Daily Archives: Sunday, 15th Apr 2007

The Shins – Wincing the Night Away

I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while, but somehow didn’t get round to it. I don’t recall having heard of the Shins before I had one of those “what the hell’s that?” moments on hearing their recent single Phantom Limb on 6Music. That’s a good “what the hell’s that”, you understand.

Well, I eventually managed to catch the name of the band, and got the new album as soon as it was available on Napster. And I have to say I like it. I’m not really sure how to describe what they do – on one level it’s mostly simple, pleasantly melodic music, with ever-so-slightly obscure lyrics. The kind that don’t make much more sense even when you’ve read a transcript. For instance, I have no idea why their new single is called Australia. That doesn’t really matter, though. It’s catchier than a very catchy thing that should be in quarantine, and is currently working its way deep into my brain. Silly video, too:

And while we’re looking at videos, you might as well have the one for Phantom Limb too.

Photographs: 5 April

And here we have the pictures from 5 April. Some views of a crane, a band in a bus and trying to make the best of the bright sun.

Is that all there is?

No, I’m getting philosophical, I try to avoid deep thoughts around here[1]. I just meant that my extended week off has come to an end, and I have to go back to work tomorrow. :wah:

Had another relaxed day. However, I did enjoy my week off – I managed a few good walks, took lots of pictures[3] and had a generally pleasant week without actually spending much money, which has to be a Good Thing.

[1] Not to mention Deep Thought[2]
[2] Random Douglas Adams reference :cheesy:
[3] Which I’ll get round to sorting out soon. Really.

Bouncing on the Bouncy Bridge

BBC NEWS | England | London | Spacehoppers set bounce record

Apparently 600 people have done a simultaneous bounce on Spacehoppers on London’s Millennium Bridge[1]. Considering the way that thing bounced when it first opened, this must have required a great deal of confidence on the part of the bouncers.

Tigger would be proud :lol:

[1] Not to be confused with the much more stylish Gateshead Millennium Bridge, of course. That was noted for working properly when it was opened.

Photographs: 4 April

Yes, I finally found a tuit, and I’ve started to sort out that backlog of photos. In this album you can see the pictures I took on my way to and from work on 4 April.

WP-Zeitgeist

I mumbled a bit about plugins the other day, and would you believe it, here’s another one that’s just been released. Whooami is a regular on the WordPress support forum, but not satisfied with that, she’s just released a nifty plugin.

WP-Zeitgeist presents a cloud thingy that shows what searches are leading visitors to your site. Now I can see this easily enough in my website stats, but this is quicker and easier, and as it shows popular search terms in bigger text, it’s easy to get a feel for what people are looking for. It has the added bonus of making each search term a nice link, which will let you see where Google (or other search engine[1]) actually sent the visitor. I like it so much I’ve added it to the menu bar at the top of the page. Have a look.

If you’re wondering about the name, Google’s own Zeitgeist page explains all…

[1] Though looking at my stats, it probably was Google