Alan’s Autumn Almanac 2016

Have a bit of a spring in my step this autumn, owing to me buying my first Canon dSLR camera. It’s an entry level rig that should come in handy for my daughter’s Scottish Higher in Photography and day to day business in web design. These were taken during the last week of October in…

Meall a’ Bhuachaille Glenmore Forest Park

Spent a fairly wet and unsettled Saturday afternoon tackling Meall a’ Bhuachaille in the Glenmore Forest Park. This handsome, hulking mound lies some 20km from Aviemore and boasts some terrific views over Loch Morlich and the Rothimurcus Pine Forest. At around 900 metres it’s not a Munro but a Corbett, and the ascent is a…

Textploitation: Getting the Most Out of Content Marketing and Social Media

Slate columnist, Farhad Manjoo asked Josh Schwartz, a data scientist at the traffic analysis company Chartbeat, to explore the scrolling habits of its readers; just how far down the page would users scroll before hitting the exit button? For Manjoo, the data that Chartbeat pulled out wasn’t reassuring; the vast majority of readers scrolled no…

Reet Jurvetson – Jane Doe 59 Possible Manson Victim

Reading about Los Angeles Police discovering the identity of Jane Doe 59 (Reet Jurvetson, born 1950, Montreal Canada) reminded me of this this intriguing article by Peter Watts of The Great Wen blog. The 19 year old Reet Jurvetson was viciously stabbed to death and her body dumped close to Spahn Ranch were Charles Manson…

5 Common Web Mistakes Made by Moray Business Owners

 01. I didn’t have thousands of pounds to spend, so I did it all myself. First off, a basic 5-page website could cost you as little as £350. Depending on the size of your product catalogue a reasonable web designer could even add a Paypal shopping cart to the site for £150 or so. Whilst…

The Cult of Tradition: Let’s Make The Past Great Again! ™

Before you went to the bar, Mr Farage, we were talking about why people like you and me were jumping into our little spaceships and hurtling back through time. I was talking about time just being another modern consumable and argued that providing there were enough independent time traders like your good self around, going…

Listen to the Colour of Your Dreams: the Death of George Martin

Fifth but by no means least … what a suitable ending In some ways it seems entirely fitting that the death of Beatles producer, George Martin wasn’t accompanied by a burst of dramatic orchestration, a piccolo trumpet solo or a tumultuous crescendo of instruments followed by a dramatic final chord played on three different pianos….