Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Colourful Life


Curious afternoon looking at Chrome Experiments. Found this and couldn't put it down!


In addition to the few instructions given on start of this app, the "H" key on keyboard hides or unhides the panel controls. When the controls are hidden, pressing the keyboard buttons results in new effects. Nice. 



 











Sunday, 15 November 2015

Iain Lee, BBC3CR Radio Presenter, Sacked

BBC Three Counties presenter Iain Lee 6am-9am, has apparently lost his job over an interview he gave earlier this...

Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Saturday, 14 November 2015



More comment from Ian's own Facebook Page:

So this has been my weekhttp://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/BBC-apologises-after-Christian-campaigner-labelled-bigoted-by-presenter-Iain-Lee

Posted by Iain Lee on Friday, 13 November 2015




People are saying that Iain Lee has been fired over his 'bigot' comment. If this is true then (a) shame on you cowards...
Posted by Rick Pistol on Saturday, 14 November 2015

Monday, 13 July 2015

Supaplex


For the past couple of weeks I had been scouring the net to try to recall the name of a game we used to play in the Winter household. All I could recall was that it was some sort of maze game, with a smiley face involved, wasn't PACMAN, had an electronic card feel to it, and a zany electronic sound track.

Now I have re-found it! It's got quite a fan base and it's name is Supaplex. Its available on iTunes to download, if you're into Macs, but I got it working my Windows 8.1 and now a Windows 10 PC via a thing called a DOSBox. The game was meant for really old PC's not our modern ones. But I found a way to download and install it.


For me, I went to  http://www.elmerproductions.com/sp/faq.html#q_xp then scrolled down to "Supaplex does not work on my computer". Underneath that is a link to " "64 bit installer", and that link downloads the installer. That then installs the DosBox as well as the Supaflex files, and gets you started.

It's got all the electronic sounds and everything. The start screen turns your mouse into a wand so it takes a bit of figuring what to do, and you also use left-right up down keys on a keyboard. The Return and ESC keys also come in useful, too!

For me, this is exciting!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Ner Let Them Forget



ORIGINAL

В ночь со 2 на 3 февраля 1945 года заключенных концлагеря Маутхаузен подняла с нар пулеметная стрельба. Доносившиеся снаружи крики «Ура!» не оставляли сомнений: в лагере идет настоящий бой. Это 500 узников блока №20 (блок смертников) атаковали пулеметные вышки.

Летом 1944 года в Маутхаузене появился блок №20, для русских. Это был лагерь в лагере, отделенный от общей территории забором высотой 2,5 метра, по верху которого шла проволока, находящаяся под током. По периметру стояли три вышки с пулеметами. Узники 20-го блока получали ¼ общелагерного рациона. Ложек, тарелок им не полагалось. Блок никогда не отапливался. В оконных проемах не было ни рам, ни стекол. В блоке не было даже нар. Зимой, прежде чем загнать узников в блок, эсэсовцы заливали из шланга пол блока водой. Люди ложились в воду и просто не просыпались.

«Смертники» имели «привилегию» — они не работали, как другие заключенные. Вместо этого они целый день занимались «физическими упражнениями» — безостановочно бегали вокруг блока или ползали.

За время существования блока в нем было уничтожено около 6 тыс. чел. К концу января в блоке №20 оставалось в живых около 570 человек.
За исключением 5-6 югославов и нескольких поляков (участников варшавского восстания), все заключенные «блока смерти» были советскими военнопленными офицерами, направленными сюда из других лагерей.

В 20-й блок Маутхаузена направлялись узники, даже в концлагерях представлявшие собой угрозу III Рейху вследствие своего военного образования, волевых качеств и организационных способностей. Все они были взяты в плен ранеными или в бессознательном состоянии, и за время своего пребывания в плену были признаны «неисправимыми». В сопроводительных документах каждого из них стояла буква «К», означавшая, что заключенный подлежит ликвидации в самые короткие сроки. Поэтому прибывших в 20-й блок даже не клеймили, поскольку срок жизни заключенного в 20-го блок не превышал нескольких недель.

