Resounding at the Engine Room right now

Maurice Ravel – Bolero

Adding this piece to the category music is a bit of a stretch, since Ravel himself said:

What I had written was a piece lasting seventeen minutes and consisting wholly of “orchestral tissue without music” — of one very long, gradual crescendo. There are no contrasts, and practically no invention except the plan and the manner of execution.

But this goes nicely with making my first cup of coffee and enjoying it with my first cigarette.


My New Email Policy

Dear Reader,

As you know, I am taking care of the technical side of diablog. Presently all systems are looking good on diablog, I am happy. Besides diablog, there are a few others. And one of those went fubar. So I spent two days searching for the cause in order to fix it. I involved friends, online fora, and even a professional help desk. All without success. Until I went back to a basic method: trial and error.

Eventually I found the problem. One piece of server management software, proprietary of course, had done a “security update”. I hadn’t asked for it, ordered it, agreed to it. The idiots just forced it upon me. Like shitty Microsoft does. Along with the update they installed another program, which I did not know, did not want, did not need. Added benefit, no one told me.

The new software was anti-spam, anti-trojan, anti-maleware, anti-everything software. Or short: utterly useless and senseless.

Let me make that clear: These programs are snake oil. They do not work.

Why? Because they try to prevent something after (!) the fact. Sounds like a paradox? Yes, it is.

The horse has bolted and they close one (1) door. Never mind all the other open doors. Especially the ones, that they create with their software.

Here is another analogy:

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its one long cycle…

Dear diablog,

I have to say that Health and Safety together with Human Resources are two of my pet hates of the modern age – luckily I have always (sometimes deliberately) avoided both.

One of my other annoyances is all the tosh thrown around about the help that recycling can do to the world in the ‘fight’ (the only fight in this context is does it exist!) against ‘Climate Warming Global Change’.

Most of it seems to be sent by boat to India to keep kids busy – using diesel engines to add a bit on the way!

As usual the undeniable efficiency of our Germanic cousins is pretty much evident in all walks of life – and particularly in this clip entitled German and Swiss Recycling.

Difficult to argue with really!

Yours, diablog, binned


PS. I shall shortly be back ‘in harness’ to add to the UK’s problems.


Summer hit 15 years ago

Dear Reader,

Despite my best efforts to motivate Glynsky, he has yet to come up with his Summer hit of 2014. Instead the guy worries about taxes. A mutual friend says: “Paying taxes is a privilege”.

I am with Glynsky, it is often questionable, what the tax money is spent on. And that would bring us to politics, which – according to a man much smarter than me – mostly is about the distribution of money.

But this post isn’t about politics. I hear Smiles being very relieved.

It is summer. At least where I am, sorry Australia, South Africa, South America. And after we had a few posts about music from the distant past, here is a nice song linking way back then and the 90s. Fifteen years ago, in the Summer of 1999, one song had people dancing all over the world. Why is it a link? Because Lou Bega took a tune from 1948, added lyrics, shot a very good video, and had a world hit 51 years after the initial release.

Ladies and  Gentlemen, Mambo No. 5

I hope this will motivate Glynsky to wake up from his slumber and get going.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room


one in a billion…

Dear diablog,


phirripa real

recently became extremely philosophical and sent the following thought provoking set of comments:


The next time you hear a politician use the word ‘billion’ in a casual manner, think about how they are spending our tax money.

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.

A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.

A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.

A billion Pounds ago was only 13 hours and 12 minutes, at the rate the government spends it….

Stamp Duty
Tobacco Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Income Tax
Council Tax
Unemployment Tax
Fishing License Tax
Petrol/Diesel Tax
Inheritance Tax
(a tax on top of tax)
Alcohol Tax
Marriage License Tax
Property Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and our nation was one of the most prosperous in the world.

What happened?


Nice one – any more??

Yours, diablog, with shallow pockets


PS. Still eating too much pasta – but luvin’ it, and there’s not a Mac in sight!