Monthly Archives: March 2014

March 2014 Round-up

Another month has slipped away, which means it has to be time for the ever-popular monthly report: the post that saves you reading the rest of my nonsense.

Weight

More random fluctuation this month:

March 3: 222.8 pounds (15 stone 12.8 pounds, 101.1 kg) (I was away the first couple of days)
March 31: 217.3 pounds (15 stone 7.3 pounds, 98.6 kg)

That’s a quite noticeable drop of 5.5 pounds (2.5kg), which beats last month’s effort.

Eating

Generally being quite good, especially at lunchtime. Oh, and I’m drinking less wine, which might account for something or other…

Exercise

Lots of walking while I was in Manchester, and four quite reasonable weekend walks.

Posting

This report brings the monthly total to 42, which is, of course, the perfect number.

Stuff

I’m working on learning to play my guitar. More on that at some point…

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 March 2014

Back up again today, but still in a better position than I’ve been for a while.

Today’s photo is one of the preserved cannon to be found at Carlisle Castle. I was informed by a guide that they’re pointing towards Scotland in case they fancy taking over the city again…

Carlisle Cannon

Carlisle Cannon

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed: 1/1250s
Focal length: 19.6mm
ISO: 800
Taken: 29 March, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 30 March 2014

Back up a wee bit today, but never mind…

Today’s photo is of Carlisle Castle:

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Castle

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/1500s
Focal length: 48.4mm
ISO: 800
Taken: 29 March, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 March 2014

Down again today, but that is a post-walkage weight, so a rise tomorrow is quite likely.

The weekend started with an unexpected work-related phone call relating to things being warmer than they should be, which is, for those of you not familiar with racks of expensive computery things, not a Good Thing at all. However, the matter was dealt with by a colleague[1], and my involvement was restricted to a bit of remote monitoring. Everything has now cooled down nicely.

All that excitement did get me out of bed and ready to go out[2], which meant I got my Frankie & Benny’s breakfast[3] and shopping done somewhat earlier than normal, which meant I could go out earlier.

A bit of research told me that the weather was less grey in Carlisle than it was here, so that’s where I went. I had a good look around the castle and a general wander. Photographs were taken, and here’s a sample. This is a detail of the Cursing Stone, which I had a look at on my last visit, which was longer ago than I realised.

Curses!

Curses!

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/4
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 52.7mm
ISO: 3200
Taken: 29 March, 2014

There’s a lot more text on the stone, but that pretty much sums it up.

Once I’d had enough wandering, I headed back to the station in plenty of time to get the train home, and just in time to see this before it left:

Steam!

Steam!

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/2500s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 29 March, 2014

[1] Hi Aaron  :wave:
[2] If there had been major borkage, I’d have been in the office sorting it out
[3] With free hash browns thanks to my loyalty card

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 March 2014

Up a bit today, but still lower than I was a while ago.

Today’s photo shows some quite annoyed-looking bulls

Angry Bulls

Angry Bulls

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/4
Shutter speed: 1/2700s
Focal length: 52.7mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 23 March, 2014

The Doctor: His Lives and Times

Around the time of last year’s 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, there were a load of books published. I bought a couple of the more official ones, and this one recently reminded me that I hadn’t got around to reading it[1], a matter which I have now dealt with.

Now there are number of approaches you can take to a run through of the history of Doctor Who. You could look at it from the pure production side, talking about writers, actors, directors, BBC management and the like, or you could go for the “act as if it’s real[3]” side and talk about the Doctor, his friends and enemies.

Or, as in the case of this book, you could do both. The idea here is that River Song, while acting under the influence of the delightful Madame Kovarian[5], has travelled through time and space gathering data on the Doctor’s activities, producing a dossier of interviews[6], documents, news clippings and the like. Stories are referred to in an oblique way that will make fans smile, rather than described in detail.

This material is organised in the order of the Doctor’s timeline, and alternates with a history of Doctor Who mostly made up of quotes from all the usual suspects[7], and a few less usual ones.  This material comes from a variety of sources, contemporary, current, and from various times in between. Probably not a lot of information that’ll be new to fans, but nice to gather a lot of it together in a permanent form.

Being an official BBC publication, this book benefits from on-set photographs and BBC documents. Good stuff, which manages to be a lot of fun and nicely informative.

[1] Really[2] – it was jumping up and down on the pile of books
[2] For an arbitrarily “not” value of “really”, of course
[3] Which of course, it is[4]
[4] For an arbitrarily “something or other” value of “is”, of course
[5] Known and loved by all as “eye-patch lady”
[6] All carefully stilted to make the Doctor look as irresponsible as possible
[7] Anyone who’s watched the special features on classic Doctor Who DVDs will recognise many of the names

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 March 2014

Back down today, good stuff.

It was a wee bit damp at lunchtime, so my walking was limited to getting a sarnie[1] and dodging the raindrops.

Today’s photo is the last of the three heads I mentioned the other day:

Empty Headed...

Empty Headed…

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/3.2
Shutter speed: 1/640s
Focal length: 27.7mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 23 March, 2014

[1] Brie and grapes from Sainsbury’s. Very nice indeed.

Weight and Stuff Report – 26 March 2014

Up by another small bit today, but still a lot lower than recent weeks, so it’s not so bad.

Here’s another head, which has had some tweaking:

Another Face

Another Face

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/3.2
Shutter speed: 1/2400s
Focal length: 25.4mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 23 March, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 25 March 2014

Just for a change, back up by quite a lot today, if the scale can be believed. It does have these odd bouts of making things up, you know…

Today’s photo is part of an artwork called Generation, by Joseph Hillier. It lives in an open area of Newcastle University and consists of three large heads, each made in a different material and style. I got up close to this one at the wide end of the Fuji 18-55mm lens. Adjustments made in Lightroom with a B/W treatment in Silver Efex Pro.

Face

Face

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/900s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 23 March, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 25 March 2014

Well, well. Down yet again, unless the scale is playing games with my fragile little mind.

Today’s photo is one from Saturday’s Newcastle walk. It’s an angle on St Thomas’s church that I haven’t captured before, possibly because last time I passed through that area of Newcastle University, there wasn’t a handy ramp in that position.

St Thomas's

St Thomas’s

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/340s
Focal length: 46.3mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 23 March, 2014