Annoyances

The online status of blogrolling.com is currently changing faster than superman in a phone booth. One minute it’s up, next minute it’s down. I wouldn’t mind but I can’t get the built in “blogrolling-esque” WordPress stuff to work properly (it won’t show when I site has been updated), and considering Bloglines was down for a while yesterday I can’t even tag into that system. So, for the next few hours, there ain’t no blogroll. Sorry. Decided something is better than nothing – Other Blogs section now back (on the left) but doesn’t show when a site has updated. ~ Whilst I’m bitching, does anyone know how to STOP WordPress adding paragraph tags where it doesn’t need to? Keeps catching me …

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Out of closet

OK. Time to come clean. It was bound to get out and it’s not like I haven’t hinted about this but.. well given that I’ll be grabbing traffic from here today, I think it’s time to put the record straight. My name is Gordon McLean. I’m a T-shirt-a-holic. There. I’ve said. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders, like I’m finally free of the horrible burden, that terrible secret. You see, unlike some people who collect fancy schmancy shirts I have a passion for t-shirts. Now, I’ll fully admit that I’ve reigned in this fascination for many years, but recently it’s been taking control. I fight it and fight it and fight it but I …

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She's IN!

The UCAS website has been updated and my sister-in-law has gotten her place on her course!!! It’s hard to put into words just how happy we are for her, she wanted this so badly and has been working so so hard. Tears of happiness all round!

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Knit One

Imagine my surprise this morning when, upon tuning into BBC Breakfast, I was confronted with the site of people sitting at a table on London Bridge and they were knitting. Cue “sound bite” from one of the artists (I use the term artist as presented in the piece): “I like the political aspect of knitting, the feeling of taking things into one’s own hands.” The political aspect of knitting? I bet democracies across the world felt a small tremor when he said that, dictators peered out of windows wondering why the crows were flocking over their palaces, and across the nation the sound of disbelief echoed through the streets – sounding just like people stifling laughs behind their cornflakes. I …

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Z List

This has been languishing in draft status for a while – given Jason Kottke’s recent news (see next post) I thought now was as good a time to post it as any. I’ve been pondering, amongst other things, the recent Bloggies, and the whole “A list” bloggers thing. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll never join the upper echelons of the blogeratti, nor will I receive a Bloggies nomination because I’m not focussed. I waffle about too many things in too disjointed a fashion. Lack of consistency possibly (but you could never fault me for lack of content). WHY am I pondering this? Well, at this very point in time I have three rather lengthy posts in draft state. …

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Day job

In what will no doubt be THE blog news of the week – Jason Kottke has quit his job and will be doing kottke.org as a full-time job. I’m intrigued by this, particularly as he is calling for patrons to donate money to his venture. More thoughts on this later but for the meantime: 1. This isn’t viable for many bloggers, on the A-list who probably get the number of hits a day that I take a year to gather. 2. WHY should I donate? Is it really a noble experiment to see if it’ll work or has he finally lost his marbles? 3. Do I value his content enough to donate? I think this may be the biggest issue …

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Wherefrom art thou?

Over the past month or so there have been several new people who have commented here, and I’m curious – How did you find my site? Don’t worry it’s not mandatory but I’d love to find out. If you’re ‘new’ to this site, I’d really appreciate it if you left a comment telling me how you found my site. And that’s as in “where is it linked from” NOT “it was in a sorry state”… I know how you lot work! Hey, let’s not limit things. To all my regular/longterm readers, do you remember how you ended up at my site? If so, let me know. Who knows, there might be some method behind all this madness.

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Flurry

The snow was not so thick this morning, to my relief. I didn’t watch that ‘Chavs’ thing, so can’t comment. Having not used a set for some time, don’t headphones feel funny. Akin to the feeling you get when you’ve been on holiday for two weeks, wearing nothing but shorts and you put on a pair of trousers. Slightly odd yet very familiar.

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