What I've Been Listening To In 2011

Courtesy of Last.fm, here's what I've been mostly listening to during the last year: Artists: 1. Mogwai 2. Manic Street Preachers 3. R.E.M. 4. Arcade Fire 5. British Sea Power 6. Belle and Sebastian 7. Morrissey 7. The National 9. The Beautiful South 10. Gene Albums: 1…

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Two of My Earliest "Blog Posts"

Unfortunately the author is not cited, but I’m almost certain that I wrote these two entries for the BBC’s 1986 Domesday Project: Woodsetts Village Home Life In Woodsetts Happy memories. For some background see The Story of Domesday.…

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What I've Been Listening To In 2010

Courtesy of Last.fm, here’s what I’ve been mostly listening to during the last year: Artists: Manic Street Preachers The Divine Comedy Arcade Fire Belle and Sebastian British Sea Power R.E.M. Hole Morrissey Florence and The Machine The Like Albums: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs Belle and…

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Sandy Snapshot

'tis an odd world in which an unpublicised snapshot of some sand which I absent-mindedly took on a New South Wales beach in January 2003 can gradually become the seventh most-viewed item in my Flickr Photostream. …

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Little Things That Annoy Me #4

Childless people who blatantly park in the parent and child spaces: Ooh, it makes me mad. This convertible was lucky that our Ben didn't need to "go", as I was sorely tempted to leave them one of his nappies as a present! Perhaps if you don't have kids…

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Booze Tech

I got home from work the other night and the wife said "Hey, Ian - watch this!" before proceeding to bash herself around the head with a bottle of wine. "This," I thought to myself, "must be a side-effect of staying home with a toddler all day," as I began…

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Random Musings From a Week's Vacation

Some thoughts that occurred to me during, or following, a week's holiday in Cornwall: Cornwall is a long way from Leeds, especially with a toddler in the car. Stopping over half way was a good idea. Driving from Leeds to Bristol on a Friday night can cause a man to…

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Old Shoe

I'm reading some of the fascinating case studies on the High Scalability site, and I stumble across this curious bullet point in the page on Amazon's architecture: "Don't pay for performance. Give good perks and high pay, but keep it flat. Recognize exceptional work in other ways. Merit pay…

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Little Things That Annoy Me #3

Windows Mobile 6.1's incessant "wireless network detected" notifications. This is the summer of 2008. Half the homes in my village, and every business in Leeds has at least one wireless network, they're no longer the novelty that they once were. Tell that to my Pocket PC, which…

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Half-birthdays

Today's random bit of weirdness - I just received a letter from an insurance company which quotes my "Age at next birthday" as being "32.5 years". I look forward to receiving all my Happy Half-Birthday cards... :-)…

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Little Things That Annoy Me #1

The increase in TV volume during commercial breaks. Is this just a UK thing or does it happen all over the globe? Ramping up the volume during the ad breaks doesn't make me sit up and take notice of your stupid product, it just sends me diving for the mute…

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Remember The Milk

In response to a blog post that I'd shared in Google Reader, Jez emailed me to ask: Do you use RTM? It's always been one of those web apps that seem really useful, but I've never made the leap to actually using it in anger. I suppose you need to…

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First Day of Contracting

0822: I think I was a little over-cautious regarding my travel arrangements. I'm supposed to be pitching up at the office at 0930 for my first day, yet here I am already, killing time by having a coffee a few hundred yards away. In my defence, I blame the media…

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More Consumer Craziness

Jocelyn keeps getting text messages from her mobile phone provider along the lines of "We have reviewed your usage, compared it to our available plans, and come to the conclusion that you are on the most appropriate plan for you. Don't change."  Great, thanks for that. On…

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A Few Times Around The Block

Whilst driving home from work today, my car reached a significant milestone in it's life on the road - 100,000 miles on the clock! Thanks to John for lending me an Ixus to capture this historic event in my commuting life!…

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