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You can find more info on my userinfo page - but this is just here to say that I'm very happy to be friended by anyone that wants to read me. I rarely post friends-only, and that only tends to be about things that mention work, so if I don't friend you back you're not actually missing much...

If you do friend me, this would be a good place to leave a comment introducing yourself, and letting me know how you found me!

Additionally, I have lots of awesome friends - if you want to make a few more then take a look at here for Dreamwidth and here for Livejournal, add a few people, and leave comment so people can add you too.

The links posts come from my page at Delicious and are posted to DW and LJ via a web app which I wrote, and you can use yourself here.

A note to Facebook/Twitter users who are reading this journal:
You can easily leave comments/post in polls if you log in using your FB/Twitter account. Just go to the top of the main http://www.livejournal.com/ page and click on the FB/Twitter icon.

If you have your own blog then you can log in with it using OpenID and use that identity to leave comments.

A note on correcting people's grammar in the comments.

The Official Spoiler Policy.

Oh, and my wife, Julie, has cancer, which you can read about at the tag juliehascancer.

Interesting Links for 31-03-2015
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Interesting Links for 30-03-2015
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Nobody knows me better than the internet
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I joined Pinterest, so I could test RSS parsing from it, and make sure I was seeing the right results.

It asked me whether I was male or female, and my age.

And then suggested some possible interests:


I'm not sure whether I should be offended or amused...



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Interesting Links for 29-03-2015
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Interesting Links for 28-03-2015
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I'm not convinced that road systems are supposed to look like this
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But Julie has, apparently, finally solved her traffic issues. And so we can go to bed :->

(Click the image to embiggen it.)



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I asked the internet how I should vote - and it told me.
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I just took the quiz at votematch.org - which is run by Unlock Democracy, and therefore I trust it more than most online political matching sites.

It told me this:


However, the results for Edinburgh East last time around indicate that only the SNP have any chance of unseating Labour locally (and also, although I do agree with some Green policies, I'm not nearly as left wing as they are), and so I strongly suspect that I will be voting SNP at the next election.

(Were I to be in a seat that was currently Lib-Dem then I'd probably vote for them. But I'm not, and they don't have a hope in hell of winning Edinburgh East. And I have someone else I can tactically vote for without feeling bad. And, frankly, my choice of next-government of the UK _is_ a Labour/Lib-Dem/SNP arrangement of some sort. Which thankfully seems to be the only workable arrangement from current predictions.)



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Interesting Links for 27-03-2015
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Anyone fancy having an affair?
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I took off my ring to put oil on my hair this morning, and left it sitting on the bathroom sink.

This is going to be the first time I've been ringless for more than five minutes since the wedding.

My finger's going to feel odd all day.



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A sudden burst of achievement
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Amongst the things I need to do before I can "launch" my replacement link poster is make it work with WordPress*. And Pinterest**.

And today I got it working with WordPress. More testing needed, and I need to tidy it up a bit.

It felt really good to see the top post appear here. Not _quite_ as good as defeating Ormstein and Smough***, but still, pretty damn good.

This is, of course, why I code. For the rush.


*Because the current one does, and I don't want to launch a replacement that doesn't do all of the things the current one does, only better. The current one, if WordPress times out - but has posted - tries again repeatedly, possibly leaving multiple reposts. This one simply marks the post as failed, and leaves it up to the user to hit the "repost" button.
**Because that was why I started this in the first place, about 25 years ago.
***John got that one.




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Interesting Links for 26-03-2015
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Magic + Ballet = Awesomeness
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I'm assuming that she's actually done a deal with the devil.



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Interesting Links for 25-03-2015
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Aaah, the joys of Excel
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Currently extracting a bunch of questionnaire data into something understandable at a glance, through the wonders of Pivot Tables.

It's incredibly useful and actually pretty easy to use - if it wasn't 18 months since I last used them, and that hadn't been in a completely different version of Excel.

Thankfully, every question I've had has been asked dozens of times on the internet already, and so I've gotten back to grips with them in about half an hour.

Soon, I shall have pretty graphs...



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Interesting Links for 24-03-2015
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I am happy to say that I've never quite got beyond step #0 of this process
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Although we do have a small magnetic whiteboard by the front door that has notes and receipts stuck to it, I've never quite got to the point of buying a large one.

Thought about it a few times though.



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No links today
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Having spent the last 36 hours at Brympton House for the lovely wedding of widgetfox and JW, we are now back, and collapsed.

Semi-literally in Julie's case. Turns out that alcohol allows her to largely ignore her exhaustion, but at the cost of her then sleeping all the way back to Bristol airport (courtesy of danieldwilliam's lovely wife), and collapsing into bed the second we arrived home to continue doing so.

In any case, the wifi was borked in the building all of yesterday*, so I didn't end up saving off any interesting links before/after the wedding. You'll have to make your own entertainment.

Unlike yesterday, when my entertainment was made up of catching up with several people I'd hitherto met solely on the internet, and very lovely they all were too (plus a few people I'd met in real life, but not for aaaaages).

Right, time to catch up with LJ!

*Along with the hot water, and the availability of rooms that didn't smell of either paint or damp - we ended up sleeping with the window open, which meant Julie's asthma didn't kick in, but things were a tad chilly, and the dawn chorus a tad loud.



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Interesting Links for 22-03-2015
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If this is Devon, then these must be dogs
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We travelled yesterday, spending the eclipse in Edinburgh airport after our plane was delayed. Which was a shame, as I'd fancied seeing the eclipse from the air, but as I suspect that it doesn't look any more special from up there, I'm not too bothered.

We've spent the 27 hours here relaxing solidly. Julie got a chapter of her PhD emailed off just after we arrived, and I've fixed a few technical issues my parents were having, but other than that we've mostly watched the pheasants wander by, eaten food, and walked the dogs.

Mum did show us what happens if she tries to use Uther's favourite toy do do any actual sweeping:


Which looked like so much fun that Julie had a go:


The weather has been gorgeous - cold air, but nice enough in the sun that we've eaten both lunches and today's breakfast outside. And when we walked the dogs earlier I got this shot:



Next up - off to Yeovil, where hopefully we will bump into danieldwilliam HLW in the hotel before widgetfox's wedding tomorrow.



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