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2019-05-15: When I come across one of my cats looking at something fixedly, I say (out loud), “What are we …

2019-05-12: New post: Sewing 1911 style. I’ve been setting up a 1911 Singer treadle table with my 1945 …

2019-05-12: I’m having enormous fun learning to treadle-power my 1945 Singer in the 1911 treadle cabinet I …

2019-05-05: New post: The joy of The Repair Shop. I wax lyrical about a favourite BBC Two programme about …

2019-04-30: I’m so excited: I’ve just bought a gorgeous Singer 127 treadle sewing machine (made in 1911!) in an …

2019-04-27: There’s nothing more satisfying than visibly mending a favourite pair of jeans.

2019-04-22: One day over one month’s progress on my Knit the Sky Scarf. We’ve had an amazing run of sunny …

2019-04-22: Communities within us I caught a bit of a conversation on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour the other day, which …

2019-04-22: New post: All change on the fonts front. I’ve made some changes to the design over at …

2019-04-21: The Breadwinner, 2017 - ★★★★★ Beautiful and heartbreaking. I loved ‘The Secret of Kells’ and ‘Song of the …

2019-04-20: It’s the perfect time to listen to this album, at least here in the UK:

2019-04-19: Tombland by C.J. Sansom - ★★★★★ I’m a huge fan of C.J. Sansom’s ‘Shardlake’ books, and have read all the …

2019-04-19: Tulips

2019-04-15: I had the great pleasure and honour of chatting with @macgenie for this week’s Micro Monday …

2019-04-14: Finally finished sewing a Harriet bra today! Fits like a dream.

2019-04-11: Spring definitely seems to be springing!

2019-04-07: New post: Rethinking my dotfiles setup. I’ve been around the houses with this one, but settled …

2019-04-06: Progress so far on my ‘Knit the Sky’ scarf. We’ve had some stormy days this week, but today was …

2019-03-31: Link: Dead Rats and Meat Cleavers Growing up in Suffolk, Nathaniel Mann, heard stories passed down by his grandma about a tradition of …

2019-03-30: Yaoundé, Cameroon, early morning.

2019-03-30: The Sahara from the air. Nothing but deep ochre and blue as far as the eye could see.

2019-03-20: Today I started my Sky Scarf, which was exciting. Only 364 more days of knitting until I finish it! …

2019-03-17: New post: Back to Doom Emacs Yes, I’ve gone back to an Emacs framework, and fallen back into …

2019-03-10: New post: Persephone Sailor trousers, in which I write about making trousers and trying to remember …

2019-02-22: A lovely evening sky that I forgot to post yesterday.

2019-02-14: Wrangling image file sizes, DPI and dimensions Mr. Bsag is a printmaker, and often submits his work to open exhibitions. The requirements for this …

2019-02-10: New post: Juggling projects with org-mode. I’ve been trying to get better at handling multiple …

2019-01-20: Ant-Man and the Wasp, 2018 - ★★★★ I enjoyed this as much as the first. This section of the Marvel Universe has been a playful, …

2019-01-19: New post: Trying out Commento. I’m trying a out a new commenting system which is much more privacy …

2019-01-18: Really, who could have predicted that international trade deals would be difficult? International Trade Secretary, 2017: replicating the 40 free trade deals that the UK currently …

2019-01-10: Cleaning the TWSBI Go fountain pen Over on the main blog, I wrote about my TWSBI Go fountain pen a few months ago. I had almost emptied …

2019-01-06: New post: I kept meaning to write about Fathom analytics, and now I have finally done it.

2018-12-30: Someone is ‘helping’ me at the computer today.

2018-12-24: Aargh, our cats are too adorable, I can deny them nothing! That big eyed look that Puss in Boots …

2018-12-23: New post: Getting comfy with Emacs - in which I share my latest adventures with packages, and wonder …

2018-12-21: Woohoo! Officially on holiday now. I’m very ready for a break: knitting, sewing, Emacs tinkering and …

2018-12-09: Incredibles 2, 2018 - ★★★★★ This was a delight. It’s not perfect by any means, but I loved the focus on Helen coming out …

2018-12-02: New post: Finding serenity in which I remember a rainy afternoon on a Welsh beach and a surprise …

2018-12-01: This week I swapped the positions of the tab and backspace keys on my Ergodox keyboard. Ultimately …

2018-11-19: Our cats are staying in the cattery while our bathroom is redone as it would stress them out. It is …

2018-11-15: Just Jim, 2015 - ★★★★ A very assured directorial debut from Craig Roberts, with a quirky, downbeat, dark, but often funny …

2018-11-15: Electricity, 2014 - ★★★½ Watched on Saturday November 26, 2016.

