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The Home for Hamish the PolarBear and His Shenanigans

1st December 2019

December already! My but doesn't time fly for us old farts? I thought I would start with a chilled out night this week...
On the subject of building projects, I am also putting up some information about projects here on the website too! Click the "Home Brew Micro" link for shenanigans and faff.

25th November 2019

Sorry for the tardiness in updating this week but here it is (pretty much the same as last week):

16th November 2019

Hi peeps, here is the schedule for the coming week on stream:

9th November 2019

Project updates:

As regular viewers will know, the plan for the coming few months is to start on some ongoing projects of various types. Here is an update with the state of those.

RPG - The main requirements for getting the RPG streams going are: Programming - This is mostly on hold although there is programming within other projects anyway. I hope that makes some sort of sense!

Electronics - There are a lot of projects I want to do with electronics but the main thing I will be streaming will be the "8-bit Home Brew Microcomputer" that I have talked about extensively. I have quite a lot to say about this but I will start a new page separately for this - keep an eye on the navigation menu for a new link soon!

Music - The plan for a music project is to create a short (30 seconds or so) track to use as an intro theme for streams (and videos). The streaming part of this project will be after I have created and recorded the multitracks. I will then do the production on stream and bounce ideas around while we work on finishing the track.

Streaming week ahead:

Finally, here is the plan for next week's streams. Starting from the 11th (Monday) I will be streaming Monday - Thursday (that's one extra day, you lucky people!). I will mostly be streaming retro games and favourites from now on.

26th October 2019

I have decided to shelve the Monthly GNU/Hamish show (for now) for various reasons. Fear not though - I am expanding the weekday streaming schedule to four nights permanently plus adding occasional non-scheduled streams (probably on weekends). This new schedule starts in a couple of weeks - the week of Guy Fawkes is very difficult for Zeus so I might have to cut short or cancel some streams that week and next week is already scheduled.

24th October 2019

More experimentation on next week's streams.

Tuesday: Electronics time. We will take a look at some fundamental circuits and components. If you want a refresher (like me) or want to learn some basics of microelectronics then be sure to join us.

Wednesday: You don't know Jack! Or maybe you do - either way we will explore my sound setup and chat about how to route and manipulate audio in GNU/Linux with the Jack Audio Construction Kit.

Thursday: Retro gaming action again. I have been reminded that Thursday is Hallow'een so I will endeavour to find some spooky games to play.

20th October 2019

I have been talking for a while about doing something a bit different on the stream and this week is the start of some "experimentation"

Tuesday: Pen & Paper RPG. Although I want to run an old school (1970s/80s D & D) campaign eventually, I do have some multiplayer game books that will lend themselves nicely to an experimental session so I hope a few people in chat will take up the challenge and join in a simplified RPG session with me as your Game Master. Silly voices may occur.

Wednesday: Programming with Uncle Hamish. Not exactly a tutorial but I will go through some simple programming and take questions (and corrections) from the stream chat. For this experimental show we will start looking at Python. I will be using Python 3.7.4 on Arch linux if you want to follow along.

Thursday: Back to gaming with more retro action.

We will find out what works and what doesn't and I will get an idea of what I can do in future streams. I hope to see you all through the week.

17th October 2019

In case you hadn't noticed (or this is your first visit? Welcome!) I have been messing around with CSS again. I hope the new version of the site is starting to look a bit nicer. Plenty still to do as always though!

14th October 2019
This week on stream:
Tuesday's stream is Old Fart versus Young Person at MTGA, featuring F1Madkiller! He has been getting cocky lately so I need to bring my A-game and beat him bad.

Wednesday I was thinking of a relaxed chat stream with quizzes etc. as we have done in the past, then Thursday round the week off with some Retro action.

Friday is to be decided - if I can find a game that I think suits then there will be a FFN, if not then I will seek more games for the following week.

7th October 2019
Matrix chat update: Matrix.org is having a lot of issues at the moment so I haven't posted the details yet since my account and main room are on that server. I will be looking to set up a server myself and moving my account and room to that. I am not sure yet whether I will allow signups or just invite only but I will be recommending not using the same server that every bugger gets pointed to in the first instance!

Riot, by default, joins you to matrix.org and I think this is a bad idea. It would be better to get server hosts to submit their server addresses to a pool that riot (or another client) can choose from for new users.

1st October 2019
This Sunday (6th October) is the next episode of GNU/Hamish - the subject is Free/Libre/Open Source Software, Services & Adoption.

I will be joined by two special guests, HexDSL and Chris Were.

1st October 2019
Alien themed week with a couple of old favourites.
Trying out the classic AvP with D9VK on Linux this week.
Friday Fright Night this week will be an Alien: Isolation challenge mode.

24th September 2019
The result of the poll was that Retro will be this week's streams:

Tuesday: Tempest 2000 on Atari Jaguar
Wednesday: Super Mario Bros. 3 on NES
Thursday: Strider II on Megadrive

23rd September 2019
There is a poll running to decide this week's stream game(s) - check it out and have your say.

19th September 2019
Back on tonight to try to complete the game I started on Tuesday. Tomorrow it is Friday Fright Night, game to be confirmed.

18th September 2019
Sorry no stream tonight due to illness. I should be back tomorrow.