Baffled

For the last 21 years the United States has been home. I love living here and at this point in my life I can't picture living anywhere else.

Guns and gun laws utterly baffle me though. I dunno, maybe it's the Englishman in me still finding the entire concept of gun ownership bizarre? I'll not forget my Dad's reaction the first time I took him to the firearms section of a local "outdoor sports" shop.

Wait, you mean you can actually buy these?

You'd think, really think, that the laws would change as a result of each mass shooting event. They don't. Politicians stand and watch offering thoughts and prayers as children are murdered in the safety of their schools.

Because that will help.

It's all heartbreaking really. But I'm encouraged to see the Stoneman Douglas students taking a stand. The NRA really have something to answer for here.

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See The Difference A Day Makes

Yesterday I lamented the end of an era.

When I was younger this is exactly the sort of thing an evening of Perl hackery and some beer could fix. I'm at the time of my life where tinkering is unappealing and I want things to "just work". So looks like this really is the end of the MT road for me. For real this time though, four years after I already declared it so.

So that didn't age well. For I did indeed have an evening of tinkering. The key was just finding the last version of Perl that old MT code would run on and force MT to use it instead of the system Perl. And thanks to Perlbrew this was a lot easier and quicker than it otherwise could have been.

And would you look at that, it all works again.

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End Of An Era, Really

So a wee spot of site administrivia this morning then.

A hundred thousand years ago when I started "updating my website frequently" I looked into getting what the kids at the time called 'blogging' software. Movable Type was the best thing around back then. Well, times change, things change, feelings change. And four years ago I decided to retire that old MT install and move to WordPress.

Except, I didn't really retire it at all. One of the things it was bloody great at was powering my Action Stream list. So I was quite happy to let it chug along for as long as possible. Well the long as possible appears to have been last week. My hosting provider upgraded Perl and now that old MT code is borked and none of it works any more.

When I was younger this is exactly the sort of thing an evening of Perl hackery and some beer could fix. I'm at the time of my life where tinkering is unappealing and I want things to "just work". So looks like this really is the end of the MT road for me. For real this time though, four years after I already declared it so.

Update: so I guess tinkering was more appealing than I thought? It all works again and back from the dead.

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Doc Fridays

Dr

So you know how it's been a year since the last Doc Fridays post and you totally said you'd start again in January 2018?

Oh hi February 2nd 2018!

Heh, and I didn't even take this shot today. So to recap, wrong month to restart the series, and wrong day for taking the shot anyway. Happy Friday!

Guilty Pleasures

We all have our musical guilty pleasures. Something a little further afield from usual listening habits. You have a few glasses of red wine, you fire up YouTube and before you know it you're watching old Fleetwood Mac and REO Speedwagon.

No? Just me?

Most recently I stumbled across Fleetwood Mac's 1997 reunion shows and The Dance album in particular. The song Silver Springs immediately caught my attention. My parents are big Fleetwood Mac fans yet I don't remember ever hearing it as a kid. The video from the show highlights just how raw and emotional music can be. The performance a masterpiece of how it should be done kids.

Rolling Stone has a good article on the song, turns out it has quite a story to tell.

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