Month: August 2019

The Scream

This is not Munch’s The Scream. It is children screaming. I met another screaming child today. He and his sister and parents were coming the other way and the screaming child was just beside himself with whatever was going on inside his head. He was half running half staggering, and screaming as he went. Really screaming. He was nearer to being afflicted rather than communicating, if that is possible. I say ‘another’ screaming child because I am seeing more of them. In my mind’s eye I can hear someone say ‘In my day we’d have given them a clip around the earhole’. I picture a conservatively-dressed man saying it. He means that the modern world has its priorities mixed up. In his view, parents don’t know how to control their children. The law says they can’t lay a finger on them: With corporal punishment forbidden, the parents are powerless. Just like the teachers in the schools. And he means that the children are probably doped up on food additives and junk food. He means that …

What Spider?

Is it a Garden Spider Araneus diadematus? I’d say body and head together measure about 15mm (2/3 of an inch). It was (still is) on the compost bin in our front garden here in central Cambridge with a web stretching across to the black bin – a distance of about 15cm (six inches). When I raised the lid on the green bin it walked sideways along the web and then back again as I lowered the lid on the bin. Reply from a spider expert What you have there is a Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus). You can recognise it by the diamond-shaped abdomen (hence the scientific name), the banded legs, and also those white dots on the dorsal area.  The colour of this species varies a lot which can lead to some confusion. They’re not dangerous, so you won’t need to move home. Scientific name: Araneus diadematusSize: Males up to 8mm, females up to 13mmDistribution: Rare. Found throughout the UKMonths seen: June to OctoberHabitat: Found in hedgerows, woodlands and gardensFood: Small invertebrates. Mostly flying insects …

WordPress.com Becomes Home.blog

A funny thing happened when I started what I thought was going to be a standard setup of a new WordPress blog. I expected it would be in the usual style of something dot wordpress dot com. I started and chose the name Pangolin, and I could see that for the free option the URL would be https://pangolin.home.blog Now I know that Automattic (the company that owns WordPress.com) bought the top level .blog domain a couple of years ago, but I never expected they would be using it to direct everything away from using the word WordPress on the front end.  As I continued I could see that in the back end the URL was pangolinhome.wordpress.com. Try typing that into the browser and you will it change to pangolin.home.blog Is this just something they are experimenting with, or is it a permanent change for WordPress.com? Follow-Up I wondered what home.blog was, so I went visiting. It is the website of A3 – Appalachia + AGI + Automattic and in the About page it says: Project …