Saturday, 3 May 2008

Can someone tell me - what is the point of tagging posts?

I will, I suppose, get round to saying something about the election results at some point, but not right now. This is the first weekend I've had free since Christmas, and the past week has been incredibly busy, so I am determined to do as little as possible: catch up with some friends (but not the one who voted for Boris and refuses to concede that means she voted Conservative); see the Joy Division film; do some shopping; watch Ronnie win the snooker (but genius is an unpredictable thing...); make the DVD player work (it hasn't since I was burgled last June); and find out where the recycling bins have gone (on the 'To Do' list for Easter - I failed then , and will probably fail again. They have vanished. I can barely leave the flat for piles of newspapers).

No doubt I will still end up reading the Sunday papers and watching Adam Boulton or Andrew Marr, by which time I might have something intelligent to say. Or not. In the meantime, feel free to join in the debate about the musical merits - or otherwise - of Lionel Ritchie; I'm quite enjoying that one.

And perhaps someone can help me with this: what is the purpose of putting labels on a post? If I tag this with 'snooker', 'Joy Division' and 'Lionel Ritchie', what difference does that make? Will I be innundated with Lionel fans proclaiming the merits of "Truly" and "Endless Love"? (I'm sure it tells me somewhere on this site, but I can't be bothered to look).


Whitby Bridge said...

Did you watch Marr or Boulton? It was embarrassing.

k said...

they are for organising your posts into categories. same as tagging your emails with labels in gmail.

if you tag your posts with labels, then ppl will be able to just click on one of those labels and they will see all the posts that you have tagged with that label. here look:

and yes, google picks up on them, so you might very well get visits from rabid lionel ritchie fans. but at least then your hits have gone up and you look popular :-)

of course, if your posts are labelled, it is much more likely that someone will stumble across embarrassing posts from months ago that you had forgotten about...

Kerry said...

Thanks k, very helpful. Didn't know you could tag emails in gmail either!

Whitby bridge - I watched Boulton and saw some clips from Marr, and I've no idea what you're talking about. I thought he was really impressive, but then I'm impressed by intelligence, substance and intellectual depth - what does it take to impress you?

And while we're doing the bank holiday weekend round-up, the Joy Division documentary was pretty good, although it revealed very little I didn't know already and I'd seen virtually all the live footage before (but then I was something of a Joy Division obsessive in my younger days and I have the cuttings files and the bootleg tapes in the attic to prove it). Like "Control" it brings back evocative memories of the North of England in the early 80s, when I was at university in Liverpool - pretty grim. But that's what happens when you elect a Tory government.

Anonymous said...

The broadsheet love-in with Curtis/Joy Division continued yesterday with an article in the Guardian Review by Jon Savage.

Curtis is given the lit-crit treatment via a brisk run through the rock 'n' roll literary canon - Burroughs, Ballard, Kafka, Dostoevsky and the inevitable Nietchze - which probably tells us more about Savage than Curtis. Although there may be the hint of an emerging scandal in Savage's total failure to mention the French - Gide, Huysmans and Lautreamont. How can this be?

The article's also somewhat undermined by Deborah Curtis's admission she'd never actually seen Ian read any of these books!

Kerry said...

The Saturday review is one of those that goes automatically into the recycling, but I guess I can find it online.

When 'Still' came out one review said that 'Something Must Break' was based on 'Crime and Punishment' (though I think he was wrong, I think it's 'The Kill'). This spurred the 17 year old me to read said book and, having been completely overawed by it, sign up to read Russian at university. Someone - Peter Saville? - actually says in the JD documentary that the band was like an advent calendar, where every song was like a window you opened onto another world, e.g. Ballard('Atrocity Exhibition'), Dostoevsky, Burroughs...

While at uni one of my favourite albums was 'The Correct Use of Soap'. One night, with amazing synchronicity 'A Song From Under the Floorboards' began... "I am angry, I am ill and I'm as ugly as sin' - just as I started reading 'Notes from the Underground', with its opening line "I am a sick man, I am an angry man, I am an unattractive man". And then of course there was Camus/ the Cure and 'Killing an Arab'. Those were the days...

Having read Deborah Curtis' 'Touching from a Distance', I'm not she would have noticed whatever he was reading!

Chris Gale said...

The Guardian is an appalling paper that pretends to be progressive but is nothing of the sort.
It is pro hunting for a start, making out that chasing animals to exhaustion before they are ripped apart (all for fun) is a 'civil liberty'.
It attracts the conservative tendency of 'greens' and 'Mr and Mrs Waitrose' 'we go on trekking holidays' types who think Cameron is the best thing since sliced bread and never misses a chance to try and undermine the Labour government.
I refuse to subsidise the awful rag.

Whitby Bridge said...

I’m out.

I’m on a heat or eat budget.

Currently I’m eating.

I cancelled my satellite and broadband. So I’m in an internet cafĂ©.

I told my ISP and NPower, and Bristol Council that Darling promised me money in September.

They said they want money now.

What’s a Labour government for?

10p tax band compensation is a tax cut for anyone on up to £40,000.

Since when has £40,000 been poor?

I worked for you in 2005. Forget about 2010.

Whitby Bridge said...

While I'm here.

All the post offices in the villages near where my mother lives are being closed down.

So users are going to the nearest one in town. That's being closed down as well.

So they're going to the Crown Post Office.

That's now a wine bar.

The PO has been relocated to a supermarket.


Except if you want to park for free (assuming you have a car) it's a £5 minimum purchase in the supermarket.

My mother, 82, went to post a parcel, fell down in the road, fractured a hip and a wrist.

Nurses are saying, our PCT was good, underspend, but were forced to amalgamate with a PCT with debts.

The new PCT had to take on the debts. We can't afford the care your mother needs.


The reality of a Labour government is now...
1 borrowed tax help for the rich
2 subsidised supermarkets
3 The NHS doesn't deliver

Whitby Bridge said...

And again

My GP referred me to UCH.

The big green PFI building on the Euston Road.

One of two centres of excellence in the UK.

I went down to the operating theatre.

The nurses were arguing over who had brought down which pillows and how many.

Is this what a Labour government is for?

Kerry said...

I'd be happy to take these issues up for you if you write to me or email me as a constituent and give me details. Otherwise it's very difficult for me to respond to such broad-brush comments (and puts you in a convenient position where you can more or less say anything without being challenged).