Daily Archives: Sunday, 31st Jan 2010

Logitech Harmony One – Long Term Report

Well, it’s over a year since I first mentioned this toy, and a long time since my interim report, so this is probably as good a time as any for an update.

In short, I’m still using it every day, and the original remotes are lying unused. It does everything I need it to, and generally behaves itself very well. I have found that the rechargeable battery seems to be going the way of all such things, and is running down much more than it used to, but that’s remedied for now by remembering to park the remote on its base when I’m not using it, and it can be replaced if necessary. I’m still happy with it, though I see it’s more expensive than it was when I got it – it’s now well over £100 from Amazon, and I’m not sure I’d have gone for it at that price…

January 2010 Round-up

I thought I’d do this month’s round-up in good time for a change. I can’t guarantee I’ll keep that up for the rest of the year, but I’ll try…


Well, I have managed to keep weighing myself this month…

January 1: 228 pounds (16 stone 4 pounds, 103.4 kg)
January 31: 230.2 pounds (16 stone 6.2 pounds, 104.4 kg)
Difference: A rise of 2.2 pounds (1 kg), though it has been fluctuating fairly wildly


I’ve generally been having a bagel for lunch, as I mentioned recently, but I have been a naughty boy and added the odd pasty-type thing from Greggs. If I can just keep to the bagels, I’d probably start losing some weight…


While the exercise bike is still giving me disapproving looks because I’m still neglecting it, I did manage to walk to work on nine out of a possible twenty days, which is the most I’ve done in a long time. If there had been less snow in the early part of the month, I might have done even better.


Well. I’m not sure what happened there. It’s not as if I did any of that new year’s resolution stuff, or even forced myself to start typing more nonsense, but the total for January (including this post, but not any that I might do later today) will be 65. Not huge by Losing it[1] standards, but more than the combined total for September to December inclusive, and more than the last normal posting month, August. Not only that, but I’ve tried to make the daily weight posts a little more interesting by adding more pictures.


I’ve been out and about with the cameras a wee bit more this month, both despite[1] and because of[2] the weather. I took 461 pictures this month (excluding any that I might have deleted on-camera as they were completely useless) and took at least one picture on 21 out of 31 days, which is a lot more than I’ve managed since the summer. I’ve posted more pictures on Flickr than I have in a very long time, and I’ve even started participating in some groups there, for the first time in even longer. On the other hand, I haven’t quite got around to adding more pictures to my new photo site, but I’m sure I’ll get there….

[1] It’s hard to get motivated to go out and take pictures on unremittingly grey days
[2] But snow can be pretty, and mist makes for some interesting pictures

Red, White and Green

Those are, of course, the colours of the Welsh flag[1], but that’s not what I was thinking off when I saw this little group of leaves yesterday. My thoughts, such as they are, were more along the lines of “ooo!! pretty”, and led me to get in nice and close with the 24-105mm lens at its maximum length on the Canon 5D MkII. I had the aperture not far off its maximum at f/4.5, allowing the camera to set the exposure to 1/160 sec and a lovely low-noise ISO 100 setting.

Post-processing was limited to cropping it to a square, which seemed to work better, and a quick tweak of the Clarity and Vibrance sliders in Lightroom. I like this one a lot, and it’s another candidate for a large print job.

Green, Red and White

Green, Red and White

[1] And quite possibly of other flags, too

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 January 2010

OK, down a teeny weeny bit[1] today, but that’s probably just more randomness.

For today’s little extra, here’s another of yesterday’s snow pictures. This is Saltwell Park’s rose garden[2], which isn’t looking too rosy:

I beg your pardon...

I beg your pardon...

[1] Technical expression
[2] Unless it’s something else. I think it’s the rose garden, anyway.