2022-08-11:

2022-08-11: I love this way of seeing my photos for the first time.

2022-08-08:

2022-08-08:

2022-08-06: Spotted today while wandering around Edinburgh

2022-08-05: Charging the solar G-Shocks. There’s no guarantee of sunny weather in Scotland!

2022-08-04: Even though I lost tonight’s snooker, it was very close and I got the biggest break of the night.

2022-08-03: Our holiday stays at Landmark Trust properties mapped in Rego. I feel the southeast of the UK needs …

2022-07-31: Everything Everywhere All at Once was ★★★★★. Completely honkers but mesmerising.

2022-07-30: Powerless to resist the yellow charms.

2022-07-27: Support your local…

2022-07-27: My recent musings on the future of commercial photography. Am I being overly pessimistic?

2022-07-26: The trainee animator and now part ceramicist has been busy making tiny pots.

2022-07-26: Last night’s tasty beer. Release The Cranachan!

2022-07-24: I find it very disconcerting when people disappear from my micro.blog timeline and I can’t remember …

2022-07-24: Tonight I gave daughter no. 1 a haircut for the second time. The first time she was less than one …

2022-07-21: I think I’ve just ‘blown-up’ my Linn pre-amplifier.

2022-07-16: Ad-hoc cheeseboard with my @anso_of_denmark knife.

2022-07-15: Our holiday fortnight (two weeks) is coming to an end. The final weekend here is splendid …

2022-07-13: Can’t see this without thinking of Leslie Phillips in Carry On films.

2022-07-11: Barbara Hepworth museum St Ives

2022-07-10: I finished the novel Beware of Pity after it was recommended by someone in the Readers Republic …

2022-07-08: Hereford Cathedral the other day to see the Mappa Mundi. Wonderful Painting by Daughter no. 1, the …

2022-07-05: Our holiday house feels like living in a Matthew Shardlake novel.

2022-07-03: My new/old film camera is a real ugly duckling but feels and sounds marvellous and … Leica glass!

2022-06-27: Last nights Readers Republic discussions were really interesting. Our next discussion will include …

2022-06-24: New (old) film camera day and it’s a chunky boy! Still waiting on a Summicron 50mm lens before I can …

2022-06-23: First outing for the new pinhole camera. Captured on a Pentax LX with Tri-X film.

2022-06-20: Game over…. No more games of ‘Corson’ in Edinburgh.

2022-06-18:

2022-06-16: New 50p coin in the UK

2022-06-15: I still use and like Rego but I have a bad feeling about it’s future. Are there any similar apps for …

2022-06-11: First rule of stationery club: always have a writing implement within arm’s reach.

2022-06-10: I love my ‘Starship Armada’ t-shirt but wish the Liberator from Blake’s Seven wasn’t going …

2022-06-03: “It was quite a tough school. Put it this way, we had our own coroner” — John Cooper Clarke

2022-06-03: A quick game of ‘Hive’ vs. Daughter no. 1. Needless to say, I lost.

2022-05-31: Today’s #MBMay theme of endurance reminded me how much I’ve suffered as my two daughters grew up. 😂

2022-05-30: #MBMay day 30 fish (or maybe not).

2022-05-29: A micro landscape

2022-05-29: I collected my pottery this morning and I’m very happy with the results. Perhaps a bit more precise …

2022-05-29: #MBMay day 29 stripes

2022-05-28: #MBMay day 28 and a trip to the fair.

2022-05-27: #MBMay day 27 and it’s written.

2022-05-26: Couldn’t think of anything exciting for today’s #MBMay prompt so here’s some sort of schedule.

2022-05-25: New fountain pen day. An Elbwood pen from Hamburg. A beautiful combination of metal and ebonite.

2022-05-25: I take my hat off to people who regularly climb mountains. This is the only mountain I tackle …

2022-05-24: #MBMay day 24’s prompt reminded me of some intricate modern art I saw in Edinburgh some years ago. …

2022-05-23: New sticker on the laptop.

2022-05-23: Day 23’s #MBMay photo prompt reminded me of this wonderful book from the 1950s promoting the use of …

2022-05-22: A pleasant evening reading about Robert Stirling and his eponymous engine from the 1800s. I as …

2022-05-22: A cheeky pre-prandial negroni in the Blade Runner ‘glass’.

2022-05-22: Day 22 of #MBMay and socks are made from textile right?

2022-05-21: Day 21 #MBMay. Not quite symmetry as it’s two people. My wife and daughter compared a few years ago.

2022-05-20: I’ve just finished the novel O Caledonia by Elspeth Barker. Wow! Just wow, what a wonderful book.

2022-05-20: #MBMay day 20 and brewing the first beverage of the day before heading to work.

2022-05-19: A few records to work through this weekend…

2022-05-19: Just because you all insisted. Some indulgence for day 19 of #MBMay

2022-05-18: Today’s random photo for day 18 of #MBMay

2022-05-17: Some intensively hot and steamy cooking tonight!

2022-05-17: Day 17: Hold

2022-05-16: Following on from last night’s Readers’ Republic call.

2022-05-16: Today’s #MBMay photo prompt inspired me to dig out my grandad’s pocket watch.

2022-05-15: Day 15 of #MBMay and the clouds above my head in North Edinburgh right now.

2022-05-14: The #MBMay day 14 photo I took some years ago and I like the guy being followed by the distorted …

2022-05-13: Day 13 of #MBMay and an outdoor cinema event I helped organise in our local community

2022-05-12: A tranquil moment for day 12 of the #MBMay photo challenge.

2022-05-11: For day 11 of #MBMay this isn’t my photo. For someone living in Edinburgh maroon means the Heart of …

2022-05-10: I like this… “There is a real beauty in cleanliness and decency. Even inanimate things may …

2022-05-10: My AirPods Max are amazing. Just listening to a message from my daughter and the shifts in sound as …

2022-05-10: For day 10 of #MBMay it’s my beautiful Ken Matsuzaki saki flask and cup along with a small pot by …

2022-05-09: Day 9 photo challenge for #MBMay. The tulip from Amsterdam in our front garden is in bloom

2022-05-08: Problems posting photos to micro.blog tonight.

2022-05-08: For day 8 of the #MBMay photography challenge A reflection in the students’ union building in …

2022-05-07: Plenty of space to park today. #MBMay

2022-05-06: If there’s one work IT habit I particularly hate it’s adding shortcuts I can’t delete to my desktop. …

2022-05-06: My #MBMay silhouette

2022-05-05: Day 5 #MBMay photo inspired by the theme of Earth Here we are sailing back from the Scottish west …

2022-05-04: A thorny #MBMay for today.

2022-05-03: Another #MBMay photograph was an experiment using fountain pen ink dropped into water or onto wet …

2022-05-03: Today’s #MBMay photograph was an experiment developed with different iPhone apps. It started as a …

2022-05-02: Another #mbmay photo my photos in the Edinburgh Photographic Society’s members’ exhibition.

2022-05-02: Although my trial of Craft notes did not convince me to switch from Bear, the full-text search is …

2022-05-02: I’m not sure I’m tagging these #MBMay photos correctly.

2022-05-02: #mbmay photo challenge for day 2.

2022-05-01: I’m being literal with today’s #mbmay switch photo challenge. Seen in the Edinburgh Photographic …

2022-04-30: I tested importing all my notes from Bear to Craft notes yesterday. It’s a wonderful app but just …

2022-04-28: New camera day. Everyone needs two pinhole cameras and this tiny Chroma Cube looks like loads of …

2022-04-26: I’m delighted that our entire family now refers to the first attempt at anything written as the …

2022-04-24: Heterochromia

2022-04-21: Slowly recovering from COVID and on day 6 now. 🤞🏻 The loss of taste is interesting. Simple, strong …

2022-04-20: All this talk of Casio watches reminds me how much I like the iconic rectangular LCD models. The …

2022-04-20: New pen day and it’s got a high ‘fiddle factor’. It’s a Studio Neat Mark Two pocket pen.

