I should be at Pelsall Carnival today, but like everything else in 2020 it is cancelled due to Covid-19.

Instead I'm sat in front of my computer patiently waiting for .

A few month back, on another Saturday morning, I was running to a parkrun, down some twisty country roads.

I turned one bend to find an entire herd of deer blocking half the road.

I did not run past them, for I have a fear of spooking any animal bigger than me, and that goes double for a flock of them.

Later that same day someone completed a marathon in under two hours, and I was given my hashing name.

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I went for a a three mile run this morning, and spotted a deer in one of the fields that sometimes contains horses. It stopped its grazing to gaze at me as I ran slowly by.

I also saw a heron, but that is not so unusual.

I had quite forgotten where that image came from, but another post reminded me that I made it with a web service called and it lives in a github gist.


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This diagram shows all the New Year doubles I was able to complete, back when that were a thing.

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I've just heard that the new year double is a thing of the past.

It is sad that I won't get to run another double, but I'm quite glad I'll now have no reason to drive on New Years day, and by extension stay sober on New Years Eve.

Thanks to mastodon I discovered , and thanks to slowly I've spent my Sunday afternoon writing 'letters' to strangers in Turkey, Mexico and Russia.

After almost a year I'm returning to because my young nephew is getting into it.

If anyone wants to be my friend my Trainer Code is 3611 1660 1062.

Team FTW

One of my colleague is developing a parental control system using a attack.

I suggested he brand it as "mam-in-the-middle"

The nights are getting longer, and the days shorter.

Soon Christmas will be here, to bring an end to this tumultuous year.

A few years back I had a series of posts on my blog entitled reasons I fear I'm becoming an .

The posts have long since been lost to time, to the either, and also to the wayback machine.

It seems to me that here could be the perfect venue for reviving that series?

I jogged a mile today, without my foot falling off.

It is the first I've done since getting injured about four weeks ago.

For my effort I won a new badge.

One of my Birthday presents was this Saw Doctors that is only seven or eight years younger than me.

Stranger with the Melodies, Copper, and We Were Three are some of my favourite Harry Chapin tracks.
They were also proving quite difficult to find on the MP3 stores I use, so I found this on ebay instead.

* I'm keen to see what becomes of the with the internal , that might make a fun toy one day.

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The is lacking a so I would find it unusable - best I keep to my Thinkpad X201.

The is far far too large to fit in my pocket - best I keep to my classic iphone SE.

The is cool enough, but I already have a tablet that I hardly ever use, so don't think I need another one*.

the also looks good, but between my and my wrist is rarely naked enough to need another watch.

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Much as I would like to support @PINE64 I don't really have much use for any of their range at the moment.

My new car came with a tape player, so I had to find some worth listening to.

I think 'All the Way from Tuam' is the most recent album I've purchased, it was £9 on amazon with back in March 2014.

This month I is mostly 'intermittently deactivating facebook', when googling the term I'm lead to an ancient reddit post that explains that such behaviour can only be the result of narcissism.

On my way home I gave a try.

My phone took about 900 photos. Uploading the photos lasted the best part of six hours, so I'm not sure I have the patience to do it often.

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