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.

The Magic Sweets

I’ve been tidying up. I found an old work book from my last year at primary school. On the 7th September I wrote a story called The Magic Sweets. I have no memory of writing this, but I present it here.

The Magic Sweets page 1

The Magic Sweets page 2

The Magic Sweets

One day I went into a shop I had never been in before when I went in I saw it was a sweet shop. Inside were rows of jars. On the counter were two jars of sweets. One jar said magic sweets and the other one said UFO pills. I didn’t like the sound of UFO pills. So I got some magic sweets when I got out I had one I felt a bang in my head I was back in time. I looked at my watch. It had turned into a time gauge I was at the time of the beginning of the universe. Everything was black then I saw a flash a fireball had exploded and everything was created. But then the sweet wore off. So I took a blue one then I went into the future. But the sweet wore off so I went to school and saved them for a different day.

An interesting idea David. Take care with letter shapes. (Mr Luxford, my teacher)