Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
Random Stoopid O'clock musings, #73649146846

NRA: The more people who have guns, the less shootings there will be!
Rest Of The World: That's not how herd immunity works, dammit!
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
Hey, #Fediverse - are there any Hubzilla apps out for Android?
I've been looking, and can't seem to find any...
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
As this man correctly states, May was the Home Secretary who oversaw the gutting of Police budgets over many years - but lets not forget she was also the Home Secretary who banned Border Force vessels from leaving harbour to perform their duties preventing illegal immigration and smuggling, then blamed the rise in immigration and smuggling on the EU.
She was also the Home Secretary who tried selling off parts of the prison service, who gutted the fire services, and generally tried running down all parts of the government under her purview, then tried blaming it all on the EU, even when the problems were obviously of her own making.
And she has only made things worse as PM. BBC London Calling

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This interview will never be shown on TV again
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
I don't do New Years Resolutions, but I think I really need to get my arse in gear and do the following this year.
1) Write more - I have an almost completely un-used site for my writings, which hasn't been updated in almost a year. Time to do something about that.
2) Get more photo editing done - going to be tough on this under-powered laptop I've borrowed, but still, it needs doing.
3) Get out of my current dead-end job, and do something where I feel valued and appreciated (and paid!) instead.
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
So, the annual orgy of mindless mass consumerism is over - all that is left is tomorrows riot of rampant conspicuous consumption, and the Christian worlds second holiest rite will be complete for another year.
Can you tell I hate Christmas?
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
It's funny 'cos it's true!
Seriously, there are quite a few people who shop at my work who think like this!
**spoiler** - this is a spoof site!
Huge Brexit supporters queue up at German supermarket to buy cheap Italian fizzy wine

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It has been reported that huge Brexit supporters all over the United Kingdom spent hours queuing up at a German supermarket on Saturday morning to buy cheap sparkling Italian wine. By 5am on Saturday, long queues were already forming, with many car parks of the discounted German supermarket resembling scenes from the London riots of…
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
Stolen from StalkerBook...
Maybe we should start calling them #altpigeons and seeing how long it takes them to figure it out.Image/photo
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
Two days off work, so here is my To Do list...
Finish off this batch of photos for madcam.co.uk
Do at least one batch of photos for mancavgeek.co.uk
Move the family site to the new host.
Take Boo to get her hair cut.
Take Boo and E (her cousin) to the local play park.
Set up email accounts for all my sites on the new host.
Go shopping.
Cook for everyone.
Set up DO account.
Pick up wifes meds.
Any other jobs around the house my wife has been saving for a day off.
GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA, IDIOT!

And that's just today!
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
So, after semi-killing my Mac Mini trying to install Ubuntu on it (I can't be bothered opening it up right now, and need an external optical drive to reinstall and start again!), I'm installing Ubuntu On Windows in the hopes of being able to run a full LAMP stack from within my 'Doze box.
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
O Captain, my Captain...

Also, where would she get that ridiculous figure from?
Seriously, if you're earning enough that the small amount of time it takes to book your seat is worth that much, take a private jet next time, you can afford it!
Chris Evans Takes Down Ann Coulter In Most Glorious Way

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The actor doesn't just take down bad guys in the movies.
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
This week is work experience week - whose bright idea was it to pair up some poor school kid with the gruff, sarcastic, anti-social beardy bloke?
Poor lad must be terrified! :D
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Try not to eat the kid all at once. (Let 'em enjoy the momentary illusion of being able to survive the workosphere before utterly dashing their hopes.)
Stuart Butterworth
  
Didn't get a chance to eat him - he went for his dinner and... didn't come back...
It wasn't just me - we had 5 of them in yesterday, working in various departments around the store, and at least 4 of them didn't come back!
(Those 4 were working on the shop floor, so I would see them quite a bit - the other was in Admin, where I had no particular reason to go, so I dunno...)
Stuart Butterworth
  
Also, I made a big point of telling him "If anyone asks wheat you've learned from this week, make up some BS about learning the value of working for a living, or contributing to society, or some good-little-consumer crap like that - the REAL lesson is never work in a supermarket, and especially THIS one!"
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
Its'a a cold, wet, miserable day - here, have a classic bit of comedy to brighten your day.
Morecomb & Wise - The Stripper
Classic Comedy Morecambe and Wise

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Morecambe and Wise breakfast sketch
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  last edited: Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:20:16 -0400  
Spent most of my writing time today exploring the use of Wikimedia for plotting some fiction rather than working on my CampNaNo piece - even with just a brief play, I've found it makes keeping track of events and people much easier...
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
Note to self...
Okay, either start working on your CampNaNo piece, or do something on one of your wiki's!
Also - look for novel outlining software, possibly web based. (Wiki?)
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
One of the weaknesses of the distributed/federated social; network has reared its ugly head - one of the largest Mastodon servers has gone quiet, it's online, but displaying an error message, which means that no-one can log in, no-one can export anything, and I'm scrabbling around, trying to find a working instance that a) works stably, and b) has a fairly generic , non-specific URL.
Looks like https://mastodon.rocks/web/accounts/22163 is going to be my Masto-home for the foreseeable future...
Doctor Who Spoilers Ahoy!

Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  last edited: Sat, 01 Jul 2017 03:49:17 -0400  
Tonight is the season finale of Doctor Who, so as usual I have a series of predictions.


SPOILERS AHEAD!!


(Although with my track record, you can probably rely on this being a list of things that will definitively NOT happen!)
So, after my BSG predictions (the missing Cylon wasn’t a skin-job, but instead was Galactica), Lost (everything that happened on the Island was a figment of Dave’s imagination), The Matrix (Neo was never The One, instead it was Morpheus), and Doctor Who (Okay, I’m partially recycling this one!)
These will all be a bit vague, so they probably won’t mean much to most people, unless they actually happen, in which case everyone will go “Oh yeah…”
So…

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!


A major character has been lying to us this whole time.
2 (Count ‘em, TWO!) regenerations.
“No - not you!”
The return of a Classic Who character, played by the original actor, if only briefly.
“I can’t be here - you’ll understand in a minute.”
The “V” word…
The next season will be the darkest since the Colin Baker days.
We've already encountered the new Doctor at least once - not a bit part, not that actor playing another role, it was definitively the Doctor, and we all missed it.
Unseen footage from one episode will appear in another episode in a couple of seasons time, giving another viewpoint on those events - Capaldi and one companion will get screen credits without actually filming anything...
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
I've been messing with some OS Social Networking apps recently, both on my own servers and on others (hence why I'm here! Thanks, Woozle!), and it only seems to confirm for me that the ideal Social Network has quite possibly been hiding in plain sight all along.
ELGG was about the only one I could get to install on my shared hosting - it seems nice enough, but it doesn't federate very well, even with other instances of itself on the same server - apparently there is a version with code built in to federate with various OStatus projects, but it has never seen the light of day.
With one exception, it's install was simple - it needs a Data folder outside of the web root, and requests details of the absolute path to that folder - my host has a none-standard way of  setting their paths up, which meant I was stuck on that step for a good long while until I could get someone to walk me through it.
Other than that, it was a really simple install, not quite as easy as WordPress, but certainly easier than Mastodon or Hubzilla, both of which failed to install on my server.
And that is what we need for decentralised, federated social networking to take off - a simple install routine, a lower list of server requirements, that is as configurable and as adaptable as WordPress - in fact, maybe WP itself could do the job...
Well, actually, it turns out that wordpress.com. the hosted version or WordPress, has some limited functionality along these lines, and if you link a self-hosted WP instance up to an account on WP.com using Jetpack, you can acess a sub-set of those functionas, although you can only read other WP.com sites rather than self-hosted sites.
Still, the possibility is there - indeed, there is an OStatus plugin available which claims to allow this to happen, but it hasn't been updated in a while, requires other plugins (many of which haven't been updated in even longer), has a really complex install routine as a result, hasn't been tested with the latest version of WP, and, erm... doesn't actually work...
But seriously, I'm sure there must be a way to get something like that to work - with WordPress's installed user-base, putting this sort of thing in would potentially create one of the biggest social networks out there, allowing just about anyone full control of their data quickly, easily, and cheaply.
One of the biggest problem the current distributed, federated networks have is that they generally require beefier (and therefore more expensive) servers than the hosted options that happily run Wordpress (and other blogging/CMS options), as well as needing more knowledge of how to run the servers - shared hosting is generally simple, but anything thing more gets really complicated really quickly, what we really need is a way for everyone to be able to run their own instance rather than relying on someone else doing all the work, and having to trust them.
Hmm, this is getting really long-winded, and I'm repeating myself - think I had better hit the pit.
Thoughts, anyone?
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
Note to self - you ARE going to get some photos edited and posted today!
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Hmm, so Elgg may be another option before too long. Always good to have more options...

I tried to federate Hubzilla with Mastodon, but ran into a question I didn't know how to answer and shelved it for later.
Stuart Butterworth
  last edited: Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:04:37 -0400  
Dunno about "before too long" - I've seen references to the devs working on this dating back to 2009.
Meanwhile, I've found a WordPress plugin which allows federation with OStatus...
Apparently - must test when I get home, but I've been thinking WP could be the answer for a while now...
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Whatever works for you. WordPress and I have a somewhat chilly working relationship... ;-)