blog redesign

I’ve done another redesign of thingschange.blog! It’s not the first redesign I’ve done – probably the fourth or fifth change since I started with WordPress almost 10 years ago. Before then I used Google’s Blogger and I probably changed the design a few times using that blogging platform. The current change is more fundamental as I’ve gone from having a blog to having a web site with a link to the blogging pages. There’s no real reason for this change – I just like tinkering.

When I used to write software programs I was always tinkering, improving the code, adding new features. It’s a fun thing to do, if you’ve got the time.

The web address thingschange.blog now points to the main web page, whilst the blog pages can now be accessed through links on this page and from the top menu.

Sleep cycle

My son put me on to an app for monitoring sleep patterns. You put your phone next to your bed at night and the app listens out for noises and decides what the noises mean. It can sense the sound of your breathing and movements and from this decide whether you are awake, asleep, in deep sleep, snoring, talking.

These are my 6 days of using the app. The sleep patterns are all over the place and I couldn’t see a relationship between the patterns and how well I felt I had slept. Also, I suspect that the awake peaks in the middle of of the night are my wife going to the loo! I’m not sure how the app can work when there are two people in close proximity to the phone. With the app draining the battery 50% or more, my curiosity is exhausted and I’ve deleted it – at no cost.

Wagon Wheels are not bland!

Nearly 7 years old Chloe says Wagon Wheels are bland! I was astonished that she could think this but also that she knew the word ‘bland’!!

Her Dad thinks they taste of cardboard. <shakes head>

Sleep cycle snow

It’s the day after my birthday and I woke up to check the results of an app I had loaded onto my phone to monitor my sleep cycle – just a bit of fun. I don’t know whether this chart is good or bad. I woke up feeling grotty, but that’s normal. There doesn’t seem to be much deep sleep happening, but is that good or bad? I’ll see how the following nights go.

We weren’t expecting snow! By the time I got out for a modest hike it was no longer snowing, and on the return leg the snow had disappeared.

A Grand Canyon walk

I came across this YouTube video and was knocked out. I’d love to do this Grand Canyon walk, but if not, this video is close enough to the real thing. On first viewing I thought the narrow path was rather scary, but each time I’ve come back to the video I’ve thought “I could do that!”. If you can watch it full screen and in HD (ideally 4K if your computer and broadband are up to it), you’ll get the maximum experience. Magnificent.

Shired

In this rare game of Scrabble I eventually came out a narrow winner. On seeing the WhatsApped (!) board my daughter questioned the word “shired” (played by me). I thought it meant something to do with horses but was I confusing it with “sired” or possibly thinking of Shire horses and creating a verb from an adjective? I eventually tracked down the following on en.wiktionary.org

thus validating my play of the word. That was lucky – but I’ll take the win, thank you!


A walk on Epsom Common

It’s some time since I last walked on Epsom Common so on a fairly sunny day this is where I walked today. On a pleasant enough 5.6 mile walk, mainly through woods, there are a couple of attractive ponds. There’s also a small pond next to The Cricketers Inn (first image).


John D MacDonald

In my twenties (or was it thirties?) I read many of the American crime/ thriller novels of Ross Macdonald and John D MacDonald. Both authors are highly regarded and I remember much enjoying the books.

Decades later, on one of my occasional clear-outs, I disposed of their books and those of other authors. I remember thinking twice about getting rid of the John D MacDonald books because they had such fabulous covers. Interestingly I’ve started following a blog devoted to his book covers, and it was this that’s motivated me to re-read some of the two authors’ books. I’m sure the image on the right is from the range I had once owned but I can’t find images of the other books in that range.

I’ve only managed to find two ebooks by RM or JDM at my local on-line library. RM’s The Dark Tunnel was one of his early novels – and it shows! Absolutely terrible, though it won’t stop me looking out for his later works. However, JDM’s Nightmare in Pink is a superb read.