Going Under

This blog will be going offline for a little while shortly, as I'm moving house. The blog runs off a Raspberry Pi in my house, and since the new house won't have internet for a good week or so after the move, it will be perforce offline (and probably in a box). Which means that you won't be able to read this. If you can, then i) I haven't moved yet, or ii) I haven't got internet in the new house yet. Should be back online early-to-mid-December. As you were.…

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Clive's Album of the Year, 2014

2014 was the International Year of Crystallography, of Family Farming, of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and of Small Island Developing States. So now you know. I turned 40, lost my Mum but gained a son, lost a wonderful cat, but gained four more. A mixed bag there, then. Ebola broke out in West Africa, Belgium legalised euthanasia, Russia annexed Crimea, Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 Flight MH370 disappeared, Boko Haram kidnapped ~276 girls and women from a school and killed ~300 people in a single night in the towns of Gamboru and Ngala, another Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot…

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Albums of the Year, 1993-2013 recap

So when I launched this blog, 3 years ago this month, it was mainly because I had discovered the wonder of the Raspberry Pi and wanted an excuse to buy one (that wasn't bitcoin mining) so a blog server seemed like a good idea. But also, I used to blog a lot. In retrospect I suppose I was never that prolific, but I have been at this a long time. Long in web years, anyway. My first "online journal" (as we called them before the word weblog had even been coined) started in 1998 or so, and was manually written…

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Clive's Album of the Year 1993

1993 was the last year of my teens. I'd been playing guitar long enough to think I was pretty good, although that was wrong. In the first three days of this year alone, Czechoslovakia ceased to exist (becoming the Czech Republic and Slovakia), TV-am and TVS were replaced by GMTV and Meridian respectively (I lived in the south-east so those were the TV channels I knew), and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine began. A heady start to the year! Clinton (Mr) replaced Bush (Senior) as POTUS, James Bulger (a kid) was abducted and killed (by kids), Waco happened, there was…

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Clive's Album of the Year 1994

In 1994 apartheid ended in South Africa with the election of Nelson Mandela as the first multiracially and democratically elected president of that country. Orenthal James Simpson was arrested on multiple murder charges despite his excellent appearances in the Naked Gun movies. The cinema gave us Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction. The first passengers travelled through the Channel Tunnel and Michael Schumacher won his first F1 World Championship. If you think the death toll in 2016 has been bad, consider that in 1994 we lost The Joker, Kojak, Bill Hicks, John Candy, Kurt Cobain, Richard Nixon, Ayrton…

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That creaking sound you hear...

...is this blog trying to live. I'm not promising to post much, but I am at least trying to get the thing working again. This blog lives on a Raspberry Pi in my house. It runs on the excellent Ghost. I got it running using the latest version of Ghost at the time, which was v0.6.0, and then left it. I posted stuff, I tweaked the theme, it worked. Then I just stopped posting, because that's what happens. Blogging always goes in phases. But one day I went into the admin interface and saw that Ghost was now…

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Reports of my...

...etc etc. You know how it is. Blogging comes and goes in phases. I used to be pretty prolific – hell I was doing this in 1998 before the word blogging existed, and we had to phone up the web server and shout the 1s and 0s down the line. I'm well, my family are well, things are all OK. That's what really matters. I'll be back sometime, when there's time.…

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