Short takes: “detagging” oneself on Facebook; and the universal cleaning power of baby wipes

In the absence of a “proper” blog post, a few short takes based on things I’ve discovered these last few weeks…

“Detagging”

Over the last few months, I’ve been notified that someone has tagged me in a photo on Facebook. Great, I think, another picture from 20 years ago that I need to check to see I’m not doing anything naughty in… or “how on earth does that person have a picture of me?!”.

As it happens, some of the pictures weren’t of me – just someone who looked a bit like me, viewed from a particular angle.

It turns out that Farcebook has a help page for “how do I remove a tag from a photo or post I’m tagged in”, which is kind of handy as, however careful you are about sharing your information online, you can’t do anything about your friends.

Baby wipes and handlebar tape

Almost nine years of fatherhood have taught me lots, including that baby wipes are great for cleaning many things – goodness knows why we let them near the skin of our precious little people.

A few weeks ago, I bought myself a road bike. I was a little concerned about the white bar tape though… not likely to stay white for long, I thought. And I was right. Velominati rule #8 discusses matching the colour of saddles and bars – in the full text of the book it also talks about  keeping white bar tape clean in order to Look Fantastic at All Times. After the application of a little elbow grease and a baby wipe though, my bar tape is gleaming like (almost) new…

3 Comments

  • steve howarth
    Friday 16 August 2013 - 9:41 | Permalink


    A couple more uses for baby wipes in the same vein … removing combat camo paint (same consistency as baby poo …) and getting the adhesive off your headlights after you remove the beam deflectors and all the dead, baked-on flies.

  • Tuesday 20 August 2013 - 17:56 | Permalink


    Ah yes – I’ve certainly used them for the second of those…

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