Daily Archives: Tuesday, 31st Dec 2013

2013 Round-up

Well, 2013 seems to be slinking off into the distance, which means I’ll have to do the usual end of year summary thingy. Just think, if you’d waited until today, you could have avoided reading the previous 606 posts!


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

January 1: 221 pounds (15 stone 11 pounds, 100.2 kg)
December 31: 219.9 pounds (15 stone 9.9 pounds, 99.7 kg)

That’s a statistically insignificant drop of 1.1 pounds (0.5kg), which is as near to no change as makes no difference. I did manage a significantly lower weight during the summer, but once again lost the plot a bit after that. Can I do better in 2014?


It was another year of relatively low posting levels, with a total of just 607, well under two per day. I really need to post more nonsense next year.

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
2013: 607 posts


In this year, I defected from Canon to Fujifilm, abandoned Smugmug, took some photos and err, that’s about it, really.

And finally…

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

December 2013 Round-up

Another month has come to an end, taking a year with it, which means it must be time for the traditional summary post that saves you from reading the rest of this stuff[1].


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

December 1: 221.7 pounds (15 stone 11.7 pounds, 100.6 kg)
December 31 : 219.9 pounds (15 stone 9.9 pounds, 99.7 kg)

That’s a moderate drop of 1.8 pounds (0.8kg), which is probably more of that randomness.


I’ve done a fair amount of that, but it is the time of year for that kind of thing.


I’ve still managed to avoid walking to or from work, but I have had a few moderately long walks.


Including this post, and the usual end of year thingy, it seems December’s total will be 53, which is lower than recent months.


Nothing dramatic to report this month. So, no change there, then!

[1] Alternatively, you could ignore this post and just skip to the end of year summary which will follow it

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 December 2013

Down a good bit today, which is probably more of that random wossnameness.

I met my old[1] friend Barry for lunch today, which is almost a New Year’s Eve tradition[2]. We and a glass or two of wine and some food before making our separate ways home.[3] I’m having a nicely relaxed evening to see off 2013.

Today’s photo is another one of one of my favourite bridges:

Lighting up

Lighting up

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 6400
Taken: 21 December, 2013

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 Blu-ray

There’s a lot to enjoy in the fifth season of ST:TNG, and it’s even more enjoyable in this lovely high-defintion version. Notable episodes include Darmok, in which Picard has to find a way to communicate with a species who talk in metaphors relating to stories and myths. Over twenty years on, I can still suspend my disbelief[1] enough to appreciate that one.

Then there’s the two-part Unification, in which Spock appears and a devious Romulan plot is foiled. Good fun, that.

Wesley makes a reappearance in The First Duty, which involves an attempted cover-up of the cause of a fatal accident.

But the highlight for most fans has to be The Inner Light, which sees Picard live out a whole other life courtesy of an ancient alien probe. This involved Patrick Stewart having a bigger make up job than Michael Dorn had to go through for his role as Worf, which is saying something.

Special features include the featurettes from the DVD releases plus some new bits:

In conversation: The music of Star Trek: The Next Generation is a extended (possibly a bit too extended) chat with the main composers involved in the show. Sort of interesting, but in the “watch once” category.

REQUIEM: A remembrance of Star Trek: The Next Generation is  an actually rather good two-part documentary with lots of the usual suspects talking about the series. Worth watching.

[1] Look: in order to be able to refer to stories, they have to be able to tell them, so their language has to consist of more than metaphors. Even if it’s just asking of somebody wants a cup of tea…