Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Back soon

A terabyte of storage has its uses, including making for a very useful step when calibrating one's monitor that has red-shifted over the months I've been away from here. Of course, colour calibration is not the most useful thing when you're a small dog with limited colour vision. But it makes for more accurate black and white conversions if nothing else.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Not much typing being done...

... but that's not to say I don't know how :-)

89 words

Touch Typing online

Saturday, December 15, 2007

A handful of Bagpusses...

New camera, which is as tiny as church mice and miniature, stripey pink cats...

Monday, November 05, 2007

Donna Nook

Nature red in tooth and claw ... can also be intimidatingly frisky it seems.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

An unusual bed...

...for Fran, with novels by Douglas Coupland, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett just a paw's stretch away.

Friday, October 19, 2007

In Memoriam

Walking around Beverley yesterday, I was shocked to discover that John Hillman, the butcher who ran Ye Olde Pork Shoppe, had died. I didn't know him very well at all but I liked him: the way he didn't say much; the way he had supreme confidence in the meat he sold; and the way he always seemed to mistake me for someone else whom he'd been keeping things aside for.

The longest conversation I ever had with John was about forerib and how nice it was. It was a short conversation, just a few quiet grunts, a few nods, and a universe of enthusiasm.

So thanks for all the beef, John. And thanks for letting me in on the joy of pig tails.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Jane Brocket's The Gentle Art of Domesticity

We came back from town today with an absolute treasure of a book, Jane Brocket's (a.k.a. Yarnstorm) The Gentle Art of Domesticity, brimful with lovely things to make, eat, read and hibernate in, and all lovingly illustrated with her own photographs (taken with a "magic sensor" Fuji F30) to boot. The afternoon, with its warm, autumnal light, its freshly-brewed coffee and its box of yesterday-baked Yarnstorm flapjacks, seemed a perfect time for sitting in the garden and having a thorough read of this much-anticipated book. But Susie, after duly reminding us of the differences between domesticity and domestication (briefly delineated in the introduction of the book), had other ideas, mainly revolving around cat food.

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