Archive for November, 2009

Finally I have added a post to Ian’s site.    I do have some good photos but as for great, I am not so sure.  As a beginner to DSLR photography I am still finding my way and experimenting; after a year there are still many functions on my camera that I have no idea what they do, and many of my photos are down to luck.  As a beginner to photography I have probably chosen the most difficult subjects – wildlife and in particular our avian friends. Two weekends ago myself, my wife and two of…

Below is an excerpt from the internet, adding to my sparse folklore knowledge of the magpie, this by a chance remark from a colleague who stated his wife saluted a lone magpie and issued a greeting. Well we knew he was / is dithering on a delicate edge of sanity but his wife also?

Seems not, she is following an age old superstition that I and her still borderline husband were not aware of !!

Magpie Superstitions

There is an age old rhyme regarding magpie superstitions, brought to the fore in the 1970’s, by the children’s programme named after the …

Nov 19th by Ian under Miscellaneous

From listening to various radio programmes it is apparent that large investment banks particularly Goldman Sachs, are investing in super computers. principally in America, seemingly these computers can monitor all selling and buying of shares and have algorithms that cause the super computer to act ahead of  the normal system that has alerted the super computer through the normal system to a deal on which to act. I don't pretend to understand stocks and shares and the dealing that goes around them. But the principal of share holding is surely to help companies that you favour with your money to…
I don't read newspapers, I get my news through the radio, I have a great little DAB radio that is first into my suitcase, when travelling. The business programme on Radio Scotland on Sunday got my ears fully tuned in. It was the prosaically named James Smith, Chairman of Shell, Shell UK I guess as I may have missed this point, however the reason I was listening with attention was, he was espousing the same doctrines for planet salvation as Tom Friedman in his book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded. The guy is no dumb red neck Texan, this Brit is…
I had a meeting today with a newish testing lab in Scotland. CET Safehouse have arrived in the small marketplace in Scotland, and  have a tool that the others do not have, Internet reporting.  An evolved system, some five years in the making, not only does it act as a an electronic booking in system but it also has the worksheets and the report sheets integral to the whole system. In CET safehouse's system they transfer into your inbox your checked and authorised results, this means you can pick up your results as fast as they produce them. UKAS…
I did deliver my pavement design talk to my senior colleagues on two separate occasions this week. Fortunately my stumbling performance was politely received, my highland hosts have an imbued politeness, which contrasts with my part weggie assertiveness. (Pure dead aggression, bye the way, know what I mean?) To the talk, my spreadsheet brings together everything I put in text, and highlights, "where's the money". I have set it at 80 MSA  as that would appear to be the "design" standard adopted by Transport Scotland for most trunk roads. Perhaps so, if you have the money, order the best you…
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