A raincoat for my golden retriever

Published by Supertortuga on 2017-01-22

A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!, King Richard III yells out in a famous Shakespeare's play. Here on the Mediterrean coast of Spain it is either raining or snowing, and every dog owner knows that when it rains, after the daily walks your dog returns... humid, wet or soaking wet... So, we don't need a horse, but something would be very appreciated.

If you, like Supertortuga, have a big dog, you need to spend a lot of time drying the dog after each walk. And if you live in a flat or a house without a garden, there is no option; the dog must be well dry before entering your house. Although it does not rain very often here on the Azahar (orange flower) coast, but when it does rain, it literally falls down and it can last for days.

So, fed up of spending so much time drying our golden retriever, Mrs Supertortuga prepared a custom made raincoat. It covers most of the dog, and it does not impede its movements nor disturb her when she has to relieve her needs. And the best of all, our dog returns with all the fur of the torso dry, which means that we only need to dry its head, feet and tail.

My golden retriever posing with her raincoat

My golden retriever posing with her raincoat

My golden retriever posing with her raincoat
Any position is fine when wearing such a raincoat
Look how happy I am

Winter in Spain (public enemy of my palm trees)

Published by Supertortuga on 2017-01-18
Being a turtle I am against the winter (as a concept).

The winter, albeit without snow but with cold winds, has arrived to the Spanish Mediterranean coast. The temperature during nighttime dropped to -1º last night and the daytime temperature is also colder than normal for the season. The small birds and Spaniards in general hide behind thick winter jackets and scarfs.

This climatic situation means tough businees for some of my plant on the upper terrace, where they are exposed to the cold air. So far, all my plants have put up well, and there and no signs of frost bites, even on the sensitive Ficus Robusta, which are know to be among the first native plants to be affected by low temperatures, mainly because of the high water content in the leaves.

Connecting my laptop to my living-room TV remotely

Published by Supertortuga on 2017-01-15

Recently I was faced with a small IT problem at home. The situation was that Mrs Supertortuga uses an old laptop of mine to download the mail (she normally uses an Android tablet or phone for most of her internet related tasks). This laptop is still working, but it is getting obsolete, running Windows XP which is no longer maintained. And the usage of the old laptop is also limited by that it is in practice restricted to use at one location (due to poor batteries).

To get the complete picture, I already have a wired LAN and wifi network at home. My 8 year old TV is equipped with a first-gen Chromecast device to stream movies, etc. My laptops, NAS devices, printers, phones, tablets, etc are all connected to this network.

You think I' just a stupid turtle? No, Sir! I'm a stupid tech nerd turtle, that's what I am!

I considered several possibilities:

  • Install a lightweight Linux operative system on the laptop and continue as before. Pros: no cost solution. Cons: I don't have time to set up the system, and though I would not mind using Linux myself, Mrs Supertortuga is not used to it.
  • Purchase a Raspberry PI and install a suitable distro. Pros: low cost solution. Cons: My time is still limited, and I know that I would end up also purchasing a new keyboard, and a new monitor with HDMI input would also be required (the old laptop is connected to an old VGA monitor).
  • Purchase a stick computer (an Intel Compute stick for around 170€) to connect directly to the TV though the HDMI input (I think I have an unused input). Pros: I would do away with the old laptop and monitor, and get a new PC capable of working as a mediacenter. Cons: more expensive than the Raspberry, and I would end up with another lowspecs PC to maintain, which would also soon be obsolete. And I would also need an external bluetooth keyboard and mouse to use it.

Play it again, Sam (that great C64 game)

Published by Supertortuga on 2017-01-08

In the great old days, back in the glorious 1980's, I was hooked on to the Commodore 64, an 8-bit home computer introduced in 1982 by Commodore. The C64 is listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest-selling single computer model of all time with an impressive 15 million units sold (so I was in good company).

Compared to today's powerful computers, the C64 had limited resources, but its great advantage was that there was only one model, with common hardware, which made it possible to create a huge amount of software, which further increased its popularity. The C64 had 64 Kb of RAM (hence its name), a 16 colour graphics chip (VIC-II) with sprites and scrolling capacibilites, and the amazing SID sound chip.

I was amazed by the games, and I have spent a huge amount of hours playing classics such as Blue Max, Gyruss, Bandits, Dino Eggs, Fort Apocalypse, Popeye, Wizball, and a countless list of other memorable titles. I do get amazed by today's games, which are truly impressive from a technical point of view, but I believe that many of the games created back in the 80's are masterpieces, often created by one single person, doing all the coding and creative work himself.

Try the command POKE 53280,x (there 0<=x<=15), which changes the border colour of the screen.
The title screen of Bandits

The title screen of Bandits

Everything on Supertortuga is false

Published by Supertortuga on 2016-12-31

Did this statemente come as a big surprise to you? If so, don't worry too much. The above type of sentence is called a liar paradox. Because if everything is indeed false, even the above statement must be false.

Everything I say is false

From Wikipedia we learn the following:

The simplest version of the paradox is the sentence:

  • This statement is false. (A)

If (A) is true, then "This statement is false" is true. Therefore, (A) must be false. The hypothesis that (A) is true leads to the conclusion that (A) is false, a contradiction.

If (A) is false, then "This statement is false" is false. Therefore, (A) must be true. The hypothesis that (A) is false leads to the conclusion that (A) is true, another contradiction. Either way, (A) is both true and false, which is a paradox.

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