Sunday, 22 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 22-1-2017

I JUST had a hairy moment.

A metaphorical one: I’ve got some entertaining male baldness patterns inherited form somewhere … !

I‘ve woken up, this morning … 

To find my light had gone green.

On my router … 

I double checked the manual.

Those lights mean the thing had just restarted.


I’m blowed if I know.

But it’s … 


And, beyond needing me to wait, while the thing booted up, and re-connected to the net?

The thing seems to be working fine.

But, given my history with routers?

NOT something that was welcome … 


Saturday, 21 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 21-1-2017

Hmmm … 

Did I mention I’d watched Conspiracy, the other night?

I watched Conspiracy, the other night.

So you know.

Good little film, that.

The problem I had was with the updated version of Handbrake.

Or possibly with the DVD I ripped.

Either way, the film I ended up watching was in old fashioned 4:3 aspect ratio.

Rather than the 16:9 I’d’ve preferred.

Rather frustrating, I thought.

Still … 

I’ve now managed to flag it up on HandBrake’s forums.

I’ll hopefully have some sort of suggestion on how to deal with the problem.


Friday, 20 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 20-1-2017


Again … !

I have to admit to being up, late, last night.   But wanted to catch a film.

With the result, of course, that I ended up staying up, late, doing my write up.

The film in question?

Good little film, I should add.

About my only concern … ?

Is the simple fact I’d ripped the copy I have from a work-mate’s DVD copy.

I used HandBrake: an application I’ve used for years, and usually one that’s fairly reliable.

It still is.

About the only flaw I could find?   Is that the film was formatted in a 4:3 aspect ration: and couldn’t be resized.

Out of the box, with the up-dated versions of HandBrake, that’s not a good thing.

I think, though?

I can learn how to tweak the settings, to remedy that.

Here’s hoping.


Conspiracy — Blimey … 

19th January, 2017.

I don’t know where it comes from: but there’s an old saying.

Words to the effect that the good we do is buried with us: and the evil that we do, lives on.

It’s from one of Shakespeare’s plays, I believe.

Although I couldn’t tell you exactly which one.

However, that phrase about the evil men do, living on … ?

Always springs into mind, sometimes.

Writing Teasers about things like the Holocaust, for example.

Gruesome murders tend NOT to be that depressing, believe it or not.

Depressingly unstoppable … 

But … 

Hmmm … 

I’m not quite sure where that’s going, frankly.

All I can say?   Is that I try not to use words like good or evil, every day.

But, sometimes?   Sometimes, we’re faced by things that we can only describe as evil.

Gross simplification that it is

Sometimes I think we’re forced into doing so: to give ourselves a handle into an event.


There is, of course, a reason for this.

You’ve possibly realised I like to catch a movie, now and again, don’t you … ?

I do: in case you didn’t know.

And, frankly?

I had a free night, tonight.

I fancied catching something.   And had a choice of what to watch.

I’d bought myself a copy of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They: on the recommendation of Teaser regulars, Olga and Debbi.

Who’ve been raving about it for a while, now.

Or … ?

A copy of 2001, wartime drama, Conspiracy: that I’d borrowed from a friend at work.

What can I tell you?

I flipped a coin.

And got Conspiracy.

I wasn’t unpleased: history’s a habit of mine …

And the Wannsee Conference was historic.


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 19-1-2017

Hmmm … 

That’s … sad … 

I’ve found out my Uncle Ray died, yesterday … 

I’m … 

Well, I’m not grieving, per se.

Which will sound strange, I know.

But I never actually got to know Uncle Ray as well as I could: I was never especially close to his end of the family.

I think that’s the loss I’m feeling.

Not so much the loss of a family member.

But the loss of a family member I never had the chance to know better.