WordPress 3.8.2 – Urgent Security Update

While I was asleep, a security update to WordPress was released. This one has been described as urgent and is recommended to all WordPress 3.8.x users.

Details of the holes plugged are available from the official source:

WordPress 3.8.2 Security Release

Update notices should be showing in your dashboards, and if you don’t get around to it, and your site is configured that way, automatic updates will be putting it on for you.

Weight and Stuff Report – 7 April 2014

Weight: 218.3 pounds (15 stone 8.3 pounds, 99 kg)
Steps taken: 4,787

What’s this? Up again? Mostly random thinginess, I suspect.

Today’s photo is of the slightly strange character lurking over the entrance to Carlisle’s Guildhall Museum. I think he might have been repainted since my last visit[1]:

Carlisle Guildhall

Carlisle Guildhall

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 24.3mm
ISO: 800
Taken: 29 March, 2014

[1] Certainly looks that way..

Doctor Who – The Vault

I recently talked about The Doctor – His Lives and Times, and mentioned that I’d bought a couple of 50th anniversary books. This is the other one, and it’s a very different one, which makes it an ideal companion[1].

This is presented as a proper souvenir item – big page size, hard and padded cover and loads of very exclusive illustrations. Unlike the other book, this one is firmly set in what I suppose I’ll have to refer to as the real world – the world in which Doctor Who is purely a TV series, with no suggestion of it being real. Isn’t that a bit boring? Well, no. Not in this case, anyway. It adopts a historical approach – each year that the show was in production gets a chapter (and there are bridging chapters for the off years of the 1990s and early 2000s). The chapter starts with an introduction describing what was happening in the show that year (changes of actors and producers, etc), faced by a suitable image appropriate to the time – a Doctor, a companion, an opponent, that kind of thing.  This is followed by an essay on some aspect of the show, which takes the year in question as a jumping-off point, but wanders through the whole of the history of Doctor Who. For instance, the 1981 chapter starts with Peter Davison becoming the Fifth Doctor, then ranges through the whole business of regeneration in general. And the 1971 chapter covers the Master’s career.

All this nicely researched and interesting text is accompanied by an impressive collection of illustrations – quite apart from the expected on-set photographs and newspaper clippings (not to mention a 1971 Radio Times cover that stuck in my memory), there are new photographs of surviving props and costumes, merchandise, comic strips and more.

It’s the sort of book that can only be described as lavish. Well, there are lots of other words you could use, but that’s one of the better ones. As a souvenir of the 50th anniversary, it’s as good as they get. If you’re only going to get one book on the subject, I’d suggest this one. But I think you should get The Doctor – His Lives and Times as well if you can.

[1] Thought it doesn’t do much in the way of getting into peril, and certainly hasn’t screamed so far…

Doctor Who – The Complete Seventh Series

Now that we’ve run out of classic Doctor Who releases, and we’re somewhere in the middle of the wait for the next set of new stories[1], it must be time to catch up on more recent releases.

This set covers an unusually long period – starting with the 2011 Christmas special, The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, which was previously released in 2012, passing through the five 2012 episodes which we’ll refer to as The Last Days of the Ponds to the 2012 Christmas special The Snowmen, and on to the eight 2013 episodes concluding with The Name of the Doctor. Now I’ve talked about all those episodes at some length or other, so I won’t repeat myself here. This is about the extras.

There is a pretty good selection here – there’s a load of behind the scenes stuff, previously made available online, and which in earlier times would have been on Doctor Who Confidential. There are assorted prequels and extra scenes, some of which have been released on line (such as the excellent Pond Life), and some which I don’t think have been seen elsewhere, such as Demon’s Run – Two Days Later, which goes some way towards explaining how Strax is less dead than he seemed to be at the end of A Good Man Goes to War. There are also some features made by BBC America, which are nicely watchable (apart from having to ask “who’s that?” a lot about the participants).

The Blu-ray is all nicely presented in HD over five discs. Buyers have the option of getting a digital copy using the generally unpopular Ultraviolet service (which I’ve never bothered to try, so I’m just going on what others have said).

All good fun, of course, and well worth watching to catch some details you might have missed on first watching.

[1] Word is that this will be a continuous run of episodes without any odd splits.

Weight and Stuff Report – 6 April 2014

Weight: 216.7 pounds (15 stone 6.7 pounds, 98.3 kg)
Steps taken: 4,302

Up again today, which may be related to having pizza and drinkies last night.

I had a little walk this morning, and did a lot of going up and down stairs while tidying up a wee bit.

Today’s photo is an authentic mediaeval siege engine. Or possibly not. I was assuming that’s what it was as it was in the inner courtyard of Carlisle Castle…

Authentic mediaeval thingy

Authentic mediaeval thingy

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/13
Shutter speed: 1/50s
Focal length: 40.7mm
ISO: 6400
Taken: 29 March, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 5 April 2014

Weight: 215.6 pounds (15 stone 5.6 pounds, 97.8 kg)
Steps taken: 7,707

Shock, horror, sensation etc – down again today.

After the traditional[1] breakfast and shopping, I decided to go into Newcastle. I started with a visit to the Side Gallery, where I enjoyed the current exhibition Urban Dreams/City State, which features large black and white images of Newcastle and Gateshead, showing some of the redevelopment over the last fifteen years or so. Good stuff.

As the rain has started to be annoying by the time I left there, I abandoned my semi-plan of having a photographic wander and instead had a look at toys wander in the MetroCentre. Which made me mutter about the evils of Fuji, who are again tempting me, mutter. I came home via Newcastle, and here I am.

Before I left Newcastle the first time, I did get one photo. For what it’s worth[1], I think this burger place is going for the seriously cool market. I wonder if they’ll be selling Buffalo (Springfield) burgers?

For what it's worth...

For what it’s worth…

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 37.4mm
ISO: 1600
Taken: 5 April, 2014

[1] Look, they started it, OK?