Foremost amongst all of the gardening adages should be “what’s planted in the garden stays in the garden”. That this is a policy that requires regular review and attention was, to my embarrassment, taught to me the hard way. When we arrived here in Mayo, we planted Yellow Flag Iris along a small ditch at the edge of our land. We had, we thought, done the responsible thing and planted them in plastic drainage pots. It was after several years of admiring from afar, that I noticed that the Iris had escaped, and was galloping across our neighbouring farmer’s field. Hours of digging in a boggy, rocky field followed in order to try and rectify our ‘leak’. And this was required the next year, and the next. Plastic pots may work in many areas, but they are not enough to contain the exuberance of Flag Iris in our part of the world.
Forethought when planting is also important, and not just with the accepted invasive species. Flowers are designed by nature to go forth and multiply and have come up with a number of ingenious methods in which to do so. Seeds often travel further than one might expect, especially as a number of plants have the policy ‘go forth my children and thrive, but not where you can steal my food and space’. I have a soft spot for ornamental poppies., but have to accept that they produce seeds in the tens of thousands. Whilst the land around me is not particular conducive for poppies, I have to balance that with the fact that it’s grazing land: and ornamental poppies are bad news for any animal that eats them. So I need to remember to remove the seed heads every year. Similarly, I would love to sow Red Clover as a green manure, but have to bear in mind that my neighbour, a sheep farmer, may not be best pleased if they were to spread to his land as Red Clover can have a contraceptive effect on sheep.
On December 3, 2009, Amanda Lanyon-LeSage said something on Facebook that could possibly change the world. She merely wished that she could take a day off and do nothing but read. Her idea was seconded–and thirded and fourthed–and then it happened for real. The first Do Nothing But Read Day was held on Sunday, December 20, 2009. Hundreds of people took a day off from the mad rush of holiday preparations and other things to just read. The next Do Nothing But Read Day is being held on Saturday, August 6, 2011. Required: You have to read. This can be whatever format you want: paperback, hardcover, eBook, newspaper, comic book, etc.
You have to enjoy yourself.
Because many of us like nothing better than doing nothing but reading, we’ve decided to make Do Nothing But Read Day an ongoing event!
Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said: “We are absolutely delighted that F1 will remain on the BBC.
“The sport has never been more popular with TV audiences at a 10-year high and the BBC has always stated its commitment to the big national sporting moments.
Sky Sports will show every race, qualifying session and practice live.
BBC Sport will broadcast half the races live, as well as the qualifying and practice sessions from those races.
It’s at a ten year high, so you’re going to STOP showing all the races?! What the hell are you on?! How is only showing some of the races any kind of “commitment”? Bet you’re still going to bore the hell out of me with football though.
ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS!!!! }:(
This is a free software project to help people create printable PDFs from content found on the web. It is a free alternative to HP’s Tabbloid service. It is being developed as part of the Five Filters project to promote alternative, non-corporate media.
To easily transform partial-feeds you encounter (or convert any content on a page into a 1-item feed), drag the link below to your browser’s bookmarks toolbar. Then whenever you’d like a full-text feed, click the bookmarklet.
Why would you want this? Simple, find a feed that bugs the hell out of you because it only sends short entries to your feed reader - run it through this. Then put THAT feed url into your feed reader et voila, you can read whole entries in there. Fabulous! :D
Which free SMS reminder services work in the UK?
Of the five choices I could find to send free SMS reminders to my mobile phone, I found that only two would work to a mobile service in the UK – Task.fm and Google Calendar. Google Calendar allows reminders in advance of your event and also requires verification of your phone details. A nice idea as it prevents any possible abuse whereby someone might easily send unwanted ‘reminders’ to someone else’s phone. The other 4 services that I listed don’t require any verification that you are in fact the owner of the phone receiving the reminders. However, having said that, I really liked Task.fm. Again, this service allows reminders to be sent in advance of the event. I found it really quick to set up a reminder – even quicker than on the phone. The free account comes with unlimited email reminders and up to 15 SMS reminders per month, while the pro account at $3.99/month allows unlimited email and SMS reminders.
