Year: 2016

December 19, 2016

Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the house Came the tap of a keyboard, the click of a mouse. My head it was hung with deep shame on my chest As I gazed at the cards to send, all unaddressed. Once more I…

December 14, 2016

My guitar playing friends sometimes play a game. They work out just how many guitars they own, laugh and shake their heads sadly, and admit that yes, that is quite enough, isn’t it. Then they go out and buy another one. I consider myself more…

December 13, 2016

But a game based on the old kid’s puppet show Thunderbirds? 50th Anniversary Edition? Surely that’s going to be dire, no?

Apparently not. It is designed by Matt Leacock, designer of Pandemic, and has some similarites. It also has some wonderful Thunderbirds-shaped playing pieces, and a 7.8 ranking on BoardGameGeek. Oh, and did I mention it was by Matt Leacock?

December 1, 2016

Of all the things I have written, it seems I will be best remembered (in terms of songwriting) for 8 lines written in about 10 minutes one January afternoon, while I should have been working.

November 17, 2016

Random observations regarding my sleep. I’ve got a sleep clinic appointment coming up next week, so this is currently on my mind. Sometimes I wake up early in the morning, and manage to roll over and go back to sleep. However, I find that the…

November 13, 2016

Todoist is a Task List (ToDo) organiser. It has a web page interface as well as Android and Apple apps. It is really easy to use, and allows you to categorise your tasks into separate projects. So, for example, these are my own projects: •…

October 19, 2016

Zoom H6 6-track and Rode NT2 microphone, all on a single microphone stand.

October 17, 2016

The Zoom H6 is a great handy 6-track recorder. It can be used stand-alone, or as an audio interface to a Windows PC, Mac, iPad and (undocumented) Android. Recordings made on it are easily digitally transferred to a PC or Mac, to be imported into…

October 17, 2016

Since getting my Ricoh Theta S, I have used various methods to display my images here. This is a post that brings together my currently recommended methods, to show folk using the same kit what can be done. Note that this WordPress blog is self-hosted,…

October 12, 2016

My 8″ has recently gone to a very good home, so I can now concentrate on using the 4.5″. This has distinct advantages – my garden table is shaded from the surrounding light (but still has a good area of visible sky), and it can be carried with one hand, so if I want to throw it in the car and go somewhere else, it is easy.

September 24, 2016

At the end of August I bought a Garmin Forerunner 235 watch, to replace my Fitbit. It was somewhat of an impulse buy (who, me?), but I am completely satisfied with it.

September 22, 2016

I’ve just finished a 360° project shot at the Hereward Wargames Show. It’s an extensive interactive walkthrough of the show. It took a while for me to do it, as I needed to learn how the framing software – HoloBuilder – worked. There were a…