Random Geekagehttps://kevinisageek.org/2017-11-05T00:00:00+00:00Fresh November2017-11-05T00:00:00+00:002017-11-05T00:00:00+00:00Kevin Smithtag:kevinisageek.org,2017-11-05:2017/11/05/fresh-november/<p><img src="https://i.imgur.com/nDwkR0j.jpg" width=800 /></p> <p>Good morning 10km run to clear out the stresses of the week.</p>Thought I would spice up2017-10-29T00:00:00+01:002017-10-29T00:00:00+01:00Kevin Smithtag:kevinisageek.org,2017-10-29:2017/10/29/ruck/<p><a href="/2017/10/04/morning-routine/">my usual morning run</a>. Stuffed an improvised 9kg(20lb) ruck plate into my bullet ruck and went out on the 5k loop. Started huffing almost instantly and sweat was dripping off 1/3 the way round.</p> <p>Still got a good time, just under 32 minutes.</p>Something went wrong with my gpg keychain.2017-10-05T00:00:00+01:002017-10-05T00:00:00+01:00Kevin Smithtag:kevinisageek.org,2017-10-05:2017/10/05/gpg-breakage/<p>Needless to say I have completely regenerated my keychain and moved the subkeys to a smartcard for increased security. New public key (fingerprint: 116D B25C A5C4 73C5 3262 BEDC 8322 D167 9829 59BF) is in the <a href="/kevinatkevinisageekdotorg.gpg.asc">same place as always</a>.</p> <p>Now to resume the regular flow of nobody using gpg to encrypt emails to me.</p>Morning Routine2017-10-04T00:00:00+01:002017-10-04T00:00:00+01:00Kevin Smithtag:kevinisageek.org,2017-10-04:2017/10/04/morning-routine/<ul> <li>Wake up around 5am (not quite #0445club but works for me)</li> <li>Pint of coffee</li> <li><a href="/2017/10/04/urban-run/">5km run</a></li> <li>Shower</li> <li>Depending on how hungry I am, breakfast either before or at work</li> </ul> <p>Been doing this the past week while pulling 12 hour shifts at work and I have to say it is working out really well for me. Combination of early runs and long days mean my sleep is much improved.</p> <iframe width="854" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/N4idiqP1MeA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>When in a (sub)urban environment, early runs are best.2017-10-04T00:00:00+01:002017-10-04T00:00:00+01:00Kevin Smithtag:kevinisageek.org,2017-10-04:2017/10/04/urban-run/<p>So much quieter at 05:30 than it is at 07:30. Virtually no people to dodge around, no cars to watch out for.</p>Cordyceps Sinensis2017-06-08T00:00:00+01:002017-06-08T00:00:00+01:00Kevin Smithtag:kevinisageek.org,2017-06-08:2017/06/08/shrooms/<p><a href="http://jockopodcast2.com/">Jocko and Echo</a> both sing the praises of <a href="https://www.onnit.com/shroomtech-immune/">Onnit's Shroom Tech</a> products which claim to help both immune system and physical fitness. Sadly, Onnit products are quite pricy, more than I can justify right now. So I got a generic version.</p> <p><img src="https://i.imgur.com/fDqS3dQ.jpg" width=800 /></p> <p>Been taking these strange brown capsules twice daily for about a week now. This is totally subjective and may be completely placebo but I do feel better and happier. My athletic performance feels stronger and unusually I'm not feeling famished mid-afternoon. No capacity to do a proper double-blind trial but this impromptu experiment does seem to be a success.</p> <p>If I ever end up <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuKjBIBBAL8">sprouting growths</a> from my body (<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_of_Us">or worse</a>), please incinerate me.</p>Extended the expiry on my GPG key by 2 years.2017-06-01T00:00:00+01:002017-06-01T00:00:00+01:00Kevin Smithtag:kevinisageek.org,2017-06-01:2017/06/01/gpg-extended/<p><a href="/kevinatkevinisageekdotorg.gpg.asc">Get the updated key here</a>.</p>Just done my first ever 10km run.2017-04-15T00:00:00+01:002017-04-15T00:00:00+01:00Kevin Smithtag:kevinisageek.org,2017-04-15:2017/04/15/10km/<p>Sucking wind hard. Got 3/4 of the way round my usual 5km run and decided to go all Forrest Gump.</p> <p><img src="https://i.imgur.com/GyxCZZ3.jpg" width=800 /></p>I tend to shy away from politics but this is a pretty big thing.2017-03-29T00:00:00+01:002017-03-29T00:00:00+01:00Kevin Smithtag:kevinisageek.org,2017-03-29:2017/03/29/brexit/<p><del>Margaret Thatcher II</del>Theresa May has <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/29_03_17_article50.pdf">formally invoked Article 50</a>. 2 years of negotiations before Scotland get dragged out of the EU. <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-39422747">Unless Indyref2 happens</a>.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Nb93QbUGcL0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>I now have a Jabber/XMPP account set up.2017-02-26T11:00:00+00:002017-02-26T11:00:00+00:00Kevin Smithtag:kevinisageek.org,2017-02-26:2017/02/26/jibber-jabber/<p>Adding to the menagerie of comms systems I am on, you can now contact me at <code>kevinisageek at jabber dot otr dot im</code>.</p>EDC electronics support kit2017-02-26T09:50:00+00:002017-02-26T09:50:00+00:00Kevin Smithtag:kevinisageek.org,2017-02-26:2017/02/26/edc-electronics-support-kit/<p>EDC is becoming increasingly digital these days. Often people go out the door with a multitude of devices; phone, ebook reader, tablet, rechargeable flashlight et al. Having a means to support these devices is a good idea, especially if access to power is unreliable or a while away.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinisageek/32741084910/in/dateposted/" title="EDC electronics support kit"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/699/32741084910_9584f98f2f_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="EDC electronics support kit"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>My support kit is built around a Tecknet 15000mAh USB battery. This provides several charges for my USB devices to keep them (and by extension, me) happy over the course of a day or more. It has proven its worth at my former job where the van power socket was broken and I had to run my SatNav for the day off the battery.</p> <p>Of course, having a battery is useless without the ability to actually charge devices. To that end, I have a micro USB cable and an Apple Lightning cable (iPhone, sue me) which will let me charge the vast majority of anything I come across.</p> <p>Additionally, I have a set of headphones to avoid being subject to sonic assault from the world at large.</p> <p>A USB fast charge adapter rounds up the power side of things. Public USB sockets are suspect at best, who knows what is on the other side of the connector. Could be a dumb power supply, could be a full blown computer sucking down all your phone data and sending it off to shady places, possibly giving you malware at the same time. Don't be a fool, protect your tool.</p> <p>The last few items in the kit aren't strictly power related but they fit in well anyway. I have a physical GPG smart card reader with built in smart card so I can do GPG stuff and have a good degree of confidence that if either my laptop or the kit gets stolen/lost, folk can't impersonate me by email. I have a Kingston 32GB pendrive for quick data storage/<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sneakernet">transfer</a> and lastly, a lighter. Because fire is a good thing to have on command.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinisageek/32278572594/in/photostream/" title="EDC electronics support kit"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/728/32278572594_d254cec08b_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="EDC electronics support kit"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The whole lot fits nicely into a Maxpedition mini pocket organiser which lets me transfer everything between bags quickly and <a href="http://redteams.net/gear/2015/modular-packing-light-is-fast">keeps everything modular</a> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwY9maR-4qg">and neat</a>.</p>Been off the bike for far too long.2017-02-13T16:40:00+00:002017-02-13T16:40:00+00:00Kevin Smithtag:kevinisageek.org,2017-02-13:2017/02/13/off-the-bike/<p>Went to cash a cheque and found myself very unconfident at riding, especially in traffic. Doesn't help that the main road to go anywhere is a dual carriageway, nor does the lack of cycle-friendly paths around here, nor the lack of good places to lock up to.</p> <p>Excuses I know. Need to make an effort to cycle more and become less dependent on refined dinosaurs.</p>Been out and about the past month or so.2017-01-03T19:45:00+00:002017-01-03T19:45:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2017-01-03:2017/01/03/recent-adventures/<p>Day trips with my partner. Mostly to hunt down rocks of various sorts, as well as plants.</p> <p>Cheviot Rock hunting. <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinisageek/albums/72157678595515806" title="Cheviots"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/589/31964691921_4d30132d12_c.jpg" width="800" height="535" alt="Cheviots"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Glasgow Botanic Gardens <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinisageek/albums/72157678440221685" title="Glasgow Botanic Gardens"><img src="https://c5.staticflickr.com/1/265/31114393364_9808a80ffe_c.jpg" width="800" height="535" alt="Glasgow Botanic Gardens"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Leadhills rock hunting <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinisageek/albums/72157677250435720" title="Leadhills"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/567/32080072145_bacf8f874b_c.jpg" width="800" height="535" alt="Leadhills"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>Maps, as well as books, are to be hoarded.2016-11-10T00:00:00+00:002016-11-10T00:00:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2016-11-10:2016/11/10/hoard-maps/<p>Say what you will about having <a href="https://maps.google.com">Google Maps</a> or <a href="https://www.openstreetmap.org/">OSM</a>, paper maps are worth their weight in gold, especially in grid down situations.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinisageek/30263282243/in/datetaken/" title="Hoard maps"><img src="https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5735/30263282243_0857908bf7_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Hoard maps"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>Stay The Course2016-10-30T18:01:00+00:002016-10-30T18:01:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2016-10-30:2016/10/30/stay-the-course/<blockquote> <p>Be a fucking wolf. Be a fucking lion. Take no shit. Set goals, smash them. Eat people's faces off. Be a better person. Show people who the fuck you are. Never apologise for being awesome. <a href="http://staythecourseind.com/products/stay-the-course-manifesto">Stay the mother fucking course</a>.</p> </blockquote>Since moving to Coatbridge I haven't been out on my bike.2016-10-06T13:30:00+01:002016-10-06T13:30:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2016-10-06:2016/10/06/ncn-75-adventure/<p>This of course, is unacceptable. So I had a quick look on Google Maps for some low traffic routes and found a way onto NCN 75. Fun wee blast along the canal.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinisageek/albums/72157673555578012" title="NCN 75 Adventure"><img src="https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5804/30150705525_62e9615ebe_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="NCN 75 Adventure"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>A Year of Crossfit2016-09-04T20:00:00+01:002016-09-04T20:00:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2016-09-04:2016/09/04/a-year-of-crossfit/<p>Well, year and a few weeks. Been going 2-3 times a week to <a href="http://claymorecrossfit.co.uk/">Claymore Crossfit</a> and I have to say, I have had a blast. Cardio has improved, lifts have gone up, all round fitness has increased. And I have to credit it with some other benefits to my life.