Daily Archives: Monday, 30th Apr 2007

My Verbosity Increases

Oh dear. Despite being a slightly shorter month, April has seen the greatest number of posts yet on Losing it[1]: 90! Oh, hold on. If we include this one, it’ll be 91, which is an average of slightly more than three per day. And I’ve still got that Life on Mars thingy to write, and a Doctor Who review, which means that May should get off to a strong start….

Maybe I should calm down a bit?

Naaaah!

StumbleUpon

OK, this will be old news to the more plugged-in, tuned-in and generally aware amongst you, but I thought I’d mention that I recently signed up with StumbleUpon, which is possibly the best way yet of wasting the rest of your life on the internet. I’ve been aware of it for some time, but until now I hadn’t taken the time to investigate it for myself.

All you have to do is install the spyware-free, adware-free, and general nastiness-free toolbar into your preferred web browser, and tell the StumbleUpon server what sort of sites you’d like to see – there’s a good selection of categories to choose from. Once you’ve done that, just click the large friendly “Stumble” button. You will be taken to a web page selected on the basis of the categories you’ve selected, and the recommendations of other users. You can click the equally friendly “thumbs up” button if you like the site, or the slightly less friendly “thumbs down” button if you don’t like it, and don’t want to see anything like it again. Or you can just click the “Stumble” button again to see another site. And again. And again. And before you know it, it’s 1am and you really should have been in bed for hours.

I just started playing with it yesterday, and so far, I like it. I’ve seen some things I might never have found otherwise, and it certainly seems to have a general idea of what I like.

There’s a lot more to play with on the site – you can review pages you’ve seen, communicate with other users, join groups, and all the usual social networking stuff.

Give it a try – you’ve got nothing to lose except hours and hours and hours… :laugh:

Nice start to the week

I was almost tempted to catch the bus to work today, but it was such a bright sunny morning that walking seemed the only possible thing to do. I took a few pictures on the way to work, which may appear here when I find the appropriate tuit.

As I’ll be in Manchester for most of the week, today was my only chance for a visit to the City Library, so I wandered down there at lunchtime. As it turned out, this was a good move. For the first time, I saw the big demolition machine in action, tearing chunks out of the structure of the building. I took lots of pictures of that, and they will be appearing when I find another tuit.

It was still bright and sunny at home time, so I took an indirect walk home, heading down Dean Street and across the Swing Bridge. And yes, I took yet more pictures on the way. Insert standard comment about tuits.

This morning’s weight was down a bit, and the day was improved further when I learned that I’ve got a quite nice pay rise, which should help keep my camera in the luxury to which it’s become accustomed[1]. :bouncy:

[1] It’s been muttering about wanting a nifty wide angle lens. It’s so demanding!