Monthly Archives: January 2013

January 2013 Round-up

Well, that’s the first month of the year out of the way, so it must be time[1] for the usual summary thingy.


No problem with being away at the wrong time this month, so we have proper figures:

January 1: 221 pounds (15 stone 11 pounds, 100.2 kg)
January 31 : 220 pounds (15 stone 10 pounds, 99.8 kg)

That’s a drop of one whole pound, or about half a kilogram, which isn’t very impressive, and is probably more to do with daily fluctuations than an actual reduction.


I will confess that on some colder days I’ve added a pastry-related item to my lunchtime sandwich. But mostly not.


I seem to have walked to work twice, and walked home once, which is slightly[2] below my target. Must do better, etc.


This has been a quiet month on the babble front, with a moderately low total of 47, including this one.


Lots of work stuff kept me occupied this month, and the snow stopped me getting out as much as I’d have liked…

[1] Or slightly past time, perhaps

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 January 2013

What’s this? Down again today? How shocking!

Having been working every day since last Monday, fatigue was definitely getting the better of me today, which involved another late finish due to having to move more furniture and computers around. Still, day off tomorrow. :bouncy: [1]

Today’s picture is of the Siren sculpture which faces the Gateshead Millennium Bridge



Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture ƒ/4
Shutter speed 1/400s
Focal length 96mm
ISO 100
Taken 13:20, 1 January, 2013
Location 54° 58.2352′ 0″ N 1° 36.0815′ 0″ W

[1] Or whenever that was relative to when you’re reading this.

Weight and Stuff Report – 30 January 2013

Up just a wee bit today[1], which was another moderately inactive one in terms of walking, but I did need to assist with some more of the game of advanced musical chairs being played in the office.

I really need to get out and take some fresh pictures soon, but for now here’s one of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge from New Year’s Day.

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/200s
Focal length 40mm
ISO 100
Taken 13:17, 1 January, 2013
Location 54° 58.2062′ 0″ N 1° 36.0405′ 0″ W

[1] Any suggestion that this is a retrospective post actually being typed several days late will, of course, be denied. If you didn’t see it today[2], it’s because you blinked and missed it.

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 January 2013

Down a wee bit today, but that’s probably more of that random stuff.

Here’s a picture. This building – the old Gateshead Dispensary – seems to have suffered from the building work on the new town centre development, possibly the excavations for new drainage and services. Either that or it’s just coincidentally a bit broken.



Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/40s
Focal length 24mm
ISO 160
Taken 12:41, 1 January, 2013

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 January 2013

I’m back home from that fun-packed weekend in Leeds. We got done that which needed to be done, so it was a good trip, all told. The evening meal at Pizza Express and the lovely hotel breakfast didn’t hurt, either.

This plaque is part of a memorial to Lord Armstrong, to be found at the approach to the Great North Museum: Hancock. A nice representation of the Swing Bridge in action.

Swing bridge

Swing bridge

Camera FinePix X100
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 23mm
ISO 2000
Taken 14:43, 12 January, 2013
Location 54° 58.7722′ 0″ N 1° 36.7645′ 0″ W

Stuff Report – 26 January 2013

Updated to include a surprisingly high step count (moving around the office a lot, plus a walk to Pizza Express) and a shockingly high early morning weight.

Yes, it’s another weightless report, coming to you from the Novotel in Bristol Leeds for a change. My colleagues and I have been busy upgrading people to shiny new computers, which is as good a way of passing a Saturday as any, I suppose. Of course, I’m only saying that because we’re getting paid for it. Here’s the view.



Aperture ƒ/2.4
Shutter speed 1/15s
Focal length 3.3mm
ISO 640
Taken 18:07, 26 January, 2013
Location 53° 47.73′ 0″ N 1° 33.19′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 25 January 2013

Ho hum, down again today. Reports may be a bit approximate for the next day or two, as I have a fun[1] weekend working in Leeds that I didn’t know I was doing until Tuesday or thereabouts. Still, never mind. There are worse fates. Apparently.

Today’s picture is another look at one of my favourite subjects.

Tyne River God. Again.

Tyne River God. Again.

Camera FinePix X100
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 23mm
ISO 800
Taken 14:37, 12 January, 2013
Location 54° 58.7392′ 0″ N 1° 36.6977′ 0″ W

[1] For an arbitrarily “not much” value of “fun”, of course

WordPress 3.5.1 is now available

While I was asleep, the expected maintenance upgrade to WordPress 3.5 was released. This fixes some bugs and some security issues, which makes it a strongly recommended update.

Details from the development blog and even more detail in the codex. The upgrade will be on offer in the dashboard for most users, otherwise follow the links for download locations.

If you happen to be running WordPress on a Windows server running IIS, make sure to read the notes first – there is a problem which will prevent an automatic upgrade working properly.

No apparent issues here, anyway.

Weight and Stuff Report – 24 January 2013

Up again today, and that won’t be helped by a distinct lack of walking. I had a severe attack of not being bothered at lunchtime, so after a quick look in Waterstones[1], I got a sarnie and went back to the office…

This is a curious thing I spotted a few weeks ago. My answer should be obvious…

Mine's an espresso

Mine’s an espresso

Camera FinePix X100
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 23mm
ISO 800
Taken 14:44, 12 January, 2013

[1] It seems they have officially abandoned the apostrophe. Fiends!!!