2022-04-16: Light’s starting to fade but this is my Waterfield Bolt bag with my 15” MacBook Pro for …

2022-04-16: My wife and I are trying to stay interested in season 2 of ‘Picard’. Our eponymous hero has reunited …

2022-04-14: As of this morning the good lady psychotherapist her indoors is a ‘two striper’ on her lateral flow. …

2022-04-13: Photographed two graphics this morning…. I thought the evolution says a lot about our …

2022-04-11: I may just have ordered a new 35mm pinhole camera.

2022-04-10: Characters in TV and films never use electric toothbrushes.

2022-04-03: Dundee fairground taken with the Leica Q2M.

2022-04-03: Dundee’s murder house. Where a one-legged doctor was killed over 40 years ago and abandoned since …

2022-04-02: In my experience of malt whisky, older Glenfarclas is the only one with that lovely melted butter …

2022-04-02: I have ordered a new snooker cue. The first and last one I’m buying this century!

2022-03-31: I have to give the Weather Line credit for handling the end-of-service transition very, very, well …

2022-03-31: Last day using my long-term favourite weather app on my phone.

2022-03-30: Recent photos

2022-03-21: Today in boring techie news… I’m trying to use Alfred again on my MacBook Pro in place of …

2022-03-19:

2022-03-15: In my attempts to focus on ‘Less’ this year, I have now turned my focus on Facebook. Especially …

2022-03-13: We really enjoyed ‘I’m Your Man’ tonight. The best German film featuring an Android companion I’ve …

2022-02-23: We bid goodbye to my 96 year old Aunt today. She was always a character, planned her own service and …

2022-02-22: Travelling south for a family funeral (No-one too close) I’m not in the city now When the barmaid …

2022-02-13: I had fun doing the ‘Pick ’n’ Pluck on V3 of my Peli case for my film cameras. It’s ready to be …

2022-02-08: 📚 My review of the book ‘Sad Little Men: Private Schools and the Ruin of England’. TLDR: I totally …

2022-02-05: Tonight’s album is just about as ‘eclectic’ as the cover. Brilliant!

2022-02-05: Tonight’s craft beer experience. Florida Man DIPA. LOVERLY!

2022-01-31: I’m getting the itch to change my notes app. That must mean Bear 2.0 is imminent and will come out …

2022-01-29: Tonight’s lovely craft cider from our sample case from Scrattings that arrived this week.

2022-01-29: My daughter asked me to help her understand ‘R’ for her undergraduate course. Before I …

2022-01-28: I am fascinated by the demographics of the English-speakers who use “Hey” regularly. I hear it a lot …

2022-01-28: My wife and I watched this tonight on the BBC. Very powerful and incredibly moving.

2022-01-26: The good rules of clarity in PowerPoint slide design don’t seem to apply to the military.

2022-01-23: We watched ‘Boiling Point last night (in one continuous viewing naturally) and loved it. Quite the …

2022-01-22: Back to the Lego world map for a bit. The North Pacific just below Alaska.

2022-01-15: These are photos, just very heavily processed and layers of fountain pen ink in water or on wet …

2022-01-15: I take my hat off to daughter no. 1’s skill. She described this as a “bored doodle”, basically a …

2022-01-14: Your other national drink. What Irn Bru is to Scotland, Kinnie is to Malta.

2022-01-14: Today’s ‘EDC’.

2022-01-13: Snacking doesn’t get any more ‘Maltese’ than this!

2022-01-11: My word for 2022. It’s just a reminder for good habits I wish to develop this year.

2022-01-10: I like to think I am someone who will research the perfect office bag, buy it and then use it till …

2022-01-10: I had to declare ‘Instapaper bankruptcy’ at the weekend. The saved articles that survived the cull …

2022-01-09: Old dead dudes in the Signet Library. They make a nice cuppa tea though!

2022-01-02: Yesterday’s walk.

2021-12-31: Rewatched Pleasantville tonight. It still gets ★★★★☆

2021-12-27: Smailholm Tower in the Scottish Borders. A photo taken at this was time of year one blisteringly …

2021-12-26: Inspired by Tom Whitwell, here is my list of 52(ish) things I learned this year. I enjoyed the …

2021-12-24: Today’s ironic find while searching through our bookcases.

2021-12-23: Daughter #2 was really looking forward to SpiderMan tonight. Crowded cinema, no distancing and few …

2021-12-22: Too many cheery colour photos recently…

2021-12-22: The badges.

2021-12-22: We try to get a new Christmas tree decoration every year. How could I resist…

2021-12-18: Tonight’s badly-poured beer is a lovely refreshing bramble saison by Dimple Things Fermentations.

2021-12-17: I had some photos from my Leica Q2 Monochrom printed up to just below A2 for competition. The guy …

2021-12-14: Over the course of 2022 I want to learn to spell ‘turquoise’ with confidence!

2021-12-11: Ever since the girls were wee I’ve made a holiday videa each year with background music. Every …

2021-12-10: My stainless steel whisky tumbler looks like something from Blade Runner and is reassuringly solid …

2021-12-09: Yesterday I learned that putting film photographs into competition is a bad idea. The judge may mark …

2021-12-08: I’ve been using the beta of Omnifocus for iOS and occasionally struggle with the …

2021-12-07: Crew disembarking from HMS Queen Elizabeth in Magaluf. Brilliant improvisation or health and safety …

2021-12-05: Any iOS Shortcuts guru know if you can turn off the notifications when you use it to launch an app …

2021-12-03: This is another album that is great to work to.

2021-12-03: When I am needing to focus on writing, listening to the soundtrack from the movie Arrival on repeat …

2021-11-26: There’s something about our new toaster reminds me of David Lynch’s Dune…

2021-11-26: How do people feel photo sharing via Glass is going? I’m not sure I’m seeing enough change and …

2021-11-20: I’m trying a Gin and Kombucha. It somehow feels like it is kind of defeating the whole point of …

2021-11-20: I created a iOS focus screen to try only at work…

2021-11-16: One Scottish stereotype that is true? I need to go and speak with Jock tomorrow.

2021-11-14: I’ve just finished re-reading Backroom Boys by Francis Spufford - a book about the return of the …

2021-11-12: My wife and I were trying to remember a film we watched a long time ago and I needed to Google the …

2021-11-06: TV trivia. My flat mate and I ‘designed’ the original version of the t-shirt Stephen Fry is wearing …

2021-11-06: Today’s photography experiment. It’s lo-fi but I’m pleased with how it turned out.

2021-11-05: Love the podcast where Hans Zimmer complains about people contacting him about silence in some of …

2021-11-05: I really didn’t need it, but I’ve just ordered a Jens Ansø pocket knife.

2021-11-02: I cancelled my subscription to The Times. While their news coverage and columnists are unsurpassed …

2021-11-01: Started my new Lego project…

2021-10-27: Over on the big blog… Unexpected benefits.

2021-10-19: My love of wide apertures means I often end up carrying heavy lenses on my film cameras.

2021-10-18: I still surprise myself by accidentally ‘pressing’ the scroll bar in iOS. It’s the user experience …

2021-10-15: I’m flush with money from fountain pen sales and I’ve already turned some of it into a classic film …

2021-10-11: I am seriously considering culling my regular fountain pens down to just _nine! _

2021-10-08: That’s music for this weekend taken care of then.

2021-10-07: I loved listening to Scottish-born Nobel prize winner David MacMillan this morning. I don’t think he …

2021-10-03: I’m reflecting on my reaction to forgetting and leaving my phone behind for half a day. My immediate …

2021-10-01: 📚 I have finished one of my big books. A history of the first Afghan was confirming my thoughts that …

2021-09-28: I’m reminded by that last post that if I ever wrote a novel the protagonist would be called Paige …

2021-09-28: 📚 I have read three massive books in a row. Two still to finish and then I really need some fun page …

2021-09-28: There’s been some loose talk in this house of turning on the central heating before October. My …

2021-09-26: This weekend we explored the forest.

2021-09-15:

2021-09-14: Watching the Apple event I was struck by the thought that all the speakers had been trained to use …

2021-09-14: They are a ridiculous product but I love my Apple AirPods Max.

2021-09-12: We had great fun at the Ray Harryhausen exhibition here in Edinburgh yesterday.

