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My Favourite Live Music Moments

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 in zeitgeist | 0 comments

I wouldn’t claim to be a live music aficionado. I’ve been to a fair number of gigs over the years but I know people who go to a lot more. I’ve never even been to a festival. I have seen Showaddywaddy live though. I wasn’t at that Buzzcocks gig. I never saw The Smiths. Following the sad death of Prince I remembered my favourite ever live music moment which made me think of others – here collected for posterity for when I can no longer remember – or to convince future generations that I was cool/uncool (delete as appropriate) once. A few things that didn’t make the cut include...

Top 10 European Photography Locations

Posted on May 31, 2016 in Photography | 0 comments

As part of my recent Festival of Museums talk “Adventures With Dark Edinburgh” I did a section on my favourite places I have been in Europe to take photos. This was intended to be the slightly more unusual places so I didn’t include places to Edinburgh, London, Paris etc. Obviously, I’ve not been everywhere, so my quest to find new places continues, but this is the list as it stands today. Recommendations for new places most welcome! 10. Prague Prague would probably be higher up if it was less obvious. The Old Town is ace, like most central European towns and cities, a maze of small streets spread out...

How To Talk Like A Space Geek

Posted on May 19, 2016 in Technology, zeitgeist | 0 comments

Many years ago, I wrote a blog post that complained about the business language of the day. Has to be said, things have only got worse since then. This time, rather than reiterate my annoyance I’d like to attempt to introduce a whole new language for business – that of the space geek. I am a bit of a space geek. That is, enough of a geek to look like a geek to non-geeks but nowhere near what a real geek is like. Yes, so I own all the Apollo mission reports, ergo, I know how many tissues they took on Apollo 11. I have Saturn V schematics and...

Hey Twitter, I Had An Idea, You Should Do This

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 in Technology | 0 comments

This morning I was reading about the problems at Twitter, Execs leaving, share price pressure, getting over-taken by Snapchat etc and I was reminded of a thought I had a while back. Being a good citizen of the Twitter world, I offer it up here to be read by a few of my friends, some bots and, likely, no one from Twitter. But hey, the Internet is a big place, there’s a lot to read. As far as I know, no one from Amazon has yet picked up my idea for them and no MP3 player can do this yet. And that is at the heart of one of Twitter’s...

A Lap of The Duomo in Milan with the Fuji X100S

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 in Fuji X100S, Photography | 0 comments

Only the briefest of stops in Milan, so I jumped on the Metro to Duomo and wandered about for a bit, essentially doing a lap of the church itself and grabbing some food and pictures as I went. A little bit Dark Edinburgh style and little bit street – just kept clicking – these are a few of what I ended up with....

The Perfect Night for Photography with the Fuji X100S

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 in Fuji X100S, Photography | 0 comments

At my Dark Edinburgh talk at the Festival of Museums last year, I discussed what I considered to be my perfect night for photography ( specifically my type of Dark Edinburgh photography ). It went like this. It’s a quiet day of the week and it’s raining. The streets are empty and all the roads and pavements are shining. Then the rain stops and you go out with the camera. The streets are still empty, everyone still avoiding the rain, and everything is glistening. It’s no longer unpleasantly wet from above. I’d hoped this was going to happen last year in Amsterdam but it didn’t stop raining. At the start of the...

Social Media Map – On The Death of Cross-Posting

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 in Technology | 0 comments

Back in early 2009 I posted what was then my Social Media Map – a visual summary of how I was using Social Media at that time. Later that year I posted a small update to it. Seven years later, it seems appropriate to revisit the picture to see how it has changed. Seven years, let’s pause to think about that for a second, none of this is new any more, when did that happen? First point to note is that I now have two social media profiles, myself and the mysterious Dark Edinburgh who lurks in the night taking pictures. He’s more popular than me, Superman to my Clark Kent, if...

Social Media Isn’t Mundane – People Are

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 in Technology, zeitgeist | 3 comments

I had an idea, I thought it was cool. I discussed it with long time friend and occasional collaborator – the head honcho of Obverse Books. It was very simple. You can find on EBay – along with everything else – collections of old postcards for sale. The plan was to get some of these, read whatever had been written on them as use the text on the postcard as the inspiration for a short story. Get a dozen of them and you’d have a collection to publish. Easy. You’d think. Well, I thought. So, I bid on a few postcard collections and won two auctions and I waited patiently...

A Rainy Night in Amsterdam with the Fuji X100S

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 in Fuji X100S, Photography | 0 comments

My favourite time for shooting at night is right after the rain has stopped. The streets are still empty, everything shines and, crucially, you don’t get wet. So, when I headed out into Amsterdam with the X100S on a rainy night I did so hoping that, by time I got off the Metro, the rain would have stopped and it would be perfect. Well, it didn’t stop raining all night and I got epically soaked. Obviously, trying to take pictures means no brolly so by the time I arrived back at the station below, I was drenched. Still, I persevered and got some pictures. Had to all be handheld...

A Simple Ideation Process

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 in Technology | 0 comments

A few years ago, just after I’d finished working in a startup, I was still full of entrepreneurial spirit so I set about trying to have another idea. My goal was to have a new idea a week written up as a short document. I stopped when I had eight. Some of them were half-decent, some were a little odd. I picked the best of them and trying to get them moving but, with one thing and another, my new job took over and that was that. I still have them written up and, even a few years on, some are still valid and haven’t really been done yet....

Mdina Malta with the Fuji X100S

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 in Fuji X100S, Photography | 0 comments

If you ever get the chance – the old walled town of Mdina in Malta is a great place for photography, especially at night. I had a very entertaining time wandering the quiet streets with my Fuji X100S. Here is a selection of the...

Instagramming with Google Photos and Google Drive

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 in Photography, Technology | 0 comments

As a fairly frequent early adopter, I’ve had an Instagram account for a while and, like most of my technology tinkering, it received light use and I never quite committed to it – I’ve always had plenty of other places to post pics. Recently, I’ve been posting a lot more to Instagram and this is entirely, perhaps non-obviously, due to my use of Google Photos and Google Drive. I finally resolved my long-standing backup conundrum by getting 1TB of Google Drive space for all my photos. After an arduous period of backing up, I now have everything I have ever taken in my Google Drive space. I now have a decent...

My Favourite “I Told You So”

Posted on May 27, 2015 in Writing, zeitgeist | 0 comments

Every now and then you have to stop and think. As you become fatigued by the annoying small-print of life, you have occasionally lift your head and see all the nice headlines. One of the headlines that it would be easy for me to miss is that I’ve known my best friend for getting on for 40 years ( age and the orange fade of 70’s photographs leave the exact time a little vague ). When you consider that I was only earth with my Mum for 27 years, 40 years looks like quite a long time. You have to feel very lucky to have the privilege of that....

PhotoBlog : A Brief Trip To Iceland

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 in Photography | 0 comments

Most of the time we refer to the process of travelling for leisure as ‘sightseeing’. In the case of Iceland, I’d like to propose a new term – ‘sightfeeling’. You don’t just leave Iceland with the pictures in your head, you have very strong memories of what it felt like to be there. Cold, visceral, bleak, amazing. I loved Iceland. Here are a few photos from the trip.                    ...

An Occasional Visitor’s Guide to Brentford Nightlife with the X100S

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 in Photography | 0 comments

My work life is split between Brentford and Livingston, cultural centres both. Spending so much time in Brentford, you get to know it pretty well. This is the result of a brief wander one cold, January evening with the X100S. Not exhaustive, there is more to report on Brentford, but hopefully this will give you a flavour of this buzzing metropolis of West London, where to go, where to avoid and where to get a good curry. This is important information.                        ...