Apr
24
2017

Thinking about my next phone

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My current Android phone is now 3 years old. It's been out of warranty for about a year and it's showing frustrating signs of decline in performance with random reboots and battery draining quickly from 40%. Add to this that +Sony Xperia​ never upgraded it to Marshmallow and I find myself with something that's in dire need of replacement. I've never rooted this phone but given its hardware issues I doubt it's worth the bother.

So I've been looking at getting something new and this is what I think I need as the main features:
– Android (obviously)
– price below £400 preferably
– decent camera
– 3GB RAM minimum
– 32GB internal storage (expandable)
– reliable battery
– NFC enabled

Some nice to have include
– waterproof
– wireless or magnetic charging

Now because I'm looking at mid range budget phones (I'd love a LG G6 for instance but I'm not spending £650 on a phone) I'll have to make sacrifices. I could perhaps go with another Xperia but frankly I don't really trust the brand at the moment so the two models I'm looking at are the Moto G5 plus and the Oneplus 3t. The Nokia 6 was another one I was thinking about but it's not out yet and the reviews I saw seem to think the camera is a bit meh…

Any other recommendations for models I should look at based on the above?

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Apr
23
2017

Scottish actors who have played Marvel / DC characters

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I posted about the Scottish comic book hero Saltire a while back and this got me thinking about the number of Scottish actors who have played one or more characters from Marvel and DC movies and television. So this is my list, in no particular order. Feel free to contribute if I've missed out some names:

Marvel Movies and TV
– Brian Cox (William Striker X-Men 2 – X-Men United)
– Alan Cumming (Nightcrawler X-Men 2 – X-Men United)
– James McAvoy (Charles Xavier, X-Men First Class; X-Men Days of Future Past; X-Men Apocalypse)
– Ray Park (Toad, X-Men)
– Karen Gillian (Nebula Guardians of the Galaxy)
– David Tennant (Kilgrave Marvel's Jessica Jones)
– Ian DeCaestecker (Leopold Fitz +Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
– John Hannah (Dr Holden Radcliffe +Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
– David O'Hara (Alistair Fitz +Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

DC Movies and TV
– David O'Hara (Reggie Payne Gotham)
– Ewan Bremner (Charlie Wonder Woman)

I thought this list would be a little longer when I was putting it together but I'm either forgetting a lot of names or it's not as many as I thought

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Apr
23
2017

New York City Library

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Just wanted to share a photo before bed. :)

New York City Library

Just wanted to share a photo before bed. 🙂

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Apr
22
2017

I think my Pi has reached its sell-by date

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Maybe it's because it's not quite designed to run the type of graphics current versions of Raspbian demands but boy is this Raspberry Pi slow.

I got this guy maybe 5 years ago now and it's been sitting in my shelf unused most of this time so I thought I'd give it a dusting, plug it in and see if I can do something fun with it. Given that it took me a good 2h just to get the resolution for my monitor right, and that now it's stuck on trying to launch Sonic Pi, that running Chromium is an exercise in Patient Endurance (and even vi is weird). I think I might just put it back on the shelf and think about whether to get a newer one (they're quite cheap after all) or wait until I actually have a project in mind to use it for.

I have Sonic Pi on +Ubuntu but it doesn't play well with my sound settings, which defeats the purpose.

Maybe keeping it as a Command-Line only system might work for something or other but again I would need to find a practical use for it.

I think my Pi has reached its sell-by date

Maybe it’s because it’s not quite designed to run the type of graphics current versions of Raspbian demands but boy is this Raspberry Pi slow.

I got this guy maybe 5 years ago now and it’s been sitting in my shelf unused most of this time so I thought I’d give it a dusting, plug it in and see if I can do something fun with it. Given that it took me a good 2h just to get the resolution for my monitor

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Apr
21
2017

Late petal

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I don't know if any of you follow +Blindspot but they've been doing something with their episode titles I've never seen anyone do before. They started doing anagrams which would give you some clue about the ongoing plot for a start but since about Christmas time they've switched to doing palindromes, which is really cool but also quite hard to come up with. My own attempt above is simple but at least it's somewhat on topic 🙂

Hope you all enjoy the weekend.

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Late petal

I don’t know if any of you follow +Blindspot but they’ve been doing something with their episode titles I’ve never seen anyone do before. They started doind anagrams which would give you some clue about the ongoing plot for a start but since about christmas time they’ve switched to doing palindromes, which is really cool but also quite hard to come up with. My own attempt above is simple but at least it’s somewhat on topic 🙂

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