- Went to Salts Mill with the parents today. At lunch, we were sat in Salt’s Diner, and at the table opposite a woman sat down and got out a cigarette (there were no free tables in the non-smoking section). As she was doing so, she looked at me and smiled. Initially I thought nothing of it, but it turns it she was actually the author Anne Fine, who was doing a book signing there today. She wrote the book behind the film Mrs Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams.
- My mother also brought over a cover for one of my easy chairs – I have three, one came with the house and the other two were salvaged from the student union when they were clearing out their board room. It’s now blue, instead of a horrible brown colour, with the other one getting a cover soon. When she brought them over, she had to adjust them, and in doing so made a real mess on my floor, which she left for me to vacuum up; this was despite me having tidied and vacuumed before she’d arrived to stop her complaining. Yeah, thanks mum…
- My Griffin iMic arrived today – well, actually it arrives several days ago at home but my parents only brought it through today. Its sound output is much better than the built-in headphone socket of the Mac Mini, and it comes with an auxiliary cable adaptor for plugging in things like cassette decks and turntables. And it adds a microphone/line in port which will be handy as the Mac Mini doesn’t come with one – now I’ll be able to Skype people, provided that we get broadband some time soon.
- The Guardian has launched its Editors Blog –
…where senior Guardian staff write about the decisions they make, and the reasons behind them. Today Victor Keegan is writing about the Guardian’s relaunch tomorrow in a new, smaller size (sort-of halfway between a broadsheet and a tabloid) and its new look.