Facebookers! Free Ray Bans! Amazon Gift Cards! Find out who’s looking at your profile!

Hey, facebookers.

No-one’s giving out free ray-bans.

There is no way to find out who’s viewing your profile.

Amazon, Tesco and Asda are not giving out gift cards.

These are all scams. Each time you click on one, you are giving access to all of your personal data to these companies.Take a look at your “About” page. How much are you telling your friends about where you were born, went to school, your birthday…

But also, it’s clogging my timeline.

Be careful out there. It’s like a jungle, but instead of monkeys, there are bad people wanting to know your birthday/mothers maiden name/place of birth so they can try and hack your emails/credit cards.

So next time you see something, and think “Is this too good to be true?” I’m sorry to break this to you but it probably is. Sorry about that. Now stop clicking them!

Foxes and Convicts – the #LeedsPlaylist

So, I popped down to the Adelphi the other week, and bumped into the lovely @Wandapops. She told me about this new thing she’s been doing called #LeedsPlaylist. A startlingly good simple idea – like the mix tapes of old (well, not that long ago. I keep telling myself) people put together 10 tracks of songs that mean something to them.

I’ve done a silly thing called Foxes and Convicts for a few years now, and the result of that is a whole raft of ace live sessions of various Leeds* acts – so I popped them into a soundcloud playlist and wanda’s popped them on the site!

So, take a wee look. It’s at http://LeedsPlaylist.wordpress.com and well worth subscribing to (and submitting to) if you’re in Leeds and like music.

While I’m talking foxes, I’ve done a new Facebook page to keep everyone up to date with foxy goings on. Like it… If you like…


*and a little bit around and about

What’s stopping me getting a kindle?

Amazon Kindles are nifty bits of kit. Reasonably well priced, extroardinary technology in the e-ink, and the sort of size and weight that would normally be a no-brainer for picking one up ahead of my summer holiday.

Apart from one thing. I’m a Chris Brookmyre fan, but haven’t gotten round to reading his latest, which sits a bit dusty on the shelf, quietly judging me for not picking it up and reading it. Holidays will probably be my first opportunity to read it, but in hardback (along with a couple of others languishing on my to-read list) it’ll be somewhat bulky to put in my luggage, especially when I now need to hand over every scrap of spare space to nappies and dummies and the like.

The Problem with Kindles

See the problem here? Now, I assume there’s a certain level of subsidy involved, and the more expensive e-books are keeping the price of the Kindle down. Also, it turns out VAT is payable on e-books, but not on paper books. The various tax implications of an e-book on cold pasties is mind-boggling.

So, what to do? It’d be cheaper to post all my books directly to the flat I’ll be staying in on holiday… but that sort of defeats the point. And then I’ll have to somehow get them home again, unless I just leave them to be enjoyed by anyone else visiting the flat who as so far has also held out against buying a kindle.

When music and movie companies tried this trick, there was consternation and people held out – but for some reason that doesn’t apply to e-books. To be fair to the publishers – they seem to be getting away with it and who can blame them for making their cash where they can…

Are they charging more for e-books simply because they can?