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07 October 2014

Busy day today making final preparations for departure. Seems these days to take me longer to get ready to go away, I think I may just be more careful about not forgetting things than I used to be or maybe I just used to take less "stuff". No matter, in the end everything has come together and hopefully this trip will finally kickstart my training for the winter ahead.

Read earlier on that very heavy snow is predicted for this November so that will be something for us all to look forward to :-(

Got rid of some rubbish at the tip and bought a few things in Alnwick that I had been meaning to get for a little while. Arranged to send some flowers to an elderly relative of mine who is 90 years old on Thursday, imagine that, NINETY! I just hope I have some of the genes, lots of my family seem to live to ripe old ages and I just hope I get lucky.

Looking at the news these days I feel very very sad about the way things have gone and are going. The terrible developments in the Middle East I think are going to last for years, to spread and to get worse and worse. I can't see that there is a leader or leaders capable of pulling people together towards any kind of a peaceful solution.

The terrible atrocities that are being committed look set to continue and I think the nightmare scenario of people being snatched from previously "safe" places will I think become a reality before long. I think it is only a matter of time before tourists are snatched from areas such as Turkey and held as hostages for ransom and to try to change the thinking of western nations. I have no idea where it's all going to end but I can't see it ending well for anyone.

Did a bit of experimenting with the WarmCards earlier on today and was very impressed with them. I think they are going to be of real benefit and should enable me to take far better control of my video recordings. I reckon the biggest benefit is going to be largely removing the need for doing much colour correction in post processing and hopefully the results if my recordings will be a lot more consistent. We shall see!

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Facebook Updated: October 07, 2014 at 12:38PM BBC News - Alcohol abuse linked to number of licensed premises Scottish neighbourhoods with the most licensed premises have the highest rates of alcohol-related illness and deaths. No surprises there. Always going to be harder to resist something that is staring you in the face 24/7. This is very like the availability of fast food restaurants encouraging obesity, we human beings are fundamentally weak willed, we see it, we want it.

06 October 2014

Wanted to change the file format for saving screenshots on the Mac for something I was fiddling with and it turned out to be surprisingly easy, this is the solution I found:

1. Launch Terminal, located at /Applications/Utilities.

2. Type or copy/paste the following commands into the Terminal window. Press the return or enter key after you enter each line of text:

defaults write type jpg

killall SystemUIServer

The above commands will set the file format to JPG. You can use any of the following for the value following "Type" in the first command above: jpg, tiff, gif, png, or pdf.

Easy morning pottering about but then had some matters to attend to in Newcastle so set off into town after lunch. Lorena doing sterling work getting ready for our trip and also wanted to do some clarinet practice so this was a solo journey.

Managed to find pretty much everything I wanted in Newcastle and bumped into some friends, Baz and Kevin from the Tyneside Vagabonds Cycling Club which was nice. Bought some inner tubes, needed some with a 60mm valve length as the ones if currently have are for either deeper or shallower rims these should be just the job. For some reason I always seem to end up with the wrong tube when I need one, seems to be a problem plenty of folks have from past observations!

Lorena out at the concert band this evening so I spent some time getting all my stuff ready for the trip. Also did some experimenting with different white balance settings on my video camera, I think these colour cards are going to be very useful and I'm looking forward to shooting some trial clips with them if we get some decent weather.

Sounds as if the weather is still pretty good out in Majorca so just hoping against hope that it will stay that way and that I can build a little fitness during this trip, I'll try anyway.

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Twitter Updated: October 06, 2014 at 10:28AM @tyabblemons @postachio Thanks for that, have posted my thoughts as a disqus comment, personal preference I guess but good to have options!

Facebook Updated: Steven Gilligan Vacancy: university lecturer. Must be able to read a .pdf out loud that everyone else in the room is capable of reading themselves. Salary: £outrageous p.a.

Twitter Updated: October 06, 2014 at 11:05AM @The_Cycle_Hub Now that is a work of art, I could almost drink one of those, if you twisted my arm :-)

Twitter Updated: October 06, 2014 at 05:39PM @firsthippy Wow! That's a serious ripoff! We are doing the same as you and taking our TomTom with us, and a map :-)

Twitter Updated: October 06, 2014 at 11:06PM @firsthippy Hmm, no expert with TomTom tech but the maps are not proper maps, more of a schematic representation if that makes sense?