</p> <p>Here's to another year of Crossfit!</p>Its the little things that make a difference.2016-06-29T16:00:00+01:002016-06-29T16:00:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2016-06-29:2016/06/29/little-things/<p>Like this improvised tool made from a bit of stiff wire. Holds the chain so a portion of it is slack enough to work with the master link.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/28551895941/in/datetaken/" title="Improvised chain tool"><img src="https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8641/28551895941_992c7f3cff_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Improvised chain tool"></a></p> <p>Idea from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It74clEsFT4">Tony Marchand</a>.</p>Crossfit is one of the quickest ways to put your ego in check.2016-06-22T13:32:00+01:002016-06-22T13:32:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2016-06-22:2016/06/22/ego-in-check/<p>Look at the WOD, think to yourself "that looks easy, no bother." Halfway through the WOD, you reconsider. Finish up, you are humbled by the weight.</p>Updated GPG Public Key2016-06-19T16:50:00+01:002016-06-19T16:50:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2016-06-19:2016/06/19/updated-gpg-public-key/<p>Just a quick note to say my <a href="/misc/KevinatKevinisageekdotorg.gpg.asc">GPG public key</a> has been updated. Same fingerprint and key ID but I added an authentication subkey.</p> <p>Also, I am in the process of migrating to a hardware token for increased security so my keychain will be completely regenerated at some point, once I have ironed out all the kinks and done some more research. Will keep you posted.</p>One of the great things2016-06-05T20:30:00+01:002016-06-05T20:30:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2016-06-05:2016/06/05/one-of-the-great-things/<p>about having a 110 Defender hardtop is the ability to stick a bicycle in the back and have it be completely protected from the elements, as well as not having to partially disassemble it to get it in.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/27449586406/in/datetaken/" title="Troll in the Landie"><img src="https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7375/27449586406_79a6ab76fb_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Troll in the Landie"></a></p>Cryptographic ID2016-05-20T18:30:00+01:002016-05-20T18:30:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2016-05-20:2016/05/20/crypto-id/<p>A couple days ago, <a href="http://pig-monkey.com/2016/05/id/">Peter posted about having a record of cryptographic information</a> that folk can use to verify that he is who they think they are communicating with. I thought this was a good idea and set about <a href="/id.txt">creating my own record</a>.</p> <p>The idea is broadly similar to <a href="https://keybase.io">Keybase</a> but doing it this way means I am not relying on their system for providing verification. It does mean that there is less automation involved but it should be workable for everyone who uses GPG/PGP.</p> <p>For the record, my current GPG key setup is less than ideal. The private key is held on my daily use machine which is not the most secure method. I have ordered a set of <a href="http://shop.kernelconcepts.de#openpgp">smart cards and a USB reader</a> and I will regenerate my keys to be used on them on an air-gapped computer, likely running <a href="https://libreboot.org/">Libreboot</a>. When this happens, I will update the id file with my new public key fingerprint and also sign the file as before.</p>Training2016-05-07T10:43:00+01:002016-05-07T10:43:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2016-05-07:2016/05/07/training/<blockquote> <p>Listen, Genos. You just have to keep doing it. No matter how hard it gets. It took me three years to get this strong.</p> <p>One hundred push-ups! One hundred sit-ups! One hundred squats! Then a 10km run! Every single day!</p> <p>And of course, make sure you eat three meals a day. Just a banana in the morning is fine. But the most important thing is to never use the A/C or heat in the summer or winter so that you can strengthen the mind. In the beginning, you'll wish you were dead. You might start thinking what't the harm of taking a day off? But for me, in order to be a strong hero, no matter how tough it was, even if I was spitting blood, I never stopped. I kept doing squats even when my legs were so heavy they refused to move. Even when my arms started making weird clicking noises, I kept doing push-ups.</p> <p>A year and a half later, I started to notice a difference. I was bald...and I had become stronger!</p> <p>In other words, you gotta train like hell to the point where your hair falls out. That is the only way to become strong.</p> </blockquote> <p>--Saitama, One Punch Man episode 3</p>EDC 2016-032016-03-14T17:00:00+00:002016-03-14T17:00:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2016-03-14:2016/03/14/edc-2016-03/<p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25666567442/in/datetaken/" title="EDC Bag"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1554/25666567442_efb9a73bd3_c.jpg" width="800" height="646" alt="EDC Bag"></a></p> <ul> <li>GR1 26l</li> <li>Field Notes notebook</li> <li>Pack of tissues</li> <li>Sharpie marker</li> <li>1.2 litre Klean Kanteen</li> <li>Book (Left of Bang by Patrick Van Horne and John A. Riley)</li> <li>Patagonia Houdini jacket (stuffed into its pocket)</li> <li>Goruck foot care kit with added plasters</li> <li>Improvised trauma kit (Combat Application Tourniquet and Quik Clot)</li> <li>Burt's Bees lip balm and hand salve</li> <li>Goruck Wire Dopp</li> <li>15000mAh power bank</li> <li>Micro USB cable and USB condom</li> <li>3.5mm audio patch cable (for vehicle radio AUX connections)</li> <li>Headphones</li> <li>Network cable and Thunderbolt adapter</li> <li>Satnav, stupidly long mini USB cable and triple USB power adapter</li> </ul>Coffee2016-03-08T18:00:00+00:002016-03-08T18:00:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2016-03-08:2016/03/08/coffee/<p><br/ ><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25345531730/in/datetaken/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1512/25345531730_e82ec012b7_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Untitled"></a>&lt;</p>Motivation2016-02-05T17:40:00+00:002016-02-05T17:40:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2016-02-05:2016/02/05/motivation/<iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/IdTMDpizis8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/redteamsblog/status/695654345619193857">Via @redteamsblog</a>.</p>Rope climbs are fun.2015-12-07T00:00:00+00:002015-12-07T00:00:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2015-12-07:2015/12/07/rope-climbing/<p>Marked improvement in upper body strength. Need to work on foot technique but progress is progress.</p> <iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/QO0lUp6DO1A?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>Credit to Marty for filming.</p>Stuff2015-11-25T20:00:00+00:002015-11-25T20:00:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2015-11-25:2015/11/25/Stuff/<p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/23295458432/in/datetaken/" title="Stuff"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/750/23295458432_bc6d4d77db_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="Stuff" /></a></p> <p>I do stuff. I go places.</p>Semi Skim2015-08-05T19:30:00+01:002015-08-05T19:30:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2015-08-05:2015/08/05/semi-skim/<p>Not <a href="https://flic.kr/p/jG8yUH">full fat</a>, not <a href="https://flic.kr/p/a9t6ag">skim</a>.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/20313655912/in/datetaken/" title="Semi Skim"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5618/20313655912_cbaaf752ac_c.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Semi Skim"></a></p> <p>Semi skim.</p>Not been on the bike for months.2015-08-03T17:15:00+01:002015-08-03T17:15:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2015-08-03:2015/08/03/not-cycling/<p>Shocking behaviour, I know. Needs to change. Went up to the co-op for some salad for dinner in an attempt to arrest the dependence on the Land Rover. Legs are burning, throat is raw. Only a 2km trip. Caught a midge in the eye too. Must get better.</p>Schiehallion Again2015-08-03T09:00:00+01:002015-08-03T09:00:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2015-08-03:2015/08/03/schiehallion-again/<p>A couple of months ago, <a href="http://lynsayshepherd.com">Lynsay</a> and I climbed up <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schiehallion">Schiehallion</a> (my second go, Lynsay's first Munro).</p> <p>Took a few photos, nothing spectacular as there was cloud everywhere.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/19551024342/in/datetaken/" title="Prepped for tomorrow&#x27;s hike up Schiehallion #goruck #bulletruck #bbpack"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/457/19551024342_36533c4bba_q.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="Prepped for tomorrow&#x27;s hike up Schiehallion #goruck #bulletruck #bbpack"></a> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/19579725012/in/datetaken/" title="Oligatory selfie"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/326/19579725012_522861b024_q.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="Oligatory selfie"></a> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/19400027419/in/datetaken/" title="Cairn at the top"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/258/19400027419_601d4b4588_q.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="Cairn at the top"></a> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/18964047734/in/datetaken/" title="View from the top"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/380/18964047734_f8cf662fe8_q.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="View from the top"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/18964058624/in/datetaken/" title="Pack at the top"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/304/18964058624_faf1a1c7dd_q.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="Pack at the top"></a> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/18965739143/in/datetaken/" title="IMG_20150710_163330"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3678/18965739143_0997519d81_q.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="IMG_20150710_163330"></a> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/19590947381/in/datetaken/" title="Cloud clearing"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/457/19590947381_d6ec6f9fdd_q.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="Cloud clearing"></a> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/19586642965/in/datetaken/" title="Dragonfly"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/437/19586642965_9327b89dfd_q.