August 2017
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Got over a bad head cold this week, it sort of started Saturday or Sunday with hints of a sore throat, and revealed itself Monday night when I was woken a few times to clear my nose so I could breath. I got better since then, but me with being an old git, it takes a lot longer than it used to.

I tried reading one of the books I bought, a steam punk adventure, but although the writing was decent enough the characters were real turn offs for me; that and the constant putting the lead characters in mortal danger every twenty or so pages only for them to be then inexplicably safe and continuing their adventure became rapidly boring. I gave up about chapter eight, gave it another chance and then gave up again at chapter twelve.

I’ve got two other fiction books (non SF) to read so maybe I’ll give one of them a shot.


As I was fiddling about with Artisteer I thought I would visit its site and see what it is up to. It seems to be, if not abandoned, at least left to fend for itself for a while.

Purchases and updates are still available, and you get two for the price of one, with another product, Themler, included.

You buy the product and get one year of free upgrades. I put in my Licence number and checked the pricing. I could get a year of upgrades for $25, but the good news is the upgrade I am entitled to – and this is a nifty feature they have where they show you and give downloads to what you are entitled to – goes to V4. I bought it at V2 and upgraded to V3, which is the one I am using now.

So, downloading and installing V4 gives me an upgrade I should have looked for in 2012. I have downloaded and will upgrade and have a look at the new version sometime today.

They’ve been silent the past couple of years but I expect it still sells; it is a good and easy to use program. Plus I think they’ve shifted emphasis a little to the new program, Themler.

It’s pretty good of them to give a year of updates irrespective of version number; most companies give you point releases for free but upgrades required for major versions. This means even though I bought version 3 I am entitled to download and use version 4, which, as mentioned, is pretty nifty of them.

With the long absence of information, seemingly from 2015, though I haven’t checked the forums, it’s sad to say Artisteer looks like another brilliant product that is too good for the world.

Sunday, like most other Sundays

It’s nice and sunny outside but I’m not going to get fooled twice. So like most Scots I will sit and eye the sun suspiciously.

I think I’ll have a late, and very unhealthy (:P) breakfast then have a glance at those books I bought. I dipped in and out of the non fiction book I bought, about the Dead Sea Scrolls, and it contained a lot of ‘fragments’. I know they have to have content, and put things in for completion, but seriously, what is the point of translating and printing one sentence? And even then some of those aren’t complete sentences. ¬†Madness.

Oh yeah, I fiddled about with the theme for this blog. Nothing wrong with the old one, a very good theme it is. But time for a change, even if it is just change for change sake. And I have Artisteer, the program that can make WordPress themes at – literally – the click of a button. So, ten minutes or so and the blog has a face lift. And a very pretty one if a I say so myself.


Saturday Afternoon

And then there was rain. So I got the bus and went out to nearby towns and villages and on the way back it was peltin down. We’re talking really hard rain here. Of course, it being Scotland there was the sun in the sky looking down and gloating.

I visited Waterstones and the shop seemed to be having a clear out; there were discounted books scattered all over the place, selves, front window, on tables. Normally sales and reduced books at Waterstones are hidden away.

I spent ¬£11 on the discounted books. I got a signed limited edition of Osiris Ritual by George Mann for a fiver. A Shrink wrapped hardback in a case, number 436 of 500. There was also a card and a poster inside, and there’s bonus stuff at the end. I have read his work before, having bought a novel set in an alternative New York some years ago. It was ok, nothing spectacular, but at least I finished it, which is a lot to be said as I have not finished several books in the last few years. I also got a few novels at a pound each and The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English.

As was mentioned the skies opened up on the bus on the way back. Pretty heavy rain that eased off the nearer I got home, but decided to start lashing down again when it was my stop. Of course, it had stopped completely by the time I reached my front door.


Saturday Morning

First Saturday in August, and although it has been raining most of this week it is nice and sunny outside. A stark contrast to the dampness most of this week, although, this being Scotland, it can rain at a moment’s notice. Just because it’s sunny now doesn’t mean it will be sunny five minutes from now.

I’ve spent most of the morning waking up, then did a few things, one of which involved turning the electric off. A simple rule, if it involves bare wires from the electric make sure the electric is turned off, the switch being off is never enough.

I have no plans for today so it looks like I’m drifting. A few options involving spending money are available and one option involving not spending money is also available.

I think I’ll spend money.