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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.

There is also a dedicated section on movies (or films if you prefer) where I will discuss and review in more depth. 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.

  • Highland oxpecker?

    For more than a year we have had a sika deer hind coming, on a regular basis, to our garden to graze. Last May, the hind had her fawn right next to the house and we were lucky enough to see it within a couple of hours of its birth. In the last fortnight we have seen the deer in the house vicinity every day, and it is likely she has chosen the garden as ... [Read more...]

  • Renaming MP3 podcasts

    I have been an avid listener to the Linux Voice podcasts since they began, and before that I listened to the same guys when they did the TuxRadar podcasts for the Linux Format magazine. Sadly though it would appear that the Linux Voice podcasts have ended[1] as there hasn't been a new one since November last year. Previously, the podcasts were produced once every two weeks. [Read more...]

  • Stihl Expert Helmet

    Sometimes it is the wee details that matter. For years I had made do with various old safety helmets when cutting wood and strimming. However, last year when buying a new chainsaw I decided it also made sense to buy a new helmet kit. Buying replacement ear defenders and a visor, for one of my existing helmets, would have been more expensive than buying a whole new kit. I chose the Stihl Expert Helmet Set[1] ... [Read more...]

  • Bigos

    Every European country probably has a traditional one-pot meal and bigos is one that belongs to Poland (and possibly Belarus, Lithuania & Ukraine too). I can't lay claim to know much about bigos, in fact I didn't know of its existence until I went looking for an article on an Olympus OM-D Micro Four Thirds camera. As is often the case when looking for info on Olympus cameras the website run by Andrzej Wrotniak is ... [Read more...]

  • Oven roasted cauliflower

    It isn't going too far to say this recipe will change your life utterly, no, really. Once you have tried this recipe there is no going back, you will be bulk buying cauliflower just so you can have this every night. Say goodbye to cauliflower with a cheesie sauce, it is a poor, poor relation to oven roasted cauliflower. [Read more...]

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