Weight and Stuff Report – 30 August 2015

Weight: 209.1 pounds (14 stone 13.1 pounds, 94.8 kg)
Steps taken: 5,041

Back down a bit.

And it was another long day of moving computers, connecting computers and testing that things actually worked after being moved. And guess what tomorrow’s all about? Yeah, more of the same.

Here’s a nicely preserved engine:

Hardwicke

Hardwicke

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/25s
Focal length 18mm
ISO 6400
Taken 13:42, 15 August, 2015
Location 54° 37.4366′ 0″ N 1° 37.7863′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 August 2015

Weight: 210.1 pounds (15 stone 0.1 pounds, 95.3 kg)
Steps taken: 6,831

Hmmm, up again, if the scale is to be believed.

It was a fun start to the long weekend. Well, no, it wasn’t. It was a long day at work to start the long weekend. Most of my day was spent reconfiguring server stuff while Aaron assembled some chairs. We rounded off the day by moving loads of computers back on to the newly rearranged and re-topped desks before deciding to stop while we were both still capable of moving.

Tomorrow, it’ll be recabling the desks and putting all the computers back together. Then testing everything to make sure nothing’s too broken. This will probably spill over to Monday, but we’re hoping to get some of the day off, before returning to work on Tuesday to deal with all the issues arising from the work we’ve done.

This train is a little past its best:

Past its best

Past its best

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 41.3mm
ISO 640
Taken 13:18, 15 August, 2015
Location 54° 37.4855′ 0″ N 1° 37.9578′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 August 2015

Weight: 208.8 pounds (14 stone 12.8 pounds, 94.7 kg)
Steps taken: 6,613

Randomly up today. Mutter.

Today’s late finish wasn’t as late as it might have been, as the office closed at 3pm, allowing us to get on and clear all the desks by around 6pm. It helped that we’d done some already…

As we left, the new desk layout was beginning to take shape, so we should be good to get on with putting some of the kit back in the morning…

Ummm, here are some steam engines for you:

Engines

Engines

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/55s
Focal length 20.8mm
ISO 6400
Taken 13:22, 15 August, 2015
Location 54° 37.4839′ 0″ N 1° 37.8739′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 August 2015

Weight: 206.7 pounds (14 stone 10.7 pounds, 93.8 kg)
Steps taken: 6,330

Down a bit today…

Another loooooooooooong day – in early to put computers back on desks, staying late to take them off again.

No early start tomorrow, but it’ll be a late finish, followed by a couple of long days on Saturday and Sunday.

This is the prototype Advanced Passenger Train, which didn’t quite work at the time….

APT-E

APT-E

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/220s
Focal length 66.2mm
ISO 6400
Taken 13:39, 15 August, 2015
Location 54° 37.4276′ 0″ N 1° 37.7401′ 0″ W

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.

Steggy

Steggy

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:

Rex

Rex

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….