Monthly Archives: April 2017

April 2017 Round-up

Wait, what? Can April be rushing off already? Can a third of the year really be gone? Apparently so, which can only mean that it’s time for this old thing.


It’s been a month of ups and downs, but here are the official figures:

April 1: 240.4 pounds (17 stone 2.4 pounds, 109 kg)
April 30: 239.9 pounds (17 stone 1.9 pounds, 108.8 kg)

That’s a statistically insignificant drop of 0.5 pounds (0.2kg)


Yes, this does still happen.


Not a lot of that lately.


The monthly total is a moderately sane 37.


Still not going into details about the work thing, other than to mention that there will be a significant change, but not until later in the year…

Alastair Reynolds – Terminal World

This is another distinctly non-new book, having first appeared in 2010. for some reason or other, I hadn’t got around to reading it until now…

This one isn’t (as far as can be determined) related to any of Al’s other novels, being set in a strange, isolated world, which has some interesting features. Somewhere around five thousand years before the action of the novel, something happened on earth[1] – something cataclysmic that created “zones” – depending on which zone you happen to be in, there will be different restrictions on what level of technology can operate. In a suitably high zone, advanced electronics and beam weapons are viable. Move to a lower level and you’ll be lucky if an internal combustion engine can start. Worse, the zones also affect life itself – people become acclimatised to the zone they were born in, and suffer if they move to another one. Get in a really bad zone and no life can survive. And that’s a bit of a problem, because the zones can shift, seemingly at random…

Quillon, a man with a secret, has been working as a pathologist in a moderately advanced level of Spearpoint, the only city known to exist on the planet, which is built on a spiral running around a vast object, speculated by some to be the base of what we would call a space elevator.

When figures from his past make life awkward, he’s forced to flee the city and gets involved in a Quest, in which he learns more about his world, and about himself. Which is about all I’m going to tell you to keep this spoiler-free.

There’s a lovely selection of characters, some really nifty airships, and a gradual (though Incomplete) revelation of what has happened, and what the world actually is. This is done with an impressive lack of infodumps – all we get to know is what Quillon sees, though we might guess more…

Good stuff, worth a read, and shouldn’t be put off for seven years like I did.

[1] Though there are hints that this may not be the planet of the same name that we’re familiar with

Doctor Who: Thin Ice

Before I start muttering, it’s only fair to include the traditional warning:

While I’m not planning to go into a lot of plot details, it’s likely that the random mutterings that follow will reveal some things you might prefer not to know if you haven’t seen the episode yet, so in my usual way, I’ll include this warning:

Here be spoilers!

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Weight and Stuff Report – 30 April 2017

Weight: 239.9 pounds (17 stone 1.9 pounds, 108.8 kg)

Having been out and about yesterday, today has been more of a quiet day in, doing exciting things like the laundry[1].

So here’s a photo from last weekend – a wide view from the Tyne Bridge, with some ever so slight editing

Tyne Bridge View

Tyne Bridge View

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/680s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 22 April, 2017
Location: 54° 57.9784′ 0″ N 1° 36.2552′ 0″ W

[1] Not to be confused with the Laundry[1]
[2] Gratuitous Charlie Stross reference

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 April 2017

Weight: 239.7 pounds (17 stone 1.7 pounds, 108.7 kg)
Steps: 2,531

Shockingly up another bit today.

Here’s another wiiiiiide view taken on the Tyne Bridge

Light the way

Light the way

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/750s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 22 April, 2017
Location: 54° 58.0002′ 0″ N 1° 36.2813′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 April 2017

Weight: 239.5 pounds (17 stone 1.5 pounds, 108.6 kg)
Steps: 2,534

Bother. Up another wee bit today.

Here’s another photo from last weekend’s wiiiiiiiiiiiiide angle fun and games. This is the old All Saints Church, which isn’t being used for anything currently, as far as I’m aware. I’ve fiddled about with this one in Lightroom to get a rather more vivid view than was available on the day…

All Saints

All Saints

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/1250s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 22 April, 2017
Location: 54° 58.2103′ 0″ N 1° 36.439′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 26 April 2017

Weight: 239.3 pounds (17 stone 1.3 pounds, 108.5 kg)
Steps: 2,423

Oh bother, up again today, in the usual oscillatory way.

Here’s some Newcastle sculpture for you:



Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 500
Taken: 3 December, 2016

Weight and Stuff Report – 25 April 2017

Weight: 238 pounds (17 stone, 108 kg)
Steps: 3,194

Gasp, shock, etc, up again today. After the tragic[1] failure of yesterday’s burst of tuitness to achieve what I was trying to do[2], I’ve adopted a manual approach. This time, Face book readers should really see the data formerly only visible to people odd enough to come to the actual website. Oh, and anyone viewing the RSS feed.

Here are some cranes:



Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/450s
Focal length: 40.1mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 25 March, 2017
Location: 54° 54.8945′ 0″ N 1° 23.5041′ 0″ W

[1] Drama!
[2] I’ll avoid a technical explanation, as I’m sure nobody’s that interested

This will be one of those test thingies

I mentioned in my usual daily post that I just needed to find a tuit to make some information visible to the masses[1], nay, hordes[2], of readers who look forward to my daily reports on Facebook and who don’t take the opportunity to read my posts in their native environment.

Well, I may have found that tuit. If this works, the enthralling[3] daily reports will now include the metadata[4] previously only visible to those brave few who dare to visit the actual website. Or to put it another way, you’ll see the actual numbers as well as me mentioning their direction of change.

To avoid confusion, this test post contains test data, which should not be confused with actual data.

To avoid complete lack of interest, it does, however, contain a real photograph. Apparently someone doesn’t like Jedward[5] much. But they seem a little contrite about the matter.

Not a fan, then?

Not a fan, then?

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 8mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 22 April, 2017
Location: 54° 58.1746′ 0″ N 1° 36.1639′ 0″ W

[1] Humorous exaggeration mode on
[2] Ludicrous exaggeration mode on
[3] Utterly preposterous exaggeration mode on
[4] Such a lovely word
[5] If you don’t know, it’s probably better not to ask