Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester



Some one else reading @MiniBoyGeek a book

Tas has been reading to MiniBoyGeek tonight. The photo is taken with her reading “Where’s My Cow” by Terry Pratchett. Like Sam Vimes, Tas is good at doing the noises!

Books 23 to 27 – More reading with @MiniBoyGeek

Some more books: Book 23 – Julia Donaldson’s “Fox’s Socks“ Book 24 – Beth Pountney’s “Scatty Catty Where is Your Milk?” Book 25 – Mary Murphy’s “Slow Snail“ Book 26 – Kali Stileman’s “Peely Wally“ Book 27 – Jane Clarke’s… Continue Reading →

Books 19 to 22, from Dinosaurs to Butterflies!

Tas and I are listing to the Harry Potter Audiobooks at home, and I have had The Tales of Beedle the Bard at my parents for a while, and had not got round to reading it as of this. I… Continue Reading →

Book 12 – Mallard and another one with @miniboygeek

Book 11 – Giles Andreae’s “Giraffes Can’t Dance“ Book 12 – Don Hale’s “Mallard: How the Blue Streak Broke the World Steam Speed Record” (book crossing ID 609-14374962) On 3rd July 1938 A4 LNER Pacific ‘Mallard’ achieved the world speed… Continue Reading →

First Mate Guides

Carole Sampson’s First Mate Guides, are a set of books with details about things local to the canals, If you wanted to know how to contact a doctor, dentist, vet or chemist, or if you want to know where you… Continue Reading →

Boat Hunting

B0atg1rl and I went boat hunting for a craft to call our own, this outing started with a virtual perambulation of the normal haunts, and then a trip to North Wales; while poking around Chirk Marina we came across a boat that looks like… Continue Reading →

Hippy’s cause trouble

Some of you may think I have some hippy tendancys; being that I live on a boat, and that I plan to be as off grid as I can, bma and I have over a number of years had a smiler talk;… Continue Reading →

Why eBooks changed my reading habit.

I read Delkaetre’s post on why she doesn’t have an ebook reader yet; I do have a Kindle, which I use in place of my book shelf most of the time. Her reasons for not liking an ebook reader include being able… Continue Reading →

Book 9: DNS Management Guide

I use 123-reg as my domain registrar, I found this DNS Management Guide on there site. Its not a very big book; but it gives a nice quick overview to DNS, and gives examples of how to use different records. A records, CNAME… Continue Reading →

Book 8: Using OS X Lion Server at Home: A Step by Step Guide

We Got Served’s “Using OS X Lion Server at Home: A Step by Step Guide” by Terry Walsh is a good introduction to OS X Lion Server, I read this one after reading Using Mac OS X Lion Server: Managing Mac… Continue Reading →

Book 7: Using Mac OS X Lion Server: Managing Mac Services at Home and Office

Charles Edge’s “Using Mac OS X Lion Server: Managing Mac Services at Home and Office” (published by O’Reilly books) is a good introduction into the setting up and configuring of Mac OS X Lion Server, its aimed at small workgroup installs,… Continue Reading →

Book 4: Living Afloat

Peter Underwood’s (@Livingafloat) “Living Afloat” was a book that I picked up when it was free on Kindle; I follow Peter on Twitter where he is an active member of the #boatsthattweet group. The Kindle book seems to be unavailable;… Continue Reading →

Book 2: Fox Talbot

John Hannavy’s “Fox Talbot: An Illustrated Life of Willian Henry Fox Talbot, ‘Father of Modern Photography’, 1800 -1877[note Amazon]” Fox Talbot is universally recognised as the father of modern photography. His ‘calotype’ or ‘Talbotype’ process was the first working photographic process to… Continue Reading →

Book 1: The Somersetshire Coal Canal

Roger Halse’s “The Somersetshire Coal Canal – A Second Pictorial Journey” “This new volume provides readers with an in depth look into the Somersetshire Coal Canal. The previous volume of old photographs of this delightful short canal, which branched off… Continue Reading →

Book 35 – Her Master’s Slut (Training Eleanor)

Chancie Walker’s “Her Master’s Slut” in my opinion is not very well written, and I shall not be buying or reading the two other books in the trilogy. although it was a nice short book. Eleanor believes herself to be frigid. Twenty-two,… Continue Reading →

Book 34 – Starship Titanic

Douglas Adams’ “Starship Titanic” was written by Terry Jones rather than Douglas Adams Starship Titanic was inspired by Douglas Adams — the creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — and forms the basis of a computer game which was launched… Continue Reading →

Book 33 – Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power: A Do It Yourself Guide (Simple Living)

Mike Daniek’s “Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power” is a good book about 12 Volt off the grid systems; Its the same style of book as Building a Low Impact Roundhouse however despite both books being quite Hippiesh the 12 volt book… Continue Reading →

Book 32 – The Canal Boat Manual

The Canal Magazine’s Canal Boat (and inland waterways) Manual is similar to Living Aboard (Towpath Guides) however it has a lot more large colour photos; and is Add Supported; in some ways this is quite helpful as it allows you to quickly jump… Continue Reading →

Book 30 & 31 – The Gruffalo [Audiobook], and Pixar’s Ratatouille [Audiobook]

On the way to look at boats on Friday, Mum and I listened to two audio books in the car; Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo (Read by Imelda Staunton), and Walt Disney / Pixar’s Ratatouille, Both are easy to listen to while… Continue Reading →

Book 29 – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (free Kindle edition) is available as a free Kindle book; I started reading it on my Mac, and iPhone; but with the purchase of my Kindle, I found reading to be easer;… Continue Reading →

New Kindle

My new Kindle came today 🙂 Very small box; not much bigger than the Kindle, Amazon like minimalist packaging 🙂 It looks like they have been talking to Apple. The Kindle comes nicely wrapped in a box with the instructions in the… Continue Reading →

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