Category Archives: Hobbies

A Marxist Demolition of “Strictly Come Dancing”

Alexi Sayle is a comedian with Marxist leanings. I like him a lot. The BBC is currently into the twelfth series of its hit show Strictly Come Dancing, which is a dance competition that pairs celebrities with professional dancing partners. … Continue reading

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“Play to” and Windows 8.1

Back in the distant days of 2009, Microsoft introduced a feature called “Play to” into its new operating system, Windows 7. Play to, so Microsoft claimed: makes it easy to stream music, video, and photos from your computer to other … Continue reading

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Surface – The Next Generation

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the next generation of its Surface line of computers: the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2. The Surface 2 is a substantially upgraded version of the original Surface RT, while the Surface Pro 2 is an … Continue reading

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Mellow Fruitfulness

At the moment, we’re seeing Keats’s poem “To Autumn” come to life all around us. We’re harvesting our fruit trees and shrubs. This year we have a bumper crop of plums, pears, elderberries and blackberries, backed up by a reasonable … Continue reading

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Swings and Roundabouts

Almost two years ago, I wrote a blog post describing what I used to build my Home Theatre PC (HTPC). I’ve been pretty happy with the result. Over the course of that time, I’ve added a Solid State Drive (SSD) … Continue reading

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Gone Missing: Bowers & Wilkins Customer Service

This is a tale of two British companies that supply Hi-Fi equipment, and my contrasting experiences of their after-sales service. The first is the Acoustical Manufacturing Company Limited (now called QUAD Electroacoustics), which was set up by Peter Walker in … Continue reading

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VST and ASIO Performance in Cubase 6

Here’s a tip if you’ve been struggling with poor performance of your VST instruments and ASIO in Cubase. But first, a bit of history… The History Steinberg’s Cubase is one of the leading software applications for music production. It’s been … Continue reading

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Bruce M. Hood draws our attention to a man who is obsessed with racing marbles.       I was rather taken with the stoicism of his wife…

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Making Changes

We have a couple of ponds in our garden. A large one in the front garden, and a smaller pond abutting the patio at the back of the house. This was how the pond at the back used to look: … Continue reading

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Cruel Clock

The Turing Alarm Clock is a very clever idea – but if you’re not good at mental arithmetic, it seems a rather cruel and unusual punishment…

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Winter’s Coming

One thing about having a large garden is that there’s always work to be done. As a result of the storm last January, we had a lot of wood that needed to be chopped into firewood. We spent a couple … Continue reading

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Ah, that’s a bit better, the Draganflyer radio-controlled helicopters are a bit more reasonably priced than MicroDrones. Still out of my price league, though…

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Cleaning Gutters

It’s getting to be that time of year when the gutters need frequent cleaning to keep them free of leaves and debris. My eye was caught by the iRobot Looj. Perhaps that’s more practical than a MicroDrone…

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These little beauties are rather fascinating. I think I know what I’d like for Christmas…     The only problem is that each one of these MicroDrones costs $60,000. Oh well, give it 10 years and they’ll be affordable toys.

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A Bit of Excitement

Yesterday evening there was hardly any wind and it was quiet. I was woken from a post-prandial snooze by a roar. It turned out to be the flames of a hot-air balloon coming in for a landing.           … Continue reading

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Quirky Collection

The Radio Guy collects some strange and quirky items. I always wanted to have a Wimshurst machine, but some of his collection turns the strangeness knob up to eleven. Wonderful stuff. 

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Horse Trials

The local horse and carriage club held its annual horse trials event last weekend. I didn’t take as many pictures as last year, but I took some. The water pool was popular with spectators for obvious reasons.       … Continue reading

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Excuse Me?

We’re currently well into the Gay Parade season, with reports, and photos up on Flickr, coming in thick and fast. I was rather taken by the Angry Professor’s tale of what happened when she took her four year-old along to … Continue reading

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A Poor Thing…

…but mine own. That’s my blog. And today, I see the cumulative hit counter has reached 200,000. Thanks for dropping by…

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Garden “Open Day”

This past weekend, we opened up the garden at our home to the public. It’s the first time we’ve ever done something like this, and we didn’t really know what to expect. We also asked a friend, Gerda Grashuis, if she … Continue reading

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