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.
It is the time of year when the beech nuts are developing, and, consequently, the branches are getting heavier. A few branches above the house were sagging, and as a result were touching the chimney head and the apex of the roof. These branches required to be dealt with immediately, ... [Read more...]
It seemed like a good idea at the time. We were due to have a guest visiting for ten days, so I decided to clean the chimney flue in the lounge. This flue is used by the wood burning stove and hadn't been cleaned for a few months. I thought ... [Read more...]
Leave Her to Heaven is a 1945 film noir, directed by John M. Stahl, starring Gene Tierney and Cornell Wilde. It tells the story of published author Richard who meets Ellen, while both are on vacation in New Mexico. Within a few days Ellen proposes to Richard, and two days ... [Read more...]
Kill Me Again is a 1989 film noir modelled on the classic films of the 1940s. A down on his luck private investigator owes money to some nasty loan sharks, which he is unable to repay. The loan sharks rough him up, and make it clear worse will happen if ... [Read more...]
Love in the Afternoon is a romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder, starring Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn. The movie tells the story of Ariane, the daughter of a private investigator who specialises in cases of extra-marital affairs. Despite being discouraged by her father, Ariane always shows an interest ... [Read more...]
Mastodon is a microblogging app that is part of the decentralised web known as The Fediverse. See this article for more details.
ToysRus went bankrupt here. They are about to re-emerge as "Tru Kids" in the USA.
I look forward to seeing the off-shoot: ProtestorsRus.
Talking of France...
What is happening with the Gilet Jaunes protests? The media here have gone quiet on the subject.
Boris Johnson to meet Emmanuel Macron today in Paris, for lunch. I wonder what they will have to eat.
How disagreements escalate on The Fediverse, an illustration.
Here are photos of my kitten.
Don't you think puppies are also cute?
F*** off, and die, you Nazi scum.
The first Paddington Bear stuffed toy was made by Gabrielle Designs, a small business run by Shirley and Eddie Clarkson. The prototype toy was given as a Chrismas present to their two children: Joanna & Jeremy.
The boy grew up to become this Jeremy Clarkson. 👇
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Report (in Dutch) of a new ferry service between Rosyth (near Edinburgh) and Eemshaven (near Groningen, Netherlands).
Service to be put into operation by October (think: #Brexit).
Strangely, I've not seen any reports by the local press here.