Tuesday, 20 February 2018

This Day Last Year: Highbury Fields, Arsenal Stadium, Gillespie Park, and Finsbury Park

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THIS DAY LAST YEAR: 20 FEB 2017 - I walked around Highbury Fields, Arsenal Stadium, Gillespie Park, and Finsbury Park.

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Highbury Fields is quite small; it is really not very impressive, just a small bit of clod inbetween densely packed houses.

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There were some beautifully painted walls along the way

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And a cute little gap between houses at a T-junction

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Emirates Stadium (Arsenal's home ground) is something I always see on the train but never really bothered to walk into before.

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The main feature of this space is that it is incredibly windy.

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I don't think I'll want to be here on game days if this is any indication of the masses of crowds...

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Gillespie Park

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A very linear Park

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With corners you could get lost in

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History of the park

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Linear walk

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Gate

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It begins to look like parts of Finsbury Park along the tracks

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Tumbling right back into Finsbury Park across the road

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BONUS: a handsome little duck

Friday, 16 February 2018

A Quick Guide to Samplr



This is the only time in years when it has seemed worth buying an iPad again. The current iPad 2017 9.7-inch is quite reasonably priced in its class (32GB - S$498 / S$468 Education) and Apple still has some of the best apps (and ARKit!). And for the most part I hadn't needed a tablet sized device for work until now. The problem with with smartphones or even phablets (such as Samsung's note phones) is that when you do get long work emails that you urgently need to reply to, then even the on-screen keyboard on the large phone screen still feels like a constraint; one can't really draft or write long documents on a phone keyboard and is reduced to nervously turning the phone on and off nonstop to stare at the email that you can't properly reply to. But a decent sized tablet paired with a bluetooth keyboard pretty much solves this conundrum; the 9.7inch ipad is powerful enough as a lightweight laptop-replacement where administrative paperwork is concerned.

But the iPad's strengths are more than just clearing emails and drafting google docs/sheets with ease - it also excels at many other things such as MAKING MUSIC. Two essential music apps for the iPad have got to be the combo of Samplr (S$ 14.98) and Audioshare (S$ 5.98).

Samplr is a brilliant gesture based audio sampler with many rich effects and modes which can be used together with Audioshare, an audio document manager which transfers audio files between apps and between the device and computer. For some time I have just been stabbing at it without really knowing what I am doing, but this weekend I sat down to go through the help docs and a few tutorials online; I didn't immediately find a guide sheet so I made my own for Samplr here:



Samplr guide (Click to see large version)

One thing I've noticed as someone who purchases digital products items from both UK and SG app stores (with both UK debit card and SG debit card) is that the UK prices are a total rip off because haven't fallen in line with the pound which has devalued considerably since, so I always buy in SGD from the digital SG stores these days. This also applies to Steam where the SG pricing for digital products and games is far lower than the UK pricing for games. I wanted to purchase a game for George's steam account recently but because I was purchasing in SGD it would not allow me to 'gift' it to a UK account.

There are also tracker sites such as steamprices.com which you can use to compare the inequalities of purchasing a digital product in a specific currency....



Steamprices.com - where you can find out how much you've been stiffed...

Thursday, 15 February 2018

This Day Last Year: Margate to Ramsgate

This Day Last Year: We walked from Margate to Ramsgate.

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We took a train to Margate.

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Dreamland was not far away

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Pinball Geoff's machines

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Historic Centre of Margate

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A map of margate

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A bee line back to the sea

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Lunch break

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Admittedly it was a dreary winter's day but that has never stopped us has it???

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Stingray pod!

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Blobby things

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Foliage

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We decided to walk on the top

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Old ruins

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There was the option to go down but it was quite steep

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Having to take a detour around but we walked into a broccoli field and saw a rainbow

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THE RAINBOW IS FULL

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We kept encountering fences along the way which was very annoying

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Damn you, luxury property developers for removing our right of way!

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We decided to walk along the sea

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Where george wet his feet instantly and we used chalk to draw on the cliffs

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There were no more walkers besides us

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The light was beautiful but it was getting dark

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We ran down a beautiful cove. We were NOT in Ramsgate. In fact we were quite far. We went to a pub which called us a cab and took us to Ramsgate town.

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