Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, March 25, 2012

Nice in the sun today.


Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, March 20, 2012


I took the photos for this back in 2006 and have only just got around to stitching them into a panorama.  It hasn't merged perfectlt but it is good enough.  There is a larger one on Flickr.

It's the West Lake in Hangzhou, China, looking into Hangzhou itself.  Too wide to take in any other way.  The West Lake is very famous, the "Willow Pattern" I think is idealised images of the West Lake.  I do have more of the lake which one day I will get uploaded.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, March 02, 2012


I had forgotten how good some of the old 10CC tracks are.  Odd.  But good.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, March 02, 2012

Many of you will have alrready read it but for those who haven't, Andrea and I published our latest edition of Egyptological, our free online magazine about Ancient Egypt.  This is far and away our biggest and best edition.  For those who are not aware, a new tomb was found in the Valley of the Kings in January.  It's not one which will compare with Tutankhamun.  It is just a pit so it will never be a tourist attraction. The walls are plain.  One burial (unless it is robbed - we don't yet know) sits buried and smashed beneath rubble.  Above it is a plan burial.  I say plain - it is an elite burial all the same, properly mummified and in a wooden coffin, but that coffin is plain on the outside.  The only obvious grave good(s) is one small stella (stone slab).  The tomb is not decorated.

It is not what one thinks of as a tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.  It is even more unusual when one considers that the lady was not a member of the royal family, so far as is known at present.  That makes her the first lady outside the royal family whose tomb has been found in the Valley of the Kings.  That's pretty select.  Location, location, location and all that.  Her name is Nehemes Bastet and as usual the best spot to learn more is on News from the Valley of the Kings in the KV64 tag.  KV64 is the number assigned to the tomb.

Elsewhere I have been trying to get a mid-size upgrade done to one of my WordPress plugins.  It's called Taxonomy Picker and is the only one I have published so far.  The number of downloads is modest at about 5,000 but I hope that will grow because it is getting good ratings.  I need to start marketing it.  Now I know it sounds odd to market something I give away (it is open source) but I have plans ... That is a part of the present upgrade to move towards a lite and premium version so that I can charge for the latter.

So, I'm busy which is why it has been quiet around here!

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