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  • Scott Pilgrim vs Thranalysis >> Sat 30 July 2022 >> 2010, movies, music, alternative culture,
  • This film is much more moving than you might expect, so here is an examination of how Scott Pilgrim vs the World can rock the soul. You might come to this film for the well-crafted visuals, or simply because you saw it on a 'must-see cult film list'. But beyond the humour, the visuals and the boy-is-besotted-with-girl plot there are some clever insights.

  • Surmounting Donard >> Sat 16 July 2022 >> witnessed-outside, mountaineering, northern ireland,
  • My first incursion into the Mournes.

  • The music of Guided by Voices - An Analysis >> Sun 17 April 2022 >> music, gbv, guided-by-voices, lyricism,
  • A profile for this band who've never been able to break into the big lane; that's a good thing. There's an understated brilliance to their work. It isn't for everyone, but those who understand will be converted at the first listen.

  • Proxy Avoidance >> Tue 12 April 2022 >> told-from-the-past, education, sysadmin, computing, school days, 2007,
  • How I circumvented the content filtering during my schooldays, only then to have my humble solution itself circumvented.

  • Father Perl >> Fri 08 April 2022 >> perl, programming, fun,
  • Here is a replacement for the metasyntactic variables (foo, bar, baz) inspired by 90s sitcom Father Ted. To persuade you it is then demonstrated it in Perl.

  • Announcing RSRU R3 >> Mon 04 April 2022 >> release, perl, thransoft, rsru,
  • Everyone's favourite Perl static website builder marks its third release. Many thrilling new features await.

  • Sighting Seagulls >> Tue 22 March 2022 >> music, belfast,
  • An evening was well spent with the famed Finnish bluegrass group Steve 'n' Seagulls.

  • Musings on Meekness >> Sun 13 March 2022 >> religion, christianity, bible, virtue,
  • Some thoughts on meekness. Is it pacifism or something better?

  • A Socially Isolated Message >> Mon 06 December 2021 >> danders, witnessed-outside, photos,
  • What for me will be the most enduring image of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • WintoLin: Making Windows more like Linux >> Wed 01 December 2021 >> linux, windows, command-line, shell, hacks,
  • Commercial demands mean sometimes one must return to Windows, here are some ways to bring over some of what you might miss from Linux.

  • Screenshot Showcase for November 2021 >> Tue 30 November 2021 >> screenshot-showcase, windows,
  • How is my desktop? November 2021.

  • The Belligerent Bin >> Mon 29 November 2021 >> told-from-the-past, told-from-the-household, government,
  • You should always view a property before moving, but no-one says to check the bins.

  • Announcing RSRU R2 >> Sun 28 November 2021 >> release, perl, thransoft, rsru,
  • RSRU.pl has reached its second release.

  • Fine times with the PineTime >> Sat 13 November 2021 >> open-hardware, gadgets, reviews, pine64,
  • The PineTime smartwatch. Should you get one, and if you do, how do you first make it work with your smartphone? Read here for answers to both.

  • Girls and Boys by Blur >> Sat 06 November 2021 >> music, themes, reviews, meaning, satire,
  • This is the opening track from the Parklife album. It is more than a mere dance piece.

  • Potatodom and Potatoism >> Sat 23 October 2021 >> stories, religion, food, told-from-the-past, satire,
  • A parody of an unnamed cultic group, this is the founding myth of a potato religion from 2016. Here is a study of the tenets and history of the sects.

  • Bitter Coin >> Sun 17 October 2021 >> bitcoin, cryptocurrency, economics, netlore, mishaps, told-from-the-past,
  • The woes of near-misses, as told by the blockchain.

  • Opening the Armoury >> Wed 06 October 2021 >> told-from-the-past, education, sysadmin, computing,
  • A story from my university days of a run-in with the head of IT.

  • Fireside in the Shire >> Sun 26 September 2021 >> literature, lotr, quips, ethics,
  • Sharing some things that were noticed when reading the opening scenes of the Fellowship of the Ring.