В назначенную ночь около полуночи «смертники» начали доставать из тайников свое «оружие»— булыжники, куски угля и обломки разбитого умывальника. Главным «оружием» были два огнетушителя. Были сформированы 4 штурмовые группы: три должны были атаковать пулеметные вышки, одна в случае необходимости — отбить внешнюю атаку со стороны лагеря.

Около часа ночи с криками «Ура!» смертники 20-го блока начали выпрыгивать через оконные проемы и бросились на вышки. Пулеметы открыли огонь. В лица пулеметчиков ударили пенные струи огнетушителей, полетел град камней. Летели даже куски эрзац-мыла и деревянные колодки с ног. Один пулемет захлебнулся, и на вышку тотчас же начали карабкаться члены штурмовой группы. Завладев пулеметом, они открыли огонь по соседним вышкам. Узники с помощью деревянных досок закоротили проволоку, побросали на нее одеяла и начали перебираться через стену.
Из почти 500 человек более 400 сумели прорваться через внешнее ограждение и оказались за пределами лагеря. Как было условлено, беглецы разбились на несколько групп и бросились в разные стороны, чтобы затруднить поимку. Самая большая группа бежала к лесу. Когда ее стали настигать эсэсовцы, несколько десятков человек отделились и бросились навстречу преследователям, чтобы принять свой последний бой и задержать врагов хоть на несколько минут.

Одна из групп наткнулась на немецкую зенитную батарею. Сняв часового и ворвавшись в землянки, беглецы голыми руками передушили орудийную прислугу, захватили оружие и грузовик. Группа была настигнута и приняла свой последний бой.

Около сотни вырвавшихся на свободу узников погибли в первые же часы. Увязая в глубоком снегу, по холоду (термометр в ту ночь показывал минус 8 градусов), истощенные, многие просто физически не могли пройти более 10-15 км.
Но более 300 смогли уйти от преследования и спрятались в окрестностях.

В поисках беглецов, кроме охраны лагеря, были задействованы расквартированные в окрестностях части вермахта, части СС и местная полевая жандармерия. Пойманных беглецов доставляли в Маутхаузен и расстреливали у стены крематория, где тут же сжигали тела. Но чаще всего расстреливали на месте поимки, а в лагерь привозили уже трупы.

В немецких документах мероприятия по розыску беглецов именовались «Мюльфиртельская охота на зайцев». К розыскам было привлечено местное население. Бойцы Фольксштурма, члены Гитлерюгенда, члены местной ячейки НСДАП и беспартийные добровольцы азартно искали в окрестностях «зайцев» и убивали их прямо на месте. Убивали подручными средствами — топорами, вилами, поскольку берегли патроны. Трупы свозили в деревню Рид ин дер Ридмаркт, и сваливали во дворе местной школы.


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On the night of 2 to 3 February 1945 Mauthausen concentration camp prisoners came from their billets to face machine-gun fire.

Donoso outside shouted "Hurrah!" leaving no doubt: this was a real fight. The 500 prisoners of block №20 (death row) attacked the machine-gun towers.

The Russians found block №20 Mauthausen. It was a camp within the camp, separated from the total area by a fence 2.5 meters high, on top of which was barbed wire.

Along the perimeter there were three towers with machine guns. Prisoners of 20th block received a quarter of the food of other prisoners. They had no spoons, or plates. The block was never heated. The window openings had no frames or glass. The block did not even have bunks. In the winter, before the prisoners were driven inside, the SS hosed the floor unit with water. People went into the water and just do not wake up.

"Suicide bombers" had a "privilege" - they did not work as the other prisoners. Instead, they spent all day doing "exercise" - non-stop running around the block or crawling.

