Weight and Stuff Report – 7 September 2014

Weight: 213.1 pounds (15 stone 3.1 pounds, 96.7 kg)
Steps taken: Not a lot

Down again today…

Having totally failed to motivate myself to get out in time to see the Great North Run crazy people crossing the Tyne Bridge, I decided to have a quiet day in, so that’s what I’m doing.

Here are some nice architectural details from one of my recent Newcastle walks:

Watchtower?

Watchtower?

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/640s
Focal length: 35.8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 9 August, 2014

This modern building looks like a control tower, or watchtower, which might be appropriate as it’s the offices of Nexus, who manage public transport in Tyne & Wear. Not sure how far you can see from up there, though.

Not far away from there is this older building. I like the lettering in the windows – Flip sells vintage clothing.

Flip

Flip

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/680s
Focal length: 26.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 9 August, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 6 September 2014

Weight: 213.6 pounds (15 stone 3.6 pounds, 96.9 kg)
Steps taken: 1,836

Down again today. Felt a bit run down for most of the day – so much so that I didn’t even want to get my usual Frankie & Benny’s breakfast this morning. And that’s doubly shocking, as it would have been free thanks to my loyalty card. Just as shockingly, I actually had a bit of a sleep this afternoon, which isn’t usual for me at all.

Feeling a lot better now, ready for Doctor Who  :bouncy:

This is the war memorial at Whitley Bay:

Memorial

Memorial

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/350s
Focal length: 49.4mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 16 August, 2014

WordPress 4.0 is out now

OK, it’s worth reminding anyone who doesn’t keep up with such matters that WordPress version numbers are purely decimal. 4.0 is just the next number after 3.9 rather than a Huge Major New  Version

But having said that, this new one does contain some interesting enhancements to the editor, which is where most WordPress users will spend most of their time. It’s long been possible to embed such things as videos, images and even tweets into posts, but up to now, all you’ll have seen in the editor is a URL. Now, these things are displayed so you can see what they’ll look like before saving a draft and hitting the preview button. Or publishing, if you’re not that cautious or not that bothered (or both). Here’s one I did earlier[1]:

Interesting. First, a box appeared, then the text, then the nicely formatted version. Nice. I like.

The next thing is a rather nice improvement – rather than being a fixed scrolling window, the editing box expands to accommodate larger posts, gradually expanding down the screen, letting you see more of your words at once, which I rather like.

There is also a change to the Media Library, which now displays images in a grid rather than a list. I rarely look in there, so that’s not important to me, but might be for other users.

While you should, of course, make sure you have a backup before upgrading anything as complicated as WordPress, you should find the upgrade process to be quick and painless[2].

If your server is configured to allow it, you should be seeing the upgrade prompt in your dashboard, otherwise a visit to the WordPress site, where you can read more about the new version, is recommended:

WordPress 4.0 Announcement

[1] About five minutes earlier, that is
[2] Unless you’ve got some unusual combinations of plugins, theme and server config, in which case take care…

Weight and Stuff Report – 3 September 2014

Weight: 214.5 pounds (15 stone 4.5 pounds, 97.3 kg)
Steps taken: 4,225

Today’s random fluctuation thingy is an upward one. How thrilling…

More Zap Cat action today. Here’s a race just getting started:

Away!

Away!

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed: 1/1100s
Focal length: 34.5mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 30 August, 2014

And here’s another close look:

Up close

Up close

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed: 1/450s
Focal length: 70.2mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 30 August, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 1 September 2014

Weight: 214.5 pounds (15 stone 4.5 pounds, 97.3 kg)
Steps taken: 4,102

Back down again after yesterday’s odd rise. All quite random, or something.

More Zap Cat action for you today. Here’s a closer look at one of the boats:

Marines

Marines

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/240s
Focal length: 55.6mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 30 August, 2014

And here’s the line of boats starting the race:

The starting line

The starting line

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/600s
Focal length: 52.4mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 30 August, 2014

August 2014 Round-up

Well, that’s August out of the way, so it’s time for the usual exciting[1] monthly report.

Weight

More random fluctuation this month…

August 4: 212.5 pounds (15 stone 2.5 pounds, 96.4 kg)
August 31: 216.2 pounds (15 stone 6.2 pounds, 98.1 kg)

That’s an annoyingly large rise of 3.7 pounds (1.7kg), the start weight was unusually low, and today’s might just be a blip.[2]

Eating

I’ve been mostly well-behaved this month. Lunch has mostly been a single sarnie from the shop over the road from the office.

Exercise

I’ve managed a few weekend walks, but not much else.

Posting

This exciting report brings the monthly total to 45, which is moderately sane…

Stuff

Not a lot of stuff this month.

[1] For an arbitrary “un” value of “exciting”, of course
[2] Other excuses are exclusively available to subscribers