Facebook Updated: This Will Give You True Perspective About the World Just to give you an idea of what the world really is... I loved this, sure puts things into perspective!

03 October 2014

Today’s fun and games kicked off with a nice 7 mile walk with a few hills thrown in so that got the exercise done for the day. Then it was off down to Ashington for various things, the first of which was a haircut at The Forum in readiness for the upcoming holiday. That done off to the bank for Eric and then to get a few bits and bobs from the shops. I hate going to the shops in Ashington, it’s all just so damned grim.

Onward from there to do some more grass cutting at the cottage and then to deliver Eric’s spending money which I sort out for the old chap. Spent a little time at Mum’s Cottage with Eric, nice for him to have some company even if it is just me!

Once home continued with my travails trying to get decent quality images in these SlideShare slideshows and I think I’m slowly getting there. Been experimenting with Powerpoint, Keynote, Preview and Automator trying to find the best approach to the various issues I’ve encountered. Currently think I will end up using either Keynote or Powerpoint but I’m not at the final decision point yet.

Work with is going pretty well now, things seem to have settled down and after all there is really no way back now after the work I have put into it. I did do a bit more experimenting with the “Pages" feature which is pretty neat and I will be fine tuning that side of things over the next few weeks.

Weight management still going in the right direction, pleased to say that I am now 3.2lbs down since my start date so already almost a third of the way towards my ten pound target. Dropped suddenly yesterday so that will almost certainly go into reverse in the next day or two!

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Facebook Updated: The Alnwick Clarinet Trio Listen to The Alnwick Clarinet Trio by LFieldBoden #np on #SoundCloud Made a few short sound recordings of The Alnwick Clarinet Trio this afternoon, I reckon SoundClod is a nice little system for this kind of thing.

Twitter Updated: October 03, 2014 at 12:57AM @postachio @SlideShare @Flickr I've done some experimenting, here's my output: Slideshow viewable on an iPad.

02 October 2014

Uploaded this last night, not often you get to see FOUR bulls all together in a field!

Day 2 and Another 0.2lbs down on yesterday so down by 1.6lbs since day zero, hardly setting the world on fire but heading in the right direction. I normally drop several pounds in week one when I start this kind of process so I remain optimistic and so far my willpower is holding up!

Sent this to "I've no problem embedding Flickr slideshows in my blog which works fine. My problem is that because they are flash based the slideshows cannot be viewed on an iPad, which is probably what a lot of views would be on. Is there any way I can get around this, other than telling people to use a "proper" computer. Is there another way to post slides? Is SlideShare the answer?" Received a reply which indicates that this is an issue they were not aware of or hadn’t considered, it will be interesting to see if there are any ways around this.

Lady complaining loudly about not being able to take a dog into Hulne Park, saying something about only a small percentage of people being able to use the park if it can only be used by people without dogs! I think it's just nice to be able to walk somewhere without being exposed to piles of dog excrement which has not been picked up, or has been put in plastic bags and dumped, it's one of the reasons I like going there!

Enjoyed my walk today and shot some more video clips as a reminder of just what a fantastic day it has been, I was walking around in just a T-Shirt which is almost unheard of at this time of year up in the North East of the UK. When I say "just a T-Shirt", I was of course wearing the usual trousers etc. :-)

Quick bite to eat and then off out to make a couple of audio recordings for The Alnwick Clarinet Trio which Lorena plays in with a couple of her friends. Enjoyable little session, then had some fun and games with GarageBand pulling the stuff together. Problem is I don’t use that package very often so I just forget most of the commands so these things take me far longer than they really should.

Been a good day on the food front I think, pretty sure I’ve stayed within the sort of calorie intake I should be hitting, certainly not binged on stuff that’s for sure! The scales never lie anyway, we shall see what truths they reveal in the morning.

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Facebook Updated: October 02, 2014 at 08:17AM Ordered some WarmCards. Looking forward to experimenting with them :-)