Blake’s 7: Liberator Chronicles 2 – False Positive

False Positive cover

The Liberator Chronicles are good stories, and I’ve been enjoying listening to these again, but if there’s one thing I don’t like about them, it’s that these stories aren’t full cast dramas. I suppose that this is simply because I’ve recently listened to the latest Blake’s 7 story ‘Fractures’, which was a full cast drama and which is really good.

Anyway, the chronicles are very good, and I should probably get the rest of them at some point.

Space 1999 season 2

Although I haven’t finished watching season 1 as yet I’ve already discovered that getting hold of season 2 isn’t easy. At least it isn’t easy to get hold of on DVD. However, it’s easy to get on iTunes. In fact, it’s really cheap on iTunes, comparatively that is.

Emulating things


Today it’s time to get a few more things sorted out for the StyleTap emulator on Windows Mobile. I think that one day this device might actually be quite useful if everything goes to plan.

And then Launch Center Pro for iPad arrived

This has been a long time coming in my view. Launch Center Pro as a very handy app and well worth having if you’re trying to automate things on your iOS device. Now that it’s available for the iPad that represents a big step forward for automation and workflow.

Also it’s 40% off for launch (no pun intended), so it’s £2.99 right now.

If this then apparently not that (or when things go wrong)

Something I have relied on for a while now is IFTTT (if this then that). Today, it fell over. Here’s what they had to say about their issues:

Last night at approximately 10:00pm PST much of the work IFTTT does in the background stopped due to an issue with one of our backend services. Our monitoring systems would have alerted us to the problem immediately, but those unfortunately failed as well and we weren’t able to fix the issue until this morning at 10:00am PST.

Any affected Recipes should pick up right where they left off last night.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We know that many of you have come to depend on IFTTT in your everyday lives and we take great pride in that. A stoppage of work for this duration is unacceptable and we will do whatever it takes to ensure we get in front of these issues much faster in the future.

As always with this kind of thing you know that it’s going to get sorted, but waiting around is just a pain. It makes me realise that we rely on these services for so many things, or rather I do anyway, and increasingly, with the rise of the internet of things, these services extend themselves into the real world too.

Building an Android version of my buzzword generator


I thought it might be fun to build an Android version of this little fun web app thing. I’ve been using MIT App Inventor as it’s very easy to use, in fact, much easier than I thought it would be to make this app. So, when it’s a little bit nearer to completion I might put a video up. I haven’t decided if I want to put it on the Google Play store, or if I’ll just make it available here.

Anyway, it’ll be coming along soon enough.

Loving messing about with littleBits Korg Synth kit

littleBits Synth with iPhone 3G and GuitarJack
littleBits Synth with iPhone 3G and GuitarJack

To the extent that I’ve been wondering about getting some of the other components to do even more interesting things with it. I’ve also been thinking about how to combine it with some of my other gear to see how it can work together. It really is awesome stuff!

I recorded some sounds from the littleBits kit using my GuitarJack line in and my iPhone 3G running FourTrack, which still works like a dream!