The REAL Pigeon's Nest. Linking to pages and resources on this site is encouraged, but the links MUST be placed on a publically-accessible page. Placing links behind any form of login or access restriction is strictly forbidden.
The Website of the Wild Celtic/Viking Space Pigeon
Hi. I'm Pigeon, welcome to my nest. Beware of imitations. Ignore any other websites named "Pigeon's Nest", which are nothing to do with me. I am the real Pigeon, and this is the site you were looking for. Scroll down, click some links and prepare for delights beyond your wildest dreams...
Non-technical people :-) are advised to check out the
Peculiar Pages and the
odds and sods first...
Or there's always the photo album - contact me for shoots/commissions etc. Landscape is my thing.
Automotive - Photos -
Computers - Engineering -
Odds and sods -
Rants and Burblings -
Peculiar Pages - Authenticity - Contact me
Keep scrolling... This page is several screens long :-)
This website does not have fancy layout, background images/music, multi-coloured text, Comic Sans
just, like, voice and guitar. Er, I mean it's just a minimal no-frills website. There's no
pretty-pretty crap on it, it just presents the information in an unadorned fashion, in clear
straightforward easy-to-read black text on a white background. Linux users often produce such
minimalist websites, because we don't see the point in cluttering up the page and wasting
bandwidth on decorative bullshit. (The little pictures above are not purely decorative, they each
serve an important function and have been selected with great (if not apparent) care. And while there is
music on the site, you only get it if you click on a link to a music file - ie. if you deliberately
decide that you want it.)
I do admit that it could be a bit better organised though. Somehow I always seem to have something else to do rather than tidying it up... :-)
This website is not optimised for any particular browser. It's just standard HTML. Any
browser should be able to cope with it.
It seems that PistonHeaders do not find what they are looking for on this site. This could be due to the fact that I don't know what you're looking for - feel free to tell me :-)
Pigeon's nest webcam. The hardware fault on the computer that runs the webcam has now been fixed (by replacing the computer), so this is now working again.
Hourly snapshots from the webcam over the past 24 hours.
Intergalactic Federation of Space Pigeons Ensuring the welfare of pigeons throughout the whole of known space.
Pigeon Impossible Absolutely superb animation (requires flash). Definitely recommended.
Some photos of my pigeons.
Pictures posted to firstname.lastname@example.org over the past week. This page is generated automatically from current content on the mailing list so its contents are unpredictable and may sometimes be null. It is provided as a service to fprc posters, many of whom seem to have difficulty in viewing images that other people post to the list.
Diflucan (anti-fungal, good for pigeons) Info is about the human uses of diflucan though; dose for pigeons is 5-15mg/kg every 12-48 hours depending on what they've got. AFAIK it is available over the counter without need for a prescription.
The Pigeonator awaits those who do not heed the admonition to be kind to pigeons.
Injured pigeons - contact me and I will do my best to help/advise.
See also external pigeon links.
Automotive - Motorcycles and cars
The MZ Page A collection of information about two-stroke MZ motorcycles.
LED lighting system for 6 volt motorcycles
Optical ignition trigger, a more reliable replacement for the mechanical contact breaker
Electronic thermostat for electric fan, as fitted to my Volvo 164
Converting a Volvo Amazon or 1800 from dynamo to alternator. The wiring of such a conversion need hold no terrors.
Photo album Mostly landscape, cars and bikes.
The sarge page: Miscellaneous problems and their solutions with Debian sarge. Includes a section on problems encountered when dist-upgrading Debian woody to sarge.
ClockProg for SiS6326 graphics card and SVGATextMode
Conexant ADSL PCI modem driver for Debian - not a pukka .deb, but a hack of the RedHat driver tarball. I first tried it with Debian woody (with backports.org backports) and kernel 2.4.24, then later dist-upgraded to sarge. YMMV on other combinations.
Setting up Debian woody to boot a root filesystem on LVM. This is what I did. Recipes for LVM1 / 2.4.x kernels and LVM2 / 2.6.x kernels are included. The information is still useful for sarge.
Debian and Dueling Banjos: Solving the Mystery For years the Debian developers' mailing list has received occasional bizarre requests for the sheet music for "Dueling Banjos". Nobody ever worked out what it was that had caused that very first misguided poster to approach Debian about it and start the whole thing off. Trouble is, nobody had a beak. I've been pecking around and can happily announce that I have found the answer.
Linux 2.6.x kernels, cdrecord and the CyberDrive CW-088D CD writer. This drive has a bug which stops it working with any 2.6.x kernel, not just kernels < 2.6.10.
Sanyo LMU-TK12AT touch screen monitor - good user manual and a few notes; what to do if you've lost your OSD controller.
Pigeon says: Say NO to msplinks! Myspace's so-called security feature is a crackers' and phishers' paradise. Find out how to get rid of it here.
