Closely Cropped

Do you shave? If so, what do you use? Wet or dry? Two blades, three blades, five?? Electric or manual? I’ve been a wet shaver for years now, two blades and a little shaving oil is plenty for me to whisk away those annoying (for the wife) bristles. I keep missing the bit in the middle of my chin though, odd that. Back in the day I had an electric foil razor and it was pretty handy for a quick once over, just enough to make you presentable for another day at the grindstone. I’m not entirely sure why I stopped using it, but I’m guessing it would be around the time I grew my goatee (or soul patch as …

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It's the blind man*

Visited my Gran on Saturday mainly to help my parents put up a new set of blinds in her bedroom, having replaced the kitchen set last week. As usual it turned out to be a bit of a marathon job – having to remove a wooden baton, cut the blinds to size and so on – so it was four hours later when we left. Still it was a good excuse to get a Chinese meal ordered… My Gran is still doing OK, despite her neck being ‘fixed’ at a 90° angle, limiting her view dramatically but she seems to be coping. This is probably due to the fact that she has home help visitors everyday (apart from the days …

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Why re-design?

Written several weeks ago, thought I’d just post it and get it out of the way. Yes, I’ve done it again, killed my “brand look” and gone for something different. However there is a good reason behind this… no, honestly, there is! First up I should maybe take a moment to explain one of the reasons behind the OLD design. Remember those, slightly too large post headings? ALL CAPS and very prominent on the page. Well the reason behind them was two-fold. They marked the beginning of a new post – nothing I hate more than scrolling down a page and not being entirely sure where one post ends and another begins. The main reason was that they were supposed …

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To tag or not to tag

I’m bored with this whole tagging thing now. Yes it’s useful. No it’s not the be all and end all. Yes it has limitations. No it’s not the only way to navigate information. Yes I will continue to use them. No I won’t be posting about it after this. You see, to my mind at least (and therein lies a limitation) it’s very simple. Authors (the people who write the information and understand the information they are creating) “INDEX” what they have written (indexing is an art form in itself with books devoted to this one topic). An index is hard to maintain and relies on structure and consistency. Authors and readers tag a post/site as they desire with the …

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Empty Recycle Bin

Excuse me, but I really need to get all this stuff out of my head. Hot feet – every morning when I come into work I follow the same routine. Turn on the PC, login to email, scan the subject lines and then grab a coffee. Every morning I end up feeling too hot and find that only taking my shoes off helps. Just me? iTunes – why won’t you delete files from my PC anymore? I know I shouldn’t have selected to ‘never display this confirmation again’ but I thought you’d be nice enough to allow me to turn on that prompt again. But no, you seem to be in the huff which is a pity as we were …

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You've been framed

Given the events of the past few weeks our normally ‘minimal’ approach to having family photos on show has changed. Last night Louise and Susan went to IKEA and she came home with four lovely picture frames in a variety of styles. Tonight she picked out the photos, tomorrow I’ll print them out (after getting some decent photo paper). Whilst it’s never bothered me that we didn’t really have photos on show, I have to admit that just having the frames sitting on our little sideboard is making the living room seem a lot more ‘homey’. Now all we need to do is find a couple of prints (or maybe get a couple of photos enlarged) for the main wall …

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Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic Cracking! I should really leave it at that, shouldn’t I. After all if you don’t know who Wallace and Gromitt are then I have to ask where you’ve been hiding. Now, I’m pretty sure they are more popular in the UK, and given the focus on the more eccentric side of English culture (primarily) I do wonder how much translates around other parts of the world, but the simple fact is that the story is universal enough, and paced well enough that it doesn’t really matter where you are from, you should enjoy this movie. So, the story then. Well let’s just say that is another of Wallace’s experiments gone wrong, includes …

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And so you're back…

… from outer space, I just walked in to find you here, with that sad look upon your face. Ohh how eerily apt. Yes, it’s November and yes, I’m back in blogland. Hello again. Remember me? I’ve not really been away completely, been reading and commenting occasionally but with a distinct lack of enthusiasm. The reason for the PAUSE is in the post below. Christ, now what. I had a “coming back” post planned but it doesn’t feel right to try and recap what I’ve missed. I have a little text file with the following in it, so I’ll just copy and paste that here and be done with it: Tumblelog, iPod Video, Flock, Saddam on trial, Wallace and Gromit …

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