Daily Archives: Thursday, 8th Nov 2012

A few new thingies…

Mouth WateringI’ve just updated to the latest version of the increasingly useful Jetpack plugin, which adds features from the hosted wordpress.com service to self-hosted WordPress sites like this one.

There are a number of new toys in the new one, which I’m finding useful. Finally, I have a simple way of publicising my new posts on Twitter and Facebook without fiddling around or jumping through hoops. This uses the wp.me short URL service that’s provided by Automattic and which seems to redirect a lot faster than some of the others, and presents the posts on Facebook as a shared link which includes an image. This looks quite nice, really:

Tidy

Tidy

The next new feature should speed things up – basically, images posted here will now be served up by Automattic’s content delivery network (CDN) rather than direct. This should make posts with lots of pictures load a lot faster. Probably. We’ll have to see.

[1] None of the other Facebook plugins I tried worked reliably. Twitter was easier, but still not ideal.

Shop name of the week

I think it’s a rule, or at least a tradition, for hairdressing establishments to have pun-packed names. There are old classics like “Curl up and Dye”, or “Hairport” and too many others to mention[1]. But this one, which I spotted in Whitley Bay today, does have a certain something. They haven’t just gone for the name, but adapted the movie logo too. Nicely done.

The Goodbarber

The Goodbarber

Camera: FinePix X100
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 800
Taken: 8 November, 2012

[1] OK, I will mention the barber shop on Coatsworth Road run by a guy called Ali. He has “Ali Barbers” on the window. That makes me absurdly happy.

Weight and Stuff Report – 8 November 2012

Well DoneNicely down today, which may have something to do with a bit of activity.

I took the Metro to Whitley Bay, then walked down to the seafront and turned south. I walked down through Cullercoats and into Tynemouth, stopping for a visit to the Blue Reef Aquarium. I wanted to see how the Fuji X100 would cope with the low light in some parts of the aquarium, and I have to say it didn’t manage quite as well as the Canon 5D Mark III did in the same place back in May. But in the better lit parts, it did rather well. I’m quite happy with this Lion Fish, for instance:

Lion Fish

Lion Fish

Camera: FinePix X100
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/30s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 3200
Taken: 8 November, 2012

Anyway, after playing with the fish, I resumed my walk. I had planned to visit Tynemouth Priory, but that didn’t happen as it’s only open at weekends at this time of year, which was news to me, mutter.

So I carried on walking along the riverside path, heading to North Shields Fish Quay, ending up at the passenger ferry landing. I did consider going further, but decided to stop while my legs were still working, and took the ferry to South Shields, then the Metro back to Gateshead.

Here’s the evidence of my walk:

Coast Walk

Coast Walk

That’s the furthest I’ve walked in quite a while. My Fitbit thingy tells me I walked 14,235 steps today, which is the most since I got it, by a very large margin. So to mark that, here’s a bonus picture of Cullercoats. I always think beaches look much better when they’re not full of people, but one or two human figures do give a nice sense of scale…

Cullercoats

Cullercoats

Camera: FinePix X100
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/640s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 8 November, 2012