Over the years I have both called myself a writer and chastised myself over the very same description. Imposter syndrome has been in full effect.

But, what is a writer? Is it purely semantic? It doesn’t help that there are various definitions.

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Birdsong is nature’s ambient music; a background, almost abstract, soundscape that, in the words of Brian Eno, accommodates “many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.”

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Last night I read BSAG’s post “Listening for the return of spring” in which she outlines an almost irrational fear of never hearing birdsong again:

“…part of my difficulty in expressing how I felt was that I was deeply embarrassed about admitting to these fears. It seemed to me a ridiculously archaic, pre-scientific folk belief, like believing that the sun will not rise tomorrow.”

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Now one rather annoying thing about scholars is that they are always using Big Words that some of us can’t understand…

…and one sometimes gets the impression that those intimidating words are there to keep us from understanding.

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I sat on the train yesterday on the way to work with the intention of writing a few notes, nothing more, but the words just flowed. I’m glad they did – it’s been too long since I tagged a post as “bypen”.

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There have been a few instances recently where WordPress users have raised the issue of comments being closed on posts published via micro.blog. My plugin works around it but I thought about adding a check to ensure the default comment status was set to ‘open’ before enabling them. This post serves as a test.

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I’ve mentioned in the past about my struggles with pen and paper – whether it is the friction of getting out the pad and having somewhere to lean, or being an impatient writer who struggles with his handwriting at anything less than a snail’s pace.

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Liked: Rhoneisms

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”

Sadly, I can relate all too well to this.

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It’s funny how the internet works sometimes: there were two moments of serendipity related to a post I’ve been working on over the past couple of days (completed last night and will be posted later.)

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It’s been frosty for the past couple of days but this morning was the first time there was that satisfying winter crunch underfoot.

The depth of frost is directly proportional to the volume of crunch.

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In the spirit of NaNoWriMo there have recently been challenges to blog (or micro blog) every day for a month; this has also followed through to December. It’s great that these have been set in order to encourage people to blog more, to write more, to build a regular habit, but I’m personally past that.

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My wife and I went to dinner with a couple of friends on Saturday evening, nothing fancy as it was more for the company than the food.

The restaurant was busy and noisy making it difficult to sometimes hear just across the table. After a while, one group left and I remarked that the “noisy table” had gone and we could hear ourselves think.

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I know I said I would concentrate on the writing and not worry about the site, but…

The look of pages with only a little text on was annoying me, it seemed scrunched up. I moved the footer section outside of the enclosing DIV so that I could auto size the main section such that the footer always appears at the bottom of the available space.

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I only discovered last night that you could put view-source: in front of the URL in (many) Android browsers to get the page source. Very handy for trying to troubleshoot dark mode CSS issues on the go.

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