Movies - Mr Nice

Howard Marks

The highs, lows, travels and travails of a nice, decent drug smuggler.

Based on the autobiography of Howard Marks, a long-time successful and non-violent drug smuggler. Rhys Ifans carries the part well. You get a feel for Marks' character through Ifans onscreen portrayal. Sometimes funny, easy watching.

Give it a look.

Name: Mr Nice
Year: 2010
Director: Bernard Rose
Stars: Rhys Ifans, Chloe Sevigny, David Thewlis.

Chromium Browser Flash Plugin Problem

No YouTube

After a recent Debian Linux upgrade, Chromium browser would not work on YouTube. I was previously running a pretty old version of Chromium, but it was stable, so I left it. No need to change it if it works.

The upgrade from Squeeze, an old testing, to Jessie, current testing went smoothly with only a couple of minor problems.

Adobe announced it would stop support for Linux Flash plugins, Chromium developers switched from Adobe to the Google Flash plugin. I checked Chromium to see which plugins were installed:


Only the PDF plugin was installed.

To fix it, in an xterm logged in as root, I did:

# apt-get install pepperflashplugin-nonfree

next I did:

# update-pepperflashplugin-nonfree --install

Finally, checked which version has installed:

# update-pepperflashplugin-nonfree --status

Close all Chromium browser windows and restart Chromium. Flash should work.

Here's the Debian Wiki on PepperFlashPlayer plugin.

Here's the Debian Wiki on Testing.

Here's the Debian Wiki to upgrade using Aptitude.

I did a full dist-upgrade. Its probably safer to do a safe-upgrade.



Poor Vision Or Not?

I suffer with hyperopia (longsighted/farsighted). I've been using reading glasses for around 10 years. In that time, my eyesight has slowly deteriorated. Specsavers would write to me and advise it was time for my bi-annual eye test. I would ignore the letter and continue using the glasses I had.

My expensive Specsaver eyeglasses were broken in a tussle, and I didn't fancy paying £100 for replacements. I opted for a £2 pair of reading glasses from a local supermarket. When I needed another pair, as my eyesight weakened, more cheap reading glasses, it was.

Over time, I went from 1.25 x magnification to 1.5. From 1.5 to 2 x mag, and then up to 2.5 where I stopped. I came across the Bates method as a possible means of curing poor eyesight. It didn't seem to work for me.

A few months back I came across the video below - Myopia: A Modern Yet Reversible Disease - on YouTube. I followed the suggestions, and really went at it. In the space of a couple of months, my eyeglasses went from 2.5 to 2.0, then down to 1.5. I'm now using 1 x magnification, el-cheapo reading glasses.  I'm aiming to be free of eye glasses by Xmas.

This method works and does not cost.

Watch the video and see what you think.

Boat Sink

Still Water

Skate - Short Note On Rockered Skates

To Rock Or Not?

Rockering skates traditionally does wheel size:


Full rocker or banana rocker does wheel size:


The Bauer skates have:


A Hi-Low chassis, Bauer skates are famous for, as they hold the patent, no other skates manufacturer can copy. Its known as an aggressive stance, as the skater leans, with his weight thrown in a forward direction.

Unconsciously, I used a different rocker this week and last. My wheels were wearing at the rear from slides I practiced, and switched the rear two wheels to the front. After rotating wheels, I was practicing backwards skate, and heavily wore down what was now the front wheel on right and left skates. It was down to around 72m.

I was now running:


I noticed it allowed much quicker turns in the slalom and in general skate. It was donw quite by chance, as I didn't realize how worn the front wheel on both skates was till I got home and measured.

I like the set-up. It produces very fast turns and good stability. I'm gonna run with it for a while and see how it goes.