Taxes done.

I finished my tax return today. I’ve not submitted it yet, so I can have a look over it tomorrow and check I’ve not done anything stupid.

I also decided to try and get some decent photos of me with the tattoo and my recently reinstated piercings. I’ve even started to gel my hair back up!

I don’t mind this kind of mid life crisis.

Just call me Ragnar

A couple of days ago I was described as “Viking” looking. That is pretty ironic because about 60% of my ancestry can be traced back to Scandinavia and both my body shape and proportions are associated with cold climates.

You’ll notice my piercings are back. They never really heal once you’ve had them done. I got mine when I was a teenager.

100,000 dead

Live Aid had two main events – London and Philadelphia. The London event held approximately 80,000; the Philadelphia event just over 100,000 due to the venue being much larger than Wembley at the time (it was held at the old Twin Towers Wembley which was a predominantly a football venue).

The Philadelphia event photo above shows what 100,000 people looks like in a stadium.

100,000 is the number of dead from COVID-19 after Tory policy has failed. That’s what the Tories have killed.

So why does Boris Johnson still have a job?

What’s in my bag, 2021

Years ago I used to carry a bag with me containing laptops, battery bricks, cables, in fact loads of stuff! They weighed a tonne but it was what I needed. Nowadays, however, my “bag” is variable depending on what I intend to do. These are the items that go in my full size travel bag; but obviously I do change from day to day and sometimes by bag read pockets.

1. Top left – T-Core power brick. It’s a decent two charge brick with USB C support. I also have larger bricks for weekends but this one is a good daytrip one.

2. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra phone – the powerhouse of my setup. The reason I don’t carry a laptop everywhere.

3. Cheerdots “Cheerpod” (with it’s case and USB C cable) – A Kickstarter I backed for an air mouse/desk mouse combination. It turned out to be a great little device and it can replace both a presentation controller and a mouse; plus it’s a USB C charger.

4. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live (the beans) – I have very small ear canals and these fit great. I can wear them for a few hours without even realising I’ve got them in. Plus because they’re not “in the ear canal” I don’t get the perpetual ear infections I get with regular in ears.

5. Andoer LED video light – a multi function full RGB video light and emergency battery bank. Great for the never ending live streams and video chats we have these days. Superb for throwing effects onto photos and multi directional lighting.

It has a 4500 mAh battery bank built in which is a great saviour too.

Finally, the thing I get asked most about is the keyboard.

6. LG Rolly 2 – a roll up keyboard. Of the portable keyboards I own this one is the best to type on. It’s great on a flat surface. The length of it can be a bit off-putting as it is about a foot long rolled up, but it fits inside my coat pocket and I don’t notice it’s there.

It even fits in a jeans pocket… Sort of. But you might not want to sit down. These are some of my looser fit leather jeans and the pockets are quite big. I dread to try this with my slim fit latest pair.

So that’s the contents of my bag. Tiny isn’t it! I often keep it in a retro Gameboy Advance case although the keyboard is the issue here – I do a have different folding keyboard that fits in there but I’ve never found one as nice to type on.

Perhaps in a few years it will change again, but for now it’s been stable for quite a long time.

3 inches of snow.

We had a bit of a fall today. It started at about 8 am and didn’t really stop until the early evening.

I got caught in very heavy traffic on the way home from work though, plus a few idiots who really didn’t understand the laws of physics got themselves stuck on slight gradients.

Anyone venturing out in snow should be prepared and I think a minimum of winter tyres should be expected.

Most drivers don’t even understand how to start their vehicle moving, so I presume I’m expecting too much.

Annoying…

I had a faulty fire alarm panel recently. When I contacted the manufacturer they asked me to return the base card for repair.

I did this; and when it came back from them all the green terminal blocks which are used to connect cables in had been removed. Luckily I had just enough to finish the job but I had to cannibalise my programming lead.

Luckily in my workshop I have a dead fire panel with most of the connectors still in the box so I was able to perform a repair. I’ve since hot glued the connectors to try and give them a little strain relief.

The afternoon finished with horrible rain. It’s now absolutely throwing it down and we have possible rain or snow forecast for tomorrow.