Weight and Stuff Report – 26 August 2015

Weight: Not entirely sure
Steps taken: 4,578

I think I might be a bit lighter today, but as I didn’t mentally record the number displayed by the scale, I can’t be sure. You see, normally the scale transmits the figure to the Withings service, but that seems a bit borked at present, so I don’t know if it’s received it and will display it when it’s feeling less borked, or if the number has disappeared into a wormhole, never to be seen again. So I’ll assume it was lower.

It was a long day at work – in early putting computers back on desks, and a late finish taking some other computers off desks. And tomorrow we get to put them back on again. And then we stop doing that until Friday afternoon, when we get to take all the computers in the office off the desks so the desk people can do things. Then we get to spend the weekend putting them back again, and doing more computery things. Joy…

Today’s photo is one of the Teesside locals.



Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 110mm
ISO 500
Taken 14:03, 22 August, 2015
Location 54° 35.3268′ 0″ N 1° 14.897′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 25 August 2015

Weight: 207.3 pounds (14 stone 11.3 pounds, 94 kg)
Steps taken: 4,369

Down again today. And it was another late finish, moving more computers off desks. And an early start tomorrow, so we can put them back on. And another late finish so we can take off the final set. Followed by another early start the following day. And then the real fun starts on Friday…

Here’s another Teesside bridge – the Teesquay Millennium footbridge, or as I like to think of it, the quick way from the Teesside office to the shops. Though if the office moves, I’ll have to give it another name.

Teesquay Millennium Bridge

Teesquay Millennium Bridge

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 21.6mm
ISO 640
Taken 15:41, 22 August, 2015
Location 54° 33.7542′ 0″ N 1° 18.6432′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 24 August 2015

Weight: 208.3 pounds (14 stone 12.3 pounds, 94.5 kg)
Steps taken: 3,465

That’s a large and not really accountable rise today. I suspect the scale of playing silly buggers again.

Today’s photo is another of the Tees bridges. This is the Newport Bridge[1], which is getting a shiny new look after years of being a faded dull green colour. I’d like to think that it’ll be restored to operation – as you might guess from the structure, the road deck used to elevate to allow ships to pass. But I suspect that’s too much to hope for – it would probably be hideously expensive to do…

Newport Bridge (no, not that Newport)

Newport Bridge (no, not that Newport)

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 18mm
ISO 500
Taken 14:36, 22 August, 2015
Location 54° 34.2983′ 0″ N 1° 15.6144′ 0″ W

[1] Not to be confused with the transporter bridge in Newport, South Wales

Weight and Stuff Report – 23 August 2015

Weight: 206 pounds (14 stone 10 pounds, 93.4 kg)
Steps taken: 7,599

No change today. The step count comes from my phone, as I forgot to clip the Withings thing on before going out…

Just a quick photo from yesterday – this is the quiet lovely Infinity Bridge, which I reached towards the end of my epic walk:

To Infinity - and Beyond!

To Infinity – and Beyond!

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/13
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 20.8mm
ISO 800
Taken 15:13, 22 August, 2015
Location 54° 33.8299′ 0″ N 1° 17.7551′ 0″ W

Met Office loses BBC weather forecasting contract

Apparently the BBC is now obliged to put out the contract to competitive tender, so we can presumably expect future forecasts to be done by whoever makes up the panic weather stories for the Daily Fail and the Daily Excess. And we won’t need any of those fancy graphics, an old map will do. The presenter will probably be an unpaid trainee who’ll stand there and announce that three years’ worth of rain will fall in ten seconds, and there will be a simultaneous drought, flood, heatwave and five metre snowdrifts.

Or, you know, maybe we should let people who know what they’re doing carry on doing the job?

I know the BBC is under pressure from the government, but this is the kind of thing that makes its critics job easier. The way to win is to not be crap…

Source: Met Office loses BBC weather forecasting contract – BBC News

Weight and Stuff Report – 22 August 2015

Weight: 206 pounds (14 stone 10 pounds, 93.4 kg)
Steps taken: 17,367!
Exercise: Teesside walk

Up a wee bit today, but never mind…

Having had that late finish yesterday, shopping was postponed to this morning. But I was up and about quite early, so that wasn’t a problem. I may have even fitted in a Frankie & Benny’s breakfast first. Having done the shopping, and despite it being a bit dull and grey, I decided to get out and about with the X-T1. As I often do, I headed for the station and didn’t make a decision on a destination until I got there. I chose Middlesbrough this time, which worked out quite well.

