Junior HP’s fits and toilet reading extraordinaire

The woes of Junior HP continue. I tried on Sunday night to video one of the fits on my phone — the screen gets a line running across and then flashes. It is possible to do such things as shut down, but impossible to post anything while the fit continues. This image from the video turns out to be a selfie as I must have accidentally switched the lens, a fact I only noticed yesterday morning.

But that is enough to show the effect is quite dramatic. There was a shorter episode yesterday morning.

So I summoned up the Event Log after it had stopped and found the probable event. On Facebook I noted:

At the relevant time: “The time provider ‘VMICTimeProvider’ has indicated that the current hardware and operating environment is not supported and has stopped. This behavior is expected for VMICTimeProvider on non-HyperV-guest environments.”

Subsequently went down the Microsoft rabbit hole and found nothing intelligible there.

I did find this in due course:

What is a CMOS Battery? How to Remove and Replace One in a Laptop

Battery failure may also prevent you from connecting to the internet. BIOS is tasked with maintaining hardware and network drivers.

One thing you should be relieved about is that CMOS failure typically won’t cause you to lose any of your personal files. Nothing in storage is affected. You’ll still have all of your pictures, videos, and documents waiting for you as soon as you’ve replaced the battery.

From HP

Ominous though. I think I may soon have to visit JB HiFi.

Speaking of selfies

Toilet reading

Going as far back as childhood days in The Shire when newspapers were kept in the outdoot dunny to serve many purposes, such as making flaming torches at night to get the redback spiders off the toilet seat, I have tended to read something while on the throne.

When I left Surry Hills I distributed my books to a number of worthy recipients, including 2MBS-FM for their book sale. I brought mainly reference books to The Gong, especially as I was in 2010 wrapping up my Chinatown coaching in Sydney, commuting to do that until the HSC was over. Of course now the books are used less as so much is available on the internet — Wikipedia, so many dictionaries, and of course the ability to search. Not to mention eBooks of which I have many, 3,000+! 99% free too!

But in the bog I peruse select reference books, lately these two:

The Oxford Companion is now in a second edition it appears. Mine is the 1993 first edition which is still extremely useful, even on hot issues like gender and inclusiveness!

Over 1,400 entries

This new edition of a landmark Companion notably focuses on World Englishes, English language teaching, English as an international language, and the effect of technological advances on the English language. More than 130 new entries include African American English, British Sign Language, China English, digital literacy, multimodality, social networking, superdiversity, and text messaging. It also includes new biographical entries on key individuals who have had an impact on the English language in recent decades, including Beryl (Sue) Atkins, Adam Kilgariff, and John Sinclair.

It is an invaluable reference for English language students and fascinating reading for any general reader with an interest in language.

Of the many usage guides around — and I have about five — the Merriam-Webster is in many respects the best. You can find in the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary site many of its entries, but sadly abridged. Wikipedia has an entry on it.

The book has been praised by language experts. Stan Carey at the blog Sentence First concludes that it operates “in such a thorough and unbiased way is what elevates MWDEU so far above the ordinary. Each entry is presented in a much broader context than is typically the case in books that advise on English usage and style.” It is critically acclaimed by the linguist Geoffrey Pullum, who calls it “the best usage book I know of… utterly wonderful. The Economist included it in its list “What to read to become a better writer,” stating, “What distinguishes MWDEU is its relentless empiricism.” It is known for its historical scholarship, analysis, use of examples, and descriptive approach. It has more than 2,300 entries, and includes more than 20,000 quotations from prominent writers.

It makes great toilet reading!

The old laptop and the old blogger both survive another day, so take time to revisit some Russian friends

Yes, I did some testing

So maybe the problem was overloaded disk — since addressed.

Those Russian vloggers

They have not been idle in these terrible times for the people of Ukraine, and indeed of Russia.

Zack the Russian

It is now well over a year since he left his homeland for Tibilisi.

Look at him now.

Watch on YouTube

Roman the Russian

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Denis in Vladivostok

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Eli — who not long ago was in Sydney!

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Niki from St Petersburg now in China

Recently he has been in Thailand and South Korea.

Watch on YouTube

And that just scratches the surface. More (laptop willing!) later in the week — and Ukraine vlogs and select commentators…

I enjoyed the Coronation. So shoot me then…

Thus ended my live posting last night on Facebook. And it is true. I did enjoy it, even if I went to bed as soon as the Westminster Abbey stuff was done so missed the obligatory balcony scene.

One of my friends who followed what I was saying last night was Mitchell — once known on this blog as The Rabbit. (Rabbits were relevant in other ways last night too.) Here is our last exchange last night.

Me: enjoyed the Coronation. So shoot me then… And thank God Channel 10 once the important part started did not interrupt the excellent BBC coverage with commercials or pontficating. I am sure we will get plenty of discussion afterwards about what it all means. As we have been having already really.

Mitchell: Yes it was thankfully unimpeded. I liked it but can’t help but think it rings false in 2023. In 1953 people could really believe in it.

