“Oh I Am a Spaceman” book in progress

Illustrations of an orange astronaut standing on the moon.
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Seven years ago, in May 2014, Reuben (then 5 years old) told me that he wanted to write a song called “Oh I am a spaceman”. Over the next hour we wrote the song and recorded it with a wonderful drum accompaniment from Reuben and uploaded it to Soundcloud.

It is possible that the accompanying children’s book may appear this year.

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I’ve been buying diesel in a panic (but not panic buying)

St Andrews Morrison’s petrol station is usually really quiet at this time of night

So… thanks in a large part to the unprecedented disaster that is Brexit, Britons who until now have been used to panic buying toilet paper and flour have now turned their attention to panic buying fuel.

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Espanso text expander

Editing the default phrases file for espanso in Sublime Text 4.

If you are not already using a text expander application then I highly recommend that you start. It will save you hundreds, if not thousands, of keystrokes every month.

As the name suggests, a text expander application is a utility that runs in the background and looks out for you typing predefined phrases which it then replaces with usually a longer text version.

For example, when I type [email protected], my text expander replaces this with my full email address: [email protected], saving me 25 keystrokes.

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Happy 40th birthday Anthrax

L–R: Frank Bello (bass), Joey Belladonna (vocals), Charlie Benante (drums), Scott Ian (guitar)

This year, the New York-based thrash metal band Anthrax turns 40.

Over the last two months on their YouTube channel they’ve been releasing a retrospective on their career with interviews with band members, producers, friends and metalheads across the globe. As I understand it they have 40 of these in the pipeline. So far we’ve reached episode 22 which has taken us to 2003 and probably my favourite Anthrax albums, We’ve Come For You All. I saw them live twice on that tour.

This evening (morning UK-time), they celebrated the event with a live stream event with a nearly 2 hours 15 minutes concert spanning most of their entire 40-year, 12-studio album career. (Typically, their John Bush era material was disappointingly missing.)

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