Top Trumps

Wandering round a local store I spotted them, hanging neatly on the rack. Instant flash back… ~~ wibbly ~ wobbly ~ wibbly ~ wobbly ~ wibbly ~ wobbly ~~ … memorising which performance car had the fastest acceleration, which plane carried the most passengers, which warship was the longest and a whole myriad of since forgotten trivialities which were almost a matter of life and death for me as a young boy. ~~ wibbly ~ wobbly ~ wibbly ~ wobbly ~ wibbly ~ wobbly ~~ I glanced over the display and the Star Wars edition caught my eye. It was too good to be true, my inner geek reacted and pushed all reason aside. In a similar fashion I found …

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Get a grip

I’m finally getting to grips with WordPress, it’s that “click” moment I always (eventually) get with most things. The final puzzle has been solved, in no small thanks to Stuart of foolfillment fame who left a link to a WordPress plugin in a recent comment. The plugin allows you to have a different number of posts displayed here on the ‘home’ page, on the search page, and in the various levels of archive page. If you do want to use it, just edit it with a text editor, setting the limits as you desire, then upload it to the WordPress plugin directory, activate it et voilà! Go on, try it out. Search for something, or head into the archives. The …

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Technorati

Some of the more observant of you may already have noticed a new addition to this site. Namely Technorati tags after the posts. I’m not entirely sure this feature will hang around (one more thing to remember to do each time I post) but as should be oh-so-very-obvious by now, if there is a bandwagon passing I never hesitate to thumb a ride. Now, if I can just get the CSS to play nice and get the links and text the same size as the rest of the post footer stuff…

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HaloScan

Just a quick note for anyone who uses HaloScan for their comments. You have probably noticed some differences in the appearance of your comments and there may be other glitches over the next couple of days as the BETA testing continues – including downtime, no email notifications and the like. The HaloScan forum is full of people mentioning each and every foible so a quick search there should answer your question.

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Well Read

Today is World Book Day. In honour of this day, celebrating all that is good in the world of our paper based cousins (blogs and books, same family, different parents), I present to you my list of unread books and invite you to tell me which one I should read next. Should it be one of the ‘classics’? Or a more contemporary novel, should it be a novel at all? You decide (said in a Big Brother style). Of further interest will be the World Book Day Online Festival which will have interviews with authors, chat sessions and much more. Should be worth a gander at some point. So, my little bookworms, what should I read next, and what are …

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Old Bag

For future reference. When you are walking along with your bag over your shoulder it is most likely that the bag will protrude slightly from your body. Please be aware of this fact, particularly if you are walking down a narrow(ish) pathway which has room for two people to pass, side by side. This is a friendly reminder is so that, the next time a bag clouts me in the arm, leg or side, I won’t have to fight the urge to throw the bag into the River Clyde. Possibly with you still attached. That is all.

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De-sign

It’s not working. I can’t put my finger on it but it’s just “not right”, and it’s beginning to annoy me. It may be because I’m working on other designs for other sites (two at the moment), it may be because my tastes are changing or that I’m spending more time at other sites, other sites which appeal more, that hit the right buttons. Or it may be that I’m never happy and enjoy the process of change more than the stationary aspects of this thing we call blog. ~ In a somewhat related note, and this is also related to the previous post, I’ve been wondering about common design standards for a blog. For example, I would guess that …

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Thimble

Well it didn’t make much of a ripple (storm in a teacup) but it seems the British Blogs Top Ten has already called it a day. Oh well, I don’t think I’d have even scrapped into the top 100 but then I don’t actually care. Although I will fess up and confirm that I have, as of yesterday, got Sitemeter tracking hits. I’ve used Extreme Tracking for ages, mainly for the referrers (hit counts are so transitory, you know?) and already can see a huge difference in the numbers. Right at this moment Sitemeter is reporting exactly DOUBLE the amount of unique visits to my site. That’s quite a difference. Of course I also have access to web stats as …

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Stop the bus

Hang on! It’s March. MARCH!! How the chuff did that sneak up on me?? That means Mother’s Day, father-in-laws birthday and.. er.. some other ‘family’ things that Louise will remember. Anyway I have a complaint to make: I want an extra day. We had one last year, why can’t we have one this year as well? In fact why can’t we just add a day to the year EVERY year? What’s to stop us? WHO will stop us?? Well apart from the Catholic church of course, but let’s be honest here. What power do they have these days? The days of the Inquisition are long gone even if it would seem that a large portion of the aforementioned church are …

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He said

Whilst I was waiting for 24 to start last night, well whilst I was waiting to watch it in ‘chase’ mode, I did a little channel surfing stopping at some red carpet footage from the Oscars. Admittedly it was merely to see if I could catch some of the more beautiful ladies in their best bibs and tuckers (yes yes I KNOW the ladies wouldn’t be wearing the bibs and tuckers, I’m not a complete idiot, not yet anyway. Still practising though.). Now whilst I think she has a certain attractiveness Maggie Gyllenhaal isn’t high up my list. Neither is thin Oprah (neither is fat Oprah but she wasn’t there), nor Samuel L. Jackson’s wife. In fact bar a fleeting …

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