Five years ago I noted that sometimes I get sent PDF contracts where I need to add a little bit of text, or maybe add my signature (which I have as a PNG), and I suggested a long-winded approach of converting to PS and editing in OpenOffice. Fortunately, this is a lot easier now: install Xournal (Dash > Applications > Xournal > install), and that has “add text” and “add image” tools. Add the text you want; add the image(s) you want; save as PDF. And Robert’s your mother’s brother. Much easier. Well done.
Update: actually, Libreoffice Draw, as recommended by a couple of people, is even better. It can happily open multi-page PDFs, it can edit the actual text in them rather than just overlaying, and Xournal did seem to create a PDF where my annotations weren’t readable on some devices, presumably owing to Font Issues. So, I rescind my above advice and change it to this: use Libreoffice Draw. Well done Libreoffice people.
We were ushered into something the size of an aircraft hangar, surrounded by fezzes, buzzing sonic screwdrivers and a variety of Amy Ponds. I have never seen so many Doctor Who fans in one place, and I was only seeing half those at ExCel for the “Doctor Who Official 50th Celebration”. It was similar in feel to the convention in Cardiff last year, but turned up to 11. Only the BBC can bring together so many actors, directors, special effects people, costume designers and so on in one place. People who are actually working on the show now, demonstrating their craft.
Although the main sessions were pretty distant and not really revelatory (although Nick Briggs did a superb job wrangling four Doctors at once), there were so many other events going on in stages and screens that it was impossible to see everything in one day. At 5:15pm the whole convention stopped to mark the moment when, 50 years ago, the opening titles of “An Unearthly Child” appeared on tiny TV screens around the country. I had been speaking to Carole Ann Ford herself just beforehand. While I did spend a fair amount of the day queuing and would have liked to have had more time to spend in the side stages, I am glad that I got the chance to meet some legends of Doctor Who.
As someone who grew up in the wilderness years, I learnt to hide my fandom. It was fantastic to see so many kids running around waving screwdrivers, acting like Daleks and generally revelling the show. There was a small group of teenage girls on the tube discussing Verity Lambert. It reminded me just how far Doctor Who has come since 1989. I hope they go on to take over TV like she did.
How better to watch the 50th anniversary episode than at the BFI, where I have watched screenings almost every month this year? Well, with Matt, Jenna, Steven and John Hurt in the audience. Yup, they were all there for the screening, having also hot-footed it over from ExCel. If you haven’t seen “The Day of the Doctor” go and watch it on iPlayer now.
And if you haven’t seen “The 5(ish) Doctors Reboot”, go and watch that straight afterwards. It it one of the highlights of the anniversary year for me. Superb performances from Messrs Davison, Baker and McCoy and a script worthy of “Extras”.
The BBC 3 after party was held in one of the bars at the BFI right after the screening, but if you weren’t inside the bar area, it was impossible to tell what was going on. Although the twitter commentary showed that perhaps I wasn’t missing very much!
You can hear the podcast we recorded straight after the screening over at The Doctor Who Podcast site. You can also hear our review of “An Adventure in Space and Time”, the superb drama recreating the early days of the show that I wrote about last week, on The Doctor Who Podcast too.Pin It
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Niamh’s in the local paper! She is the best at drama in the whole of Leicestershire, yes she is. The Coalville Times published an article summarising the 2013 Leicester Competitive Festival of Music and Dramatic Arts, with Niamh’s picture in it. Fame, oh yes!NIAMH TAKES FIRST PLACE AT FESTIVAL School received fantastic results By LAURA EDGAR
STUDENTS at a Coalville dance school have achieved outstanding results at a recent festival.
Elle’s School of Dance and Drama, based at Coalville’s Marlene Reid Centre, competed in the Leicester Competitive Festival of Music and Dramatic Arts.
The school received fantastic results from everyone [who] competed at the festival, which took place on Saturday, November 9 .
