When I was younger I spent many many hours listening to the BBC World service and Absolute radio. The problem was that it was very difficult to tune in stations due to the distance.
Now almost all the content is broadcast on the internet which makes it easier to listen to stations from all over the world.
Using a regular receiver is becoming very impractical, so I got an internet radio that uses wifi to connect to the world. It is absolutely fantastic. My life has changed a little bit to the better.
I bought it through the internet, that is why I call it an internet internet radio.
UPDATE (11-01-21): I still think the radio set is fantastic but every one or two weeks it fails to connect to the wifi, So I have to turn it off and on and everything works just fine again. I know that turning it off and on is a fairly poor debugging strategy but it just works.
Last night I finished watching one of the tv shows I enjoyed the most in my life. That is Terminator. The Sarah Connor Chronicles The plot is great, the script is awesome and the actors are extraordinary.
I laughed so much with this one dialog between John and Derek (copied from wikiquote):
Derek Reese: Remind me again, why are the boys out here and the girls in there?
John Connor: Because one of the boys is still wanted for murder, and one of the girls is harder than nuclear nails...
Derek Reese: And the other one's a cyborg.
I know it was first aired a long time ago but I didn't have the chance to watch it until recently. Every afternoon I arrived home waiting to watch the next chapter.
I am a huge fan of the film franchise and I must admit that it helped me understand the events in the series much better. And guess what, the series finale is just awesome. I wasn't expecting anything like that, but it is a fantastic ending.
I took a great screenshot with smplayer (by pressing "s") of the final part of chapter 2x19 (there are 22 chapters in the second season) in which you can see the three main characters in a row. WOW what a great picture: Sarah Connor, John Connor and Cameron. I hope you like it.
And remember: "Come with me if you want to live" :)
I finally could go out to the shop and buy some giant tomato seeds. On the downside, I will have to wait until next February until I can sow them. It is too late now. (I was unable to get them before due to lockdown.)
Last night I got a lawn mower as a present given to myself. I have never had one before and I felt like having one. I must say it is fantastic and really really fast. I could only try it for half an hour or so but I am very happy.
The problem is that there is not a lot of grass since we are in the middle of the rain season (April) but the grass is starting to grow fast now.
One of the truly impressive tools I discovered this week is cpulimit. It allows you to limit how much cpu percentage a process can use. It is specially indicated when running cpu intensive applications. In my case it is 'ffmpeg'.
I use 'ffmpeg' on a daily basis to convert my .avi videos to .mp4. I often run the script at night with cron.daily but the problem arises when I need to run it during the day. Here comes cpulimit to the rescue:
$ cpulimit -e ffmpeg -l 800 -b
Here is a quick explanation:
-e ffmpeg (the process to limit)
-l 800 (I have 16 cores: 800 = 50%)
-b Run cpulimit in the background to free the terminal
Due to the propagation of the covid-19 virus we are not allowed to leave home for a month except to go to work, which is rather ironic, sarcastic I'd even say.
I can go to work and be in touch with hundreds of people every single day of the week being exposed to contagion and however I cannot go to the kitchen garden and be there alone without any chance of getting the virus.
This is Spain man, too many senseless laws.
Nevermind, to pass the time I am doing things at home, like taking care of my tomato plants, which I will hopefully plant after Easter.