iTunes still broken

Attach iphone to Mac, open iTunes, sync – and still it does not update apps on the iphone. So it is still very much broken and requires that you double download to the device and to iTunes to keep everything up to date. Inane.

I have far less computer issues on my Windows machines than I do this macbook.

Maybe I should buy a Windows phone.

Stupid religion

Senior church figures have called on the UK government to block the creation of babies from three people. BBC

Why the concern about 3 people when according to ‘The Bible’ this Jesus person was the result of one person?

“The virgin birth of Jesus is the belief that Jesus was conceived in the womb of his mother Mary through the Holy Spirit without the agency of a human father and born while Mary was yet a virgin” (the ever-present Wikipedia link)

Religion makes no sense. I cannot understand the disconnect between “I believe in God’ and real life.

I bought Desk earlier. Oops.

and I have just requested a refund through the MAS.
Blogo was also at 50% off but it has so many “Coming Soon” features and “Coming Soon” = vaporware.
Desk looks nice but hell it’s confusing to use and I swear at some point the copied text looked like I’d just pasted from Microsoft Word. 

I’ll be sticking with Marsedit.

Frustrating Healthcare in Leics

It’s been just over a week since my wife was discharged from hospital.

Number of times a Physiotherapist has contacted us or called round: None
Number of times an Occupational Therapist has done the same: None
Same for the Multiple Sclerosis Nurses: None
District Nurses: Twice (but only because I refused to do her daily injection until they did proper Pressure area care)
Pain Management? No.
Social Services? Nope, none of them either
Any other NHS professionals? No

We do get 2 carers who call in 3 times a day for personal care. They are great. This care is ‘free’ for 6 weeks (from some arbitrary point we have been unable to determine – fall? or the discharge) after which we have to pay.

J’s left leg is the broken one. It’s always been hardest hit by the MS. The MS Nurse should know this so why has she not told the physio to concentrate on the right leg? No idea.
Why has the OT not visited to assess the home environment?
Why is my wife still struggling with pain?
What is the point of Social Services?
What really is the point of a Multiple Sclerosis Nurse? (Answer? NONE)

It is hugely frustrating here right now. As far as the NHS is concerned a target was hit – a ‘broken hip’ was discharged home within the allotted time frame. And now no-one in the NHS gives a flying fuck about anything.

And there is so little we can do. We have to accept whatever we are given.

Right now the ‘free care’ will disappear and then what? We have absolutely no idea at all.

Can someone please kill Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron? That might get some motivation going – assassinations should make a comeback. (Yes, that is an incitement to violence. Sue me).

A barrier to blogging

I was toying with the idea of exporting this blog to become a Jekyll install but then I got to wondering just why I would do this:
+ it’s a new toy to play with
– you can’t upload images without opening another app / using an Automator script
– markdown. I have never understood the ‘why’ of markdown
– no way to password protect any posts
– from a previous experiment with it I found it slow
so I decided not to.
That got me to wondering why I don’t blog as much as I used to.

I do not now have a FB account and will not return again. (so if work decided to use the FB chat app I’d be out of luck. I’d far rather use encrypted chat and I’d never trust anything Zuckerberg touched). I do not use twitter at all now even just to read though my three accounts are still there. So why don’t I blog?
I pondered a few reasons but the one that stood out was the obstacle of getting to the blog post screen. I use Duo Security 2 factor auth to protect the blog login and because of my habit of clearing all Firefox data on quit I have to use this every time to login. It’s a great plugin, never given me any concern and I recommend it but that delay is the obstacle. Go to URL, login, click, wait, auth, get to Post screen. I do not want any delay for any reason. Once I realised that I also realised I own the solution: Marsedit.

So that’s why the uptick over the last few days. It’s not because I’m not at work, it’s because Marsedit is open in the Dock. There is no obstacle to saying what I want when I want. I never have done the draft thing with posts where I write, edit and refine posts and I never will.

This also applies to the blog at as I can now post news articles more frequently there. It does not apply to omgwtflolbbq as everything there is sent in by email already.

Male? Guilty until proven innocent

Men accused of date rape will need to convince police that a woman consented to sex as part of a major change in the way sex offences are investigated.  

… police and prosecutors must now put a greater onus on rape suspects to demonstrate how the complainant had consented “with full capacity and freedom to do so” Telegraph.  

This is scary. Anonymity for the accused MUST go hand in hand with this frankly stupid action.