- I need the loo
- It’s a beautiful day for a walk into town for a coffee
- Glastonbury 2013 is on right now and I’m never there.
- Work is going well, but I want it weller.
- I had a bad dream last night about my parents and wasps.
- I want to catch the bus to Bath: 10.30am, possibly.
- Today I’ll start writing a non-fiction book: my first
- I might try a hypnotherapy session to get over a personal hurdle
- I don’t need the loo any more.
- I am desperately waiting for a software update for ProCreate 1.8
- I really, really wish MS was supporting Expression Encoder
- A site I put live yesterday is not working properly yet
- Avila is in Birmingham all weekend and I have no car.
- I have been sketchnoting, with success (somewhat).
- I can only manage 15 things…
I’ve had a bit of a nightmare with a WordPress set up recently and need to document the process and solution here:
I’ve recently found a way of creating a site mirror and then removing that mirror to go live, which makes for a smooth deploy. Win. It goes like this:
- Add a new subdomain mirror at the host (Dreamhost): eg: test.mm.com
- Go to the Domain Registrar (eg: 123 reg) and add an A record for that ‘test’ subdomain, with the value matching the IP on the host, eg: 220.127.116.11. You can find this IP by clicking on the DNS link and scrolling down the page.
- Now wait a few hours for it to propagate - doing this the night before is a good idea.
- Next FTP: this time you’ll be connecting to your webserver (not the subdomain). For me Dreamhost shows my servername in the account status panel. Contact support for yours – tell them you want to access your hosting before you make a nameserver switch. For example mine could be http://monkeynuts.dreamhost.com. Once logged in, you can add files in the usual manner.
- To view the files in the browser, go to your subdomain.
When you’re ready to go live, do this:
- Set up a WP maintenence plugin – not needed, but my preference.
- check (copy) the current nameservers. (incase you need to put them back in)
- Back up the .htaccess and wp-config files via ftp – just in case!
- change the nameservers with the domain registrar. I didn’t delete the A record I created earlier btw.
- IMPORTANT! update the WP site uri to treatingautism.co.uk. If you don’t do this your site will break! Make sure you have this page open in a browser ready to do this when you make the nameserver switch.
- go back to the webhost and deactivate the mirror.
This is where my problem started. I know the DNS will take a while to resolve, but for me I found I had some browser caching issues (Chrome). Therefore I had to add the domain and IP to my systems hosts file. Which for me can be found here:
Look for the ‘hosts’ file, copy it to the desktop, right click and ‘open as administrator
under this line:
# ::1 localhost
[Your IP address] [leave a space] [yourdomain.com]
Save it, then drag it in to the /etc directory and overwrite the existing file.
Now open it again and make sure your computer has saved it correctly – some Windows/Antivirus software prevents this. If so, disable it and try again.
Now try visiting the domain in a different browser – eg: FireFox.
If you still have problems, contact the webhost support and tell them what you’ve done.
Hopefully you should successfully see you site now.
Cheers – Mark
If your mouse goes missing when in Windows 8, try this method to cure the problem.
- Win + R – to bring up the Run window – type: devmgmt.msc
- Click Human interface Devices.
- Right click: USB Input Device – select ‘Properties’
- Go to the Power Management tab and un-tick ‘Allow the computer to turn off this device and save power’
Note: This guide is only possible for me as I have a touchscreen laptop If you don’t have one, you’ll need to find another guide. Sorry!
Edit: This issue appeared again and the above technique didn’t work. I Googled and found that a ‘power-off’ by holding the power button down for 5 seconds, reset the system – no files lost or anything – so go ahead and try that. Here’s a Youtube video which also provides some insight:
This worked for me! I hope there is a patch soon for it.
