Whilst I remember…

Did I mention we are off to Spain on Friday morning? Well, we are, and there are loads things still to do. Not all are related to going on holiday but the holiday has an impact on them all. 1. I’ve not even considered packing but then you do get rather blasé about it when you are returning to the same place, and will be frequenting the same haunts (for new readers; my father-in-law lives in Spain, and has done for a few years now). We don’t even bother with anything ‘smart’ as we eat out at the more local restaurants than anything fancy, and that’s when we eat out at all. 2. Then, of course, the iPod needs to …

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Moving…

You SHOULD now be at www.onemanblogs.co.uk. I’m still working on a few things, namely the redirect stuff (trying to figure out how to get it to forward to a specific post rather than the top level domain, for incoming links). Dust should settle over coming days. Right – the main redirect is in place. PLEASE update your bookmarks and whatnot as the redirect is NOT permanent. I’ll leave it there for a month or so, I should catch all visitors that way. Now I just need to figure out how to get the redirect stuff to work when someone links to a post. Any pointers would be appreciated! eg. Automatically redirect from: http://www.gordonmclean.co.uk/index.php/archives/2007/04/28/moving-4 to http://www.onemanblogs.co.uk/index.php/archives/2007/04/28/moving-4 Catch is that I’m not …

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Good Morning, Mr. Phelps

Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it. I need an alarm clock. To remind me to go to bed. No, seriously. Midnight creeps up on me, sneaks past and drags 1am with it all too often. It must stop. However, being a … geek/nerd/dork/saddo … I would like a nice solution to this problem. Namely a little software based (Windows) alarm clock that: Minimises to the system tray – yes I know there are applications that will do this but that means running ANOTHER application just to run an alarm clock! Displays a custom popup message – if it happens to support different messages per day then fine, but no biggie if it doesn’t. Does not require a …

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Moving Identities

Changes are afoot. I wonder why that is, why are they never “ahand” or “aknee”? Anyway, having received notice that I’m shortly due to renew my hosting account for this site, I’ve decided that now is probably a good a time as any to move my site. I’ve been reasonably pleased with 34sp in the past but having recently used other sites that are running WordPress (PostoftheWeek, One Man Writes), on other hosts I’ve noticed the improvements in speed, and in one case, price. So, I’ve been quietly preparing to move this blog and implement a few other things whilst I’m at it, but I’m still not 100% sure on how to best implement things and as it’ll impact you, …

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Weekender

We had few plans for this weekend, which is fairly rare. However Sunday was my late mother-in-law’s birthday so we had already decided to go to Cashel where we have a tree planted in her memory. But before that we had a free Saturday and, after pottering about in the morning, we headed to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum where, for the first time, I managed to fill a 1GB memory card in one afternoon. The worry is that of that lot, I only consider 24 of them to be “good enough for Flickr”, I’ve obviously got a way to go before I full get the hang of this photography lark. As a child I remember visits (although it may …

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Sticky smartness

It’s always the little things that you’ve never seen before that make you sit up and think “hey, that’s smart”. In my case a simple photo, used to provide context, was enough to trigger this, and it’s so simple an idea that I’m surprised that something similar isn’t in wider use. Read on, MacDuff, to find out what the chuff I’m blithering on about this time… As alluded to a few days ago, I’m currently hunting for THE laptop bag, one that will set me apart from the standard “black briefcase style” masses and move me into the same arena as all those elite, übercool kids, you know, the ones who are probably toting MacBooks. I spent a couple of …

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Fill your ears

I picked up some new albums recently, and I’ll pause here to echo a comment I heard on the radio the other night as I can’t remember what the inside of a record store looks like, especially now I don’t work in the city centre and no longer have the evil geniuses at FOPP fleecing me on a weekly basis. I’m not even sure I’m bothered by this, although there is something satisfying about physically opening a CD, reading the sleevenotes, and extracting the disc from the spindle … but that’s a transistory pleasure at best, after the first few viewings, the cover art and sleeve notes are much of a muchness usually. For a change, every single album I …

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I'm like a bird

But no, I’m not going to fly away… instead a quick update and a couple of questions. Current Events I considered posting more on the “Cho shootings” but really can’t be that bothered. I seem to have fallen into a “you made your bed, lie in it” frame of mind. Which isn’t really a good thing but there’s just too much else going on so I’ll skip it right now. Today’s headline is tomorrow’s … what IS the completion of that sentence? “tomorrow’s budgie cage liner?” Scottish Blogs Over on Scottish Blogs I’ve been caught out, big time. I recently asked for some volunteers to help me go through the entire directory and weed out the dead, moved and unwanted …

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Hit me, baby, one more time

Another tragic day in the US, another gun related crime (amongst many). The same arguments will be wheeled out, debated, and forgotten as we move on with our daily lives, the blessing of the unaffected. Spare a moment, a thought, for those who won’t be able to move on, who will suffer, who are in pain. And then pause and wonder when it will change. If it will change. Will it change? Will it? How long must it take? How many dead bodies need to be piled up?

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Where There's a Will

After posting about my lack of willpower of the weekend, and receiving some useful and thought provoking comments (thanks!), I think I need to step back and see what else could possibly be the problem. Or, indeed, if there is a problem at all. I started jogging last summer, the inspiration for which came about at the end of a 10K race near where I grew up. We happened to turn up at Lomond Shores last June, only to find that it was the finishing line for the Polaroid Balloch 10K which was being marshalled by some local groups, one of which was the Boys Brigade. I bumped into one of the officers that I knew and got chatting in …

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