Grapes of 2021

Many small grapes.
Small grapes

The grapevine has not done well this year – well, that’s true; the vine itself has done very well, with many new shoots that needed pruning and several hundred tiny grapes formed. My complaint is with the size of the grapes, they are all far too small to be useful for anything. In fairness this is only the vine’s third year. I’ll see how it does next year and see what feeding and pruning treatments I need to give it.

No chateau-shed wine this year.

The DG effect

Today, Diamond Geezer posted his round-up of things open in the month ahead – always a good, useful read. One of the entries he highlighted was the opening of the British Vintage Wireless & Television Museum for open house 2021. I left a comment to the effect that I’d visited a decode or so back, I’m not sure I ever wrote it up here, but I did add a link to the photos I’d uploaded to Flickr

I’ve not really done anything with Flickr for a while, I’ve posted some astrophotos there, but nothing much recently. To find the vintage radio museum album, I had to log into Flickr. I’ve remained logged in today and I’ve just been exploring the new interface (new to me anyway). I’ve spotted the stats from today; there were definitely a few click-throughs from DG’s comments page. Although I’m somewhat obsessive about collecting and analysing data, I don’t actually collect website stats – I’ve no idea how many people (if any) read what I write here or look at photos I post. Twitter is the only place I really take notice of that, any only because the information is so readily available.

I just found it interesting that I can draw an almost certain link between a throwaway comment and link on a website and an up-tick on traffic to some old photos.

220 view on photos from a decade ago that I linked to on DG's blog today
Definite uptick on traffic to photos I linked to from a comment on a blog post elsewhere


The server that this website runs on has just had a major OS upgrade, and has also just changed from 32-bit to 64-bit at the same time. This took the better part of a day to debug and poke into working. There may still be some rusty bits that fall over if poked too hard.

One annoyance I have right now is that my old wordpress theme has been declared unworthy and is no longer offered. I have a choice of three themes, no one which seem to put a side-bar up, all links are relegated to the footer – probably so things look good on mobile.

New Job

I’ve had a new job since my last New Job post but I didn’t post about that one for some reason. I migrated away from water sensors years ago and took up playing with X-rays. Now, my new new job is an evolution of my old new job playing with X-rays.

My new new job is as a lecturer in Imaging and Calcified Tissues in a dental school. I’m not a dentist, I’m still a physicist, but one that’s now slightly less squeamish about teeth.