I succumbed to the lure of Disney+ and signed up for a few months. The first thing I’m doing is watching every single Marvel movie in chronological order that I haven’t seen before i.e. all of them.

No trouble with “plant” today. Going for the literal.

small potted plant

Genuine small ad in this week’s Private Eye magazine. Sounds totally legit.

advert from Private Eye magazine

Spot the spots.

interior of arts centre with small, bright, spotlights

I needed an external drive to rip CDs to flac files to play in my new music player. After looking at all of the cheap ones available I’ve gone for quality and ordered the old Apple USB SuperDrive. It costs more but looks like it won’t fall apart after a few weeks use.


LP record spinning. Integration by Amancio D'Silva

A welcome sight tonight.

sticky toffee pudding


Green pepper

January, not April, is always the cruelest month. I’m very happy to see the end of this one.

So sad to hear about the death of Neil Innes (Bonzo Dog Band/The Rutles/Monty Python) today. I’m the Urban Spaceman

Unseasonably mild weather today.

I’d forgotten how great the Popclip app is. The ability to select some foreign language text on a page and have Popclip translate it is extremely useful.

My pal from yesterday.

We don’t usually have a family Christmas until Boxing Day so I hope everyone has had a happy festive time.

Just watched the very first episode of The Expanse. I think I’m going to enjoy this.

I’m already a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to Kindle books so £0.99 for Neil Gaiman’s American Gods quartet was an easy purchase.

When it comes to great big works of fiction it’s Kindle all the way for me.

Last pub quiz of the year. We lost the main quiz but won £50 of drinks for the next time we visit. A good night and just what I needed.

Christmas tree, drinks, interior of pub

Fantastic show by Dweezil Zappa and band in Glasgow tonight. Perfect antidote to the December doldrums. 🎶

This “mistake” is more interesting than the other photos I took at the Drygate Brewery in Glasgow last night. I was there to see the great Norwegian band Wobbler play in the city for the first time. I hope they come back very soon.

blurry photo of band setting up at Drygate in Glasgow

The amount of choice available to a non-techy Wordpress user (themes, plugins etc) can leave you a bit bewildered. I’m not clueless when it comes to these things but I have been enjoying the speed and ease of posting to micro.blog more in the last month.

I don’t know many poems by heart but I think I could recite This Be The Verse by Philip Larkin. The first line is one of the most famous in poetry but probably not suitable for family occasions. It’s forthright and pessimistic and easily searchable.

I’m finding it difficult to motivate my mind, wrist, and fingers to come up with an idea for Microblogvember (supplemental) today. Better luck tomorrow.

A knock-on effect of doing these little daily things is that I feel the need to keep going and so I’ve enrolled for an iPad art class at Sketchbook Skool. I use about 5% of the power of Procreate so I’m looking forward to learning more.

I’m never satisfied with panoramic photos with people in them. Unless you can get all of those people to stay very still they tend to end up looking very strange and distorted. Landscapes are fine but then I don’t think panoramic mode is really meant for anything else.

One of these days I will get the hang of Markdown URL links. Today is not the day.