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  • NickFitz
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    I watched a couple of things about engineering failures this afternoon, before the SR-71 thing. And all I've watched this evening has been some episodes of 24 Hours in A&E from 2012, being the second series

    Very tired again now, but at least I got some useful bits and bobs done today

    Goodnight all

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  • NickFitz
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    No Chinese tonight, thanks to the positive test

    Instead, tea has been one of those delicious steak & caramelised onion burgers in a seedy bun with sweet chilli sauce, and fries

    And the bed was remade in stages over the last two or three hours to avoid any slumping of the energy levels, and is now ready for use

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  • xoggoth
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    After me walk I stopped at the cafe near the local reservoir sailing club. Two ladies walking past talking and one of them said rather loudly "My bum's all wet" before she noticed me sitting there and said "Whoops, too much information". I managed to resist the urge to say "No, tell me more!"

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  • NickFitz
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    Watching a thing about the SR-71. Apparently it was supposed to be called the RS-71, but LBJ got the name wrong in a speech announcing it, and they decided it was easier to rename the plane than to correct the President

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  • NickFitz
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    Lunch: sausages in finger rolls, and very nice they were

    My website has been down for ages after a WordPress automatic update broke. So last night and today, I've figured out how to get Apache with PHP running in a Docker container and MySQL in another, and managed to get it working enough to access the WP admin and just upgrade the thing to the latest version. Then I overwrote the WP install on the server with the local files, and was able to get into the admin on there and do the final DB update steps and what have you, and it's finally running again

    Next step: find out which is the best WP static site generator. If I can run the entire WordPress aspect of the site locally in a couple of Docker instances, there's no need to be presenting an attack surface to the world. I haven't allowed comments for years anyway, and there's no other features I use that would require a functioning backend. So I might as well just serve plain HTML files: it's faster, cheaper, and more secure.

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  • xoggoth
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    Asbestos blokes done reasonable job but some typical British worker side effects, coke cans in garage and loads of fag ends on the pavement outside my drive.

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  • NickFitz
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    Meanwhile, the bed has been completely stripped and left to air

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  • NickFitz
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    LFT: still positive!

    At least it took a little while to show this time, rather than lighting up bright red before the sample had even reached the control line the way it has been

    And I've also got toothache

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  • ladymuck
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    Morning all

    Cloudy and sunny. Enthusiastic breeze. Currently 18 degrees with a high of 19 expected. Barometer up a bit to 1009 mBar.

    Last night was date night so HWMBO and I went out for cocktails followed by Polish food.

    Today, HWMBO heads home and I am off out to meet a friend for lunch.

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  • NickFitz
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post

    I'm impressed you managed to watch it all. I don't think I was in the mood for it. Especially after the stewed gooseberries.
    Well, it was more letting it rumble away on the screen in front of me and tuning in and out mentally as and when it seemed more or less interesting

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  • NickFitz
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    Morning denizens

    Had a great night's sleep, having decided to set no alarms. I first woke up around eight, I think, but then woke up more properly about twenty past nine and felt really refreshed - and not particularly ill either

    Today's temperature is 37.2°C, which is within normal parameters. I might chance an LFT later

    Meanwhile, in the external universe revealed to me by my phone (derivation of external reality via sensory perceptions is so passé), there's a lot of patchy cloud so the illumination level is constantly varying - sunny spells might be a way to describe it. Apparently there's a 40% chance of a bit of drizzle soon, but other than that it should remain much the same. Currently 17°C with an expected high of 19°, and the barometers are back up a little at 998/1006mB

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  • WTFH
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    I see Zeity is branching out…

    https://extractcoffee.co.uk/shop/dr-strangelove/

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by NickFitz View Post
    And whilst consuming that I watched a documentary about the CIA's search for Osama Bin Laden.
    I'm impressed you managed to watch it all. I don't think I was in the mood for it. Especially after the stewed gooseberries.

    Morning.

    Damp.

    Sunny.

    Blue sky in parts.

    Cooler at 20 deg in here.

    1001 mBar, 29.5595 in Hg, 750.811 Torr, 14.518 psi (up from 998 last night which was in turn up from 997 earlier in the day), 72% RH.

    Saturday.

    I see that Bunter, the fat owl of the remove, is on the Today prog spouting his usual lies.

    On the other hand, "Dead Ringers" might have been on earlier than usual. .

    Wak (different route sans horseflies) walked.

    It rained on me with associated thunder & lightning, very very frightening. Bismillah!

    Swan count: back lane: swan (presumably the male) with 4 cygnets taking their ease a bit further up, first pond: 0, fish pond: 2.

    Lunch: baked potato with cheese & baked beans, bramble jelly sandwich, red pippy corner yog, 0.91 pints of good Glengettie tea.

    "Entertainment": Money box, Dead ringers, though I paid more attention to the former rather than the latter.

    Freecell score: 91% (IIRC), running average 85%.

    Spent some of the afternoon in the garage seeing what's in those boxes of magazines & found some to throw away, labelled up the remainder so at least I know WTF is in there.

    Found some other boxes with some ancient CRTs (oscilloscope tubes type crts) that have variously graced the loft etc. for knocking on for half a century.

    IIRC there's a couple of ACR13s, a VCR97 with mumetal screen, and a dual beam tube out of a Hartley 13A scope.

    The magazines included several Personal Computer World issues, which are extremely thick, extremely heavy, and going to meet the recycling next Thursday.

    There's also a "brand new" open frame green screen monitor that I bought from Greenweld back in the mists of time about 1990.

    Totally useless. Much like the selection of EGA an MDA monitors that live down there with it.

    Tea: spag with fiery bol (final portion), some stewed gooseberries with custard (more sugar this time so somewhat less sharp), 0.91 pints of good Glengettie tea.

    Entertainment: Ancient Aliens bollox, prog about the SR71 on Quest (didn't do the speed check thing ), some other bollox about Anthony Blunt & the royals, "Does the KGB have files on the royals" etc.

    Freecell score: 86%, running average 85% (84.689%).

    Nothing worth watching on the box again, I think I'll read a book.

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  • WTFH
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    Morning all

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  • NickFitz
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    The car earlier was basically a Ford Sierra, but actually some odd variant made for the American market called a Merkur. The opal hunters had their usual ups and downs; one other distinction of note between them and the gold diggers is that a number of the opal people are often clearly a lot poorer than even the least well-to-do gold diggers, so it's even better when they get lucky as several did today. The other day I ended up on Wikipedia finding out more about one of the regions shown, and it is indeed one of the most deprived parts of Australia, despite its mineral wealth. Then the antiques chap visited a few interesting people, at least in the bits I bothered watching when not cooking my tea.

    And whilst consuming that I watched a documentary about the CIA's search for Osama Bin Laden. This turned out to be two hours long, which was good as it had time for more depth than I'd anticipated. The one thing in there that I hadn't been previously aware of was that a few minutes before the helicopters arrived at the compound, SIGINT detected a mobile phone being turned on in there (which, of course, had never happened before as the occupants didn't use any electronics that might draw any attention) and intercepted a brief outgoing call from one of the guards to a relative, saying "They have come from above". As the helicopters had only been out of cover of the mountains, and thus visible to Pakistani radar, for about two minutes at that point, and also weren't yet close enough to be heard, somebody pretty high up in Pakistan's air defence system must have had a way of getting messages in to them despite the lack of civilian phones

    Anyway, I'm now knackered, so I'm getting an early night to keep the disease at bay. You never know, I might test negative tomorrow!

    Goodnight all

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