Equal Night

At precisely 12:33pm the Sun crossed directly over the Earth’s equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox. In other words, spring has sprung, and I have to admit that it’s quite pleasant outside. A light breeze, the sun in the sky, and here I sit, click-clacking on this damn keyboard, working on a Sunday.

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Toolkit

*Geek post alert* Having recently been on a bit of a “get organised” spree (the contents of my bag provides ample evidence), I’ve been slowly creating my own little software toolkit which I’m keeping on a pen drive (thumb drive, USB drive, flash drive… why don’t these things have a common name!). I use all of these applications on both my home PC and at work and can vouch that they are worth the download. You may, or may not, find some of the following useful and as with most software YMMV: 7-ZIP – 921KB – zip file extractor handles all the common formats. Ad Aware – 2.5MB – spyware detection and removal. * Acrobat Reader 7.0 – 20.3MB – …

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Patriotic

Congratulations to Wales for deservedly winning the Six Nations Championship and achieving the Grand Slam. As for Scotland, well plenty to learn I think will be message, and in that spirit I’m thinking of sending a present to the Scottish Squad. A big, gift wrapped, tackle. That way at least they will know what one LOOKS like.

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Chocolate Deity

I lay no claim to have created any of this, it was snagged from a round of emails at work. Names withheld to protect the innocent (well to provide anonymity, innocence is the LAST thing these guys and gals can claim!): A list of sweeties based on religious leaders : Lollipope Dalai La-marshmallows Popal Fruits Ayatollipops Hubba Budha L Ron Hubba Bubba “Of course, this would easier in America. They don’t have “chocolate” over there – they have Gandhi bars.” Hey, it gets us through the day.

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This Site

1. OK OK OK !!! I won’t redesign. I’ll content myself with restyling instead. Difference? Re-design includes re-architecturing the layout and underlying HTML code. Re-styling only applies to the elements controlled by CSS which may include changing the position of things but is less invasive. 2. The Site Feed was broken. It was St. Patrick’s Days fault. More accurately it was the fault of “Lá Fhéile Pádraig” which is a known bug. 3. Thanks to everyone who commented on the Introspection post, a lot of great suggestions. Still not sure how I’m going to tackle the Asides but will probably head down the category route. And for those who aren’t the slightest bit interested in this kind of thing, scroll …

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Freaky Friday

Having stumbled out of the house early so as to pick up a parcel waiting for me at the post office, I was a tad bleary eyed when I boarded the train. As ever I engrossed myself in the fabulous Metro (the internet; printed) and it took me sometime to notice that I was on the wrong train. It was certainly going in the right direction but no, it was definitely the wrong train. A small flutter of panic rose in my chest (a distinctly unpleasant sensation, especially when you had to rush out of the house without having breakfast) but I choked it back and slowly glanced around the carriage with a rising dread. I didn’t recognise anyone. I …

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Introspection

1. Fedup with Blogger timing out on me. I need to switch the MiniBlog to WordPress. But how? Suggestions welcomed. 2. The more eagle eyed will have spotted a heading in the sidebar “Listening”. I’m still trying to get the plugin to work but eventually it will pull a list from audiscrobbler of the last 10 tracks I’ve listened to by me. 3. The even more eagle eyed will have noticed that the archive pages have a new “heatmap”. The brighter and larger the text the more posts there are. Looks a bit messy at the moment but I like the idea. 4. I’m aching to revert back to a cleaner, white based design. Thankfully I have more important things …

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Orwell

Have you read George Orwell : Why I Write? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Why? Because I’ve got a draft post, that I’m hoping to publish soon, which discusses his ideas and how they may be applied to blogging.

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St. Patrick's Day

Note: Post title changed as it was breaking the RSS feed (I think). Lá Fhéile Pádraig Forgot my glasses, not wearing anything green, so this is the best I can do to honour St.Patrick’s Day. Whether you are celebrating the religious aspects of today or just using it as an excuse to drink Guinness (Pionta Guinness, le do thoil), sláinte chugat! Trivia: Despite originally having nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day, the lobaircin (leprechaun to you and I) was popularised in 1959, when Walt Disney released a film called Darby O’Gill & the Little People.

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Ohh go on then

Richard suggested I start the Scottish Blog Awards. Shauny just said “blogmeet! blogmeeeeeeeeeeeeet!” Richards idea has been floating around, between the two of us, for a while but would take more effort than I have the energy for at the moment. A blogmeet isn’t so hard though. So bowing to public (Shauny) pressure I’ve started to organise another Scottish Blogmeet. With a bit of luck THAT article might just have done me a favour as the Scottish Blogs site has added 24 new members in the last week alone. Surely we can muster more than two people for the next one – that is if you don’t count the breakaway faction headed by Peter who claim a Blogmeet with three …

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