Monthly Archives: July 2010

July 2010 Round-up

Here we go again with the only slightly late round up for July 2010.


Apart from when I was away in Wales, I continued to not forget to weigh myself, so I think I’m more or less right on that now…

July 1: 230.6 pounds (16 stone 6.6 pounds, 104.6 kg)
July 31: 230.4 pounds (16 stone 6.4 pounds, 104.5 kg)

Difference: An insignificant drop of 0.2 pounds (0.1 kg)


Well, a lot of eating did go on while I was away. Restaurants, pub meals, that kind of thing. But since I’ve been back at work, I’ve been mostly good at lunchtime, with only the occasional diversion to Greggs. I might possibly have had a few more glasses of wine than average this month, but I’m working on that.


There was a fair bit of walking in Wales, the usual longish walk at the airshow, but only a couple of instances of walking to work. Tut tut, must to better, etc.


Still at normal levels – the July total, including this one will be 67.


Thanks to a holiday in Wales and the airshow, I seem to have taken over 1600 pictures in July, some of which will appear here eventually. That’s slightly more than in the first six months of the year, by the way.

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 July 2010

And back up again today. Mutter.

Today’s picture is of one of the Sunderland airshow regulars – an F-16 from the Royal Netherlands Airforce. The usual orange display aircraft was unavailable, but to make up for the lack of brightness in the colour scheme, the pilot fired his flares:

Flares are back again

Flares are back again

Last year, that wasn’t allowed due to some safety regulation or other. Fortunately, sanity returned this time.

Weight and Stuff Report – 30 July 2010

Hmmm. Down again today. I wonder how long that will last?

Today’s picture from the airshow is of a couple of classic American fighters – the P-51 Mustang and the P-40 Kittyhawk. It was their first visit to Sunderland, and they put on a good show. Here they are arriving:

Mustang and Kittyhawk

Mustang and Kittyhawk

WordPress 3.0.1 is out

Well, it’s been over a month since WordPress 3.0 was released, so it’s not surprising to see a maintenance release being made available. This one fixes a pile of major minor issues, but as far as I know, there are no immediate screaming security holes that demand an urgent update.

Full details with links to downloads and all the gory developer details are available on the development blog.

The automatic update from 3.0 worked for me without any need to kick anything. Good stuff.

Safari – now with extensions

I mentioned back in June that I was giving Safari 5 a whirl as my default browser on my Macs. Well, here we are, nearly two months later, and I’m still using it, which is the longest I’ve stuck with a different browser since I adopted Firefox, which was probably around 2004 or thereabouts.

There was only one thing that irritated me – the lack of a Firefox-style extensions framework, and in particular the lack of AdBlock, which removes unwanted adverts from pages. Now if you have a site that depends on advertising to run, you probably don’t like people talking about AdBlock, but if like me, you’re sick of badly-designed sites that pause part-way through loading because some remotely-hosted Flash advert is taking way too long to load, you’ll probably love it.

Safari 5.0.1 has now been released together with the currently quite small but likely to grow Safari Extensions Gallery. As Safari, like Google Chrome, uses the Webkit engine, it’s possible for extensions written for Chrome to be ported to Safari, which should help with that. And one of the first to be available is AdBlock for Safari, woo, hoo. Install this and you’ll get a new icon on your toolbar which leads to an option page that will let you choose lists to subscribe to, and to manage your whitelists and blacklists. Usefully, you can allow ads on a site by pressing Ctrl+Shift+L or block by pressing Ctrl+Shift+K.

I’ve tried a few sites with it enabled, and it does speed things up quite nicely – it actually stops the unwanted material from downloading rather than just hiding it.

This is a good start, and a bit of competition won’t hurt Firefox.

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 July 2010

Down an insignificant amount today, nothing to get excited about.

For the rest of the week, I’ll be featuring pictures from the Sunderland International Airshow. Today’s is a good look at HMS Westminster, which took part in the show:

HMS Westminster

HMS Westminster

At the 2010 Sunderalnd Air Show

This was taken at the extreme end of the 150-500mm lens. I found myself using the camera as a telescope a lot of the time, which let me see a lot of detail I’d never have noticed otherwise.