Building a Record Wall

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Floating Record Wall.

I’ve just built this magic floating record wall on the cheap. I think it looks great during video calls. Here’s how I did it: Step One – Stalk eBay With lockdown, I couldn’t exactly go to my local record store. And I didn’t fancy rummaging through bins of second hand items trying to find exactly…

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Any claim without a URl should be treated as suspicious

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"Many a man who wears laughable clothes from neckties to socks is afraid to put on an influenza mask for fear it might hurt his personal appearance."

I’ve recently seen lots of people tweeting this supposed newspaper clipping. An olde-timey warning about wearing flu masks. But is it too good to be true? The first thing to do with any image of a text quote is to search for the text. Look, I’m not saying tumblr isn’t great, but… I wouldn’t exactly…

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Adding SIP calls to Android – for free!

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Config setting screen.

SIP is a stupid acronym. It’s basically a standard way of making phone calls over the Internet. This means you can make and receive phone calls over WiFi. Here’s how I got it working – for free – on Android. By the end of this tutorial you will be able to: Receive calls to a…

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Book Review: Black Tudors: The Untold Story – Miranda Kaufmann

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A black trumpet player.

A black porter publicly whips a white Englishman in the hall of a Gloucestershire manor house. A Moroccan woman is baptised in a London church. Henry VIII dispatches a Mauritanian diver to salvage lost treasures from the Mary Rose. From long-forgotten records emerge the remarkable stories of Africans who lived free in Tudor England… They…

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All your Frais are problematic

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The cast of Frasier.

Stuck in lockdown, what else is there to do other than rewatching old sitcoms ad nauseam? When I was a kid, Frasier seemed to be the epitome of sophistication and wit. It is still, mostly, hilarious. The farce is sublime, the puns intricate, and the pomposity is cringe-worthy. But, naturally, large parts of it have…

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Crypto Investment Scammers calling from 02085044434

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Fraud alert warning signs.

Another day, another phone scam. Yesterday, I received a call from +442085044434 by someone trying to get me to “invest” in BitCoin and other Cryptocurrencies. I managed to drag the call out for 6 minutes – have a listen: The caller admits the trading and advice isn’t regulated. That they don’t need permission to make…

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My triple screen set-up for effective online presentations

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A computer with three screens.

I recently gave an online presentation at Tech Nottingham. It went off without a hitch, and I got some great feedback. I’d like to briefly discuss the tech that I used to make it all work. Here’s “mission control”: On the left portrait monitor, I had two windows. The top one was Zoom, running in…

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Movie Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield

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A movie poster featuring cut-outs of the cast.

A modern take on Charles Dickens’s classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles. Written and directed by Armando Iannucci, based on the 1850 novel by Charles Dickens. It stars Dev Patel as the title character. This is such a joyous movie. It is a fast, funny, and beautifully…

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Movie Review: How To Build A Girl

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A girl with dyed red hair, wearing a top hat, looks to the stars and smiles.

How to Build a Girl is a 2019 coming-of-age comedy film directed by Coky Giedroyc, from a screenplay by Caitlin Moran and John Niven, based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Moran. The film tells the story of Johanna Morrigan, teenager living with her working-class family on a council estate in Wolverhampton,…

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Adding Semantic Reviews / Rich Snippets to your WordPress Site

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Screenshot of JSON code in a web page.

This is a real “scratch my own itch” post. I want to add semantic metadata to the book reviews I write on my blog. This will enable “rich snippets” in search engines. There are loads of WordPress plugins which do this. But where’s the fun in that?! So here’s how I quickly built it…

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