Counting

Thundering at the window. Rain slams into glass. A million impacts. A staccato beat of tiny sharp flat… Ohhh bugger that, too tired to be creative… It’s chucking it down, blowing a gale and keeping me awake. Rather than lie in bed and wonder if that new dripping noise is a drip or, um, something non-drip related… ohh it’s just stopped. Phew. Dammit, a new one has just started. My home is my castle and my mind keeps me awake lest I miss any damage reports from this whooshing groaning screaming building. Now, I think I got a couple of hours sleep as the last time I saw on the clock, before I got back up, was 11.54pm. It’s now …

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Guilty Pleasures

Sometimes I loathe our TV, despite paying for the “all the channels, yes even the poker ones” some nights there is just NOTHING ON! Quite frankly it’s ridiculous and it’s all that Murdoch’s fault, sometimes I wish I wasn’t addicted to Sky+… Mind you at other times it offers day long TV marathons and next thing you know you have to lever yourself up from the sofa (always a slightly painful experience when bare skin has been in close proximity to a leather couch for nine hours) and you are wondering why it’s gone dark. Of course, they never EVER broadcast day long marathons of good TV shows, no no, if you are going to spend all day in front …

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Careful

Just got my first “phishing” email which alleges to have come from PayPal. It doesn’t. The subject line reads: Your account will be suspended! It reads: Dear Paypal User, In accordance with our major database relocation, we are currently having major adjustments and updates of user accounts to verify that the informations you have provided with us during the sign-up process are true and correct. However, we have noticed some discrepancies regarding your account at Paypal. Possible causes are inaccurate contact information and invalid logout process. We require you to complete an account verification procedure as part of our security measure. It then asks you to click a link which, I can assure you, has nothing to do with Paypal. …

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Nonentity Bloggers

Apparently this idea is all my fault.. or at least the fault of the fine readership of this very site (ok, I can’t really lay claim to this at all but that won’t stop me trying!!). I like the idea though but have to admit that, and I’m not sure why it’s only struck me now, but as when Vaughan mentions “those self-important bloggers who like nothing more than discussing their own self-importance are utterly tiresome and painfully dull” I suddenly “got it” (it may be catching, beware). Creating a “blogosphe…” (ick) to help them feel more accepted and less of an outcast is why the A-list exists – the stereotype of a pizza munching, Gatorade slurping geek is true!! …

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Linkeroo

So I’ve been trimming that big ole’ blogroll (on the left), trimming the chaff/dead and adding in a few that have been on my “Auditioning” pile for a while. Which means I need to find some new sites to “audition”. But who? Over to you, dear reader, anyone I SHOULD be reading but don’t have linked? Anyone you think I’d enjoy, anyone you think would be a good addition to the list? Quality rules (with the exception of some of the layabouts whom I link to purely for historic reasons and not because they bribe me). One site per commenter please, but not your own site!

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Weekender

Grass cut – check Weeding done – check Long walk round Balloch Park in glorious sunshine – check Lunch and lounging in the sun at my parents – check Dinner at sister-in-laws with Louise’s Mum & Dad – check Arsenal vs Chelsea – check Count of Monte Cristo (the film) – check Started new book (Lanark) – check Completely bloody knackered but had great weekend – check! How was yours?

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Upgraded

What I did (for Lyle and anyone else). Usual caveats apply, if you’ve done a lot of hacking then YOU need to know what YOU’VE changed. This is all taken from the WordPress Upgrade documentation. Worked for me. The Preparation 1. Backup your database and the files on your site. 2. Download the WordPress ZIP file for 1.5.2. 3. De-activate all plugins on your site (will make your site look funny until the files are upgraded). I’d suggest taking a note of them as well, just in case you need to upgrade them too (I didn’t have to). Note: It is NOT necessary to run install.php or upgrade.php as no changes are made to the database. As with all WordPress …

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Snippets

R.I.P. Mo Mowlam. Sad news indeed, one of the “good” politicians. I won’t say anything about who should be attending her funeral, but he had better! ~ Thanks to all who commented on yesterdays Top 100 post. Despite it being a subject many don’t see any value in it has still managed to stir up the most comments of the week. I’ll stop there rather than read anything into that… ~ Extras. Getting funnier, even though the “star” of last nights appeared for all of 5 minutes. Has to be the most cringeworthy thing on telly at the moment, and has managed to up the “laugh out loud” count (or LOL for our txt spk redrs). Even the small lines …

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New music

I’ve been ripping some more CDs to my PC recently, and thanks to an iTunes smartlist I can confirm that today I will mostly be, randomly, listening to tracks from the following albums: Joni Mitchell – Blue and The Hissing of Summer Lawns Iron Maiden – Best of the Beast Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon Gorillaz – Demon Days Dusty Springfield – Greatest Hits (which doesn’t have “Spooky” on it, blasphemy!) Jamiroquai – Dynamite Dizzy Gillespie – Essentials Masters of Jazz (a compilation) Eurythmics – Greatest Hits Phil Collins – Greatet Hits (err… not ripped for me, for my in-laws, honest!) Howlin’ Wolf – Howlin’ Wolf Antony & the Johnsons – I am a Bird Now Aerosmith …

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Top 100

There seems to be a bit of a brew-haha gathering on blogland. Well sort of, but unless you read certain sites you’d never know so let me summarise for you. Technorati are trying to establish themselves as THE auditors of the web, amongst other things they maintain a “Top 100 blogs” list which lists all the top linked sites. It’s currently questionable that this “A list” is reliable and accurate, with others spring up in competition – Feedster’s Top 500 for example (500 does seem a little OTT mind you). BlogHer, the conference (movement?) aimed at increasing the standing of women in blogging, and featured the following debate topic: “The BlogHer Debate question for 2005 is this: Women bloggers, how …

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