Monday, 18 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 18th December, 2017

Right … that’s the day off done with.

And Aunty Bella visited.

Bless, she’s not getting any younger: but she still has her mind.

And sense of humour.

The one sad part of the day?

Was that we couldn’t persuade her to spend Christmas at ours.

I’d hopefully, we can persuade cousin Julie and her husband to bring her over at some point.

~≈§≈~

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 17-12-2017: Gis A Job

Right … 

It’s a Sunday that I’ve got off!

Yay … !

Says I, vaguely aware I sound like a cheerleader!

At any rate … it’s a Sunday off … that means we get to visit my aunty Bella, down in Kent: which got cancelled, last week, because of the weather.

It ALSO gives me a chance to drop off some presents with Grandma, before a certain young man realises Santa is Grandma shaped!

Here’s hoping it goes well.

~≈§≈~

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 16th December, 2017

Hmmm … 

I think I’m going to have to — quite actively — avoid something, over the next few days.

Yes, you’re right … 

We, as a family?   Have got tickets for Star Wars: The Last Jedi: and I’m trying to avoid reading any spoilers about the thing.

Pretty tricky … 

It’s all over the ’Net, right now.

Still … 

We’ll have to see, won’t we?

~≈§≈~

Friday, 15 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 15-12-2017: International Tea Day

Wha … ?

You know, I’ve seen some strange bits of news, occasionally.

Or, at least, odd.

I don’t think I’ve seen everything: that could be tricky, in one lifetime.

But I’ve seen a few things: that made me either laugh, cry, rage, jump up and down, what have you.

Then … ?

Occasionally, you’ll get the just plain silly.

Like this.

Just so you know?

Engineers at a small ISP have successfully set up an internet connection over six foot of wet string: achieving speeds of some 3.5 megabits per second.

The mind boggles.

At least, mine does.

Mostly where the BBC have turned off the comments on the piece.

Possibly sensible.

The amount of people in rural parts of the UK saying that’s faster than their broadband connection must be big!

~≈Â≈~

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 14-12-2017: Venus

Good lord … 

It’s true … 

It’s been six months since Grenfell Tower went up in smoke: the Memorial is being held today

That fire saw the deaths of seventy-one people: with the survivors still (mostly) un-rehomed, and traumatised.

Personally?

I can remember seeing Grenfell go up, on the news: and being deeply shocked by it.

After all, there were people in there.

Right now?

I can only hope the service being held help those survivors find some closure.

I suspect it won’t.

I suspect nothing will.

Bar — possibly — an enquiry result that really helps find out what happened.

And the survivors being re-homed in their area: soon‡.

~≈Ê≈~

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 13-12-2017: Our Dick

Blast … !

My alarm didn’t go off!

Thankfully, it’s a day off.

And thankfully?

It doesn’t affect my ability to collect any Amazon deliveries that choose to turn up.

But still … 

DAMN … !

~≈§≈~

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 12th December, 2017

Hmmm … 

I’m slightly worried: as we’ve had the coldest night of the year, so far.

It’s worrying … because, of course, we’ve had the coldest night of the year, last night.

Coming home from work?   I almost went over several times: on icy patches of black that had built up, overnight.

NOT reassuring if you have to go to work in the afternoon.

I can only hope the gritters have been out.

~≈§≈~

Monday, 11 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 11th December, 2017

You know, I’m just having a look at the BBC’s news pages.

Frankly?

I’m not surprised at some of the items I’m seeing.

Right now?

There’s headlines warning motorists of treacherous conditions.

Which isn’t that surprising.

I’m looking at the weather app on my tablet … which is telling me it’s 1°, out there, and showering heavily.

All that … ?

All that, because of yesterday’s snow … 

Dratted stuff* … 

~≈§≈~

Stranger Things: Series 2 — Episodes 7, 8 & 9: Chapter 7 The Lost Sister, Chapter 8 The Mind Flayer & Chapter 9 The Gate.

10th December, 2017.

Can I make a confession?

Right now?   I don’t have the heating on.

It’s warm enough as it is.   With just a small electric heater on.

I have had the heating on, though: as a result of the snow that’s been falling all day, and covered a lot of the UK.


It’s not that often I do that.

Today?

I’m definitely feeling the cold.

~≈§≈~

At any rate?

I was expecting to head for a relative in Kent, today.

But couldn’t, because of the weather.

That forced me to stay at home: on a day off.

