Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 24-8-2016

Anyone need a spare monitor?

I’ve a two monitor set up on my desktop machine: something I’ve had for a couple of years, now, and found useful.

A couple of days ago?   A couple of days ago, something went wrong with the refurbished screen I was using as an extra monitor.

The volume controls — it was a model with built in speakers — popped up: and stayed up.

I’ve managed to replace it: with a new one from my local CeX.

My problem?   Is what to do with the old one.

Anyone who thinks they can get it working is welcome to the thing!


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Mr Strict*, Olga†, Angel‡ and Debbi^ putting in their answers: with Mr S, Olga and Angel scoring five out of five, with Debbi trailing on four out of five.

Let’s see how how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video

Q1) 24th August, 1816, saw the signing of the Treaty of Saint Louis: between the USA, and three Native American tribes.   Name one of those tribes.
Q2) 24th August, 1954, saw the resignation — and suicide — of President Getulio Vargas.   He was president of where?
Q3) 24th August, 1914, saw German troops capture the small town of Namur.   The town is in which European country?
Q4) When the International Astronomical Union re-defined the word, ‘planet,’ on 24th August, 2006, it meant Pluto was reclassified.   As what: an asteroid, dog or dwarf planet?
Q5) Finally … 24th August, 1934, saw the birth of actor, Kenny Baker: who died on 13th August, of this year.   Which character did he play in the Star Wars franchise?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) George Villiers was assassinated on 23rd August, 1628: by a chap called John Felton.   Villiers was the first Duke of where: Avon, Buckingham or Essex?
Q2) George 3rd of Great Britain made his Proclamation of Rebellion: 23rd August, 1775.   In it, the King declared that Britain’s colonies, where, were in avowed rebellion?
A2) America.
Q3) 23rd August, 1961, saw Michael Gregsten found dead on the A6: along side the seriously injured Valerie Storie.   Who was convicted of the attack?
Q4) The Albert Bridge, over the River Thames, formally opened on 23rd August, 1873.   What road goes over it: the A303, the A3031 or the A 3071?
A4) The A3031.
Q5) Finally … 23rd August, 1991, saw new users access what, for the first time?
A5) The World Wide Web.
I’ll leave you with this clued up thought …
“I started out Ice skating with ‘Holiday On Ice’ and just got offered the part of R2 by chance.”
Kenny Baker, 24 August 1934 – 13 August 2016.
And this tune … 

Enjoy you day.

Thank your go to Mr S, Olga, Angel and Debbi for taking part, yesterday.

And if you want a wonky monitor, let me know!

*        Thanks for looking in, yesterday, Mr S.   (Oh, strictly — ha! — the World Wide Web and the Internet are two different things!)

†        Actually, Olga, did you know David Tennant’s got a very good rep as a Shakespearean actor?   Hence his famous Just a Minute appearance: he was playing Richard 2nd at the time.   (Actually, there’s a noted disabled actor called Nabil Shaban: who’s played Sil in a couple of the original series Colin Baker episodes of Dr Who.   Shaban’s version of Hamlet is supposed to give Tennant’s a serious run for the money.)

‡        It’s a good idea, occasionally, Angel!   Personally?   I think I might go back to bed, again: after running up and down to replace a monitor.   Oh, and don’t worry about too much information.   I’m just wondering what George 3rd would make of two North Americans leaving comment, here … ! :D

^        Phew!   I’m running out of symbols, Debbi!   At ANY rate … ?   There’s quite a lot of Cthulhu stuff doing the rounds: NOT counting the inevitable Cthulhu for President that do the rounds!   Oh, and Good Omens is worth a read.   (It also introduced what I call the Pratchett-Gaiman conjecture.   The idea that any cassette left for long enough in a car, will turn into a Best of Queen tape.   Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango … …  …)


Angel Frmcanada said...

1. Ottawa
2. Brazil
3. Belgium
4. dwarf planet
5. R2-D2

When tenants in our building leave monitors behind, when they move, we post it on Not sure if you have something like that where you are. Check it out. Maybe you have something similar. It's awesome. We can post offers for unwanted items and the site forwards their emails so we can reply, set up a day, time where they can pick the offered stuff up. We can also posted wanted items. I got a speaker phone, with an answering machine just for posting I wanted one. (Of course we can't use it anymore since the phone co. changed from analog to Digital.

The choice of "dog" for #4 question was so cute and funny. I'm still laughing. LOL

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Ottawa, Ojibwa, and Potawatomi
Q2) Brazil
Q3) Belgium
Q4) A dwarf planet (is that discrimination, I wonder?)
Q5) R2-D2

Yes, he's very good indeed. I've seen quite interesting Shakespeare versions in Sheffield, including John Simm as Hamlet (freezing cold at the theatre that day, not sure why, and John Nettles playing a bit of weird ghost. Perhaps it was the cold) and a great Othello with Clarke Peters as Othello and Dominic West as Yago (yes, the Wire full on near enough). The Crucible is a great theatre.

Debbi said...

Now I've got to read it! :)

1. Ottawa, Ojibwa, and Potawatomi
2. Brazil
3. Belgium
4. a dwarf planet
5. R2-D2

I was just telling my occupational therapist about Sir Terry. I recommended him and told her how I started with "Small Gods". Just loved that book. And all his others! :)