Lots of stuff on politics, food, photography, technology, movies, music and other things of interest (but not necessarily in that order). All of them viewed from a vantage point in the Highlands of Scotland.


Green capsicums

Call them what you like: capsicums, peppers, bell peppers, peperone, poivron, paprika or whatever, they are very popular in every shade except green. I have never conducted blind taste tests nor have a I seen any capsicum market research but I just know that the green ones are less popular. All the evidence I need is there on the supermarket shelves.

Hidden GTK3 scrollbars

My continuing journey of discovery after upgrading to Debian Stretch has led me to the hidden vertical scroll-bars in some of the latest GTK3 apps. Presumably, the idea is that hiding the scrollbars gives the user more visible screen area for displaying content. Another possibility is that scrollbars are considered to be a visual distraction and should be hidden until needed. I haven't researched the motivation behind the change.

Manual browser opening in Liferea

I recently did an upgrade from Debian Jessie to Stretch on my laptop which as expected, and desired, brought in a whole lot of new versions of the packages I am using. One such package was the highly configurable and versatile feed reader Liferea. One of the features of Liferea I have used for many years is the ability to open web pages in a manually selected external browser rather than the default or Liferea's built-in browser.

Import Open Symbols into Inkscape

I just recently came across the Inkscape Open Symbols library project and could kick myself for not finding it sooner. There are thousands of freely1 available symbols which are very handy for using in web or print design jobs but were always a faff to import into Inkscape.

Hot Buttered Rum

For years I was aware of Hot Buttered Rum partly because of the film Northwest Passage1 and partly due to repeated mentions on the Ian Anderson radio programme, but I had never drunk it nor made it. After a recent viewing of the film I was determined to give it a try, and for your delectation I now present my recipe (cobbled together from various others found on the Internet).

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