Monthly Archives: January 2007

Posting Frenzy!

Hmmm. I do seem to have babbled a lot more than usual this month, don’t I? Total posts for January, including this one: 88. The previous record was August last year, when I made 77 posts.

I’ll probably calm down a bit for February.

Or not.

Maybe it’s my evil plan to warp the fragile little minds of anyone who actually reads all this stuff… :twisted: :evil:

End of month report

As I expected, my weight did move up a bit today, but it’s within the normal daily variation range, so that’s OK.

I did the usual exercise routine, but with an increased resistance on the rowing machine. Tonight’s peak heart rate was 144.

And that wraps it up for January. As of today, I’m five pounds lighter than I was at the start of the year[1], which is pretty good progress. So far, I’m still feeling motivated and I really hope I can keep this effort up. I’m aiming to stick to four exercise sessions a week, and I’ll try to do more weekend walks too.

And I think I will set myself some specific weight targets:

  1. Below 15 stone (210 pounds, 95.3kg) by mid February
  2. Below 14½ stone (203 pounds, 92.1kg) by mid April[2]
  3. Consistently below 200 pounds (14 stone 4 pounds, 90.7kg) by the end of June

Which would get me back where I was before I lost the plot somewhat. I’d like to improve on that, and get below the psychologicackle 14 stone (196 pounds, 88.9kg) by the end of the year, but I don’t know if I’ll manage that one. Would be nice, as it’ll make the weight cells in my spreadsheet change colour[3] :grin:

[1] As of yesterday, it was six pounds, but never mind
[2] I’m expecting the rate of weight loss to slow down…
[3] Did I mention that I’m a geek? :cheesy:

I didn’t expect that

After yesterday’s unexpectedly low weight, I was expecting to see a small rise today. But instead, I managed a small fall instead. I can only think that the exercise I’ve been doing has started having an effect on my metabolism or something.

I had planned to go out tonight, but that’s been postponed to next week, but I’m taking a night off the exercise anyway, as I’m a wee bit tired. I’ll try to get an early night, and I’ll be back on the exercise bike tomorrow.

Westgate House – in the media

While you’re waiting for me to sort out the last batch of Westgate House photos, here’s some reading material:

BBC report – with a nice set of links on the right of the page, where you can see how long it took to agree to knock it down.

Evening Chronicle report – with comments from John Thompson of Thompson’s of Prudhoe, who planned what has been described as Britain’s trickiest demolition job. Note – the Chronicle link may expire at some point.

One thing I learned from these reports is that 96% of the material removed from site is being recycled into new building materials. Nice to know that Westgate House will finally serve some useful purpose.

Call the Police!

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Police to reunite for Grammy gig

I’m always a bit dubious about bands reforming after so many years apart. But it’s a popular trend[1], and I’m sure lots of people would be prepared to pay lots of money to see the Police play live. They made some great music in their time, much of which still sounds good today[2].

More about The Police.

[1] Listings for a local concert venue looked like they’d drifted in from the late 70s….
[2] You know how it is with music – some things are so much of their time, that when heard years later you find yourself wondering what the photon you liked about it back then, and other things still sound wonderful decades later…

No more Floppies

BBC NEWS | Technology | PC World says farewell to floppy

Well, I suppose it had to come. Floppy disks used to be so important. I remember buying piles of “cheap” unbranded disks for my Atari ST in the late 80s and very early 90s. Cheap at the time was around £1 for a double-sided single density floppy, total capacity 720k, or half that of the standard floppy we all knew and errr, knew. They have been becoming increasingly irrelevant, as file sizes have grown and grown and grown to the extent that hardly anything fits on a floppy these days.

I have “happy” memories of installing applications from floppies back in the days of Windows 3.1. An office suite came on around 30 of the things, and installation took ages. Actually, installations still take ages, but at least you can generally wander off and do something else rather than having to keep changing floppies.

While they’re not quite going away yet, PC World’s decision to stop selling them does show that demand has dropped dramatically. These days, of course, even CDs, which once seemed huge, now seem a bit inadequate to deal with modern volumes of data.

Hubble Trouble

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Hubble’s main camera shuts down

Not good at all…

The main camera on Hubble has been responsible for not only some actual proper science, but also lots of quite beautiful images. The failure of the camera is a significant loss. A new instrument is due to be fitted in next year’s repair mission, which is some consolation…

Errr, wow!

OK, OK. Insert all the usual stuff about daily variations, and I’m sure this is a random fluctuation, and I’m equally sure that the figure will rise as the week goes on[1], but today’s weight figure is a rather good one. Quite encouraging, really.

I walked to and from work, and at lunchtime had yet another walk to Westgate House that nice new open area, and took some pictures which show how the area has been transformed, and opened out by the removal of what was not only a singularly ugly building[2], but a singularly ugly building in one of the most inappropriate locations imaginable. I’ll put the pictures on show when I’ve sorted them out, probably later in the week.

And this evening, I did my usual exercise routine, with a peak heart rate of 148. Pant, sweat, etc.

[1] Especially as I have a night out planned for tomorrow :tongue:
[2] Standard ugly buildings can be improved enormously with new cladding. If this one had been somewhere else, that might have worked