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 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...]
A couple of days ago I saw these two boats coming up the canal towards us, as we were doing the daily dog walk. It was clear from a distance that the two boats were very close together, and I assumed the first boat was towing the second. [Read more...]
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Things are changing fast. I had to sit at a junction for 2 minutes waiting for traffic to pass, before I could join the main road. That hasn't happened for months.
Many shops are opening on Friday, but there is a mandatory requirement to wear a facemask before you enter.
2020 is unlike any year I've ever experienced.
"The Devil Went Down To Georgia"
The Charlie Daniels' Band
I'm selling myself short. I also:
Now, where's that dram?
No apologies for another Julie Fowlis track, particularly as this is one of my favourites. As a bonus, she is singing the praises (sic) of Clan Donald (Chlann Dòmhnaill). So, what is not to like? 😃
Special request by @firstname.lastname@example.org for more Gaelic music.
"Smeòrach Chlann Dòmhnaill"
It has been mostly dreich again, with torrential rain just when I don't expect it. Consequently, I've been catching up with some wee projects inside, while listening to lots of music. I have also been entertained by baby Great Tits, baby Great Spotted Woodpeckers, and Red Squirrels, on the peanut feeder. Lots of coffee (maybe too much) has been consumed. Currently considering a Caol Ila.
The day could have been worse.