On my 21st birthday my mum bought me a nice Parker fountain pen. I don't remember what it was or what happened to it. But I do recall that I found it scratchy and never used it much. As an object though, I still really liked it. I've always cared … [Continue reading]

Fixing Blank screen on Acer Aspire 7551

I thought I'd post this because I couldn't find any instructions anywhere that worked. I had a blank screen on my Acer Aspire 7551. The power LED lit up, but the screen stayed black and no hard disk activity was detectable. I did some research … [Continue reading]

Faulty Apple Hardware Replaced at my Expense

The WiFi button on my iPhone 4s greyed out after I upgraded to iOS 6.1.3., and I know from what I've seen online that I am not the only person to have experienced this. eg I took an 8-hour round trip from the Isle of Arran to the Apple Store, … [Continue reading]

Music gives me hope

I watched When Albums Ruled the World on the BBC last night and it was one of those documentaries that has stayed with me into the next day. It charts the rise of the album from the single and talks about some of the music that was made possible only … [Continue reading]

Walking the dogs

The highlight of these holidays has been getting out with the dogs in the dark of the night with the wind howling and the rain pouring. Here's the gear: Keela Munro jacket (best jacket EVER) Sprayway waterproof trousers Brasher 3-season … [Continue reading]

Day One

On Monday I grabbed one of my old handwritten diaries off the bookshelf to look back on 'this day in history'. As I began reading, I had the brainwave of inputting all that data into Day One. Then I thought I could add in scanned concert tickets. … [Continue reading]

Friends and Family on my Birthday

I turned 41 yesterday and it was just about the best birthday I can remember. The day before was a Saturday, which means a half-day for me at work. I closed, had lunch and then met Lorraine and the kids and a family friend and we headed off to the … [Continue reading]


I just finished reading the free Read & Trust issue, where a bunch of writers wrote about creativity. It was, dare I say, inspiring! The thing that jumped off the page at me was a quote from Ray Bradbury about risk that Shawn Blanc wrote: … [Continue reading]

GarageBand completion certificate from

I've just got a subscription to for training videos and am having a ball! I'm going through Chris Orwig's Lightroom 4 Develop Module tutorial right now. I 'found' his tutorials on Lightroom back when I first started using the app when it … [Continue reading]

My first Tech Tuesday →

> I’m going to have to learn that we are both going to have to be flexible. Snowpea is not going to want to do everything that I want him to want to do. And I’m going to have to do things with him that he wants to do that I don’t particularly want to … [Continue reading]