Well, hello there, lovely visitors!

MeI’ve got lots of stuff scattered around the interwebs so I thought I’d create this as somewhere to pull it all together into one big creative blob.

Check out the menu for pages with details of my things under various categories.  I’ll be adding more as and when they appear…

Anyway, hope you like my stuff of various flavours – please feel free to send me a message / abuse / declarations of undying love / etc. if you like ☺️

Big kisses for everyone xxx

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Setting Up A Watch Party With TwoSeven

TwoSeven is a website and browser add-on that allows you to synchronise watching various streaming sites alongside video chat (and/or text chat).

At the moment, although it is supported in Chrome, it only seems to work reliably with services like Netflix in the Firefox browser, which you can install (for free) from http://www.mozilla.org if you don’t already have it.

Once installed, open Firefox, go to http://twoseven.xyz and click on Login in the top right corner:

Logging in to TwoSeven

Then on Sign Up:

Signing up with TwoSeven

And sign up either using an existing social media account, or email (they’ll send you a mail to verify the address):

Signing up to TwoSeven (2)

Once you are logged in, you should see a screen similar to the below. Before going any further, open a new tab (click on the + icon at the top) and log in to any streaming services you intend to use – e.g. Netflix, Amazon.  Then switch back to the TwoSeven tab and click Start Watching:

TwoSeven - Start Watching

Start with a room that is “Just Me”:

TwoSeven - Just Me

In order for synchronisation with other services like Netflix to work, you need to install the TwoSeven add-on for Firefox.  You can do this by clicking on one of the other services – e.g. Netflix:

TwoSeven - Main

You will then be prompted to install the extension, with a link to the install page:

TwoSeven - Add-on Install

Clicking the link should take you to the add-on page, where you can click + Add To Firefox:

TwoSeven - Add-on Install Page

Click Add when prompted:

TwoSeven - Adding add-on

Then OK on the notification:

TwoSeven - Adding add-on (2)

If you now go back to the TwoSeven tab it won’t look any different – you’ll need to hit refresh at the top of the screen:

TwoSeven - Adding add-on (3)

You should then see Netflix appear in the window, ready for use.  You might find you need to log in a second time but, if you are having problems e.g. returning to the login screen repeatedly, you may also need to make some changes to the add-on settings – see the bottom of this post for those details.

Once you are up and running, you can enable your webcam and microphone by clicking the icons on the right:

TwoSeven - Enable webcam

You’ll probably need to give the browser permission to use the webcam etc. so press OK on any prompts that come up.  You should then have something like the below.  Note that you can resize the various things on screen using the arrow at the bottom right edge, and that there is a message window you can expand on the bottom right:

TwoSeven - Layout / resizing

To add other people to your party, the easiest thing to do is to send them a link, which you can create by clicking on the menu at the top right and selecting COPY LINK:

TwoSeven - Copy link

You can then send this via whatever messaging app to whomever you would like to include:

TwoSeven - Sending link

That’s pretty much it – have fun!

How to get around cookie / login issues

If you are having issue with logging in to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, you may need to adjust the add-on settings. You can access these from the menu on the top right of Firefox, selecting the Add-ons option:

TwoSeven - Firefox add-ons menu

Click on the … icon next to the TwoSeven extension and select Options:

TwoSeven - Add-on options

In the General section, scroll down to the SameSite Cookies settings:

TwoSeven - Add-on options (2)

I found this set up works for me to get Netflix and Amazon working:

TwoSeven - Add-on options: SameSite Cookies

As it says, this feature is experimental and there are some security risks – I felt it was ok, but you’ll have to make your own call on whether you are happy with it.

Happy watch partying, peoples! 🙂

Please Remember Me

Inspired by the personal stories of WW1, I wrote this song with my wife for Remembrance Day and marking 100 years since the end of the war.

We started writing on the night of Friday 9th November 2018 and finished this rough recording at 5am Sunday 11th. We were tired, but at least we weren’t in the trenches.

The more I connect with the stories of those who lives through it, the more in awe I am of the strength they showed and sacrifices they made.

The audio is also available stream or download from bandcamp or to stream on soundcloud.

The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families. Please donate if you can: