Sunday, March 10, 2019

Spanish verbs

Damn Spanish verbs can be frustrating.  I been trying for 13 years, and still get confused.  Must be the old brain.

I found a great "Cheat Sheet" (for fun try getting a Spanish person to say that :)) on Dummies.com but it a bit long so I cut it down a bit to just the most useful verb endings.

The cheat sheet is only good for regular verbs, and the most important/often used ones are irregular.

So last intercambio I worked with my friend to translate some typical sentences.

Here we are:


My mother was here until today,

Mi madre ha estado aqui hasta hoy,

and she will probably be back in April.

y ella a lo mejor volvera en Abril

We all had a nice time.

Nos lo pasamos bien.

Tanya & Isabel went to Barcelona on Sunday for appointments Isabel had yesterday and today.

Tanya y Isabel fueron a Barcelona dominigo para hacer encargos Isabel tenia ayer y hoy.

They are coming back now and are expected to be at home when Henry and I get there.

Ellos estan volviendo ahora mismo y se espera que esten en casa cuando Henry y yo lleguemos alli.

We went to Pas de la casa on Sunday and had a nice meal.

Nos fuimos a Pas de la casa el domingo, comimos bien. 

It was a pleasant restaurant, although the menu was not accommodating.

Era un restaurant agradable, aunque el menĂº no era complaciente.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

How do you fix a roll of aluminium foil once it's started spiralling?

I had this problem.

Seen a post on Reddit.  Old one.

"This thread is archived
New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast"

That is a shame.  As I now have a better answer than any of the posts.

Get a pair of tweezers and scrape down from the part of the foil roll that is "stuck".  

Don't matter if it digs down into the layer beneath.  Try to maintain even digging across the roll.

Worked a treat!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Dog Saga Continues

So this new neighbour of ours who really must rank as one of the most selfish people ever, now has a new dog rapidly changing from puppy to expert-barker, in addition to the two older dogs she had previously.  The puppy has a hoarse-sounding bark that is even more penetrating than the older dogs' barks.

My whole body convulses when the damn thing goes off.  It is not possible to concentrate on my work, when they looking over the fence and barking away for hours.

I googled for some information on the physiological effects of the barking and found an interesting site.  http://barkingdogs.net/exposure.shtml

This guy seems to have been tormented for years by inconsiderate neighbours, but checking his facebook, it appears that he has been able to sell up and move.

https://www.facebook.com/BarkingDogProblems/



So good for him!  I however am stuck with this woman who very rarely exercises her big dogs, so they roam around the yard all day barking madly at cats, birds, workmen etc. who pass up or down the street.

Here is the annoying yappy little thing...  This is the fence between my yard and her yard.  I park my car where my son is walking.



Tuesday, February 5, 2019

(Bit) Bonkers Relationship Advice


If you want a really strong relationship - I recommend moving abroad.  It needs to be a country where neither partner can a) speak the language b) has lived before.

This, in my experience, will be a little crazy – for example if will make even the simplest task; like talking to a plumber fraught with possibilities to get the wrong end of the stick, you won’t have a family or friends network to rely on, and everything will be an uphill struggle.

But.. you will probably have a rock solid relationship with your wife.  After a few years you will be able to guarantee they can take just about anything in their stride.  Travelling to other parts of the world will be a breeze – and going back to your home town will bring a smile to your face when you have to sort something mildly problematic there.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Business Ideas to try

Sometimes one wakes up in the morning, or takes a long leisurely bath - and "Archimedes-like" you get a brainwave.  Lots of people do, I even heard about a CEO who out a bath suite next to his corporate office to capitalise on this phenomenon.

I get of lot of these "brainwaves".  Most business ideas (to their owners), seem "genius", at least initially.   After a day or two, the shine normally comes off them.  Bitter experience has taught me that peer reviewing your new business concept is the best way to get some honest feedback on whether it's a go-er or not.

So I'm going to try the biggest "peer" review of them all - posting these ideas on the internet!  Of course the idea will have lost it's element of "surprise" - but maybe a reader will fancy using it a the seed of their business empire.  Or just having a good laugh if the idea it too "hare-brained".

Ideas are important, but they are more or less free, and really to make a business succeed its in the "doing".  I don't have much time for "idea's men"; unless they are grafters too.

I'm going to post them once and while, all with the business idea tag

Monday, January 28, 2019

Determining actual pixels rendered from relative settings

So I'm finally.. after maybe 17 years... getting round to looking at CSS in a bit more detail.

Sadly CSS has moved on a bit in the last 17 years... I'm going to have to go ALL OUT.

Doing it via an Udemy course - so far so good.  Just had a pretty mental lecture on how the browser finally calculates the actual "end result" pixel values; and I'm certain I'm going to need to refer to it again.


The main new point here for me, em settings are measured relative to their parent font-size, if used to specify font-size, whereas em settings are measured relative to the current font-size, if used to specify lengths.

em - is a multiplication factor, so 2em could be 2x the parent's font size for a font-size definition.

Mind blown.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Recollections from a mis-spend youth

I came across an article in the Nottingham Evening Post.

https://web.archive.org/web/20180724022708/https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/history/nottingham-nightclubs-you-went-80s-173196

Brings back some memories.  No a lot of memories actually...which is a shame because I spend a large amount of my life during my 20s in these places.  

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Twitter still doesn't allow phone numbers from Andorra

I last posted about this in 2013!  It is now 2019!

Lot of exclamation marks!! yes!!  Very very frustrating!

Just trying to add a company twitter account to my mobile.



And I'm still getting "This appears to be an invalid phone number. Please enter a valid phone number." message.

My phone number entered is perfectly valid.

Hey twitters..  How about fixing this.

This appears to be an invalid phone number. Please enter a valid phone number.

This appears to be an invalid phone number. Please enter a valid phone number.This appears to be an invalid phone number. Please enter a valid phone number.

This appears to be an invalid phone number. Please enter a valid phone number.