Does Your Broadband Beat a Carrier Pigeon?

There’s a famous quote "never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes bowling down a highway". Musing on this I decided to try and estimate the bandwidth of a carrier pigeon, given modern storage technology. According to … Continue reading

Friday, May 6, 2016 in Agile & Architecture, Thoughts on the World

Going Greener!

After talking about it for over a year, I decided that my transport needed to be “greener”, and finally bit the bullet on the respray. This is “Vivianite Green”, actually an official Mercedes colour in the late 90s, but for … Continue reading

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 in Thoughts on the World

All Tide Up

Like it’s predecessor, Man Up!, this is a knock-about farce based around the capable but somewhat cursed sports agent, Patrick Flynn. This time the key protegĂ© is a nymphomaniac Russian tennis player, but otherwise the cast of gangsters, hit-men (& … Continue reading

Monday, April 25, 2016 in Reviews, Thoughts on the World

The Eerie Silence

This book is a review, at the 50 year point, of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and a consideration of how it may evolve in the future, by the scientist who heads several of its key committees. It’s a … Continue reading

Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Reviews

Creating 3D Images for On-Screen Display

There’s a significant dearth of information on the internet regarding how to create high-resolution 3D images for display on a suitable TV. While many of us regularly enjoy watching visually stunning 3D movies both in cinemas and also on television, … Continue reading

Monday, April 18, 2016 in Photography

Influx

Daniel Suarez is billed as the new Michael Crichton. While a few of his novels have come onto my radar, this is the first I have read. Based on this showing there’s a great deal of promise, but the fairly … Continue reading

Friday, April 15, 2016 in Reviews

Mother Tongue

Amusing exploration of the English Languge, but needs a refresh Continue reading

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in Reviews

Twin Tales of Sporting Daring-Do

The 1988 Winter Olympics brought us not only one, but two heart-warming stories of sporting heroism by unconventional outsiders. The story of the Jamaican Bobsleigh Team was told promptly in the wonderful 1993 Disney picture Cool Runnings, but we’ve had … Continue reading

Monday, April 4, 2016 in Reviews, Thoughts on the World

Does a Photograph Portray the Subject, or the Photographer?

Mike Johnston (no relation) over at The Online Photographer has recently run a number of articles discussing the extent to which the photographer adjusts the “look” of a photograph (see What Should a Photo Look Like?) His primary examples were … Continue reading

Monday, March 28, 2016 in Cuba Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

My Travel Page

Some things don’t scale. You start off doing something, but before you know it it’s outgrown its usefulness and needs to change. So it is with website design… I started off with lists in a couple of places on this … Continue reading

Thursday, March 10, 2016 in Photography, Travel, Website & Blog

Camera History Update

As part of a general tidy-up, I’ve updated my camera history page, with a new photo of the "fleet". It may amuse you, especially as the count has crept back up again! "Photography" is a combination of many separate hobbies, … Continue reading

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in Photography

Backing Up

Coming up with a reliable backup policy is a challenge as data volumes grow. My approach is as follows. On a weekly basis I do a full backup of the system disk of the more "volatile" PCs in our collection, … Continue reading

Thursday, February 4, 2016 in PCs/Laptops, Photography, Santorini, Thoughts on the World

Snap!

As you know, I enjoy looking for patterns and coincidences. One potential source is the various ways I display my photo portfolios, and I occasionally spot the screensavers on two devices, for example, showing related images. This is interesting, but … Continue reading

Thursday, January 28, 2016 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

Weinberg’s New Law, and the Upgrade Cascade

When I started the experiment of running Windows on a MacBook (continued here and here), I really expected it to just be a "travel" laptop, continuing with something like my Alienware R17X as primary machine. That changed rapidly when I … Continue reading

Friday, January 22, 2016 in PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

An Open Letter to Panasonic

I was recently invited to provide some feedback to Panasonic on the design of the GX8, and thoughts for its successor. I’ve decided to draft this in the form of an open letter, and also post it on my blog. … Continue reading

Thursday, January 7, 2016 in Photography

Platform Flexibility – It’s Alive!

The last post, written largely back in November and published just before Christmas suggested that camera manufacturers should focus on opening up their products as development platforms, much as has happened with mobile phones. While I can’t yet report on … Continue reading

Monday, January 4, 2016 in Agile & Architecture, Android, Code & Development, Photography, Thoughts on the World

Do We Want Product Development, or Platform Flexibility?

There’s been a bit of noise recently in the photography blogosphere relating to how easy it is to make changes to camera software, and why, as a result, it feels like camera manufacturers are flat out not interested in the … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Photography, Thoughts on the World

A Surprisingly Tricky Subject

This really shouldn’t difficult. The image above is from the entrance to the Rinpung Dzong, in Paro. It’s a series of pictures of Buddhist deities which have been painted on bits of cloth, glued to the wall, and joined at … Continue reading

Bhutan: What Technology Worked, and What Didn’t

Bhutan isn’t especially demanding on equipment. If your style of photography is similar to mine you will need a wide range of focal lengths, from ultra-wide (for when there’s limited space in front of a large building) to long telephoto … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Last Light

Bhutan: What Worked and What Didn’t Sorry it’s been quiet for a couple of weeks. Inevitably there’s catching up to do on the return from a trip, plus I’ve had a couple of practical challenges before I could start properly … Continue reading

Friday, December 11, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

The World’s Worst Panorama – 2015

It’s become a bit of a tradition that on the last night of these trips I try and take a panoramic picture of the group, usually under lighting, compositional and alcohol level challenges which would try a saint! I’m quite … Continue reading

Thursday, November 26, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

Return to Kathmandu

We have an early start to our return journey, bidding farewell to Bhutan in the dark. The flight back to Kathmandu is eventless, except for a slight argument about which mountain is Everest! Between somewhat poorer viewing conditions, an unfamiliar … Continue reading

Oh Well…

You’d think that with tens of thousands of pounds worth of equipment, umpteen years of experience and an undying dedication to their art, 12 other photographers could take a nice picture of me. However, this was the handicraft of a … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

To The Tiger’s Nest

Well I did it! This is Paro Taktsang, otherwise known as the Tiger’s Nest, a monastery founded in the 15th Century which sits on a cliff edge over 1000m above the floor of the Paro Valley. Apart from the obvious … Continue reading

The Return to Paro

Another fairly early start. I’m feeling a bit wobbly, as are some of the others, but we put this down to maybe a bit more beer than ideal last night, as a form of anaesthetic after the long drive. We … Continue reading

Monday, November 23, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

Just So You Understand What I’m On About

Typical roadside shot. Note the vehicle coming the other way… I’m full of admiration for our driver, Chorten, who has managed long drives in very difficult conditions, safely, accurately and as smoothly as the roads and vehicle allow! Continue reading

Co-operative Macaques

These friendly fellas were just sitting on the roadside yesterday, part of a larger troupe, but this is one of the best shots. Apologies for the somewhat obvious maleness of the one on the left, but given the number of … Continue reading

Bread Delivery

Some of you will know that I have an unerring knack to home in on bread, wherever it is and in whatever form. I couldn’t possibly miss this shot! Continue reading

On the Road Again

We have a 4.30 start for the long drive back to Punakha. I grumble a bit but this turns out to be a good call and our misty and cold but unaccompanied drive to Tsonga completes in an hour less … Continue reading