You’re Not Alone

Amongst other things, I’m a bit of a music geek with eclectic tastes. We all have songs we know very well – “You’re Not Alone” by Olive is one of those I must have heard dozens of times on the radio and in pubs and clubs in 1997 when the remixed version exploded. Those opening clipped synth chords are instantly recognisable.

Sometimes you’ll hear a cover version of a song that changes how you listen and feel about the song totally. This cover, by Astræa is one of them:


I love songs with lyrics that I can appreciate and identify with. The sentiments are at the same time intimate and universal. First, who hasn’t had to deal with being at a distance from someone they love? Second, isn’t it wonderful to know that someone has got your back and is waiting for you to come back, literally or metaphorically?

Singers who can enunciate each word and phrase with clarity are also a big plus for me; there’s nothing more annoying than having to listen to a song multiple times just to make out the lyrics (REM, Bob Dylan, I’m talking to you here). This beautiful rendition ticks all the right boxes. 

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Don’t panic! It’s Towel Day! 

“You sass that hoopy frood Douglas Adams? There’s a guy who really knows where his towel is.”

Today is Towel Day a celebration and tribute to Douglas Adams, author of the increasingly inaccurately named Hitch-Hiker Trilogy and other similarly mind-boggling works of fiction and non-fiction. If you’ve no idea what it’s all about the lovely folk from lemon.ly have produced this infographic.

Whatever you do today, above all make sure you know exactly where your towel is. 🙂

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..?

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.  🙂