2021-09-07: End of a very insignificant era. I’ve let my Carrot Weather subscription expire. Once Weather Line …

2021-09-01: My friend’s car just back from the paint shop.

2021-08-27: With it being a birthday month it’s been a good one for new records.

2021-08-27: What I find interesting about this picture from 11 years ago is that back then the only way to buy …

2021-08-25: Loved this short film from the Paralympic Games. vimeo.com/589469430

2021-08-20: 📚 This is proving to be an uncomfortably timely choice of book to read (with my ears). Underlines …

2021-08-20: Today I saw a young man get in his hatchback and carefully pull on string-backed driving gloves …

2021-08-20: It was a very early start to the day but exciting too as daughter no. 1 heads off to Michigan to …

2021-08-15: Suggs’ ‘My Life Story’ on Sky Arts ghix weekend has been my favourite TV for a while.

2021-08-14: Edinburgh’s strange little western street.

2021-08-12:

2021-08-12: This really is a remarkable coffee, quite unlike anything I’ve ever tried before.

2021-08-11: I’m quite the fan of the square G-Shock LCD watches…

2021-08-11: My daughter is studying in Michigan for one semester. 😀 Any recommendations on SIM choices for …

2021-08-10: There seems to be an frequent requirements creep that leads to simple notes apps becoming document …

2021-08-09: It was so great to be back on Lundy last month and a great week in Government House. What a …

2021-08-08: 📚 A friend talks about reading books with your eyes (traditional books) or ears (audio books). I …

2021-08-07: I think this Schon Design Ultem pen is going to be a real workhorse. I’ve used it to rehouse my …

2021-08-05: Siri’s British Voice 2 resembles Ben Whishaw. Using my phone for navigation feels like getting …

2021-07-31: I miss the remoteness of Lundy Island but it’s nice to be back in touch with people again and …

2021-07-29: Daughter no. 1 and I went to see the new David Hockney iPad exhibition. The work has a huge impact …

2021-07-27: Just back from one week on Lundy Island again. Not too shabby and well off the grid. No signal to …

2021-07-20: Verity

2021-07-18: Tomorrow we cross the border into England as they declare Freedom Day. Be kind to us!

2021-07-17: Over the years I’ve had more powerful calculators that have more features and run faster but this …

2021-07-11: I was watching a Little Mix with daughter no. 1 and they were doing a call and response with the …

2021-07-08: Today, I learned of the 1555 painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by Pieter Bruegel. I loved …

2021-07-07: Well, my simplified life without film cameras didn’t last long. Nothing too outrageous this time but …

2021-06-27: I think I prefer my Mac icons to be bigger and irregular. These new style lozenges just look smaller …

2021-06-25: The power of music and the relevance of ancient myths. A song written over 300 years ago was …

2021-06-23: Tonight’s lovely craft beer. Tynt Meadow at 7.4%, England’s Trappist ale.

2021-06-23: I’ve been waiting for this book for quite some time now. Excited!

2021-06-20: Today I had breakfast in bed and dinner cooked by daughter no. 2 and a beautiful painted rock from …

2021-06-19: Slide rules

2021-06-16: 📚 Just finishing this and it might just be the best book I’ve read so far this year. In theory it’s …

2021-06-15: Last night in bed my wife was reading a Maltese novel out loud. It was like a bed time story in …

2021-06-13: Literally street photography… I thought this was beautifully drawn by whoever had created it …

2021-06-13: 📚over on the other blog,poetry please

2021-06-10: Who remembers the good old days computer when hard drives were bigger than a pair of size 8 safety …

2021-06-08: If one sits on steps in Stockbridge , Edinburgh, in the we evening it’s the sort of place where …

2021-06-08: I love East of Eden so this book has been fascinate and really engrossing.

2021-06-07: Reheating last night’s smoked fish pie for lunch today. Even in an half-empty office building I …

2021-06-06: I love those days we (I say ‘we’ but I mean ‘I’ 😀) can hang clothes outside to dry. Unlike those …

2021-06-05: My first visit to Typewronger in Edinburgh. Not my last. Books, typewriters and a free origami …

2021-06-04: It’s a Friday watch day for the start of the weekend. A change from my usual sober IWC.

2021-06-03: John Steinbeck on writing East of Eden There’s no hurry. All the time and all the story in …

2021-06-02: I’m keeping a list of one new thing I learn each week and have an entry for this week. Daughter no. …

2021-06-01: Tonight’s craft beverage. Nepalese Himalayan Spring Green Tea.

2021-05-30: It was so good to be back in the cinema this morning. The trainee animator and I went to see …

2021-05-22: We just watched the animated movie The Michells vs. The Machines. What a blast!

2021-05-21: Final lovely beer of the night.

2021-05-21: I’m so excited to be going back to the cinema next Sunday. Wolfwalkers at 10:00am and it’s so cheap!

2021-05-21: Tonight’s lovely refreshing local beer.

2021-05-18: Daughter no. 1 is enjoying a grapefruit gin and tonic in her Christmas tea cup.

2021-05-17: I don’t enjoy shaving enough to do it often but I do enjoy the rituals of shaving. I think my new …

2021-05-13: I slays think Royal Mail has an odd idea of how tracking is supposed to work. Most of the time, …

2021-05-11: The Trainee Animator is working in a leisure project inspired by one of my beer can labels. Turning …

2021-05-09: 📚 This book turned out to be a really great graphic novel. More of a family drama than a superheroes …

2021-05-07: So there you are, watching your wife’s old home movies and what do you see? A car from the future! …

2021-05-02: Bloody Brexit. I was ordering something from the US but the maker had to cancel the order. He had …

2021-05-01: Freshly out the oven and imagine the aroma! Sometimes it’s hard to be a coeliac.

2021-04-30: Latest gadget from cult of Apple. Rather impressive.

2021-04-30: I just saw a late middle-aged rocking a ‘Hitler’ moustache. Really!

2021-04-30: First time back in the gym for over one year! 😀

2021-04-30: You can certainly manage an on-site engineering team from home but can you lead them?

2021-04-25: Slimming down my RSS feeds over the weekend. There have been demotions, promotions, expulsions and …

2021-04-25: I am constantly amazed and delighted at the talent of The Trainee Animator!

2021-04-24: We’re watching the film ‘Sound of Metal’ tonight. I don’t think there was ever a better illustration …

2021-04-23: Tonight’s lovely basic beer is Tartan Shark, a 70/- (shilling) from Edinburgh’s smallest brewery.

2021-04-21: The book I am reading - A Triumph of Genius - is highlighting the parallels between Edwin Land and …

2021-04-20: I have been checking to see if my kindle has been enabled to have a Lock Screen showing the current …

2021-04-20: I may have see if I can order some ‘tether online. I seem to have exhausted my current stock. 😀

2021-04-19: Y’ Awright Pal? Seen in sunny Leith yesterday

2021-04-17: I hate getting rid of books but it’s great when it unearths a forgotten gem. All the good stuff …

2021-04-17: Encountered this cheeky face on a recent stroll round the block.

2021-04-15: I’d forgotten that I used to take photos of typography and signs. I enjoyed looking at these again …

2021-04-15: As someone who still goes into a work, albeit a quiet one, I’m seeing a steady pattern in the new …

2021-04-15: Things that bring me joy each time I use them. My Kaikado tea and coffee caddies.

2021-04-12: This was one of the film lenses I sold recently and one I loved as a portrait lens when the girls …

2021-04-11: I’m battling through backing up a ton of old home movies to Amazon S3 but it’s painfully slow with …

2021-04-08: I think my next mini-project to simplify my life should be to get rid of the many, many bags I’ve …

2021-04-07: Just finished reading this. Fantastic book and very dark. Some odd little anachronisms in the …

2021-04-03: Out for a stroll in the sun near The Bridge.

2021-04-02: After the trauma of moving to university, delays in choosing and a global pandemic we finally got …

2021-03-29: I was surprised how much I enjoyed this documentary on the BBC. It”s less about Britain’s Trappist …

2021-03-26: Off to clear out daughter no. 1’s student flat tomorrow. Students started their time in university …

2021-03-25: That’s my reduction in cameras complete now with the arrival of my Oberwerth camera bag. Two …

2021-03-22: There are certain applications I just know, without even trying them, it’s worth paying to upgrade. …

2021-03-12: Sad to see my favourite iOS weather app Weather Line pulled from the App Store (so no more updates) …

2021-03-11: Every time I hear “diarised” I grind a tiny bit of enamel from my teeth.

