Music Work

Rise of the crate

With supermarkets finally removing single use plastic bags, I have rethought my approach to grocery transport. For years now, I've used reusable bags for our grocery shopping with the backup of single use bags if the checkout operator was inefficient in packing our things or if we had a big shop. These bags have been trusty and reliable but are starting to wear, are quite expensive and rely too heavily on the checkout operator to pack them correctly. So time for a re-think. After some research in to the alternatives, I found some collapsible solid plastic crates that have now become my main transport option.…

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Automated receipt organisation

So I'm the kind of massive nerd that scans every receipt and archives it for posterity. For the past four years I've been doing this manually but I've recently set up a system that watches a folder for any scanned documents, OCR's them and then archives them appropriately. The OCR step is vital because it allows me to then index the contents, making all my receipts for the last four years fully searchable. Nice! Now all that's left for me to do is feed paper through the scanner roughly once a week. I also scan my other mail and important documents but this is more…

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Booksonic: setting up on linux

I've been running booksonic for a few months now. I have had it running under a docker container as I wanted to get some experience with docker and this wasn't really a critical application so I could deal with it being a bit buggy. Fast forward to today and I have been unhappy with the reliability of the docker setup and I'm relying more on the booksonic platform for audiobooks. I haven't yet migrated podcasts on there but there is potential and it offers some advantages over iTunes. All this is to say that I recently removed the docker container and set up booksonic natively…

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New Year Resolutions

It's been 10 days since the start of 2018. How are your resolutions tracking? I've never really been the type of person who makes resolutions in the new year partly because they don't work and partly because I don't think you need an arbitrary date on a calendar to bring about meaningful change in your life. And yet I still sometimes get caught in the tradition. Thinking about resolutions this year I came to the conclusion that the reason resolutions often fail is that they are simply fads followed as part of the rigmarole of celebrations. So in order to try to get some changes…

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What’s going on with Facebook?

As some people have noticed, I haven't been active on Facebook for some time now. I thought I would explain my reasons for no longer using this service and offer a means for people to keep in touch and up to date with my goings on. I used to update my status occasionally but check other people's updates regularly throughout the day. Facebook would often be my destination in the morning and I would browse through my friends updates over my breakfast. I would also follow various news sites and groups/pages sharing opinions and debates on various issues. In an attempt to keep my views…

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