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="Dragonfly"></a></p>Currently reading "Moods of Future Joys" by Alastair Humphreys.2015-06-26T13:20:00+01:002015-06-26T13:20:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2015-06-26:2015/06/26/moods-of-future-joys/<p>It is the <a href="http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/books/moods-of-future-joys-part-1-riding-into-africa/">first half of his autobiographical account</a> of the 4 years he spent traversing the globe by bicycle on a slim budget of £7000. From London, through Europe, the Middle East and down the east of Africa.</p> <blockquote> <p>Mornings come peacefully on the road. I wake slowly with the daylight, turning in my sleeping bag, adjusting the bundle of clothes that act as my pillow and dozing off once or twice until my head is clear and ready to begin the day. I lie still and listen to the sounds outside my tent. Sometimes birdsong, sometimes whooshing vehicles, sometimes water, sometimes silence. I unzip the tent door and feel the fresh air on my face. I check the weather and particlarly the wind: strong winds can seriously spoil my day.</p> </blockquote>What do you need to survive on the Pacific Crest Trail?2015-06-14T19:00:00+01:002015-06-14T19:00:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2015-06-14:2015/06/14/pct-packing-list/<p>Turns out, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/andy-davidhazy-selfie-hiker-interview-packing-list">not a whole lot</a>.</p> <blockquote> <p>“This was not a typical backpacking or camping trip—there is no real time spent in camp, per say. You’re not sitting around and roasting marshmallows and singing songs. You eat for functional purposes—not for the experience of eating. At the end of the day, all you want to do is set up camp and get to sleep so you wake up and do it all over again. So bringing books, Kindles, or other luxury/recreational items that have nothing to do with survival or with walking very clearly becomes superfluous.”</p> </blockquote>Rucking around.2015-05-15T15:20:00+01:002015-05-15T15:20:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2015-05-15:2015/05/15/rucking-around/<p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/17677589912/in/datetaken/" title="Rucking around"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5321/17677589912_aa11cd62dd_c.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Rucking around" /></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/17495992609/in/datetaken/" title="IMG_20150515_141925"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8723/17495992609_dc324729ef_c.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="IMG_20150515_141925" /></a></p>Running downhill2015-04-29T11:03:00+01:002015-04-29T11:03:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2015-04-29:2015/04/29/running-downhill/<p>is one of the best things in the world. So fast and easy. Running on the flats is tolerable to acceptable. Uphill sucks.</p>Minimal EDC2015-04-24T09:03:00+01:002015-04-24T09:03:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2015-04-24:2015/04/24/minimal-edc/<p>Don't need much for daily carry.</p> <ul> <li>Maxpedtion Micro wallet</li> <li>Fenix E12 flashlight</li> <li>Leatherman Wave</li> <li>CountyComm Embassy pen</li> <li>Webbem Traveller</li> <li>Nexus 4 mobile phone</li> </ul> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/17252167881/in/datetaken/" title="Minimal EDC"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8723/17252167881_3620d852bb_c.jpg" width="450" height="800" alt="Minimal EDC" /></a></p>Going South2015-04-18T08:56:00+01:002015-04-18T08:56:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2015-04-18:2015/04/18/going-south/<p>for a week to help a friend spanner on his Land Rover Series 3.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/16562871454/in/datetaken/" title="Going South"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8718/16562871454_b55c79bc40_c.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Going South" /></a></p>Anyone want a pull?2015-02-20T12:39:00+00:002015-02-20T12:39:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2015-02-20:2015/02/20/anyone-want-a-pull/<p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/23050518549/in/album-72157661675379332/" title="New hotness"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/732/23050518549_f0bb2779f6_c.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="New hotness" /></a></p>HAM -> EDI2015-01-01T16:23:00+00:002015-01-01T16:23:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2015-01-01:2015/01/01/ham-edi/<p><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/23393215426/in/album-72157659518140073/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/668/23393215426_4dbfeba31c_c.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Untitled" /></a></p>Deutschland, ich bin in dir.2014-12-26T19:03:00+00:002014-12-26T19:03:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-12-26:2014/12/26/germany-i-am-in-you/EDI -> HAM2014-12-26T14:22:00+00:002014-12-26T14:22:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-12-26:2014/12/26/edi-ham/<p><br /><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/22791534133/in/album-72157659518140073/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5740/22791534133_ddf5a9aa76_c.jpg" width="450" height="800" alt="Untitled" /></a></p>31C3 Packing List2014-12-26T10:51:00+00:002014-12-26T10:51:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-12-26:2014/12/26/31c3-packing-list/<p>I'm headed to Hamburg, Germany for the <a href="https://events.ccc.de/congress/2014/wiki/Main_Page">31st Chaos Communications Congress</a>, a week filled with hacking, geekery and strange German food. Thought I would make a post detailing the kit I am bringing with me since I have never done one before.</p> <p>I was going to bring either my Kifaru Express or the E&amp;E for this trip but I decided to get a new pack. The Express is way too big for the short time I'm away for and I have had issues getting it into a plane overhead locker. The E&amp;E is just a bit too small to fit everything I want to take with me.</p> <p>Enter the <a href="http://www.goruck.com/en/gr0">Goruck GR0</a>. Plenty of room to fit what I need yet not unwieldy.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/22790290624/in/album-72157659518140073/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5720/22790290624_98158f374f_c.jpg" width="450" height="800" alt="Untitled" /></a></p> <ul> <li>Clothes in a Kifaru extra large pullout (2 pairs boxer shorts, 2 pairs socks, 2 tshirts, 1 pair sleeping boxers, merino wool thermal top</li> <li>1.2 litre (40oz) Klean Kanteen</li> <li>Map of Hamburg</li> <li><a href="http://Kevinisageek.org/2014/05/10/i-comissioned-a-field-notes-leather-notebook-cover/" title="I comissioned a Field Notes leather notebook cover">Notebook</a>, Sharpie and passport</li> <li>book</li> <li>USB battery, mini and micro USB cables</li> <li>Laptop and charger with EU plug (UK one in the photo)</li> <li>Kindle (not shown)</li> <li>Spork</li> <li>Self aid kit</li> <li>Towel, hygiene stuff and tissues</li> </ul> <p>On me:</p> <ul> <li>Tshirt, socks, boxers, trousers, hoodie, boots, hat</li> <li>Pen, wallet, phone</li> </ul> <p>Only 2 changes of clothes for a week? Won't you smell? No. The plan is to wash the stuff I wore each day in the shower at the end of the day. Gives me 2 days for everything to dry which is easily doable. Rotate as I go. Trousers can go for a week without being washed though if they get dirty I can wash them and they will be dry in the morning. Gotta love synthetics.</p> <p>Total pack weight: 10kg. <a href="http://packlite.tumblr.com/">Pack light, go fast</a>.</p>Well that was easy2014-12-24T10:26:00+00:002014-12-24T10:26:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-12-24:2014/12/24/well-that-was-easy/<p>On Christmas Day last year, I made the decision to not consume any alcoholic drinks for a year. I am pleased to say that I have managed that goal. Like I thought, it was pretty easy. Five nights of drinking a year to zero is a pretty simple goal to reach.</p> <p>Another year teetotal? Challenge accepted!</p>Joylent: the first batches2014-11-24T10:54:00+00:002014-11-24T10:54:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-11-24:2014/11/24/joylent-the-first-batches/<p>I've had a couple Joylent "meals" so far.</p> <p>First one was weak. I don't think I put in enough powder. Barely any chocolate flavour but still had a bit of the Weetabix dregs texture.</p> <p>Second meal last night was much better. More pronounced flavour. I think I added more powder and gave it a good mix with a hand blender.</p> <p>Third meal will be consumed for lunch today. I actually measured it out. One bag contains 515-520 grams of powder. I went with the high end and split into three which gives just over 173g of powder in the mixer bottle. Whisked that up and topped up to 600ml with water. Took a couple of sips and it has improved again.</p>Joylent: Unboxing2014-11-22T10:44:00+00:002014-11-22T10:44:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-11-22:2014/11/22/joylent-unboxing/<p>if you have been on the internet the past couple of years, you will have heard of <a href="http://www.soylent.me/">Soylent</a>. Not the stuff made from people but the nutritionally complete meal replacement milkshake stuff. Well, I wanted to get my hands on some. Sadly, they don't ship outside America. This left a few options.</p> <p>I could have it remailed at a hefty cost, about the price of the Soylent itself. No go. I could go across and bring some back but attempting to get a box of white powder across borders would prove very interesting. Last option was <a href="http://diy.soylent.me/">DIY</a>.</p> <p>Enter <a href="http://www.joylent.eu/">Joylent</a>. The European answer to Soylent. Reformulated to match EU nutritional guidelines and only 5 Euros to ship to the UK from The Netherlands. I promptly placed an order.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/11/wpid-wp-1416648279480.jpeg"><img alt="wpid-wp-1416648279480.jpeg" src="/images/2014/11/wpid-wp-1416648279480.jpeg" /></a>100%+ of the recommended daily intake of everything.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/11/wpid-wp-1416648273781.jpeg"><img alt="wpid-wp-1416648273781.jpeg" src="/images/2014/11/wpid-wp-1416648273781.jpeg" /></a>Pretty much a box of powder.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/11/wpid-wp-1416648268380.jpeg"><img alt="wpid-wp-1416648268380.jpeg" src="/images/2014/11/wpid-wp-1416648268380.jpeg" /></a>As I am a first time customer, they sent out a mixer bottle. Already have one for making up protein shakes for lifting but its a nice touch.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/11/wpid-wp-1416648262400.jpeg"><img alt="wpid-wp-1416648262400.jpeg" src="/images/2014/11/wpid-wp-1416648262400.jpeg" /></a>The Joylent itself. Looks like milkshake powder. The packaging has since been <a href="https://twitter.com/joylentshake/status/535751541060538369">upgraded to nifty looking bags</a>. One bag equals one day of food. Ten bags in the box. Three meals per bag so 30 meals.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/11/wpid-wp-1416648252416.jpeg"><img alt="wpid-wp-1416648252416.jpeg" src="/images/2014/11/wpid-wp-1416648252416.jpeg" /></a>Oil is supplied in these containers. Two of them in the box. One little tub per day. Not a fan of how the oil is packaged, looks prone to leaking.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/11/wpid-wp-1416648245357.jpeg"><img alt="wpid-wp-1416648245357.jpeg" src="/images/2014/11/wpid-wp-1416648245357.jpeg" /></a>If nothing else, I won't starve for a few days. Could make for good backpacking food, simple to prepare and doesn't require any fuel. Also good for emergency rations though I am unsure about the lifespan of the oil.