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Internet Nobody v.2.0…

29 Dec

There’s nothing I like more than a good gadget and at this time of year you can’t move for the stacks of shiny new gizmos clogging up the aisles of supermarkets and electrical shops, so on boxing day I went down to the high street with one particular new toy in mind.

Now, I’ve always made it an idiotically stubborn point of honour that everything you see on Diary of an Internet Nobody got here via the magical silicon circuits of my treasured smartphone, primarily because I didn’t have a computer when I started, and having discovered the wonders of the Android operating system, never found the need for one since.
Fortunately, having consulted the goalpost-moving department, I’ve found that I’ve only ever actually been restricting myself to the operating system, not the device.
That’s handy isn’t it? (making up your own rules as you go along is a useful habit) 

Anyway, the upshot of all this is that I took the plunge and bought an Asus Android tablet in the sales.

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For what is essentially a cross between a larger version of my phone and a small, flat, quad-core computer, I paid the princely sum of £70.
How they even make them for that price let alone sell them is beyond me. But I’m not one to look a gift horse in the microprocessors and I have been very pleased at the increased speed and responsiveness of my lovely new small object of desire.

I’ve spent the last couple of days installing and playing around with the tablet versions of various applications that are duplicates of those on my phone, such as the photo editing software, WordPress app and anything else necessary to publish the blog, and I have to say that I’m extremely impressed with my new toy blogging tool.

We didn’t do an awful lot over the festive period, just popping out for a family lunchtime drink and a few games of pool at a local pub on Christmas day, before returning home to eat too much and slob out in front of the TV for the Dr Who Christmas special and the superb Troll Hunter movie.

But on boxing day – after I’d been tech-bargain hunting – since the weatherman had assured us (accurately for once) that this would be the most sensible day to do anything outside over the holidays, we went to the wildfowl reserve on the The Tarka Trail to feed the ducks, walk off the previous day’s excesses and take some photos of the starkly beautiful winter colours around the lake.
As it turned out, I also got some nice action shots of the ducks feeding, or rather trying to feed, whilst being dive-bombed by the large flock of terns that’d taken up winter residence.

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Oh, and while we’re on the subject of photography I’d like to thank Ho for sending in these shots of me collecting a Golden Face Palm award on behalf of pseudo-political buffoon, Nigel Farage, presented to me by the lovely Emma Stevens.

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Talking of being presented with things, (told you the Tenuous Lynx habit was going to be hard to break) my old friend Chris has been over to stay for the last couple of days, bringing with him an unexpected gift.
Some years ago a sizable chunk of my irreplaceable vinyl album collection disappeared under suspicious circumstances, never to return, including my entire Pink Floyd back catalogue. I have slowly managed to replace a lot of the music I lost with CDs and mp3 files, but as any vinyl collector will tell you, that just isn’t the same.
So imagine my delight when Chris arrived with a vinyl copy of Dark Side of the Moon, complete with gatefold sleeve and original posters, all in practically mint condition.

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What with having to connect up my neglected turntable to play the classic plastic platter, we then indulged in a spot of vinyl nostalgia and you can listen to a few lovingly chosen tracks below.

So welcome to version 2.0 of the blog, bigger, faster and easier to see, (for me anyway, having picked up my first-ever pair of reading glasses a couple of months ago the larger HD screen is far better to work with) but other than that the new year promises more-of-not-the-same eclectic nonsense and ranting that a very agreeable number of people seem to want to continue reading.

Which reminds me, over the holidays my stat counter informed me that Diary of an Internet Nobody has now clocked up the magic number of 20,000 hits (20,114 when writing this) and nearly 270 followers, for which I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude.
I shall endeavour to make your loyalty worthwhile.

Let’s finish with some music then, which I shall dedicate to Chris in paltry exchange for my prog-tastic Christmas present.

And finally;
Chris, this is the album I remember you having when we lived in Crowborough, hope it brings back some (probably fuzzy) memories…

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10 responses to “Internet Nobody v.2.0…

  1. Lanthie Ransom

    December 29, 2013 at 17:30

    Just love the Tarka Trail Pics – as always your pics are awesome1

     
    • dalecooper57

      December 29, 2013 at 17:45

      Thanks Lanthie. No matter what time of year we go there, it’s always beautiful.

       
  2. adsnads1976

    December 29, 2013 at 18:38

    A perfect end to a year of decent blogging. I hope 2014 keeps the treats from this blog coming!

     
    • dalecooper57

      December 29, 2013 at 20:06

      You’re very kind, I look forward to further collaborative posts in the new year.

       
  3. Ian Cochrane

    December 29, 2013 at 19:00

    Enjoyed the post Dale. Great snaps & music. Dark Side of the Moon, a dash of Peter Gabriel & The Cure of course…simply sublime.
    Congrats on the award & all the best for the New Year!
    Cheers, ic

     
    • dalecooper57

      December 29, 2013 at 20:05

      Thanks Ian, now I’ve got my new technology I’m hoping to be able to visit more blogs on a regular basis, the desktop versions of some sites being a bit tricky to navigate via mobile. Yours is one on my list.

       
  4. Ron

    December 29, 2013 at 22:12

    Dale, those photographs you captured of the ducks in action are freaking AWESOME! WOW! I especially love the second one down. It almost looks like a painting. Great job, buddy!

    It’s been so great blogging with you this year, and I look forward 2014 as well!

    Cheers!

     
    • dalecooper57

      December 29, 2013 at 23:17

      Thanks for all your fabuloso comments this year Ron, really appreciate it.

       
  5. jerseylil

    January 2, 2014 at 07:34

    What fun to get a new tablet. Great photos of the wildfowl reserve. And excellent photos of you on stage with Emma Stevens. Dale, congrats again on that well deserved award!

    Receiving a vinyl of Dark Side of the Moon (love that album!) with sleeve and original posters was a fantastic gift from your friend. I’ve got an old vinyl collection too. Enjoyed the music you posted!

     
    • dalecooper57

      January 2, 2014 at 07:41

      Absolutely love my tablet.
      Hopefully the awards video will be up soon, I believe there are technical issues to iron out.
      Apparently vinyl is making a comeback.

       

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