A naughty script delivers payback to some Facebook scammers. A story featuring Perl, great justice and many copypastas.
Closing the year, some lessons I wish I could share with my younger self. Featuring loose references to Greek and English philosophers.
Were I to try describing the Christian religion's impact on the world, and especially the western world, I would immediately find myself out of my depth. Criticising an ancient belief system with roots in the earliest memories of mankind invites humility. Still, here I go.
Suspended from Twitter for speaking my mind to cryptocurrency scammers.
The new Sainsbury's slogan is dishonest and condescending.
Visiting Galway and a report from the Pavement concert on the 24th July 2023 at the Galway International Arts Festival.
The Web Environment Integrity proposal from Google is a serious threat to user choice and privacy on the Web; it must be stopped. Add this banner to your website that informs Google chrome users of the dangers and urges them to switch to a browser that better respects the open web.
Why isn't it possible to browse the mobile Internet while maintaining our dignity?
A solemn occasion is sullied by children's entertainers, only for the new King to have his revenge.
These habits of spoken English need their farewells said.
An attempt to retrieve my bank balance did not go to plan.
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.
My first incursion into the Mournes.
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.
How I circumvented the content filtering during my schooldays, only then to have my humble solution itself circumvented.
A replacement for the metasyntactic variables (foo, bar, baz) inspired by 90s sitcom Father Ted. To persuade you to adopt them they are then demonstrated in Perl.
Everyone's favourite Perl static website builder marks its third release. Many thrilling new features await.
An evening was well spent with the famed Finnish bluegrass group Steve 'n' Seagulls.
Some thoughts on meekness. Is it pacifism or something better?
What for me will be the most enduring image of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Commercial demands mean sometimes one must return to Windows, here are some ways to bring over some of what you might miss from Linux.
How is my desktop? November 2021.
You should always view a property before moving, but no-one says to check the bins.
RSRU.pl has reached its second release.
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.
This is the opening track from the Parklife album. It is more than a mere dance piece.
A parody of certain religious attitudes using potatoes. Here is a study of the tenets and history of potatoism.
The woes of near-misses, as told by the blockchain.
A story from my university days of a run-in with the head of IT.
Sharing some things that were noticed when reading the opening scenes of the Fellowship of the Ring.
There are few creatures quite as industrious as the bird. A few of their deeds are shared here.
It is too tempting to rush through the lines of verse in these books. Yet I find even this one provoking.
Here are some facial phrases found through my literary (and televised) travels.
There is now a new section of the site: WMW, or Well Made Web. See it at wmw.thran.uk!
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.
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 configure the default applications for opening file types. This guide introduces their use.
While on a walk, I looked inside an abandoned building. There I sighted a reminder of my past musical taste.
Assorted screenshots of Linux desktops from August 2021.
The RSRU.pl software catalogue generator is complete enough for a release.
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.
Too many believe that the government is sincere but misguided. Please, stop: they're laughing at you.
Why do prepositions matter? Could we understand with the help of theology?
At first I thought my windows were self-washing, but upon investigation it emerged that one of my house's vital organs were imperiled.
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.
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.
Social media isn't a home.
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?