2018-11-15: Love Wonderful, sharp comedy of manners. The characters are so beautifully drawn, and the dialogue is …

2018-11-15: Sisters, 2015 - ★★★½ Started unpromisingly, but picked up steam, with some brilliant laugh out loud moments. Not a …

2018-11-15: The Man Who Knew Infinity, 2015 - ★★★ This was an OK film that could have been a really interesting and ambitious film. Dev Patel was very …

2018-11-15: Adult Life Skills, 2016 - ★★★★ I hesitate to use the word ‘quirky’ to describe this film, because that often suggests a …

2018-11-15: Maggie's Plan, 2015 - ★★★★ Snappy dialogue, interesting characters, and a great ensemble cast add to this funny and engaging …

2018-11-15: Ant-Man, 2015 - ★★★★ I watched this first on a plane (with low expectations), and then again at home, because I enjoyed …

2018-11-15: Paterson, 2016 - ★★★★★ A beautiful, quiet, contemplative film about an extraordinarily content man (the eponymous Paterson, …

2018-11-15: Hunt for the Wilderpeople, 2016 - ★★★★★ I don’t think this film will be to everyone’s taste, but for me it was pitch perfect, …

2018-11-15: Café Society, 2016 - ★★★ This was enjoyable enough, but ultimately a bit forgettable. I think if it hadn’t been for the …

2018-11-15: Doctor Strange, 2016 - ★★★½ I’m not familiar with any of the backstory of Doctor Strange, so I came to this film with a …

2018-11-15: Everlasting Moments, 2008 - ★★★½ A lovely, reflective film about a woman in 1900s Sweden who finds solace in photography. She wins a …

2018-11-15: Toni Erdmann, 2016 - ★★★½ I’m at a slight loss to know what to say about this film. I enjoyed it throughout, laughed a …

2018-11-15: Rams, 2015 - ★★★★ On the surface, as simple film about sheep-farming brothers in Iceland, but there’s a whole …

2018-11-15: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, 2016 - ★★★ An enjoyable New York-based spin-off/prequel of the Potter Universe, this was a fun couple of hours, …

2018-11-15: The Salesman, 2016 - ★★★★ An amazing portrait of the profound effects of shame. It’s part thriller, part …

2018-11-06: I was pretty behind on my film reviewing, hence the sudden opening of the floodgates! We’ve seen …

2018-11-06: Phantom Thread, 2017 - ★★★★★ Well, this really went in directions that I didn’t expect it to. The acting by the whole cast …

2018-11-06: The Mercy, 2017 - ★★★★ This is the big-budget, big-name companion to ‘Crowhurst’ which was released in the same …

2018-11-06: Blade Runner 2049, 2017 - ★★★½ I wanted to love this as much as the original, but I didn’t. Visually and conceptually, it is …

2018-11-06: Crowhurst, 2017 - ★★★★ We managed to watch two interpretations (both released this year) on successive weekends of this …

2018-11-04: The good thing about sewing is you end up with lots of scraps for fun projects. Today I made a phone …

2018-10-28: I’ve written about my latest adventures configuring Emacs from a clean slate. Follow me on my …

2018-10-21: I get the feeling that I’ve already adapted to the Ergodox EZ keyboard: I had to type …

2018-10-14: I think it must be keyboard week around here: I’ve just written about my new ErgoDox EZ …

2018-10-13: This album (a collaboration between Scottish folk guitarists and Malian musicians) is completely …

2018-09-23: I’ve written about our recent holiday in West Wales: peregrines, seals and chilly swimming!

2018-09-23: I Wish, 2011 - ★★★★ Films with children as the leads made or broken by the naturalness of the actors, which is a heavy …

2018-09-15: Mr Bsag has been growing some gigantic spring onions (hand for scale).

2018-09-15: As part of my Emacs configuration tinkering, I set up ox-hugo and used that to write my latest post …

2018-09-15: I got a TWSBI Go, and have written a post over on my main blog about it.

2018-09-14: Woot! I’ve managed to set up my Emacs init file in literate programming style: I write the …

2018-09-12: Ooft, rolling your own tech solutions is hard. I’ve got some weird problem with my hand-built …

2018-09-09: We’re not long back from beautiful Pembrokeshire. It was spectacular. I’m missing the cliffs …

2018-08-27: I’ve been messing about with Linux, and have installed NixOS on an old MacBook Air. It’s …

2018-08-26: Hysteria, 2011 - ★★★½ A fun romp set in the late 19th Century about the inventor of the (ahem) ‘personal electric …

2018-08-23: I don’t know how it has taken me this long to find it, but Typora is an incredibly nice …

2018-08-19: Pro-tip: when someone asks you if you would like to stroke two Indian rhinos on the nose, the only …

2018-08-12: I’ve just had to rescue a sparrow from Bianca. This isn’t something I ever thought I …

2018-07-29: Iceman, 2017 - ★★★½ What lead to the death of the man known as Ötzi, the 5300 year old mummy found encased in Alpine …

2018-07-29: New post: How to cross the road. In which I speculate on safe road-crossing techniques in Indonesia. …

2018-07-28: Lady Bird, 2017 - ★★★★ Captures beautifully the ‘between-ness’ of that period of young adulthood just before …

2018-07-28: I’ve just got back from a 9 day work trip to Indonesia. I took this on the last leg, from …

2018-07-07: This morning’s listening. I hadn’t heard of Olivia Chaney before, but this is a …

2018-06-24: The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie - ★★★★★ As a sewer (sewist? I never know what I should call myself), and a very proud owner of a 1945 Singer …

2018-06-24: And thanks @jack for mentioning Roon to me! I’m not sure that I would have come across it …

2018-06-24: I’ve written about setting up the Roon music player with my system.

