"That Blogging Feeling"

It seems to me that ‘blogs are increasingly coming more like mini-press releases or CVS-esque logs. Whereas they all used to either be a strange combination of diary, journal, and column, now they are more and more things like “Microsoft Developer’s Blog” or “Cisco developer’s blog”. They even get pointed to by the main websites as releases of interest. I’d be the first to admit that this ‘ere blog is inane rubbish, and for the life of me I can’t imagine why anyone would read it – it’s main purpose in life is as a creative outlet for my thoughts […]

"Hay-Fever’s a pain-yeah"

Can’t really win at this time of year – yesterday it was sort of cold and cloudy, which wasn’t very nice, but today it’s hot but muggy, and there seems to be loads of pollen around. I’m not a huge hay fever sufferer, but it does restrict my breathing a bit (in a hang-over from my asthma days), and occasionally gives me runny eyes and sneezles. 🙁 On a lighter note, decided to go ahead with the title thing; d’ya like? Also on a lighter note, my ad-hoc weight loss programme is in a temporary success stage, as I’ve slipped […]

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Been wondering about adding the facility of titles to Letters from Leeds. Would make much more sense from an RSS point of view to have the title rather than the first line of the entry – but it would mean a bit of work to implement it, plus arguably I should back-date all the old (200 and something) entries. I suppose it could be optional; if an entry has a title then it’s used, otherwise nothing is shown. Shall ponder.

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Just thinking – the feature that’s probably changed my web browsing habits the most is the “Live bookmark” feature of Firefox. Now instead of visiting the website directly, I flick open my live bookmark, and I can see what the latest articles are, and if I want to read them. Of course it depends on said website having an RSS feed, but as I’ve proved, that’s really not too hard to set up. So now sites like BBC News and The Register get scanned for interesting stories without having the bother of going to their front-page! And similarly a site […]

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Quite enjoyed Sith, although my ongoing cold didn’t enhance matters too greatly. I ended up spending nearly all day yesterday in bed, but am starting to feel a little bit better now… I might hold off a review for a few days, but suffice to say I was annoyed at the apparant Jedi inability to finish the job. Despite a clear opportunity apiece for the Emperor and Vader to be bumped off, they both live to fight another day. Why Obi-wan didn’t finish off his fight particularly rankled. I also got to wondering about why Obi-Wan calls Darth Vader “Darth” […]

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Bit more website fiddling; turns out that my PHP is riddled with errors! Not of a particularly major variety, just testing the value of undefined variables, which does causes the error log file to fill up. I found them because I was having a problem with my Gallery installation, which was down to file permissions, but then I noticed there was actually errors coming up in my normal webpages. Anyway, all fixed now, which may also improve performance a bit? On a different note, I feel dreadful today – stuffed up full of cold, really sore throat, and feels like […]

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Decided to take the XHTML plunge, so am proud to annouce that my pages are (almost) valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional. The almost is because I want the Eutony logo on the top left to be a link to the front page, which means I’ve put an anchor tag around a <div>. This is apparantly naughty, but every browser I’ve tried understands what I mean!!! The transitional is because strict is far too strict. The process was actually fairly painless – I’m a sufficient nerd that most of my open/closing of tags was correct – the painful thing was sorting out […]

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This is turning out to be a fab weekend – had a lovely time at Chris and Katy’s wedding yesterday; they got married in South Parade Baptist Church in Leeds, and then the reception was in Harewood house. I was doing the ushering thing which was great fun (nothing like legitimately bossing people around), although it meant I didn’t get any photos at the service itself. Still, more than made up for that at the reception (possibly a bit snap happy, but hey!) Tommorow is the missus’ birthday, so we’re having a curry tonight to celebrate, and then I’m taking […]

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Hah – vindication is mine! I’m not a completely out of touch old fogey for liking Radio 2; apparantly just over 8 million of us like listening to Terry Wogan in the morning, which is more than one in ten of radio listeners. So there! On a different note, the election is over for another few years, and I have to say it’s probably the best result. I didn’t vote for Labour, and don’t particularly support their policies, but they have done a reasonable job of running the country (and certainly a lot better than the Conservatives last effort), so […]

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I’ve rediscovered radio recently – I went through a phase in my life of always having the radio on; then I got involved in student radio and lived in a radio station, but then I drifted away, and stopped listening to music so much, and when I did it tended to be my own albums. Anyway, my phone has an FM receiver on it, so I’ll fairly often plug in the headphones on the way to/from work, and bop away on the train (or something). Pains me to admit it, but I actually quite like listening to Radio 2, especially […]

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