No-one is reading anyway

I’m busy, and I’ve not had chance to blog yet today. There was a visit to the knee doc (but more of that later), there was a lot of lab work, there was other stuff.

Now it’s lunchtime and it’s become evident that no-one has been bothered to look at 6000.co.za this morning at all.

I put this down to the fact that the political news has been moving at a breakneck speed here in SA, and people are choosing to try to keep up with that rather than keep up with their favourite blog.

Fair enough…

Wait… what?

But if you’re not going to read, I don’t see why I should waste my time writing.

Shall we try again tomorrow once he’s gone? [audience laughs]

What? It might happen.
This country never fails to amaze me (not always for the right reasons) (but still…).

Be prepared

Ironically, we attended a Scouts and Cubs AGM this weekend, but I was anything but prepared when it came to blogging.

It’s been a busy one with chores, social engagements, some late night drinking and rowdiness, a bathed beagle (grey water was saved for future use) and – despite the fact that there have been 17 matches on – absolutely no football. Weird.

It also seemed to go very quickly.

Other (better) blogs would have had posts ready as back up, but I’ve not been that organised. So suddenly I’m playing catch up and throwing together a few lines about a weekend I wish I could start again and do better.

Blog update

There’s a bit of chaos in the 6000 miles… Stats Office this morning after yesterday’s post “took off” a little. We’ve even had to rope the beagle in to help with counting, after the family ran out of suitable numbers of hands and feet.

Paws for thought indeed.

It’s a bit of a rush when something you created catches the zeitgeist (albeit in this case, a very localised one). It’s only ever happened occasionally on this blog, but interestingly most often on posts which are observational in nature. There is power in just putting on paper (or in pixels) what everyone is thinking.

Weirdly, those ones are often the easiest ones to write as well.

 

Thanks for reading, everyone.

Spring clean

This is a suitably out-of-season post then. While the Northern and Southern Hemispheres may differ diametrically in seasons, precisely neither of them are currently in Spring.
Never mind, we’ll soldier on.

This is about spring cleaning your technical devices, and it’s important:

Like your car, or your kitchen, your tech devices will run best when they’re maintained properly — and that means finding time to do all those low-level maintenance tasks that aren’t much fun, but can keep everything stable and smooth, and avoid problems in the future.

I can’t remember the last time that I maintained my kitchen to be honest, but well, yes – the car thing stands.

So, herewith a Gizmodo guide of several things that you can do to make your tech run more smoothly. They’re all common sense, but if it wasn’t for reminders like this, you’d probably just not remember to do them.
So yes, it’s dull, but it’s worth doing and it’s actually rather cathartic.

For several different reasons, I’ve done most of them over the last month or so. We’ve got a few new devices around at home, so that seemed like a good opportunity to sort some of these basic problems out. And, I have to say, my study is tidier and my devices are (currently) working flawlessly.

Set some time aside and have a tech spring clean. Thank me later.

2017 Blog Stats

This year, you – dear 6000 miles… reader – have been served a total of 420 posts (an average of 1.15 per day) comprising of an incredible 95,957  words (an average of 228.5 per post) from 4 different countries (an average of 1 every three months, dur!) on this site.
I know – the countries bit seems a bit lame with amongst all those other big numbers – but they were actually often the most exciting bits.

November was (for some reason) my most prolific: 11,337 words in 40 posts. (Only one country though.)
What was I thinking?
Mainly stuff about nurdles, apparently.

Join me then next year, when there will be plenty more letters arranged into generally correct and meaningful order.

Have a safe and enjoyable New Year.

6000 out.