A day that saw me venturing — carefully — out to pick up some more Christmas cards, as a result of that cancelled visit.

And doing some housework, instead: along side writing a couple of Teasers, writing a few cards … 

And catching the last three episodes of Stranger Things, series 2.

~≈§≈~

Sunday, 10 December 2017

When It Snows … 



10th December, 2017.

OK, we knew it was — possibly — coming.

Yep … 

Brentwood’s got snow!

I should know: I’ve just been out in it.

Frankly?

I’m not surprised things got cancelled … 

~≈§≈~

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 10-12-2017: Mississippi

Hmmm … 

It’s a Sunday that I’ve got off.

And … ?

Well, I’m off to Kent, today: to see my Aunty Bella.

Something I know I’m looking forward, to.

It HAS been a while!

~≈§≈~

On other fronts?

I’ve had another delivery from Amazon.

I have to give them credit for speed, certainly.

But for leaving it at my doorstep.

I — like many — have arrangements with Amazon: if I’m not in, they’re supposed to leave the package with a specific, named, neighbour.

They didn’t: again.

Which got me complaining.

Again!

I know it’s easy for even an experienced web user make a mistake: and wipe details from a web form.

Something I’ve confirmed I’ve not done.

I know it’s easy for a large organisation to lose basic information, on it’s way from a to b.

I work for a large organisation that does that, at least once a week.

Even so?

That’s the second time, in the space of a week, that’s happened: and something that also happened, last year.

Not quite what you’d expect, from the world’s biggest shop.

~≈§≈~

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 9th December, 2017

Bloody hell … !

I’ve just done a batch of Christmas cards: for the folks at work.

And realised this … 

a) I’ve still not finished them … 
b) I’ve almost got through a box, already!

Ye gods … !

I also know something else, as well.

I’ve got to get another box: and very much suspect the 18 first class stamps I’ve picked up already won’t be enough!

~≈Ê≈~

Friday, 8 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 8-12-2017: Kid’s Stuff

Bleugh … 

There’s just the one thing I hate about working evenings: much as I like my job.

Basically … ?

It means being knackered, first thing in the morning.

Not that I mind: I’m working, meeting people, and doing some good.

But … ?

Boy, I’m glad I’ve got a teapot … !

~≈§≈~

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 7th December, 2017

Phew … 

I managed to salvage my hat.

Or, at least, have it salvaged for me by a workmate.

Who I’m truly thankful to.

He’s saved me a few quid on Amazon.

~≈§≈~

Oh, talking of Amazon … 

One thing I noticed, yesterday?

Is that, apparently, Amazon and Google are having something of a corporate snit: with Google’s streaming devices not on the world’s online shop, and Google talking YouTube off Amazon’s Fire devices.

Personally?

I’m just glad Youtube, Netflix and Amazon Prime are all available through my AppleTV.


Given I can stream anything in my iTunes library to and from the think, ruling out the need for a Chromecast-like ability of local streaming?

It keeps the number of devices down.

~≈§≈~

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 6th December, 2017

Oh, well, that’s that done with.

We had a power cut, yesterday afternoon.

One that only affected me, the flat next door, and one of the flats upstairs.

Which finally got sorted out, at half past five.

Something to do with the phases involved.

Apparently … !

At any rate … ?

I’m glad it’s now sorted.

But, lordy, it did hold up the day … 

~≈§≈~

At ANY rate … ?

At any rate, today, I’m back at work for the next few days.

 But ALSO have to get to hospital: for some blood tests at 11:40.

Hopefully?

Hopefully, those will go nicely and quickly.

I’d hate to be late for work.

~≈§≈~

Stranger Things: Series 2 — Episodes 4, 5 & 6: Chapter 4 Will the Wise, Chapter 3 Dig Dug & Chapter 5 The Spy.

5th December, 2017

Oh, I hate that when that happens.

Power cuts, that is.

The electricity for me, the chap next doors, and a woman on the top floor?

Went off at two, this afternoon.

And didn’t get restored until about 5:30.

Thankfully, with very little damage done: beyond the inconvenience.

Damage, low … 

Laundry … ?

Practically non-existent … !

~≈§≈~

However?

It seems the electricity is back on.

Something to do with the phase involved with the power distribution in the cupboard in our building: rather than at the nearest substation.

If nothing else?

That let’s me do some laundry, make some videos … and catch a little TV.

