Year: 2005

Gotta laugh

Role of the blog is a fun little article by the BBC News website. I’ll pull out a few quotes and let you all have a little giggle, shall I?

In their eyes, those bloggers at the US political conventions ceased to be bloggers the moment they accepted their accreditation.

“What began as a spontaneous eruption of populist creativity is on the verge of being absorbed by the media-industrial complex it claims to despise.”

Yes, it’s true I DO despise it, he says, twiddling his waxed moustache Dick Dastardly style.

In any case, as bloggers rarely go out and about, many of those who comment on the world at large get their information from mainstream news sources.

OK I KNOW they are talking about political news blogs but just a paragraph or two before they mention Salam Pax, remember him? That bloke who blogged through the invasion of Iraq? I’m pretty sure he was blogging from first hand experience.

Nonetheless, hacks remain safe in their jobs for the time being. The number of people reading even the most influential online diarists is tiny – the top political blog receives just 0.0051% of all net visits, according to figures from web influence ranking firm HitWise released this year.

I wonder what percentage the BBC News website gets in comparison to, say,

Sorry, I just can’t take this kind of lazy journalism seriously. What say you?

Dusty Tomes

If you look over to your left, you should see a link to the new archive page. At the moment it only lists posts by date but I’ll be updating it in the near future to make it a bit more useful. I’m also going to be converting my old “musings/wordage” bits and bobs into posts and assigning them to a category. Hopefully I’LL then be able to find things on my own site.

I’m also switching the Photo Gallery over to Flickr, I’ve upgraded to a Pro account and it should meet my needs. I still have space on my Blueyonder account so I can use that for anything else I need. I think this will be the most organised this site will ever have been. Hey, it’s only taken me 5 years.

Aside from that there shouldn’t be too many more changes to the site for a while. At least until Spring.

Great start

Hail, rain, gales. What a lovely way to start the new year.

Of course the first five and a bit hours were excellent, and it’s true time DOES fly when you are having fun, with much laughter and teasing and alcohol. Hell even my wee granny was having a drambuie to herself, through a straw I should add (she’s got a crick in her neck and can’t tilt her head back far enough to drain the glass), go Gran!

Home at 5.30a.m. and back up at 11.30a.m. and then a day of lounging around watching TV. Tomorrow my sister-in-law is coming over for dinner, and on Monday we’re visiting Stuart and Alan for dinner. Tuesday we have reserved for returning our house to some form of normality before we start back at work on Wednesday.

Work. Just the thought of it… eecchhhh.

Still I shouldn’t moan too much. We fly to Spain on the 10th, which leaves us next weekend to get all the things on the “could you please bring” list that Louise’s parents provide. That includes lorne sausage, beef, and a turnip. So far. Ohh and two lightshades. How the hell do you pack lightshades?!?!? Suggestions welcomed!

Happy New Year

Farewell 2004, you’ve been great but your time has passed.

Hello 2005!

I hope the coming year is a good one for you all, in whatever way you want to measure it.

Now, where did I put my drink?