New Gigabyte Laptop - Dual Boot Windows 10 + Mint Linux - 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD

I've been doing a lot of tekkers googling this weekend. I got a new laptop last week and have spent the whole weekend setting it all up.

Basically it came as Windows 10 with 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD. Being a linux web developer (are there any other kind besides Mac? :P), the first plan of action was to get linux on there. When I did a fresh setup a couple of years ago the obvious choice seemed to be Ubuntu and I didn't pay for a functioning version of Windows, so it was all pretty straight forward. Save a little bit of space for the trail version of Windows that I may use once in a blue moon and use the rest for linux.

This time my new laptop came with a full home version of Windows 10 and people don't hate it (and neither do I on first look). And from my last build I actually ended up using most of the space in the Windows partition so I underestimated my use of Windows (mostly for playing Elite Dangerous, but nevermind). 

Born in 1981

You do the math to figure out how old this continuous physical body is.

So today is my birthday and the days leading up to it have just made me feel plain old. Yes yes, I know, we are all getting older, but this just feels... well... different.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to do some gardening. A great feat in itself as I never had an amount of land that I could actually garden until recently. So long story short, I throw out my back trying to dig out a space for the new plants to go in. What have all those core and back exercises at kickboxing been for then? I guess exercise just isn't good enough anymore, you're getting old woman!!

Here is start of garden 2.0.


I've been wanting to post this video for a while because I think GMOs get a bad rap. GMOs are neither good or bad, the debate is not black and white. If you have a view of OMG GMOS ARE EVIL STOP PESTICIDES AND ALL THAT SHIT, please watch this because that all caps statement I just wrote makes no sense and you need some edumacation because GMOS != Pesticides and GMOs could do some real good in the world. Not all GMOs are created equal, we just need to science the shit out of it and assess the risks accordingly. 


A photo of a gorilla I took in Longleat

"There's nothing fundamentally wrong with people. Given a story to enact that puts them in accord with the world, they will live in accord with the world. But given a story to enact that puts them at odds with the world, as yours does, they will live at odds with the world. Given a story to enact in which they are the lords of the world, they will act like lords of the world. And, given a story to enact in which the world is a foe to be conquered, they will conquer it like a foe, and one day, inevitably, their foe will lie bleeding to death at their feet, as the world is now. "

From Ishmael, Nice little book I found.


One humanity

It's not often that I get crazy spam email but a part of me thinks that this person was serious and so I had to respond to it to try to explain the ludicrousness of it. Here is the email [my comments in bracets]:


Terrorism is stupid

I also saw this posted by someone on facebook and all I can say is, I hear ya..

In response to the multitude comments made about Muslims over the past week. So many people ask "why don't the Muslims in this country speak out if they're against it?" We have tried and tried with rally's, protests press releases aplenty. Why have you not seen it? The media feel it's not as press worthy as terror and stokes no fires! 
Today the Muslim Council of Great Britain took out a full page ad in the Telegraph.
We can shout loud but the ears of Britain need to be open to hear. Can you hear me?


Ode to <insert something annoying here>

Dear Computer People of the World,

I am in pain. It is a deep and dull pain. The sort of pain that nags and eats away at one's livelihood, slowly dragging one down, down into a black pit of despair.  I want the pain to go away. Maybe punching a window or jumping into the river would ease this mental anguish I am feeling. It probably would for a bit, but then I would have to deal with a broken window or some sort of river-borne disease. Why do you torment me with your "I'm like XML, but not"-ness? Why must I bust my poor little brain with all your metadata? I have never felt such hate for little pieces of code. A wise man once said, 'hate will bring you closer to love'. Maybe it will, one day, but I still am in the process of hate you fucking piece of shit goddamn mother fucker I hate you so much. I read your documentation, I don't fucking get it. I change a config file. It does something. No idea what it does. I see something happening. No idea what it's doing.