</p> <p>I plan to have one or two Joylent meals a day. Not going full time for now.</p> <p>Suppose I better make up a batch to try it.</p>Walking billboard2014-11-15T11:59:00+00:002014-11-15T11:59:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-11-15:2014/11/15/walking-billboard/<p><a href="https://tripleaughtdesign.com/">Triple Aught Design</a> make good kit so its worth it.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/11/wpid-wp-1416049067073.jpeg"><img alt="image" src="/images/2014/11/wpid-wp-1416049067073.jpeg" title="wp-1416049067073" /></a></p>Tolerance and Acceptance2014-10-16T13:09:00+01:002014-10-16T13:09:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-10-16:2014/10/16/tolerance-and-acceptance/<p>Last week, one of the folk in an IRC channel I hang out in (#r4nger5 on freenode) came out as being transgender. The single negative comment? Your room is a bit messy.</p> <p>Tolerance and acceptance, we has it.</p>[Hipster nerdiness intensifies]2014-10-01T10:59:00+01:002014-10-01T10:59:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-10-01:2014/10/01/hipster-nerdiness-intensifies/<p><a href="/images/2014/10/wpid-wp-1412157444902.jpg"><img alt="image" src="/images/2014/10/wpid-wp-1412157444902.jpg" title="wp-1412157444902.jpg" /></a></p>Made it to Chicago.2014-08-11T21:30:00+01:002014-08-11T21:30:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-08-11:2014/08/11/made-it-to-chicago/<p>Long day, still got more to go. Bloody timezones.</p>GLA -> DUB2014-08-11T08:05:00+01:002014-08-11T08:05:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-08-11:2014/08/11/gla-dub/<p><a href="/images/2014/08/wpid-wp-1407740690606.jpg"><img alt="image" src="/images/2014/08/wpid-wp-1407740690606.jpg" title="wp-1407740690606.jpg" /></a></p>Loch Leven by Bicycle2014-07-30T15:35:00+01:002014-07-30T15:35:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-07-30:2014/07/30/loch-leven-by-bicycle/<iframe src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/1F9BC8DbMDs?rel=0" width="853" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>Rule 10 is in effect2014-07-21T22:44:00+01:002014-07-21T22:44:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-07-21:2014/07/21/rule-10-is-in-effect/<p>Not <a href="http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Rules%20Of%20The%20Internet">those rules</a>, <a href="http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/">these rules</a>. Pushed a bit harder on my commute to and from work today and got my quickest times yet. Getting less crap at this bike thing.</p>So I did2014-07-08T09:25:00+01:002014-07-08T09:25:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-07-08:2014/07/08/so-i-did/<blockquote> <p>07:40 &lt; IronAngel&gt; I'm horny drunk and mean spirited, and you can quote me on that</p> </blockquote> <p>#r4nger5 on freenode</p>Accessorising2014-07-04T11:40:00+01:002014-07-04T11:40:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-07-04:2014/07/04/accessorising/<p><a href="/images/2014/07/wpid-wp-1404470229227.jpg"><img alt="image" src="/images/2014/07/wpid-wp-1404470229227.jpg" title="wp-1404470229227.jpg" /></a></p> <p>Klean Kanteen in a bottle cage on my bike. Shame they don't make cages for the larger bottles.</p>Wherein we find out about the author's inability to follow instructions2014-06-19T21:56:00+01:002014-06-19T21:56:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-06-19:2014/06/19/wherein-we-find-out-about-the-authors-inability-to-follow-instructions/<p>So I've been thinking that I really should learn Lisp. A nice programming language unlike any other I have seen. <a href="http://clojure.org/">Clojure</a> is one dialect of Lisp which is targeted at the JVM and .NET CLR. A quick search of the Youtubes revealed <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVd4ow-ZcX0">a decent video introducing Clojure with a practical example</a> and a quick touch on <a href="http://leiningen.org/">Leningen</a>.</p> <p>I started going along with the video a couple days ago when I hit a snag. Errors about not finding files, no such namespace etc. The versions of the libraries I was using were quite old, was that the issue? Has the syntax changed?. The answer is a lot more depressing.</p> <p><code>(defroutes (GET "/" request (homepage request)) (GET "/:id" [id] (redirect id)))</code></p> <p>Can you see the issue? I coudn't.</p> <p><code>(defroutes myroutes (GET "/" request (homepage request)) (GET "/:id" [id] (redirect id)))</code></p> <p>I missed a single argument from (defroutes). Literally could have put any old ascii string in there and it would have worked.</p> <p>2.</p> <p>Sodding.</p> <p>Days.</p> <p>Remember kids, when copying code from a video, make sure to get it all.</p>Video from Craigowl Hill2014-06-06T10:52:00+01:002014-06-06T10:52:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-06-06:2014/06/06/video-from-craigowl-hill/<p>Scott got some of our rambling on camera while we walked up Craigowl Hill. Can't see much due to the weather unfortunately.</p> <iframe src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/06SDtPsh_ZY?rel=0" width="853" height="380" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>View from the top2014-06-05T20:13:00+01:002014-06-05T20:13:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-06-05:2014/06/05/view-from-the-top/<p><a href="/images/2014/06/wpid-wp-1401995209756.jpeg"><img alt="image" src="/images/2014/06/wpid-wp-1401995209756.jpeg" title="wp-1401995209756" /></a></p> <p>Weather isn't so good. Yay Scotland.</p>There is something about paper maps2014-06-05T15:40:00+01:002014-06-05T15:40:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-06-05:2014/06/05/there-is-something-about-paper-maps/<p>Don't know what it is but electronic maps just don't compare.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/06/wpid-wp-1401978877163-e1401979271132.jpg"><img alt="wpid-wp-1401978877163.jpg" src="/images/2014/06/wpid-wp-1401978877163-e1401979271132-300x225.jpg" /></a></p>Going to EMF!2014-06-03T12:26:00+01:002014-06-03T12:26:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-06-03:2014/06/03/going-to-emf/<p>Just bought my ticket for <a href="https://www.emfcamp.org/">ElectroMagnetic Field</a>. Gonna have intensely nerdy fun in a field.</p>Started reading The Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross.2014-05-17T23:35:00+01:002014-05-17T23:35:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-05-17:2014/05/17/started-reading-the-apocalypse-codex-by-charles-stross/<p>First dead tree fiction book in several years. More occult computing FTW!</p> <p>I swear I'll stop with The Laundry Files stuff at some point.</p>Colin Furze has done it again2014-05-15T16:50:00+01:002014-05-15T16:50:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-05-15:2014/05/15/colin-furze-has-done-it-again/<p>Wolverine claws actuated by compressed air.</p> <iframe src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/fVBCFGebqTg?rel=0" width="853" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> <iframe src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/sdcGek-NoFQ?rel=0" width="853" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>Crossing the border between geek and nerd2014-05-14T10:39:00+01:002014-05-14T10:39:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-05-14:2014/05/14/crossing-the-border-between-geek-and-nerd/<p>This makes me happy.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/05/wpid-wp-1400060267885.jpg"><img alt="image" src="/images/2014/05/wpid-wp-1400060267885.jpg" title="wp-1400060267885.jpg" /></a></p>I comissioned a Field Notes leather notebook cover2014-05-10T10:49:00+01:002014-05-10T10:49:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-05-10:2014/05/10/i-comissioned-a-field-notes-leather-notebook-cover/<p>Field Notes notebooks are among the best notebooks currently made. Good quality paper, fits in my pocket very well and are just a pleasure to write on. Sadly, the paper cover doesn't stand up well to minor abuse. A cover is needed to give some protection.</p> <p>Field Notes make a couple of leather products to fufill this requirement but given that they are at the \$80+ price point I decided against one of those. Far too much money for a few bits of leather stitched together. Ebay was the same.</p> <p>My buddy <a href="https://twitter.com/Drayygon">Drayygon</a> has been doing a few bits of leatherwork for a couple years now so I asked about the possibility of commissioning him to make a cover. For the princely sum of £15 I am pleased.</p> <p>It is a simple affair with 3 leather panels stitched together to hold the cover to the notebook. No faff, no extra guff.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/05/wpid-wp-1399714689637.jpg"><img alt="wpid-wp-1399714689637.jpg" src="/images/2014/05/wpid-wp-1399714689637-225x300.jpg" /></a> <a href="/images/2014/05/wpid-wp-1399714718500.jpg"><img alt="wpid-wp-1399714703967.jpg" src="/images/2014/05/wpid-wp-1399714703967-300x225.jpg" /></a> <a href="/images/2014/05/wpid-wp-1399714718500.jpg"><img alt="wpid-wp-1399714718500.jpg" src="/images/2014/05/wpid-wp-1399714718500-300x225.jpg" /></a>Even still fits in the slot pockets on my TAD trousers. Little tight but will get in. Cheers Drayygon!</p>Land Rover Diaries EP 42014-05-04T21:25:00+01:002014-05-04T21:25:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-05-04:2014/05/04/land-rover-diaries-ep-4/<p>Well it is here sooner than I thought. Featuring random ramblings going over a hill.</p> <iframe src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/hKJ3T8chKs8?rel=0" width="853" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>Outside!2014-05-04T16:18:00+01:002014-05-04T16:18:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-05-04:2014/05/04/outside/<p>A few days ago my friend <a href="http://baconstrip.org.uk/">Scott</a> and I made a couple of videos.</p> <p>This one is about stoves and whatnot.</p> <iframe src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/AgrH_APLAUI?rel=0" width="853" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> <p>This one is about the fire kit I threw together the night before. </p> <iframe src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/fZWYr6V3c5c?rel=0" width="853" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> <p>This will hopefully be a semi-intermittent thing, especially now that we have 2 cameras for capture. Recorded some stuff today so expect that in the near future.</p>Oh yes, I do like this book2014-04-29T16:11:00+01:002014-04-29T16:11:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-04-29:2014/04/29/oh-yes-i-do-like-this-book/<blockquote> <p>Teacher - Dr. Vohlman - has rolled an archaic test bench in; it looks like a couple of Tesla coils fucking a Wheatstone bridge next to what I swear is a distributor hub nicked from an old Morris Minor.</p> </blockquote>When geeks and occultism collide2014-04-29T09:30:00+01:002014-04-29T09:30:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-04-29:2014/04/29/when-geeks-and-occultism-collide/<blockquote> <p>Yes, its a pentacle. Yes, he's using a fifty kilovolt HT power supply and some mucking great capacitors to drive the laser. Yes, that's a flayed goatskin on the coat rack and a half-eaten pizza whirling round at 33 rpm on the Linn Sondek turntable. This is what you get when you live with Pinky and the Brain: I said it was a geek house and we all work in the Laundry, so we are talking about geek houses for very esoteric - indeed, occult - values of geek.