2021-03-06: I am loving this new camera!

2021-03-02: A few thoughts about my Leica Q2 Monochrom that ended-up much longer than I first thought…

2021-03-01: Tonight’s dinner time conversation piece may not mean much unless you are of a certain age and …

2021-02-28: That sinking feeling…

2021-02-28: Last night’s bread making adventure―not made by coeliac me. Japanese melon bread, which is as …

2021-02-21: We watched Wonder Woman 1984 tonight. Would anyone like the four ★s that are spare after my review?

2021-02-20: Instapaper seems to have become very sluggish over the last few days. That’s triggered one of …

2021-02-20: I was surprised to get a letter from our NHS inviting me for my first COVID vaccination on Monday …

2021-02-19: I had a real Proustian moment with this beer. The smell took me straight back to sipping Granny …

2021-02-16: A question from Brian Eno: If you were transported back to the year 700 what technology would you …

2021-02-16: Always a treat to get one of these after having a blood sample taken.

2021-02-11: I always find it reassuring to boot my Mac off my backup drive. However slowly…..

2021-02-10: Watching a photography lecture by Douglas Dunker III and enjoying a Texan brown ale.

2021-02-06: The Dig ★★★★☆

2021-02-06: Got a new picture to hang back from the framers.

2021-02-05: I love how books can move the reader anywhere in time and space. It’s perhaps a little ironic I’m …

2021-02-05: Just got the estimate for the sale of my old film cameras and confirmation they should sell quickly. …

2021-01-28: Hell no! My only connection to Danny is that I took the photo that’s on his Wikipedia page.

2021-01-27: I am really enjoying this album. It’s challenging stuff but it’s great to find something that’s …

2021-01-26: I already wanted to visit Oregon. I really do now! youtu.be/KIC-XmyEf…

2021-01-23: My daughter challenged me on getting rid of all my film cameras and how can I sell this camera?

2021-01-23: Cameras for sale. I am going to miss some of these cameras but they were simply beyond my reach when …

2021-01-23: Well, I now have a 14.5kg shipping box full of analogue and digital cameras and lenses ready to go …

2021-01-22: Quote of the day: “To live in Wisconsin is to watch people leave.”

2021-01-19: The trainee animator has been creating a retired gentleman who is also a passionate beekeeper.

2021-01-19: I am trying to adopt a theme of simplicity this year and iterating and evolving on what that means …

2021-01-19: In this year when I’m trying to simplify my life I’m seriously thinking about selling all my digital …

2021-01-09: I love my kindle. I enjoy reading physical books too. On top of that there is something uniquely …

2021-01-03: Using a sheet of ice as a filter.

2020-12-31: My ’Festive Five’ or most played/favourite songs from 2020

2020-12-30: I’m starting to think I should just bite the bullet and update my Mac to the new OS rather than …

2020-12-29: The trainee Animator has been busy painting some records as a gift for her sister…

2020-12-22: Observations further suggest in risk status-dependent manners that adding cheese and red wine to the …

2020-12-22: Visiting some old friends today, both 80+, and with health issues reminds me of a saying that …

2020-12-20: First ’live’ gig since you-know-what… It was great to be able to watch Lau play live again.

2020-12-19: ♬♩ All I want for Christmas is a Big Sur compatible version of my favourite backup software… …

2020-12-12: That’s the tree up! We’re fans of maximalism here so all the old favourite decorations are out …

2020-12-10: I replaced my old Garmin hill walking GPS with a more modern version. I’m loving just how quickly …

2020-12-07: Weird thing I’ve learned today? There’s a research paper published about the bad things …

2020-12-06: I think I just finished my book of the year. Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan (it may be called Caledonian …

2020-12-05: This morning I have been making a surprise fun Christmas gift for the family. Just needs printed …

2020-12-03: Excited to book a couple of tickets to this ‘gig’. as the daughter and I are big fans or Lau.

2020-12-03: 2020 has felt like Philip Pullman’s description of his world in The Secret Commonwealth “Things …

2020-12-02: Laughed out loud! A Writer and Three Script Editors Walk Into a Bar

2020-11-30: This morning… “What sort of person puts butter in the film drawer‽” “What sort of person has …

2020-11-27: Any micro.bloggers use Standard Notes? Thoughts? I do like the focus on privacy but other than that, …

2020-11-26: Treat of the day was using FaceTime to see my daughter’s reaction to the chest burster scene from …

2020-11-25: Best productivity aid for me? A personal whiteboard I can glance at, mark-up and prioritise all the …

2020-11-24: Rebecca (2020) ★★★☆☆ boxd.it/ighW

2020-11-21: I’ve replaced my well worn Snowsled Ventile smock with a new one made in the north of Scotland by …

2020-11-06: I’m excited and a little nervous to have joined the Edinburgh Photographic Society, founded in 1961. …

2020-11-01: I love these old photos from Edinburgh taken in 1954

2020-10-31: It’s nice. The house is quiet — the good lady doctor her indoors is having a lie-in, daughter no. 1 …

2020-10-29: Sorted for cider for a little while.

2020-10-27: This is interesting Basically confirms apps owned by Facebook) except WhatsApp are shady with data. …

2020-10-27: And speaking of cider I’ve ordered another mixed case for the ‘dealer’ @bsag recommended. More focus …

2020-10-27: I am really delighted with the sarnies (aka sandwiches) I’m making from leftover homemade roast …

2020-10-26: The first major overhaul of my phone’s Home Screen in quite some time. I’m finding stacked widgets …

2020-10-25: I’ve suddenly been getting this exciting message associated with my boring old HP laserjet printer. …

2020-10-24: Anyone know if @gluon has a URL scheme? Or some other way to launch it through apps such as Launch …

2020-10-16: With one notable exception¹, I believe authors should never read their own book Emma Smith, author …

2020-10-15: (I wouldn’t disagree of any of the subscriptions on this …

2020-10-14: 📷 #ADayInTheLife 17:30 GMT + 1.00 Edinburgh One final glimpse of a favourite street in Stockbridge …

2020-10-14: 📷 ADayInTheLife 5:30pm GMT + 1.00. Edinburgh. Killing some time I. The evening while my daughter is …

2020-10-04: I’m looking forward to working through the Pile of Unread Books that doesn’t seem to get smaller. I …

2020-10-02: Face Masks Over the last few months I’ve tried a few face masks―both disposable and reusable. I’ve decided …

2020-10-01: When I dropped off daughter no 1 at university on Monday I had a chance for a walk by the River Tay.

2020-10-01: It’s getting to be that time of year again.

2020-09-28: Nice to be back in Dundee where you can still buy a ‘Grade A’ stuffed fox.

2020-09-28: Dropping-off daughter #1 at ‘university’ for her second year. The quotes are because I’m really not …

2020-09-27: Something stung me or bit me behind the knee yesterday. I suspect it was one of these.

2020-09-25: I received a couple of large boxes of cider today, following up on a recommendation from @bsag. My …

2020-09-25: I was powerless to resist the new DM41X

2020-09-20: I saw this intriguing notice stuck to a lamppost on the edge of Victoria Park yesterday. Always …

2020-09-19: Wandering around Edinburgh

2020-09-19: Who knew there was such a thing as the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. “It’s terribly kind …

2020-09-19: Well that was brilliant! It’s an old story but this new translation really brings it to life and the …

2020-09-19: I’m amazed at the power of Wright’s Coal Tar Soap to fill a house with that smell of visiting …

2020-09-18: I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from Field Notes notebooks but the latest edition looks fantastic

2020-09-18: For the moment I’m taking a very cautious approach to iOS widgets but if a couple of key apps update …

2020-09-17: Looks like I might be switching from Coda to Nova for my hand-cranked websites.

2020-09-15: I’ve frequently combined matching pen and ink colours. This is a new one for me―matching pen and …

2020-09-13: Chute

2020-09-12: It’s definitely planner season now! The Hobonichis arrived yesterday and I’ve already got the …

2020-09-12: I was lucky enough to find another lovely Moby Dick pottery work from the late Eric Marwick.

