Twitter name

I can be found @6000 on twitter. While my twitter name generally works nicely for me (ties in with name of blog, doesn’t take up too many of your valuable 140 characters etc), there are a few drawbacks of having a numerical username. Occasionally, on some clients, twitter gets confused and thinks I am a teenage girl somewhere in the mid-west USA. I don’t really know how twitter works, but I believe that for computing purposes, each account on there has a number assigned to it. Presumably, this early adopter – I forget her name – was the 6000th person to sign up for twitter. Therefore (usually with DMs), she sometimes gets mistaken for me. Or I for her. Whatever – it’s a glitch. And it doesn’t happen very often.

What does happen often are heights, revs and prices. And I get inadvertently tagged quite a lot.

Hikers and climbers – outdoor types – are always tweeting about their hiking and climbing achievements, most especially their delight at taking a photo “@6000 feet”. Because they are using the imperial system, these people are usually in the USA. After all, if you are “@6000 metres”, you have other things to concentrate on, like not dying.
Another niche hobby is car stuff, and there is apparently some value in sharing the torque value of your car “@6000 rpm”. I’m aware that this doesn’t cost a lot (after all, “torque is cheap”) (no, YOU bugger off), but still, I’d guess that the bigger your number, the better your car. I get to hear quite a lot about people’s torques.

I’m always ever so impressed.

However, by far the most common inadvertent @6000 tag is pricing. Selling stuff on twitter “@6000″ seems to be most popular in India (commercial property), Indonesia (jewellery) and Nigeria (anything and everything). These sellers are particularly pertinacious in their mission to get their goods sold, and thus, I have to block them. Not because they mean any harm, but because the same accounts seem to sell a lot of things for the same price, which (confirmation bias hat on) is generally “@6000″. That said, while they are persistent, they’re not always willing to do much more than tell you what they’re selling. Literally, just that. It can result in some initially mystifying, but somehow satisfyingly ridiculous mentions:

Initially, you wonder if you have been dragged into some world of secret espionage. Is this code for something? Are you supposed to reply with:

“Yes, but only when the geese fly south for the winter”?

(Which of course, Cape Town geese don’t.)

And then it strikes you. It’s nothing so exciting. Wunmi is just trying to make a living. You just happened to share a common number with her dual-function school bags. On wheels.

They sound very useful. And with a price tag of just “@6000″, it’s a remarkably good offer – you should get one.

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Being away from home means that I’m totally disorganised. My time management is all over the place and I keep forgetting that I have online commitments like blogging to do, Superbru picks to make, and articles to write.

Fortunately, my phone is always with me, and so currently, the most often updated of my social media accounts is my Instagram.

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Amazingly, it seems likely that I might have a spare moment or two tomorrow, so I’ll try to get some more writing done.

In the meantime – thanks for bearing with me. You’re lovely.

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I’m not wanting to court any sort of controversy here, but I’m over in the UK at the moment and the quality of TV and the adverts between the programmes are just better than I’ve been used to in SA.

But I’m constantly told that SA has such talent in these fields, so why do I feel this way?

I’m busy spending time with family at the moment, so blogging will be thin, but I’m going to try and look up some of the stuff I see and share it on here at some point. 

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Common People

What the Pulp song really needed was a cover version by William Shatner (with Ben Folds).

And what that cover version needed was a fan video made up of Star Trek clips.

Thank you, Internet…

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This is from the 2004 William Shatner album Has Been.

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Axonometric station maps

You what what?

Axonometric projection is a type of parallel projection used for creating a pictorial drawing of an object, where the object is rotated along one or more of its axes relative to the plane of projection.

Got it now? No. No, you haven’t.
And so, because a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a picture.


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It’s an axonometric representation of Wood Green Underground Station. So now you can see what I mean.
Ian Mansfield of documents the results of a Freedom of Information request to TfL. They were obliged to hand over axonometric representations of all the stations on the London Underground, which he shares on the link above.

Look, Wood Green is a simple station, out of town (so not too deep) (12.8m) and on a single line, perfect for illustrating what an axonometric map is. Get into some of the bigger stations though and things get complicated:



or Canada Water:


I suppose that these will mean more to you if you’re a Londoner, or if you used to live there. And not all the stations are shown (indeed, there are actually only 120 out of the 270 on the system), but it’s still quite fun to look at.


Just me then.

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