Author Archives: Richard Leonard

About Richard Leonard

A writer of fiction, software, magazine articles, websites, blogs, tweets and sadly, cheques.

Craig’s Cross-Dress Dare

My old mate Craig made a ludicrous statement at the beginning of the AFL season. He said “If the Hawks lose more than 2-3 games this year I’ll cross dress and walk down Bourke street – seriously we might just be that good”

Last weekend the Hawks lost their fourth game of 2014. True to his word he got into the gear on Thursday at lunch time, and here he is in Bourke Street, Melbourne.

This is Craig. He lost a bet.

This is Craig. He lost a bet.

He’s aiming to raise $1,000 for the EJ Whitten Foundation for Prostate Cancer research. If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause, or just to pay kudos to Craig for the effort, click the picture to go to the donations page at EveryDayHero.com. Don’t feel guilty if you don’t.

Well done Craig. Good Effort!

 

 

How to Block Tumblr at Your Router

Ever tried the simplest way to block a website your kids either shouldn’t be seeing at all, or need to spend less time on, and found that it only works for a short time? This method involves finding the site’s IP address using ping or tracert, and add it to your blocked list in the firewall of your router. Easy. And it does work – for a few minutes.

I tried this with Tumblr (because someone in our household is getting less homework done because of it – nothing against Tumblr) and found exactly that.

For the short answer, feel free to skip to the Final Answer. If you’re curious about how to work it out yourself, please read on. Continue reading

Ebook Fraud Alert: Spread the Word

Richard Leonard:

This is concerning…

Originally posted on Kait Nolan:

So we can all agree that book piracy sucks.  Know what sucks even more?  People trying to illegally SELL our work.  Courtesy of Google Alerts, I found out about 45 minutes ago that Red and Forsaken By Shadow are both illegally listed at Bkspc.com.  So are my friend Susan Bischoff’s books and a whole lot of others.  It’s not limited to just self published books either.  I’ve seen books by Carina Press, Penguin and other publishers on this site.

The site is hosted through GoDaddy, so it is important that you, as author, check to see if your books are listed, and then follow the directions below to file a complaint in order to see that the domain is suspended and have GoDaddy cancel this asswipe’s hosting.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD.

B. Copyright Claims (from GoDaddy’s Legal Dept.)

1. If the Complaining Party would like to submit a copyright claim…

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I Work in the IT Industry and Just Bought My First Smartphone

The web has moved forward and my old Nokia E71 wasn’t cutting the mustard any more so it was time. Or maybe websites were deliberately not loading for me if they saw that old dinosaur requesting a page. After much observing of what friends were using I decided to get a Google Nexus 5. And partly because I could buy two for less than the price of one Samsung Galaxy S5. Continue reading

Bike Vs 4WD

“Hello. Victorian Emergency Services. What is your emergency?”
“Hi. I’d like to report an accident. Four wheel drive versus cyclist. There’s a male, mid 30’s, unconscious on the road. He has injuries resulting from the collision.”
“I’m sure he does. We’ll have an ambulance and the police out shortly.” Continue reading

Book Review: Gods of Atlantis, by David Gibbins

Gods of Atlantis, written by David Gibbins is described on the cover as a cross between Indiana Jones and Dan Brown. Ignoring the fact that at face value, one is a conservative and studious looking author and the other a radical fictional archaeologist, the book doesn’t quite live up to that expectation for me. It begins with a prologue describing an interpretation of the Epic of Gilgamesh whereby a character, strongly hinted at being the Noah of Biblical Flood fame, and Gilgamesh himself travel across the Mediterranean to escape a major flooding of their civilisation. They continue beyond the Pillars of Hercules (the Straight of Gibraltar) south and west across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean where Gilgamesh turns back and becomes a God in his homeland. Noah remains to live out his days with only a memory taken back with Gilgamesh. Continue reading

Guest Post: Nikolas Baron – Research with a Shovel, Not a Spoon

Today I welcome guest blogger, Nikolas Baron to the Ramblings. Nikolas works for the marketing department of Grammarly, an online grammar checker. Nikolas loves the written word as much as the rest of us and has kindly contributed this piece on the appropriate tools and level of aggression required for research when writing. Take it away, Nikolas! Continue reading

The Catholic Church Still Hasn’t Learned From Galileo

Warning: I haven’t researched this. It’s based on what I happened to hear from the news on TV as I pass within earshot of it. I haven’t got time for this rubbish.

Apparently today two popes were canonised. Made into saints, as I understand it. Pope John Paul II was one of them. Apparently he was sainted because some woman who was terminally ill prayed to him and suddenly was no longer on deaths doorstep. According to the church, doctors (allegedly) could see no reason for her illness to just disappear. The conclusion: Pope JP2 must have fixed her. Laziest investigation ever. Continue reading

I’m Now a Google+ Newbie!

Hooray. Better late than never, hey?

I just set up my profile and I’ve added a few blogger friends to my circles while I’m still getting with the lingo. Still flailing around in the dark a bit so if I do something stalker-ish or anti-social, please let me know.

The URL seems a bit user-unfriendly. Surely there’s a better way to say “here’s where I am n G+”.

Anyway, give me a couple of months and hopefully I’ll have learnt a bit more about this gadget.

 

Songs That Grabbed Me – 5 Seconds of Summer, She Looks So Perfect

Typically in this series I’ve talked about songs that have stuck with me over the years for various reasons. Today will be a little different. It’s a very recent song and it’s by my daughter’s favourite band. Yes, it’s a teeny bopper song. There. I said it. 44 year old dude likes a teeny bopper song. Continue reading