Bullshit

Just saw a loan advert – 49.5% APR! Jesus Christ, how is that legal?

I’ve always found it odd that those who most need a loan get the worst rate while those who don’t get the best.

Speechless

Saw this on Twitter and the sheer inhumanity appalled me, so I screen grabbed it in case it’s removed. I don’t read any of his rags and after his companies previous antics, I wonder why others do.

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Training in El Centro

Just  got home from three months working in El Centro, CA. I wanted to thank the Morales Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy for being so welcoming and for teaching me so much.

Me, Rob Morales and Butters 2014-05-17 10.47.15Made some good friends and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Hopefully I’ll get to come back on that exercise again soon. Looking forward to training there again but until then, I’m going to find a club in the UK and continue there.

For the next week, regrettably, I will be studying my ass off for the M269 exam!

Word 2013 stopped saving

Wasted a good chunk of last night and today farting around with Microsoft Office 2013 after it decided to crash every time I saved. No idea what caused it, other than that it started after I had pasted some Python code from an editor.

Control Panel, Programs, Programs and Features. Select Microsoft Office 2013 and click Change. Quick repair didn’t work but full repair did.

Nexus 7 screen not coming on

My Google Nexus 7 had a weird fault earlier, its screen wouldn’t come on – just what you need before a nine hour flight. I tried a reset – it appeared to be caught in a loop with some static displayed on screen. I thought I might remove the back cover, disconnect the battery and take it from there.

Glad I did – the battery connector wasn’t engaged properly. A piece of insulating material had got in the way, preventing the connector locking in place. It must have worked loose.

Since then I’ve seen a few threads on Reddit with people mentioning that disconnecting and reconnecting the battery had fixed the same issue. I wonder if this is something more common than I thought?

Happy Holidays

I’m at home with my family this year but lots of friends are not. My thoughts are with them and their family – I hope they have some time to themselves and a little peace.

So whatever your faith or philosophy, I hope you have a great time and that the new year brings you everything you seek.

Paranorman

Took the family to see ParaNorman the other night. I really enjoyed it (then again I love this sort of movie) – if you liked Coraline it’s along the same lines (its by the same people).

Its always a bit tricky trying to find something to watch together, especially as the kids get older but this had a good balance for adults, teenagers and younger children. There were a surprising number of people with very young children and I heard a few scared cries in the back of the theatre.

Check out the web site, the trailer is worth a watch and there’s a bunch of free downloads.

5k – my new favorite distance

Since I ran the Pedro’s 5km fun run last month, I’ve become a bit of a fan of this distance.

You can break 5km into laps, do it on a treadmill without outliving your music or just run a straight 5km.

I’m at that stage of rehabilitation where the injury is better but you’re working on getting your fitness back. It not only feels like an uphill struggle but it feels like a hill you’ve already climbed.

I’m at 27:16:36 (11kph), my first target is sub 25 minutes. We’ll see how I get on…