Year: 2013

July 24, 2013

I keep trying to whittle the boardgame collection down, getting rid of stuff that I don’t play. For this reason, I was quite pleased to trade Cowboys: The Way of a Gun – a game that looked interesting, but never made the table – for…

July 23, 2013

I have been with TalkTalk for some time, but on their business service, rather than their domestic one. This meant I missed the boat a year ago, when they handed out free YouView boxes – I bought mine instead. But this year, they announced that…

July 21, 2013

I’ve got an appointment at my sleep clinic next week, so I thought I’d better download the data from my CPAP machine. Last time I did this was before my desktop got replaced with a Windows 7 64-bit machine, so I was hoping not to…

July 20, 2013

An overcast day today, and so excellent for going out for a bit of a walk. Ferry Meadows called once again, and I extended my regular walk around another one of the lakes. Treated myself to a toastie and a cappuccino in the cafe there,…

July 14, 2013

Yesterday I had friends round for boardgaming. It was a good session – some people came and went during the day, but we averaged 9 bodies. It was a sweltering day; we largely managed to keep cool in the house, but when we broke for…

July 3, 2013

In the past, I have played quite a bit of the game Diplomacy, both face-to-face, by email, and by web. One of the appeals of online games is that you are normally anonymised, which means people don’t bring any baggage to the game about how…

June 24, 2013

Although many of you know me as a science fiction fan, I probably read as much, if not more, crime fiction than sf. Quite a bit of it is American crime fiction, so it is nice to discover a local author. Jim Kelly has been…

June 24, 2013

Social Networks, such as Facebook and Livejournal, are attractive for the way that they can bring like-minded people together. But they also separate people, if you are not on the same network. For a long time I was determinedly posting things I find interesting to…

June 20, 2013

warningFor the past few weeks, I have been receiving silent calls every day from the same fake number – 01001246. When I pick up, the other end is either silent, or a dial-tone. I have reported it, but was told nothing could be done because the caller-id was spoofed. Well duh – I wonder if the NSA and GCHQ are equally stumped by fake numbers?

Anyway, today’s call came through during my tea break, and this time there was a person on the other end, telling me that he was calling about the security of my Windows machine. “Oh, that one”, I thought; but didn’t hang up, as I was curious how these guys go about “proving” a machine is infected.

June 16, 2013

Because of the non-existant spring, and a general lack of organisation, I failed to prepare any planting at all this year. About a month back, I took the lazy way out and bought some seedlings – sugar snap peas, courgettes, carrots and mixed lettuces, which…

June 13, 2013
June 5, 2013

A couple of days ago, I posted how I was going to put all my Wings of War stuff into a single case, in the hope it might get to table more often.

The case is now here, and having arranged everything and rearranged everything several times, I have to say it is awesome. To give you an idea why, here are some pictures.