Weight and Stuff Report – 24 February 2018

Weight: 213.2 pounds (15 stone 3.2 pounds, 96.7 kg)
Steps: 5,693

Hmmmm, up another wee bit today.

Having woken up at 3:30am to do some essential coughing, and taking a while to get back to sleep, I eventually woke up completely at around 7:40, so this Saturday’s shopping was a bit later than usual.

After that, I decided to go into Newcastle for a quick look at some things, then on to the Metrocentre, where I actually bought a thing before coming home.

The thing in question might have been involved with this quick test image

Ready for my close-up

Ready for my close-up

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 80mm
ISO: 4000
Taken: 24 February, 2018

Weight and Stuff Report – 23 February 2018

Weight: 212.6 pounds (15 stone 2.6 pounds, 96.4 kg)
Steps: 2,056

Hmmmm, back up today, which may be related to the large subway I had for lunch…

This is an interesting-looking business in Carlisle

Haircut?

Haircut?

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/680s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 17 February, 2018
Location: 54° 53.7388′ 0″ N 2° 56.2331′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 22 February 2018

Weight: 211.6 pounds (15 stone 1.6 pounds, 96 kg)
Steps: 4,353

Would you believe I’m down to yet another new low? Well, I am whether you believe it or not, so there.

And today’s weight takes us into interesting territory. As you might recall, the previous Losing it scale had become more of a random number generator, and so it’s hard to compare weights from the current scale to the previous one. However, we can be fairly sure it was underestimating by some possibly random amount. But if we ignore that and just compare the numbers, today’s weight is lower than any recorded in 2016. Still got a way to go to match the best of 2015, though.

As we’d done all that could be done in Manchester, I took the option of leaving a day early, and was back in the usual office by about 1:30.

Today’s photo is of the old Guildhall in Carlisle:

Carlisle Guildhall

Carlisle Guildhall

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/140s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 17 February, 2018
Location: 54° 53.688′ 0″ N 2° 56.2178′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 20 February 2018

Weight: 211.9 pounds (15 stone 1.9 pounds, 96.1 kg)
Steps: 6,277

Down again to another, etc, etc, etc. I can confidently predict that you won’t see another new low tomorrow, because it will be a weightless report day, what with me working in Manchester for the rest of the week…

Here’s a strange sheeplike thing seen in Carlisle

Baaa!

Baaa!

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 320
Taken: 17 February, 2018
Location: 54° 53.7441′ 0″ N 2° 56.4341′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 February 2018

Weight: 212.3 pounds (15 stone 2.3 pounds, 96.3 kg)
Steps: 3,290

Down another wee bit today, to yet another new low, etc, etc…

This is a closer view of the Carlisle Cross, otherwise known as the Market Cross

Carlisle Cross

Carlisle Cross

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/400s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 17 February, 2018
Location: 54° 53.7033′ 0″ N 2° 56.2016′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 18 February 2018

Weight: 212.5 pounds (15 stone 2.5 pounds, 96.4 kg)
Steps: Not many

What’s this? Down again to another new low? Well, that’s what the scale tells me…

I’ve been having a quiet day in…

Here’s a view of Carlisle, showing the old town hall and the Market Cross

Carlisle

Carlisle

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/240s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 17 February, 2018
Location: 54° 53.7111′ 0″ N 2° 56.1935′ 0″ W

Dear website owners…

OK, I get it. You need to run adverts to fund your site. And you don’t like people running ad blockers.

But taking over the whole page with a demand that a casual visitor whitelists your site right now before they can see the single page they’ve been referred to by a link is, frankly, obnoxious. It’s the level of intrusive annoyance that made so many of us start using ad blockers in the first place. When we had to wait for what seemed like ages for a page to render because it was struggling to load the uninteresting advert that somebody decided was best placed in the middle of an article.

You see, if I find a site useful, and it’s one I come back to even occasionally, and its advertising isn’t so badly placed as to make the site unusable, I’ll happily add it to my whitelist.

But if you prevent me from seeing so much as one article without covering the page with an overlay and trying to teach me how to whitelist you, I’ll go elsewhere.

Just. Stop. It. A prominent notice asking regular visitors to consider adding you to their whitelist is much more likely to encourage the behaviour you’re after and much less likely to make people leave and never come back.

And the same goes for annoying boxes asking me to sign up for updates that pop up while I’m reading. They make me want to not bother finishing what I’m reading and never visit your site again.

I’m not mentioning any names, because this nonsense is way too prevalent – but I’ve seen an identical pop up from a few regional/local news sites.  These are sites I’ll only visit when a link takes me to a specific article…