Bug and Me :)Today Her Majesty gave Royal assent to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act meaning that gay and humanist weddings will be able to take place in England and Wales. Living in Scotland, while part of the United Kingdom (for now), our parliament must pass its own bill before same sex marriage can take place here. With this in mind, my fiancé Heather and I have chosen to boycott marriage until everyone in Scotland, gay or straight, is able to marry!

We believe that if two people love each other they should be able to celebrate that love through marriage just as much as we can.  We honestly find the idea that this is even something that needs to be questioned quite baffling.

We are proud to be allies of equal marriage and want to help spread the word.  For all those who do think there is an issue, to carry on Stonewall’s message, some people are gay, get over it!

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You Should Be Angry!

11th June 2013

Evil Dr Eye on Bitcoin

Couldn’t help but laugh at a friend’s review of the new trailer for Gravity… here is my literal interpretation of her comment.

Gravity

 

And of course, here is a link to the actual trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufsrgE0BYf0

Racist Britain

The post can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=494299503970563&set=a.392658847467963.91808.392654067468441&type=1&theater

This video keeps being taken down because people who don’t support Scottish Independence don’t like its hard truths.

Now I don’t currently support independence but I do support grown up debate.  Don’t ask me to take it down, I won’t.

Alternatively download the video here (You may have to right click and choose to save it that way).

Glenshee Giraffe

On the 4th of November, I spotted a strange term trending on Google+, “#nanowrimo2012″.  I had no idea what it was or how much I would find myself tagging posts on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ with #nanowrimo after I found out exactly what was going on.

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month.  The challenge?  Write or begin a novel with 50,000 words in 30 days.  I’ve wanted to write a novel several times, I’ve even tried.  Particularly stalkerish readers may even remember posts on this blog from years ago where I stated that I was writing one.  They all failed and, after going back to them, they were all awful.  30 days and 50,000 words?  I thought that was doable.  I’d had an idea for a story floating in my mind for a few days, just a single opening scene, so I wrote it and had my first 4,387 words already done.

I found myself wanting to write more but with work during the day, I couldn’t write until evening.  This turned out to be a blessing as the ideas I had during the day were able to form into full chapters, ready to write in the evenings.  Then these day dreamed chapters became collections of chapters.  After about a week, I knew the entire story.  I actually had a full story, from beginning to end, in my head.  That’s something I’d never been successful with in the past.

On the 26th day of NaNoWriMo, I’d finished my first draft, I’d started late and finished early.  51,723 words written in 22 days!  By the 29th, I had my 2nd draft and so I took a break.  I saw people saying I should claim the domain name for the title of my book so I did that too.  I also wrote a site which I’m quite proud of, put on your headphones and head over to www.hududandescape.com where you can read the first chapter.

I’m now working on my third draft and soon, I hope, I’ll be looking for people to represent it, to see if it’s something people think is worth publishing.  I believe it is but then, I expect many bad writers think what they write is a masterpiece.  I know the feedback from those who have read it so far has been good though and I hope they’re not just being nice to me.

Check out www.hududandescape.com and if you know of someone who you think might be interested in publishing it, please show them the site too.

My Favourite Area

16th October 2012

This morning it was raining on my walk to work.  Now it often rains and whilst I find it depressing, I am generally used to it however this morning, the rain was cold, harsh, unyielding and most importantly, its angle fell directly upon my upper legs as they lifted one at a time in my 30 minute walk to work across Edinburgh.

I have experienced cold rain in Edinburgh but it’s the angle that upset me most, now my upper legs are frozen but the worst part?  My favourite body parts are frozen!  I remember when I was a kid I would often visit an elderly couple down the road who had lots of animals in their garden, ducks, chickens, peacocks, rabbits and cats.  Now these cats were Manx cats, for those of you who don’t know, a Manx cat is a cat mostly commonly found on the Isle of Mann that is missing its tail.  Usually with a small stump left in its place.

I often thought that Manx cats looked like they must be quite uncomfortable, with what looked like a stump where their favourite body part had been snapped off and this morning, as I sit here with my favourite body parts frozen, I can’t help but think of the Manx cats and feel a little frightened in case something falls off…

 

In other news, I’m considering re-branding this site from “Computer Scientist” to “Computer Badass”… I’m not entirely sure how well it would go down on my CV and business cards which share the same branding but these are things to be considered.

Google Maps has its oddities too

29th September 2012

While we’re all jumping on the band wagon of pointing out that iOS6 Maps having bad maps (it does by the way, truly awful maps), let’s not forget that no body is perfect…

Not the first issue that I’ve found on Google Maps, let’s not forget what I found on a TomTom satnav a while back, Google AND Apple were based on Telemaps which meant that the same issue crept onto Google Maps too.  Thankfully, TomTom got in touch on that occasion and fixed the issue quickly.

So a new version of Farmville 2 has been driving me mad with notifications on Facebook.  Here’s how to block them.

Just go to http://www.facebook.com/appcenter/farmville-two and click that Block button. For the sake of your own sanity, do it now!

Can’t do it now?  Add it to your To Do list on http://www.myagilityboard.com