Yes … 

You’re right: series 2 of Stranger Things … 

~≈§≈~

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Power

Would you believe it?

I've had powercut!

Right now, today is a day off.

One I expected to be making video slide-shows for the blog, and possibly ironing.

Except that, at about 2 o'clock?

The electricity went.

At a local substation, I should add: rather than running out of money on the meter.

Ok, I've phoned the relevant bodies.

My neighbour's phoned the relevant bodies.

The electrician from our landlord's phoned the relevant bodies.

Right now?

IT'S sorted ...

But I'm not a happy bunny!

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 5th December 2017

Hmmm … 

I mentioned, yesterday, that Nadine Dorries, MP, was rather lax with her computer’s login.

Quite what will happen with that, I don’t know.

The rules that cover parliamentary staff — the people who work in the libraries, bars and corridors of power — don’t cover MPs: who work in, not for, Parliament.

So, problem there, then … !

Unless, of course, you’re the UK’s data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Reminding us, and our MPs, that — whilst sharing login passwords with friends, families, co-workers and who-ever else — doesn’t violate any data protection law, there’s one basic tenet of data protection that’s important.

Someone who has sensitive information on their system — personal, commercial or medical — has to take at least basic security steps.

Keeping things updated helps, being careful opening email attachments from people/groups your don’t know … 

Oh … 

And not handy your password to others … 

~≈Ê≈~

Monday, 4 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 4th December 2017

How’s your MP?

Or Senator, representative, Congress-person, Deputy, what have you?

More specifically, how are they on computer security?   Basics like not opening iffy emails, keeping things as updated as possible?

Stuff like that?

I try and keep up: although I suspect I have more bad cyber-security habits than I should.

I try not to hand my password out to all comers, though.

Unlike Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid-Bedfordshire.

Who, in order to deal with her constituency emails, lets her staff access that account on her computer, with her account’s password.

Her account on her computer, rather than just her email account.

Any of her constituents who email her sensitive documents, will have them read by anyone in her parliamentary office.

And, theoretically?   Can be stolen by one of those members of staff: and passed on to third parties.

From the little I also know?

Giving access to her account means those staff members can access Ms Dorries’ machine: and, given good reason, can do all of damage.

Personally?

I realise she’s not a government minister: and won’t have access to sensitive government material.

But, as a constituent?

I hope my MP isn’t as lax.

I’d rather his staff weren’t handing my details to others.

~≈§≈~

Stranger Things: Series 2 — Episodes 1, 2 & 3: Chapter 1 MADMAX, Chapter 2 Trick or Treat, Freak & Chapter 3 The Pollywog.

3rd December, 2017

OK, it’s a Sunday night: a Sunday night, at the end of a day off doing nothing more special than shopping … 

And complaining at Amazon.

I’ll give them their due: they get stuff to a body in good time.   Especially given it’s December, and coming up for Christmas.

But … ?   I’ve got a default space place on record with Amazon.   In other words, a neighbour that a Amazon driver can leave stuff with, should I be out when they try and deliver.

If I’m not in and the designated neighbour isn’t?

Usually, they try again, later, or on another day.

This weekend’s deliveries?

Left on my door mat, in plain view of anyone wandering around the building.

I’ve complained.   And been told by Amazon they’ll be having words with the relevant driver.

I’m … well … not totally happy: especially as this happened with a couple of deliveries, last year.

But that will have to do for now.

~≈§≈~

At any rate?

I had a Sunday night free: some time to spend, in other words.

Free time … 

And nothing to watch on regular TV.

Unless you count the recently released second series of Stranger Things … 

~≈§≈~

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 3rd December 2017

Argh!

I’m up late … !   I forgot to put my alarm on, last night … !

I got up at eight instead of seven … !

I hate doing that.   Especially on a day off: when I have to go shopping … !

Remind me not to to kick myself.

I’d probably miss!

~≈®≈~

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 2nd December, 2017

You know … you can tell it’s getting nearer to Christmas, can’t you?

Or, at least, I can.

The big clue?

Is that it’s December.

Which is a start.

The other one … ?

Is quite simply the amount of things I’m buying from Amazon!

Presents are always the the big clue.

Especially Star Wars posters.


I can’t think who they’re for … !

~≈§≈~

Friday, 1 December 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 1st December, 2017

Right … 

It’s a Friday: and I’ve been paid.

Frankly?   That means I’m going shopping on Sunday, as that’s my next day off.

