Cold and lonely in the deep dark night

Aye the nights are fair drawing in, and that’s before the clocks change. Last night, jogging alongside the water at Strathclyde Park, the sun was low over the trees and by the time we’d finished had disappeared completely. The path isn’t lit and so it looks like I’ll be needing to invest in something a little more visible for the coming months. Thankfully a new running store has opened a few blocks from my office, and JogScotland members get a 10% discount! Add some funds given for my birthday and I get to buy a new running top. But the question is, long sleeved or ‘gilet’ (no sleeves). I have two long sleeved tops at the moment, and I do …

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Questions Answered #3

In a desperate effort to gain some weird form of validation, I stole an idea for a blog post and begged my readers to ask me a question. And they did. The buggers. Now I have to answer them. Question 3: Lyle cheated and asked two questions (sort of). The second, “The Joy of Clients” I’ll ignore as I’m just too nice a guy to tell the truth about some of the fuckin’ idiots I’ve had to deal with in the past year or so. Ach, who am I kidding, there was only really one client who may have provided enough material for this post but the ‘relationship’ didn’t develop much further than me saying.. “WTF? Er.. no, too busy …

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Gift tagging

I’ve mentioned Gifttagging.com before (over on the left), but it’s worth another look as they’ve recently updated the site and added some new functionality plus a little extra ‘polish’. Best new piece of functionality: If you have a login, you can now “Reserve” an item to save any duplication. This is a half-step towards an open system that would allow anyone, login or not, to “Reserve” items, but I guess they are asking for a login to stop anyone being malicious. One thing I still don’t quite get is that the “Buy This” button doesn’t use the link that is available from the item title… I guess this is part of the business plan, driving revenue through their own associates …

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Brrrrrr

Blimey. It’s winter. When did that happen? We had to scrap ice off the windscreen of the car this morning, what the chuff is going on? Must be global warming, or global cooling, or something… Yesterday morning, as I headed out for a run, there was a low mist hanging over the valley. It was very pictureskew with the mist hanging in threads over the water, with barely a ripple touching the surface as a couple of swans flew low over the water. Never a camera when you need one. Someone needs to invent a way of getting these images out of your head into a digital format. Maybe a ‘brain printer’ that you can send specific neurological signals to …

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Questions Answered #2

In a desperate effort to gain some weird form of validation, I stole an idea for a blog post and begged my readers to ask me a question. And they did. The buggers. Now I have to answer them. Question 2: Alex (a co-worker of mine) makes a statement, or headline, or summat, rather than asking a question. But taking it as a topic title, I’ll have a bash. Mackerel: an intimate portrait Their shoaling displays render them stunning flashes of darting slivers, but there are many other reasons why the mackerel remains distinct amongst fish. Whilst they are the only fish that uses an inbuilt ability to locate and seek out transvestites, they are also adept at whipping up …

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Moving on

Thanks to you all for your thoughts, very much appreciated. We spent Friday night with Louise’s family, ate too much, drank too much, cried a little, laughed a lot and the cathartic effects are still being felt. Onwards and upwards and all that. Saturday night was spent at a friends 30th birthday party, with the added great news that he and his wife are now expecting! Yay! I guess I should insert some kind of “circle of life” comment here but I won’t, I’m just gonna sit here, nibble on some tablet and try not to bite the inside of my cheek again (don’t you hate that? you do it once and then spend the next week or so carefully …

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Hard times

Blogging is not life and my life is not centred around blogging. There are a lot of things that go on that I have never and will never mention on here, but I have to mark today in some way. One year on and I can still remember the phone call, the panic to try and get flights to Spain, and then the shock when we realised it was too late, she was gone. I remember more silly details about that day than I care to, but I’m equally happy that I do remember. I’m not sure I have the words for this. As I sit here at the computer, and try and compose something meaningful, tears are filling my …

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Questions Answered #1

In a desperate effort to gain some weird form of validation, I stole an idea for a blog post and begged my readers to ask me a question. And they did. The buggers. Now I have to answer them. Question 1: Keith (my blogless* mate) asked “4.56 AM or other similar times that should not exist, what to do when you find your self there”. The first thing to try and figure out is whether that time should, or should not, exist. It’s entirely possible for that specific time (and others like it) to exist in a very pleasant way. For example, and this is just completely off the top of my head, if you were, say, in the back …

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Monday Miscellany

1. Being linked from Dooce brings in a few extra hits. A few being something around the “60” mark, and certainly not as many as I would’ve thought… however the link was in her sidebar, not from the main content. I’ve had a similar number of ‘referrers’ from Reluctant Nomad (to whom I placed the link that Dooce linked to in the first place… if that makes sense). 2. My Google pagerank is 6, not 7 as I previously thought. Apologies to those who, when I mentioned the erroneous figure on Saturday, voiced their incredulity. I am sincerely sorry for wasting your incredulity, something which should be kept for REALLY incredible things… like Scotland beating France. Have I mentioned that? …

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Blogmet

Despite being a little lacking in the “atmosphere” you get from a busy pub, the blogmeet went well. Thanks to everyone for coming along and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Double bonus with the football score! As ever the time fairly zipped along and before you know it the streetlights are on and it’s dark outside. Never fails to amaze me that, the loss of four or five hours in the blink of an eye, maybe it was the Budvar… hmmm… A couple of new faces at this one, so thanks to Patrick and Peggy for coming along, and of course there are now a few “familiars”. Mind you one person had the affrontery to …

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