Oh dear, the government seems to be headed blindly towards a new form of Poll Tax. Compulsory TV Licence payments for all households, if they have TV or not. Not having a TV, and not having had one for the last 20 years, I certainly won’t be paying a tax to support BBC TV. All […]
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19 Mar 2015 at 20:44
Comments Off on New service: archaeological illustration
Your favourite view, sent back in time! I’m pleased to use this view of Bradwell Wood in North Staffordshire to launch a new paid service, offering affordable archaeological illustration. I’m now able to use data maps to recreate a historical bird’s eye view of any landscape in the UK, seen from any direction or elevation. […]
02 Jan 2015 at 09:12
Comments Off on 2020: Tracking Optimism
New Year, new blog.
Good to hear that Linux founder Linus Torvalds “Still wants the desktop” for Linux. I’m currently looking at Linux + WINE, and also the interesting reverse-engineered ‘open Windows’ ReactOS as future desktop OS replacements for Windows circa 2015.
To celebrate its fifth birthday my JURN.org academic search-engine has updated its front page, to reflect the fact that it has grown beyond the arts and humanities focus. JURN can now search and access full-text on most academic topics. All open access or otherwise free. Tip: searching using intitle:keyword “key phrase” works very well.
03 Mar 2014 at 06:28
Comments Off on Sidebar links checked and repaired
I’ve checked all of D’log‘s sidebar links by hand and eye, and repaired or deleted if needed.
New Year, new desktop design at D’log… The rationale: I liked the design flair and sheer chutzpah of the Windows 8 look, but loathed the clunky Microsoftist “do it our way, or else” implementation. Having successfully bypassed Microsoft’s apps / store and other impositions with my new Windows 8.1 PC, I still wanted the Windows […]
Available now in paperback, my book Lovecraft in Historical Context: a fourth collection. My fourth annual collection of scholarly essays on H.P. Lovecraft, his works and times. 76,000 words, 300 pages.
14 Dec 2012 at 09:21
Comments Off on JURN checked for linkrot and updated
My JURN search-engine has had its full six-monthly check and update, via my repurposing some handy ‘dark side’ SEO software, with linkrot fully repaired. JURN searches and retrieves the full-text of over 4,400 free ejournals in the arts & humanities, 3,000 of which are in English.
What if you could blend a woolly LETS-like skills time-bank scheme with a more proven form like Kickstarter, such that people in a travel-region could pledge their skilled time (rather than money) to a project that had specific stepped goals? Local business sponsors might have a small part to play, providing a little money for […]
31 Oct 2012 at 08:56
Comments Off on Space Patrol in orbit, finally
I’ve finally been able to add Thomas Leer’s “Private Plane” (1979) to my definitive chronological-order music history collection, Space Patrol: the rise of early British electropop, 1977-1983. The collection is now complete. Freely available on Spotify… Track listing:— 01 – Ultravox! (Foxx & Eno) – “My Sex” (45rpm single, Jan 1977) 02 – Ultravox! (Foxx) […]
08 Oct 2012 at 12:29
Comments Off on Disable your keyboard’s CAPS LOCK key in Windows 7
The simple way to disable your keyboard’s CAPS LOCK key in Windows 7: 1. Download my disable_caps_lock.reg 2. Right-click on the file disable_caps_lock.reg 3. Select “Merge”… 4. Reboot your PC. Now your annoying CAPS LOCK key no longer does anything. Enjoy!
01 Oct 2012 at 20:07
Comments Off on New allotment
I’ve taken on my first allotment. Inevitably, there’s also a new blog for it.
Ugh, just got a reminder that the Web is infested with adverts and other horrid flashing things. My Adblock Plus add-on for Chrome stopped working (last updated April 012). I installed the regular AdBlock (updated Sept 012) instead, and the Web is pure again.
20 Sep 2012 at 13:56
Comments Off on History of the Necronomicon, annotated
H.P. Lovecraft’s “The History of the Necronomicon“, annotated by myself with 7,000 words of scholarly footnotes. I also have a new 25,000 word collection of essays on Lovecraft, available now…
20 Sep 2012 at 13:42
Comments Off on Steampunk Skull & Crossbones
Steampunk Skull & Crossbones… I’ve made this Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial…
The search results on my academic search-engine JURN can now be re-sorted by date…
“The Pilot’s Dilemma”, my new bit of CG Photoshop-ery. Click on the picture for the full-size version.
My springtime wallpaper, 1920px. I found this lying in the grass and photographed it, in Birmingham a couple of springs ago now…
26 Jan 2012 at 21:49
Comments Off on Blogging wormholes
Running pro-active blogs on multiple topics, I seem to have found a strange law of blogging. There’s usually about a thirty percent chance, while actively searching on a topic, of finding something that can be posted to one of the other blogs. Odd.