2020-09-12: I’m on a dark black & white kick exploring Edinburgh at the moment.

2020-09-11: A restrained selection from Hobonichi this year. 2020 has challenged the need for my traditional …

2020-09-11: New sushi place on Broughton Street in Edinburgh now open. It would be rude not to try them. Yum!

2020-09-11: I’m reading Iain Banks’ The Bridge and I’m pretty sure a Culture knife missile makes a cameo …

2020-09-08: I am really enjoying reading Emily Wilsons translation of Homer’s The Odyssey

2020-09-05: I think I might enjoy this story…

2020-09-04: Well that was a fun test ride of a VanMoof electric bike but a bit clunky in places. Only a giant …

2020-09-03: Wife and daughter #1 have been binge watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer They have just watched the …

2020-09-02: I think one of the smarter things I ever did was not over-managing my RSS feeds. These groups work …

2020-09-01: Today’s the day I would normally buying next year’s Hobonichi Techo. I’m not sure my needs are quite …

2020-08-31: For the first time in ages I had to refer to ‘Horowitz and Hill’ today. The HP-15C was added as an …

2020-08-30: That doesn’t happen often… My preferred iOS Pinboard bookmarking app was just updated.

2020-08-30: The lifecycle of a blackberry.

2020-08-30: I’m engrossed in the BBC Work Service Podcast, The Bomb. [Some initial …

2020-08-27: I enjoyed this film from 1902 of a ‘flying’ railway. It’s so steampunk I could imagine it coming …

2020-08-26: I tried my Happy Hacking Keyboard at work this morning. Disappointed that something that just works …

2020-08-25: Today’s highlight was getting back to a dental checkup after you-know-what. On the other side of the …

2020-08-23: Some cooking and baking today. Dishoom’s Awadhi Lamb Biryani is complicated but delicious. My wife …

2020-08-20: And. Beathe…

2020-08-18: Tonight’s craft beer went straight down the plughole. My daughter​​ bought me a can of Pilot’s Ultra …

2020-08-16: Thx weekend I may just have preordered a tweed dressing gown!

2020-08-10: New clean desk policy at work due to you-know-what. I’ve decided to just keep this stone on my …

2020-08-08: They don’t come along too often. A funny New Yorker cartoon.

2020-08-08: I am loving rereading East of Eden as a Folio Society hardback. Steinbeck’s writing is so fine, like …

2020-08-07: Tonight’s semi-lockdown stroll was to the breakwater after Granton Harbour. Lots of fisher-folk …

2020-08-07: That should have started ”Among my collection”…

2020-08-07: Amazing MF my collection of far too many bags I had forgotten I had this Topo Designs Mini Mountain …

2020-08-05: I keep looking at my beta period Roam Research database and wondering if I should use it. It’s …

2020-08-04: Back to work today after a wonderful week in this bay in Caithness. Not the holiday we originally …

2020-07-26: Recently I’ve learned how convenient it is to use a strop to keep a sharp edge on a knife. Loads …

2020-07-18: I just watched the movie ’Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ for the second time and I don’t …

2020-07-16: I finished reading Platform Seven today and it was excellent. It’s the best ghost story set in …

2020-07-11: 🎥 What did micro.blog film club make of The Lighthouse? it’s stuck with me for the last few days …

2020-07-11: Ending the morning with a wee bit of Erland Cooper’s third Orkney trilogy album Hether Blether. …

2020-07-11: Here’s my summer break pile of books and I’m looking forward to diving in. There should be a kindle …

2020-07-09: Well the movie The Lighthouse was brilliant and intensely gripping but I’m not sure a story of …

2020-07-08: The five best Bond novels. I don’t agree with all the list but, from my experience, I would agree …

2020-07-06: Love a good hand-painted sign!

2020-07-04: I love physical books but I also enjoy e-books, which are still ‘books’. Whenever I buy a new kindle …

2020-07-01: I feel I’m coming to Setapp subscriptions very late but I appear to have enough apps from their …

2020-06-30: The Garmin Instinct is proving to be a near-perfect activity tracker. Not too smart, very light and …

2020-06-19: My sequential reading (actually listening) of Iain M. Banks’ Culture novels does not go well. I’m …

2020-06-18: I have a pet hate in those companies who provide contact forms and ways to get in touch by social …

2020-06-12: I am very tempted by the Roam pricing but I’m conscious to be truly effective I would need to close …

2020-06-10: The world of tea naming seems just that little bit more romantic than coffee with teas called …

2020-06-04: To paraphrase Tolstoy I’m finding that all iOS email apps are good in the same way but each app’s …

2020-06-03: Following a recent post where I analysed my fountain pens here’s something about a pen I love at the …

2020-05-30: With today’s update and the ‘Mobius’ app icon, Tot for iOS looks hugely more polished.

2020-05-30: One side effect of the lockdown is a bit of a spring clean and records out of storage. Some serious …

2020-05-29: The Little Mermaid of Lockdown

2020-05-25: 🎥 Little Women

2020-05-16: One thing my experiments with the Preside email app on iOS have taught me is the value of having …

2020-05-15: Hammers are clearly en vogue on my iPhone at the moment.

2020-05-15: I love the line “Long and slow, but necessarily so”. youtu.be/k0bWqq8sQ…

2020-05-15: This old t-shirt design has never seemed more appropriate. 😀

2020-05-14: It’s new fountain pen day today and the word of the day is ‘chattoyance’. 😀

2020-05-10: I saw an app called Preside described as ‘MailMate’ for iOS on a mailing list today. So I’m trying …

2020-05-08: A gift from colleague. I’m looking forward to adding this subtle flavour to my cooking.

2020-05-07: As a child of the 70s… I. Was. Powerless. To. Resist…

2020-05-03: Tonight’s lockdown theme was brought to us by the letter ‘P’. we also enjoyed some home …

2020-05-02: This afternoon’s music.

2020-04-29: I’m missing the chance to pop into a pub on occasion. Places like one of my locals, The Dreadnought. …

2020-04-28: This week our Sunday dinner theme was to dress as someone from the past.

2020-04-24: You know you’ve done a good job with your kids when you are cooking and say “that smells good¹” and …

2020-04-24: When I was a kid white eggs were the only eggs, now they just look like fake eggs.

2020-04-14: I’m enjoying the focus the Tot app gives to my temporary notes. Only seven notes means they either …

2020-04-12: Lockdown dressy board games night with kilts and and prom dresses was great fun.

2020-04-12: The die is cast. I’ve ordered hair clippers!

2020-04-02: I saw this nice poem when I was out for a stroll.

2020-04-01: The art student has been on a baking adventure. Chocolate brioche anyone?

2020-03-30: If I’m not going anywhere for a while it would be a good time to read one of the big books I never …

2020-03-29: I really like Gluon as an app for micro.blog. Just wish it saved timeline positions.

2020-03-27: Someone in this house tightens twist ties anti-clockwise. There, I’ve said it… I’M SO …

2020-03-27: One bonus. The coffee is better while home working.

2020-03-26: I am finding these are really lifting my spirits when I see them. It doesn’t matter how big, small …

2020-03-22: I’m guessing a lot of people are feeling like this right now. Still, at least the little Guy is …

2020-03-22: We enjoyed Knives Out tonight.

2020-03-20: It’s for things like this I love living in Edinburgh.

2020-03-20: Not hoarding. This is perfect for me. 1kg tins of Peanut Butter. As some of my oldest friends could …

2020-03-13:

2020-03-10: I’ve just finished reading this and it was wonderful. I love Olive Kitteridge and Elizabeth Strout …

2020-03-08: It was good to see Unread 2 out for RSS on iOS yesterday. I was really impressed and delighted the …

2020-03-06: Reading The Guardian tonight I’ve come to the conclusion there is something very racy about the …

2020-03-06: My audio book tour through Iain M. Banks’ Culture novels in the order they were published continues. …

2020-03-04: I am reading Elizabeth Strout’s Olive, Again and really enjoying what is fine writing but the …

2020-03-04: New (old) pen day. A Conway Stewart from 2011 and it has a lovely wet fine 18K nib.