Me: Yes and no. I did in 53 as I was 9 years old then and made crown jewels out of my Meccano Set. This service was inevitably an Anglican service and reminded me of Chapel at TIGS though of course far more theatrical. Compared with 1953 this service really was more inclusive. Fancy in 1953 a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindu and a Sikh presenting some of those strange symbolic objects to the Monarch! For what it is it was brilliant and has to be seen as poetry really….

Mitchell: It was certainly that. But has the world just accelerated out of control in a way that is incompatible with that 1000 years of tradition?

I read up on the coronation chair and the stone of destiny. That’s an incredible interesting story.

I simply did not touch the ABC last night I’m afraid. The BBC were far and away excellent and if you have a couple of hours and plenty of data to spare watch it for yourself! Video now replaced with one from Sky.

Watch it on YouTube

My experience was enhanced when I downloaded a PDF of the Order of Service from the Royal website.

I watched the preliminaries on BBC also, thanks to Channel 10.

Mitchell: Is there much happening yet?

Me: No — but the people being interviiewed are amazing, a who’s who of British and Commonwealth culture. Even beyond, like some amazing comments from Barbara Streisand who met him when he was in his 20s and has been a friend since. People too that have been helped by the Prince’s Trust such as David Oyelowo the first black actor to play Henry VI for the RSC whose theatre education fees the Prince’s Trust paid for. Fascinating stuff.

Mitchell: …yes I just started the ABC coverage and it’s a rant by the Republican man ex soccer player. Switching to BBC/10. Maldives man excellent.

Rosemary: You’re spot on! 👍

Earlier in the day Rosemary had commended me on my quiche.

Mind you that is merely a Woolies spinach and feta quiche….

I managed to combine Coronation watching with footy tipping, which is where the Rabbits come in.

Running a clock on the laptop set to London time. Plus another tab running the footie scores! A third running FB! Just as they were singing Vivat Rex Carolus the Bunnies scored….

The Kyrie in Welsh coming up Bryn Terfel. During which the Bunnies scored again! 11.08 am in London.

I hoped the Bunnies might score again during the great William Byrd “Gloria!” But The Storm scored on the Amen! 11.24 in London. HT 12-6 11.28 in London.

There’s a sermon after the singng…. It was short! 11,37 in London.

“Their Majesties kneel at the Chairs of Estate. The congregation kneels or remains seated. The choir sings in English, Welsh, Gaelic, and Irish” and then the Anointing. Handel’s Zadok the Priest is coming up — wonderful!

The Investiture: The Byzantine Chant Ensemble sings

Θεός, τὸ κρίμα σου τῷ βασιλεῖ δὸς καὶ τὴν δικαιοσύνην σου τῷ

υἱῷ τοῦ βασιλέως κρίνειν τὸν λαόν σου ἐν δικαιοσύνῃ καὶ τοὺς

πτωχούς σου ἐν κρίσει. Ἀλληλούΐα.

Κρινεῖ τοὺς πτωχοὺς τοῦ λαοῦ καὶ σώσει τοὺς υἱοὺς τῶν πενήτων καὶ

ταπεινώσει συκοφάντην. Ἀλληλούΐα…..

11.50 in London. And the Bunnies score again… 11.57 in London and the Bunnies score again just as the King is about to be crowned. 🐰🐰🐰 THE KING IS NOW CROWNED right on 12.00 in London!

Next comes God save King Charles.

Long live King Charles.

May The King live for ever.

And then comes the Coronation of Queen Camilla. (Glad I downloaded that Order of Service.) There’s a Communion after that so there is a way to go yet…

The game has a bit over 10 minutes to go… And at 12.13 London time the Bunnies score again. 🐰🐰🐰

And back in Westminster Abbey looking at the Order of Service the PROCESSION OF THE KING AND THE QUEEN after God Save the King is going to be spectacular visually and musically.

It has gone well. So did the game… The Coronation was around half the length of 1953’s. Timing was excellent.

Back to those preliminaries, while watching them in London blogging mate Stephen Liddell said:

The main proceedings don’t start for another hour but I’ve been watching the buildup for a few hours now. I thought that some people overseas may enjoy an official guide or ‘Order Of Service’.

Interestingly as I type this, I Vow To Thee My Country is being played in the Abbey. I first heard this wonderful piece over 40 years ago for the wedding of the then Prince Charles and Lady Diana, it being said to be her favourite.

I’m so glad though to be watching it on television than on the streets. The coverage is engrossing,

In fact they were playing Jupiter from Gustav Holst’s Planets Suite, but that is where the tune comes from.

Watch on YouTube

And in my comment I mentioned the Prince’s Trust:

Watch on YouTube

I was taken by what Barbra Streisand had to say about her long friendship with the King, beginning when he was in his 20s. I had no idea.

Watch on YouTube.

And the footy tipping? Not too bad…

Plus I am besotted with Handel’s Zadok the Priest. Have been since I saw it in the 1953 Coronation movie at Sutherland Odeon at age 10. (My birthday is in July.) This now has better sound than the one I first used.

Watch on YouTube.

OK, that is my Coronation Watch. Time to get breakfasr….

Thanks to ABC for the pics, even if I watched Channel 10 instead last night!