Myanmar Musings (What Worked and What Didn’t)

Well, I’m back! Apart from a mad dash the length of Bangkok airport which got us to our plane to the UK with only a couple of minutes to spare, the flights home were uneventful and timely. Here’s my traditional … Continue reading

Thursday, February 23, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Photography, Thoughts on the World, Travel

The World’s Worst Panorama – 2017

As per tradition, I’ve compiled a group photograph from a series of hand-held shots taken by the members of the group in turn, in low light and high alcohol conditions. I’m moderately pleased with this year’s which was taken using … Continue reading

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York

I am slightly disappointed to find that the "floating market" is actually on solid ground, and only "floating" in the same sense as the "floating crap game" in Guys and Dolls. However it’s still a bustling, vibrant place, with lots … Continue reading

Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

Drifting Along

A decent night’s sleep! I am obviously now so knackered that I have just “tuned out” the boats. After breakfast we go to a different area of the lake, to watch more leg-rowing fishermen but who use a different style … Continue reading

Friday, February 17, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

A Broader View

I really shouldn’t complain. I know the sleep deprivation thing is a bit annoying, but it’s just become a running joke. On the other hand, I am getting the opportunity to see and photograph some rather magnificent sites. Here, and … Continue reading

A New Twist

The "Light and Land Burma Sleep Deprivation Experience" (TM) gains a new twist. While theoretically we have an extra hour and a half in bed, at almost exactly 4.43 am the little boats start powering past the hotel, single-cylinder engines … Continue reading

Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

Land, Sea (Well, Lake) and Air

Today we have a welcome opportunity to sleep a bit later. Unfortunately the Pavlovian conditioning has well and truly kicked in and I wake up at 4.43, although I do manage to get back to sleep for a bit longer … Continue reading

Capture and Visualisations

Today was not quite as restful as planned, and tummy grumbling slightly – this trip is quite hard work. That said, it’s another excellent day of photography. After an early start – quel surprise – we go back to the … Continue reading

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

On the Road to Mandalay

Lie in.  Until 5.35. After breakfast we go to Bagan airport and got the flight to Mandalay, which took 25 minutes ground to ground, followed by a bus drive of well over an hour through the city to the hotel. … Continue reading

Monday, February 13, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

Cheerfully Manic

Sunday. We started the day very early (again!), with a pre-dawn shoot at one of the temples, which ended with watching the balloons take off in the rising sun. After breakfast we went into Bagan’s main market town (Nyaung U … Continue reading

Sunday, February 12, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

Brilliant Balloons, Terrific Temples, and a Hip-Hop Heffalump!

There’s a pattern starting to emerge for this trip: late meals, short sleeps, and then amazing visual experiences which make it all worthwhile. After a somewhat slow dinner last night and a very early alarm this morning I woke with … Continue reading

Early Starts

Just in case there’s any risk of our body clocks getting back in line, we have a 5am start to return to Swedagon Pagoda before sunrise. This is essentially a reverse of last night, with the buildings initially under artificial … Continue reading

Friday, February 10, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

In the Air Again!

I’m off on my travels again – another photographic trip with Light and Land, this time to Myanmar (formerly Burma). Having recently downloaded a copy of Canned Heat’s Greatest Hits I was tempted to call this blog “On the Road … Continue reading

Software Design Decoded

This is a delightful little book on the perennial topic of how a software architect should think and behave. While that subject seems to attract shorter books, this one is very concise – the main content is just 66 two-page … Continue reading

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in Agile & Architecture, Reviews

Enlightenment

I have to confess, this post is a conflation of two fairly separate topics, and I struggled to find a common theme, but I think I’ve just about pulled it off. Apologies if you disagree. I’m just working through some … Continue reading

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

What Are We Losing?