And stopping at the Co-op near work, tonight.

It always amazes me how milk manages to run out … when it’s fiddly to get to the shops.

Unfortunately?

I’m not Harry and Meghan.

They can do the walk about, while some else else picks up the milk … 

~≈§≈~

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 30-11-2017:

You’ve heard of Britain First, haven’t you … ?

At least, you will have done: by now.

They are one of Britain’s more notorious far right group, noted for an hardline anti-Muslim stance, and very sympathetic to the likes of the Ku Klux Klan, and Germany’s AfD.

They have huge online presence: that is much larger than their (thankfully tiny) real-world one.

They’ve had a free advert.

In the form of three re-tweets from President Donald Trump.

Which has earnt him a lot of condemnation, internationally.

From several members of the Conservative government who are of an Islamic background.
And from the Prime Minister, Theresa May.

That condemnation by her?   Is possibly the only reason I have for voting Conservative.

Trump has issued another tweet: ticking the Prime Minister off.

Frankly?

He wouldn’t have need to: had he not retweeted videos from Britain’s most notorious neo-nazis.

As far as I’m concerned?   As far as I’m concerned, the man is spreading hatred and bile: and, with the words of warning to the PM, poking his nose into the UK’s affairs.

In a way that’s ill-advised, and very unwanted.

Personally?

I know that the President has had a formal invite: to make a state visit to the UK.

He’s not a man I want in the UK.

I can only hope the invite is withdrawn: or that protestors make Trump’s visit a bloody, tomato hurling misery.

~≈§≈~

Oh, one more thing … 

I mentioned, yesterday, that there’d been an issue: for Macs running High Sierra.

Basically, using the word ‘root’ as a login name, leaving the password field blank, and hitting a few times, logs you into the machine: with root access.

Thankfully?

Apple have responded quickly: and issued a patch that should be installed automatically.

According to the BBC, the patch will go on machines running High Sierra: and, interestingly, “Users running older versions of MacOS will see a notification prompting an upgrade.”

I might just have top keep an eye peeled for that.

The possibility’s been worrying me since the news broke.

~≈§≈~

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 29th November, 2017.

Blimey … 

That’s a rarity … 

I’m a Mac fan: noted for it, in fact.

Partly, because it’s got a better reputation for security.

So I was mildly surprised to hear that there’s a security flaw in the latest version of macOS operating system, called High Sierra*.

Apparently, and if you have physical access to the machine, you can go to log in page, type in ‘root’ in to the name field, then hit enter a few times.

It logs you in: and logs you in as a root user: with seriously powerful access to every aspect of the machine.

However, Apple has issued a work-around — here, in the Change the Root Password section — and is working on an update that plugs the flaw.

Hopefully?

That should solve things.

Right now, though?

That’s quite a slip for a company with such a good rep for security.

~≈§≈~

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 28th November, 2017.

Oh … 

It’s officially official.

Prince Harry has got engaged to actress, Meghan Markle.

Good for them: the wedding, next spring, will make for something cheerful.

I can still remember seeing this letter from the Prince’s press: about how Ms Markle faced a lot of flack during their relationship, some of an racist nature.

And will possibly face more.

Even though — having worked in pubs for many years — am very aware there’s some pub customers who will be making comments.

The sort who I know for a fact think Enoch was right, and Hitler, too soft.

Not views I agree with, I should add.

I still think think to judge a person on their ethnicity is simply wrong: and hope it stops.

~≈§≈~

I’m ALSO aware that that I watched Casablanca, last night.

It’s a fantastic film.

But I’ noticed — and was shocked by — one thing.

When we’re introduced to Ingrid Bergman’s character, it’s when she and her husband walk into Rick’s Café, she recognises Sam: as her ex-lover’s band leader and pianist.

And, to confirm her suspicions?

Turns around and to ask a waiter about the African American man on the piano: by saying “Who’s the boy playing the piano?”

That caught my attention.   The term ‘boy’ was used for a long time by many in the US: as a way of describing African American men.

One that’s not used‡, these days, as, understandably, a lot of black people object.

But it does shows you times have changed: hopefully for the better.

But I fully expect my black readers to say something!

~≈§≈~

Casablanca: Wow!

27th November, 2017.

Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘bucket list’?

It’s a list of things you’re supposed to try and do, before you die: before you kick the bucket, in other words.

