Friday, May 09, 2008

I feel I must apologise

To all the people in California (who allowed an film star, former Mr Universe) to become Governor.

To all the people in the USA who voted for Al Gore, but got George W.

To all the people in Russia, Zimbabwe and numerous other countries that we (Brits) looked on pityingly as they clearly couldn't run an election or get a sensible candidate to represent their interests.

To all of them; my apologies for poking fun.

It's taken me a while to find a place in my mind where this fact isn't immediately set upon by the mental equivalent of antibodies. Boris Johnson is the elected Mayor of London.

I'm so sorry.

For a more considered, balanced and amusing view see Charlie Brooker's column in the Guardian.
The picture is from the BBC production based on the Richard Doyle book about London flooding. I'm not in anyway suggesting that this will happen. Unless Boris is running a bath one day...

Thursday, May 01, 2008

What a find!

Getting found online - via your blog, twitter feed, facebook profile etc is all about being connected.

In the short time I've been blogging I've been looking at others with all kinds of buttons and gizmos allowing readers to bookmark or otherwise promote the post or the whole blog and I've searched and searched for how to do it.
Now, I understand, for some of you this might seem like 'Social Networking 101' but you know, not all of us want to get into the intricacies of the code that lies behind all these useable tools (including Blogger of course).
Some posts and sites I've found give a solution for one particular site - so for example somewhere on Facebook, you'll find a help article that refers only to the Facebook button. Likewise for Digg and so on. Maybe I'm just too inept to extrapolate the instructions to all other social bookmarking/networking sites?
But, I have to say - glory alleluiah!!
Get yourself over to - you can click on their logo here - and within minutes you can have yourself a neat drop down button thingy (you can see it below) that does pretty much everything, tidies up your pages and offers you stats on its usage. What more can you ask?
I'm ridiculously excited and pathetically grateful. I just had to blog it and they're going in the book!
Happy, happy, happy.