2020-03-01: Today I’ve completed an experimental month of time tracking with Toggl. My conclusion? Interesting …

2020-03-01: The trainee artist has been working on tapestry and the theme of cats for the last couple of weeks. …

2020-02-29: I think I’m going to find the Icon Factory’s app ‘Tot’ very useful indeed.

2020-02-29: Complete!

2020-02-28: A wee treasure trove of classic clothing in Edinburgh. Next winter they promise to have tweed …

2020-02-27: 📚 🔗 Over on my other blog. How I read

2020-02-24: Mind. Blown! (People from the UK of a certain age may remember Johnny Ball’s TV programmes)

2020-02-24: Going old school in my calculator choice at work for a while.

2020-02-23: After some time off, I got a chance to do more of the Lego lunar lander again today.

2020-02-22: One of those “all seasons” days here in Edinburgh.

2020-02-21: As a long term user of the Pinboard bookmarking service, the ecosystem around it feels a bit …

2020-02-18: 📚 I just finished reading A Very Stable Genius, my only book about the Trump presidency. Without …

2020-02-16: Consider Phlebas I have finished book 1 in my Iain M Banks ‘Culture’ audio book series and reading them in the order …

2020-02-11: I know this is going to sound like a curmudgeonly old man, but a gentleman should not show his socks …

2020-02-10: And now it’s time to start on the spacecraft…

2020-02-10: For all you lovers of better pencils.

2020-02-09: With the lunar surface finished, it’s time to start the spacecraft next.

2020-02-08: Two very different cats seen around Edinburgh today.

2020-02-05: It’s that time again Lego fans! Days of agonisingly slow building as I finally start my Apollo lunar …

2020-02-02: I have really enjoyed the Audible podcast The Sun King presented by David Dimbleby. It’s an in-depth …

2020-02-01: I’m unexpectedly feeling quite sad my country is no longer part of the EU. I have no time for …

2020-01-29: I’ve decided my next audio books series to read in the order they were published is Iain M. Banks …

2020-01-28: 🔗 A few thoughts on the pleasures of good malt whisky. 🥃 Sláinte!

2020-01-25: Some wonderful old photos at the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

2020-01-21: I’m very impressed with how the design of the Netflix show ‘Sex Education’ makes it ok for adults to …

2020-01-19: I find it remarkable that I am enjoying reading a book that was printed in Edinburgh, less that 1½ …

2020-01-18: Dying flowers…

2020-01-17: Scratching an old itch, I’ve just ordered a Kaikado tea caddy. I’m looking forward to seeing it age …

2020-01-12: Today I saw a homeless man I’ve spoken with a few times, took a punt and gave him 66% of what he …

2020-01-09: Following-up last night’s conversation involving @jack @tones @twelvety and @adamproctor How have …

2020-01-03: I am starting to find Roam more useful as I add to it and learn more about it. I think it was @jack …

2020-01-02: I think my calculator knows we’re heading back to work soon!

2019-12-31: The girls and I managed to haul ourselves out to the borders for a wee photo walk this morning.

2019-12-30: 🔗 Over on my main blog:2019 in numbers…

2019-12-29: Saddened to learn of the death of the Scottish writer (and more) Alasdair Gray.

2019-12-28: 📚 I just finished reading this book and it was wonderful and engrossing and full of interesting …

2019-12-27: I am so looking forward to reading this beautiful Christmas gift. A copy of The Jungle Books printed …

2019-12-25: So many wonderful and thoughtful gifts this year. I am amazed the Trainee Artist made this and …

2019-12-24: After a lovely Thai meal out with family and long consideration of Santa’s favourite, I will declare …

2019-12-23: ‘The’ Bridge…

2019-12-21: Feeling more Christmassy now. A Christmas Carol at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre was superb.

2019-12-19: The trickle-down food chain economy of iPhones going to offspring has taken place early. My …

2019-12-14: Well, our decorations are old, they don’t match or they were made at nursery or primary school but …

2019-12-14: In dreich Scottish weather it’s so useful to keep a waxed-cotton jacket in the boot of the car. …

2019-12-13: I really liked the geometry of these light shades at the V&A in Dundee.

2019-12-12: I’ve not done one of these in a while but I am on holiday… Tonight’s crafty beer is a lovely …

2019-12-07: If this somewhat bizarre combination of a vinyl record of mechanical keyboard sounds is going to …

2019-12-04: I know what I’d vote for in the Wildlife Photographer of The Year awards. This photo of mice blows …

2019-12-03: Inspired by @jack’s old sidebar, I’ve written about a screenshot that’s been sitting on my computer …

2019-12-03: A blog post from @jack about an old blog sidebar has got me excitedly looking over an old screenshot …

2019-11-30: I enjoyed creating OFFIMGs for my DM42 calculator. It’s quite a challenge making them work on the …

2019-11-29: Daughter no. 1 prides herself in wrapping presents in an impregnable manner. So for her 18th …

2019-11-28: I only recently learned how difficult it is to sync Soulver 2 files on iOS with Soulver 3 on the …

2019-11-26: I’m reading Nine Suitcases by Béla Zsolt and finding it a hard text to read. But just occasionally a …

2019-11-24: Over on my main blog, a review of Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy. In short, wonderful and a …

2019-11-22: Overheard in the street just now: “ She’s an old lady, of course she goes to the bingo!”

2019-11-21: I was in Dundee today to visit and feed the trainee artist and was called upon to photograph the …

2019-11-20: It may not look very spectacular now but I reckon this London Tan Oak Bark leather is going to be …

2019-11-16: That was a tricky one today!

2019-11-15: I’ve ordered a leather cover form my MARK + FOLD diary from Tanner Bates in Devon. In the past they …

2019-11-10: Given our family connection with Malta I found this piece of history appropriate for today and very …

2019-11-09: I enjoyed watching Dave play a Tiny Desk concert. Psychodrama has been one of my favourite recent …

2019-11-08: I found it hilarious watching a young guy in the gym obsessively checking his physique and …

2019-11-08: It’s a day off and I’m settling down to start reading The Buried Giant and enjoying listening to the …

2019-11-06: The Red Oxx C.C Rider has proven to be the perfect briefcase for me.

2019-11-04: “This is Roy. He was in the next cottage to us one summer holiday”. Would I lie to you?

2019-11-02: I feel I should write something on my blog about my long association with the Scotch Malt Whisky …

2019-11-02: We’re undertaking a rigorous clear out of books―to make room for more of course. It’s time to bid …

2019-11-01: Having some photoshop fun with one of last week’s graffiti pictures.

2019-10-28: Dock icons are centred as they should be in iOS 13.2!

2019-10-27: I have a little treasure trove of graffiti near my home.

2019-10-22: I think after a moment of temptation I’m going to wait for the first update of MacOS Catalina before …

2019-10-19: So the part of me that loves book loves this. And the same part of me that lives book is screaming …

2019-10-18: Today’s wee treat is a follow-up to one of my favourite photography books. Volume 2 of Jeff Bridges …

2019-10-15: Ooohhhh. I like this! A case for the Happy Hacking Keyboard.

2019-10-11: I’m enjoying the ‘Ancillary Justice’ trilogy but keep being haunted by thoughts of Iain M. Banks …

2019-10-11: Pulled in two directions on when I Update to Catalina. Waiting for my backup software to be …

2019-10-11: I am also really enjoying the Spoke Pen and it’s cousin the Baux pen. I do like orange!

2019-10-10: I am really liking my LAMY 2000 Bauhaus. At the end of the day, it’s just a plastic LAMY in a …

2019-10-09: Looks like the latest version of Icro has lost its gestures for conversations and replying. I’d kind …

2019-10-09: 🔗 📚 Over on my main blog, a review of the book Vietnam by Max Hastings.

