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Since I'm now an over-fifty, I'm officially old enough to make posts about how youngsters these days don't know how lucky they are, compared to the days of my yoof, when we had to make our own entertainment out of clods of earth, pocket-fluff and string (the hairy Post Office kind). And since I was wittering on, a while back, about it being a good thing that vinyl makes cherry-picking of favourite tracks more difficult, let's consider what we did when we did want to have a bunch of favourites play one after the other.

These days, of course, creating a playlist is easy. Drag 'n' drop as many files as you want into your preferred music playing program, re-order to taste, and Bob's yer aunty's significant other; one playlist, created in seconds or minutes. And if you like the list enough, you can save it as a playlist file (.m3u or whatever), and have your very own compilation album, available for your listening pleasure at a couple of mouse-clicks. And there's no limit on the duration of the thing, either. (Billy music player* informs me that a playlist consisting of all of the contents of my main music folder, for instance, is three weeks, five days, twelve hours, forty-seven minutes and twenty-nine seconds long.)

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The Wisdom Of The Ancients

This thing you do was then a crime
So we must ban it from our land.
Uncountenanced in olden times
It surely springs from a Satanic hand.

Nothing novel, nothing new!
Progress? Folly! How can you
On ancient thoughts seek to improve?
You should be to Hell-fires thrown
For questioning what's set in stone,
For daring to erode those chiselled grooves.

On ancient writ our laws are based ;
We'll abide with nothing that is new.
Their prejudice should rule our taste;
As once was done, so we should ever do.

Daz


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FNIMN: She Probably Lives In Tahiti

Since I seem to have resurrected the Friday Night Is Music Night series of posts—and as it appears to be Friday—here's six songs on the theme of "searching." As ever, feel free to add suggestions in comments.
Daz

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We 'ad one once, but it ran out of oomph an' Father said "humph,"
An' 'e took it to pieces an' straightened the creases,
Replaced all the strings an' tightened the springs
An' it worked again for a week or four, 'til it fell on the floor
An' its get-up-an'-go just got up an' went.
So up to the attic, it were sent.

Yeah we 'ad one once, but it weren't much cop so we left it to rot,
But now they say 'tis retro an' cool, an' they think me a fool
For pointin' out 'twas a bad design an' it broke all the time,
That the 'andles fell off at the 'int of a cough.
They grasp this "classic" wi' satisfied purr.
Useless bloody thing, it were.

Daz


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Beginning with a digression, the first shot, by Mark Selby, of the two shots in this video was voted shot of the championship in the recently-finished world snooker championship. For my money, though, Marco Fu's reply is just as good, if not better. Okay, he ended up leaving a shot on the yellow, but he performed a small miracle just by hitting the damned thing.

Getting on to my topic proper, this post on northierthanthou reminded me of something which always strikes me when I see what are purported to be detailed maps of other countries. Where are the youth hostels, the churches, the pubs, the carefully differentiated single- and multiple-tracked railways, the coniferous and deciduous forests? Where are the gravel-pits (not to be confused with the sand-pits!), the bridleways and footpaths; the camping sites and historical battle sites and triangulation-points? I've seen them all on foreign maps, but never all on the same maps. How lucky are we in Britain, in other words, to have access to the Ordnance Survey map, rather than having to buy multiple specialist maps?

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In which Stephen "Birdshit" Green adds Conspiracy Theorist Extraordiaire to his already impressive list of Fundamentalist Noodlepate qualifications…

To all of which, I can only clap in admiration before uttering the words, "What the hell?"
Daz

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This browser does not support video playback.

I've gotten used to switching to a different browser when the above message appears on videos posted on Twitter. Every now and again, though, I get frustrated and spent absolutely ages trying to find a reliable way to get the damn things to play in Firefox or the Firefox-derived Pale Moon, which is my current default browser, but I've never yet had any luck. And the sheer number of search-results leading to other people's attempts to solve the same problem convinces me that it's an extremely common problem.

Proposed solutions generally include all the stuff most of us have already tried before resorting to searching message-boards for answers. Updating flash and enabling or disabling flash or HTML5. Then there's suggestions regarding changing various entries in the about:config page. Some of the discussion gets esoteric to say the least and none of it seems to work. Either you have the problem or you don't, and if you do, it seems that by and large you're stuck with it. So back to opening a second browser then.

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