Reading is at a Low Ebb

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Seems that 2015 has been a slow year for my reading. I’m still working my way through the Ake Edwardson series featuring Inspector Eric Winter. I am still enjoying the series but time is the factor not enough hours in the day. We need another day between Saturday and Sunday for all the extra weekend things.

I am publishing this form a a unified page where I am able to  post to all of my sites.

Some Site Things

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First of all its been a while since my last post so this is in part to rectify that situation. I have finally organised to have the blog moved to the domain rather than a sub folder. This seems to be working fine.

My reading which I record on this site has slowed down a little this year so that has contributed to a lower post rate. The lack of camera time has also been evidenced by  a paucity of holiday photos. Even my other blog at has suffered a little this year.

Lucky this isn’t my livelihood .

Another blog

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I have decided that I need a separate site for my woodworking adventures. I have created another site called .I hope in time to  transfer the wood working post from this blog to the new domain. That will be fun.

This blog will then have a reduced focus on books travel and my rants about technology. It been fun setting up the new site and I am still settling on a theme and look for the new site.

There may still be some overlap with this and the new site onward and upwards.

One month with android

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I have been playing with my Google nexus 7 for about a month now. I have just discovered sliding around the keyboard without taking my finger off very much. It means that I can type faster than the old hunt and peck method.
I am very happy with android as it does most of what I can do iOS. There  are  some  familiar apps like Facebook and twitter. However not all apps are available on both iOS and android.   I say this because my experience is mostly with the apple app store I discovered the imbalance.  Since i started with the Google play store I have have seen a difference in the style and number of apps. However if you can’t find the exact same app there is always something similar.
The “play store” has itself been updated to a newer and clearer format in the short time that I have been using it. Don’t much like the name but I guess that will become accustomed to it.
So far so good.

Google Reader bites the dust……hallo Feedly

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When I logged on to Google reader this morning I read a message that the service only has  3 months to live. Google say that they are retiring it because of falling use. The thing is that I really like RSS feeds as way of keeping track of websites. Currently this runs at about 80 websites. The question became what to do next…. Continue reading “Google Reader bites the dust……hallo Feedly”

Goodreads on WordPress

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My last post on this subject was about the apparent demise of Now Reading Reloaded plugin that I have been using to keep a track of my reading. It has been a great way to keep track. I means I don’t forget what I have read and saves me buying a book twice which I have done. The advantage was that all the data was stored on my blog.

I have decided to use Goodreads as a replacement. The obvious disadvantage is that the data is stored elsewhere. However the advantages are many, I can use my iPhone to  scan books to my Goodreads account and I have a widget that displays what I have read.  Continue reading “Goodreads on WordPress”

Blogging Along

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I have just spent some time tidying up categories and tags on the site. The site was first started in January 2008, I know this as I left the first post that WordPress created on installation. That was like cleaning up and finding something that you have bought and forgotten about.

I have to confess that I have found the ideas that lurk behind tags and categories. I am slowly getting to grips with it. This post was prompted by an article on called “How to Merge and Bulk Edit Categories and Tags in WordPress”Continue reading “Blogging Along”

Think about it ….Reading

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I just finished reading some writers tips from the excellent blog Brain Pickings in particular the 10 tips from Zadie Smith. I then looked back at my last post Book Reading and was struck by how silly the title is.  Book reading is stating the bleeding obvious. What else do you do with books. I know that some buy them by meter because they look nice and some use them to flatten things but reading is right up there.

There is still a joy in reading that creates an inner world that is as unique to reader  as it is to the writer.  Any way the point was that my post title seemed silly, but I wont change it will jut remind me.


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