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I am such a pudding

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Pun intended.

I’ve been sat here in front of the screen, finding it hard to deal with the bitter taste of rejection. Bowled over and grateful to the Stock Xchng community for sharing an unending supply of wonderful photos for banners, designs, cd covers, I suddenly got the idea to contribute a few photos. Not that they’re particularly good but might have been useful to someone writing about baking cakes or puddings. Or eggs.
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Zooomr vs Flickr

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

The two services are so very different, I don’t think it’s a case of “one or the other” but the mandate to switch all us Old Skool vets to the mainstream is irking me terribly. Oh I know, there are far more important things to be fretting about but sometimes the ostrich in the sand position is the only thing that works.

Anyway, I’ve not posted anything to Zooomr for a while and must confess I was thinking about moving them over to Flickr but I’ve just discovered that Zoomr shows referrals for each picture – I now know that this picture is the 4th result at Google for puddle chucker and has been viewed 91 times. Beams with pride.

On the other hand… Zooomr login is via the godawful OpenID thingumyjig which defeats my feeble brain.

Decisions, decisions…

[Later that same day... this post has been edited to change Zoomr to Zooomr (3 'o's rather than 2).]

Competition update

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

It’s a long story but I’ve been having the devil’s own problem trying to use Thunderbird to download emails from chasingdaisy.com (it’s an add-on domain rather than being the main domain, don’t ask) and I just finally gave in and started using Outlook Express. Which works! But after deleting shedloads of spam I discovered a lovely email from The Murphmeister and three wonderful festive banners that should have been in the competition. Dammit. Dammit. Dammit. Want to see the bruises where I’ve been kicking myself repeatedly?

So here are the banners from Murph and Oz:

I’m not sure I like the implication of this one…
But I love this one
Is that cute or what?

I’m so sorry guys!

And the winner is…

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

The votes are in and congratulations go to non blogging MB for his winning Christmas banner with deliciously cute photos by Aneta B from Poland, or planetka at Stock Xchng.

Second place goes to Jan Zabroda for this wonderful picture of the Magic Forest banner (created for last year’s festivities).

Third place to Lionel for the Mince Pies entry.

Here’s the completed poll and here’s a reminder of the banners.

Thank you everyone!

Is it too soon to have another competition? Oh, I don’t think so…!

It’s time to vote

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

The banners are here, number 1 to 11 and here’s the poll, courtesy PollDaddy

Go forth and vote!

p.s. If you’d like any of the banners customized for your site, let me know. I think my PhotoShop skills will stretch to resizing and text editing…

A quick reminder

Friday, December 15th, 2006

That the Christmas Banner Contest ends tonight at midnight - we’ve one more entry in (number 11) so there’s just enough time to squeeze one in before the bells start chiming.

There has been some muttering that the cd prize might contain (*sharp intake of breath*) tracks by the esteemed Ms Black and Mr Humperdinck.

Ah no. I’ve been studying your festive memes, particularly the favourite Christmas track question, so rest assured will be the epitome of Christmas good taste and cheer…

Meanwhile, a few Christmas links to hopefully get you in the mood for a little banner creation:

Update: I’ve now updated the page with the 11th banner. Stupid, stupid woman.

Christmas banner contest!

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Right then, the Photo Matt random image script plugin is installed and working (this support forum reply by Podz of the fantabulous Tamba 2 WordPress guides was especially helpful) and there are currently 10 different headers waiting for you on each visit.

To save you hitting the refresh button endlessly I’ve put all of the banners on one page with notes on the image source and font used where known.

Where known? Oh yes indeed. Because some of those banners have been contributed by our friendly neighbourhood bloggers and I thought the creative amongst you might also like to have a go at creating one. Or two…

So you have until midnight GMT on Friday, 15 December to chew the ends of numerous pencils and come up with some lovely Christmas/holiday/winter banners. Want to know more? Read on…
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Tentative steps

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

…back to blogging with a few sure fire ways of banishing the winter blues.

What the best dressed penis is wearing this season – Durex Dickorations are print, cut out and wear outfits for your best mate. What the internet was invented for.

How about us ladies then? Well… is your Betty ready?

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The one with the photography links (and a bit more)

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

I should be catching up on the cleaning and a huuuuge pile of ironing (and I am, honest, guv) but the allure of the internet beckoned so a quick set of photography sites that have caught my eye this last few weeks.

Meanwhile…

Must dash, the kitchen floor needs a-mopping…

The kindness of strangers

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Well, he’s not a stranger any more but one of the reasons for the trip was to drop off a couple of cameras he no longer uses and has rashly left here on loan. My old camera died a few months back and although Martyn has one, he’s out and about with it so often I very rarely get the chance to use it so it was an absolute joy to get on the road first thing this morning, camera in hand, to take a long walk along the Kennet river. I’ve put some up on Flickr but I was a little too distracted by the thought of lunch at a pub called the Rowbarge Inn in Woolhampton.

Set in lovely surroundings with a river to one side and a canal to the other, the Rowbarge Inn can be found at the end of the village of Woolhampton next to the railway station. This beautiful old 18th Century fronted building was often visited by Douglas Bader and owned in the 70′s by actor Larry Naismith when it was frequented by such famous names as Lawrence Olivier and Cary Grant.

We sat in the garden with other dog owners (a beautiful ridgeback and a wire-haired dachshund to name but a few) enjoying the warm September sunshine and watching the narrow barges go by. Blissful.

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