The post with no title*

I was working at home yesterday as our car decided it was bored with it’s old brakepads and would quite like new ones please, and no it wouldn’t stop making that horrid grinding noise (which meant new rear discs as well, ouch).

I also had another physio session, more ultrasound and another lung-busting, leg shredding session on the “stepper”. After that, 30 squats with my heels raised whilst holding a medicine ball out in front of me was… interesting. I’m taking the approach that in the long term it will only make me stronger, right?

That aside I took advantage of working from home to run some lengthy backups of my home PC, and I also managed to update 3 WordPress blogs to version 2.6.1. As long as you haven’t hacked any of the core WP files the process is rather simple and only requires a few steps. All in, excluding upload time, it takes less than 5 minutes.

Last night we went to see The Dark Knight at the IMAX in Glasgow. It was quite something, some of the scenes are stomach-tiltingly awesome and the sound was loud enough to rumble your seat! As for the film itself, I thought it was excellent, a little drawn out but carried well. Needless to say Heath Ledger was the star, and I do wish they’d cast Maggie Gyllenhal in the first movie as well (way better than Katie Holmes).

And, finally, I updated my iPhone with the latest version of the software and, as before, it was a smooth and simple process. Admittedly they do seem to replace the ENTIRE operating system, meaning a 270-odd MB download, but I did read a few reports of people still having issues. It is certainly in the minority though, and to paraphrase a comment I read on this very issue “what the hell do you guys DO with your iPhones that you are continually having problems?”.

Or, to paraphrase a colleague of mine “sucks to be you!”.

* Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted that this was originally posted with no title, and also that when I did add a title I used the word “tittle” instead. Which, apparently, one reader believes are “happy boobs”.


  1. Blue Witch said:

    Is that the Honda Civic you bought… erm… was it just last year? If so, *how* do you get through a set of brakepads in a year (or however long it is)? We’ve done more than 80,000 in the dark blue broom in nearly 8 years now and only needed one set of pads in that time! The bright blue broom is nearly 2 and has done 24,000 and nowhere near needing replacement brakepads. And I’d hazard a guess that we do more stop/start creeping in traffic and high to low speeed slowing down on dual carriagesways and motorways than you, by virtue of geography.

    I’d also suggest that if you’ve knackered the rear discs in that time, then something is wrong that should have been covered under the warranty – unless you ignored the brake pad lights or the grinding noise for a long time. IME discs only need replacing under very rare circumstances.

    August 22, 2008
  2. Gordon said:

    The car wasn’t brand new when we got it, it’s a 2 year old car.

    It’s done 37,000 and a lot of that is on dual carriageways and motorways (the bulk of my daily commute is on these types of roads (A726 and M77 if yer curious).

    Will check the warranty though, didn’t realise that about the rear discs…

    August 22, 2008
  3. Peter said:

    Does the iPhone upgrade wake you up, with bright figures?

    Was so impressed that you get kept awake by arriving emails! (Bit nineties, email, but there ya go.)

    Had you ever thought of outsourcing your waking up to a thing called an alarm clock? They’re really quite pretty these days, and cheap. Must confess if I had a wife I’d expect her to do that kind of thing for me.

    August 22, 2008
  4. Blue Witch said:

    Ah, apologies, I thought it was new when you got it. 37K is OK if other people have driven it.

    Brakes aren’t often covered by new car warranties (pads never are) but I do know someone who successfully argued the discs thing inside his new car warranty period. I don’t know if you had the remaining new car warranty period transferred or whether it was a dealer warranty.

    As I understand it, discs only tend to buckle if they’ve got frequently got very hot (ie by excessive braking from very high to very low speeds – emergency stop on M-Way type stuff) or something is misaligned – or the pads are overly worn before being changed (that’s why modern cars have pad warning lights on the dash – so you can change the cheaper bits before the more expensive bits get knackered).

    Good luck!

    August 22, 2008
  5. Gordon said:

    Ahh the thing is, Peter, my alarm clock has the option to waking up to the radio – all morning radio is horrid – or with a stupidly loud buzzer. My iPhone has a nice tower bells sound, the soft peal of an hourly chime from a stately spire or somesuch. It’s just nicer.

    And so far Adrian’s suggestion of switching to flight mode is winning – but still can’t find way to keep the screen on if it’s being powered.

    August 22, 2008
  6. SwissToni said:

    oh, I use the bells as my alarm clock. I’m not too gone on it, but it’s nice enough and better than the alternatives. Usually tells me to get up about 15 minutes after I’ve woken up to the sports news on 5 live.

    Battery is fairly poor, but the iPhone is a great little thing, and the battery life is mainly poor because I use it all the time for stuff other than ringing and texting and things, so I can’t REALLY grumble.

    August 22, 2008

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