things i'm pleased with
"The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique" .. Walt Disney
"That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end ... " Steve Jobs
Computers were my first obsession from the day I got my Commodore Vic-20. Two years ago I was “converted” to Apple after a long struggle and now I cannot see past every product they create. My MacBook is at the centre of all my hobbies, except possibly Chocolate ;-)
Not quite fitting with my usual technology themed hobbies, I have a love of dark chocolate. It has to be solid with no extra flavourings, and preferably 70%+. I’m always looking out for chocolate I haven’t tried yet and admit my strong opinions definitely exceed my knowledge.. The reviews I write are tongue-in-cheek pretentious.
Combining my love of photography and astronomy this is a relatively new hobby. I have basic versions of the equipment needed to capture interesting pictures including a 150mm reflector telescope and Canon 1100d for imaging, 80mm refractor and astro webcam for guiding to compensate for the earth’s rotation, and UHC filter to remove light pollution.
I’ve written ambient electronic music under the name Ambient Generation since 2003. Originally composing using hardware synthesizers I have now moved to purely software production based around Logic Pro with various instrumental and effects plug-ins. I have released four albums which are available in places such as iTunes and Spotify.
Back in January I tried M&S Dark Chocolate 72% and quickly noted “Mr Marks and Mr Spencer are keeping this one for themselves. Hidden behind an anonymous name and a generic wrapper is this superb easy going honey drenched find with strong hints of raisins. High street chocolate of choice. “
A 3 hour imaging session last night resulted in 30 x 4 minute usable exposures of my favourite astronomical object, the Andromeda galaxy. In 4 billion years we’ll have a much better view of this – when it collides with our own Milky Way galaxy. For now is a comfortable 2.5 million light years away, […]