I started at the Transporter Bridge, where I enjoyed a bit of a tour of the winding gear (I declined the climb to the top…), then found that the greyness was disappearing, making a proper walk look like a good idea. So I headed for the next bridge along the Tees, via a rather boring industrial estate and, err, some dinosaurs:



Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/1250s
Focal length 32.6mm
ISO 400
Taken 14:02, 22 August, 2015
Location 54° 35.2972′ 0″ N 1° 14.8429′ 0″ W

Having escaped their attention, it was a clear (and quite long) walk along the river to Thornaby, which involved eight bridges. A fill list and report will follow when tuits allow. It started to get quite warm, so it was a quite major effort. And while the straight line distance isn’t that much, with all the winding of the river, it was the best part of seven miles. I was tired, hungry and thirsty by the end, so I stopped off at the first available refreshment stop, which was Burger King. Not my first (or second, or…) choice, but a bacon double cheeseburger with onion rings and a Sprite enabled me to survive the train back to Newcastle.

More photos when I’ve checked them over….

Weight and Stuff Report – 21 August 2015

Weight: Ummm
Steps taken: 4,955

It’s a weightless report today, as the scale was taking too long to settle down this morning (another early start, mutter). What about this evening, I hear you ask? Well, it was a late finish involving removing bits from desks to make it easier for the carpet fitters to do their work on Monday. So, by the time we’d finished, it was nearly 7pm. And then Aaron and I went for a wee drinkie. One pint in Fitzgerald’s (very convenient for the office) and then another in the Botanist, which neither of us had got round to visiting previously. Even though it was a bit damp, we braved the outside bit, and enjoyed the view:

Beer with a view

Beer with a view

Camera iPhone 5s
Aperture ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed 1/30s
Focal length 4.15mm
ISO 50
Taken 19:25, 21 August, 2015
Location 54° 58.4608′ 0″ N 1° 36.7908′ 0″ W

After that second beer, we made our separate ways home.

Weight and Stuff Report – 20 August 2015

Weight: 205.3 pounds (14 stone 9.3 pounds, 93.1 kg)
Steps taken: 3,289

Hmmm, down a bit today. More random thinginess, I’m sure…

Another early start at work today, but not a late finish, yay. But it’ll be a bit early tomorrow, and probably a late finish. And more work at the weekend. Mutter. Mutter.

This is a slightly different photo from the NRM at Shildon. These cables presumably connected one of the DMUs[1] to the next, and were extremely practical things, but they looked sort of abstract to me…

No connection

No connection

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 122.6mm
ISO 1600
Taken 14:27, 15 August, 2015
Location 54° 37.4827′ 0″ N 1° 37.9429′ 0″ W

[1] Diesel Multiple Units, just in case Google confused you by preferring De Montfort University

WordPress 4.3 has landed

Well, it appeared yesterday, when I really didn’t have the time or energy to deal with that kind of thing. But I’ve just upgraded this site, so we’ll see what it does. There are some refinements, such as:

  • The ability to create lists by just typing an asterisk at the beginning of a line
  • Which appears to work

Headers formatted with number signs

Which is all a bit Markdown-y, but that’s not a bad thing.

Auto updates available for sites that are configured for that kind of thing, otherwise get it and the details from the official source:

WordPress 4.3 Announcement

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 August 2015

Weight: 205.8 pounds (14 stone 9.8 pounds, 93.4 kg)
Steps taken: 3,514

Back up today, mutter. I had an appallingly early start to follow yesterday’s late finish, as we had to put back all the things we disconnected last night. And there was another late (though not quite so late) finish tonight. And more of the same tomorrow. Fun. Not.

Today’s picture is a special treat for someone:



Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/140s
Focal length 62.4mm
ISO 6400
Taken 14:56, 15 August, 2015
Location 54° 37.4443′ 0″ N 1° 37.8072′ 0″ W