31 March 2009


So I imagine a lot of you will have heard of this by now; Twilight is the first in the series of 4 books by author Stephanie Meyer, which is incidentally the name of the 4-part saga as well. You can get it for as little as £3.50 at Amazon, bargain! Oh and they've adapted it into a film.

I am just getting to the end of the first book after reading for a little over a week (slow for me). It is a really good book - I've just been mega busy - and I already have the other four books lined up;

Has anyone else read them?

Twilight inspired items now litter the internet; artwork, patisseries and loads more. So for the die-hard Twilight fans out there, here are just a few to feast your eyes on;

1. Twilight Notecard, Esty seller brixtonlane
2. 'Midnight Snack', Flickr user garycruz
3. Twilight cupcakes, Flickr user SweetToothFairy
4. more Twilight cupcakes, Flickr user Amanda, with sugar on top!

There is so much more in this Twilight inspired range, from make-up tutorials to more Etsy items e.g. bookmarks.


27 March 2009

Women in Science

I'm reluctant to call myself a scientist, just yet. But I suppose that's what I am. I also suppose I could be classed as a woman in science.

You probably know as well as I do that science isn't really a subject that women are immediately associated with but take a little butchers at this; L'Oreal's spotlight on Women in Science.

It showcases women's contribution to science over the years, going as far back as Roman Egypt in the 300's! And includes scientists like Jocelyn Bell, Marie Curie, Florence Nightingale and Nancy Rothwell - the Deputy President and Deputy Vice Chancellor at my university; The University of Manchester.

26 March 2009

Task Management

I may have blogged about this before, I don't recall. Anyway...

I'm looking for a task/time management web application so that I can organise my To-Do list(s) online as well as in my diary but it's proving more difficult than I originally anticipated. I now remember where the de-ja vu comes from; I've (unsuccessfully) looked before!

At this point, I should probably say, I'm looking for something that is compatible (i.e. integratable) with Blogger, perhaps in the form of an RSS feed or even a widget itself.

One option is Remember.The.Milk (RTM), which is very good. I've used it before and it works well. I even had a lovely little to-do list in my sidebar maaaany moons ago.

Buuuut, in my absence, RTM seem to have removed the compatibility with Blogger, in favour of applications like Twitter, Mac desktops and iPhone's, which is all well and good but a) not what I want and b) I don't have some of those. Also, I have discovered that an RSS feed just doesn't cut the mustard as it just displays the tasks as a long list without any sort of duration or chronological information i.e. all the things that RTM does show.

So, I went on the trail of other applications. I won't lie, I didn't unearth a fat lot but here's what I did find that might be useful for some of you, even if they've failed me.

This one failed at the first hurdle; it was an e-mail reminder service. But it doesn't look too bad.

2. Todopub
OK, we were off to a good start with this one ticking the 'online task management web application' box as well as 'compatible with you mobile', if that's for you. But, unfortunately, those are the only boxes it managed to tick for me.

3. Doomi
Again, failed in the starting blocks as it's a desktop application. It does look good but from what I can gather, it needs a lot of functionality improvement and it's only maintained by 1 person.

4. Your Li.st
Oh, shoot! Another e-mail and sms reminder service. We continue on.

5. ForceDo
It is very reminiscent of RTM, and looks good at first glance. However, I'd have to sign up to explore the features they offer. Something tells me it's far too new to have the features I'm looking for yet, even if it does have a Twitter feature... but then doesn't every website and their proverbial dog have one of those?

6. Rem!nderFeed

OK, so it has the word Feed in there; I didn't know whether to be weary or optimistic. Turns out, both. The feed itself looked very good but the feed would actually only contain one reminder, unless I have misunderstood the concept - why would that be useful and why would it require an entire feed?

7. Presdo

Nope, just an events web application. Boo!


Come on, I can't keep going, can I? It's definitely back to the drawing board and I may have to consider some sort of calendar style events widgety thing.

Any suggestions, I am completely open.


24 March 2009

Fix Up

Finally, my blog looks just how I want it - what do you all think?

It took me aaaages but it had to be right and this time, I really think it's gonna stick. Yay! 

19 March 2009

Loving last.fm

If you love music like me, you'll love this website; www.last.fm. Get on it people!

You can add widgets to your blog and have a nosey at what other people you know are listening to, including moi: Gingerella @ last.fm.

Oh! And I'm not sure what the weather is like where you are but Manchester is experiencing a lovely little bit of sunshine! I just know some of the Manchester residents are already walking around in shorts and flip-flop combos! It's a shame I'm stuck indoors doing boring PhD stuff. Boo!