[Update: the answer is... I thought I owned MS EE Studio 4 Ultimate full retail version, the version I have is the Student version. I thought they were the same, but alas, they are not. For this reason, buying the Student version and assuming I will have extended screen capture enabled is bollocks. I should have saved myself £60 and used the free trial version. The full retail version of only EE4 Pro (not Studio Ultimate) is £150. Which isn't worth it unless I definitely plan on going over 10mins of screen capture. If you're anything like me and thinking of using this stuff, save your money, run the trial and don't go over 10 mins. What next? I'll take a look at Camtasia from Techsmith, however that looks like a pile of memory hogging, badly designed like it's 1994, American toss, sadly.]
I have been having a massive problem with Microsoft Expression Encoder Pro 4 Screen Capture software, stopping on me after 10 minutes recording, despite that I’ve bought a full version of the product!
I’ve installed the full expression Studio 4 Ultimate CD OK, ran the encoder screen capture, and it still cuts out after 10 mins. I’ve also activated the Product Key and still no luck.
What now? Straight on to MS support and I’ve been kicked around their voice jail system for 30mins to be told that a support ticket has been logged and I will be emailed the next day to start the full support process!
Really frustrating – I’ve paid for this!
Anyone else have the problem out there? I’ll post up what happens here, as soon as I know more.
#8. You Can’t Hide a Gun in a Kindle
#7. You Need Physical Books for Physical Tasks
#6. No More Flipbooks and Mustaches in Textbooks
#5. It May Change the Perception of the Necronomicon and Other Mystical Books
#4. Book Burnings Will Have Less Visual Impact
#3. How Will People Open Secret Passageways?
#2. You Can’t Separate Bathroom Books from Outside Books
#1. People Will Really Have to Think Before Handing Out Fliers and Religious Pamphlets
This blog post title, comes from what happened to be playing on the stereo at the time of press. It makes reference to the media of music production being analog, where it is in fact, digital. Granted, we’re not talking about Daniel Bedingfield producing a god-awful album on an Amstrad 64 or whatever it was, but we are still talking 5mm jack plugs and a boat load of 4-way power adapters. This means, what? Digital! Not analog.
However the reference is towards the past… that’s ‘where it’s at’ (two turntables and a microphone). Digital music production has been surpassed by an enhanced form of digital music production.
What of blogging? The act of ‘digital publishing’ has been surpassed by an enhanced form of digital publishing: ebooks.
I believe that blogging for the average blogger (me included) is dead because most of us don’t have anything to say or add to the conversation other than the ability to say ‘sweet’ at someone else’s good ideas; or of course sit in our own ivory towers of self indulgence.
Die-hard bloggers are actually writers and journalists and they ultimately want their ideas to be heard (or read) and for that you need an audience. The trouble is, people are discovering their blog doesn’t attract an audience. What to do? Stay on your own (dead) turf? Pimp yourself on someone else’s (more popular) blog? Or – and I believe this is what writers (caught in their own ego trap) will turn to – write for the ebook market (however small that may be).
Instead of blogging well for free, blog well for 10p a punt/post – yes, micro payments will change everything as soon as a bank starts to offer it without ridiculous charges being added. Seth Godin said we should look at blog posts as really short, free, ebooks: and when is he ever wrong? (I mean apart from Squidoo)
This thought has stopped. Therefore I will stop too mid…
So I’m selling my home. Myself. This might be a stupid idea, if you listen to anyone in the estate agent business. However I am not put off.
Ads have been placed, my network has been hit (however not hit hard enough possibly)… and I’m either going to sell the place easily, or really regret it. Either way, I’m giving it a shot.
What do I own?
A flat in wells. It’s nice. It’s on a 999 year lease (with the other flats in the block)… and I’m not in a chain.
I have a number of documents: The EPC, the deeds of covenant, the Land registry, and the lease agreement itself.
Now I’m looking for a buyer… once I have someone interested, the real work will start. I’ve not contacted an estate agent yet (they may have sole-rights to sell all the flats in my block, meaning I may not be able to sell independently), and I haven’t really researched the pricing market. I’m pitching the place at £125k, due to one being for sale for £115k in the same block, but it needs renovation.
Mine is in great condition – ready for a buyer to walk right in.
