Monthly Archives: September 2011

September 2011 Round-up

And another month seems to have slipped past without me really noticing. Quite shocking, really. But it does mean it’s time for the usual quick summary…


After the last couple of months, it’s no surprise to see that my rate of weight loss has slowed down:

September 1: 223.2 pounds (15 stone 13.2 pounds, 101.2 kg)
September 30: 221.8 pounds (15 stone 11.8 pounds, 100.6 kg)

That’s a quite small loss of 1.4 pounds (0.6 kg), though at one point I was 2 pounds (0.9 kg) lighter than that. More exercise is definitely needed.


Still behaving myself at lunchtimes, and eating a few more healthy evening meals some days.


OK, out of 17 working days in September, I walked to work just 5 times, and walked home once, which is the not quite what I’m aiming for. A lot of this was due to some nasty weather, and various work-related thingies, but I do need to do more. The exercise bike is feeling neglected and is giving me dirty looks, so I need to get back on that, too. On the other hand, I did manage some good long walks during my week off, so it’s not all bad.


It’s been a quiet month for posting, with this report bringing the total to a relatively sane 47.


Pictures were taken on my week off, and a few more since. I may get some of these posted sooner or later…

Weight and Stuff Report – 30 September 2011

Back down a bit today, good stuff.

I once again failed to walk to work this morning for no better reason than I didn’t manage to get out of the door early enough, which isn’t so good. But never mind, maybe I’ll persuade myself to do better next week.

Today’s picture is a corner of the old Bank of England building, which seems to be getting stripped out prior to demolition…




Funny place to put a piano

While I was near the Monument yesterday, I noticed a quite large crane with something odd hanging from it. On closer inspection, I found this:

Nice outfit

Nice outfit

Do you play requests?

Do you play requests?

All I can say is, errrrrrrrrr?

Open Wiiiiiide!

Although that little, if not tiny, Sony camera might lack a bit in the serious image quality department, it does have one cool toy feature: sweep panorama. All you do is set the mode switch, then press the shutter and turn the camera to capture a nicely wide field of view. It works a lot better for scenes without moving objects, but those can produce some interesting effects, as you can see in this view from near Grey’s Monument:

Monument Panorama

Monument Panorama

As always, click the picture for a bigger version, where it should be easier to see the man in the red shirt appear several times, not to mention the young guy with the slightly missing face.

I also tried a more static scene, which worked a bit better, with a slight joining issue made obvious by the lettering.

Central Arcade

Central Arcade

A less sunny day would have been better here, as it’s a bit too bright over to the right.

This is the sort of thing you’d normally use software to achieve, and much better results can be obtained that way, but for quick pictures on the go, it’s good fun.

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 September 2011

Bother. Up again today, if only by a little bit. It was another day when I had to get into the office early, so missed the chance to walk on another remarkably fine day.

I did get a short walk at lunchtime with the little Sony camera, where I found that its autofocus is not all that good, but still got a few nice images, which will follow in the usual subject to tuits way.

Here’s one of a nicely decaying relic of the old Worswick Street bus station:



Lots of nice texture in that one

The New Look: a bit of IE bashing

Having activated that new design recently, and not having had a lot of feedback so far, I took the opportunity at work to see how things looked in a couple of versions of Internet Explorer. IE9 on Windows 7, apart from still not understanding how to draw rounded corners[1], looked just as I hoped. But IE8, which is the last version available to anyone using Windows XP, looked a wee bit odd:

Strange lines

Strange lines

What were those things that looked like big square brackets? Why did the comments thingy have lines above and below it?

Well, a bit of lunchtime research[2] gave me the cause, and a solution. While the theme that underlies my new look does the sensible thing and includes the magic JavaScript that convinces older versions of IE that some new HTML5 elements exist, the outline CSS doesn’t do anything with them.

My problem was that I’m using a nicely semantic


tag to wrap each post, and I’d defined a border around that. All that was needed was to tell IE that this should be a block-level element with a wee bit of CSS:

article {display: block;}

and things immediately improved. Just need to find something that’s still running IE7 to see how that likes it. IE6 may (as always) be more of a problem, but I may do something slightly different for that…

[1] Yes, I know there are complicated ways of making this happen, but I’m not going to do anything that messy, thanks
[2] In an actual book in Waterstone’s. I was so pleased to find what I was looking for so quickly that I bought it there rather than buying it online for less money later.

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 September 2011

Bother, up again today. I blame the lack of walking for this. I would have walked in today, as the weather has taken a surprising turn for the better – clear sky, warmer than it’s been in ages, and so on – but I needed to get in early due to a slight lack of staff, so I had to get the bus. Bother.

Here’s a picture of the reconstructed gate at Arbeia Roman fort in South Shields

Arbeia - Reconstructed Gate

Arbeia - Reconstructed Gate

Doctor Who Confidential Cancelled

Hold on, now, don’t get too excited – that’s Doctor Who Confidential, the BBC3 behind the scenes thingy, not actual Doctor Who we’re talking about, but it’s still not a Good Thing at all.

While sometimes it struggles a bit to fit in 45 minutes of relevant background on the associated episode, I’d rather see it trimmed down to 30 minutes, or even less, than removed altogether. But the BBC needs to make cuts, and the BBC Controller wants to focus the budget on other time slots.

As with the soundly defeated plan to remove 6Music, the internet is rising up in revolt against this latest bit of badness. There’s a petition, which has picked up a couple of thousand names in not much over an hour, and lots of muttering and such on all the usual places like Twitter and Farcebook.


Guardian report

Working on that new look

Having had a few issues with the last version of the new look, I went back to the metaphorical drawing board, twiddled a bit and made some progress. It’s still not actually finished – fonts may change, borders may or may not remain, more stuff may or may not appear in the sidebar, but it’s more or less in a state where you can look at it.

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