A while ago, Karen and I had a fantastic idea. Bernard used to enjoy playing with our wallets, so we gave him one of my old ones. We filled it with old train tickets etc to give it that authentic walletness.

Last week, we had ordered a curry and Karen was upstairs hushing Bernard back to sleep. I was tidying up the sitting room, and saw Bernard’s wallet and toy mobile phone on the coffee table. I tossed them into his toybox and thought nothing more of it.

When the curry arrived, Karen got into a bit of a panic when she couldn’t find her wallet. I didn’t have enough cash in mine to pay the guy at the door. After a while, he got tired of waiting while we turned the place upside down, so he told us that he’d leave us to it, and phone us later on to get our credit card number.

Mere seconds after he’d driven off, it all clicked into place in my head. I lifted Bernard’s wallet out of his toybox and put it back on the coffee table.

Happy 5th anniversary, Karen. Looking forward to the next 50.

  • “As intensive farming has razed their natural habitats they have flocked to the last universal nature reserve: the roadside verge. Roadside lighting fatally attracts mammals, and large birds crash-land on wet roads, which can look like water from above.”


I have a number of email addresses, all of which find their way into the same inbox. There is one address which I use as my primary address. Entirely unsurprisingly, it’s of the form something @ thisdomain. It seems to get a lot of spam, which is a shame, as I thought that I had done a decent job of guarding it.

It would be very simple for me, configurationally speaking, to switch to using somethingelse @ thisdomain as my primary email address instead. Any email sent to the old address would get the error message that the specified mailbox could not be found on this host.

Naturally, my only concern is for my existing contacts. When the old address suddenly stops working, will they have the sense to open a web browser and go to to find out what gives? At present, that page just redirects to the blog, but I could very easily change it to display a huge message saying *I have changed my email address, use this contact form to get in touch with me.*

On the one hand, spam doesn’t trouble me too much because GMail’s filters seem to be reasonably reliable. But, on the other hand, it would be nice to not have to scan a couple of hundred email subject lines each day to check for false positives.

Should I go for it?


Dailies for Wednesday 19 March 2008

  • “In Islington’s Chapel Market, the crowd members’ nervous glances at the camera betray an unease light-years away from today’s ethos of constant surveillance and incessant YouTube self-promotion.”


I estimate that over the course of a 24 hour period, I am collecting (and discarding) approximately the weight of my own head in nasal mucus.

  • “They had described to me twenty distinct failures and that was too many for me […] I wanted just to turn the software off and turn it back on with a clean slate and see what went wrong first and stop right there.”
  • I have installed this web statistics package on TITGIG because I want to know what screen resolution you guys are using.
  • You can keep your Eeeeee computers, I’d much rather have a computer made out of bamboo.
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