During the existence of the block it destroyed about 6 thousand people. By the end of January, in block №20  about 570 people remained alive.
Except for 5-6 Yugoslavia and several Poles (the Warsaw Uprising), all prisoners on "death block" were Soviet prisoners of war and officers sent here from other camps.

In the 20 th block of Mauthausen prisoners were sent, even in the concentration camps represent a threat III Reich due to his military education, volitional qualities and organizational abilities. All of them were captured or wounded in an unconscious state, and during his captivity were considered "incorrigible." In the accompanying documents of each of them was the letter "K" means that the prisoner shall be liquidated as soon as possible. Therefore, anyone to have arrived in the 20th block would not have expected to have lived more than a few weeks.

On the night around midnight, "suicide bombers" began to get out of their hiding places anything they could use as a weapon - stones, lumps of coal and pieces of broken faucet. The main "weapon" were two fire extinguishers. 4 assault groups were formed; three were to attack the machine-gun towers, one if necessary - to repel external attacks from the camp.

About 1am they were shouting "Hurrah!" Bombers of the 20th block started to jump through the window openings and rushed a tower. Machine guns opened fire. Gunners jetted foam extinguishers into the faces and threw stones. Even pieces of ersatz soap and wooden blocks were thrown. One gun choked, and members of the assault team immediately began to climb the tower. Taking possession of a machine gun, they opened fire on the neighboring towers. Prisoners with wooden planks shorted electric wiring by  throwing wet blankets at it, and began to move through the barriers. Of almost 500 people over 400 managed to break through the outer fence and escaped the camp. As previously arranged, the fugitives divided into several groups and ran in different directions to make it difficult to capture. The largest group fled to the forest. When it began to overtake the SS, a few dozen people were separated and rushed towards the persecutors to take their last fight and delay the enemy at least for a few minutes.

One group came across a German anti-aircraft battery. Hastily bursting into the dugout, the fugitives strangled the gunmen with bare hands, seizing weapons and a truck. The group was overtaken and lost their fight.

In the first hours about a hundred prisoners escaped to freedom, but died. Getting stuck in deep snow, in the cold (the night the thermometer showed minus 8 degrees), exhausted, many were simply not physically able to go more than 10-15 km. But more than 300 were able to escape from persecution and hid in the surrounding area.

All the SS, the local field gendarmerie,  members of  the Wehrmacht stationed in the area went in search of the fugitives, except for the camp guards. Captured fugitives were taken to Mauthausen and shot against the wall of the crematorium, and their bodies were immediately burnt. More often they were shot on the spot when captured and then the corpses brought into the camp.

In German documents measures to search fugitives were called "Mühlviertler Hasenjagd." By tracing the local population was drawn. Soldiers of the Volkssturm, Hitler Youth members, members of the local branch of the Nazi Party and non-Party volunteers excitedly looking around "birds" and killed them on the spot. Killed by improvised means - axes, pitchforks, as cherished patrons. The corpses were brought to the village Ried in der Ridmarkt and dumped in the yard of the local school.

Here the SS were counted by marking painted on the wall of sticks_ A few days later the SS said that "through converged."
However.
Survived one person from the group to destroy the German anti-aircraft battery_ Ninety-two days, risked his life to hide on his farm two fugitives Austrian peasant Langtaler sons who at that time fought in the Wehrmacht. 19 fled and were not caught_ 11 names are known_ 8 of them survived and returned to the Soviet Union_

In 1994, the Austrian director and producer Andreas Gruber made a film about the events in the area Mühlviertel Hasenjagd: Vor lauter Feigheit gibt es kein Erbarmen Out of sheer cowardice there is no mercy  film The Quality of Mercy by director Andreas Gruber

The film became the highest grossing in Austria in 1994-1995_ The film picked up several awards:
Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, 1994
Audience Award, 1994
Culture Prize of Upper Austria
Austrian Film Award, 1995

We have this film was not shown_