Business Models

Here’s a business model: I’m a drug dealer. I sell you a crack cocaine pipe complete with a packet of wraps for £220. It’s a good pipe (assuming that such things exist) – burns clean and always hits the spot … Continue reading

Thursday, July 13, 2017 in Thoughts on the World

A "False Colour" Experiment

This is a bit of an experiment, but I think it works. I started with an infrared image in its standard form: yellow skies and blue foliage. I then performed a series of fairly simple colour replacement operations in Photoshop … Continue reading

Thursday, July 6, 2017 in Photography

Infrared White Balance

"I’m shooting infrared. My main output is RAW files, and any JPGs are just aides memoire. Between my raw processor and Photoshop I’m going to do some fancy channel mixing to either add false colour, or take it away entirely … Continue reading

Liberation from the "Frightful Five"

There’s an interesting NY Times article on our dependency on "Tech’s Frightful Five", which includes a little interactive assessment of whether you could liberate yourself, and if so in which order. I thought it would be interesting to document my … Continue reading

Friday, May 12, 2017 in Thoughts on the World

What Are Your Waypoints?

How do you remember the waypoints and landmarks on a journey? What are the key features by which you can replay in your mind, or to someone else, where you went and what you did? Like any good Englishman, I … Continue reading

Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Humour, Thoughts on the World, Travel

How Strong Is Your Programming Language?

I write this with slight trepidation as I don’t want to provoke a "religious" discussion. I would appreciate comments focused on the engineering issues I have highlighted. I’m in the middle of learning some new programming tools and languages, and … Continue reading

Monday, March 20, 2017 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development

3D Photos from Myanmar

I’ve just finished processing my 3D shots from Myanmar. If you have a 3D TV or VR goggles, download a couple of the files from the following link and have a look. http://www.andrewj.com/public/3D/ Continue reading

Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Why I (Still) Do Programming

It’s an oddity that although I sell most of my time as a senior software architect, and can also afford to purchase software I need, I still spend a lot of time programming, writing code. Twenty-five years ago people a … Continue reading

Monday, March 6, 2017 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

Travel Blogging and Photo Editing

I’ve been asked a number of times recently how I manage to write my blog during the often hectic schedule of my trips. It is sometimes a challenge, but it’s something that I want to do, and so I make … Continue reading

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good. I’m not sure who first explained this to me, but I’m pretty sure it was my school metalwork teacher, Mr Bickle. Physically and vocally he was a cross between Nigel Green and … Continue reading

Monday, February 27, 2017 in Agile & Architecture, Myanmar Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Travel

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