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Thank you for dropping-by, I hope you enjoy your visit. The main content is to be found in the blog where I discuss everything and anything but topics including photography, nature, technology, food, movies, music and politics make regular appearances.

I commonly write reviews of movies (or films, if you prefer). Some movie reviews are short, others will be discussed in more detail. The scope covered will be mainly mainstream English language movies from the 1930s until the present day.

About me

My name is Iain MacDonald and I live in the Highlands of Scotland (although I have lived elsewhere in the past). I am a big fan of Free & Open Source Software which I use both professionally and at home.

Computing and technology tend to infuse themselves into my other interests, as once you learn some skills in one area it is convenient to use them to solve problems in other spheres.

When not tinkering with computers, I am likely to be found repairing things because living in the countryside you learn to be resourceful.

Of course, man doesn't live by SSH tunnels and kerosene vapour burners alone so food, as a subject, makes regular appearances too. Did I mention I used to work in hospitality?

Latest Life articles

My most recent ramblings.

  • Eurovision

    I'd like to apologise, publicly. The poor woman went for some peace and quiet, and what did she get? Two eejits rolling-up in a campervan, blaring out the Eurovision song contest. [Read more...]

  • Feeling sheepish

    I went for a walk along a forestry style track, yesterday. Ahead of me was a ewe, with two lambs. The ewe felt nervous about my approach, and started to trot away from me. The lambs were, of course, following her closely. However, the sheep didn't trot away uphill or ... [Read more...]

  • Regatta Hydrafort Matt Jacket

    I needed to buy a waterproof jacket for use when working. I also have a Gore-Tex jacket from Craghoppers, which is excellent, but I didn't want to ruin that jacket by using it for working every day. I have a few other Regatta products which are well made, so, for ... [Read more...]

  • Highland Life and the Coronavirus

    It is quite extraordinary, I've never experienced anything like it. We are now a couple of weeks away from Easter, which is normally the time when the summer tourist season starts. The roads would see increased traffic, and the tourist hotspots would start to be busy. Not this year. [Read more...]

  • New Manual Coffee Grinder

    I was without my vintage wooden Zassenhaus, so I rushed out and bought a new manual coffee grinder. The one I got is from Maison & White, and it is amazingly good. It is adjustable from very fine to coarse. Grinding is done with ceramic burrs, and the rest of ... [Read more...]

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Sat, 02 Jul 2022 22:24:03 +0000

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom...You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough.

Proverbs of Hell
William Blake

Sat, 02 Jul 2022 11:19:21 +0000

To-day, for a wee change, I noticed a black rabbit. Something intriguing is definitely "going on".

Sat, 02 Jul 2022 07:59:00 +0000

In Wolfgang Petersen's Troy (2004), Achilles' primary ambition is to be remembered as the greatest warrior of all-time.

Instead, he is mostly remembered for being a "heel"?

Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:06:39 +0000

Stage 2 of Project Bubblewater

This hardened hose has a Sodastream compatible connector at one end, and a W21.8 connector at the other end. W21.8 is the standard connector for European gas (CO2, in my case) bottles. The hose is 1.5m long, which will give me some flexibility when placing the Sodastream unit and the gas bottle.

No regulator is required, as the Sodastream unit is designed to operate with directly connected gas bottles.

Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:25:24 +0000

A while ago I noticed a white rabbit on a gatepost:

I assumed it was accidently left, and then placed on the gatepost. However, a second white rabbit has appeared on the other gatepost. Something intriguing is going on.

Mon, 27 Jun 2022 14:04:09 +0000

"They pull a knife,
you pull a gun.

He sends one of yours to the hospital,
you send one of his to the morgue.

That's the Chicago way!"