Friday, December 12, 2008

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Decaffinating and other stuff

Well.. it's been over 2 weeks since I kicked the caffeine habit. I'm not sure why I'm still getting the DT's now though.. it should have only lasted a few days. I'm *supposed* to be feeling better at some point right ?

Current mood is super depressed and I am unable to focus, but I'm powering through it. Also I had real trouble staying awake at work today and I kinda have a bit of a short fuse! ;)

In other news, I went back to see the doctor the other week regarding my sinuses. He said all the crappy infection has cleared up. He was very proud of his work on my nose... so if he's happy, so am I. My breathing is so much better now, but it looks like I'll be stuck on the nasal spray for at least a year, and I'll be using the saline wash for many years to come.

All in all, the nose and sinuses are much better. The only thing getting me down is the caffiene but I'm confident the aches and pains will subside in the next couple of days.

I took some great pictures of Ruben in the playground the other day: Tekuti Photos: Phone Photos - 20081206

Have Fun all !

Friday, September 19, 2008

Arr! Ahoy me proud beatuies!

Hearty greetings ye swabs and a merry TLAPD to ye!

Wether it be beer, rum, O'er whisky... let ye drink hearily and be merry! ARRRR!!!

There shall be a most prestigeous, outrageous drinkin' party within the port of Tekuiti this evenin' Ye be welcome at me doors from 20:00. I wish ye god's speed!

Capn' BiSScuiTT

Me salty, bossomous wench has been slavin' away on making me a fair vessel:

A sweet treat for all me pirate breterin to enjoy! Tuck in lads!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

10 Things I Learnt From My Nose Job

I've been asked a lot about the nosejob. The surgery went well but i'll have to wait 2 months to see if it was succesful. Here are the things I've learnt from the process:

1. It was not done for vanity reasons... People are beautiful the way they are.. I had it done because my sinuses were infected, swollen and full of puss. My Sinusitis is painful, debilitating and drives me mad with constant pressure, paranoia, anxiety and vision disturbances.

2. The doctor shoved fibre optics up my nose, Used a hammer and chisel to "re-shape my septum" and roto-routered my sinus passages with his surgical Dremel Multitool. Yes... Ofcourse it hurt.. it still hurts 2 weeks later and I expect it to hurt for at least another 2 weeks.

3. If the above pain was not enough.. they also packed an entire middle finger of a rubber glove up each nostril stuffed with wadding. Which they removed the next morning *AFTER* my morphine had just about Worn off. This bit gave me the most pain.

4. Genreal Anaesthetic is horrible. Even if your lucky enough for it to NOT make you vomit violently.... it can still make weird things like make you blood pressure crash or sky rocket. Having to deal with pain is one thing, but then having to deal with the effects of general anaesthetic at the same time is not fun.

5. The after care for a nose job is disgusting... I've had to rinse my nose with salt water (I've been using Sterimar) at least 3 times a day for over 2 weeks. At first you end up coughing up disturbing mixtures of soft dark red mucus encrusted blobs that make you want to be sick when you see them slump in the sink. They look something like small slithers of sheep liver.

6. Just because you woke up during one operation 22 years ago, it does not mean it is likely to happen again... even if it drives you to a psychiatrist when you remembered waking up in the first place.

7. Modern medicine is amazing!

8. The human body is amazing! The things you can put it through are incredible.

9. Doctors know nothing about how painful something is. Everybody deals with pain differently, but describing the pain from a Septoplasty and FESS as being as bad a "bop on the nose" is WAY off base!

10. If you have an option to get Private Medical cover from work. Do it! You never know when you'll need it and it is Fantastic! From initial GP consultation to surgery was less than 1 month.

Friday, September 12, 2008


You know you've been watching too much House when: at 10.30 am the doorbell rings.... you answer in just your dressing gown to find two retired women, slightly wrinkled with whispy white hair standing in front of you clutching books.

"Good morning, this morning we are asking your neighbours if you think there will ever be peace on earth?"
Me: "Oh, are you selling religion!? ..."
"... ermm.. were not sell.."
Me: "Oh, it's ok.... I bought islam just last week!"
Door: *slam*

Do you think god will smite me !? Maybe if there was a little less smiting there would be a lot more peace eh ?!

