A Heretical Proposition

Here’s a heretical proposition: Quantum of B**locks is clearly the worst of all the “real” Bond films, but is No Time To Die the second worst? The release of a new Bond film is always accompanied by almost hagiographic sycophancy, Continue reading

Sunday, October 24, 2021 in Reviews, Thoughts on the World

It’s Screen Time!

Is this what they mean by “too much screen time”? Continue reading

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in Humour, PCs/Laptops

"This is Bloody Dangerous!"

More MacBook battery woes – this time it’s serious. The title is a quote from arguably the greatest of Hollywood Musicals, Paint Your Wagon. The words are uttered by Mad Jack Duncan, a gold miner engaged in digging a shallow Continue reading

Saturday, July 24, 2021 in PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

No Middle Way

A study in UX atrocity – the Mercedes Benz COMAND SatNav I drive a 2011 Mercedes. Like many of its brethren, most of the vehicle is a demonstration of engineering excellence: smooth, efficient, safe and smart (in both senses of Continue reading

Saturday, July 17, 2021 in Humour, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Cool Cab – Hold It Right There!

I continue to be blown away by what modern AI-powered processing tools can do with early digital photos. This photo was taken from the back of a very jittery 1950s Ford Consul, by someone unfamiliar with my camera, in fading Continue reading

Monday, July 5, 2021 in Cuba Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Disasters and Dystopias: Where Are We Now?

There’s a darkly humorous meme doing the rounds: It makes you chuckle, but it’s wrong. Firstly, I’m not sure even the most disheartened would actually claim to be living the events of The Matrix. Of course, there’s always the possibility Continue reading

Sunday, January 17, 2021 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

Multi-shot Photography: Alive and Clicking

When I first made the transition to digital photography, I got into several forms of multi-shot photography, techniques where you take two or more independent exposures and combine them to get a result not possible with a single frame. As Continue reading

Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

Last Light: A New Dawn?

We awoke on day 2 of the Dartmoor trip to a changed world at multiple levels: news from the US election of Trump’s likely demise, and much crisper, drier weather over Dartmoor. Lee decided to return to Combestone Tor for Continue reading

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in Photography, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Last Light Before Lockdown

After the cancellation of my Patagonia trip in March at a few days notice, and our short trip to France at 12 hours notice in July I was really hoping I could make my final attempt of the year work. Continue reading

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 in Photography, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Design Lessons: Hotel Rooms

A humble (or not so humble) hotel room may succeed in delivering a satisfactory service to the user, but it may also fail dramatically to do so. These failures suggest that the “designer” either hasn’t thought about the user at Continue reading

Saturday, September 19, 2020 in Humour, Thoughts on the World, Travel

That’s an Understatement!

We thought there "might be a bit of a wasps’ nest" in the loft. At first glance, I thought it might be behind a bundle of insulation, but no, it is the "bundle of insulation". For scale, the electric valve Continue reading

Monday, August 17, 2020 in Thoughts on the World

Blast from the Past

With my friends Bob Kiss and John Birch both busy resurrecting old photographs with new software, I thought I would have a go. To give it a real challenge, I went back to my shots from the original 2003 Barbados Continue reading

Saturday, July 4, 2020 in Barbados, Photography, Travel