This is a scan of the photograph I took in Smoo Cave, I think it was in 1989. It was so dark I could barely see where the light was coming in. The camera, a Pentax, suggested a setting of maximum aperture and a shutter speed of 4 seconds. I held the camera at an angle using a fence for support. I didn't have much film to use so I only took 1 shot.

Typical, I went out on a walk without my camera and as usual something comes up that would have been good to photograph. Today there was a kingfisher on the Water of Leith, we watched it for a while and even saw it dive into the water and catch a fish.
I only had my phone so the image is a bit blurred.

I've just noticed that my Windows machine has a weather app on the task bar and it says that it is raining now.
I've just looked out of the window and there clouds but it is sunny.
What a waste of electrons.

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If you think you should skip the #COVID19 vaccine, my DMs are open. I will try to convince you to reconsider. No pressure. But let me try to answer your questions and give you the information you need from reputable sources. I’ll explain all the details. #GetVaccinated💉

Step 1. heat the back to soften the glue and remove the cover.
Step 2. remove all the screws and remove the housing.
Step 3. unplug the connections and replace the board.
Then put it all back together.

I plugged the phone in and it seems to be working fine.
Much cheaper than a new phone.

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My wife and I have both had the same model of phone for just over 2 years and strangely they are both having problems with the USB port. Charging is taking ages and when plugged into the PC the option to transfer data is gone.
We were not planning on changing phones so I thought I'll fix it myself.
A replacement charging port board was only £17.50 Inc. delivery.
How hard could it be?

We walked from Dunbar to East Linton yesterday, following the John Muir Way, but some of the track was made up with small sharp stones. The dog was finding it too difficult so we found a solution, luckily he's a small dog.

I got a good view of this deer in the Pentland hills this morning. We had the dog and had to lift him up so he could see it too. I like the fact that I can walk from my front door in Edinburgh to see things like this.

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Texas shooting 

What's this?? A shooting in Texas? Where infants are allowed to concealed carry? A state where all kinds of "good guys with guns" live?

I thought the "point" of all these gun laws was to have so many good guys with guns around that no one would do this, and if they did, the "good guys" would take care of the situation.

It's almost as if that was all BULLSHIT to make more profits for the gun industry, by selling guns to terrified (of their own shadow) conservative man-babies.

We were supposed to have a plasterer over to work on our conservatory roof conversion last Saturday but he didn't turn up. He didn't turn up on Monday either. The guy in charge told us yesterday that he had Covid 19 but he didn't want to tell anyone.
I think he wanted to keep working so as not to lose money. He had to let people know in the end though as he is now seriously ill.
I hope he gets better soon but it's people like that who put us all at risk and make more lock downs likely.

A time-lapse from this afternoon. Which way is the wind blowing?

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Latest corporate misunderstanding that privacy is their gift.
No, I will not allow third party cookies just to comply with your desire for privacy over-reach.
This is on a government supplier website, the supplier being "entrusted" with blood samples for 5 years.
That'll be a no, then, if they fail at the first and easiest hurdle of trust. Their "privacy policy" makes things worse, if you can believe it.

I saw a swallow dipping into a pond this morning, probably catching insects. I tried to get a picture of it, I got one before it flew off.

I've recently learned how to use the physics in Blender. Here's a couple of short videos I made. The second is a virtual model of my desk with some added extras.

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Scottish Parliament Elections

If you've never registered before, or you've recently moved, you should register online, now.

The deadline for registering, enabling you to vote in the Scottish Parliament Elections, is Monday, April 19th.


Your vote could make a difference.


We had a walk beside Castle Law this morning. Loganlea and Glencorse reservoirs can be seen in the distance. There were lots of lambs about and a coal tit posed for the camera.

Something new I learned. Today is the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Baugé. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_o

My favourite bit is:
"On hearing of the Scottish victory, Pope Martin V passed comment by reiterating a common medieval saying, that "Verily, the Scots are well-known as an antidote to the English."

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:boost_ok: :ablobcatwave: Please boost this post if you would like the EFF to join the fediverse. :ablobcatbongo:

In a survey the EFF sent me, I suggested they create an account on the fediverse, so they can reach more supporters and support innovative free software that promotes interoperability among platforms, something they've advocated for in the past, too.

If you can boost this post, maybe I'll be able to show them that there are quite a few users who would like them here!

The EFF is the infamous nonprofit organisation that fights for privacy, government transparency, and digital freedom. Their fight is very important, and the EFF is very special to me. https://www.eff.org/about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_Frontier_Foundation

You can see some of their work here https://www.eff.org/work

In the meantime, you can follow @eff, which is an unofficial mirror of their Twitter.
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A good petition for any UK resident (and UK citizens overseas) to sign.

I set up a tracker graph also: petition-track.uk/check-petiti

RT @white_hart@twitter.com

Petition: Do not restrict our rights to peaceful protest. petition.parliament.uk/petitio

🐦🔗: twitter.com/white_hart/status/

I see the vaccinations are going well. I got my first last week, my wife is due next week and my son (30 yo and no health issues) is due before the end of the month. That's a lot quicker than I expected.

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