Quick Hack

Minor changes – colour tweaks, and a re-ordering of the columns is on it’s way – should save any delays loading the site. Permalinks are now the post title. Until I change my mind. Again…

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Audioscrobbler

Plugged in for most of today, yesterday, day before, so Audioscrobbler is my main source of ‘fun’ at the moment (how sad is that?). Have to agree with the point made by Prol and Chris that it’s very “alt-rock” heavy at the moment (I’m probably not helping mind you…). Here’s what Chris said: Make an effort to play your happiest silliest pop music over the next couple of days; the place is drowning in alt-rock at the moment. It’s cool, nobody’s going to laugh at you. And if they do, I’ll come kick their ass. Just let me know. The Scissor Sisters fit that category, right?

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And while I remember

1. Spent last night building the elliptical trainer so, yes Graybo, I am now able to “get those ellipses in shape!”. 2. How does Mr.Coates generate that “What’s on the stereo?” list in his sidebar – is it powered by Audioscrobbler? 3. Anyone spotted the new referrer script at the bottom of my sidebar? Only really of us to me I guess, but hey, you know me and ‘cool’ blog scripts… yes yes, next up is style sheet switching. 4. When will artist stop putting ‘hidden tracks’ at the end of CDs. These 20 minute MP3s which are largely silent are a pain in the ass. 5. GMail me – gordon dot mclean AT gmail dot com.

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Snap Happy

Izb over at Yeah, but is it art? hits on a problem I have too. “obstacle number two; wanting to take pictures in places where you don’t stick out like a sore thumb.” I suffer from the same affliction which is why I’ve hardly taken any photos this year (so far). Another key issue for me, and one in which I should really follow the example set by my above quoted friend, is lack of confidence. I’m slowly learning how to get the most from my camera, but having the technical knowledge is one thing, applying it to real-life scenarios is another. I think a revamp of my ‘gallery’ is called for to give me the spur I need to …

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R.I.P.

Record Breakers’ McWhirter dies. I can still remember rushing home from school the night this was on, back when it was still new, and fun and entertaining, and most of the attempts were genuinely amazing instead of the more common ‘world record for eating the most Smarties in 30 secs’ type of thing which isn’t really impressing anyone now, is it… Thanks Norris. You and Roy Castle gave me a love of the amazing.

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Conspiracy

No sooner have I mentioned that it’s “International TV Turnoff Week” than the TV schedules throw up some unmissable programmes. Naturally the BBC Two anniversary is the centre of attention, but don’t forget THAT abortion documentary, not to mention a Champions League semi-final (hmmmm I’m not sure about the way I’ve structured this…. I DO think that abortion is a much bigger issue than a football game, I just happen to know that I’ll definitely watch one – Louise is out tonight – and will probably forget about the other – I’m usually on the PC at that time at night – I’ll let you figure out which). Just as well I didn’t snore last night I guess. In other …

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True geekery

Congrats to the Zeldmans. Although only a true geek would title the post announcing the arrival “Project Amnion“. I’m reliable informed that Amnion is “The thin, transparent inner membrane (the chorion is the outer layer) that constitutes the amniotic membranes. These membranes contain the amniotic fluid and form a protective layer for the baby”. (Where would I be without Google?)

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