Should imagine there are more now (and less too!), but that would require some level of less lazy from moi… :D
I suppose that some of you may be wondering why I added that (bitch) to the end of the title of this article. Well, it has to do with ending a sentence with a preposition. I suppose I could have entitled this post ‘The House In Which I Upwards Grew’ or “Grow Up in This House I Did” or “The House Where Up I Did Grow” but none of those options seem to convey the direct simplicity of the title I chose which is ‘The House I Grew up in”. Sadly, that title ends in a preposition which is just about the only rule of grammar I find hard to break. Simple solution? Add bitch to the end of the sentence. Many of you may be familiar with the brilliant birthday card which inspired this solution. No? Well it goes like this… Friend – Where is your birthday party at? Birthday girl – Don’t end a sentence with a preposition. Friend – Where is your birthday party at bitch? As recently discussed in the comment section of this blog, I have adopted adding the word ‘bitch’ to all my sentences that end in a preposition so that I no longer have to awkwardly re-word them. Of course, adding the word ‘bitch’ tends to lend a different kind of awkwardness to my writing, but it is one that I am much more comfortable with (bitch).
The article itself I am unconcerned with, I just found the above quotation, HILARIOUS! :)
Twimbow is the ideal Web app for someone who’s looking for a way to keep their stream organized. You assign colour labels to each user, and you can easily toggle between various labels. This gives users an interesting, colour-coordinated alternative to lists. The Twimbow layout is pretty cool, and is ideal for smaller screens. You don’t have to waste a ton of space with columns since all of your ‘Personal Buzz’ is one column on the left – replies, retweets, DMs, favourites and more – all colour coded making it easy to distinguish between the different categories. A column containing your home feed is in the centre of the screen, where you can also access any lists that you’ve created or follow. And the column to the right of the screen can be used to keep track of any search term of your choice.
Retweet Old School
There are a few extensions that incorporate all sorts of features and enhance the Twitter web experience, but if you don’t want all the extra bells and whistles, you can install this extension for an easy way to retweet other users updates, without their avatar showing up in your timeline. After installing the extension you’ll find a new option ‘RT Old School,’ alongside the native favourite, retweet and reply.
It’s become a real nuisance blocking the spam accounts that “like” my posts. Usually they’re pretty easy to spot—x-rated avatars, names like “hottttseexxx[random number]” that somehow seem unlikely to be going around liking literary posts—but lately some of them are a lot less obviously…
What is the easiest way to find out the fonts used in a webpage? Firebug or Webkit Inspector? No, that’s too complicated. It should be just a click away. Hence I wrote WhatFont, with which you can easily get font information about the text you are hovering on. To embrace the new web font era, WhatFont also detects services used for serving the font. Now supports Typekit and Google Font API
Cos I’m all about the lazy. Oh and the browser bloat! :D
This Stream Spigot tool lets you read blogs (or anything else with an RSS or Atom feed) from the beginning. In addition to being useful for newly-discovered blogs with big archives, it also works well for topical “advent” blogs or if you want to learn something new. Simply enter the URL of the blog or feed that you wish to play back, and (optionally) pick a start date and update frequency if you don’t want to read it from the beginning. Once the playback is setup, you’ll get an Atom feed URL that you can subscribe to
Very neat idea. Plus if I sent the feed through Calibre I could have daily archive catchups on my Kindle.
The proliferation of cloud storage providers has led to many of us storing our documents using a variety of different providers: Google Docs, Zoho, Dropbox, SugarSync, Pogoplug. Box.net, etc. That makes managing those documents tricky. Moving documents between services isn’t easy, and having to log into several places just to look for one document is inefficient. Primadesk is a web app that wants to be a kind of desktop file manager for the cloud. By integrating with a variety of cloud storage providers, it allows users to access and manage all of their documents through a single interface. Simply being able to view all of your documents in one place is handy, but the company has now added some new features for the app, such as comprehensive document search capabilities and the ability to copy documents between services using drag-and-drop, that make it much more useful.
…As well as document management, Primadesk can back up documents using Amazon’s S3 cloud storage, manage photos stored on Picasa, Flickr, Facebook and other services, and can also offer a unified inbox that can monitor emails from several different accounts.
You’re not allowed to write more than 500 characters, you can’t include attachments, and there are no folders. It does almost nothing but aim to keep you answering emails quickly with as few words as possible.
All power to you if this works for you. It would be giant fail for detailfreak me!
Julie Bass, of Oak Park, Michigan was first given a warning followed by a ticket and now she is being charged with a misdemeanor for her simple front-yard garden. “I think it’s sad that the City of Oak Park that’s already strapped for cash is paying a lot of money to have a prosecutor bothering us,” Bass said. The city is claiming that the garden violates a city code which states that front yards must consist of suitable, live plant material to which Bass responds, “We think it’s suitable. They say, ‘Why should you grow things in the front?’ Well, why shouldn’t I? They’re fine. They’re pretty. They’re well maintained,” Bass said.
Wow, that’s just special. Idiots. Like the other front yards are lovely, neat and full of “normal” plants?!