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The Driverless Car

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 in Technology, Writing, zeitgeist | 0 comments

I am sitting looking out to sea. A bright day is starting to darken. A dark smudge joins the approaching cloud to the horizon. Rain is on the way, I need to head home. But I can’t. My car won’t start. It’s not broken, it has fuel. It is simply refusing. I can’t even get in it. The car park faces out over a cliff towards the sea. The car sits silently gazing seaward. I should have seen this coming. Earlier in the week we got in the car and asked it to takes us to the cinema. It blinked green in acknowledgement, waiting for us to get strapped...

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...

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 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.                        ...

Amazing Birds at Rhuallan Raptors

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 in Photography | 1 comment

We had a great day out recently at Rhuallan Raptors. We flew the amazing owls and then took a Harris Hawk for a walk. A very obliging soul he was too. Here are a few pics from the day. My attempts at getting the birds in flight are filed under “needs practice”. All in all, a highly recommended day out.            ...

A Weekend in London with the Fuji X100S – Part 1

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in Fuji X100S, Photography | 0 comments

A rare weekend in London with a whole Friday to wander about with the camera and good bit of Saturday and Sunday too. Always too many places to get to in anything less than a month but I manage to cover a fair bit of distance. As ever, the Fuji X100S was brilliant, although I did find it struggle a bit with exposure when I had too much sky in the shot. That was most likely operator error. Anyway, here’s a selection of what I got, split over two posts. Part 2 is here. All BW processing down in Silver Efex Pro. As ever, all the pics can be...

A Trip to Venice with the Fuji X100S

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 in Fuji X100S, Photography | 0 comments

Heeding my own advice, on my recent holiday, I only took my Fuji X100S and left the big, heavy stuff at home. These photos are what came from a wander round Venice late afternoon, early evening. All B&W conversion done with Silver Efex Pro. All these images can be download hi-res for free from...

An Amazing Thing Happened…

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

On 1st November 2006 I registered terraexitus.com. Almost 8 (count them, 8) years later, I have finally finished the first draft of the book. In the end, it didn’t take that long. It’s not a long book, more of a novella (albeit its about the same length as the novel that partially inspired it), it’s about 36K words now, it’ll end up under 40K when finished. There is still more to do, some rewrites, lots of editing but, jings, 8 years since I first had the idea and grabbed the domain. The good news is, I’m pretty pleased with it. Maybe I couldn’t have done it 8 years ago....