Bats in the Bedroom

It was late last night. Well, early this morning, technically. I was sitting in bed playing Pocket Planes on my iPhone.

A bat flew in through the bedroom door, did a circuit of the bedroom, then left again.

I spent quite a while roaming the flat with a torch, looking for it, but never found any sign of it. I went back to bed and sat up reading and playing with planes again, waiting for it to return. It never did.

It must have got in through a relatively small window left open in the kitchen, flown through the living room, into the hall, then into the bedroom. Either it found its way back out again, or it’s gone into hiding somewhere in the flat. They’re tiny creatures when folded up, so it could go undetected pretty easily. They eat a lot of insects each night, though, so if was still in here, I’d have expected it would fly again to look for food.

Vandalising Movie Quotes on Twitter

Twitterchum and “(Half) Face of the Young Gene Hunt” @masonkayne asked his followers if they were up for a quick game of “Vandalise the Movie Quote”. As I was in a silly mood, I joined in quite a few times. Here are my contributions. Can you guess the movies? The answers are in my Twitter feed.

  • “I’m gonna make him a cupcake he can’t refuse”
  • “I love the smell of cupcakes in the morning.”
  • “We came, we saw, we went away again.”
  • “Come with me if you want to know where I’m going.”
  • “It’s 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.” “I need a wee.”
  • “A long time ago in a Ford Galaxy far, far away…”
  • “Don’t worry ma’am, I got you.” “You got me… who’s got you?” “I have a harness and wires attached to my pants.”
  • “The farts are strong in this one”
  • “Say hello to my little friend, Bilbo Baggins!”

Twitter was made for silly stuff like this. That and sharing pictures of your lunch.

Orange Personal Hotspot on iPhone

Orange appear to have enabled the Personal Hotspot feature on iPhones, or at least on mine. Part of the Everything Everywhere rebranding, at a guess.

This pleases me.

I love my MacBook Air, and it goes out and about with me a lot. Whenever I’m away from home or work, though, it has no connectivity unless we find WiFi. That doesn’t happen so often here in Devon. Now I’ll have connectivity anywhere there’s a mobile signal. Which still often isn’t the case in Devon, but it’s often enough to be useful. I should be able to post photos from my ‘real’ camera while out, not just iPhone shots.

It costs extra, so I probably won’t make a lot of use of it, but it’s certainly good to know it’s there. All Orange (or EE) had to do was change a setting, and they’ll get more of my money. Good move on their part.

GoogleFood: JetPack’s Carousel Feature and W3 Total Cache’s Minify

This isn’t interesting unless you happen on it because you’re having the same problem.

I’d been using JetPack’s Carousel feature for WordPress for quite a while, and liked it. I noticed recently that it had stopped working. Still enabled, and looked as if it should be working, but not happening – images were just taking me to their image page. I’d forgotten that I’d enabled W3 Total Cache’s Minify feature – it minifies JavaScript, among other things, and it looks like it breaks Carousel. Turned it off again, and Carousel started working again.