Ubuntu 16.04 - Loading libc6-udeb failed for unknown reasons. Aborting.

Well there’s a bummer. You go to run an unattended install on new hardware, that has worked hundreds of times before, and you get this cryptic message:

‘Loading libc6-udeb failed for unknown reasons. Aborting’

Great! 😒


Your installer is out of date; update it and all will be golden.


If you have also received this message whilst trying to netboot a Ubuntu 16.04 installation, from either the mini.iso or a PXE environment, you may have also encountered this message:

‘An installation step failed. you can try to run the failing item The failing step is: Detect disks’

Which, if like me, you may have wasted an hour or two trying to figure out if there was an issue with your hardware 🤔

What went wrong

Well I don’t know exactly, but I found a post on the Debain bug mailing list by Alex Brett (Citrix), who pointed out that the out of date installer is not compatible with the latest libc6-udeb that is received from the xenial-updates apt repo on install.

Thanks, Alex! 🙌

Fixing it

If you are using the mini.iso, go and download a new version of it -

Or, if you are using PXE, then you’ll want this -

All other files and architectures can be found in the xenial-updates root directory -

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Brew Day at Verdant Brewing Co.

Before Verdant closed their doors on the Viaduct Works brewery in 2016 to move to the new Tresidder Close address, I joined them on a brew day to document the process.

The video, along with photography, was created as marketing material for a round of funding that they were about to embark on in March 2016. You can read their story about a young brewery raising capital on their blog -

Verdant are a brewery that are going from strength to strength, they have received numerous endorsements over the last year, including Best New Brewery of 2106 by Honest Brew.

Be sure to keep an eye on them for 2017! 🍻

If you have a fledging brewery or business that you’d like to showcase with some eye catching video or photography, get in touch and we’ll create some eye candy for the internet!

Special thanks to Josh Brown for scoring the music to the video. If you like what you head, you should check out his work, he is very good -

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Busy Intersection From Tokyo Tower [Gif]

Because, why not? 😁


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Verdant Brewing Co. - Teaser Video

I’ve been working with my good friends Verdant Brewing Co. over the last few months in order to produce content for their thriving brewery. They have a great story and it’s worth a read of their fancy new website, did I mention that their beers are absolutely superb too!?

In the coming weeks we’ll be releasing a video about their journey and what they are planning next, but for now, you’ll have to whet your appetite with this teaser 👇

Cheers! 🍻

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The Grand Budapest Hotel - Movie Night

A movie night, in The Rummer Hotel watching The Grand Budapest Hotel. Fantastic! But it gets better, a four course meal including, wait for it — a Mendl’s cake! 🍰

This was the excellent idea of Cannoli & Gun, who’s previous events include Goodfellas, Bad Santa & Airplane!

It truly was an excellent evening, Tim had clearly put in a lot of effort. The film, setting and the attention to detail was second to none. Bravo 👏

The service and food was excellent as ever from The Rummer too. Be sure to check out the sous-vide manhattan cocktail next time you’re in there, it’s a beaut! 🍸

Here are some photos from the evening:

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Campus Pool

Last year a friend of mine asked if I would be interested in getting involved with a project that was due to turn an abandoned swimming pool in to a skatepark — a prefect subject for time-lapse. So being the curious type, I wanted to know more.
I was then introduced to Andre Sidel and Tim Noakes, who are more commonly known collectively as Campus Skatepark. From the moment I met them I could tell that they were very passionate about what they do.
Campus Skatepark is probably summed up best in their own words:

“In 2011 we set out as one Youth Worker and once Social Worker to use the positive energy and influence of skateboarding to engage with children and young people. “Rebranding youth work” is a bold statement but it is something that we strongly believe we are doing.
It is our belief that they best way to work with young people is to provide an inclusive space that gives opportunities for socialising and personal development without pressure to conform.”

And knowing this only strengthend my eagerness to get involved with the project.

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Silverstone British Grand Prix 2015

Earlier in the summer Lobster Pictures were commissioned to film at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Our brief was simple, convey what it is like from a fans perspective on race weekend — and not just the racing, in fact, filming race action was off the cards.

I worked with my colleague Thom Barnes to produce a ~2min film for Silverstone to use as promotional material with a larger amount of footage for future use. Here’s the video we produced for them.

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BKLYN — October 2014

Photographic memoirs of my trip to Brooklyn, NYC in October 2014


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Deploying Lessn More with nginx and try_files

If you are on the lookout for a self hosted URL shortener, you can’t go far wrong with Lessn More.
Lessn More is a fork of the original ‘roll your own’ shortener Lessn by Shaun Inman.

Lessn More includes some analytics on how many clicks a link has had and the referrers. It isn’t as comprehensive as or other similar services. But it’s enough for a quick overview.

I’m always weary about hosted services and what would happen if they just shut down, see and
So Lessn More is great for me.

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Sunrise time-lapse — Sanur, Bali

After a week of hustle an bustle in Singapore and exploring temples in Cambodia we settled into a relaxing 10 days in Sanur, Bali. The beach that was on our doorstep was absolutely gorgeous and thankfully East facing. So of course, I had to shoot some time-lapse.

I started at 4am on my own, followed shortly by my wife after I rang her to say ‘Psssssst, get up — this is far too good to miss!’
With a blanket wrapped around us, sat on a sun lounger, we watched this amazing sunrise transform the sky.

And they say that romance is dead…

Sunrise time-lapse — Sanur, Bali from Michael McKelvaney on Vimeo.

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