Bach and Bobby McFerrin

There must be more than a few music geeks reading this. I’ve got pretty eclectic musical tastes, so I am delighted to share this video of Bobby McFerrin (probably best known for the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”) singing Bach’s Prelude in C major. The amount of precision and vocal control required to do this well is incredible. 

I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend whether you celebrate Easter, Ostara, chocolate, or The Flying Spaghetti Monster. May this video continue that weekend a little bit longer. 

While you’re digesting all that chocolate, tell me what singer and song and combination has surprised you in a good way recently? 🙂 

Complicated Board Games

This is for all the board game geeks. Some games are simple to learn and simple to play, like Ludo. Some are simple to learn but difficult to master, like Go. Some are difficult to learn and difficult to master, where the Rise and Decline of the Third Reich comes to mind (I’ve never met anyone who learnt ALL of the rules to it). Anyone remember Magic Realm? I’ve never known or heard of a gaming group that has the patience and stamina to work through all six or seven stages of gameplay required to learn all of the intricacies of it.

How about a game where it is difficult, if nigh on impossible, to work out who plays first?

 

 

With gaming friends like these, who needs enemies..?

The importance of grammar and punctuation 

To those who consider grammar and punctuation to be unimportant in today’s fast-moving world of 140 character soundbites, I urge them to consider this example.

If anyone is offended by the text on this image, they'd better not watch

Whether you use a comma or not can make all the difference in even a simple sentence.

Microsoft due to end Vista support on 11th April 2017

For the half-a-dozen people still using Windows Vista (for the love of all things good about computers, why?) I would like to draw your attention to CNET’s advisory that Microsoft will be ending support for Windows Vista on 11th April 2017.

Geekonomicon would like to apologise for any inadvertent flashbacks this image may cause.

Windows Vista – the logo was the only decent thing about it.

 

If you’re still running Windows Vista then, Microsoft will no longer support it. In practical terms, this means you will get:

  • no more security updates.
  • no more non-security hotfixes.
  • no assisted support options (free or paid).
  • no more online technical updates from Microsoft. The fiends.

For the hard of thinking, I’d like to point out that if you’re still using Windows Vista, it sucks to be you regardless. Every single day.

On the upside, I have even less reason to test on that particular platform anymore.  🙂