</p> <p>-- Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives</p> </blockquote> <p>I think I'm gonna like this book.</p>Bike Power2014-04-04T13:15:00+01:002014-04-04T13:15:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-04-04:2014/04/04/bike-power/<p>A good year ago I bought a cheap dynamo from eBay. The lights that came with it were utter garbage and I chucked them. The dynamo got installed and left to linger on the bike.</p> <p>Over the past couple weeks, I have been tinkering around with the idea of getting the dynamo running and producing useful power for when I'm riding. The first generation system was simply a bridge rectifier and the largest capacitor I had in my parts crate. Pedalling by hand produced a healthy 20+ volts with no load attached.</p> <p>Yesterday, my buddy Scott and I had a day off and it was decided that this project would step up a gear. We decided that the best course of action would be to get a proper power supply setup rather than a cobbled together mish-mash amalgamation of random components. There are a number of things suitable for power generation but nothing really suited 100%. We decided that <a href="http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/k18231a-power-supply-kit-ve58n">a kit from Maplin</a> was the best route to go down. It provides for potential expansion in the future, just need to swap out the regulator. Currently it is capped at 1 amp at 5 volts. If I decide I want more amps, it will cost about £2 to upgrade. Not bad.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/04/IMG_20140403_140058.jpg"><img alt="IMG_20140403_140058" src="/images/2014/04/IMG_20140403_140058-300x225.jpg" /></a>We opted to alter the configuration of the components from the kit defaults. The large capacitor is moved off to the side so that it will fit in the project box and the regulator is now fitted outside the box with a heatsink for better cooling.</p> <p>After fiddling with the adjustment potentiometer (tiny movements are needed to get to the right voltage) and testing with a sacrificial device, we test rode the setup.</p> <iframe src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/bisLBVJdwU4?rel=0" height="480" width="853" allowfullscreen frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>Need to get the box fastened down properly and everything tidied up, as well as get a proper mount for my phone but for all intents and purposes, job done! Not bad for an afternoon's work.</p>2014 is the year of vagabonding2014-03-13T12:49:00+00:002014-03-13T12:49:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-03-13:2014/03/13/2014-is-the-year-of-vagabonding/<p>Lots of travelling going on this year. First up, I'm camping in <a href="http://www.gallowayforestpark.com/">Galloway forest</a> for a week in May. Then in August I'm headed to Illinois to meet up with some folks to head down to Indiana for <a href="http://www.gencon.com/">Gencon</a>. The week after that is <a href="http://wiki.emfcamp.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_Field_2014">Electromagnetic Field 2014</a>. Then if I can get the time off from work, I will be going to the next Chaos Communications Congress in Germany.</p> <p>Good times.</p>I think I have a minor Triple Aught Design addiction2014-03-12T11:29:00+00:002014-03-12T11:29:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-03-12:2014/03/12/i-think-i-have-a-minor-triple-aught-design-addiction/<p>Now own 2 pairs of TAD trousers. Force 10 AC to be precise, tan and grey colours. Best. Trousers. EVER! Hell, I may retire my DPM trousers.</p> <p>Bought them from <a href="http://www.heinnie.com/Clothing/TAD-Gear-/c-1-461-1040/">Hennie Haynes</a> who I cannot praise enough. Ordered yesterday at about 3pm, arrived at about 10am this morning. They are bloody quick at processing orders and they nearly always arrive next day. Even with free shipping.</p> <p>Now, if I could get them in navy blue so I can use them for work instead of the naff trousers provided.</p>Field Notes don't like being laundered2014-03-11T15:53:00+00:002014-03-11T15:53:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-03-11:2014/03/11/field-notes-dont-like-being-laundered/<p>Field Notes don't like being laundered</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/03/wpid-wp-1394549450633.jpg"><img alt="image" src="/images/2014/03/wpid-wp-1394549450633.jpg" title="wp-1394549450633.jpg" /></a></p>New bike hardware2014-03-03T14:54:00+00:002014-03-03T14:54:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-03-03:2014/03/03/new-bike-hardware/<p>Got a rear pannier (which will act as a mudguard), front mudguard and a decent pump.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/03/IMG_20140303_133115.jpg"><img alt="IMG_20140303_133115" src="/images/2014/03/IMG_20140303_133115-300x225.jpg" /></a>Bike is looking sexy. Plus I can cycle in the rain without getting my arse soaked by water thrown up by the rear wheel.</p>I fail at subkeys2014-03-01T12:04:00+00:002014-03-01T12:04:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-03-01:2014/03/01/i-fail-at-subkeys/<p>My buddy Scott and myself have been trying to get his GPG system set up. Signing to him works, he can sign mails to me, I can encrypt mail to him. He can't send encrypted mails to me.</p> <p>Long story short, my encryption subkey expired a few months ago. In my defence, "expires" and "expired" look bloody similar in a monospaced font on a terminal. I've extended the expiry date.<br /> <a href="http://Kevinisageek.org/gpg-public-key/" title="GPG Public Key">Grab my updated key here</a> or do <code>gpg --recv-keys BAF45865</code> to update.</p>Colin Furze is at it again2014-02-27T17:27:00+00:002014-02-27T17:27:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-02-27:2014/02/27/colin-furze-is-at-it-again/<p>This time its a mobility scooter that will do 60mph.</p> <iframe src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/u6arzfzwqyo" height="480" width="853" allowfullscreen frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>The man is mental.</p>sshuttle2014-02-26T00:05:00+00:002014-02-26T00:05:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-02-26:2014/02/26/sshuttle/<p>A couple of my friends have been playing about with getting VPNs running. I have tried to do similar in the past but never got it to work very well. However, while skiving at work, I came across <a href="https://github.com/apenwarr/sshuttle">sshuttle</a> which is sort of a transparent proxy, ssh tunnel and VPN all rolled into one nice package.</p> <p>The neat thing about sshuttle is it doesn't require much setup. All it requests of your endpoint is ssh access as a regular user and the ability to run python. Locally you need python and root or sudo privileges as it manipulates your iptables rules to get the job done.</p> <p>The really neat thing is you can get it to capture your DNS requests so that an eavesdropper can't tell what addresses you are looking up.</p> <div class="highlight"><pre>sshuttle --dns -r username@sshserver 0/0 </pre></div> <p>is the command to use once you install it. You can add -v flags to make it more verbose but it is already quite verbose as it is.</p> <p>The one drawback I have found is that it doesn't use my ssh keys very easily. As it runs as root, the root user has no access to my ssh keys and wants the password to login to the remote machine. You can pass it the ssh invocation to use your keyring but if you have that password protected like I have (a good idea), it requests the password for that. Thus, you still have to type in a password no matter what you do.</p> <p>Its a small drawback, especially seeing as it protects your traffic from eavesdroppers right up to your remote machine. Very handy for hostile (publicly accessible) networks.</p>Reading TFM does work.2014-02-24T15:23:00+00:002014-02-24T15:23:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-02-24:2014/02/24/reading-tfm-does-work/<p><a href="http://Kevinisageek.org/2014/02/22/i-need-to-rtfm/" title="I need to rtfm">Fixed my bike</a>. At least it shifts between all 3 ranges now, albeit with some delay at times. No chain rub though which was the reason for the faffing. Time to get my cycling on!</p>Better the devil you know?2014-02-23T20:30:00+00:002014-02-23T20:30:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-02-23:2014/02/23/better-the-devil-you-know/<p>Independence.</p> <p>Conjures up visions of bloody struggle and violent revolution. But this isn't Ukraine or Venezuela. The streets don't run red with the blood of people fighting for their lives.</p> <p>No, this is altogether a much less violent affair. A bunch of middle aged men and women having <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/13/us-britain-scotland-idUSBREA1C00B20140213">childish arguments</a> about the future of a nation.</p> <p>As someone who lives north of the imaginary line in the ground that divides this island, I am frequently asked what I think of the whole deal. How will I vote?</p> <p>Honestly? I have no idea.</p> <p>I am fairly anarchist leaning and as a result, I would like power to be moved more towards the individual. Independence would be a step in that direction. Not being governed by a group that allows the Church of England to have a say in folk's lives does appeal to me.</p> <p>However, ideology is not the best thing to make such a decision on. Can Scotland survive being split from the rest of the UK? Do we have the economic power to make it? Oil won't last forever and the shipyards certainly aren't making boats any time soon.</p> <p>The Scottish Parliament (Alex Salmond and co) seems to think we can. They have produced <a href="https://scotgov.theapsgroupinscotland.com/">a rather weighty book</a> which can be delivered for free for you to have a read. My Dad got a copy and when I had a flick through, it was dripping with fervent nationalism from the first page.</p> <p>[caption id="attachment_339" align="aligncenter" width="225"]<a href="/images/2014/02/IMG_20140223_192312.jpg"><img alt="The Propaganda Brick. You could build a house with these." src="/images/2014/02/IMG_20140223_192312-225x300.jpg" /></a> The Propaganda Brick. You could build a house with these.[/caption]</p> <p>I do know one thing. If Scotland does get independence, it will make my trips to Yorkshire a hassle. The Tories have said they will institute border controls which will undoubtedly make things very difficult. The economic losses from the time taken for lorries to cross the border alone will make life more interesting.</p> <p>The other issue I have with gaining independence is that the Prime Minister will be Alex Salmond. I really do not want that smug face on TV for months. The man is an arse. His sole platform for years has been "independence will fix everything". OK, maybe a little artistic licence has been taken but you get the point.</p> <p>I also take issue with allowing those 16 and over to vote on the matter as opposed to the usual 18 or over. I don't know about you but I don't trust 16 year olds to act in a rational matter on this subject. You just know they are gonna broadcast <a href="http://https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braveheart_%281995_film%29">Bravehart</a> the night before the referendum to whip them up and "fight back against the English, innit?" or whatever the current vernacular is.</p> <p>I still haven't made up my mind. Do I go with the same old garbage from London or do I try the new possible garbage from Edinburgh? Middle road of not voting at all?