I’m mostly going to be writing this as stream of consciousness – as I recall it happening, and my thoughts around the time.
Straight into April!
None of the April Fools were funny. The Scottish Greens came closest – A sneaky wee press-release on their website, entitled. “Independence is our opportunity to protect outer space.” They clearly had spies in Philip Hammond’s office from his announcement later in the year. Continue reading “A year in review – Part 2 – April”
This was the year I became a political activist worth a damn. It was also the year the paranoid proved to be prophets.
I found both Scottish political year in review programmes exhausting. Rather than revisiting the past, I was reliving it. And it hurt terribly. Continue reading “A year in review – Part 1”
I’m trying to recreate the writing implements of my youth. I’m browsing stationary stores, looking for pads of just the right kind of squared paper in … Continue reading On writing implements
It’s Edinburgh Film Festival time again. Every year, I end up writing loads of reviews all the while wondering how *other people* review movies. I find it difficult, but not impossible to churn out 3 or 4 pieces a day. … Continue reading Reviewing movies
There’s little surprise that QI host Stephen Fry was one of the first major cheerleaders for tweeting. Twitter isn’t in itself very interesting – but becomes interesting through being a source and user-driven broadcaster of interesting things from its users.
I hesitate to use the word recipe. Recipes involve doing things precisely and in order – Twitter is more like “just whack a bit of it in”. It doesn’t matter much as to the proportion, as long as you do them regularly and often. Continue reading “Enjoying Twitter 101”
I was asked recently about how exercise is coming along. It went south over October and November, although I kept the PureGym membership and occasionally went to make heavy things move. Over the past three months, I’ve improved. One of my co-workers is a personal trainer and martial artist, and with his help I’ve started kickboxing after a fifteen year hiatus – and I seem to have kept most of my earlier flexibility. It’s utterly punishing stuff, with incredible emphasis on conditioning and cardiovascular work. By the end, I’m uncoordinated, tired and weak – and in pushing on, in spite … Continue reading Fitness wahoozery
I refuse to fix, descum or wipe computers for people who don’t want to care about computer security – or just don’t want to get to grips with a Windows install disc. Each time I copy off personal stuff, install … Continue reading Cleaning up Windows – no more
I often cycle to work. The bicycle is one of our greatest transport inventions, transferring up to 98% of the energy from the rider to the wheels, this means I don’t really need to put a very large amount of effort into it, and coasting – stop pedalling and letting momentum take you forward – is common. It’s not really making me that much fitter, but quick for getting me from one side of Edinburgh to the other in an hour (which is about the time I’d take on the bus). It also makes me strangely happy. I turn up raring to go. … Continue reading Where the Scottie hires someone to make him fit
A no-longer-hypothetical bike run from Pitlochry to Nairn. I expect it to take two and a bit days, I will allow it to take no more than three and a half before running to the nearest train station. Continue reading “First ever bike touring trip”
I am not very well-read. I know more about cinema than I do any other art form, and I suspect it’s hampering my abilities to communicate – at least in appreciation of shared contextual comedy and avoiding general ignorance. Therefore my New Year Resolutions (yes, they’re made to be broken – I’ll try not to) include the following two. I’ll write a blog post at least once a fortnight – including this one. Some may be friends locked, some may be private to me alone. All that psychological nonsense that clogs up my right hemisphere late at night when frantically trying … Continue reading An appeal to the well-read.