Monday, 26 February 2018

How do they do that?

It is that time of year when bulbs stir into life and spear through the soil to produce a perfectly vertical shoot, despite the random angle their parent bulb was planted.

How do they do that?

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Seeing in black and white

Aah, good old black and white.

How is it that monochrome images are acceptable? Is it a culture thing? Or is it that we apparently revert to black and white vision, if it is dark enough. Perhaps it is something we just accept at a deep level.

Monday, 19 February 2018


Why do violins and fiddles have that odd scroll at the pointy end? 

Is it essential?

Do you think they woodwork without it?

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Hanging on

I'm quite surprised to see Boots the chemist are still selling single use film cameras.

You need to be a dedicated film geek to do it this way. You pay almost nine pounds for a very basic camera with 27 black and white exposures, no immediate preview and you are rewarded with distinctly delayed gratification. Perhaps you have to pay for developing ant printing as well. I suspect so. So it is slow, grainy, low quality, monochrome and expensive. 

And yet compared to the ridiculous convenience of the ubiquitous smartphone camera, it is a tempting thought, no?

I love the questions and comments on Amazon. "Can I upload directly to dropbox, does it have USB?"

"Disappointed, only four of the pictures came out"

Welcome to the past folks. 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018


Singing the blues:
Telling it like it is.

Down on the street, where the rubber hits the road, man.