I … 

You know, if you have to sit me down, and say, “Paul, what’s in your bucket list,” I swear, I couldn’t honestly tell you.

Beyond, say, getting a recent model iMac, I don’t think there’s much I’d have on there.

But the concept is one I know.

And, frankly?   A bucket list is something I keep thinking I should pencil up.

I’ve also noticed — HA … !! — that it’s one of those things that people want to make a contribution to.

Really.

You have to …

  • Do this.

  • Watch that.

  • Eat the other thing.

  • If you had the time and money — in between earning the money, raising the kids, and whatever else you need to do — to do so.

    There’s only so much time in the day, in other words.

    ~≈§≈~

    However … ?

    However, one thin I do know?   Is that, usually those oh-so-helpful bucket list suggestions include albums.

    I know one friend has suggested I give Die Antwoord a listen.

    Others, different bands.

    And, frankly?   I’ve been hairing around the iTunes store, and around Spotify, listening to various bits and bobs.

    And built up a serious set of Jean Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, as a result.

    I’m also very aware that those suggestions?   Will include a film or two.

    God knows how many people have suggested Citizen Kane, for example, or The Third Man.

    There’s one film, though, that I know has cropped up, plenty of times.

    A Humphrey Bogart/Ingrid Bergman film made in 1942.   One I wrote a teaser about, only a few short days ago.

    You’re right … 

    Casablanca … 

    And, yes: I’m thankful I did.

    ~≈§≈~

    Monday, 27 November 2017

    Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 27-11-2017: Bruce Lee

    OK, I’m feeling just a little bit rushed.

    I’ve got a dentist’s appointment this morning: and I’ve taken to email some advise … ?

    Has taken longer than I thought!   (Oh, you’ll find Disk Utility handy for formatting USB sticks, Debbi: and VERY easy to use!   Easier than Pages.)

    So, without much further ado … ? 

    ~≈§≈~

    Sunday, 26 November 2017

    Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 26-11-2017: Casablanca

    Bloody Hell, I only bought them on Friday … !

    I ordered trousers from Amazon: on Friday, obviously.

    Both pairs?

    Turned up yesterday!

    One with the postman, the other on the back of an Amazon van.   That’s been handed to a neighbour, and is something I’ll pick up after work.

    What amazes me?

    Is the speed those trousers turned up.

    Some twenty-four hours!   I’m wearing one pair already!

    Dinah?   Say something!


    ~≈§≈~

    Saturday, 25 November 2017

    Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 25th November 2017

    Hmmm … 

    That’s new trousers ordered, than … 

    I have to admit, I’m mildly thankful: that online shopping exists.

    It meant that, yesterday?   I was able to order some new trousers via Amazon.

    All good: they should turn up by the middle of the week.

    I have a confession to make, though.

    They weren’t on any kind of Black Friday offer.

    I’m thankful, as strange as it seems.

    As you may or may not know, Black Friday is the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday: a US public holiday.

    And, from what I’ve seen?   It’s a day many Americans book off from work: to turn the Thanksgiving into a long weekend.

    And go Christmas shopping.

    The problem I with Black Friday?

    Isn’t on grounds of rampant consumerism promoted by various businesses.

    It’s the fact that companies in the UK are started marking Black Friday: as many did, yesterday.

    Marking a shopping day after someone else’s public holiday.

    It’s cultural imperialism of the worst possible sort.

    The sort British companies quite happily volunteer for.

    ~≈†≈~

    Friday, 24 November 2017

    Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 24th November, 2017.

    Ah HA!

    It looks like it’s holding!

    I don’t know about you, but I ten to rely on Wikipedia for writing both the Teaser, and the  quizzes I wrote for the pub quizzes I ran.

    But could never afford — for much of the time — to make a donation.

    I have, however, made a positive contribution.

    You see the screen shot of the Wikipedia page for the 21st November?

    The entry about Robert Mugabe’s resignation?

    That woz me, wot dun it!

    Ahem!


    In other words, it was me that created the entry, flagged up the fact on the relevant talk page … and is desperately hoping it’s still there in a years time.

    Frankly?

    I’m enough of an tart for the attention, to go Wheeeeeeeeeeee … ! whenever I see the page: and that my bit’s still there.

    But on a more serious note?

    It’s nice to know that a contribution I’ve made, is still in place,

    I just hope it’s still there, next year.

    It’s be nice to use it as the basis for a 2018 question.

    And it’s nice to make a positive contribution, however small.

