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The Beatles Abbey Road 50th Anniversary

Another year, another remixed Beatles album is released. Last year it was the White Album, this year it’s the 50th aniversary of Abbey Road.

As I said in the last post like this, while I am a compelete Beatles fanatic, I’m not a fan of their later albums from Sergant Pepper onwards.

But my feelings for Abbey Road are a little different because of three compositions. Come Together, Something and Here Comes the Sun. Three great songs, and thankfully Apple Music have released an amazing video to coincide with the new remixed album.

And Jesus H Fucking Christ on a fucking bike, Here Comes the Sun sounds out of this world, sounds so fresh and betrays none of it’s fifty year age. I was blown away.

Roll on the 60th aniversary remixes of Hard Days’ Night, Help, Revolver and Rubber Soul 🙂

The Beatles White Album 50th Anniversary

So the Beatles White Album has been remixed… suppose you have to do something for the 50th aniversary. Not my favourite album in the world, anything after Revolver pails into comparison and while I can agree that it’s progression in their music and songwriting, it’s just not as exciting to listen to.

The White Album just appears to be a lot of knock off songs from India thrown together into a double album although it does have some highlights like Dear Prudence, While My Guitar Gently Weeps and I’m So Tired.

So it’s very meh to me, but there is a new video…. oooooo. Yeah exactly. So here’s a remix of Glass Onion, sounding a little less like filler music to my ears, but hey, we all have our favourites.

The moment my life went wrong

Back in the Summer of 1983, I was a child you would recognise from the wreck I’ve made of childhood.

I was an extrovert, I was never in the house, I was out with a massive group of friends any chance I could get.

Then December comes. As any other kid, I looked in my mum and dad’s wardrobe’s looking to see what presents I would be getting for Christmas. Nothing. A little weird, so I took a risk and looked in my oldest brother’s room and there in the back of his wardrobe was a Woolworth’s bag with black box, about a foot long, half a foot deep and wide. On the front was a black machine with what looked like blue keys.

What the fuck is that?  Guess it’s for my middle brother or something, so I presumed my present hadn’t been bought yet.

Come Christmas Day, I wake up excitedly and rush downstairs with my brothers and we start unwrapping presents. I’m given this box and I unwrap it and it’s the same box I saw before.

Aaaaah... look at that beauty
Aaaaah… look at that beauty

Same question, what the fuck is it? Sinclair ZX Spectrum Personal Computer. What is a computer? What is a Spectrum?

So my brother’s set it up for me (they’ve obviously used it before!), plugged into a colour TV, cassette player and a few WH Smith’s tapes. The fuckers didn’t even bother buying games for it but pirated them from someone in their work, along with a list of games I could buy for £2.50 or something. A tradition I’ve carried on every since ha.

So they put in a tape and we wait, and wait and wait and then I’m presented with this screen. The first computer game I’ve played.

Let’s remember, this is 1983, and computers by modern standards were crap as you’d expect, so  it’s hard to imagine the impact this made at the time, or as I prefer to see it now, what a complete fucking disaster this made of my life.

For the next six to nine months, I hammered that fucking rubber keyboard and Kempston joystick as I refused to let some fucking sprites on a screen beat me. Jetpac, Manic Miner, Jet Set Willy, Pssst and Football Manager was hammered morning, noon and night.

The number of hours I wasted on this game. FML.

But then the boredom set in. No more “yay let’s play Atic Atac”, more “oh god, do I have to play these shitty games again”, but that god for the manual, which gave very, very basic instructions on how to “program” it and this was the point my future life went to shit as I typed in those long program listings from Sinclair User that never fucking worked first time around, that took longer to debug than to type in the first place, but at least it gave me a skill I have to this day of finding problems very quickly and fixing them.

I can still remember me and my brothers writing a game called Miners Strike, which was basically Space Invaders but instead you fired policeman at miners. Well it was topical at the time, and the hell of doing graphics as binary characters with the help of pen and paper.

