhere else.

It is achieved quite simply with:

set SomeVariable to load script POSIX file "/SomePath/SomeFolder/SomeScript.scpt"
tell SomeVariable to someFunction(someStuff)

Embarrassingly simple, yet I never thought to check it could do that till now. Also you can use a property instead of a variable to store the script in, then it is saved with the file. So if you make changes to the originally loaded script it won't effect other scripts you saved that used an older version ( till you open them up and resave them ) this would prevent say you changing something in the loaded script that inadvertently broke many other scripts. The Cons are obviously any improvements you make won't propagate then either.

Also I have implemented some multi threaded type stuff by using this:
set scptf to "theScriptYourWantToRun.scpt"
set arglist to "arg1 arg2" -- A space separate string of arguments you want to send to the script
do shell script "/usr/bin/osascript "" & scptf & """ & arglist & " >/dev/null 2>&1 &"

Which will run a script and send it some arguments / variables. And it doesn't sit around and wait for it to finish ( so you can't have any callbacks as such ) but is good to spit out 100 of processes that are happy to work independently of each other.

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And in other news I repaired my TimeBomb / Apple Time Capsule, soldered new capacitors onto it and fixed a resistor onto the fan to keep it permanently running and cut a hole in the bottom for air flow. On performing this however I found someone had already changes the capacitors themselves

:-D

then remembered vaguely that I had in fact bought a refurb/repaired capsule off ebay.

Thankfully the new AC capsules do not have the sudden death problems any more. This has all been a huge pain in the ass simply because I cannot use my 3TB in any external enclosures due to legacy bit issues, ugh. Nothing but a nightmare all round.

It is no wonder I never get any work done... I need to work on my priorities, just after I uhm... write a script to remind me to do things

:-P


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Note to self, don't sun self in garden then fall up some steps with phone in hand:



On the Plus side new 30"

:-D

woo go team me!

;-)



On the down side I have the wrong display connector lead so I get to enjoy all of 50% of my new monitor

:-D





My 'Command Center' while I was waiting for the 30" to arrive, Thought I'd try Portrait and enjoyed it a lot for coding... what a huge nerd I have become



Though I still got nothing on this guy:



And he's got nothing on this guy:



And here is a horse enjoying a helicopter ride in McGuyver:





Possibly the greatest thing I have ever witnessed on tv is McGuyver escaping on horse back and being air lifted mid stride

And while I'm in a random mood been watching StarTrek TNG from scratch as they re-released in HD:



And turns out my style choices or lack thereof have led me to become a perfect imitation of Inspector gadget

:-/







One has to be able to take the piss out of ones self *sips tea*





Great sadness, I dropped my bake well *sobs*




My Kitty likes the smell of Brioche it would seem, silly Sasha:


Also some truths







And screw the person who invented Menu Bar Icons and didn't set up a governing body to regulate it:


And why.. why so many tabs, what is wrong with me:


And lastly I made this graph of relative time scales, each pixels was something like 1000 years If I remember right. So for example you can see Fish and Plants in total have been around 4x longer than dinosaurs, and that the entire transformation it took from Lemurs to Modern Human beings was similar to the amount of time Dinosaurs evolved and were alive for entirely. And that for a huge chunk of time we just had single cell life, but that single cell life sprang up relatively quickly and it took AGES to get to multi cell, but once it had... everything got started then

:-)



Your entire life and that of everyone you have ever known is also on that graph, It's an invisible smudge too small for the naked eye to see though, like a mustard burp, momentarily tangy and then forgotten in the air




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Ok it is apparent writing to this journal of randomness is not something I do often enough, in fact add that to the long list of things I don't do enough

Exercise, Travel, Work etc etc

And all the things I haven't done, checked off, got round to reading, watching, listening to and playing

Vast, easily 1000's of times greater than the usable years in a single life

Life very much is becoming more apparently stream like, where you dip in, versus a list of things you check off and 'achieve'

Still this realization helps me little, either in figuring out what I am to do tomorrow, or the equally bewildering question of what on earth it was I even did yesterday

Ah but how the last 12 months have been fun, so so fun

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LetterPress = TimeVampire





























Igloo is no more






Aww my moms diet dinner on the right... very sad:


Sadness ensued:





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It's official I have a drink problem... in that I have too many!



Just received delivery of some more spirits id been eyeing up online. And yesterday I received the first part of my shipment of spicy spicy hot sauces... liquid pleasures indeed

Slightly obsessive? hoardish?... probably, given the drinks are all quite expensive for what they are, but at the same time I blow more on a monthly basis on train travel and taxis easily... and that really is depressing... this however fills me with joy

Most of this is all exploratory, finding things I like, some I like some I don't, I will admit there is a disproportionate number of cherry brandy and baileys bottles there *grins* I love that stuff.

A couple of the hot sauces are really nice too, the 'Pain is Good' ones, lots of BBQ flavour and while they are spicy they are not instantly lethal like the other 3 I got at the same time... the Red one on in the far corner is insane, but interesting at the same time, it has a weird deep burn that starts in the throat then your tongue explodes and you start panicking -_-






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