</p> <p>I'm interested in what you think of the whole thing. Contact me in the usual places or leave a comment below.</p>I need to rtfm2014-02-22T11:37:00+00:002014-02-22T11:37:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-02-22:2014/02/22/i-need-to-rtfm/<p>Bike can only do low and medium range. Think I fanneyed about too much.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/02/wpid-wp-1393064729903.jpg"><img alt="image" src="/images/2014/02/wpid-wp-1393064729903.jpg" title="wp-1393064729903.jpg" /></a></p>My name is Kevinus Isageekus2014-02-21T11:04:00+00:002014-02-21T11:04:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-02-21:2014/02/21/my-name-is-Kevinus-isageekus/<blockquote> <p>Owner of a slow moving website, caretaker of a buggered land rover! I will get my geek on in this life, but not the next, as I'm an atheist!</p> </blockquote> <p>--Coined by V, with apologies to Russel Crowe</p> <p>[caption id="attachment_328" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="/images/2014/02/IMG_20140221_095915.jpg"><img alt="Gladius machete, Training Gladius and Lanskey sharpening puck" src="/images/2014/02/IMG_20140221_095915-300x225.jpg" /></a> Gladius machete, Training Gladius and Lanskey sharpening puck[/caption]</p>Home safely on the bike.2014-02-19T19:49:00+00:002014-02-19T19:49:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-02-19:2014/02/19/home-safely-on-the-bike/<p>No breaks, no one ran me over. Still no <a href="http://bikeyface.com/what-is-a-bikeyface/">Bikeyface</a> though.</p> <p>Also need to adjust my brakes, the levers are a bit flappy.</p>Made it to work on the bike2014-02-19T16:26:00+00:002014-02-19T16:26:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-02-19:2014/02/19/made-it-to-work-on-the-bike/<p>Made it to work on the bike without dying. Helmet also fits in my backpack. Great success!</p> <p>Dreading the ride home though. Bloody hill.</p>Finally fused2014-02-19T14:08:00+00:002014-02-19T14:08:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-02-19:2014/02/19/finally-fused/<p>Finally got an inline fuse on my auxiliary electrical stuff. For a long time, the kit has just been protected by the fuse box but if the main power feed were to be shorted, bad things would happen. Until now.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25358267512/in/datetaken/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1633/25358267512_17918b4ae6_z.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25450579046/in/datetaken/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1500/25450579046_b6d55e9af2_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25109160779/in/datetaken/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1663/25109160779_73d0b567f4_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25358277582/in/datetaken/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1656/25358277582_1533e3de2d_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/24846168164/in/datetaken/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1694/24846168164_5c09b26818_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p>Sadly I haven't come up with a proper way of fixing the fuse box in place. It is just pinned in place with the box lid. Works well enough, not like it has any place to move to.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25383866051/in/datetaken/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1586/25383866051_a273016ff2_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p>Only 2 of the relay bases are populated. Room for expansion.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/24850018373/in/datetaken/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1554/24850018373_ea8218bcbe_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p>Much cleaner than the corrugated sleeving that I had running about the place.</p>Bodged!2014-02-14T12:32:00+00:002014-02-14T12:32:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-02-14:2014/02/14/bodged/<p>Well that was relatively easy. Found a bit of wire in my parts crate and soldered it in. Wonder how long before the other traces fail.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25477617325/in/album-72157663079853173/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1604/25477617325_b15b689244_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25477620585/in/album-72157663079853173/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1449/25477620585_2c92be7870_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25110059549/in/album-72157663079853173/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1676/25110059549_3636b8b98e_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p>If its not one thing, its another...2014-02-14T11:47:00+00:002014-02-14T11:47:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-02-14:2014/02/14/if-its-not-one-thing-its-another/<p>Last week one of my sidelights stopped working. Corrosion ate it. That was replaced this morning but the side light indicator light on the dashboard wasn't working. Investigative surgery showed why.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25384581061/in/album-72157664828355950/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1629/25384581061_8a30781ab3_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25358999702/in/album-72157664828355950/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1707/25358999702_1c06fc38fd_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25358998422/in/album-72157664828355950/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1699/25358998422_e4bd0c6435_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p>More corrosion. The joys.</p>We are dreamers, shapers, singers, and makers2014-02-13T10:18:00+00:002014-02-13T10:18:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-02-13:2014/02/13/we-are-dreamers-shapers-singers-and-makers/<blockquote> <p>"We are dreamers, shapers, singers, and makers. We study the mysteries of laser and circuit, crystal and scanner, holographic demons and invocation of equations. These are the tools we employ, and we know many things."</p> </blockquote> <p>-- Elric, Babylon 5 Series 2 Episode 3: The Geometry of Shadows</p>Going to Gencon!2014-02-05T15:55:00+00:002014-02-05T15:55:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-02-05:2014/02/05/going-to-gencon/<p>Gonna see all my Illinois buddies and nerd out at a tabletop gaming convention.</p>Just come across the idea of microadventures.2014-01-26T21:39:00+00:002014-01-26T21:39:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-01-26:2014/01/26/microadventures/<p>No trips to the other side of the world, <a href="http://http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/microadventures-2/">instead, going for more local trips</a>. Gotta try this at some point.</p>Rear light bodging2014-01-24T13:39:00+00:002014-01-24T13:39:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2014-01-24:2014/01/24/rear-light-bodging/<p>I have a bike. I don't use it. This needs to change.</p> <p>Problem was, my commute is mostly during the evening and in winter, this is in the dark. So, for legal and safety reasons, I haven't commuted under my own power for a while. Now, I can.</p> <p>[caption id="attachment_264" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_103129.jpg"><img alt="New light" src="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_103129-300x225.jpg" /></a> New light[/caption]</p> <p>I wanted a rear light that used AA batteries so I can standardise on them for all of my kit. I will be migrating to rechargable ones shortly, once my current stash of AA batteries runs out.</p> <p>The problem with this light is there is no real attachment point for it. There are some mouldings on the inside to hold bolts in place but nothing else.</p> <p>[caption id="attachment_266" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_103207.jpg"><img alt="IMG_20140124_103207" src="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_103207-300x225.jpg" /></a> Internal mouldings[/caption]</p> <p>However, the existing reflector on the bike has some sort of bracket holding it on. Wheels began to turn and ideas were formulated.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_103738.jpg"><img alt="IMG_20140124_103738" src="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_103738-300x225.jpg" /></a><a href="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_103930.jpg"><img alt="IMG_20140124_103930" src="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_103930-225x300.jpg" /></a><a href="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_104138.jpg"><img alt="IMG_20140124_104138" src="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_104138-225x300.jpg" /></a>Drilling commenced.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_104900.jpg"><img alt="IMG_20140124_104900" src="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_104900-225x300.jpg" /></a><a href="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_104917.jpg"><img alt="IMG_20140124_104917" src="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_104917-225x300.jpg" /></a><a href="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_105314.jpg"><img alt="IMG_20140124_105314" src="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_105314-225x300.jpg" /></a>Job done.</p> <p><a href="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_105718.jpg"><img alt="IMG_20140124_105718" src="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_105718-300x225.jpg" /></a><a href="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_105732.jpg"><img alt="IMG_20140124_105732" src="/images/2014/01/IMG_20140124_105732-300x225.jpg" /></a>I can now cycle to and from work with less excuse for drivers to hit me. Whether or not they will pay attention is another matter.</p>Children’s Bible Coloring Book of PoC || GTFO Issue 0x022013-12-30T12:21:00+00:002013-12-30T12:21:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-12-30:2013/12/30/childrens-bible-coloring-book-of-poc-or-gtfo-issue-0x02/<p>Children’s Bible Coloring Book of PoC || GTFO Issue 0x02 has been released! <a href="https://corkami.googlecode.com/files/pocorgtfo02.pdf">Get it here</a>, or just ask a neighbour.</p> <p><a href="http://Kevinisageek.org/pocorgtfo/pocorgtfo02.pdf">Mirrored for posterity and neighbourlyness</a>.</p>Triple Aught Design trousers are the shiznit!2013-12-30T12:07:00+00:002013-12-30T12:07:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-12-30:2013/12/30/triple-aught-design-trousers-are-the-shiznit/<p>They really are. So comfortable. Pockets within pockets. Only been wearing them (Force 10 AC cargo in tan btw) for about 10 minutes and I have fallen in love. Well, when I was in America I got a chance to look at the pair that <a href="http://pig-monkey.com">Pig Monkey</a> gave to Avagdu as a wedding gift. Decided then I wanted my own.</p> <p>I ordered through <a href="http://www.heinnie.com/TAD-Gear-/Trousers-&amp;-Shorts/Force-10-AC-Cargo-Trousers/p-1040-1227-8996/">Heinnie Haynes</a> here in the UK, less hassle than ordering direct from America, less customs fees and shipping and whatnot.</p>Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality2013-12-27T23:19:00+00:002013-12-27T23:19:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-12-27:2013/12/27/harry-potter-and-the-methods-of-rationality/<p>Started reading <a href="http://hpmor.com/">Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality</a> again. I had a copy a while ago but it seems to have vanished. For those not in the know, the book is written by Eliezer Yudkowsky  and the <a href="http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/LessWrong_Wiki">LessWrong</a> folk.