2019-10-08: Checking my compatibility with Mac OS Catalina I’m not surprised the two big culprits are Adobe and …

2019-10-04: BBEdit 13? That’s a bit of a no-brainer decision - upgrading now…

2019-09-25: Any Flickr users know of an iOS app that allow the embed code for photos to be copied? I’d like to …

2019-09-25: I wonder whether there’s much correlation between the zoom level in Microsoft Word and the age of …

2019-09-24: It’s pay day and I just treated myself to a Kinu M47 coffee grinder. My word, it feels beautifully …

2019-09-24: I am hoping the iOS 13.1 sorts out some of the islet experience mess the mail app has become.

2019-09-21: One day I will research the long history of the English confectionary trade’s fascination with Parma …

2019-09-21: I am really liking Feedbin’s native app for iOS. It’s super simple and gets the job done.

2019-09-20: The Trainee Artist has been hard at work in DJCAD¹ this week. ——- 1. Duncan of Jordanstone College …

2019-09-20: I can’t quite believe iOS 13 responds by saying “Curation complete” after I send a photo to my …

2019-09-16: ‘Animated’ car indicators. An excellent example that just because you can do something doesn’t mean …

2019-09-16: 🔗 So much of this rings true with my own feelings about my daughter starting university. it also …

2019-09-14: This afternoon’s listening. The ‘Dave’ artwork really stands out at the bigger album size.

2019-09-06: My Red Oxx CC Rider is proving to be The One Bag To Rule Them All.

2019-09-06: This is going to be a tough and hopeful weekend. Daughter no. 1 moves off to a new city to start art …

2019-09-05: 📚 I just finished reading Joseph Conrad’s ‘The Secret Agent’ and enjoyed it. In particular, towards …

2019-08-28: I am really enjoying playing with Airtable for my lightweight database needs. Quick and easy to use …

2019-08-27: Exploring something different with photography to try and shake things up a bit. This is an imagined …

2019-08-25: Just for completeness I’ve warmed-up my lock screen with a staircase from Newhailes House near …

2019-08-25: I am really happy with moving my phone to only have the apps I use every single day on the home …

2019-08-21: I watched Rams: Principles of Good Design on the BBC last night. There was lots of lovely stuff to …

2019-08-14: This candid photo captures the reaction of children across Britain to the news that the UK is …

2019-08-13: Seen at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and shot with Tri-X film using a Mamiya RZ67 Pro II camera.

2019-08-10: Waiting to see Neneh Cherry at the Edinburgh Festival tonight.

2019-08-09: Bit of a contrast between today’s two cameras.

2019-08-08: The artist in our family has been at work again.

2019-08-07: Just pre-ordered my MARK + FOLD diary for 2020 which is exciting to look forward to as it’s proving …

2019-08-06: 🔗 New blog post following-up on my [search for the perfect messenger …

2019-08-03: As well as their travel bags, I really like Red Oxx’s shopping bags. Truly a bag for life!

2019-08-01: 🔗 Over on my main website, a long post about bags and luggage.

2019-07-30: 📚 I’ve just finished reading a couple of history books about project Apollo in the 1960s. I think my …

2019-07-28: I really like this music. Playing the record for the second time tonight while finishing a good …

2019-07-28: All the pencils used by my daughter over the course of a year at secondary school

2019-07-27: We went to paint some pottery last weekend and for most of us that meant patterns and little …

2019-07-26: I was delighted to learn there’s a Flickr group called Misanthropic planning about urban planning …

2019-07-25: New blog post. Using my new RZ67 medium format camera.

2019-07-23: Just received my little 3D printed Apollo Guidance Computer DSKY. The nerd in me rejoices that it is …

2019-07-19: Any other Mac users here use ‘older’ ScanSnap scanners? I’m wondering what I can do about the lack …

2019-07-19: A timely book review - Moon dust by Andrew Smith.

2019-07-13: I could not resist the idea of getting on of these for the big 50th anniversary next week. …

2019-07-12: A lovely walk around the southern end of Bute today.

2019-07-10: 🥃 Relaxing on holiday with family, scenery, board games, rain and the finest of malt whisky.

2019-07-08: We now have the pleasure of this shabby little spot on the west coast of Scotland for a few days.

2019-07-08: Due to a delightful lack of signal I failed to share our out-of-the-way holiday rental in …

2019-07-06: Last couple of nights in our out-of-the-way holiday rental curtesy of The Landmark Trust. West Coast …

2019-06-21: There was no way my existing Peli case would accommodate the new boy¹ among the cameras! Actually, …

2019-06-21: I’ve been Peli plucking this afternoon, rearranging the case I use to pack my cameras for travel.

2019-06-18: Even as a space nerd I’m really impressed with how the BBC World Services 13 Minutes to The Moon …

2019-06-18: Even tough it’s not the weekend―my traditional time for spontaneous purchase―I’ve just bought a …

2019-06-15: Saw these lovely old things yesterday. Perhaps modern cars should come with a brake efficiency …

2019-06-15: Is this Norwegian Red dead or just pining for the fjords?

2019-06-11: I don’t like the sentiment of the song Que Sera Sera. When a mother is asked by her child, will I be …

2019-06-11: My pen rotation today brought together three pens with unusual nibs. From right to left - Naginata …

2019-06-09: My girls would consider this very ‘basic’ behaviour but tonight’s chicken and pistachio curry was …

2019-06-09: Part of me 😇 thinks that I have a problem with too many cameras. The other part of me 😈 thinks I …

2019-06-09: 🔗 Music that just blew me away on the first hearing. Also at Just Good Music too.

2019-06-07: I wish I understood Apple Music. I keep trying it but something about it always confuses or alarms …

2019-06-03: Apologies for my English, Italian, American and Australian friends for whom the language in the …

2019-05-30: Tonight I’m off to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society with some friends and off work tomorrow (pure …

2019-05-28: 🔗 Some reflections on choosing this year’s paper planner.

2019-05-23: 📚 My review of Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy (Also by first proper blog post from Drafts App …

2019-05-22: 🔗 Over on my main blog. The idea factory and Claude Shannon

2019-05-22: I’m listening to Erland Cooper’s Sule Kerry for the first time. It’s not immediately as good an …

2019-05-20: The BBC’s new podcast about Apollo 11, 13 Minutes to the Moon is excellent. As someone who’s read a …

2019-05-19: I was out this morning photographing daughter no.1 and her Advanced Higher Design outfit after she …

2019-05-17: Every week I get the pleasure of parking in this lovely spot and wish I could have seen it back in …

2019-05-16: I’m looking forward to this as my next book to recover from learning about the Chernobyl disaster.

2019-05-15: I was happily using MS Visual Code for my markdown needs on Windows (work life) because availability …

2019-05-14: I’ve just been watching bats hunting in front of the house. I love bats!

2019-05-14: Listening to some music and I reckon 2019 has already been outstanding for new music. I think my …

2019-05-13: Is there a free service that allows a group of people to operate as a forum similar to Google Groups …

2019-05-12: Today’s super flexible Pilot Falcon nib. Tuned for Spencerian writing that I can’t do!

2019-05-11: I think this article on the cost vs. utility of the Tinderbox app pretty much nails it value to me. …

2019-05-11: I have really enjoyed reading all the James Bond books in the order they were published and wrote …

2019-05-06: At work I always have my Outlook calendar visible and wish more of my colleagues did too.

2019-05-05: I’m enjoying the delights of Congolese rapper Youssoupha. The PARENTAL ADVISORY is lost on me for at …

2019-05-03: Daughter no. 1 and I just avoided looking inside Schrödinger’s dishwasher. If you don’t look, you …

2019-05-02: I miss using Divvy on my Mac to manage window positions. Sadly it became rather flaky so it was time …

2019-05-02: I’m working through the entire series of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels as audio books. It was a …

2019-04-30: My moratorium (with loopholes) on buying new fountain pens has come to an end after about 18 months. …

2019-04-29: Anyone here trying the DEVONthink 3.0 public beta? I think I’m tempted but feeling the need to be …

2019-04-28: ARE YOU MY MUMMY? Actually Pioneers of Leningrad in a defence drill, 1937

2019-04-28: I enjoy using pencils, especially old-fashioned wooden ones, so I decided to treat them to a nicer …

2019-04-27: Some thoughts on being a member of a book group.

2019-04-26: One benefit of having my debit card cloned is being reminded just where my subscriptions are.