    ~≈§≈~

    War for The Planet of the Apes: That’ll Do!

    23rd November, 2017.

    You know, I have to admit, it’s going to be quite some time before I get another night off.

    I have seen the glory of the coming of next week’s rota.

    And … ?

    Frankly, I have Saturday and Sunday nights off: the 25th And 26th, in other words.

    But am working on those days.

    Basically, I won’t get a whole day off, until next Sunday.

    This means two things.

    Firstly?

    I had today to do laundry and enough Teaser slides shows to be going on with: although I will have to find time to do more, soon!

    Secondly?

    I only had tonight to watch a film.

    One I’d been meaning to catch, as soon as I knew it’d hit iTunes.

    You’re right … 

    I’ve been wanting to catch War for the Planet of the Apes for a while … 

    ~≈†≈~

    Thursday, 23 November 2017

    Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 23-11-2017: Whose Dr Who … 

    Did I mention I’d seem my doctor, just recently?

    I saw my doctor, just recently.

    I have to admit to feeling just a touch tireder than I should be, to be frank.

    Practically falling 

    The net result?

    I have to go back … 

    After having a lot of bloodtests.

    Hopefully?

    It’ll be nothing more serious my under-active thyroid getting less active!

    ~Ť~

    Wednesday, 22 November 2017

    Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 22nd November, 2017

    Oh … 

    I knew I’d seen the name, before!

    Did I fell You I was watching TV, last night?

    I was watching TV, last night: the last few episodes of The Strain, so you know.

    And, it the midst of going through some old blog entries: in a vague effort to do some comparing and contrasting.

    Remember me writing all those entries about Star Trek: Discovery?

    Something that vaguely bothered me was Shazad Latif: who appears in the series and whose name seemed vaguely familiar.

    Well, I’m happy.

    In digging up the various links I realise I’d included Mr Latif’s name in the tags for Penny Dreadful: he plays Dr Jeckyll in the series.

    Thank heavens I did.

    That’s been bothering me for a while!

    ~≈§≈~

    Tuesday, 21 November 2017

    The Strain — Series 4: Episodes 8, 9 & 10 — Extraction, The Traitor & The Last Stand.

    21st November, 2017.

    OK, now I’m feeling like a proper computer geek.

    Which sounds strange, I know.

    You’ve possibly noticed the Daily Teasers that I publish, here.

    Along side the fact that at least two regular readers — Debbi Mack and Olga Núñez Miret — take a certain amonut of fun in doing them.

    The reason I mention that?   Is simply the fact I want to tell you: I use Wikipedia as a jumping off point for writing the Teasers.

    I realise there’s an argument about the site’s reliability: about how anyone can write an iffy entry for it.

    I’m ALSO the first to counter that argument.   Any one can put a factually incorrect entry onto Wikipedia.

    Equally?   Anyone of us can correct that mistake.

    Power of the internet, hey?

    At any rate, my point is simply this.

    That I managed to edit an entry on Wikipedia.   I added a bit to the entry about 21st November: about the fact Robert Mugabe resigned, today.

    How noteworthy that is, I don’t know.   How long it’ll stay there, again, I don’t know.

    But … ?   OK, I can’t afford to donate to Wikipedia.

    But, after using it as a research tool?   I feel I’ve made a positive contribution to it.

    ~≈§≈~

    At any rate?

    Something else I wanted to tell you was JUST as simple.

    You’ve probably — if you’ve been following me for a while — realised I’ve been watching quite a bit of TV, recently.


    And, just recently?   Series 4 of The Strain.

    Frankly, series four is the last of The Strain.

    And, frankly?

    I think the fourth series is the show’s strongest … 

    And made sure the show goes out on a high.

    ~≈§≈~

    Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 21st November, 2017

    Blimey, wonders will never stop.

    Wonders … 

    Or possibly revelations.

    You’ll know, of course, that both Hollywood and Westminster have seen allegations of various shades of sexual misconduct.

    Something that — as far as I knew — hadn’t hit the technology world.

    Until I saw the news — on the BBC’s news site — that hacking legend, and original phone phreak, John Draper — better known as Captain Crunch  — has been accused by several people: of unwanted sexual behaviours.

    The man’s role in creating the Blue Box, that let you make free phone calls?

    Made him a legend.

    But finding Draper’s involved in this sort of behaviour?

    Will tarnish that reputation.

    ~≈§≈~