</p> <p>I'm not normally a fanfiction kind of person, most of the stuff I have heard of tends to be...strange. Slash and suchlike. However, this is actually quite good.</p>I made a thing2013-12-18T12:52:00+00:002013-12-18T12:52:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-12-18:2013/12/18/i-made-a-thing/<p>I just <a href="http://r4nger5.com/2013/12/18/r4nger5-radio-for-2013-12-18/">recorded an episode of R4nger5 Radio</a>. Been a bit of a media drought over there so I thought I would try an experiment in audio recording. Audio quality is a bit rough but hey, its free.</p> <p>Have a listen and tell me if you like it or hate it.</p>Serenity's rear end looks better now2013-12-16T13:14:00+00:002013-12-16T13:14:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-12-16:2013/12/16/serenitys-rear-end-looks-better-now/<p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25358997052/in/album-72157664706966409/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1448/25358997052_d4f7a5ec1b_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25181864990/in/album-72157664706966409/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1545/25181864990_0e306665f1_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/24850737403/in/album-72157664706966409/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1470/24850737403_b8d35af800_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25451324526/in/album-72157664706966409/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1477/25451324526_d84253baaf_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25181876950/in/album-72157664706966409/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1555/25181876950_522c4db7b0_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25384599721/in/album-72157664706966409/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1672/25384599721_aff40f35aa_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Untitled"></a></p>Geeking out over org-mode2013-12-10T21:49:00+00:002013-12-10T21:49:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-12-10:2013/12/10/geeking-out-over-org-mode/<p>Geeking out over Org-mode.</p> <iframe src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/oJTwQvgfgMM" height="480" width="640" allowfullscreen frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>Yeah its old news but it really is the best thing since sliced bread.</p>Well, today could have gone better2013-12-07T17:19:00+00:002013-12-07T17:19:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-12-07:2013/12/07/well-today-could-have-gone-better/<p>I've just finished working on Serenity for the day. I would have been finished hours ago on a job that was supposed to be about 30 seconds long. I was relocating the aux battery ground point to a seatbelt mount to cut down on the amount of wiring running all over the place.</p> <p>I was torquing the nut down to the post when suddenly it got very easy to turn. Lifted the wrench off and saw that the post had sheared.</p> <p>Balls.</p> <p>Of course, being a Land Rover, things are never that simple to fix. If the post was in fact a bolt that could be removed, this 30 second job would have turned into a mere 5 minute job. Sadly, the post is welded into place.</p> <p>Cock.</p> <p>Cue 20 minutes underneath faffing about with the socket set and a spanner removing 2 nuts and bolts that have been covered up with the general crud that accumulates under Land Rovers. Didn't help that I was scraping my knuckles on the outrigger every 10 seconds.</p> <p>Eventually the bolts came out and after a little prying the plate dropped onto my gut, along with more built up crap from behind it. I must have looked a right state getting out from under Serenity.</p> <p>The next task was to grind off the remainder of the post and then drill a new hole for a replacement bolt. Easy enough though my drill bits leave a lot to be desired.</p> <p>Screwfix is a great place to go to get replacement fixings and fittings. Cheap and they do stainless steel nuts and bolts. However, I must have a wee rant about something.</p> <p>Bolts are sold in packs of 10. Washers in packs of 10. Nuts in packs of 100.</p> <p>WHY!!!!</p> <p>What the hell am I gonna do with 100 nuts! I only needed 3! Come on Screwfix, sell nuts in packs of 10! Make it easier for the DIY crowd to get stuff done.</p> <p>Anyway, I have the bits I need and the plate is drying after having rust and crap ground off and a coat of hammerite.  Need to do the other side but that can wait till tomorrow.</p> <p>Land Rover Defender ownership is never easy.</p>Anyone want a tow?2013-12-05T12:01:00+00:002013-12-05T12:01:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-12-05:2013/12/05/anyone-want-a-tow/<p>[caption id="attachment_201" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="/images/2013/12/wpid-wp-1386241023862.jpg"><img alt="Anyone want a pull?" src="/images/2013/12/wpid-wp-1386241023862-300x225.jpg" /></a> Anyone want a tow?[/caption]</p> <p>Arrived just in time, nice 4 meter tow strop and 2 shackles. Want to get my winching on.</p>Bought my ticket for Securi-Tay 32013-12-03T15:34:00+00:002013-12-03T15:34:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-12-03:2013/12/03/bought-my-ticket-for-securi-tay-3/<p>Bought my ticket for <a href="http://securi-tay.co.uk/">Securi-Tay 3</a>. First conference in a while. Looks to be a few good talks too. Hope to see some of you there!</p>Its that time of year again2013-11-30T13:35:00+00:002013-11-30T13:35:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-11-30:2013/11/30/its-that-time-of-year-again/<iframe src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/9QvShuDV3is" height="480" width="853" allowfullscreen frameborder="0"></iframe>Tesco CREE aluminium torch: initial review2013-11-28T12:42:00+00:002013-11-28T12:42:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-11-28:2013/11/28/tesco-cree-aluminium-torch-initial-review/<p>Lighting is important. Without it, you run the risk of falling off a cliff and dying. Along with a knife and a reliable way to make fire, a torch is a very good tool to have on you.</p> <p>The question is, what torch to get? You can pick up a multitude of torches at both ends of the price spectrum, tacticool with insane brightness or cheapo things that barely throw light more than a few meters.</p> <p>[caption id="attachment_173" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="/images/2013/11/wpid-IMG_20131128_111736.jpg"><img alt="Tesco CREE aluminium torch" src="/images/2013/11/wpid-IMG_20131128_111736-300x225.jpg" /></a> Tesco CREE aluminium torch[/caption]</p> <p>For the <a href="http://http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=270576285">princely sum of £10</a> (\~US\$17) you can pick up what seems to be a pretty good torch from the supermarket chain Tesco. As the name states, it has a CREE LED and an aluminium body. There are 2 variants, a 2 AA battery and a 2 D version (which is £15).</p> <p>[caption id="attachment_174" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a href="/images/2013/11/wpid-IMG_20131128_112022.jpg"><img alt="Comparison between the Tesco CREE and Fenix LD20" src="/images/2013/11/wpid-IMG_20131128_112022-e1385638237529-300x225.jpg" /></a> Comparison between the Tesco CREE and Fenix LD20[/caption]</p> <p>Size wise, it is very comparable to the <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fenix-LD20-180-Lumen-Flashlight/dp/B004CXNY3G">Fenix LD20</a>. The Tesco torch is slightly longer -  about a centimetre - and a few millimetres larger in diameter. It is lacking in the features of the Fenix LD20 though. The Fenix boasts 4 levels of light intensity - low, medium, high and turbo - as well as strobe and SOS. The Tesco one just does on and off. Both have lanyard capability but the LD20 has a pocket clip.</p> <p>On the subject of brightness, I was really surprised at how good the Tesco CREE torch is "out of the box".  There is a noticeable difference in brightness between the Tesco and the Fenix with the Tesco one coming out on top. I was really surprised at this. Granted, the Tesco torch had fresh batteries and the Fenix batteries have been in use for a few weeks but there shouldn't be a massive difference. Am wondering if the lack of brightness from the Fenix is due to a battery leaking its guts and corroding things a bit. Need to clean it up properly.</p> <p>Not gonna show photos because I don't have a camera decent enough to capture the performances but trust me, the Tesco CREE is good.</p> <p>Am gonna use the Tesco CREE for a while (planning on using it on my bike) and continue to compare it to the Fenix LD20 but at this point, I think it is a winner.</p>C'mon snow!2013-11-19T12:07:00+00:002013-11-19T12:07:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-11-19:2013/11/19/cmon-snow/<p>C'mon snow! I've got new tyres to test!</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/23419306065/in/album-72157661860451895/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/670/23419306065_5bea74aeee_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p>Now that is a socket2013-11-09T11:53:00+00:002013-11-09T11:53:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-11-09:2013/11/09/now-that-is-a-socket/<p><a href="/images/2013/11/wpid-wp-1383994149665.jpg"><img alt="image" src="/images/2013/11/wpid-wp-1383994149665.jpg" title="wp-1383994149665.jpg" /></a></p> <p>Its massive!</p> <p><a href="/images/2013/11/wpid-wp-1383994182041.jpg"><img alt="image" src="/images/2013/11/wpid-wp-1383994182041.jpg" title="wp-1383994182041.jpg" /></a></p> <p>Britpart, hmmm....</p>Clojure and ponies2013-11-08T14:35:00+00:002013-11-08T14:35:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-11-08:2013/11/08/clojure-and-ponies/<iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/78909065" width="640" height="400" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/78909065">Hands On with Clojure</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user4280938">Øredev Conference</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>Frosty 'Fender2013-11-05T11:17:00+00:002013-11-05T11:17:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-11-05:2013/11/05/frosty-fender/<p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/25476975555/in/datetaken/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1617/25476975555_90fef49d79_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p>Makes me proud to be British2013-10-31T15:44:00+00:002013-10-31T15:44:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-10-31:2013/10/31/makes-me-proud-to-be-british/<iframe width="640" height="480" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/STB4U9zZsa4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>Timelapse Test2013-10-24T10:55:00+01:002013-10-24T10:55:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-10-24:2013/10/24/timelapse-test/<p>I decided to test out the timelapse feature of my new to me GoPro camera. Set to take a picture every 2 seconds. Mounted using a cheapo windscreen mount I got from eBay.</p> <p>To render the video I used this incantation:</p> <div class="highlight"><pre>ffmpeg -r 1/0.5 -pattern_type glob -i &quot;*.JPG&quot; -c:v libx264 timelapse.mp4 </pre></div> <p>The result is below.</p> <iframe src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/Hl1V4TP1X5U?rel=0" width="640" height="480" allowfullscreen frameborder="0"></iframe> <p>Not too shabby.