Archive for March 2014

It’s out now. As mentioned before, I have two short stories in this charity anthology:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JD41Z3K

Time to buy a new car soon, before my girlfriend’s Buick hits twenty years old. So I went to take a look at the current price of the Civic, in case we decide to buy one.

So far:

* The web page has no scroll bar, so the right-hand edge is impossible to reach on a small screen.
* The ‘build and price’ appears to be some Flash crap, which brings up a box on Linux saying ‘an error occurs’.
* The ‘build and price’ doesn’t work at all on Android, because there’s no Flash.
* I haven’t tried it, but the ‘build and price’ probably doesn’t work at all on the iPad, because there’s no Flash.
* There’s no contact email to ask if they realize this.

Who designed this web site? Why did they make one that apparently only works on Windows?

Book cover

I have two (very) short stories in a charity anthology: Something To Take On The Trip. This is the third in a trilogy of short story anthologies for charity, and this time includes stories by David Gerrold and a couple of other SF writers you may have heard of. The stories are in multiple genres and intended for a quick read on the bus or train.

Take a look and buy a copy when it comes out in a few days.

I’m so glad to see that, while the economy collapses around them, the EU can still find time to… mandate a universal smartphone charger.

So, we’ll be stuck with Micro-USB chargers until the EU goes bust. which, fortunately, probably won’t take long.

So, I happened to spot my Planet Of The Apes (60s/70s version) Blu-Ray collection lying under the cupboard and thought I’d watch the first movie.

What I’d forgotten was that it doesn’t work. The disk starts, there’s an animated ape, then a log, then it goes to a black screen with all the buttons disabled.

I remember there was a way to get past that, but can’t remember what it was. I tried numerous buttons, but nothing worked. Then I tried for about the fifth time, and suddenly I was at the main menu; the only thing I did differently was keep hitting the skip button, but maybe that was a coincidence.

Does anyone know how to make this disk actually play? This kind of crap is why I rarely buy Blu-Rays any more.

Edit: this time, pressing ‘Top Menu’ on the remote when the ape started speaking seemed to do it. I suspect, though, it’s just random, so sometimes it gets through the animated menu startup and sometimes it doesn’t.

Tufty by the wheel.

Tufty in the travel cage.

New Hamster has now become Tufty Bear, or Tufty for short, mostly because her long hair makes her look like a bear, and the longer tufts on her butt and behind her ears. For a while, we had to keep her in the small travel cage, because, any time we put her in the big cage, she’d climb up onto the balcony and jump off. However, we eventually decided we should remove the balcony and hammock so she could just live in the bottom. That seems to have calmed her down somewhat, and we don’t often see her performing acrobatics.

Yes, that is spaghetti. I’ve never found a hamster who wouldn’t drop most of their other foods for a piece of spaghetti, and have no idea why.

The corner table by the sofa in our living room is like the North-West Passage to hamsters. They’re all determined to find a way through there in their exercise ball, even though it’s the corner where we dump all the stuff that we want to get out of the way temporarily and there’s no gap large enough to fit through.

If we don’t hear them running for a few minutes and can’t find them, they’re usually stuck somewhere under the table.