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This post, in which I said:

I just checked, and my current total is 700. I’ll have to go some to catch you up. 🙂

will no doubt have confused everyone. I was involved in a conversation on, and I may have pressed the wrong button and created a new post instead of a reply. I thought it was a bug, but it’s entirely possible it was my fault.

Manton, the creator of, is going to make some UI changes to make that error less likely. And he has also told me how to check where a post is going to go. Which is that, if it shows at the bottom while I’m typing, then it will be posted here. So I’ll watch out for that in the future.

Listening to Joe Strummer’s ‘Willesden to Cricklewood’ for the first time in a while, and realising that’s not very far. When that album came out we didn’t have digital maps in our pockets.

Rainbow over Dalston tonight. Just visible to the left of the Hackney Peace Mural there.

Well, so much for my hoping. I don’t think ‘iPhone X’ is a great name, especially when they’re pronouncing it ‘ten.’ I can only say ‘ex’ in my head when I read it, and the 10/8 dichotomy is just going to confuse people and make the 8s feel old. But if it wasn’t for my recent forced purchase I’d certainly be wanting one.

I hope the rumours are false and Apple don’t call the new iPhone the ‘iPhone X.’ That’s a terrible name, I think. Whichever way you pronounce ‘X’.

A playlist on Apple Music on the Sonos: “Alternative Hits: 1978.” And man is it good. But as they say, the golden age of music is 14…

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle (Books 2017, 4)

Yes, the end of August and only my fourth book. What on Earth is happening? In short, Alan Moore’s Jerusalem is happening. All 1000-plus pages of it. I’m just over two-thirds of the way through it, and I’m loving it, but I think my target now must be to finish it by the end of the year!

But I got this one for my birthday, and it’s short, so I read it in two or three days while I was on holiday recently. It’s an odd one. It tells a story of some people and some strange videos in the days when there were still video rental shops stores and VHS tapes within them. Which allows someone to insert extracts from strange home videos into some of them, leading our protagonist to start investigating.

It takes place in the farmland of Iowa, and it’s interesting enough, but it’s one of those stories where you end up wondering, Why? Both why did the characters behave like that, and why did the author choose to write that particular story?

Not a bad story, but not that compelling either.

Went for a drink & meal with an old uni friend. Talked of family, health, politics, jobs, and Doctor Who. And really, what else is there?

On a long weekend in Cornwall. Drive down on Friday was longest ever, so not looking forward to drive back tomorrow, but it’s been good.

Yesterday’s mysterious post was not meant to be a post at all. Instead it was a reply to a comment on But something went wrong and I posted it without the reply’s @-name at the start so it appeared as a full-fledged post, and got crossposted to Twitter and Facebook as usual.

I’m going to leave it in place as a learning experience.