Won a @Heineken Valentine’s Dinner Reservation – ONLY a reservation

So I got a call around lunch today saying I won the prize at http://startreatment.co/star-access/ for a dinner reservation for Valentine’s today at a nice restaurant, I was a little taken back but very happy – it’s a free Valentine’s  day meal for me and my husband, great! As with most of these competition’s I wasn’t expecting to win but was extremely pleased to get the phone call. Then I got this email…. To quote the bit that took me by surprise: “Just a little reminder; this is just a reservation, it’s up to you to foot the bill. ” That’s right, I won … Continue reading

Standardising logging and parallelisation in multiple languages

Over the last few days I’ve been working on interfaces to use across multiple programming languages to standardise how some things are done. This stemmed from a requirement to allow processing to be dealt with in any language from any other language. People do this all the time, it’s nothing new, but they generally stick to “language A will have a requirement to get some data and we’ll get this data using language B across multiple servers/threads”. This results in an API contract between the two languages but not much else (you, in advance say I’ll request it in this way … Continue reading

50 Shades of (Lego®) Grey

I’m not sure what to think of this Lego® trailer for 50 Shades of Grey. I’ve found the whole 50 Shades Phenomenom to just fly by me and now even Lego® is in on it. I feel like this is missing some kind of humour that makes it Lego®. I’m all for Lego® to continue making parodies but this one I’m not sure about.

Massive Anthem health insurance hack exposes millions of customers’ details

Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield office in Denver. Andrew Williams (KMGH-TV) Well as far as hacks go, this is pretty amazing and if they are right and millions of customers have had their name, address, DoB, and social security numbers stolen, a lot of people could find themselves being impersonated over the coming months or even years. It’s all you really need to make a company believe you are who you are not! The attackers stole names, addresses, birthdays and social security numbers of customers from every one of Anthem’s business units. So far, Anthem has not said how many records were … Continue reading

HonestBrew – It arrives!

So today my 18 “bottles” (one was actually a can!) of pale ale arrived from HonestBrew that I talked about yesterday. They arrived in a segmented box with….Styrofoam packaging peanuts! So of course even though I was careful, the kitchen had a light showering of them all over the place as they generally just fly around with the slightest breeze. So my first thought here is, lose them, Virgin Wines ship in the same style box without the foam and I’ve never had a bottle smashed – it’s also a lot more environmentally friendly, I’ll recycle the box but the foam … Continue reading

HonestBrew – Craft Ales to your door

During my recent stumblings I came across a a nice website that ships interesting ales to your door. It’s called HonestBrew. I did a quick Google and found a £10 discount for the first order too so I obviously had to place an order. The signup process was straight forward; you get asked a few questions: how many bottles do you want at once, what type of ale you like (pale, amber, dark) and what flavours you like (e.g. light/crisp, citrusy/fruity). Then you’re good to go and can get boxes daily (yes, daily), weekly or monthly. I signed up, pushed … Continue reading

Texas boy suspended after bringing ‘ring of power’ to school – NY Daily News

Tolkien lore led a Texas boy to suspension after he brought his “one ring” to school. Kermit Elementary School officials called it a threat when the 9-year-old boy, Aiden Steward, in a playful act of make-believe, told a classmate he could make him disappear with a ring forged in fictional Middle Earth’s Mount Doom. “It sounded unbelievable,” the boy’s father, Jason Steward, told the Daily News. He insists his son “didn’t mean anything by it.” The Stewards had just watched “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” days earlier, inspiring Aiden’s imagination and leading him to proclaim that he had … Continue reading

Windows 10 coming to Raspberry Pi 2 – free!

As if the news wasn’t good enough that all Windows 7 and 8 users are going to be getting a free upgrade to Windows 10 – the new Windows OS that promises to be everything we wanted and then some. Microsoft have announced that the recently released Raspberry Pi 2 will be getting a specially compiled version of Windows 10. Considering the new Raspberry Pi 2 is only $35 for it’s quad-core 1GB goodness, this is certainly welcome news. We see the Maker community as an amazing source of innovation for smart, connected devices that represent the very foundation of … Continue reading

The vastness of our solar system in a video at the speed of light

I recently started playing Elite: Dangerous as I’ve always been a fan of the concept of FTL space travel that humans can do and still be aware of without experiencing infinite mass or time appearing to stand still. I’ve spent hours on some weekends just jumping around from solar system to solar system exploring the vastness of space and it still taking forever to get anywhere, even going at 30x the speed of light. While randomly stumbling around the internet I came across this video which is a great way of showing the vastness of space to someone (who understands … Continue reading