I don’t normally go in for QR codes. I find that people put them in inappropriate places where using your phone to scan them would just be plain silly. I think the best example of this is QR Codes are placed on car/vans, impractical whilst driving and a little bit weird when walking past one.
Today I had a nice idea. One could use QR codes to easily distribute the URLs for RSS feeds of podcasts. I think this only works on Android but when I scan and open an RSS URL on my phone I have the option to open it with my feed reader and add it. I find it less cumbersome than copy & pasting or typing the URL.
Fab and I just finished recording episode 24 of Angels of Death. It’s been a long time coming but we made it. I managed to get a stable connection from Virgin Media long enough for us to record the mammoth two hour podcast.
We covered pretty much everything that’s been happening since episode 23 which was in December 2013. We may get more regular but I wouldn’t count on it. The episode should be on YouTube for you to watch soonish and the file should hit the RSS feeds once Fab has worked his editing magic.
I use Sublime Text 2 for all my text editing and coding, I’ve started using Fortran but ST2 doesn’t have a package for Fortran built in but it’s super easy to get one. You can use the TextMate package which is available on GitHub. Download and extract it to a directory called “Fortran” and chuck that in the following directory:
With some free time today I baked another bloomer, I used the same recipe as last time but this time I did a few things differently:
- used 3 teaspoons of fennel seeds rather than 2 and put them all in the mix rather than half in and half on top.
- used twice as many olives, last time I eyeballed them and I felt it wasn’t enough. I also kneaded them in far more consistently so hopefully they’ll be distributed better.
The next thing to do is to work out why I get this weird split near the bottom of the loaf.
I might make this recipe one more time to finish off the olives but I’m itching to try my hand at the classic sandwich loaf / pullman loaf but to do that I’ll need a tin.
I’ve been using Fortran (90/95) for a few days. I have been using it for a University project in which I’ll be writing some n-body simulations. Just thought I’d say I think it’s nicer than C and it’s trivial to get Sublime Text 2 to do syntax highlighting (even if I can crash ST2 if I have two consecutive lines of comments). Starting counting at 1 is natural and the syntax seems a little less backwards compared with C (which I’ve used in previous projects). Long live Fortran.
I saw The Lego Movie on Saturday and it was bloody great! I was expecting a funny movie with probably some reference to it all being a in a child’s mind but it was so much more! It felt anti-business, anti-instructions and generally quite the opposite of what I was expecting. It was still funny but there were definite and overt messages that business is evil and you should ignore the instructions. The irony is that now you can buy Lego kits of the “random” designs featured in the film which kind of messes with the message. (See kits 70800, 70801 and so on).
There were some beautiful cameos and the film is well worth watching. Go now.
This afternoon I took it upon myself to bring into the world a beautiful baby bloomer. Its mass is between 0.7kg and 1.2kg and tastes of bread, fennel and black olives. It’s pretty good for a first attempt. If you want to try it the recipe can be found here.
Ghost is a beautiful and simple blogging engine and it is beautiful! Fab has been using it for some time now but tonight I looked into it to see whether or not I could switch to it. The answer to that is pretty much no but that doesn’t stop me from staring at screenshots and finding sites that run it. Below are some screenshots to show just how pretty the internet can be when humanity spends time on UI/X rather than sending people to Mars.
A super pretty landing thing! Amazing hexagons for your social media things and with a responsive design.
Scroll down and you seamlessly arrive at the content. Snazzy or what?
It’s that wonderful time again where we arbitrarily decide to improve ourselves! So in 2014 I want to:
- Build a Kill Team or two and play, possibly while introducing a few friends to the hobby. I think Kill Team could be a very good introduction to the hobby as the financial investment is a lot smaller than with 1500pt games.
- Play more games of 40K in general. I estimate that I played ~5 games in 2013 which really isn’t enough.
- Get current with the Horus Heresy. At the time of writing I have seven books left to read, considering that I read eight last year this should be manageable.
I think I can do these.
It’s about time that I looked back at what I wanted to do in the hobby this year. I made some resolutions which you can find here and if you’re too lazy they are below as well.
- Paint at least one unit per month. Where a unit is defined as a kit from GW e.g. 5 Assault Marines. This should be quite easy to do while I am in Sheffield because that’s where I keep by stuff but when I am home in Bridgend it could be a little tough. Hopefully once I’ve got things going well I can ramp that up to more in a month.
- Tackle the unpainted hordes. I’ve got 15 unpainted Assault Marines and a Librarian sitting unpainted.
- Once #2 is complete, have a one in one out policy. That means I have to finish what I’ve started before I even buy the next kit.
- Read at least one Black Library book a month. Check out my GoodReads page to see how much I want to read.
- Finally post a monthly summary of what I’ve done in the hobby on this site.
Well I think I failed on all counts apart from 4 but I’ll break it down anyway.
- Looking back this was completely unreasonable. I appear to only really get down to painting during stressful and busy times because I use it as a form of relaxation. I also tend to prefer painting with people which limits the amount of time that I can paint for.
- Nope, basically for the same reasons as 1.
- Hahaha, no. I started the Space Wolves army and those are still unfinished.
- SUCCESS! I managed to get that done. I read easily enough Black Library stuff last year to count this as a victory.
- It started well, I believe I made it a third of the way through the year. The problem is that I didn’t actually do a lot of hobbying to update you on.
Were resolutions helpful? In parts yes. I have identified how I enjoy to get my hobbying done and I’ve really enjoyed reading the Black Library novels. I think this will allow me to set more realistic goals for 2014. What might those goals be? Well I am probably going to post them once I’ve fully thought them through but one of them will be to catch up with the latest releases in the Horus Heresy because at the rate I was devouring them over the summer it should be attainable.