We’ve been watching "The Man In The High Castle". Despite all the horrors of Fascism this depicts, I find the single most perturbing image to be that of a Supersonic Transport, recognisable The Concorde, with a swastika on the tail. … Continue reading

Friday, January 27, 2017 in Thoughts on the World

Dozy Android

I’ve just spent a good couple of hours sorting out a problem with my new phone, which has no good reason to exist. In fairness to Sony, it’s nothing to do with them: the issue sits squarely with Google and … Continue reading

Sunday, January 22, 2017 in Android, Thoughts on the World

Normal Service Of This Joke Will Be Resumed Shortly

When I was a lad, there was a joke. It went: "It must have been tough in the old days." "Why?" "They had to watch TV by candlelight." Last night we were just sitting down to dinner and our evening’s … Continue reading

Saturday, January 21, 2017 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

A "Found" Quadtych

The blog has been looking a bit light on pictures recently. Meanwhile I’m beavering away trying to finish tidying up the Bhutan pics before I’m off to Burma in February. This morning I discovered a series of four similar close-ups … Continue reading

Friday, January 6, 2017 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

A catholic Taste in Films?

I’ve always wondered about the phrase "a catholic taste", meaning "broad". Surely the way in which the Catholic religion (like most others) prescribes and proscribes certain behaviours and materials acts to limit rather than broaden an individual’s tastes? Apparently the … Continue reading

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in Reviews, Thoughts on the World

Mojo Not Within Normal Operational Parameters

I’m not sure I know why, but our leading hardware providers are definitely suffering a distinct deficiency in the Mojo department. Take Apple. I’m really very happy with my 2015 MacBook Pro, even though it was bloody expensive for what … Continue reading

Sunday, December 18, 2016 in Galaxy Note, Thoughts on the World

A Splash of Colour

No deep philosophical observations today, but with the weather swinging between cold and misty, and mild and murky, I thought it would be nice to brighten things up a bit. I’m working through the remaining shots from Bhutan, before another … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Night-Time Photography with the Sony RX100 Mk IV

Last night was crisp, clear, cold and very still – theoretically ideal conditions for photographing the lights at Albert Dock with reflections in the water. I couldn’t get out any earlier, but did manage to take my Sony RX100 with … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 in Photography

Taking the All-Round View

Apologies if it’s been a bit quiet here recently, but I’ve been submerged under a tidal wave of new (to me) technologies, and it hasn’t left much space in this bear’s brain for blogging. In the last month or so … Continue reading

Thursday, November 24, 2016 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

Taking the Long View

I’m aware that I’m a slightly lazy photographer. I’m not a great one for pre-dawn starts or rushing out the minute the weather changes, and I do tend to walk around with a single zoom lens on my camera making … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

Just Get On the Train!, Updated

Regular readers may remember that I classify films and plays according to whether they are about talking about getting on a train (i.e. deep and meaningful journeys into the soul), or actually getting on the train (/boat, /plane, /nuclear power … Continue reading

Form vs Function – a Tail :) of Three Mice

Just in case you think some of my recent posts have been a bit anti-Microsoft, here’s one in which (spoiler alert!) they win! Call me old-fashioned, but I very much prefer using a mouse to a trackpad or its relatives, … Continue reading

Friday, September 30, 2016 in Agile & Architecture, PCs/Laptops

The One Man

Overall this is a cracking WWII thriller, set around the concept of an Allies break in into Auschwitz to rescue a specific prisoner who holds information vital to the Manhattan Project. Andrew Gross has done a great job of capturing … Continue reading

The Colour Nazis

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a movement obsessed with removing colour, especially those whose skin colour or religious preference was different to their own. This went to great extremes, caused the greatest of all wars, … Continue reading

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in Agile & Architecture, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

Microsoft : Busy Fixing What Ain’t Broke

There’s an interesting, but intensely annoying, behaviour by the big software companies, which as far as I’m aware has no parallel in other areas of production for consumer consumption. We’ve all been used, since the mid-20th century, to the concept … Continue reading

Monday, August 29, 2016 in Agile & Architecture, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World