Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Quick note about leaving Facebook

I got out of Facebook a couple of months ago. I went without a farewell post, because I knew that would entail a discussion that would be impossible to resolve, what with me being gone. Many would have a great laugh at my expense, one last dig from some, and some inveigling me to or assuring me that I would return before long. So I thought, no, I’m deleting not deactivating. And the requisite time has passed so that I can’t go back on again as if nothing had happened.

However, I’m still around and open to email, WhatsApp etc. (I wanted to quit WhatsApp as well, because it’s linked to Facebook and I don’t like Facebook or Instagram, but I have family connections through WhatsApp, so that’s that.) I prefer the world of blogs and email, and there’s nothing you would really want to do – as opposed to what commercial operators want you to do – that can’t be done as well and more simply with email and blogs.

I gave up Facebook because I was putting a lot into it, had done for many years, but getting next to nothing out of it, other than a constant battle to repel unwanted adverts, invitations and ever more tiresome distractions. I hope to use my time for something more constructive in future.

One could go on and on, but I promised a quick note, so there you have it.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Small Faces favourites

It's ages since I shared any YouTube videos. So here are some Small Faces videos that always perk me up.

All or Nothing

Itchycoo Park

Sha La La La Lee (A pity the screen is stretched wide, distorting the picture)

Rollin' Over - (New Year's Eve 1968, French TV "Surprise Partie")

If you want some more, here's a bit of a riot of a TV show, where they start before the suave host finishes talking and generally muck about. It's a lot of fun. "Colour Me Pop" entire show, with lots of Ogden's Nut Gone Flake and links by the hilarious Stanley Unwin. Very London.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

White yam

When you cut one, the juice looks like coconut milk* and dries to a white powdery residue on the knife. The taste is truly bland. In the Philippines, they peel and boil them, then eat them as a sweet, dipped in sugar.

* The photo is not showing the coconut whiteness of it. Something wrong with the colour balance.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Vanishing points

This must surely be what happens when picking blackberries. You see the best ones first, then after you take those, others appear "out of nowhere". There are spots at all the junctions in the image but "your brain won't let you see them all at once". This could be an advantage when many other hands are competing for the best fruit, allowing you to home in on one you've identified.

Other ideas I've had about evolutionary traits. I don't know if they are common knowledge anyway:

  • The horrible feeling of scratching your nails on a blackboard, which sets your teeth on edge, must be a protection against damaging your teeth or nails on stones when biting or scratching in the ground for food.
  • The start when falling asleep (technical term ...) forces you to check that you are not in a position to fall out of bed, or - way back - to fall out of the branches of a tree in which you are nesting.
  • Could stentorian snoring have had a purpose as a scary sound to keep other creatures out of caves where humans were sleeping?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017


Dancing is an eco-friendly
way of burning emotions
in the form of joy.
Nuclear fusion occurs when
two people lean together.
There's a burst of heat
energy, and it's renewable.
Transform your misery
into happiness, and that
is alchemy indeed.