The BellRays and Discovering Music in 2002

Sep 21, 2021
The BellRays and Discovering Music in 2002
"There's no accounting for taste" and "there's no justice" are unrevealing truisms, and something The BellRays almost certainly don't care about, but are probably as close to an explanation for the sad fact that they are not household names, as you're going to get.

About Me

Sep 1, 2021
I am, or have been, in no particular order, a: parent, data analyst, aircraft designer, guitarist, project manager, chartered mechanical engineer, chorus member, tinkerer, programmer, music fan, executive assistant, traveller, glider pilot, concert promoter, crowd herder and supermarket cashier. Get in touch: blog >AT< henryleach >dot< com Mastodon LinkedIn Github This site uses privacy focused analytics from Insights to provide simple statistics, based on anonymous data.

Host a Hugo Theme Example Site

Aug 29, 2021
So you've written yourself a flash new theme for your Hugo based website. Perhaps you even want to share it on the Official Theme Collection, but what's a simple way of creating a demo site for people to try out, and preferably for free? Luckily it's not too hard, but also not completely obvious.

ExifTool Cheat Sheet

Jun 12, 2021
The EXIFTool is incredibly useful for dealing with tags in image files, but one of those tools that I use only once every six months or so. Then when I try to use it again I’ve forgotten even the simplest commands. There are also a lot of scripting features built into ExifTool (more than most Unix style, do-only-one-thing, tools) meaning you can often achieve what you want without having to wrap it in other commands or a Bash script.

Exporting My Photo Library from Apple Photos

Mar 15, 2021
What are the most important files you have? Photos. Photos of loved ones, family, friends, times past and places travelled. So it’s worth making sure they’re safe and easy to search. This is how I exported 15 years worth of photos and their metadata from Apple Photos. If that’s what you want to do, and you’ve managed to wade through the useless search results round the very generic terms “Apple”, “Photos” and “Export”, and found this, then hopefully this will be of some use to you. You probably want to skip straight to the Tools section.

Best of Newly Heard 2020

Dec 15, 2020
Best of Newly Heard 2020
Perhaps it’s a delayed reaction from 2018, but this year more dance and electronic music choices has filtered into my listening. It might also be that, as I get older I find it easier to become distracted by clearly sung lyrics and need something more instrumental or where the words are not as clear. Or perhaps it’s also something to do with The Pandemic; that my usual stomping ground of ‘rock’ bands remind me too much of public concerts and gatherings, something that’s not clear when it will return, and how safe it will be to do so, and I’ve been subconsciously suppressing these in favour of what I think of as less party and more contemplative music. The top six picks, plus honourable mentions are available as a Spotify playlist .

Blogger Error bX-2kvjq7 When Enabling HTTPS

Jan 26, 2020
Many browsers now enforce the use of HTTPS on websites to allow them to be used. If you, like me, want to enable this in Blogger (Setting > Basic > HTTPS - HTTPS availability) for your own domain (e.g. not ending “blogspot.com) but you get the error “bX-2kvjq7” you might not have validated your domain. In which case try: Settings > Basic > Publishing - Blog Address > Edit. Then make sure you’ve added both the CNAMEs suggested.

Best of Newly Heard in 2019

Dec 22, 2019
Best of Newly Heard in 2019
This year feels like it’s a much more guitar band heavy selection, even though I’m not sure that’s not true. It’s probably just that the top two choices come from two of my favourite bands, whom I fell in love with back in a time when only listened to guitar bands. As usual there’s a Spotify playlist to listen along to at home (or anywhere these days).

More Guitar Pedal Builds: Tremolo, Boost and a Rat

Oct 28, 2019
A few years ago I built a couple of guitar pedals , and decorated them. Since then I’ve built a couple of amplifiers, but felt the itch again to make something, and pedals are smaller and take less time; so it’s a quicker and easier way to get the feeling of success in having created something.

Git Commands I Keep Forgetting

May 15, 2019
This is my Git cheat sheet. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My cheat sheet is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must manage my master. – The Repository Committer’s Creed