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Telly: English TV still smacks American tellys bum

  • Posted on: 20 February 2014
  • By: NickLitten

I emigrated over here to the New World (as my redcoat forebears used to call it) five years ago. During this time I've been lucky enough to travel all over America, driven coast to coast twice, lived in various States and met many wonderful people. The weather is fantastic and life is good... I wouldn't consider moving back to Blighty. Nope. Life over here is better but, I do miss British Telly. :(

American TV just doesn't have the... oh I don't know what to call it... the 'je ne sais quoi'

I enjoy watching Sci-fi, sit-coms and any other gripping drama that makes me say "just one more episode before bedtime"

So, in a mission to record what's good out there I've decided to blog about series as I watch them, and as I find them. For other ex-colonials, I will include magnet links to the Torrents.

Nuff said.

For an ever growing list of decent/funny/gripping/weird TV series (or seasons as my colonial friends call them) just click here http://nicklitten.com/tags/telly



 

Learn to bang a drum like a rockstar

  • Posted on: 11 September 2014
  • By: NickLitten
rob litten drummer with timshel

OK - So I must admit to being slightly biased as Rob Litten happens to be my cousin but... Rob has grown from the gangly kid that I remember into a quite astounding musician. When he's not drumming away on any nearby acoustic surface (my granite kitchen has never quite recovered) he is either being very loud playing in his band or... in professional mode.... he earns his living by being one of England's best known drum instructors and the force behind the astoundingly successful Drums the word website and youtube video phenom.

Rob Litten - Drums the Word

Rob is college trained and one of the elite few to achieve a National Higher Diploma in drum performance as well as BA(Hons) Degree in music specifically for the drum kit. A Percussion genius. Nuff said.

how to synch google and outlook - calendar contacts tasks notes

  • Posted on: 4 September 2014
  • By: NickLitten
I use a neat little sync tool called GSYNKIT: it keeps my personal GMAIL calendar/contacts/tasks/notes fully synced with my work OUTLOOK setup.

gSyncit is a Microsoft Outlook add-in that allows for the synchronization of Outlook calendars, contacts, notes, and tasks with your Google account. In addition, gSyncit also supports synchronization between Outlook and Toodledo,Pocket Informant Online, EvernoteDropboxSimplenote and Nozbe.

Cheese and wine is life... dont argue!

  • Posted on: 2 September 2014
  • By: NickLitten
before I was a cheese addict I was addicted to dressing up and dancing foolishly

Welcome to my life... obviously this chaps life is slighty different as he *cooks* his cheese'n'biscuits/cracker/frenchstick/insert-crunchy-carb-of-choice-here... cooking cheese? weirdo!!!!


"I don't like vegetables, Kelly Rippa said "I would love to do that everyday... if i could.." Well you can.. why would I eat a pizza with mushrooms when a I really a want a standard cheese pizza.. I dont want to corrupt the taste of the pizza."   Makes sense to me... but change the word Pizza with the phrase "cheese, yummy french stick and wine"   


ps: Pizza gives you diabetes and obviously given the fact that I am a beautiful Grecian god like persona of a human being.. nearly Norse Thor-like in fact, a diet of cheese, crusty bread (crackers at a pinch) and cheap table plonk builds the bodies of gods. Forget Bullworker, shake weights or that P-90-Cheddar-X....

Moving house? New address? update online accounts

  • Posted on: 10 August 2014
  • By: NickLitten
moving to california

Moving house is always tricky... Remembering all the virtual places that have been setup to find you at your old address is even trickier.

 
I've moved around this huge country a lot during the last few years but hopefully, here in #SOCAL I've finally found a place to put down roots. So, as a little memory jogger perhaps this list of online sites with address specific accounts will help:
 
Place to update after a house move
 
 
 

WHOA! Website has crashed...

  • Posted on: 4 August 2014
  • By: NickLitten

That will teach me to go tinkering in SQL... *sigh*


On the bright(ish) side this site has been around since the days of Drupal V3... upgrading through huge version updates and many (many!) modules being added/removed have left the database messier than my kids eating at squishy chocolates by hand, on a hot day, in a chocolate factory, with the lights turned off, during an earthquake.

So... website fresh install D7 and rebuild in progress....

only 3500+ blog articles to go....

:(((((

Junk mail jokes - just occasionally one makes me chuckle

  • Posted on: 31 July 2014
  • By: NickLitten

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary.) Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas , which she does not fancy). Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

Learn Linux for free!

  • Posted on: 29 July 2014
  • By: NickLitten
Linux is a cool windows style operating system

linuxIntro to Linux is normally a $2,400 course from the Linux Foundation, but it's being offered for free now on edX. If you've ever wanted to learn how to use the open source operating system, there's no better time than now.

The free course starts on August 1st, but to get the best experience from the class, you should install Linux on your computer before it starts. The Linux Foundation has a helpful guide for doing just that—so you can hit the ground running when the course starts in a couple of days.

The class is designed to give you a good working knowledge of Linux over 40 to 60 hours of course work. It's taught by Dr. Jerry Cooperstein, who oversees all the training content at the Linux Foundation. There's no syllabus for the course yet, but it promises to teach experienced computer users with little or no previous experience with Linux the ins and outs of the OS, from both a command line and graphical perspective.

Sign up to audit the course, try for a certificate, or get a verified edX certificate below. See you in class!

You know you've moved to California when...

  • Posted on: 8 July 2014
  • By: NickLitten

the welder at the Muffler Shop gives you dietary advice on vegetables and fruits!



So, in my search for an alternative to the wallet busting quote of $1,300.00 to replace Hermans the Honda's full exhaust system I stumbled across a local muffler shop and dropped by for a free estimate.

san clemente souther california muffler weldingOne day later Herman is back on the road, wallet is only $200 lighter and the rotten sections have been cut out and replaced with fresh shiny fabricated replacement pipes, bolts and stuff. On top of that I also had a couple of other very minor items fixed, replacement rear hanger under the car plus fresh spot welds on the fuel cap door which was regularly coming off if pulled too hard.

It's not often I endorse a local business but Doug Moore’s Muffler Service in San Clemente is awesome! Doug himself is a thoroughly decent chap, definite #SOCAL surfer vibe ("dude!") and anyone that recommends that I eat should "more cleansing vegetables and fruits to purge my system of any impurities that I may have inhaled while driving the car with a broken muffler pumping fumes into the car" is just taking customer care that yard further.

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