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…
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.
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, 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…
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…
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:
14:02, 22 August, 2015
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.
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
19:25, 21 August, 2015
After that second beer, we made our separate ways home.
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 to the next, and were extremely practical things, but they looked sort of abstract to me…
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:
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.