Have Fun!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Atheros AR242x Wireless Linux Ubuntu problem [SOLVED]

OK, so i had my ubuntu working perfectly with wireless until a kernel update. Trying to update the modules again made things go south...

The problem I was having after compiling the madwifi modules were:

[ 31.067538] ath_hal: module license 'Proprietary' taints kernel.
[ 31.068968] ath_hal: (AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, RF5111, RF5112, RF2413, RF5413)
[ 31.251611] ath_pci: disagrees about version of symbol _ath_hal_attach
[ 31.251615] ath_pci: Unknown symbol _ath_hal_attach
[ 31.251720] ath_pci: disagrees about version of symbol ath_hal_process_noisefloor
[ 31.251722] ath_pci: Unknown symbol ath_hal_process_noisefloor
[ 31.252092] ath_pci: disagrees about version of symbol ath_hal_computetxtime
[ 31.252094] ath_pci: Unknown symbol ath_hal_computetxtime
[ 31.252339] ath_pci: disagrees about version of symbol ath_hal_mhz2ieee
[ 31.252341] ath_pci: Unknown symbol ath_hal_mhz2ieee
[ 31.252518] ath_pci: Unknown symbol _ath_hal_detach
[ 31.253072] ath_pci: Unknown symbol ath_hal_print_decoded_register
[ 31.253608] ath_pci: disagrees about version of symbol ath_hal_init_channels
[ 31.253610] ath_pci: Unknown symbol ath_hal_init_channels
[ 31.253840] ath_pci: disagrees about version of symbol ath_hal_getwirelessmodes
[ 31.253842] ath_pci: Unknown symbol ath_hal_getwirelessmodes

I solved it with the following:
  1. Remove all files in: /usr/lib/`uname -r`/net/
  2. Unload existing modules: modprobe -r begining with names:
    • ath_
    • wlan_
  3. svn co
  4. cd madwifi-hal-
  5. make
  6. make install
  7. depmod -a
  8. modprobe ath_pci

Hope this helps somebody.

Friday, August 29, 2008

BiSScuiTT Needs a Nose Job

So.. no luck on getting any pictures of the interior of my head. But, when I asked the doctor, he did promise to break my nose and drill out my tear ducts!

On a more serious note he's going to do the following 2 procedures on my face:
The procedures look pretty fun.. basically he is indeed going to break and reset my septum. Then he's going to use a miniature drill to open up the sinuses near my eyes as are they are "a bit small and obstructed".

Than plan is to give my sinuses more room to drain... making them less likely to get infected again and leaving me in pain and feeling sick and dizzy.

I'm going in on Wednesday 3rd September (you gotta love how fast private medical care works compared to NHS) and quite frankly I'm shitting myself! If the doctor (who I'm sure is very talented) makes a quick slip... he could accidentally pierce the base of my skull allowing my precious brain fluids to leak.

On the other hand... if he slips in the other direction he could pierce either of my eyeballs leading to my precious eye juices leaking and leaving me [partially] blind. (however... if only one eye is affected it may give me a good excuse to permanently wear a eye patch ! Yarr!!)

Here's an awesome video of some sinus surgery:
  • -- Septoplasty
  • -- FESS

Monday, August 11, 2008


Phht.... so anyways... turns out that braking my nose on Tom Denton's head when I was playing rugby at school some 10 years ago has finally come back to haunt me.

The searing pain in my head is a direct result of the littel bastards head displacing my septum so badly that it is blocking one of my Sinus ducts... which has inevitibly lead to a killer sinus infection.

I'll get you for the this Mr Denton.... You'll rue the day I tried to tackle you with union rules!!

I've had a head scan becasue the scores of antibiotics don't seem to have worked too well... back to see the doctor on Thursday.

The pain is quite bareable now... and the sickness seems to have dissipated.... it'd be nice to have my sense of taste back tho.... I can't taste steak pie anymore !? How's a person supposed to live if they can't taste steak and ale pie ?

On the plus side.. I did get to see what the back of my throat looks like via my nose.... Fibre optics are this: ACES! I'll ask the doctor very nicely if I can have a picture :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tiger Babe

We spent a weekend at Marvellous '08 with my friends from work. We had a great time.

Hopefully I'll have some more pictures soon too. Just waiting for Andrew to sort through them.

Thanks for the free Tickets Andrew! We all had a great time!

