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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



 

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.

Herman the Honda is more like Herman the Sherman Tank

  • Posted on: 3 July 2014
  • By: NickLitten


So, Herman has been a terrific little car over the last year. Herman the Honda ElementThe complete opposite experience from my nightmares with Boris the Landrover.

These Honda Elements are great little mini-SUV's that are economical, cheap to run, roomy inside and generally just good fun!

He's driven from South Carolina to Texas (twice), raced up and down the interstate between Charleston SC and Roanoke VA every two weeks for the last six months. In february we loaded up with stuff and drove to California. Never missed a beat. Started every time. Cruised at highway speeds merrily. Never been washed during my 14k miles of ownership. Only problems have been: one new tire (from nail on the road) and one headlamp bulb replacement. Bloody good job Honda!

Then I come out from work and the exhaust (or muffler as my American chums call it) seems to have died a terminal death.

So, its time for a little service at Pep Boys in San Clemente - Oil change, drive belt, alternator belt, filters, brake pads for $200. Huzzah!

Upgrading AS/400 green screens

  • Posted on: 27 June 2014
  • By: NickLitten



aka WEB-ENABLING AS400 and iSeries

Converting an old green screen application to run in a website is as easy as typing an email or uploading a photo to facebook. If you are an IBM i Software developer then the only change to the RPG code is addition of a single line below the WORKSTN definition in the 'F' Specs: using the HANDLER keyword. This basically tells the IBM i operating system that we are expanding the interface for the DSPF to allow conversation with a web browser. Modernizing applications really is easy!

Here is an example of an old fashioned green screen that I have just modernized (the jury is still out regarding the use of the word "modernize") using the Profound Logic Screen Designer:

(1) Green Screen AS400 Application

Here is the old 1980's style green screen... amazingly still used in this exact style throughout the business world today. It's like the users have been frozen in time for the last twenty years, while their IT Department failed to notice this modern invention *cough* called the internet. I frequently hear the same message from the green-screen programmers "if its not broke -- don't fix it". 

Moving to California

  • Posted on: 23 June 2014
  • By: NickLitten


Remember, you are in CA now.  You are expected to have and use at least one of these….surf board, sail board, skate board.  Walking is permitted only in unusual circumstances.  Generally you should be running, biking, skate boarding etc. to get from one place to another on terra firma.  That is just a portion of the preamble, there are 12 whole chapters to the “I live in CA handbook”.  You should get it soon and start studying.  There will be a test, a laid back test, but a test none the less.

I love this quote - it did make me chuckle.

So, a new job on the west coast of the yoooo-ess-ayyyy and a new house in the wonderful little town of San Clemente, CA means it's time to up-sticks and hike across the country for the next life adventure.

Nate (#1 Son) helped me load up the 26' Moving truck with all our worldy goods, strap a tow dollyon the back to tow Kate's car and then off we went... four days and 3 thousand miles later we popped up on the Pacific Coast. Now it's time to unpack, get the house prepared before the other half arrives over here - courtesy of the much more civilized airplane method of transportation  :)

 

 

An Inky Programmer

  • Posted on: 6 May 2014
  • By: NickLitten

Time for a tattoo touchup...

Ten Years ago, my forearm Koi Tattoo was drawn under the skin (to use a quote from Eddie Yeary) as a black and white stand alone piece.

Then as the years went by, more tattoo's joined and my arm kind of evolved into a tattoo sleeve with a dragon at the top, samurai dude, fisheys, flag, roses all kinds of weird things (including my kids names written in Klingon - true story). To give the sleeve some kind of continuity, Eddie glued it all together with a washed out blue water scene and added a little shallow yellow to the Black and White Koi - this was nearly five years ago. 

Time goes by and I've decided it's time to brighten the whole thing up and add a little *shine* to the forearm fishes. A few emails later and an afternoon is scheduled with Edward and this is the result.

I was a little worried about tattooing the same spot for a third time - but the tattoo colors came out excellent and the forearm piece is perfect. Color me delighted.

As always - sterling job from Virginia's Inkmaster - www.EddieYeary.com

Cheers Edward!!!!

 

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