Creeping up – 95 followers

Who would have thought? I just noticed that Thomo’s Hole had 95 followers – not a bad effort over the 13 years it has been a blog rather than a webpage. It occurred to me I should celebrate the 100th follower when that follower comes along … if I notice them 😊

I can see I shall need to lift my game and post more content more frequently, at least to speed the 100th along. Perhaps it is time for some Philippines travel tales? Certainly I will spend some more time adding to the YouTube channel – very low cost production but it seems people like to see what was in the parcel.

There are a couple of items that need to be fixed here as well and some odd things that cannot. For example, there are many, many comments from 30 November 1999. That was the result of adding a widget to WordPress that gave me greater control over comments. I did that when Thomo’s Hole was hosted inside coldie.net but as we (or rather Jeffro the no-longer-a-boy-but-still-IT-genius) decided to release that web space. I moved Thomo’s Hole back into the WordPress domain. With the low cost of cloud these days and as I am getting close to the maximum storage of images here in WordPress it is time to assess whether to move the Hole again soon.

There are also a few links that are missing back in the older pages – well, the links are not so much missing as more the target of the links is. This applies to pictures and documents. I am slowly working through the repair of them as I discovered a storage cache of my stuff that I had forgotten about (happens, doesn’t it?).

OK, so coming up – more book reviews, more incoming parcels from the UK (at least four more for me), and I will spend some time opening the Fujimi 1/3000 ship boxes, one by one, and look at the contents with you all.

In the meantime, back to work … need to pay for the toys somehow!

And Another Year Passes at the Hole

Thomo’s Hole clicked over another year recently. Actually I have no idea what the exact birth date of the Hole is other than sometime back in 1996 or 1997 about the same time I went to work in Norway – 20 years ago!

I thought about the birth date over the weekend when I needed to re-register thomo.coldie.net for the domain within WordPress so that the link that has worked for probably 10 years or so kept driving to my blog. Whilst blogs are so last decade and I should now be snapchatting all this, the blog still has a good turnover of readers – around 100 views average every day and most come for more than one page. They come for a mix of reasons as well with popular posts and pages being the Korean’s that were captured by the Allies on the beaches of Normandy, the poem The Sad Tale of a Motor Fan, and the Idiot’s Guide to Painting American Civil War figures  to name three.

Whilst I have been particularly quiet over the last few months, I am starting to feel more relaxed and creative than I have been for a while so expect more updates soon. There are some book reviews pending which I will get to shortly and I am planning to actually get my brushes out on the weekend after the AFL Grand Final and put paint to figures again.

I did decide that as I had been so quiet and as another year passed in the Hole, I should adopt a new theme for Thomo’s Hole as the first step back and this is it.

So, stand by for the new and cruise back through the old, Th0mo the Lost is back!

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thomo’s Manila Hole – 2

Yes, it is a bit of a mess but come Wednesday night, all will be well
Yes, it is a bit of a mess but come Wednesday night, all will be well

Back on 19 September 2014 I published Thomo’s Manila Hole which was a look at where Thomo’s Hole would be. Having been, as the actors say, “between engagements for the better part of the first six months of 2014, the next steps to getting Thomo’s Hole set up were held in abeyance, waiting the first full salary payment.

I received the first full salary payment.

So, it was off to SM Department Store (SM = San Miguel – yes, the same folks as the beer folks) and after a quick look, a suitable book/display case was located and purchased along with a computer table. The computer table will be the painting table eventually. I organised for is all to be delivered on Monday – yesterday.

I got home last night and nothing had been delivered so I thought “oh well, I’ll call them and yell at them tomorrow”.

At around 10:30 pm however I received a phone call letting me know that the delivery was on the way. It arrived about 10 minutes later. The best thing was that apart from getting the delivery on Monday as requested, the flat pack computer table was assembled before delivery.

The next photo of the Hole will be after everything has been put away!

Thomo’s Manila Hole

The boxes in the lounge room. Three boxes unpacked and four to go!
The boxes in the lounge room. Three boxes unpacked and four to go!

We moved last month. We slipped out of Singapore in July, sat around on the beach (sort of) on Batam Island and then came into Manila early in August. A month was spent living in a serviced residence – One Pacific Place in Salcedo Village to be accurate – where I was accused of stealing 6 coat-hangers! That was sorted.

Then, about 12 days ago we moved from the scene of the great coat-hanger robbery to an apartment in Legazpi Village. 10 days later our Balikbayan boxes arrived from Singapore.

The Balikbayan box is a box used by freight consolidators and forwarders to assist (for a handful of pesos of course) Filipinos overseas to send items back to the Philippines. We liked it because the charge for shipping was based on volume rather than weight and as a method of shipping items, especially if the items are packed well with the understanding that the box will receive rough handling, it was a $600 solution to a $6,000 problem.

