New website

IMG_0646In an attempt to tidy things up a bit and to draw together the apps site, music site and other bits, including a link to this blog, I have registered the domain name

Since I first registered, and gave that to my provider as the primary domain, that has to remain the parent, which has given me some conceptual problems in creating a child structure for which acts as the parent. There is ample opportunity for creating inconsistencies and circular references which I think I have avoided but bear with it if it doesn’t seem to work properly. I will master it eventually.

I have unimaginatively used Flammarion’s Universum yet again. I plan something a bit more spiffy than the row of links to navigate the site and as I implement that, I will doubtless choose another image, or maybe not.

I am still using iWeb for web updating even though Apple dropped it some years ago and it has a lot of limitations. If you just use it for what it’s good at, site management especially, it is still really good so I am loath to drop it but will need to employ some trickery to get something a bit slicker running. You can find my site here if you wish.

Therapeutic repairs

Whilst sitting in the sunshine, listening to the first ashes test and trying to avoid drinking beer during the day, I felt I needed something to occupy my hands, so set to attending to some necessary repairs. I managed to derive a procedure that was messy, a bit involved, and which allowed for a bit of pottering and faffing about. Perfect. You can read about it here if you wish.


I’ve been playing with Liptikl, a word and phrase manipulation app. I fed it these three excerpts from the BBC magazine pages :-

“Three-quarters of a century ago, a locomotive built in Doncaster set a world speed record for steam rail travel on a stretch of track just south of Grantham. That 1938 record – of 126 miles per hour – remains to this day.”

“1,000,000,000 years before life on earth ends”, and

“Thousands of elderly people are missing. The last UK census found far fewer people in their 90s than expected, and the same thing happened in the US with people over 100. Could this be an early sign that gains in life expectancy made in recent decades will not be repeated in future?”

After 5 minutes of iteration, freezings words and phrases I liked, I had :-

“The locomotive on Doncaster rail steam,
Could speed more than people expected,
Future decades stretch before people and,
In recent time elderly steam repeated,
For more not fewer are set,
But Grantham people record speed respected.”

Which I think sums it up nicely. If you’re a William Topaz McGonagall enthusiast who thinks he just didn’t leave us enough, or are thinking of a career in the greetings card business, this could be just what you’ve been waiting for.