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  1. The Old Man

    Sound effects

    Regarding the Millennium Windows 7 Theme you were discussing, just a thought but I'm not sure it will install and work properly in Windows 10. The way desktop themes in Win 10 probably changed, so you may just see the background image that comes with it, but get no sound effects unless you manually add them. I'll have to make a Win 10 version if nobody else does, it would be nice to have.
  2. Loving your profile piccie! :bear:

  3. The Old Man

    Sound effects

    Hi, One button produces a single, the other a double boom sound effect to insert into your post. I was intending to add a different icon with a x2 but that's on hold because for now, I don't see a way for this to work for non-admin accounts that can't post html. I'll keep looking into it but I may have to just remove the buttons. You can probably just delete it from a post if you've tried it. (If you want to know more...) I basically made a custom button for CKEditor that has this icon and produces this snippet of code, it inserts this source code snippet (which is the HTML5 audio tag with the option to display the playback controls), into a post. You/I would have to click on the source button in the editor to see the html that is actually produced to make up the post, but non-admin accounts won't see it, since html posting is restricted to protect against hacking. So if you were to see the code it would look like this.. <audio controls=""> <source src="https://millennium-thisiswhoweare.net/downloads/audio/effects/MD2_single.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"> Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element. </audio> The text editor (actually CKEditor) interprets that code to display the playback controls, which start the sound when used, otherwise you'd hear the sound as the page loads but no controls would show. Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element. However, what is happening for you guys is that the code is being stripped out when you hit the Submit button, so it's not displaying and working correctly for you.
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    anyone else watch Luther?

    Luther faces a serial killer wearing a Punch mask who wishes to emulate London Folklore figure Spring-heeled Jack Love Luther's reference to Penny Dreadfuls in this episode!
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    Sound effects

    Hi, I've split this page of replies off from the Luther topic. I took a look at the source code of the posts where you've tried the Ouro buttons on the editor and it says your browser doesn't support it, that's actually a bit false positive, that message is a fallback if the player doesn't show. It looks like the playback controls are being stripped out after you post, because as a non-admin member, you can't post raw HTML (for security reasons) which was something I didn't consider when trying to come up with a sort of alternative workaround designed to reduce the 'no boom' posts clogging up the Chatbox. If you can see the player when I've posted a boom, that's a good sign. I'll try whitelisting the relevant html5 audio tags in the editor and see if it fixes it for you. There are some areas of the site where it may show that message but it should work in forum posts. Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.
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    anyone else watch Luther?

    Well I've been watching about 2-3 episodes a night, and I'm completely hooked on Luther. Pure class, some genuinely creepy scenes. Also some seriously funny dark humour! One of the episodes reminded me a lot of 19:19. Another has a Jeep Cherokee. The mournful MillenniumisticTM violins/cellos. Last night I thought I was seeing things, after several rewinds and freezeframes, there was an Ouro! Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.
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    anyone else watch Luther?

    Last night I watched the second and third episodes, the third was definitely MillenniumisticTM !
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    HDTV Frank

    Nope, still have it! Not sure if they ever fixed it, I must check.
  10. The Old Man

    anyone else watch Luther?

    Actually I watched Luther for the first time 2 nights ago! What a coincidence! I found they had the first season on iplayer so I was able to start at the beginning. Idris Elba was an excellent actor in the The Wire, I thought he was good in this too, but the writer let him down. I guessed the killer within minutes, and about 3 other plot points in no time, so I hope it gets better! I'm usually hopeless with mysteries, especially Midsomer Murders.
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    HDTV Frank

    We endured such a very long battle to get it released on DVD. It seems like such a long time ago. I remember Fox eventually sent me some preview DVDs ahead of the release along with a copy of Harsh Ream, and I recall letting them know that the Millennium S1 box had the wrong number of episodes on the back; they took it well and said they'd fix it!
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    The Crossing

    I recently got into a great new series on Amazon Prime Video called The Crossing, starring the rather awesome Steve Zahn who I loved in Treme. The Crossing had all the things I like in my TeeVee, damp green and mossy Vancouver forests, small town law enforcement and diners, and a touch of The 4400 mixed with the feel of Falling Skies plus a hint of the The X-Files. Then I found out despite good reviews, it got the axe after just one season. What the hell? Anyway, here's a trailer to see if this is your cup of Earl Grey...
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    Terminator Sequel

    There can never be enough Terminator films with the original producer and cast! Avatar you can keep, it was good until they introduced those awful blue cats!
  14. Happy Birthday @Merowig ! "Cream horn?" Have an awesome day! Old Man
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    Raspberry Coulis