Thanks to JennyP for the awesome picature !! :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Nursery pillager

Arr... Another picature of me wee lad, this time dressed in honour o' is fine daddy to pillage and plunder the children at nursery :)

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

Mancunian Money Maker

So... my Bro takes the train from his quaint hometown of Macclesfield to the big city of Manchester to see his friend.

My brother arrives at the station early evening. An attractive young woman approaches.

Woman: Hey *flutters eye lids*... you got the time.
Bro: Sure... it about 8 45.
Woman: Oh, Great...
Bro: ...
Woman: You er...
Bro: ... (thinking his luck is in)
Woman: Looking for any er... business ???
Bro: ... ??
Woman: ...
Bro: Oh... Ermm... Err... erm.... No.. er.. Thankyou. tho... ermm... no thanks! err... bye!
Bro: *Turns and walks away thinking how funny this story will be when he tells it to his friends*

My brothers friend lives in a reasonable area of Manchester.. however, the quickest way to get from Manchester Picadilly station to his house is via a reasonably rough neighborhood (i.e: Most of Manchester).

Bro: walking... keeping quiet.
Bro: Still walking...
Shiny Merc: *Pulls up at side of road near my brother*
Bro: *notices car*
Shiny Merc: *Drivers Side Window Opens*
Bro: *Walks over to car presuming he needs directions*
Bro: You alright there ?
Driver: Ermm.... you doing any bussines ???
Bro: Ermm... oh.. err... no!?
Shiny Merc: *Speeds off*
Bro: WT?!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Music Help

I need help finding new music. Everything I listen too lately is too depressing. I'm finally finding myself in a good mood.. and all My media player wants to give me is depressing crap because I've been in a bad place for a while and that's what I *was* listening too.

Why is it so difficult to stay positive! seriously it's hard work.. and the last thing i need is my music player making presumptions about me ! :)

So.. I need *YOUR* help. Recommend some decent fun music that'll keep me in a good mood! Preferably something punky.

I listen to NOFX and Zebrahead a lot.. and Blink182 also have some fun lyrics... but I need something fresh!

My tags have 'emo' all over them ffs!!! halp me please!!!!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Comedy Linkages

The above image is of my 2 Screens being filled with the bookmarks automagically created every time Seanie sends me teh linkage!

These are the links for last year.... as you can see there is barely 10% of my visible screen left after displaying all the bookmarks. Seanie... seriously... i'm scared.. look at some of the titles of those links!

The list of links can be found here:

BEWARE: Most of these links are NOT SAFE FOR WORK, EYES OR BRAIN. Seriously... you should NOT look at *ANY* of the links.. ever!!!!

Have Fun!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

MythTV and USB Audio Problem [Resolved]

So, I have been struggling for months to get MythTV to play all my videos and audio correctly!! and i Finally got it figured out this evening ! Hurrah!

I was getting the following error message:

AudioOutput Error: Rate doesn't match (requested 44100Hz, got 48000Hz)

My current setup consists of the follow 2 sound cards:

$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: SI7012 [SiS SI7012], device 0: Intel ICH [SiS SI7012]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: UA1D [EDIROL UA-1D], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

The second of which is a USB Audio device with only SPDIF in and outputs. I want all my audio to go through this SPDIF interface and into my Surround Sound AMP. Sadly, The above error was preventing most of my media to play correctly through mythtv... especially when it came to music.

This error message appears becasue mythtv tries to set the spdif interfaces to 44100khz when spdif only supports 48000khz audio modes.

The following .asoundrc in my mythtv frontend users account ~mythtv/.asoundrc solved the problem once and for all.

pcm.!default {
type plug slave {
pcm "hw:1,0"
rate 48000
format S16_LE

So simple huh. This basically sets the default soundcard to be second (in this case USB) card and then informs ALSA to set re-sample all input to 48000khz in 16bit Little Endian format.

Then I simply set the sound devices in mythtv and mythmusic to use ALSA:default to seal the deal.

You might need to change the above to your specific hardware numbers. If so, don't forget to use the card number show in aplay -l (number start from 0).

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Grandad sitting

We sent grandad up to put Ruben to bed. 10 minutes later we hear snoring and i find Ruben playing with his rocket and grandad away with the fairies ! Happy New Year folks ! :)