New Year Honours

Apart from Lorraine Kelly here’s a list of other women in Scotland who received honours
  • Isobel, Mrs ANDERSON. Chair, Carers Scotland Advisory Committee. For services to the community in Dundee.
  • Elizabeth, Mrs BENNETT. For charitable services in Scotland.
  • Cherry Buchanan, Mrs BRIGGS. College Manager, Reid Kerr College, Paisley. For services to Scottish Further Education and Young People in Renfrewshire.
  • Helen Anne, Mrs BROWN. Lately Board Member, Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care. For services to Vulnerable People.
  • Irene, Mrs HENDERSON. Grade 3 Casework Specialist, Human Resources, Scottish Parliament.
  • Mini, Mrs JOTI. Health Visitor, Bridgeton Health Centre. For services to the NHS and the community in the East End of Glasgow.
  • Jane Findlay, Mrs MURRAY. For services to Tayside Fire and Rescue and Local Government in Scotland.
  • Ms Corinna PENROSE. Lately Commissioner, Mental Welfare Commission. For services to Mental Health in Scotland.
  • Rhona, Mrs ROY. For services to Capability Scotland.
  • Marilyn Joy, Mrs SMITH. Conductor and Musical Director, Glasgow Phoenix Choir. For services to Music.
  • Anne, Mrs STUART. Chair, Cassiltoun Housing Association. For services to Housing and Regeneration in Castlemilk, Glasgow.
  • Mary Rose, Mrs WATT. For services to Highland Dance Teaching in Rossshire.
  • Ms Margaret MILLS. Project Worker, Children 1st. For services to Children and Young People in Scotland.

Going b-armv6-y, Xcode 4.2 and deployment target 4.2

Back-up brain because I know I’ll forget this kind of thing. Was trying to target some Xcode projects to a deployment target of 4.2 and to a device rather than the simulator. Wasn’t getting them running, or rather they would seem to run an finish almost immediately. In the console entries like

Fri Nov 18 23:51:16 unknown lockdownd[16] : 2ffea000 handle_connection: Could not receive USB message #6 from Xcode. Killing connection
Fri Nov 18 23:51:16 unknown[16] : Could not receive size of message

Found the tip about adding armv6 helpful but it was only working for Apple sample code projects and not new projects created by myself. Eventually tracked down that there’s an entry in your Info.plist, Required device capabilities which is set to armv7. Eureka! changed that to armv6 now the apps run fine on the device. Grrr took most of the afternoon to find that though. It’s bringing back memories developing projects in C 20 years ago – just one wee bit of your make file out of sorts and all sorts of mayhem ensue. Aha nice to see we’ve moved on, now you get to stare and swear at a GUI instead of a command line. Same old, same old

Like what he said

Christopher Poole interviewed at Web 2.0 Summit 2011

Is it weird that I loathe and detest Mark Zuckerberg but like the sensible head on this other young net entrepreneur. I especially love his ‘diamond’ analogy for identity, in real life different people see different facets of the same person, different pieces we don’t have just one ‘real’ identity.


If you can see this then yet another server migration has been completed yay! I’ve made a decision that if companies are providing a less than stellar service I’m just going to pack up and go elsewhere rather than keep bashing my head complaining, voting with my feet. So no more slower than wading through treacle 1and1 control panels. Poignant moving one domain that was on Fasthosts (but hosted elsewhere), the owner died a few months ago so I had to take over the registrant details too. To be fair to Fasthosts they changed the IPS tag almost immediately…compare this to 1and1 who seem to take the best part of a day, sometimes two to change a tag FFS!

Oh Scotland,not *again*. Scotland 2 – Czech Republic 2

Emotional curve of following a Scotland football match:

Before match: hope, excitement

During match: elation, dejection, elation

10 mins to go: ecstasy “we’re going to qualify, this time we’re really, really going to do it” (reminds me of Charlie Brown trying to kick that American football)

2 mins in extra time: dejection, calamity, the-end-of-the world is nigh

After: a nation mourns

Is there any other outlet where it’s possible to go through such wild swings of emotion from one to the other in such a short space of time. But always left with that “gutted” feeling when we don’t progress.

I’m away to watch some Muppets to cheer up.

Searching for sex

No, not me you. Yes *you* there. You in the dirty Mac.

With a weary sigh I post an extract from the server logs of this blog.

Searching for sexStill if I’ve slowed down all you single handed surfers for a bit I’m glad.
Now away to pour disinfectant over my brain.

Abusing the abused

Another newspaper article that makes grim reading “David Goodwillie rape accuser opens her heart on vile internet abuse after charges are dropped“. Wonder what it tells us about Scottish society when a *woman* who’s an alleged rape victim is the one who’s vilified? The footballer guy at the centre of this is in the middle of transfer negotiations. Pretty rotten that Rangers also pounced with a bid for him a split nano-second after the charges were officially dropped. Something stinks about that.

I just can’t even begin to imagine the despair of a woman raped and yet brave enough to come forward and press charges only for the justice system to grind to a halt. When Elish Angiolini was the first female Lord Advocate she set in motion plans to train up solicitors and courts to deal sensitively with rape cases. We still have an abysmally low prosecution rate for sexual crimes even after all the efforts to modernise (Update 2 Aug 2011, Sexual Violence and the Justice System [Village Aunties]). Here it sounds like it’s the legislative system at fault, since there didn’t seem to be enough evidence to go ahead with a trial successfully. It’s a classic “he said, she said” case. Hang our heads in shame. Can’t we at the very least get Dundee United to ban ‘supporters’ that post foul messages about her or who chant on the terraces? If that’s not bringing your club into disrepute then what is?

DrupalCon and

Was noseying around websites for previous DrupalCon’s and found that previous events have video available hosted on the site. Even better, offers RSS feeds based on queries so to get an automated podcast download of DrupalCon chicago 2011 you can use e.g.

The Chicago video alone is 48 sessions and over 11GB of MP4s chock full of Drupal goodies…I may be gone for some time 🙂