  • Peculiar Sightings of Birds, Part I >> Sat 25 September 2021 >> danders, witnessed-outside, wildlife,
  • There are few creatures quite as industrious as the bird. A few of their deeds are shared here.

  • The Road by Bilbo Baggins >> Sun 05 September 2021 >> literature, lotr, poetry,
  • It is too tempting to rush through the lines of verse in these books. Yet I find even this one provoking.

  • Facial Phrases >> Sat 04 September 2021 >> literature, lotr, humour, quips,
  • Here are some facial phrases found through my literary (and televised) travels.

  • WMW Lives! >> Sat 28 August 2021 >> web, wmw, meta,
  • There is now a new section of the site: WMW, or Well Made Web. See it at wmw.thran.uk!

  • Belfast Transport Snub >> Thu 26 August 2021 >> modern woes, railways, buildings, aesthetics, northern ireland, design, photos, belfast,
  • Railway buildings have been a steady decline since the end of World War II. This has culminated with Belfast's Weaver's Cross, or as it should be called, Weaver's Loss.

  • Remote work isn't remotely working for me >> Mon 09 August 2021 >> work, computing, development, modern woes, privacy, surveillance,
  • I had this vision that working from home would be bliss. Just me sitting in the room with nothing but the code. No distractions, no worries. Nothing would sidetrack the engineer from his proud handiwork. This wasn't to be so.

  • xdg-mime, a short guide >> Fri 06 August 2021 >> linux, desktop, void linux,
  • On Linux, xdg-open and xdg-mime configure the default applications for opening file types. This guide introduces their use.

  • Slaying Rainbows >> Thu 05 August 2021 >> danders, witnessed-outside, photos,
  • While on a walk, I looked inside an abandoned building. There I sighted a reminder of my past musical taste.

  • Screenshot Showcase for August 2021 >> Wed 04 August 2021 >> screenshot-showcase, linux, fluxbox,
  • Assorted screenshots of Linux desktops from August 2021.

  • Announcing RSRU R1.0 >> Tue 03 August 2021 >> release, perl, thransoft, rsru,
  • The RSRU.pl software catalogue generator is complete enough for a release.

  • Wading over the waves >> Tue 27 July 2021 >> danders,
  • Thanks to a rented nautical craft, I was able to pass over the top of the waves. Though this tale would not continue as blissfully as intended.

  • Sympathy for Sycophants >> Sun 25 July 2021 >> modern woes, government, privacy, britain, internet freedom, surveillance, ethics,
  • Too many believe that the government is sincere but misguided. Please, stop: they're laughing at you.

  • Prepositions in Perdition >> Sat 17 July 2021 >> language, religion, government, grammar,
  • Why do prepositions matter? Could we understand with the help of theology?

  • Cistern of a Down >> Thu 08 July 2021 >> told-from-the-household, mishaps,
  • At first I thought my windows were self-washing, but upon investigation it emerged that one of my house's vital organs were imperiled.

  • The Final Version of Windows, Ever >> Fri 01 November 2019 >> modern woes, computing, microsoft, linux,
  • Microsoft have called Windows 10 'the final version of Windows ever.' It's the final version for me too. I've used ever major Windows version from 98 until 10. With Windows 10 I have to fight the computer just to get it to do my bidding.

  • How do I remove the Pictures screensaver from Xubuntu? >> Sun 20 October 2019 >> linux, graphics, desktop,
  • When shuffling on random, there is no easy way to remove the 'Pictures' slideshow from the list of screensavers in xfce-screensaver. Still, I found the answer.

  • Bring back the homepage >> Fri 11 October 2019 >> web, asocial media, modern woes,
  • Social media isn't a home.

  • New Reddit should be shredded >> Fri 04 October 2019 >> web, design, modern woes,
  • Old reddit was a frugal, practical design that naturally suited its purpose. Why pull the old house down and build something unrecognisable in its place?