In the class Verse Speaking from Memory, age nine years and under, second place went to Harriet Worth, with Tamzin Johnson achieving third place.
Placed first in the Solo Acting class, age 12 to 14 years, alongside winning the Sydney Hickling Memorial Cup, was Niamh Langridge. Niamh, who has been attending drama classes every Tuesday since June, took on the role of Miss Hanigan, performing an extract taken from the musical Annie.
Chantelle Ridout, the principal of the school said: “I am very proud of all the students that competed in the festival. It was the school’s first year competing and we achieved first, second and third place from two of the classes.
“All the students had worked extremely hard to achieve the results they got and they should all be very proud of themselves.
“The students are now looking forward to their LAMDA Drama exams that take place at the end of November.”
For more information regarding the classes that are available in Coalville and Swadlincote, call: 07940999500.
Just a quick note to say our November meeting will be on Wednesday night at 7.30pm, usual place the Courtyard in Hereford on the mezzanine floor.
If you attended our Software Freedom Day event, please feel to come along on Wednesday
The meeting will start at 7:30pm as usual.
Items to discuss :-
We have regular sessions each month. Bring a 'box', bring a notebook, bring anything that might run Linux, or just bring yourself and enjoy socialising/learning/teaching or simply chilling out!
This month's meeting is at the Red Hat offices in Farnborough, Hampshire. Our thanks to Dominic Cleal for hosting us. Note that it is on 23rd November, rather than the usual 'second Saturday'.
I've now completed all my KVM migrations. Moving my personal virtual machines from one host to another.
There were a few niggles, for example I didn't have a working IPv6 allocation at the time I moved things so I had to set that up post-migration.
I've also joined each of the hosts into a VPN which makes cross-guest communication secure and simple.
Finally I've overhauled my firewalls and service lists.
I installed a couple of extra guests, using libvirt and booting from the Debian ISO. The Debian installer continues to impress, though it did make me think I should overhaul my PXE setup at home.
It wouldn't be hard to have a Raspberry PI running as a TFTP + DHCP server. You could plug it into a network, reboot your desktop, and then have it boot into the imager. At the moment I run DHCP + TFTPD + etc on my main desktop, and that allows me to reimage any of the hosts in the flat easily, except itself obviously.
The last time I reinstalled this system I had to reconfigure DHCP + PXE + TFTP on another host. I think the next time I need to reinstall any system I'll "waste" an SD-card on an image-server host.
Finally I've recently read the Rick Cook Wizardy Series:
Fun idea. Horrible puns. Some of the books were too long, or left plot elements dangling, but on average they were more good than bad. Albeit a little predictable and "simple".
In our third episode, your hosts Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, and myself (our compadre Bryan Lunduke is away cavorting around Europe) bring you discussion, argument, and amusement on:
It has been a busy few weeks since I first blogged about Communicado, here are some of the highlights of what has been going on.
If anyone wants to provide working configuration examples for SpamAssassin (or other similar tools), I will cheerfully link to them or post them here.
More news when I have it, have a Communicado-free afternoon!
Having created an sshfs mount in /etc/fstab, I was frustrated that it would mount okay, but unmounting always resulted in an error “mount disagrees with the fstab”. The following solution worked for me:
Just a quick note to say our October meeting will be on Wednesday night at 7.30pm, usual place the Courtyard in Hereford on the mezzanine floor.
If you attended our Software Freedom Day event in September, please feel to come along on Wednesday.
The meeting will start at 7:30pm as usual. I've been out of the loop a bit recently, with family issues to deal with, so haven't had any opportunity to get any agenda planned.
If you can't make our next meeting in September come along in November 09:00 - 13:00 at Kent History & Library Centre
James Whatman Way
Our next meeting is on 28/09/13 09:00 - 13:00 at Kent History & Library Centre
James Whatman Way
* Demo of Vagrant - internet permitting (Dan)
* Various ways linux is made useful in broadcasting (Chris)
* openOB (Chris)