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July 17th, 2010


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02:43 pm - Back from hols
Just back from canal trip. It rained A Lot. Boating with only two people means a lot of work each. Nevertheless it was very good, because the work is relaxing and makes a break from normal life. I slept like a log every night. I felt peaceful.

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From:annafdd
Date:July 17th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
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It's a vanity press using social networking for viral advertising: http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/012502.html#012502
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From:matgb
Date:July 17th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
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And, scarily, it's obvious within the meme itself that it's spammy SEO, and still people are posting it.

It's also sexist, and a little bit racist, but...
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From:communicator
Date:July 17th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
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OK guys I will delete it
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From:matgb
Date:July 17th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Rereading, that was a bit judgemental, sorry.

In the "posts Mat would write if he had any spoons" list, this is one of the top. That "mac journal software" link within the output is the first clue, that particular link has gone from 5th to 2nd since I first saw the meme.
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From:communicator
Date:July 17th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the warning; I got it from Crooked Timber, which is usually quite a safe bet.
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From:white_hart
Date:July 17th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
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I've only ever done two-person boating, and while it's hard work there's something very satisfying about it. (I always work the locks, T steers.) Where were you?
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From:communicator
Date:July 17th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
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We went up the Shropshire Canal, and then turned into the Llangollen, got half way up there and had to come back. I was mostly working the locks - boy it was tiring - because H is better at steering. I've been boating with the kids in the past, and two extra hands don't half make a difference. I haven't read a single page of any of the books I took with me - fell asleep as soon as we had eaten each evening.
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From:white_hart
Date:July 17th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Oh, lovely - we did the Four Counties Ring which includes the Shropshire Union a few years ago and loved it, although bits of it are quite tiring lock-wise. I haven't done the Llangollen, though - I'm scared of heights and a little worried that going over the acqueduct would turn me into a gibbering wreck!

And I never managed to get much reading done on boating holidays, though I did knit a pair of socks during two weeks on the Leicester Ring once.
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From:pennski
Date:July 17th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Ooh I remember going over a little bit of the aqueduct as a student many years ago.
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From:communicator
Date:July 17th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
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We didn't get as far as the aqueduct this time, partly because of the weather. But all that part of the canal system is very impressive.
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From:glitterboy1
Date:July 17th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
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Welcome back! It's a shame about the weather, but the break away - and enforced concentration on other things than everyday life - sounds good. I hope you're feeling better for it.
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From:communicator
Date:July 17th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
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Cheers. Doing something so physical, which you have to keep up all day, took my mind off my worries. I literally haven't slept so well in months.
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From:happytune
Date:July 17th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Very glad indeed you've had a restful time. Perhaps yuck weather provides a good excuse for forcing a relax.
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From:communicator
Date:July 18th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
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Yes. I slept quite a lot in the day too - didn't realise how exhausted I was.
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From:amnisias
Date:July 17th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Canal boat holidays are great! I've been twice once with friends and once with my family, and loved every minute of it - but we always had 4 people, so it was a bit more laid back. I agree with it being relaxing and peaceful - with the pace being so slow you can really be mindful of what you do and what you see...But you really need reasonably decent weather for it, otherwise it can get a bit dreary - sorry to hear you were unlucky with that.
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From:communicator
Date:July 18th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
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The weather was up and down. It's a shame because it has been so fantastic for weeks. But it was basically a good holiday.
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From:pinkdormouse
Date:July 21st, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
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I used to love canal holidays when I went on them with my Parents.

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