Hauppauge WinTV Nova-T USB Stick Firmware for Linux This page lists a collection of firmware files for use with the Hauppauge WinTV Nova-T USB Stick under Linux - at least that's what they were advertised as being for, I don't know if all of them actually are or not.
Pigeon's Device - You've heard of Duff's device, this is the feathered equivalent.
Mirror of http://lkcl.net/rtmp/ dated 24-05-09. Information on the RTMP streaming protocol.
Ubuntu jaunty udev rule for USB scanner. What to do if your USB scanner works as root but not as a normal user.
Restore "Cached" links on Google search results pages Towards the end of 2011, Google decided to be cunts and remove the very useful "Cached" links from the search results pages. Here's how to get them back.
Google-sanitising UserJS for Opera Stops Google redirecting search results links, unfucks image searches, and stuff.
Hardware and software details of a parallel-port programmer for the MX25L8005 1MB serial flash RAM (often used on PC motherboards to hold the BIOS) or similar chips.
Building the medibuntu version of mplayer from source - This page answers an important question which is not addressed on any other page known to google.
Opera under Linux sometimes uses a thoroughly foul sans-serif font. This page relates how I stopped it doing this.
Some Unusual Engines - LJK Setright Read online a scanned version of this fascinating but out-of-print book, or download the PDF.
Article on the Class 66 from RAIL 492
Napier Deltic T18-37K Manual
Clerk "Trilink" hydrostatic transmission for road vehicles
Multiple coupled inductors in SPICE - don't forget to include ALL the coupling coefficients!
Combination hot water cylinder problems? Pigeon's Self Purging Balls empty themselves automatically to avoid those embarrasing overflows.
Electronics design and PIC programming
Odds and sods
But being as this is Google, the most powerful search engine in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?
GROAN WITH TWOTW An implementation of GROAN in Perl by Angus McIntyre is used to generate this web page.
Intergalactic Federation of Space Pigeons Ensuring the welfare of pigeons throughout the whole of known space.
An unusual cure for gutsache. How I defeated the dangerous yogurt.
Pitspeak - dull hang were judder fuchsia.
Best not let Finbarr Saunders see the cereal packet...
Remembering Joey Deacon... an unlikely kind of hero who seared the minds of a generation. Nnnnnnyyyyyyyggggnnnnn uuurh ngflg.
Quantum behaviour of macroscopic objects. Where's my bloody 13mm socket gone?; International secret agent paramilitary pigeons; How to send secret love letters (but not battlefield situation reports).
Fitting a Volvo Amazon with a B30 straight-six engine. Placed here rather than under "engineering oddments" because it also expands on some of the anomalous quantum phenomena mentioned in the abovelisted page.
Anomalous quantum phenomena are affecting my CD collection. If you find CDs mysteriously appearing please read this page.
Nuclear water pump - just the thing for those long-term irrigation projects.
Nuclear dogshit vaporiser - another application of the same principle.
Three films with Bruce Willis (in a vest) - Ben's 15 seconds of fame.
The Orphan/Often thing in "Pirates of Penzance" does not make sense to a modern British audience either, or at least it wouldn't if everyone hadn't seen the play 50 times already. Americans take note.
NASA Fakes Moon Landing! Photographic Proof! Originally on brainsluice, the original page was defaced by unimaginative morons. An undefaced archive copy is presented here.
Rocket Car Crashes Into Cliff The actual story behind this well-known urban legend. Copied on here because the original site is dead.
Bruce Everiss - Screenshot of Google image search result. Plus another pic of him.
Top Fuel Dragster Facts. Yes, those top fuel dragster facts. Here presented in a handy web page format which you can link to from a forum post instead of pasting the whole bloody lot in all over again when 99.999% of the readers will have seen it so often already that they are sick of it.
The Thieving Gypsy Bastards - The classic cartoon from Viz.
Bloody silly version of the Spiderman song.
Twitter Shit - Shit I write on twitter.
Casabianca - The boy stood on the burning deck, and all that.
Fifty Grades of Shay - the Reverend's geared steam locomotives.
The Adventures of Henry V8 - King of England 1509-1547, possibly.
Tax Reform (Birdonomics).
Lord of the Rings - some scenes from the movies.
The Tale of Vearanniel - The Sweary Nuclear Pigeons follow a Mary Sue into the world of the Lord of the Rings and fuck her shit up.
Crap stuff. Things which are done badly through greed, ignorance or stupidity, and piss me off.
Pigeon's Cack. Me burbling on from my variant columbine viewpoint about stuff I've done or thought about. Or just anything really. Not really a blog. Just me being a pigeon, doing my pigeony thing. Anyway, any proper pigeon's nest should have an associated mound of cack.
Peculiar Page Ring Index. An index to various pages on this site which have little in common apart from being peculiar. Many of the best pages are in here.
Other people's stuff
A collection of links to sites I consider interesting.
If you should discover that any of these links don't work, please tell me.
Lucy Pinder - Television Presenter
Lucy Pinder on the Lucy
Pinder Television Website
Lucy Pinder Videos Index: one of the largest collections of Lucy Pinder videos on the net. Includes her Nuts TV work plus modelling videos, PAs and more...
