Year: 2011

November 7, 2011

A short while back I was talking about whether to keep my car for another year, or go shopping for a new one. I procrastinated for a month or so (to be fair, I have been collecting information and brochures on various models), and then…

November 7, 2011

For just over a week now, my script to import comments from LJ into WordPress has failed. The failure has been silent – i.e. it appears to work, but simply doesn’t import the comments. Posting of articles from WordPress to LJ is still working, it…

November 1, 2011

Just browsing Google News at lunchtime let me to read these two articles in succession. http://news.sky.com/home/politics/article/16100911 ‘Suppressing social networks or mobile phones at times of unrest is “unacceptable”, the Foreign Secretary has told a global summit on cyber-crime.’ ‘Human rights such as privacy and freedom…

October 30, 2011

Work on the bathroom was completed on Thursday, and I have been taking showers twice a day since, and loving it. While the bathroom was out of action, for a week and a bit, I’d been having wash-basin washes, and, once the bath was re-fitted,…

October 20, 2011

A while ago, I posted that I had bodged together a pair of prescription passive 3D specs. They worked well, until I decided I could improve on the taping of the lenses, and managed to completely mess one of them up. Meanwhile I discovered these…

October 17, 2011

I recently enjoyed the movie Limitless, on DVD, which led me to the Alan Glynn novel it was based on, “The Dark Fields”. I usually find that by watching a movie first, when I get around to the novel it yields even more plot detail,…

October 15, 2011

When the guys were clearing my garden and my existing raised beds, they bagged up all the good soil for future use. I am very grateful for them doing this – it would not have occurred to me to ask, but it was a great…

October 14, 2011

For anyone who is interested, here are some more pictures of the garden, now that the main features are in place. The seating is a somewhat temporary ragbag, until I buy more furniture, but it is plenty good enough for now. The troughs are still…

October 7, 2011

About a week ago I mentioned that I had smoked – amongst other things – some goat’s butter. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but the book I was reading said butter smokes well, so I tried it. Anyway,…

October 1, 2011

A couple of days ago, I mentioned that the shelving unit I had prevously bought to stand my (original 2D) TV on turned out to be too high for my new 3D TV. This is because the tv stand provided with it pivots from side…

October 1, 2011

As of yesterday, the rear patio is laid. Still lots of stuff to do, including pointing etc., but I thought I would post a few pictures. There will be a BBQ area with some seating behind the garage and a table with seating on the…

September 30, 2011

My first attempt at making Ginger Beer worked exceedingly well. After 5 days in the jar, I bottled up a 1 litre plastic lemonade bottle, which left a glassful for tasting – still, but quite pleasant. After 4 more days, I couldn’t resist any longer,…