Trekking

Past I can remember when I first saw Star Trek. That's not so unusual, but if my memory is right -- and I've just more or less confirmed that it is -- then when I first saw it was the absolute first time anyone could see it, in this country, at least. Here's the memory…

New Job

As you may know, I've been between contracts lately. Had quite a lot of interest from my CV, but not been so lucky with the tests and interviews. Yesterday at about 10am a recruiter called me. Today at just after 5pm I was offered the job. A new contract, six months initially, with the likelihood…

Spout Rolla

Back in Balloch in 1981, 82 or so we use to play a Pac-Man clone called Spout Rolla. But there are no references to it on the internet, as far as I can tell. So this is my story about it. Once upon a time a gang of kids -- thinking they were adults, but…

Looking Back and Forward

My recent and forthcoming live music experiences all involve bands of my youth that have reformed and are touring their old material. ((Or a mixture of old and new, as with The Rezillos.)) Wallowing in nostalgia, some might call it. But there’s nothing inherently wrong with bands getting back together. It can be problematic if…

Saved Life

In International Clash Day I mentioned a life-changing song: "Wasted Life," by Stiff Little Fingers. SLF’s anti-military song literally changed my life; or its potential direction, at least. I was probably moving in an anti-war kind of direction anyway, to be fair., but it was definitely a trigger point. People say -- or used they…

The Origin of the Bitface

Things go quicker than you think. This tweet post ((Post! This post, not this tweet.)) was inspired by a tweet, and I thought it wasn't too long ago. But in fact it was April last year. My friend Yusuf's tweet inspired me to finally write about the term "biftace" and why I chose it and…

Recent Events

Just in case you think that I haven't been paying attention to recent events... yeah, I know, how likely is that...? Brexit? Trump? Celebrity deaths? 2016 is well behind us -- though regarding Trump and Brexit, the worst is still ahead. But anyway, I haven't said anything about my work status since back in the…

Pokémon Gone

I am so not a gamer. Oh, I loved Asteroids back in the day. I solved Monument Valley, and I got on fine with Alto's Adventure. But I've never got more sophisticated modern games. There's a whole big post about that that I'll maybe write one day. But Pokémon Go has lit up the internet…

Suzi Q, where are you?

I got a card in the post the other day, from my friends Di and Johnny. Regular readers will know Di as one of the most frequent commenters here (ie, she has commented). We disagreed over The Great Gatsby. Anyway, the card had a post-it stuck inside, with some writing on it that I couldn't…