Now that the webcam is up and running, I generally leave at least one browser dedicated to a constantly refreshed view of the Outside. At first I was concerned that the red splotch at the bottom - intended to be a timestamp - is pretty near illegible. But then I realized that there's only two real times of day outside my window: dark, and gray.
Living in the north of England in the winter is a bit like being stuffed inside a giant ball of damp dryer lint. Except with better curry shops. You get used to it, but it's never really pleasant.
The sad thing is, two walls of my office at work are windows, and yet I look more at the 'Groove webcam than I do at the view out my windows. That would involve turning around, you see. And that's just crazy talk.