Friday, October 19, 2007

Vital Synz

N.B. Just in case anybody else spends 5 minutes dimly wondering, as I did, what a vital sin is (perhaps the opposite of a mortal sin?) I'm reliably informed that it's pronounced "signs"...

The Bright Lights of Drumfrochar

It may look to the uninitiated like Glasgow, but the electronic display on the train from Paisley continuously informed us that the next stop would be Drumfrochar. I suppose the city's been renamed but only ScotRail were told...

Friday, October 05, 2007

West End Nights

I call the last one "Up Highburgh Road Without a Tripod"...

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


I don't know what the wee adverts that gmail pops up at the top of the page are really called. There's probably a name for them though. For example: apparently email that you did ask for, but you don't necessarily want to read now (or ever) is called "bacon".

Anyway, a fascinating one just appeared at the top of my mail:


In my ongoing battle with the guitar I couldn't resist seeing what this was and, indeed, it does sound fairly mental. Particularly the part that promises:
"Guitarists! Watch Your Fingers Play
Confidently Around The Fretboard While
You Decide What To Create Next!"

Which seems thoroughly disturbing on several levels.

It turns out to be one of those books that allow you to memorize all the notes on the fretboard. I have never really worked out how this is all that helpful. A wee bit helpful, maybe, but I know where all the notes are. I just can't necessarily get my fingers onto them in the right combinations at the right time. I also know where all the notes are on the violin and the piano, with the same problem...

Continuing the guitar theme, but including photos, I came across this cartoon on slithy-toves' flickr page (she has lovely photos as well as the cartoon):

More What the Duck strips can be found here.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Outside now

Alison and Michael jumping for joy at the sight of me approaching them with a camera yet again.

Alison's mum's visiting cat not jumping for joy at the sight of me approaching with a camera, and then Photoshopped to boot...