2018-06-23: Bella

2018-06-21: On a related note, I am remembering how much I love this album. Sublime.

2018-06-21: I’ve got Roon set up now, and it’s amazing. I’m running Roon Rock on an Intel NUC …

2018-06-16: Black Panther, 2018 - ★★★★★ I loved everything about this: the performances, the story, the Afro-futurist aesthetic, the …

2018-06-10: Interstellar, 2014 - ★★★★★ This is a stunning film, both visually and in its scope. Tonally, it reminded me a bit of 2001, and …

2018-06-09: I don’t know who these highly organised people are who have already booked up their holiday …

2018-06-03: I got some very itchy insect bites on my fingers while I was in Cameroon. These stopped itching when …

2018-06-03: Coco, 2017 - ★★★★★ I’ve watched this film twice, and it has made me cry twice. The first time was while I was on …

2018-06-01: We got a new mattress yesterday, which was long overdue. We’ve only slept on it for one night, …

2018-05-29: I’ve decided to go all in on my Micro.blog hosted site, and drop my Blot site. There’s …

2018-05-28: Trees 2018-05-21 A coffee tree 2018-05-23 I saw some incredibly impressive trees in Cameroon.

2018-05-28: Can anyone help me out? I’m trying to use the Zapier webhooks to upload a jpg to micro.blog, …

2018-05-28: I’m trying out MarsEdit for posting to micro.blog. In many ways, it’s a lovely blast …

2018-05-27: I’m back from a work trip to Cameroon, and newly appreciating what a privilege it is to get …

2018-05-13: Just to be clear, I strongly disapprove of using wolves to line anything, or stealing down from …

2018-05-13: This week, I have been planning how to sew 19th Century-inspired clothes, without looking like a …

2018-04-28: Uh oh: I’ve been tinkering with text editors again, this time playing with neovim.

2018-04-08: Patternsy Cheap pattern printing in the UK.

2018-04-08: Brooklyn, 2015 - ★★★★ I enjoyed this slice of 1950s Brooklyn life. I think it captured well the difficulties of …

2018-04-07: I’m back from a holiday in North Norfolk, and have just finished the enjoyable task of …

2018-03-26: The Circle, 2017 - ★½ Goodness this was a disappointing film. It had a lot of promise, given the subject matter. If there …

2018-03-25: Woohoo! I’ve got Staticman comments set up on Wings Open Wide! There’s a thread here …

2018-03-24: I’m off down a rabbit hole, finding out Orkney names for birds, inspired by Erland …

2018-03-18: I’ve written about my new photoblog. It’s an online/offline mashup of Hugo and Python …

2018-03-05: The Death of Stalin, 2017 - ★★★★ The darkest of dark comedies, this manages to be both hilarious and chilling at the same time. A …

2018-03-02: Small b blogging A great call to arms by Tom to write (and read) small, personal blog posts. As a …

2018-03-02: Enjoying an iPad A week or so ago, I got a new iPad. It isn’t my first: I got a previous model (iPad 2 maybe? I don’t …

2018-02-26: The Dresser, 2015 - ★★★★★ With two acting greats like Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, and great support from Emily Watson, …

2018-02-11: I’ve made some jeans and written about jeans, sewing, and Suffragettes. I promise it made …

2018-01-21: A Man Called Ove, 2015 - ★★★★ A film about a grumpy, lonely old man who slowly learns to accept his situation in life could have …

2018-01-07: I’ve reviewed Capture One Pro, and also rambled a bit about my latest photo processing …

2018-01-01: View on Instagram

2018-01-01: Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a better year ahead.

2017-12-03: I’ve written about some recent knitting (and sewing) projects which are finished at last! …

2017-11-09: Just heard John Lord give the Baggs Happiness Lecture. Great stuff - funny and moving too.

2017-10-22: Wow. Instagram has a real spam followers issue at the moment. I somehow gained 17k followers …

2017-09-24: I found this amazing butterfly/moth when I was getting the washing in. Does anyone know what it is? …

2017-08-27: Hmm, permalinks from Slipstream seem to get truncated when posted to micro.blog.

2017-05-10: It’s exam marking time again - oh joy!

2017-05-06: Ooof. Sorry for the duplicate posts. There are obviously a few glitches, and it looked like they …

2017-05-06: I’ve never visited Indonesia before. It’s a gorgeous country once you get out of …

2017-04-26: Hello World! Nice to be here.