RIAT 2014

The 2014 Royal International Air Tattoo was last July; I intended to post this rather less than 4 months after the fact1 but it got stuck in my procrastination pile. I had a three day ticket (Friday to Monday) which included, on the Friday, access to the pit area where the display teams2 parked their […]

Happy Homes

Last weekend (Friday 21st-Sunday 23rd Mar 2014) I went to the second Open Glasgow hackathon, which was based on the theme of Energy. Every one of the four events carries a £20,000 prize for the winning team to develop their idea to commercial application. I have a fair bit of past experience of working in […]

Looking at my Flickr stats, I discovered that this photo had been pinched by some cycling blog: At least they’ve linked back to the photo on Flickr. What gets me is, I think it’s a pretty shit photo! Second photo-related thing today. According to Shutterstock, this is a trademarked artwork and I need to get […]


After my (now out of warranty) OS WMR100 crapping out one too many times: loads of signal issues, mainly affecting the anemometer but occasionally also the rain gauge and external temperature sensor. The console is currently balanced at an angle on a glass because it was the only way to get a reliable signal and […]

Fruit machine

Partly out of my own curiosity and partly because a friend is planning to buy herself/be bought one as a birthday present, I’ve been playing around with the idea of an Apple laptop. Along the way, I’ve noticed a few interesting things. Macbook – bit old? Firstly, the MacBook seems ridiculously underpowered low-spec compared to […]

I did what?!

The weekend before last I did the unthinkable and bought one of those fruity tablet things – for what it matters, the 16 GB WiFi model1. It bought it from the store in Glasgow and it has to be said that the “experience”2 was remarkably good. I’d reserved one online to collect on a Saturday […]

Gunk Dunc

Every other year, Duncan Smeed holds “Gunk Dunc” — having water, wet sponges and the titular “gunk” chucked at him — to raise money for Comic Relief. Some photos were taken1: Although after tipping this2: some payback was had: …and £770 was raised. All very good fun! 500, circa 6GB’s worth! [↩]gelatine, Irn Bru, custard […]

New kit

I upgraded to an OS WMR100: about as close to a proper weather station as it gets. As well as measuring temperature and humidity like the RMS300, it also has wireless wind and rain gauges, the option for a UV sensor and sufficiently improved range that putting the sensors outdoors is feasible. Finding a suitable […]