Miscellany

Music is a huge part of my life yet I don’t really write that much about it here. Odd that. ~ I now have three Mozilla applications installed, Firefox, Thunderbird and Sunbird (calendar application). I know have three separate folders in my Start menu, one for each. Why not one top level folder “Mozilla” and then sub-folder per application? ~ I have around £8 in my iTunes Music Store account. Which tracks should I buy? UPDATE: New NIN track isn’t out yet! Kenny Burell – “Summertime” in the shopping cart so far. A quick guide to my musical tastes (why didn’t I post that last night?) ~ Gardeners: We have a plant in our garden which I really like, it …

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Must Read

If the previous post (below) isn’t your thang and believe me, part of my brain wishes it wasn’t my thing either, may I suggest you go and read this post on Naked Blog. Right now. Why are you still here? I said NOW!! Ohh you’ve come back? Right. Sorry. What do I think of it? I think it is a wonderful piece of writing, capturing so much of why I love Scotland (ohh I do, I may bitch and moan about the weather but ye cannae knock the natural glories we are blessed with). I don’t “do” religion much here (apart from running it down), but this has definite spiritual undertones for me as I’m sure it did for Peter.

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Sticking Point

I’m stuck. I’ve got two posts in draft that are constantly crossing over into each other’s territory, one of which is threatening to prompt me to start a new category called “Essay”. I’m trying to focus on specific aspects of some things that are currently doing the rounds across the Atlantic, and if possible kick off a UK-centric look at these issues. Trouble is, everytime I head down one path I end up cross-referencing myself into illogical loops in which you, dear reader, would be trapped for some considerable time. So I’m returning to a tried and trusted method which comes in two parts. Part 1: Make a list of the topics The lack of women in the blogging hierarchy …

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Intact

Survived. Just. Not sure how well my legs will function in the morning though. And whilst I’m here I’d like to thank the person that sent me a book from my wishlist (Alasdair Gray – Lanark). I have a few suspicions of WHO sent me it but as you didn’t say who you were when you add a note to the order I can’t thank you by name (hint, hint).

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Balls

In an ongoing effort to both lose weight and regain some level of fitness I’ve managed to drag out the elliptical trainer quite often over the past few weeks, and can now manage around 10km/20-odd minutes most nights. However it’s entirely based on my ability to find something on TV to divert my attention away, something immediate, that doesn’t lag at any point (no adverts!) and can successfully distract me for up to 30 minutes. So far the only thing I’ve found that works is sport specifically football as, unlike my favoured basketball, it doesn’t stop every two or three minutes for adverts. This is why I don’t do well in the gym. So, this evening at 5pm I’ll be …

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LOVE ME!

Popularity contests, I can’t stand them. All that gushing for verification, all that competition… sorry? I’m 10th??!! … Popularity contests, I LOVE THEM. Aren’t they great!!! For those that missed it, there was a mini-furore (a fure?) recently when a new site launched with the aim: … not so much to create a fuss about viewing figures, because popularity isn’t everything, but to provide a convenient and interesting place where new UK blog readers might start from. It lasted less than a month. Why? Well because finding a reliable source of statistics is almost impossible, I have access to three sets of stats dedicated to this site. One offered by my hosting company (which I consider the most accurate), SiteMeter …

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BANG III

Awful awful news. Made more awful by the fact that it won’t be the last such occasion, yet they’ve failed to act in the past, twice (at the very very least). We will hear, yet again, that “guns don’t kill people”. We will hear, yet again, that “it is the right to choose”. We will hear, yet again, that more children have died. But enough of that for now. Time to grieve and console. My sympathies are with the families.

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Oliverian

Jamie Oliver. Love him or loathe him he has to be applauded for his current stance and activity surrounding school dinners. Firstly I think he is a genuine guy, and even if his “cheeky charm” and “mockney” attributes put you off, if you’ve seen any of his recent series (I only saw a couple of episodes) or his last series where he took some challenging students (for want of a better term) through a chef’s course (which I followed avidly) you can’t argue that he does think he can make a difference and is passionate about what he does. For that I applaud him. On the flipside, the cynic in me will agree with you if you state that he …

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Orwellian

George Orwell, in Why I Write, suggested that there are “four great motives for writing”: Sheer egoism Aesthetic enthusiasm Historical impulse Political purpose Obviously there are many other more subtle reasons for wanting to write but on the whole I tend to agree. Obviously Georgie, as I like to call him (he hates it though), was talking about writing professionally and most certainly was not talking about blogging; which is understandable as he’d been dead for almost forty years before it had even been considered. However I’m quite taken by his reasoning and I think it still holds true today, writing is still writing even if the publishing format has changed very VERY dramatically. So let’s see if we can …

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Robots

Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic Wanting a leisurely evening we decided to forego the darker undertones of Constantine and tossed a coin for either Hitch or Robots. Robots it was (well it was tails as it happens) and we settled into our seats as the only adults no accompanied by a child or three. Now I think I’ve made no secret of my love of the Pixar movies and this movie by Blue Sky studios (with the backing of 20th Century Fox) has further convinced me that, while the visual side is quickly catching up, the rest of the animation studios have a long way to go before they’ll be able to dethrone the little hopping lamp …

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