Lucy Pinder News on Twitter
Lucy Pinder TV youtube channel
Video collection: Lucy Pinder on Nuts TV Here is the largest available collection of Lucy Pinder's television work for Nuts TV.
Lucy Pinder in "Level Crossings: Don't Run The Risk" I know they're a major pain in the backside, although I can't be arsed to list all the technical reasons why they're like that. The point is, pain in the backside or not, being an idiot and getting squished is a much bigger pain all over...
Promotional blogs for the Lucy Pinder Television website:
Lucy Pinder - blogspot (1)
Lucy Pinder - blogspot (2)
Lucy Pinder - vox
External pigeon links
Pigeon Recovery. An excellent page on providing help to injured and otherwise needy pigeons.
Pigeons.com (soon to move to pigeon-life.net). Lots of useful info on rescuing pigeons.
Austin Duck Police More avian rescue resources.
Barclay James Harvest
The Barclay James Harvest Site Everything you ever wanted to know about this unique and superb progressive rock band, with link to a lively and enthusiastic discussion group. Also BJH CDs for sale, including hard-to-find stuff and remastered versions of the classic albums. Lacking in information on Les's activities after "River of Dreams", for which see this site.
The Woolly Wolstenholme Site The Mellotron Maestro from Barclay James Harvest is still playing in what many fans consider to be the quintessential BJH style. Find out what he's up to on this site, and order his new CDs "One Drop in a Dry World" and "Grim".
Barclay James Harvest Featuring Les Holroyd The Les Holroyd branch of Barclay James Harvest's developmental history. What Les is doing now and who he is playing with. For information on Les's time with the "classic" and "classic-minus-Woolly" incarnations of BJH, see the comprehensive site.
John Lees's Barclay James Harvest Up to date information on the John Lees and Woolly Wolstenholme branch of the BJH evolutionary tree. Again see the comprehensive site for information on their time with earlier incarnations of BJH.
Barclay James Harvest web forum
Barclay James Harvest on yahoogroups: discussion list for all branches of BJH, and announcement list for news of new releases, tour dates etc. of all branches except Les's.
BJH featuring Les Holroyd on yahoogroups: discussion list for Les's branch of BJH only.
Myspace: Barclay James Harvest
Myspace: Woolly Wolstenholme's Maestoso
Myspace: John Lees's Barclay James Harvest
Myspace: Barclay James Harvest featuring Les Holroyd
The Douglas Self Site. The fount of all knowledge concerning audio power amplifiers. If this guy doesn't know it, it's not worth knowing. He's also got lots of stuff on unusual steam locomotives, road vehicles with unconventional wheel layouts and other cool technological oddities.
Debian GNU/Linux Fed up with Microshite crashes, viruses, trojans, spyware, total ignorance of security and general endemic dysfunctionality? Linux is a REAL operating system, and Debian is arguably the most stable, secure and well-organised Linux variant, as well as being the most "free". Find out more here.
Knoppix Linux Live CD Linux for people who are scared of computers. Download the CD image, burn it to a CD, then reboot off the CD, and magically everything works. Won't damage your existing system. Based on Debian.
The RatBike Zone Motorcycling as it should be. Ingenuity, guts, originality and a distinct lack of chrome and plastic.
The "peace65" site, an extremely comprehensive listing of diesel motorcycles.
Diesel Motorcycle discussion forum
Stefan Osswald's bike site - or at least the navigation links from it, since the site's own navigation code doesn't work.
The chew-the-fat forum, the chat forum your mother warned you about.
The TRUTH about speed cameras.
A very good, clear explanation of why the idea that human activities contribute to global warming is bollocks. There are plenty of good reasons to use less oil - like the economic chaos that will happen when it begins to run low (which is imminent) if we don't have alternatives in place, and the lunatic perverters of the Muslim religion running many of the major oil-producing states who we would be better off having no economic dealings with - but anthropogenic global warming is not one of them.
The uselessness of the Government's "act on CO2" policies. Taxing the shit out of motorists won't affect global warming, which is nothing to do with human CO2 emissions anyway. CO2 is an effect, not a cause, of global warming, with rises in CO2 levels lagging, not leading, rises in temperature.
Keswick Mining Museum Fascinating and comprehensive museum of mining. Well worth a visit.
Underground oddities - a wonderful site about the hidden parts of the London Underground system.
Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Passenger trains are once more running on this much-missed narrow gauge line. This is extremely cool and froody. Find out more here.
Info on Savvis Communications Corporation - an ISP known for hosting spammers. I have included this link on my site because Savvis have tried to suppress this information by stealing the original domain: http://www.savvis.info now resolves to 127.0.0.1. If you are trying to reach http://www.savvis.info try the above link instead. The site also provides the information as a tarball which I have mirrored here. I became aware of the original site by reading this page from The Register.
Be kind to pigeons