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.
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.
No, I’m getting philosophical, I try to avoid deep thoughts around here. I just meant that my extended week off has come to an end, and I have to go back to work tomorrow.
Had another relaxed day. However, I did enjoy my week off – I managed a few good walks, took lots of pictures and had a generally pleasant week without actually spending much money, which has to be a Good Thing.
 Not to mention Deep Thought
 Random Douglas Adams reference
 Which I’ll get round to sorting out soon. Really.
BBC NEWS | England | London | Spacehoppers set bounce record
Apparently 600 people have done a simultaneous bounce on Spacehoppers on London’s Millennium Bridge. 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
 Not to be confused with the much more stylish Gateshead Millennium Bridge, of course. That was noted for working properly when it was opened.
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.
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) 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…
 Though looking at my stats, it probably was Google