Have you got The Edge

Ah, Westerns… Such a glorious genre, especially if you are after something that isn’t very good. Which brings me directly to Big Gold. Number 14 in a series featuring a hero called Edge, but you don’t need yo read the first 13 to appreciate it (and you certainly don’t need to read the following 47 books…

Moonraker. The Novel.

I quite like Moonraker the film. Oh, I know- it is gloriously terrible. Lasers in space, Jaws isn’t a shark, Roger Moore… It perhaps sums up the worst of James Bond. Which is quite convenient, because the novel sums up Iam Fleming at his best. I can’t remember much about the movie except the lasers….

Jimmy’s Laws of Software Development

THE APP MUST ALWAYS WORK. Under construction. To be completed. Launching in April. No. Never. Leave your dreams on paper. You are using paper, aren’t you? BUILD YOUR DATA FIRST. Most apps are surprisngly simple. Any data structure- even the most complex database- has common functions. An id? A header and a detail record? The…

The case of the disappearing dog

Two dogs ran away… and were eaten?  Huh? So, now I know why it is a good idea to skip the booze. I ran through my notes from the night before and saw the above title. What did it mean? I couldn’t remember any dogs. I remember eating hot chips whilst waiting for a taxi….

Harness the Distant Galaxy of Time

I shall try my best not to sound like a self-help guru. This might be difficult. Anyway, lately I have been feeling overwhelmed. It doesn’t matter what part of the day I am in, I am always doing something I don’t want to do. Stuck in traffic, answering emails, doing the laundry. Simple problems that…

Two years, a hundred downloads

My first game Gem Hunter just reached a hundred downloads. That’s not bad considering I have done zero to promote it. It has taken two years, so I am amazed that people are still finding it and installing it.  I really should get in the habit of fixing my store listings and providing updates. I work in…

How can so many people be wrong?

Black tea. Where to begin? In the trash. That’s where black tea belongs. It is vile. Stinks like grass, tastes like nothing much. It is repugnant. I thought I would give it another go to break out of my coffee addiction. Why not? My wife likes her tea black, just strong enough so you can…

The Albatross in the Desert- now with spell-check!

One of the problems with not having an editor is that little issues sneak into my published works before I can spot them. Thankfully, I have a lovely wife that goes through my books line by line and tells me what’s wrong.  And so I can now present version 2 of The Albatross in the…

Hunting “The Deer Hunter”

The Deer Hunter… A long movie, and possibly a great one. I can only remember a few things about it: It goes for nigh-on 4 hours They spend 45 minutes in Vietnam Great ending- but it might only be great because it took so long to get to. I’ve only seen the movie the once. I…

Quick! I need a word that rhymes with… Moo?

Okay, so this isn’t a health blog. I’m not a nutrtionalist or a body builder or some kind of paleo guru. I’m just a dude. But, I always think that if I find a useful way to do something that I haven’t found in my searches before, I might as well share it. So let’s…

Pi-Top Review, Part 3 (The Keyboard)

And so we finally come to the bad… The keyboard. I started this series of reviews with a goal in mind: can the pi-top be used for writing? Surfing the net, watching movies, listening to music- they are all fine, but writing? Well… maybe. I’m having a few issues, and part of it is no…

Pi-Top Review, Part 2 (Using it!)

Okay, so the build went great and once I plugged the pi-top in and charged the battery, it worked first time. No issues there at all. Booting up takes you into the Pi-Top OS (Courtesy of the pre-loaded card that comes with the pi-top.) The software isn’t really for me, and it is aimed at…