Friday, January 17, 2014

1.9 million followers!

It all started when I caught an advert on Radio 4 for a radio play of a book I'd just finished:

@neilhimself is Neil Gaiman, the author of the book, and he retweeted my tweet. I was quite excited about it. My children found my excitement amusing, to which I would respond "1.9 million followers!", (that's how many Neil has, not me). I would freely acknowledge that not all of them saw it. 10 other people further retweeted it, 21 people favourited it and I got three new followers. A few people replied to me too. I didn't dare admit it was the first book of his that I'd read (apart from Small Gods which he jointly wrote with Sir Terry Pratchett).

Before we visited family after Christmas one of my children said that I was bound to bring it up when we saw our relatives, but I promised that I wouldn't bring it up, but I would talk about it if someone else did bring it up. Sure enough, one of the children did bring it up, so I was able to boast again about the day that Neil Gaiman retweeted me.

I never did listen to that radio play.

In other Neil news, he's taking a social media sabbatical. I wonder if I can get Stephen Fry to retweet one of my tweets (6.5M followers!)...

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Wandering among star stuff

Last night I borrowed the binoculars that one of my sons got for Christmas and looked at the moon and stars - the first time I've done that for quite a few years. Wanting to find out more I was looking at I've been wandering through some astronomy related web pages, mostly the International Astronimical Union (IAU) and found that: