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I'm finding less time to update my blog these days, but my flickr photostream is often updated.

Playing in my house right now...

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Tuesday January 31 2006 at 09:56 GMT [via mobile]

Last night after running in -2C, my hair froze into this position and I had to pull pieces of ice from it. My gloves had frost on them too. Why didn\'t I join a gym???

Last night after running in -2C, my hair froze into this position and I had to pull pieces of ice from it. My gloves had frost on them too. Why didn't I join a gym???

Monday January 30 2006 at 15:37 GMT

Way back in the day, I tried to find out what newspapers were providing RSS feeds. I got minimal response. Here's where things stand today.

Monday January 30 2006 at 09:01 GMT [via mobile]

It\'s never good to wake up and discover 3 fire engines, a Simon Snorkel, 2 ambulances and 2 police cars outside your house. An old lady in the next stair had something burning in her house. Thankfully the lady was OK, and the fire boys didn\'t hang about getting everything under control. The smell is still lingering in the air - yeuch.

It's never good to wake up and discover 3 fire engines, a Simon Snorkel, 2 ambulances and 2 police cars outside your house. An old lady in the next stair had something burning in her house. Thankfully the lady was OK, and the fire boys didn't hang about getting everything under control. The smell is still lingering in the air - yeuch.

[Update at 15.39 GMT]: It was an electric blanket which caught fire.

Monday January 30 2006 at 08:51 GMT [via mobile]

Yesterday was beautiful for a nice long walk.

Yesterday was beautiful for a nice long walk.

Monday January 30 2006 at 08:47 GMT [via mobile]

A lot of happy Eritreans & Ethiopians after walking away with all the silverware at the International Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh.

A lot of happy Eritreans & Ethiopians after walking away with all the silverware at the International Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh.

Wednesday January 25 2006 at 23:36 GMT

Happy Burns Night to everyone celebrating Scotland's most famous poet, and author of Auld Lang Syne. Hazel and I are having haggis on Friday, due to ... geographical scheduling difficulties. More info here and here.

Tuesday January 24 2006 at 14:31 GMT

Hazel booked tickets for us to see Match Point last night. As we sat down, and some shots of a tennis court were being shown, Hazel said "oh, it's about tennis". My heart sank ever-so-slightly at that point.

Thankfully, after about the first 5 minutes, there wasn't really too much more about tennis. There was a great story, with some great actors. I've only seen a few Woody Allen films, and I doubt I could name them, but this felt like a classic.

The story was somewhat predictable although enjoyable for the first half, but it definitely picked up and improved from there. One review I since read mentioned elements of Tales of the Unexpected, and I'd agree. Most definitely a film to catch. Good story, great acting, nice twist.

It's the first time I've ever noticed this, but the official site of the film has some interesting podcasts including interviews with Woody Allen and other cast members.

Tuesday January 24 2006 at 14:21 GMT

Last night's dinner (and today's lunch) was pretty tasty. Probably 6.5 out of 10. Here's the recipe.

Wednesday January 18 2006 at 00:38 GMT

Glasgow has a subway system called the clockwork orange. This dude decided a little challenge: could he get off the train at one stop and make it overground to the next one at the same time as the train? It makes some great viewing, especially if you know Glasgow. Check it out. Thanks to Colin for the link.

Thursday January 12 2006 at 01:09 GMT

Mike and Diego didn't manage to drink 100 cups of coffee in 48 hours, but they did hit 75 and learnt a lot from the experience. Now that the beta is over, when do you go for the full release?

Monday January 9 2006 at 22:55 GMT [via mobile]

Telewest Teleport is very handy indeed. If you miss a TV programme, Teleport gives you another week to see it. Thanks to Rich, I caught Three Men In A Boat. Anyone for some fun on the Thames?

Telewest Teleport is very handy indeed. If you miss a TV programme, Teleport gives you another week to see it. Thanks to Rich, I caught Three Men In A Boat. Anyone for some fun on the Thames?

Monday January 9 2006 at 10:31 GMT

Mike is going for it -- 100 cups of coffee in 48 hours. Pictures are online here.

Mike is a pretty energetic guy anyway, so I'm almost scared to think what this is going to do to him...

Sunday January 8 2006 at 16:37 GMT

Following several extremely amusing anecdotes over a Christmas get-together, I encouraged a friend to blog some of his stories. Here it is. The Atom feed is not advertised, but here's the link.

Saturday January 7 2006 at 19:12 GMT

Has anyone found a decent piece of gallery software that:

  • runs on Apache
  • is written in (ideally) PHP, or perl
  • doesn't require 15MB just to install
  • looks good
  • handles automatic thumbnailing
I'm looking for something nice and simple to put online for other members of my family to use, but searching has turned up nothing meeting the criteria above. My own gallery does run nicely, but it can be a bit fiddly at times, and I don't want a stack of calls for support ... and I want to encourage use of whatever gallery tool I do find. Suggestions would be very welcome.

Wednesday January 4 2006 at 01:00 GMT [via mobile]

Princes Street preps for the big night.

Princes Street preps for the big night.

Wednesday January 4 2006 at 00:57 GMT

Welcome to 2006 ... just a few days late. ;-) Hope you had a great time over the festive period. Time to get the head down, and start the year at pace.

The early part of my year is going to be Marathon-oriented, with holidays planned hopefully for snowboarding in February and (maybe) March. With any luck, there should be a house move in there too.

As ever, I don't really do resolutions, but I'm aiming to sleep more, eat better/cook more and read more. Those are all things I started during 2005. It's going to be a busy year, so I'm going to try to be Getting Things Done.

Any plans you care to share?

Wednesday January 4 2006 at 00:23 GMT [via mobile]

On Boxing Day, my family all went to see Charlotte\'s Web at the Citizens Theatre. Good stuff.

On Boxing Day, my family all went to see Charlotte's Web at the Citizens Theatre. Good stuff.

Wednesday January 4 2006 at 00:12 GMT [via mobile]

On Boxing Day, my family all went to see Charlotte\'s Web at the Citizens Theatre. Good stuff.

On Boxing Day, my family all went to see Charlotte's Web at the Citizens Theatre. Good stuff.

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