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Robot bag

Posted on July 10th, 2016 by tonieee

I love my new robot bag.


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Yay! New Tuts single!

Posted on July 8th, 2016 by tonieee

You can buy it here:

I can’t wait for the album!

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Rainbow gif

Posted on July 7th, 2016 by tonieee


How awesome is that?

It’s by Robin Eisenberg.

Going Up The Country

Posted on June 12th, 2016 by tonieee

I’ve had a fantastic time at Going Up The Country this weekend. So many great bands and lots of lovely friends. Even the massive around of rain didn’t dampen the fun. Plus I got to do some proper dancing for the first time since I broke my leg.

Here are some photos:


Milky Wimpshake


Baby Arms


Town Bike


Linda and Bear


Jo and Pete




Kelly and Jo


The Primitives




Ian and Sharon






Jo and Jo






Vinnie, Albie and Jo


David Leach


The Mini Skips


The Popguns


Chrissy Barnacle

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powerpuff me!

Posted on April 2nd, 2016 by tonieee

If you go to you can make a picture of yourself as a powerpuff girls character – it’s the greatest thing!

I’ve always wanted to be a powerpuff girl and now I am 😀

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Friday is snow day is happy day

Posted on March 4th, 2016 by tonieee

This morning on my way to work I’m inexplicably happy despite a day of work ahead of me. The fact that it is snowing (though only a paltry amount) could be a factor as that cheers me no end. Also I trimmed my beard last night which always makes me feel ten years younger. But I think it’s mainly because Jo was singing Friday I’m In Love earlier and it’s earwormed me and I’ve been singing it to myself all the way to work. Happy Friday everyone :-).

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Me and Jo @ indietracks

Posted on July 27th, 2015 by tonieee

This is me and Jo at the campsite disco on the last night of indietracks this year:


Miyazaki’s Beautiful Antiwar Dreams

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by tonieee

This is a really nice article about anti-war themes in Studio Ghibli films:

No film has ever made me cry so much as Grave of the Fireflies. From about 5 minutes into it until about an hour after it I was just bawling my eyes out. Even just reading that article has made my eyes well up again.

I really want to watch all the Ghibli films again now but maybe not Grave of the Fireflies, that would be too much…

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Posted on April 8th, 2015 by tonieee


I broke it slipping over in the mud while walking the dog. It’s a little inconvenient to say the least.

Mutt imap/smtp woes solved

Posted on November 29th, 2014 by tonieee

I love mutt. It is a very flexible and powerful email client but it can be quite hard getting the initial setup right. When I switched it from using pop3 to imap/smtp I had a few problems getting it to work.

First I was getting the following error whenever I tried to send a message:

SMTP session failed: 550

I had my smtp_url in my muttrc set up as follows:

set smtp_url="smtps://"

It turns out I needed to add my email address (e.g. emailname@email.domain) before the server name:

set smtp_url="smtps://"

The next problem was after I left mutt for a while and came back to it I was getting the following error:

tls_socket_write (Error in the push function.)

This was caused by the connection to the server timing out. By default mutt polls the server once every 10 minutes. You can fix this by changing the timeout property in muttrc. I changed mine to 60 seconds and now all seems fine:

set timeout=60

Another problem is the password. Two passwords are required: imap_pass for retrieving the mails and smtp_pass to send a message. If you leave these blank then mutt will prompt you for them but this means you have to enter the password twice (once when you open mutt and again when you send your first message) and also any changes to your mailbox won’t be synced back to the server unless you’ve already sent a message.

I could store the passwords in the file but don’t like leaving then in plain text in a file on my hard drive. I could encrypt them (as described here but then I would need to type a passphrase in to decrypt the password which kind of defeats the object or I could encrypt them with a key with no passphrase but that is not really much more secure than storing in plain text (though I guess that’s what other mail clients must do).

What I did was write a command in the muttrc to read in the password at startup and store in a variable which is then used by both imap_pass and smtp_pass.

set my_pass=`stty -echo; read -p 'Password: ' tmppwd; echo $tmppwd; tmppwd=; stty echo`
set imap_pass=$my_pass
set smtp_pass=$my_pass

The variable is called “my_pass” because mutt requires user defined variables to be prefixed with “my_“. The “stty -echo” is to stop the user input being displayed while they type the password and “stty echo” is to turn it back on again.

Finally, I was used to using G to refresh the inbox. Though with it now refreshing every 60 seconds it is not really necessary, but I’m impatient and I’d still like to sometimes be able to check for new emails instantly instead of waiting for a whole minute for them to show. I did it by binding the imap-fetch-mail command to G in my muttrc as follows:

bind index G imap-fetch-mail

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