Life & Times

Listening to Kites, the new release from melodic neo-prog band This Winter Machine. 🎢

Catch it on Bandcamp


Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #29 cycle πŸ“·

cycle photo

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #28 underneath πŸ“·

photo of inside Tower Bridge, London

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #27 chaos πŸ“·

Alcohol + Foam = Chaos

foam party

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #26 bliss πŸ“·

bliss

This is a disgrace.

Tory MPs have been defending themselves from accusations they have given the go-ahead to water companies to dump raw sewage in rivers.

A proposal from the Lords to the Environment Bill that would have placed legal duties on the companies to reduce discharges was defeated by 265 MPs' votes to 202 last week.

Source: Tory MPs defend votes after uproar over sewage proposals - BBC News


Listening to Live to Tape: Volume 1 by Bahamas that includes tracks with The Secret Sisters and The 400 Unit 🎢


Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #25 gravity πŸ“·

Defying the laws of gravity.

gravity defying trick

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #24 connection πŸ“·

Had to replace a hot water/heating diverter valve this week.

photo of an electrical connection

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #23 meaning πŸ“·

The meaning of sunflowers in dreams is “victory under pressure or trying times,” which seems perfect for life in the UK.

photo of a field of sunflowers

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #22 rest πŸ“·

taking a rest in Nice, France

Taking a rest during a walk around Nice, France.


Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #21 space πŸ“·

saturn 5

I took this in 1985 when I was working for Intergraph in Huntsville, AL


CBI chief policy director Matthew Fell on UK’s Net Zero plan.

β€œTo truly transform the UK economy based on sustainable and green growth, we need to push further and faster and make key decisions on how to finance the transition to net zero. An honest conversation needs to happen here in the UK about how we pay to go green”.


Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #20 sports πŸ“·

scrum down

What’s on My MacBook?

When I bought my M1 MacBook Air earlier this year I said that I wouldn’t install loads of apps, but try to keep to a minimal set. Six months on, and I think I’ve failed!

Here’s a screenshot of the app menu.

mac apps

Menu bar

screengrab of a mac menu bar
  • 1Password
  • Alfred
  • BetterSnapTool
  • Dropbox
  • ToothFairy
  • Typinator
  • Dropbox

Utilities

  • AppCleaner
  • Carbon Copy Cloner
  • Celo VPN
  • Cyberduck
  • Evernote
  • Grammarly
  • MacUpdater
  • Name Mangler
  • Ulysses

Browsers

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Safari

Personal Apps

  • Lightroom Classic
  • Pixelmator
  • ON1 Photo Raw 2022
  • Luminar AI (Too many photo editing apps!)
  • Apple Music
  • Exodus
  • Pine Player
  • Pocket Casts
  • Todoist
  • Sonos
  • Spark / Fastmail email
  • MacFamilyTree 9
  • Micro.blog
  • Moneywiz
  • Tweetdeck
  • XLD

Business Apps

  • Office 365
  • Omnigraffle
  • Microsoft Teams
  • MindNode
  • ownCloud

Installed but never/rarely used

  • iMovie
  • Mail
  • News
  • Notes
  • Parallels Desktop
  • Podcasts
  • Reminders
  • Scrivener
  • Spotify
  • Stickies
  • Stocks
  • Telegram
  • TextEdit
  • Vidyard
  • TV
  • Zoom
  • WhatsApp

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #19 mirror πŸ“·

mirror selfie

Mirror sellfie of my son


Listening to Decennium, the 10-year retrospective from English Folk/Prog/Rock group Gandalf’s Fist.

Listen or buy from Bandcamp 🎢


Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #18 finished πŸ“·

well

It’s the well in our garden.


Only in Glastonbury…

glasto wizard

Sony a6300, Sony E 16-70 F4 ZA OSS, processed in On1 Photo Raw

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Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #17 compass πŸ“·

isles of scilly

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #16 rotation πŸ“·

london eye

It’s the centre spindle of the London Eye.


Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #15 ethereal πŸ“·

pastel flower

Labour shadow business and energy secretary Ed Miliband on Kwarteng.

β€œThis is a new low for government energy policy. Reduced to crossing his fingers for a mild winter, Kwasi Kwarteng is showing just how much a decade of inaction from the government has left us vulnerable. Kwasi Kwarteng is the business secretary, not a weatherman. It is cold comfort for businesses and families that this is all he has to offer.”


Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #14 wheels πŸ“·

rusty farm machinery

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #13 animals πŸ“· πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί

dog and cows