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.
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?
My most recent ramblings.
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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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I'm currently re-watching:
Die Hard (1988)
I've only just noticed that in one of the floors of the Nakatomi building there are Control Data mainframes. Our hero, John McClane, walks past them. I've never seen a CD mainframe in the "flesh".
If you've never seen the movie, you really should.
Nearly 01:00 hrs, and it is still 18°C. I'm calling that sultry.
In my household, dogs get to lick the plates (after human meals).
I hold the plate as #Gruoch licks. As she does so, her floppy ears tickle my wrists.
Ahh, life's simple pleasures.
Wow! That is big.
Seen to-day when doing the dogwalk at the Caledonian Canal.
The boat is called the Lord of the Glens.
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The importance of personal names is most obvious in the movie business.
Actors have to choose a unique name so that credits and jobs are given to the correct person. However, this (typically) enforced change of name gives them the opportunity to choose something memorable and cool.
John Wayne (Marion Morrison)
Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson)
Kirk Douglas (Issur Danielovitch)
Cyd Charisse (Tula Ellice Finklea)
Of course, the fact that Che was a good-looking guy also had a huge effect on his status as a global icon. However, that is a discussion for another day.
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