Over and Done

Bah Humbug Welcome to 2024

Back to the normal intermittent rubbish, as and when I think “I haven’t written anything there for a while!”

I’ve got a bundle of things bouncing round my head that I should jot down – thoughts and plans for the coming year that are emphatically not resolutions , that kind of thing.

But in the meantime, it’s really just a sigh of relief to get to the end of another Festering Season.


Over the last week or so, D4D’s been getting attacked from Sources Unknown, which has made things into a real Pain In The Chuff.

More worryingly, it turned out that my hosting company haven’t been keeping decent backups, and managed to not notice a bundle of key files being changed (repeatedly) on the sites I have with them.

Now OK, I’d been slack, and had a lot of those domains all under one username/file-owner , which was lazy of me, and shouldn’t have been done.  (On the other hand, having to remember a different username/password for each site/domain is… complicated, and leads to people writing down far more stuff than they should. Swings and roundabouts)

So there’ve been a number of remedies and updates I’ve been going through, but there were still facets that weren’t working – mainly because of those key files that got over-written, and that either weren’t backed up, or weren’t backed up regularly enough.  (Needless to say, that’s now changed – I’ve got backups in various places, so it shouldn’t happen again)

It’s ended up with a scorched-earth strategy, where I’ve effectively changed everything that’s possible – new username/password, new file-owner name and password, new folder location, and then reinstalled everything in a completely fresh clean copy of WordPress, and only then updating the config file to use the same database as before. And even the database tables have had their references changed.

It’s now all back and operational, and there’s been a fair amount of learning/remembering along the way.  But honestly, I’ll be very happy to not have to do that again for another decade or so!


I’ve not been feeling up to writing much recently.  Primarily it’s down to my usual combination of keeping myself busy, a lack of impetus, and keeping on thinking “You know, I really should write something”.  However, this week that’s also been tempered by the addition of a large and rotten cold. (And yes, it’s just a cold – nothing flu-based or Coviddy, thankfully)

I don’t get them that often, and bloody hate it when I do have one.  For whatever reason, I just end up with a streaming nose, and currently look like Rudolph.

It started on Saturday, and has got steadily heavier through to today, so hopefully it’ll now start to ease off a bit before the weekend!

All fun and games.  And snot, of course. Lots and lots of that.


2023, We’ll See

And lo, a new year has happened.

No idea what it’ll bring. For the most part it’ll be interesting to find out.

I don’t make resolutions or whatever. We’ll just see what happens.

I would like to write more here. It’s a habit I’ve got out of, and one I at least have the best intentions of getting back into.  Mind you, I said that last year. And the year before.

We’ll see.

2022, Off You Fuck

The end of another year. And what can I say? It’s been… yeah, it’s been.

For me, purely personally, it’s been OK. I’ve moved location, (mainly) settled in, and organised a bundle of stuff – both getting new things I needed, and getting rid of stuff I didn’t.

As a country, it’s been shit. We’re seeing strikes, discontent, and the culmination of a generation of politically inept kleptocrats. But I don’t need to tell anybody that – we’re all living through it already.

Hopefully 2023 will contain some improvements – or at a bare minimum just be slightly less crap than 2022 has been.

It’s fair to say, though, that 2022 really won’t be missed.


So, welcome to another New Year.

I don’t know what it’ll bring, what new things will happen, and what other things will fuck up. We’re still in the midst of Very Very Weird Times, and I don’t think they’re going to go anywhere any time soon.

For the first time in a while though, I’m making some plans for this year – not resolutions by any stretch, but some changes and plans all the same. I’m not going to publicise them at the moment, but we’ll see how things go.

One thing I do want to do is get back to writing here a bit more (which is a pretty low bar, on the evidence of the last year or two) but we’ll also just have to see how that goes.

Anyway, here’s 2022. Let’s see whether it’s any good.

September Restart (Hopefully)

So, yes, I’m still alive. There’s been a bundle of stuff going on that isn’t blog-friendly (or even interesting) and August has been it’s usual shower of shit.

I don’t know why it happens, but it does, and it’s not a conscious process at all.  But I’ll have about two weeks where pretty much nothing goes right, and it whacks my brain hard, and then I realise that yes, yet again, it’s bloody August.

Obviously this year I also got slightly walloped by July, but well, who’s counting?

As is obvious, I got through it all – and in fairness, it’s nothing major that’s been occurring, I’m still in the same house, same job, nothing epic has altered.  But it hits me hard anyway, like I’ve had enough energy to keep going ’til now, then I just feel like I’ve been slammed into a wall, and there’s little to no time or energy to do anything for a few weeks.

So anyway, yes, September. Let’s see how things go from here…