Thomo's Current Manila Hole - just need to add a painting table and tidy up the storage as well as repair the incoming troops and we are away!
Thomo’s Current Manila Hole – just need to add a painting table and tidy up the storage as well as repair the incoming troops and we are away!

The boxes, all seven,  arrived so the last couple of days have been spent reacquainting ourselves with what we had rushed to pack back in Singapore. As expected, most of the damage fell on my painted figures. Everything else survived, in part because of Madam’s excellent packing (she maintains it’s the nomad in her where you are always packing for a move).

So, the next few days, my hobby time in the evening will be spent sorting and, I guess, super gluing items back together.

Thomo’s Hole is now in the middle of a soggy, but exciting, Manila!

Thomo’s Current Hole – because itineranthobbyist asked

On 2 December 2013 as 12:38 am Singapore time (I was sleeping at the time), itineranthobbyist asked

Selfish of me to ask, but yes, I would like to see pics of your painting setup and storage.

So, here it is – Thomo’s Current Hole. Location is in Tanjong Pagar in Singapore. The view from the window in Thomo’s Hole takes in some ships parked in the straits – although there is a building going up there which is going to get in the way of that view.

Storage for the figures (6mm, 15mm and so on) is in plastic file boxes that I get from a local stationery store here. They are about SG$5 each and stack nicely. In side I stick two sheet of adhesive thin metal sheet and make sure that the bottom of each base has a magnet there. Storage could not be simpler.

Painting table is a mess and needs a tidy-up. For spray painting I purloined a couple of DHL boxes from somewhere. They are about the right size. I put a Tamiya turntable inside and on a sheet of 3mm MDF which is slightly smaller than A4, I attached another thin metal sheet. I wrap that board in glad wrap (cling wrap, saran wrap). The magnetic bases hold the figures still while spraying and the cling wrap stops the board I use on the turntable getting too many layers of paint on it. Open the box, open the window, switch on the fax fan, put mask on, put board on turntable, spin and spray and voila, job done!

A Blogging Hiatus

Thomo’s Hole has been rather quiet of late.There have been a couple of reasons for it but principally it has been medically related. I had a small cut made in my back a while ago to remove a melanoma. I’ve spent a little while recovering from that and waiting for the final histology report to come in and tell me all is clear … but I’m still waiting, I suspect the Singapore pathologist (histologists?) are a little miffed because their initial reports were not fully correct. In addition, the dermatologist that removed the spot originally was also a bit timid so it had to be taken a second time.

This second surgeon (the one who has caused me a little back pain) looks like he got his cutting training from Erik the Red at least, hence the quiet blogging period. Also, the pain in my back had really prevented me from doing any painting.

The pain, however, is diminishing so the brushes are coming out. Once the final histologist report is received I will write up the full process, if only to send it on to a couple of doctors as I did have to organise quite a bit of the process myself.

Friday night I hope to get the first wargaming post out with the completion of my Early World War 2 Soviets. Then will be a “next on the painting queue post”, some pictures of some terrain I hope to have made over the weekend and a look at the opposition for the Soviets.

Stand by … more will be coming soon.

Thomo’s Hole – Some Changes Coming

My hitherto free online storage is coming to an end shortly as number one technical genius at Thomo’s Hole decides to spend the money on more important things … like life 🙂

As a result, the Hole will be moving.

I’m not sure how many of you have tried to move a Hole before, especially when there are so many things in the Hole to move along with the Hole itself but I suspect the next few days will be interesting and in some respects, a little challenging.

All should be settled again by Monday of next week. I am not certain today whether I will retain the https://thomo.coldie.net/ web address or whether I will end up with a Blogger or WordPress address. It is a matter of economics I guess.

Once the move is complete I will update the various feed services that take a feed from Thomo’s Hole.

And lastly, thanks Jeffro for the efforts over the years – now the technology B team will be taking over – Heaven save us all! 🙂

… Thomo the Lost

Issues in the Hole

A broken database table in the engine room has caused some consternation for the engineering and damage control sections of  Thomo’s Hole causing an outage of around 11 hours. After a short period of head scratching and statements such as “the engines’ll not take it sir”, and “I’m an engineer Thomo, not a god ((with apologies to McCoy))” the issue has been repaired and Thomo’s Hole is back on course at cruising speed.

All ahead flank!

48 Hours to Normality

imageOnly 48 hours more to go until Thomo’s Hole’s dashboard returns to normal transmissions. The bulge that was the result of being reddited for the post on Korean Soldiers in WW2 German Army are slowly moving off the graph and I will soon be able to more clearly see the statistics from my regular visitors.

I am guessing it will be a long time before I need to worry about those sorts of numbers again – 12,425 hits in a day!