Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 Round-up

What???? Another year over already? I suppose I’d better do the traditional summary thingy, then.


Let’s look at the numbers first, shall we:

January 1: 216.2 pounds (15 stone 6.2 pounds, 98.1 kg)
December 31: 222.8 pounds (15 stone 12.8 pounds, 101.1 kg)

That’s a rather annoying rise of 6.6 pounds (3 kg). On the other hand, it is 8.4 pounds (3.8 kg) lower than my highest weight this year, which was 231.2 pounds (16 stone 7.2 pounds, 104.9 kg).


It’s been a relatively quiet year on the posting front, with the lowest total for quite a while.

2003: 2 posts
2004: 515 posts
2005: 576 posts
2006: 620 posts
2007: 747 posts
2008: 833 posts
2009: 718 posts
2010: 717 posts
2011: 770 posts
2012: 665 posts


I’ve taken an alarming number of photographs this year – over 7,000, which is by far the most in any year so far. Here’s a reminder of my favourite of 2012:



Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/100s
Focal length: 105mm
ISO: 160
Taken: 13 October, 2012
Location: 54° 58.4131′ 0″ N 1° 36.8138′ 0″ W

And finally…

Happy New Year to anyone and everyone who reads this stuff.

December 2012 Round-up

Another month has ended, so that means it must be time for the post that saves you the bother of reading the rest of my nonsense.


I was away again at the beginning of the month, so all I have is:

December 3: 220.6 pounds (15 stone 10.6 pounds, 100.1 kg)
December 31 : 222.8 pounds (15 stone 12.8 pounds, 101.1 kg)

That’s a rise of 2.2 pounds (1kg), which isn’t ideal…


Yeah, well, it’s that time of year…


Not as much walking as I’d like to have managed. Must do better, etc


Including this post, and the usual end of year thingy, it seems December’s total will be 70, the highest of this year.


I’ve spent a crazy amount of time tweaking things on this site to make everything play nicely with WordPress 3.5. What fun!

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 December 2012

Ooops, up a pound today, which isn’t too good an end to the month, or indeed the year.

Today’s activity was lunch with my old[1] friend Barry, which is something we often do on the last day of the year. This started with a glass[2] of wine in a bar, then proceeded to some food. Plan A was to go to Las Iguanas, but as they were fully booked, we went for tapas instead. Some very nice food was accompanied by a rather tasty[3] Rioja. Any suggestion that we went somewhere else for another glass[4] of wine will be unconvincingly denied. As will any suggestion that this might have been followed by a glass[5] of champagne.

Today’s picture is another view of one of my favourite pictures of the year:

Watch out!

Watch out!

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/125s
Focal length: 105mm
ISO: 125
Taken: 13 October, 2012
Location: 54° 58.4104′ 0″ N 1° 36.8112′ 0″ W

[1] Nearly as old as me
[2] Bottle
[3] Not to mention moderately expensive. Faustino I 1999 if you want to try it
[4] Bottle
[5] You get the idea

Losing it’s 2012 statistics

I’ve just received a report from WordPress summarising what the Jetpack plugin has recorded about visits to the site this year. There’s the usual summary of how many visitors, what countries they came from, and which posts got the most views, but I thought my regular readers would be most interested in the bit about who left the most comments, which I’ll include here.

Click the graphic to see the full report, should you be so inclined.

My stalkers

My stalkers

Consider this your thank you note. Especially “Phredd”, who’s clearly put a lot of effort into stalking me this year – even to the extent of visiting the UK.


As 2012 gets ready to slink off to wherever old years go when their time is up, many people think about making new year’s resolutions. Even xkcd:



In the usual way, click the image to see the whole thing, which should be an inspiration to us all. Well, maybe it’ll inspire us next year. Or some year. At some point.

Weight and Stuff Report – 30 December 2012

Back up today, which won’t be helped by me having a relaxed day in today. Well, mostly relaxed. I did have to get the washing done, you know, and then I had to make a start on catching up with the TV stuff I haven’t managed to see in the last few weeks. And that was exhausting, I can tell you..

Today’s picture is a slightly surprised-looking zebra



Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/5
Shutter speed: 1/125s
Focal length: 105mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 13 October, 2012
Location: 54° 58.4209′ 0″ N 1° 36.7901′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 December 2012

Down a bit today, which was mildly surprising. I had a bit of a walk in Newcastle this afternoon, but as I forgot to attach the Fitbit to my belt this morning, I don’t have a record of how many steps I took, bother, etc.

Today’s picture is St George’s Church, Cullercoats

St George's Cullercoats

St George’s Cullercoats

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/30s
Focal length: 40mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 15 December, 2012
Location: 55° 1.804′ 0″ N 1° 25.8382′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 December 2012

Aaaaaand I’m back home after just over a week in Wales. Despite a week of minimal activity and maximal eating, my weight is only a wee bit higher than before I went away.

Today’s trip home started with some minor drama, as the train from Pencoed to Cardiff was cancelled. As there is only one an hour, that would have meant me missing the next train from Cardiff, and generally getting home somewhat later. But my brother[1] drove me into Cardiff, where I arrived in plenty of time to catch the train I was meant to be on. That ran on time all the way to Birmingham, where my connecting train to Newcastle did the same, apart from a short delay at York, where it waited for about ten minutes for a crew member to transfer from a delayed train. By the time the train reached Newcastle, it was pretty much on time. Yay, etc.

Of course, the fun bit about being away for a week is catching up with the post. I found something unexpected waiting for me, which was addressed to Les “Scrooge” Bessant, so I have a good guess who sent it[2]. It just about fits around my rather thick wrist.

Tigger Watch!

Tigger Watch!

Camera: iPhone 4S
Aperture: ƒ/2.4
Shutter speed: 1/20s
Focal length: 4.28mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 28 December, 2012

Woo hoo hoo hoo! :tigger:

[1] Hi Geoff!  :wave:  :wales:
[2] Hi Twisty!  :wave: and thanks  :bouncy:  :tigger:

Restore Image Title – A WordPress Plugin

Well DoneNow that I’ve tweaked that little plugin I wrote so that it not only works, but shouldn’t actually break anything, I’ve submitted it to the WordPress Plugin Directory so that anyone who needs it can install it on their own sites without actually having to copy and paste code from a web page.

If you haven’t read my earlier mutterings, this came about because of a change in WordPress 3.5. From this version onwards, when you insert an image into a post, the <img > tag that’s generated doesn’t contain the title attribute. This was done for reasons connected with accessibility, which sounds reasonable enough, but it does cause some borkage. The first thing is that you won’t get tooltips when hovering over images – this isn’t a big deal, but can you imagine xkcd without the ubiquitous extra text? The other thing that breaks is a lot of lightbox plugins – I use one of these, and like most of the species, it relies on the title of the image for its caption.

So, I spent a bit of time working out how to get the title back without having to edit every image after inserting it, and after a bit of research[1], I found a quick and simple method of doing it. Following some helpful advice on the WordPress forums, I tweaked it a bit to prevent breakage, and it’s now ready and waiting for anyone who wants it.

Here’s the link:

Restore Image Title

[1] As i may have pointed out once or twice, coding does not come naturally to me…

Stuff Report – 27 December 2012

A slightly longer walk was had today.

Today’s picture is another one from Porthcawl

Grand Pavilion

Grand Pavilion

Camera: FinePix X100
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/1700s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 2 December, 2012
Location: 51° 28.5762′ 0″ N 3° 42.3153′ 0″ W