Richard’s Blog, Blogging Since 1996

  • Sleeping in Prison Hotels and Bunkers

    Sleeping in Prison Hotels and Bunkers

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Several years ago I volunteered at an event and rather than put us up in a hostel or hotel they put us up in a bunker and the experience was good. The advantage of a bunker is that it’s clean, and quite spacious, so you can choose which room to spend time…

  • If in Doubt Abort

    Reading Time: 3 minutes There is an old rule that I live by. If in doubt, abort. It’s related mainly to when I was diving but is linked to other forms of extreme sports. The logic is simple. If you’re going hiking, climbing, diving or some other dangerous sport and you have some doubt, for…

  • A Frustrating Injury

    A Frustrating Injury

    Reading Time: 2 minutes There are two rules that we know well. The first is that we should take our shoes off before crossing a stream, to avoid getting our shoes wet. The second rule is never to cross a stream barefoot because you need to protect your feet. Last week I crossed a stream and I…

  • Exploring the Titanic – A YouTube Video

    Exploring the Titanic – A YouTube Video

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Over a few days I have watched a few minutes at a time of a video on youtube. They used Unreal Engine 5 to model the entire ship. It’s a walking tour where you start on the grand staircase and explore the ship one deck at a time. It shows how…

  • A Pi5, WordPress and ClasssicPress

    A Pi5, WordPress and ClasssicPress

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Last night I started to install wordpress on the Pi5 and I got it to work. I then started to install ClassicPress via the ClassicPress switchtoclassicpress plugin and got blocked. I was blocked because in order for WordPress to update plugins, themes and wordpress it needs to have access to itself…

  • Learning by Blogging

    Learning by Blogging

    Reading Time: 2 minutes A few days ago I was asked once again why I wore two watches and I gave the usual answer of “this is my GPS watch and that is my Smartwatch”. People still fail to understand so I elaborate and that’s where I saw that blogging is useful. When you write blog…

  • Content Ownership in the Age of Streaming

    Content Ownership in the Age of Streaming

    Reading Time: 3 minutes The Guardian has an article from yesterday that dicussses the fragility of content ownership in the digital age. Specifically it looks at how [“My whole library is wiped out”](https://www.theguardian.com/media/article/2024/may/14/my-whole-library-is-wiped-out-what-it-means-to-own-movies-and-tv-in-the-age-of-streaming-services) after a streaming service stopped streaming content. It told people “pay 200 USD to move to service B”. I encountered this issue…

  • The Cascades Du Flumen

    The Cascades Du Flumen

    Reading Time: 2 minutes The Cascade Du Flumen are in the Jura, on the French side. They can be accessed either with a 1.6km walk from a large parking nearby that requires going over a few pot holes or down a steep path with loose scree. What makes the waterfalls so spectacular is that they…

  • Watching Broadcast Television

    Watching Broadcast Television

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Recently the bottom Swisscom TV bracket tripled in price from 5 CHF per month to 15 CHF per month. This is a huge leap in cost per month. At first I spent a few minutes to see if I could abort the Swisscom TV part of the contract but I couldn’t so I…

  • Feeding AI via Communities

    Feeding AI via Communities

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Everything we do is being used to feed AI models. From the way we write our blog posts, to the pictures we take, and even the way we talk to each other. Everything is being hoovered up, and being turned into a model.  The result of this is that if we…