More info later.
3 simple pieces of writing for next weeks writing course.
This time it’s all about the Bed. 150 words, on a bed from our childhoods, one from the present and a future bed, money no object. Here’s my attempts:
Four balls, blue and yellow, the colours split straight down the middle and held within a wooden frame by steel rods. Each sat waiting on a small spring for a hand to slap them down and catapult the balls up the length of the rod with a hiss and tickle of their tiny plastic beads inside. The bounce was hypnotic, their fall was a gentle vibrating collision of colour and sound. I could slap these things for hours on end. There was nothing else to do. Maybe grab the bars of the bed and rattle the hell out of them during the gaps in mothers incessant sewing machine pauses. Occasionally she’d hear me shouting about getting up, getting out, getting food, getting bored and getting ignored. Running up and down the length of a mattress covered in a piss sheet had a certain crinkling crispness which felt like an inch of new snow underfoot.
Too cold outside, too hot inside, irritation on one side, blocked airway on the other side. My toes munch and lick the foot board through the duvet cover, just enough to taste the air and wish I’d tucked in the end down there. One pillow, two pillow, one point five pillow, none. Folded once, scrolled twice in an attempt to find something nice under my neck line, but only held long enough to hear my noisy heart beat pad and jump. Did it just skip? It skipped, Oh my god, my heart just skipped a friggin beat. I think things are back to normal. But there’s an app for that. I flip out my phone and call up the ‘SleepCycle’ app which uses the sensitive internal gyroscope to track the motion of my heart. I need a strong pulse, so I lay the phone my forehead with my eyeballs almost pressing on the screen and stick my left hand down my pants and find the main artery on my upper thigh, and my right hand fingers up the snoring nostrils of my dearest, so I can hear the beat, feel the pulse and watch the rhythmic flow of the digital gauge rise and fall. After a few seconds I heard her say ‘what the hell are you doing?’. ‘It’s OK dear. We’re not dying’ I said.
In comparison… the sofa was very comfortable.
“Innovation has come a long way. Beds these days, don’t just support your body weight during sleep paralysis, they hold you’re entire family unit together. We aren’t dreaming here, we insert the dreams for you by a number of carefully positioned sensors in the head area. Gone are the days of springs and multi layered air pockets and foam tunnels, this baby multi adjusts continually throughout your sleep with 65 million molecular machines glazed in every microfibre. There was a time when bugs in the bed was seen as a bad thing. Today, you pay us to add more of them. But don’t worry, these things won’t be jumping out and scratching away at your skin with their nano-paws, no, they’ll be working away to rid the body of dead skin, pump up the existing tissue as well as identifying and destroying cancer cells. You actually wake up younger and healthier than when you went to sleep. I know, incredible. The best part is, it’s absolutely free. Nothing, no payment. You take it away today or we can deliver it for you. No catch, free return, yes, we collect. 24/7. Free shipping too. OK. Sure. You want to go for it? Certainly. OK then, all we need a signature for the release waiver. No Sir standard practice. Just so we’re all covered in the event of anything not working out like they did in the trials. Hello? Hello Sir? Hello? Damn it”
Here’s an artistic challenge for any creative / photographer out there.
A Liquid Metal Photography Effect:
1: Get a ‘carpet’ of silver glitter… nice and thick.
2: buried in the ‘glitter carpet’ will be devices that can push out high powered jets of air.
3: Set everything up in a low light / evening location
4: Set a photographic camera to an approximate 2 sec exposure (no idea on aperture btw, experiment)
5: Set a separate flash to strobe during the 2 sec exposure
6: Fire the jets of air
7: Fire the Camera and the Strobe flash
With some fiddling, you will get a unique liquid metal effect with every picture. yay! (maybe… I haven’t tried it… however….)
I produced this photograph some years ago… with a chrome BMX and the same camera set up as above and it has always been a dream to do it again, but the situation never appeared. I’d love to see someone else try it and post the results.
Let me know if you do.