A few snapshots from last weekend’s Scarecrow Festival in Wistow:
Gutted. I loved Google Reader. Heck, I even managed to get the wife addicted to it.
I don’t want to click “OK”. I’m not OK with this. If I don’t click “OK” will they have to leave switched on…?
So, I was browsing Wikipedia when I saw this:
What’s that? A new message for me, about my last change? I don’t recall making one recently, let’s take a look:
Regions of Brazil?! I made a change to the Wikipedia page on Regions of Brazil? That would not be among the topics I would consider for my specialist subject if I were to appear on Mastermind. Hang on a minute, this message is from 23 November 2008…
The penny drops. I’m not even logged into Wikipedia. I have, however, moved house recently, and changed ISP and hence IP address. Evidently I’ve received an IP address that was once used by a Wikipedia vandal. Let’s click through and see a diff of their edit:
I wonder what other things can I unearth on the public web about the previous users of an IP address?
Yeah, it must be pretty intimidating for a Hollywood actor to know that there’s a freelance .NET codemonkey up in Yorkshire who shares his name…
Hmmm, a disturbing pattern is emerging in the number of photos we’ve been taking as our family expands:
Is this normal? Will Isla and Matthew forgive us, understanding that we have less time and energy to take snapshots of them than we did when Ben was the same age?
Must make effort to get the camera out more often!
Proudly presenting a new addition to the family – Mr Matthew Henry Nelson:
He arrived at 0624 local time on the morning of Saturday 1st September, and weighed in at 7 pounds 6 ounces. This was 17 days sooner than expected, and his early arrival literally caught his Daddy napping – while Jocelyn was giving birth in York, I was sleeping soundly in a Reading Novotel ahead of the DDD10 conference. Needless to say, when I woke to find eight missed calls, a voicemail, text message, and even posts on my FaceBook wall trying to alert me to Matthew’s imminent arrival, I decided to give the conference a miss and head quickly back up the M1.
There are hundreds more pictures of Matt and the rest of the family on my Flickr Photostream, but you’ll need to add me as a contact to see these.
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In the grand scheme of things, ’tis but a minor achievement, but I was quite chuffed with myself this evening when my Stack Overflow reputation finally reached the 10,000 mark:
My girls made me a special “10K” cake to celebrate