2019-04-23: 📚 I finally read _The Crimson Petal and The White and thoroughly enjoyed it. Like all Michel Faber’s …

2019-04-22: Two very good record purchases this Easter weekend. The ‘recomposed’ version of Vivaldi’s Four …

2019-04-21: Not done one of these for a while. Today’s craft beer is an unbelievably unctuous Canadian Breakfast …

2019-04-21: Drafts app is proving to be vastly more valuable and interesting now that there is a connected …

2019-04-18: It turns out a Drafts app action to publish to @blot is pretty straightforward to do.

2019-04-18: Chatting with my daughter we decided to see what text we would get by just clicking the middle …

2019-04-17: One of my secret pleasures is how much I enjoy using Leuchtturm A5 notebooks with the leather …

2019-04-17: Has anyone created Drafts actions to publish to @blot? It strikes me it would be an elegant solution …

2019-04-16: I’m really enjoying Damien Jurado’s new album. It’s very simple and pared-down in style compared to …

2019-04-15: Received a small Usagi Heavyweight cocktail shaker today and I think it’s going to be a joy to use …

2019-04-13: I was recently in touch with the Developer of Tinderbox and he said he was a little busy with a …

2019-04-12: I remember watching a German colleague using Total Commander years ago and marvelling at his …

2019-04-11: A remark in a podcast and a custom t-shirt voucher led to me creating a somewhat nerdy shirt …

2019-04-10: Thanks to my print room, I may actually learn more about how to use Tinderbox better rather than …

2019-04-07: I’m suffering the ultimate first world problem. My cocktail shaker is jammed shut and no cleverness …

2019-04-06: After tonight’s taste test, Campbeltown whisky remains undisputed world champion.

2019-04-06: My daughter was dropping off her portfolio at Dundee art school so I went for a wander… The …

2019-03-30: Whenever I hear the start of the Jess Glynne dong ‘No One’ there’s a point where I expect her to …

2019-03-28: I am loving Cardhop for iOS even more than the Mac app. It’s the missing contact manager for my …

2019-03-25: Can the Draft app for iOS only export notes into its own folder on iCloud drive? Could I use it to …

2019-03-18: I’ve been scanning some very old photographs for a school reunion. When I saw this one I thought the …

2019-03-15: This month’s audio book is Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song, a book I was forced to read at school …

2019-03-14: Good to see the Rego travel app finally getting a bit of love under a new owner.

2019-03-10: I’ve just pressed the button on the first big purchase of 2019; a Ricoh GR III camera.

2019-03-06: I started using Better Touch Tool to replace the functionality Apple robbed me of through their …

2019-03-03: After waiting patiently far too long for Apple and third parties to take advantage of the TouchBar, …

2019-03-03: Another object in my ‘spark joy’ blog posts. My Kyocera ceramic cooking knife. sulluzzu.com

2019-02-21: I’m enjoying listening to audiobooks of the James Bond novels in the order that they were originally …

2019-02-20: I always enjoy the distressed type in this sign whenever I see it.

2019-02-14: Just a thought that’s bothering me. What are the iOS apps that fill the space of apps such as …

2019-02-03: A new theme for posts on sulluzzu.com. Why there are certain things I really enjoy using.

2019-02-01: The temperature inside the house in our so-called ‘pantry’ tonight. Hopefully the beer won’t freeze! …

2019-01-31: It always delights me that people getting off buses in Edinburgh generally thank the driver.

2019-01-28: I was reading Don McCullin’s autobiography and he said that when he was a boy people looked out from …

2019-01-28: One of the highlights of the weekend was the chance to see the Moon in St Giles Cathedral.

2019-01-28: After hearing a podcast ad, I took a quick look at the Blinkist service. I got as far as one of my …

2019-01-27: I just realised I hadn’t archived last year’s email in MailSteward. Even though I am confident …

2019-01-26: I received my Studio Neat pen yesterday. It’s lovely but unexpectedly the packaging revealed my …

2019-01-23: I’m reading (listening to) HG Wells’ War of The Worlds and marvelling at his prescience.

2019-01-16: I find it interesting to note that I can write in Markdown and no-one comments about what’s on my …

2019-01-12: Over on the main blog I demonstrate that I need to get a life…

2019-01-10: New post on the main blog about why I find it valuable to publish a blog.

2019-01-10: ‘Merrie Land’ by The Good, the Bad and the Queen is seriously depressing but feels like a good …

2019-01-09: I’m more excited than I should be over my refreshed Moka coffee pot. Roll on the weekend!

2019-01-09: Enjoying a chilled moment reading Patricia Highsmith and enjoying a glass of Bunnahabhain.

2019-01-07: I’ve owned and used every edition of this book from university right through work. It has never been …

2019-01-02: Waiting for the start of the 132nd annual performance of Handel’s Messiah in Edinburgh. It was …

2019-01-01: Today more than ever conscious “how quickly the days slide away into where they came from.”

2018-12-30: Lots of end of year posts on my my main blog covering health, the books I read in 2018 and my final …

2018-12-28: On OS X Mojave with desktop stacks enabled it really annoys me that the icons move ever so slightly …

2018-12-22: 📚 I’m really enjoying reading The Silence of The Girls by Pat Barker.

2018-12-21: I do love the strange and wonderful results from using my pinhole camera.

2018-12-20: Poise and balance - that’s my daughter!

2018-12-20: Kissing trees

2018-12-20: I’ve been starting most days right with this kettle for years.

2018-12-19: I was off for my traditional winter photography walk today. I decided it was mostly a ‘film’ day so …

2018-12-18: I updated my ‘about’ page and added back the ‘currently reading’ page onto my website.

2018-12-16: Wandering around, I’m seeing lots of themed Christmas trees or minimal ones. We’re at the other end …

2018-12-14: I’ve enjoyed learning a little more about 3D printing over the last two days.

2018-12-09: Disappointed to see that things that used to just work on Apple computers have been taken away. * No …

2018-12-08: A few years ago I photographed many of the little things I like to keep near me on desks I use. I …

2018-12-05: I’ve really enjoyed CJ Samsom’s latest Shardlake book, Tombland.

2018-12-05: I loved this description of a set of cheese knives on Amazon. Straight out of Private Eye’s Pseuds …

2018-11-30: New blog post: 11 down and 1 to go! Three for November with my music, film and book favourites for …

2018-11-30: That’s this year’s Christmas puddings complete. Last year I thought basing the label around various …

2018-11-30: I’ve treated myself to three records so I’m looking forward to listening to some favourite and new …

2018-11-28: New blog post: The repetitive nature of tradition is comforting

2018-11-23: I’ve been fascinated listening to the Grenfell Tower Enquiry podcast for the last few months. …

2018-11-22: New blog post: Basically just a pocket dump but my first post using Blot too! …

2018-11-22: I’ve just seen my first Christmas tree of the year in a private home. 😡 Edinburgh, you should be …

2018-11-20: I’m listening to Paloma Faith talking about her song writing. She’s an absolute hoot! …

2018-11-14: Moving to blot rather takes me back to when I used a previous Dropbox blogging solution to move from …

2018-11-14: All this talk about @blot convinced me to give it a try and I blame @jack I like Pelican but the …

2018-11-13: I’ve de-eyedroppered my Edison Collier pen and this is the first day using it. While I miss the huge …

2018-11-12: At this time of year it strikes me that one of the big advantages of Siri shortcuts is I can still …

2018-11-11: I completed my hi-fi this weekend, adding a separate phono preamp. Apparently I was the first person …

2018-11-08: Why did ‘War & Peace’ become the international standard to refer to when apologising for a big …

2018-11-07: My first week cycling home in the dark and I see the Nukem®︎ Gamma-Ray™ 2000 is still a popular bike …

2018-11-06: My daughter needs survey responses on logo design and Comic Con for her Advanced Higher Design …

2018-11-02: Daughter no. 1 and I are off to Aberdeen for a university open day. I finally get to use the line …

2018-11-02: Just for fun, and to settle a long disagreement with daughter no. 2, I’ve crested a ONE QUESTION …

2018-10-28: New blog post: sulluzzu.com/three-act…

2018-10-28: I’m looking forward to reading the latest book in The Shardlake series by CJ Samson. The last one …