</p>Its been proven that stickers increase boost.2013-10-17T11:29:00+01:002013-10-17T11:29:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-10-17:2013/10/17/its-been-proven-that-stickers-increase-boost/<p>*</p> <p><a href="/images/2013/10/wpid-wp-1382005986651.jpg"><img alt="image" src="/images/2013/10/wpid-wp-1382005986651.jpg" title="wp-1382005986651.jpg" /></a></p> <p>*not actually proven</p>Swapped the genuine air filter in Serenity for a K&N one.2013-10-17T11:03:00+01:002013-10-17T11:03:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-10-17:2013/10/17/swapped-the-genuine-air-filter-in-serenity-for-a-kn-one/<p>Supposedly the last air filter I will ever buy. Hopefully this is true. In any case, it should be cheaper overall given that you can wash them and that will contribute to less landfill.</p>Democrats Vs Republicans2013-10-16T21:10:00+01:002013-10-16T21:10:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-10-16:2013/10/16/democrats-vs-republicans/<blockquote> <p>&lt; mephyt&gt; half retarded with the ability to handle velcro shoes is better than trying to hump peanut butter jars while screaming incoherently</p> </blockquote> <p>I'll let you decide which is which.</p>Got me a GoPro!2013-10-13T21:54:00+01:002013-10-13T21:54:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-10-13:2013/10/13/got-me-a-gopro/<p>Will hopefully start shooting some video.</p>Land Rover stopping Defender production2013-10-10T16:20:00+01:002013-10-10T16:20:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-10-10:2013/10/10/land-rover-stopping-defender-production/<blockquote> <p>"What are they going to make instead? Something with nice seats and too much carpet, probably."</p> </blockquote> <p>-- Viv Wing, from <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24458499">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24458499</a></p>Colin Furze is proper mental2013-10-10T16:11:00+01:002013-10-10T16:11:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-10-10:2013/10/10/colin-furze-is-proper-mental/<p>Colin Furze is proper mental.</p> <iframe src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/6FYZFAuhFV4?rel=0" height="480" width="640" allowfullscreen frameborder="0"></iframe>Proof of Concept or GTFO issue 012013-10-06T19:13:00+01:002013-10-06T19:13:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-10-06:2013/10/06/proof-of-concept-or-gtfo-issue-01/<p>The Right Reverened Pastor Manul Laphroaig has <a href="http://aptfriendfinder.com/friends/pocorgtfo01.pdf">released the 2nd issue of "Proof of Concept or </a><a href="http://aptfriendfinder.com/friends/pocorgtfo01.pdf">GTFO"</a>. While you are reading that, <a href="http://aptfriendfinder.com/friends/pocorgtfo00.pdf">grab the first</a><a href="http://aptfriendfinder.com/friends/pocorgtfo00.pdf">issue too</a>. When you have read both, share them!</p> <blockquote> <p>Because if burning a book is a sin—which it surely is!—then copying of a book is your sacred duty.</p> </blockquote>Blingin'2013-10-04T11:51:00+01:002013-10-04T11:51:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-10-04:2013/10/04/blingin/<p>Got me some new bling! Bring it on winter!</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/23419395225/in/album-72157661860451895/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/765/23419395225_93576c4209_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/23419401435/in/album-72157661860451895/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5715/23419401435_1413cc4d1d_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/23336249811/in/album-72157661860451895/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5749/23336249811_0dc79766f3_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/23419306065/in/album-72157661860451895/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/670/23419306065_5bea74aeee_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/Kevinisageek/23393154266/in/album-72157661860451895/" title="Untitled"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/746/23393154266_565243999b_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Untitled"></a></p>Il Vicino Italian Resteraunt Review2013-09-25T19:42:00+01:002013-09-25T19:42:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-09-25:2013/09/25/il-vicino-italian-resteraunt-review/<p>After a long day out in Albuquerque, some form of sustenance is needed. <a href="http://pig-monkey.com">Pig Monkey</a> found a potential candidate so we made our way there.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ilvicino.com">Il Vicino</a> is an Italian restaurant specialising in pizza but has other stuff available too. The strange thing about the place is that you order and pay for your food before being seated. However, that has the advantage of not needing to hang about waiting for the servers to get your receipt and all that faffing about.</p> <p>We got ourselves seated and began to take in the atmosphere. The major feature is the 2 large fired ovens used for cooking the pizzas and other food. Evidently they cook really quickly because barely 5 minutes after we sat down we had our food on the table. Quick service or what?</p> <p>I can't speak for the others but my sandwich (a Panino Casino) was bloody fantastic. Lots of ham and cheese with a nice side salad. Less than \$10 after tax. It was so good that I left a \$5 tip. Seriously, if you ever find yourself in Albuquerque then get to this place. You will not regret it.</p> <p>Il Vicino, 3403 Central NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106. +1-505-266-7855.</p>You know you're in America when2013-09-18T19:45:00+01:002013-09-18T19:45:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-09-18:2013/09/18/you-know-youre-in-america-when/<p>you get handed a whole bunch of firearms to have a look at just after waking up.</p>Off to New Mexico2013-09-17T16:09:00+01:002013-09-17T16:09:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-09-17:2013/09/17/off-to-new-mexico/<blockquote> <p>Agent Coulson: "I’ve been reassigned; director Fury wants me in New Mexico"<br /> Tony Stark: "Fantastic, land of enchantment"<br /> AC: "That’s what I am told"<br /> TS: "Secret stuff?"<br /> AC: "Something like that"<br /> --Iron Man 2</p> </blockquote>Disabling your trackpad when a mouse is connected2013-08-27T19:43:00+01:002013-08-27T19:43:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-08-27:2013/08/27/disabling-your-trackpad-when-a-mouse-is-connected/<p>Typing on my laptop often has the side effect of touching the trackpad and sending the cursor wildly off and insterting text elsewhere. This is highly irritating when programming. Thankfully there is a simple one line fixfor GNU/Linux systems using udev. Simply add</p> <div class="highlight"><pre>ACTION==&quot;add&quot;, SUBSYSTEM==&quot;input&quot;, KERNEL==&quot;mouse[0-9]&quot;, ENV{DISPLAY}=&quot;:0&quot;, ENV{XAUTHORITY}=&quot;/home/&lt;your username&gt;/.Xauthority&quot;, ENV{ID_CLASS}=&quot;mouse&quot;, ENV{REMOVE_CMD}=&quot;/usr/bin/synclient TouchpadOff=0&quot;, RUN+=&quot;/usr/bin/synclient TouchpadOff=1&quot; </pre></div> <p>to</p> <div class="highlight"><pre>/etc/udev/rules.d/01-touchpad.rules </pre></div> <p>unplug and replug your mouse and you should be good to go.</p> <p><a href="http://https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Synaptics#Disable_touchpad_upon_external_mouse_detection">Source</a>.</p>Just stick it in my butt2013-06-04T15:42:00+01:002013-06-04T15:42:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-06-04:2013/06/04/just-stick-it-in-my-butt/<p>An enterprising fellow has come up with a fantastic Chrome extension which <a href="https://github.com/panicsteve/cloud-to-butt">swaps all</a><a href="https://github.com/panicsteve/cloud-to-butt">occurrences of "the cloud" with "my butt"</a>. Naturally I found that idea to be hilarious.</p> <p>Folk have then gone on to make versions for <a href="https://github.com/logancollins/cloud-to-butt-safari">Safari</a>, <a href="https://github.com/DaveRandom/cloud-to-butt-mozilla">Firefox</a> and <a href="https://github.com/DaveRandom/cloud-to-butt-opera">Opera</a>. Check it out!</p>Be wary of strong drink2013-01-24T15:39:00+00:002013-01-24T15:39:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2013-01-24:2013/01/24/be-wary-of-strong-drink/<blockquote> <p>Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors...and miss</p> </blockquote> <p>--Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love</p>Wombling2012-11-14T15:58:00+00:002012-11-14T15:58:00+00:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2012-11-14:2012/11/14/wombling/<p><a href="/images/2013/11/wombled.jpg"><img alt="wombled" src="/images/2013/11/wombled-300x168.jpg" /></a>For those wondering what the hell this british guy means by wombling, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wombles">The Wombles</a> were a fictional species of anthropomorphic burrowing creatures who reused and recycled human rubbish. Wombling therefore refers to the act of making use of waste that others would simply throw in the bin (or worse, leave on the ground for others to deal with). In this case, I have wombled a large amount of polypropylene rope and several meters of good quality copper wire from a skip.</p> <p><a href="/images/2013/11/good_copper.jpg"><img alt="good_copper" src="/images/2013/11/good_copper-300x168.jpg" /></a><br /> Who in their right mind throws away mains thickness copper?! At the very least, it could be scrapped for cash. </p> <p><a href="/images/2013/11/frayed.jpg"><img alt="frayed" src="/images/2013/11/frayed-300x168.jpg" /></a></p> <p>The rope hasn't been cared for particularly well. I will need to get the ends whipped to prevent further fraying. Its nowhere near recovery grade so no towing or winching but it will be useful for tying down stuff.  Free cordage is always a good thing.</p> <p>Its worth keeping an eye out for things that have been discarded that could be of use. As the saying goes, one man's garbage is another's treasure.</p>UK Self Defence2012-10-10T15:44:00+01:002012-10-10T15:44:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2012-10-10:2012/10/10/uk-self-defence/<blockquote> <p>11:57 &lt; IronAngel&gt; the example further down of picking up a brick to fend off an attacker<br /> 11:57 &lt; IronAngel&gt; soon you will have to have a letter from the home office to buy bricks<br /> 11:57 &lt; kevinisageek&gt; true story</p> </blockquote>Predator Archive2012-07-24T19:31:00+01:002012-07-24T19:31:00+01:00Kevintag:kevinisageek.org,2012-07-24:2012/07/24/predator-archive/<p>Thought I would throw up a copy of some interesting files written by Michael Carlton aka Predator. He was a rather influential dude from Sydney, Australia who was involved in several underground media projects and a whole bunch of other stuff. Alas, he is no more, having passed nearly a decade ago. Information on the guy is surprisingly sparse, the main project he was involved with, http://cat.org.au is offline so information cannot be gleaned there.</p> <p>However, all is not lost. I managed to get what is essentially a dump of his home folder (<a href="/misc/predarchive.tar">predarchive</a>) from my mate Harlequin, who I believe was connected to Pred in some way. I have also just stumbled on the book which is mentioned in various places, <a href="/misc/pred.txt.pdf">Pred.txt</a>(not actually .txt but .pdf).</p> <p>Go have a read, if you are anything like me, you will enjoy and want more.</p>