So this is how my future life was decided. My mass of friends drifted away, going outside was rare, I was kicked out of the school football team and basically I turned into  what kids of today are like: glued to their xbox’s and playstation’s, never going out, anti-social.

Over the next year or so, I learnt Z80 code but then moved to the Commodore 64, and it was the same story… I got bored of the games and started coding on it instead as it was much more entertaining to me.

Then I joined the 16 bit generation in July 1987, and what was left of my personality soon disappeared as I joined “the scene”, writing tech demos in what was bascially a European wide pissing contest to see who could do the best effect better than anyone else.

Ah it was fun.

Now it’s my job, I’m a developer for a living, sat in front of two monitors for eight hours a day, writing crappy code and fixing issues before I go home and spend another five hours at my home computer before going to bed and the whole sorry cycle starts over again.

Sounds a fucking blast doesn’t it.

Looking for a new job… Perfect!

Combine two hobbies into a career.

Setting the ‘to:’ address in Contact Form 7 from a custom field

This does assume you have the Contact Form 7 and Dynamic Text Extension plugins installed. If you don’t, this article will mean bugger all.

On our works web site, we use Contact Form 7, about 30 in all, and after being asked to change the ‘to:’ address once too often, I thought ‘fuck this’ and came up with a solution where the content editors can do it themselves without pestering me all the time.

The quickest way is to simply set a custom field on the page/post you want the Contact Form 7 to appear on. At the bottom of the editor screen, there is the option to Add New Custom Field. For the sake of this tutorial, I’m going to call the key cf_email_to_address and then enter the email address you want to test.

Click Update or Save depending on what you’re doing, and now head over to the Contact Form 7 that you want to edit and in the Form tab, add this at the top:

[dynamichidden recipient-email "CF7_get_custom_field key='cf7_email_to_address' obfuscate='on'"]

This is a CF7 dynamic field that put the value of the custom field cf7_email_to_address that we created above, and puts it into variable recipient-email.

All we have to do now is click on the Mail tab and in the To address, add this:

[_post_title] <[recipient-email]>

Will send an email with the post title name to the email address we specified in the custom field.

Simple.

Things to do in Rotherham when you’re dead

Time for a little review of things to do based on extensive research before and during my three and a bit days in Rotherham.

So here’s the top ten of things to do:

  1. Find the nearest road out
  2. See item 1.

Seriously, I’ve never been so fucking bored in my life. Staring at the four walls of a fucking Holiday Inn room was more fucking interesting.

A drive every morning to our training room was like going back in time.

Only good thing was beating the works Designer at table football, though to be fair, he was pissed up at the time. But a wins a win ha

50 shades of grey. Almost.

I was sent this by a developer in the office, from the SASS file for a web app.


/* greys */
$grey1: #DEDEDE;
$grey2: #CCCCCC;
$grey3: #333333;
$grey4: #666666;
$grey5: #999999;
$grey6: #f7f7f8;
$grey7: #dddddd;
$grey8: #eeeeee;
$grey9: #777777;
$grey10: #f5f5f5;
$grey11: #f9f9f9;
$grey12: #e8e8e8;
$grey13: #e5e5e5;
$grey14: #555555;
$grey15: #737373;
$grey16: #e6e6e6;
$grey17: #adadad;
$grey18: #262626;
$grey19: #f8f8f8;
$grey20: #e7e7e7;
$grey21: #888888;
$grey22: #222222;
$grey23: #080808;
$grey24: #9d9d9d;
$grey25: #4A4A4A;
$grey26: #101010;
$grey27: #d5d5d5;
$grey28: #e3e3e3;
$grey29: #ebebeb;
$grey30: #bbbbbb;
$grey31: #efefef;

Notice the wonderful concise and informative referencing of the classes, easy reference was not top of the priority list I presume. But this is what happens when you are sent PDF’s from the designer.

The Art of Programming

Project management

Yeah I watch things on the internet. Sometimes.

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