So it’s been a while since I blogged anything here. The world has been in financial crisis, the Formula 1 has been won by Vettel again, and I’ve been generally entertaining myself with family life and other things.
Sadly last week we lost our speckled chicken Dopey. I can only hope that she had a good life whilst she was with us, short though it was. The vet reckoned that there was probably some kind of internal problem like a twisted stomach that caused her to prolapse. She’s now gone to the big coup in the sky. RIP Dopey. Our other chickens Korma and Tikka are doing fine and are about to embark on their first winter with us. This should be an interesting prospect, which may well be full of me fretting abou their water freezing. We shall see.
An interesting article on ars technica and BBC news talks about the effect of the Internet on our memories. The essence being that instead of recording actual facts, we’re recording where we might access that information – pointers to facts if you would. I found the opening comments of the article very interesting, as it questioned what do you think of when asked which coutries have flags with only one colour? If you’re thinking of the countries now, I guess you don’t fit into the group. I did fit the pattern – I was thinking “where would I find that out?”. Is it a good or bad thing? I’d think it’s generally good. Yes, it shows how we rely on and expect certain technologies now to solve our problems – but, then, if those same things suddenly disappeared over night, we’d have bigger issues to worry about than which countries have what colour on their flags
WordPress 3.2 is out now. This represents a shift in WordPress, becase it’s the first release to move away from support for legacy browsers and back-end software such as PHP & MySQL. You now need to be running at least PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5 to run WordPress, and it will warn you in the admin about older insecure browsers. (Or, it seems, newer browsers running compatibility settings.) If you have the minimum requirements, go and upgrade now for a more streamlined expreience.
Sad news yesterday, as it emerged that Peter Falk, of Columbo fame, has died. He was 83 and had apparently been battling dementia for some years, and was under constant care. It was reported that he’d forgotten about his scruffy police detective character due to the mental illness. He is survived by his wife and 3 daughters. Rest in peace.
Yay! After getting 3 chickens a few weeks ago, and already undergoing trauma with one of them who has already been to the vets and is now on anti-biotics, we were paid off today with our first proper egg -
We don’t know which one of them layed it, which means we can’t eat it, due to Dopy being on anti-biotics. ! Still, now this one has come, we should see more.