Monthly Archives: January 2011

January 2011 Round-up

Well, that’s January out of the way[1], so it’s time for the traditional[2] end of month report thingy.


Well, what can I say? Progress has been made!

January 1: 232.6 pounds (16 stone 8.6 pounds, 105.5 kg)
January 31: 225.8 pounds (16 stone 1.8 pounds, 102.4 kg)

Difference: An actually quite nifty fall of 6.8 pounds (3.1 kg), which is a good start to the year


I’ve been quite well-behaved, really. I have made precisely zero visits to Greggs, and so have had precisely zero of their calorie-packed sausage rolls[3]. I’ve been having some reasonably healthy bagels, the occasional other sandwich and I’ve had a few tasty items from Subway. Cutting down on the junk at lunchtime does make a major difference, it seems.


I walked to work on eight out of eighteen working days[4], and had a few lunchtime walks of moderate length too. This is a lot more than I’ve done in quite a few months.


Well, maybe it’s a little early to be sure, but I do seem to be back in the posting frame of mind. Including this report, I’ll have made 59 posts this month, the most since August last year.


I managed a bit of photography, but I need to organise myself to get out and about a bit more.

[1] OK, it’s got five hours to go, but I don’t think it’s planning to cause any more trouble in that time…
[2] Well, I’ve been doing them for a while
[3] According to their own site, 320kcal each and 20g of fat, which might not have been too bad if I hadn’t been eating two most days and a sandwich
[4] I’m not counting the two days I was off with the lurgy

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 January 2011

Good stuff, down again today.

I persuaded myself to walk to work today, as I hadn’t managed to get round to it for a while. And not satisfied with that, I went for another walk at lunchtime. Rather than the usual directions, I headed up Northumberland Street[1] then up Claremont Road and into Exhibition Park, which I hadn’t been to in, err, umm, lots of years. After a quick visit there, where I took this picture[2]:

Exhibition Park

Exhibition Park

I then walked back by a different route, passing Newcastle University before cutting through the bus station to Old Eldon Square. Here’s my route:

A bit of a walk

A bit of a walk

Click to see it in a more visible form, or have a look at the interactive version at Gmaps Pedometer.

[1] Despite this being a very wide pedestrianised street, it’s quite difficult to move along it even a little bit quickly as it tends to be full of people…
[2] Still having fun with 100 Cameras in 1

So it’s not just me…

I was just thinking about posting this when I heard Matt Everett[1] utter the magic words.

There’s been a lot in the news over the last few days about the World Economic Forum, which takes place at a place called Davos in Switzerland.

Now call me a geek[2], but every time I hear “Davos”, I think more of:

Davros is back

(Image found on Flickr – nice photostream with screengrabs. Davros and other such things copyright BBC, etc, etc)

[1] Who many years ago was in a band apparently called Menswear, but as they persisted in presenting the name as Menswe@r, I always pronounced as “Men’s Sweater”
[2] Please – I take it as a compliment :grin:

Weight and Stuff Report – 30 January 2011

Up just a tiny bit today, but not enough to be concerned about.

Just for a change, I had to work today. In sunny[1] Teesside. But I was back home by 3:30, so it wasn’t too bad, and we did manage to get done everything we planned to do, so it was a good day, really. Stopping for breakfast at Wetherspoons before starting work proved to be a better idea than taking a lunch break, so that’s now our official policy[1].

Here’s St George. This is another from my random backlog…

St George!

St George!

[1] Good thinking, Aaron :wave:

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 January 2011

No change today, which is OK. Having failed to walk to work for the previous week, I did make myself walk to Tesco’s this morning, and not just because I forgot to renew my bus pass yesterday. :duh:

Today’s picture is a bizarre real-life frozen moment of Conway’s Game of Life.

Game of Life?

Game of Life?

Either that, or it’s part of the floor in Newcastle’s Central Arcade.

Unless it’s both, of course

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 January 2011

Hmmmm. Either I’ve put on a couple of pounds since yesterday, or my scale has decided to stop playing silly buggers and be a bit more believable. Or maybe it’s a bit of both.

Today’s picture is one from last November’s trip to York, to which I’ve given a bit of the old B&W treatment:

Clifford's Tower, York

Clifford's Tower, York

Photo fun with 100 Cameras in 1

One of those RSS feeds I skim through on a daily basis alerted me to yet another nifty iPhone camera app. There are lots around that do various combinations of:

  • Taking pictures
  • Applying various effects and filters
  • Quickly and easily adding them to Twitter, or Farcebook, or other places

I’ve had a play with Instagram, for instance, and it’s not at all bad. Only a small number of effects, but it does what it does very well.

But now there’s something more, well, photographic. 100 Cameras in 1 will let you take a picture, or if you’ve got one you took earlier, it’ll just as happily play with that. Once you’ve taken your picture, you get the option to crop it and scale it, and then the fun starts.

You can apply any of the numerous effects that come with the app, then you can save that back to your camera roll. Or, you can add another effect, and another, and carry on playing and fiddling with your picture until you get what you want. You can always save your file so it’s accessible from iPhoto (or Lightroom or Aperture for that matter), and you also have the usual “sharing” options.

First impressions are that this could be a lot of fun, and with a bit of experimentation, you could create some really nice images. Here are a couple I took today on my lunchtime walk:

Tyne Bridge

Tyne Bridge



And here’s Tigger, who’s either attacking my coffee machine, or protecting it. It’s hard to be sure…

Tigger - keep him off the espresso

Tigger - keep him off the espresso

The app costs £1.19, or $1.99 in the US. Not bad at all. Full details from the developer:

100 Cameras in 1 – Best iPhone Camera.

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 January 2011

Well, unless the scale really is playing games with me, that’s another little reduction today. And (assuming the figure can be trusted, which I suppose it will have to be) today’s weight gets a couple of significance points:

  1. It’s a whisker below the dreaded 16 stone mark. Being 15 stone something is definitely better than being 16 stone something.
  2. It’s also a whisker below the lowest weight I recorded in 2010, which was 224 pounds (16 stone, 101.6 kg) on a couple of occasions in late March

Having failed at walking to work, I decided to take a moderately long walk at lunchtime, following this route:

Lunchtime walk

Lunchtime walk

You can click on the picture to see a larger version, or you can play with it in a nicely interactive manner at Gmaps Pedometer.

Weight and Stuff Report – 26 January 2011

And it’s down again today, unless my scale really is having a funny turn. At least it’s a more normal daily change than yesterday’s odd one…

No new picture today, just a bit of classic Icicle Works. I always thought Evangeline should have been a massive hit, but apparently I was in the minority…