“You must be mad. Whenever the British feel strongly about anything, they wear grey flannel trousers and tweed jackets.”
[ Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in the 1930s explaining to Oswald Mosley, on Mosley's proposal to set up the British fascist political party, why British fascism will never catch on if he insists on making his members wear black shirts. ]
A while ago it was all the rage to have clean, stylish websites. Flat design or hamburger menu links, blocks of colour and elegant typography - that was the way to go.
But have you looked at some of the news sites, the viral-videos sites, the 'strange information you didn't know you didn't know' sites? They are getting busier and busier and it's getting harder to scroll down the page. Everything is so 'interesting'.
In the US and the UK, the fundamental unit is the pound (lb), and all other units are fractions or multiples of it.
The UK imperial system of weight is the same as the United States weight table up to one pound, but above that point the two systems differ.
The imperial system uses a hundredweight of eight stone or 112 lb.
The US uses a hundredweight of 100 lb.
In both systems, 20 hundredweights make a ton.
In the US, they use long ton to indicate imperial weights (2240 lb.) and short ton (2000 lb.) for US weights.
Metric ton is used to denote a tonne - which is 1000 kg or 2204.622 lb. - which is about 1.6% less than an imperial or long ton.
Timethief explains how you can force an https connection to the WordPress Dashboard. I wasn't aware of that, so it was a useful tip.
As I say, it prompted me to look around my dashboard and from there, I looked at settings (which you can only see if you are logged in to WordPress of course) /settings/account/ and this is what I saw at the bottom of the page:
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Here are some of the things I am have been reading:
Update March 2014:
I have been reading Cialdini's 'Influence' for months and months. The same with Kahneman's 'Thinking Fast and Slow'. Also reading Drayton Bird's 'How to write sales letters that sell.'
When will Spring come?
When will the nights pull back and the days start to get longer?
When will we see the sun?
When will the grey, grey days go away?
When will the wind stop?
When will we be able to walk out without layers of clothing, without thinking of the struggle to get to the post office, to the shops, to the bus?
We've had almost no snow. You can see it on the hills - and you can always see the hills from almost anywhere in Edinburgh, even from the city centre.
But there has been no snow. Just a flurry or two scattered through the winter months. But nothing that has settled.
Snow is an ambivalent creature. It's all white and welcoming, but then it turns to slush. As pure as the driven slush, as the actress Tallulah Bankhead said of herself.
Of course, in some places (I am thinking of the time I spent in Finland) the air is so dry that the snow settles and remains crisp and white for months.
And apparently the snow was knee deep in Edinburgh for months, just four yea…