I love the look he gives his imaginary wife in the mid 9 minutes after talking about tattoos on Storm.

I’ve just had a Tim Minchin after noon (amongst a few other greats), but Tim has always resonated well for me. Maybe it’s his stance on politics and religious, maybe it’s just his wit, intelligence, piano playing, acting ability or more. But maybe it’s because he is simply brilliant.

That’s not to say I agree with everything he says (sings), but I respect those opinions, as we all should.

This probably isn’t one of his best, but I didn’t want to bring in anything too controversial. Why I like this song is because it addresses those situations when you’re at a party trying to ignore the local village idiot, or the loud pompous and arrogant know-it-all. And he breaks.

I wish that I was half as articulate.

I could have listed so many others:

  • Mitsubishi Colt (the first track of his I ever heard)
    (no link since I only wanted to link to his official channel)
  • Not Perfect
  • Come home (Cardinal Pell)
  • Confessions
  • Inflatable You
  • Angry (Feet)

I have several of his DVD videos and have seen several of his shows (the last of which was probably more than 4 years ago). If you ever get the chance, and you have thick skin and an open mind, I would suggest you see him in concert.

I know I have. I was aware of some of these, I thought I was aware of most types available in Thailand after having spent a lot of time there. But after reading this, how could anyone know the ins and outs of all these?

in short:

  • taxi’s are yellow with either black (cars), green (tub tub) or red (inter-province) writing
  • rentals are green with white text
  • private cars are white with black text
  • private vans are white with blue text
  • private pick-ups are white with green text
  • private motorised tuk-tuks are white with red text
  • special trade plates are red with black text
  • hired buses and trucks are yellow with black text
  • private buses and trucks are white with black text

Confused yet? There’s more:

  • police are maroon with white text
  • military combat vehicles are white with red text
  • military non-combat are black with white text
  • diplomatic agents are white with black text
  • honorary consuls are grey with black text
  • other diplomatic are light blue with white text

Check out the full report here:


This is apparently a common problem for the Sony Bravia’s and JPEG support isn’t the best. A little research has found a few pages referencing the spec DCF2.0/EXIF2.1, but what does that really mean?

Apparently it’s a limitation when using JPEGs of a high quality with Chroma Subsampling 4:4:4. I had read elsewhere that images needed to use sampling 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 but I was having varying problems trying to convert what I had using GIMP. Either it (or I) wasn’t up to the challenge.

In the end I found ImageMagick’s “mogrify” the solution to my problems.

I’m running OSX El Capitan. I used MacPorts to install:

sudo port install ImageMagick

After a few minutes installation it is as simple as running “mogrify” over the images:

mogrify -sampling-factor 2x1 /Volumes/USBKEY/*.jpg

I found my solution thanks to Wouter of Belgium who had the same problem saving files from Adobe’s Lightroom 2. He has Homebrew installation instructions on his site if you’d like to pay him a visit.

Ok, it’s not the newest of news, but I only just saw this for the first time this morning. It appears to me the eruption cloud itself is even faster than sound as you can see the shock wave overtake it early in the eruption as the cloud rises.

Easy maths challenge for the partners: How far away the eruption site was the videographer? (you can use the YoutTube time scale as reference).

The artist reportedly to be worth more than US$100M by 2016 (#1) seems to not have a fan in Ashley (of Pittsburgh, Pa). For Ashley seems to think that Rihanna can’t sing when she posted to songfacts.com. (#2)

For an artist that has literally taken herself from the edges of bankruptcy due to gross financial mismanagement, to now have an estimated net worth of more than a cool US$100M by 2016; I’d say she can sing to save her life, and she has done exactly this, and done it on a grand scale.

To Rihanna: Well done.

To Ashley: I think it’s time to search for a new idiom that better describes your thoughts on the subject. This one just isn’t it.

Image Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dodnewsfeatures/15207242834/in/photostream/
original has been cropped and is released under CCv2.0

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Following on from my last example of copying a SSH public key to a remote computer, this is something I need to do when setting up a new computer. Setting up private/public keys for SSH just make logging in that little bit smoother.

When you need to rerun the command, you need to load it up, edit it and resubmit it. Unfortunately (although it’s probably possible) I don’t know an easy way to bring up a previous command and edit it in-line so that I can send it again without actually sending the command again before doing so.

Instead, Load a variable into the command line and change it next time.

-- 11:03:01 -- MBP:~ madivad$ ssh minixbmc
Last login: Mon Apr 25 18:23:18 2016
minixbmc:~ madivad$ exit
Connection to minixbmc closed.
-- 11:03:17 -- MBP:~ madivad$ remote=minixbmc
-- 11:03:26 -- MBP:~ madivad$  history | grep remote
  439  remote=he1000
  440  cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub | ssh madivad@$remote "mkdir -p ~/.ssh && cat >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys"
  502  remote=minixbmc
-- 11:03:34 -- MBP:~ madivad$ !440
cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub | ssh madivad@$remote "mkdir -p ~/.ssh && cat >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys"
-- 11:03:40 -- MBP:~ madivad$ ssh minixbmc
Last login: Tue Apr 26 11:03:12 2016 from mbp.fritz.box
minixbmc:~ madivad$

For example, in the above session, for simple commands, I would being the history file up, reissue line 440, then edit, then issue it again. In this situation, it would have the effect of loading the key again, and that’s not what I want to do.

  • Breaking it down, I logged into the remote machine and realised a password was needed,
  • I logged out,
  • I set the “remote” variable,
  • looked for the relevant history command (I knew it had the word “remote” on it),
  • I re-issued that line, and
  • then tested the login.
  • No password was needed, the command was a success.

This could be done with other things as well where you’re always changing one element on the line (or multiple elements, and use multiple variables).

For a more simple and silly example, let’s create a quick update and install script for ubuntu:

upstall=’htop multiwatch’
sudo apt update && sudo apt install $upstall

Instead of typing the whole line next time, I can just type the new apps to install in the “upstall” variable and reissue the command (in this case, using arrow up a couple of times, or grabbing the index from the history file).

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install $upstall
[sudo] password for madivad:
Hit:1 http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease
Get:2 http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates InRelease [92.2 kB]
Hit:3 http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-backports InRelease
Get:4 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-security InRelease [92.2 kB]
Fetched 184 kB in 1s (101 kB/s)
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
All packages are up to date.
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
byobu is already the newest version (5.106-0ubuntu1).
htop is already the newest version (2.0.1-1).
multiwatch is already the newest version (1.0.0-rc1+really1.0.0-1).
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 0 not to upgrade.

If I then later want do another update and install something else, I can re-set the “upstall” variable and arrow up or grab it out of history.

11:53:44 madivad@he1000:~$ upstall=jq
12:03:44 madivad@he1000:~$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install $upstall
Hit:1 http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease
Get:2 http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates InRelease [92.2 kB]
Hit:3 http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-backports InRelease
Get:4 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-security InRelease [92.2 kB]
Fetched 184 kB in 2s (91.0 kB/s)
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
All packages are up to date.
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
jq is already the newest version (1.5+dfsg-1).
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 0 not to upgrade.
I'm a simple man, I like simplicity. And although there are probably better ways to do this, for the time being, this is how I'm getting the job done. It works well for me, but I'm open to any suggestions and/or improvements.

As I said, not the best example, but hopefully you get the idea.