Comments Were Broken – Should be Back

Sorry – it looks like I’d broken our comments some time back when I was trying to stop a flood of spam. I thought it had been a bit quiet around here. Seems to be working again now, anyway – within a couple of minutes of fixing it, there were six new spam attempts queued up trying to get through. It’ll be staying moderated, then, I’m afraid.

(Oh, and many thanks to Gary for letting us know it was broken!)

Update: After getting things going again, I was struck somewhat by how much worse the whole blog spam problem has got. I kept everything moderated, so it didn’t actually appear here anyway, but I was having to delete maybe a hundred spam attempts each morning, then more than that during the day.

Sunset from the A46

As we got close to home tonight, there was a fantastic sunset going on – I spotted a few good views of it from the A46, but we were on the wrong side, and didn’t find a good place to stop. At the last roundabout before home, we turned right around and came back to park in a lay-by, and got these shots…

Sunset from the A46 - Zoomed In, Sun Showing Through

Sunset from the A46 - Zoomed Out

DIY Planner – Surfing the Alpha Waves

An excellent article from Doug at DIY Planner – Surfing the Alpha Waves – all about how to get into that creative mindset.

Alpha waves, on the other hand, tend to “turn on” our creativity. You’ve no doubt experienced those elusive semi-relaxed moments when you’re struck by inventive ideas, innovative solutions, and entirely new ways of looking at the same old things? Those little satori flashes of enlightenment when a new and exciting path is revealed? Well, you were probably surfing your alpha waves.

Good stuff, with lots of nice, practical advice on how to get into this state, and how to stay in it for longer.

About my hero, the big quitter

Michael and I have been together for nearly 10 years, and for most of those years he’s had to endure me hopping from job to job to job as I attempt to find something to do for a living that I find at least half interesting. I’ve had temp jobs and permanent jobs, I’ve been in and out of work and not once has he complained that maybe I ought to get my act together.

After nearly 9 years of service in his job, Michael has decided to quit. What sort of partner would I be if, after all the times he’s supported me, if I didn’t do the same in return? (Answer – one that has a permanent seat reserved on the train to Dumpsville). Not only do I support him, I’m proud of him and I’m excited about what the future brings.

PigPogPro – Feeling Resigned

Time to Stop

I won’t go into any details, but over the last few years, my job in computer support that used to be pleasant and fun has gradually become more and more difficult, and more and more stressful. Last week, I finally reached the point where I just didn’t feel that continuing with it was an option any more. On Friday, I handed in my notice.

It was a big decision for many reasons…

  • I’ve been there for almost nine years – it’s a long time.
  • Even though the job isn’t really something that I’ve really wanted to do for the rest of my life, stopping feels a little bit like it’s making the time I have spent doing it into a waste of time.

Photo: Sky Week: Saturday

Morning sun over rooftops. The sky was quite startling one morning, as we were setting out to work, so I snapped this from just outside our house.

Morning Sun over Houses

No more free parachutists, I’m afraid – it was only while stocks lasted.

Photo: Sky Week: Friday

I know we’ve had this one here before, and not too long ago, but I like it, and that’s reason enough for a repeat.

Helicopter Towing Advertising Banner - Against Blue Sky

Oh, and here’s some plane poo…

Plane Poo