    Welcome to the Old Man's cabin kitchen where I'll show you a great tasting raspberry coulis, er sauce recipe, that I made yesterday that Lucy Butler herself would love to taste, because it's perfect with dark chocolate, deserts, ice cream etc. The intense raspberry aroma is lovely and the taste is refreshing, sharp but sweet. (Actually I found it online some years back). Skill level: Easy. If you can burn water, you can make this. Serving suggestion: Dark chocolate Christmas pine cone filled with chocolate mousse, topped with edible gold glitter (from M&S!) and served with raspberry coulis. Lucy would be proud! Duration: About 20 mins Ingredients 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar 3 tablespoons of water 1 bag (roughly 12 oz) of frozen raspberries (thawed) or 1lb fresh raspberries (Optional 1 teaspoon kirsch) Equipment A blender or food processor A fine mesh sieve over a slightly larger bowl Wooden spoon Medium-sized pan Okay, lets do this... Heat the water and sugar in a small saucepan on a low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved (takes about 5 minutes until the resulting syrup is clear, you will see bubbles, just stir them out slowly). Put the raspberries into a blender or food processor and pour on the syrup before it cools, then blend for about 5 seconds at a time, in bursts until the fruit is a puréed sauce. Strain the sauce with a fine mesh sieve over the bowl to remove the seeds then add the kirch if using. See my tips below to speed this up! Stick the sauce in your fridge for an hour and it thickens it a little, serve it chilled with your desert. The Old Man's Tips: Keep a bag of supermarket frozen raspberries in the freezer. When needed I leave them overnight in the fridge to thaw naturally for best results, but you could plonk them in warm water and leave them a few hours or defrost carefully in a microwave oven if you're in a hurry. I find the raspberry seeds quickly clog the sieve and the fairly thick sauce takes a longer time to drip through into bowl, so you can you speed up the filtering process easily by gently smoothing the sauce up the sides of the sieve using the back of a wooden spoon. The sauce runs back down and through the mesh until mostly just seeds and pulp are left. Use all the surface area of the sieve coating it, but don't force it or the seeds will get pushed through. The sauce will flow! You could use different fruit such as mango or strawberry. The sauce will keep in a fridge inside a sealed container or cup for about 5 days, but I guarantee you'll have eaten it within 1 or 2 days!
  16. For anyone interested or effected, I've just changed the type of emoji we display at TIWWA. The EmojiOne style of emoji which were a handy workaround for users of older devices or operating systems would often fail to load, secondly they don't show in certain areas of the site which show text only, such as activity streams and search results. Therefore I've switched backed to the so called 'native' visual style, which means that the graphic is not loaded from Emojione's rather temperamental servers, but are provided by the user's device/emoji keyboard instead (they don't download over the internet): So, basically: Apple users will see Apple's style (as per screenshot above) as supported via their current version iOS, Android users will see the Google's Android style, as supported by their device's version of Android operating system, whilst Windows 10 users will see Microsoft's current style etc. Sadly, users on older platforms that don't fully support the modern, coloured emoji may not see the emoji or they may show as white outlines. More about emoji at https://emojipedia.org/ and at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoji Tip! Emoji are a font, so you can also change the size of your emoji just like normal text by using the font size button in the text editor! 🎃🦉🍂🦌🍂🍄🍁😱 🎃🦉🍂🦌🍂🍄🍁😱
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    Change of emoji style

    Sorry Earthy, I missed your reply. I don't think so. It's too old now and support (updates) ends this year. If it was me, I'd make backups of my data and upgrade to Windows 10, or grab a cheap Windows 10 laptop or PC. Few tips: Windows 10 ideally needs 8GB of RAM. Get an SSD! Windows is super fast and responsive on one. Fortunately SSD drives are much more affordable now, 256GB minimum, 512GB ideal. If you go for a PC, you can have a traditional 1TB hard drive for storing of all your files and media, installing your everyday programs on your SSD with Windows. If using a PC or laptop, you could use OneDrive, Google Drive, Google Photos, Dropbox for your bulk file storage.
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    Happy Birthday Merowig

    Hope you had an awesome day! Your birthday powers last a week, you know. 🎂🎉🎈🎁
  19. The Old Man

    High Plains Drifter, Joseph McBrayer

    Go Joe! You are doing awesome, and it will be a better year for you! Shake it, Joe! You got this!
  20. Gruesome. Good advice above though. Criminals could put anything in them to make a buck. I'm about to have some of those dubious, multi-vitamin supplements with my coffee, only to use them up mind.
  21. The Old Man

    Raspberry Coulis

    Mmm, good suggestion! I have no idea how to make hard candy other than freezing it (!), but it sounds tasty. Re the seeds, that's an idea, it could make the process even quicker. Might have to make another batch soon!
  22. The Old Man

    Millennium Frank Black

    Nice! Wallpaper/device background or fan art?
  23. The Old Man

    MATM poster

    Nice! Jason is a fine chap!
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    Raspberry Coulis

    If you say jus (pronounced 'zhew') instead of gravy, you've nailed fine dining and can compete on Masterchef!

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