Random acts of violets

Monday, May 18, 2009

Pretty things, let me show you them

A new post in my occasional series of pretty pieces of mac tec.

I really would like to get a mac laptop to replace my windows one but I just can't bring myself to spend two-to-three times as much to get the kind of spec that I want.

That said, I am always happy when I can get to use bits of Apple kit so my latest arrangement of my working environment is a winner.

I've used a laptop exclusively for the last 5 years or so, but it has always resulted in me getting a sore back. This is a combination of being tall, having bad posture, a very large stomach and a low laptop - it just doesn't work properly on the desk.

I have had the laptop up on a very advanced and sophisticated stand for a little while (i.e. two reams of A4 paper) which helped but I was still typing away on the laptop itself, which makes my arms ache.

God this is exciting, isn't it!

So finally I have moved my laptop up onto a shelf above the desk, which is great, and have bought an Apple keyboard to type on. One of the thin, heavy, metal ones.
And it's bloody lovely.

As you were.

My twopenneth on the expenses fiasco

I think, on the whole, that I probably agree with Stephen Fry on this.
Yes it's obviously wrong that the MPs have generally been working the system for so long and taking the piss somewhat to top up already quite significant salaries, but there are surely more important things that they should be doing. Like governing and all that.

I think my feeling on this is made more so by getting so annoyed with the continual press coverage/feeding frenzy/outrage orgy and then automatically wanting to go the other way on it.

It's not really news to report that "people don't like it" or "people think it is wrong". Well of course. If asked, people would probably express a preference not to be punched repeatedly in the face.

But I think the worst bit of it all is the over-the-top indignation from the press and the quite amazing level of insinuation they get out of every article.

A prime example is this line (I think from the Indepedent) which strikes me as an incredibly loaded way of saying nothing at all:

Mr Watson, a close ally of Gordon Brown who was forced to deny involvement in the recent Damian McBride email scandal,...

Well, what does that mean? Surely it means that he had nothing to do with it.
Should I get asked tomorrow, I would also be forced to deny involvement.

Very odd.


On an unrelated geek-moment, in order to stress the "I" in that above bit, I've just wrapped the I in i tags. Not quite sure why that tickles me, but still.