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Winter Walk

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:16:42 +0000

We had a rather chilly but very pretty walk on the Wimpole Hall estate this morning. Here’s the view from near the folly: If you really want to see the whole picture from here, though, there’s another of my scrolly-panorama things here. Then we walked back through the woods.

The Morning Bathe

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:06:15 +0000

Here’s a link to something you probably don’t know

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:53:07 +0000

I’ve always liked this particular link. I can pretty much guarantee that there will be at least something on the other end of it that you don’t know. How do I know that? Well, that link takes you to a random page on Wikipedia. Since the English version of Wikipedia has over 5 million pages, Continue Reading

Trying a tripod

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:54:41 +0000

I got a new tripod yesterday, and took it out to play today (just very briefly while I was ostensibly walking the dog). One thing I’ve been enjoying recently is stitching together multiple images to create a panorama, and a tripod makes this work very much better. But how to display the very wide images Continue Reading

Mail, man!

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:22:05 +0000

Those of you who are kind enough to read my random musings on a regular basis often do so via the RSS feed or Twitter, and many others got their updates via Facebook until I started my period of abstinence. But this is just a reminder that you can also get Status-Q in your inbox, Continue Reading

Tennis balls, my liege

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:03:52 +0000

I often wonder whether the manufacturers of tennis balls see their primary market as: tennis players, or dog owners? Mmm.

Can’t resist?

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:49:47 +0000

Here’s a lovely clock created by G. Wade Johnson, which should appeal to any electronics geeks out there. (I’ve put a copy here for posterity.)

The best medicine, canned

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:20:34 +0000

If you go back and watch (or listen to) comedies from an earlier age, one thing that often stands out is the volume of the audience laughter track. The fashion for including laughter, whether from a live audience or from a canned track, has changed over time, but has generally declined in recent years and, Continue Reading

Happy Indivisible Year

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 11:59:10 +0000

2017 is a prime number. Just thought you’d like to know.

The world’s biggest reality-distortion field

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:26:42 +0000

Everywhere, I see people complaining about what a terrible year 2016 has been. Actually, now I think about it, that’s not really true. On Facebook, I see people complaining about what a terrible year 2016 has been. Yes, it’s certainly had its downsides: the Brexit vote was a disappointment and may prove rather inconvenient if Continue Reading

The Millennial Question

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:20:15 +0000

I assure you, this is well-worth 15 minutes of your time. Simon Sinek talking on Inside Quest about what makes the ‘Millennials’ tick and why, and the challenges they can face as they enter the workplace. There are a few over-generalisations here, but in general it’s good stuff, intelligently and amusingly presented, and most of Continue Reading

The Power of Competition

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 15:46:26 +0000

Rather sad to discover that walking to my local Post Office to send a parcel costs me three times as much as having a courier pick it up from my door!

Lesson of the day

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:15:29 +0000

It’s a bad idea to get super glue on your fingers, I discover, even if you don’t get stuck to anything. It messes up your fingerprints and you can’t log in to your phone any more! If, on the other hand, you’re planning to commit a crime, it’s probably quite a good idea…

For love of a Rose

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:01:30 +0000

Today, as it happens, is our silver wedding anniversary. It doesn’t feel much like one, because Rose is currently in the suburbs of Detroit helping to look after her parents, and will be getting on an economy transatlantic flight tonight, and I’m about to rent a van and shift some furniture around the M25! The Continue Reading