A look back at some albums from 2013 that I quite liked.
With me thinking about taking up photography more seriously as a hobby, I have found another great reason to use Google+ — its awesome photo editing features.
Last weekend I took a trip up to the Highlands. There I climbed up Fyrish Hill, overlooking the Cromarty Firth near Alness.
Separations is a difficult album to love. But is also contains some of Pulp’s biggest breakthroughs.
It seems as if Google+ is still the butt of all jokes. But recently I have begun to use Google+ more, and I am enjoying it.
In a sense, Freaks is Pulp’s most interesting album — probably because it is also the band’s worst album. The original suffered from a rushed production. So could a remastered edition cast a new light on the recordings?
The relationship between Kimi Räikkönen and Lotus F1 Team has become strained, and the race results have been getting worse. Has his signing for Ferrari had anything to do with it?
People often claim that if you do not vote then you automatically lose your right to have a say in any way. This idea is dangerous and wrong.
Despite the fact that I am a huge Pulp fan, I have arrived late to last year’s reissues of Pulp’s first three albums. But the remastered edition puts It in a new light.
The world knows that Sebastian Vettel is the 2013 Formula 1 World Champion. So why don’t the fans get to see him collect his trophy?
We took a trip to Dronley Wood near Auchterhouse. The foggy day did not make for great photos. But it did create a mysterious atmosphere, which was heightened by the buzzing pylons.
In a surprise announcement, Scuderia Toro Rosso have announced Daniil Kvyat as their new race driver for 2014. Is Kvyat really more qualified than his fellow Red Bull Junior Team drivers?
A trip to the Caterthuns, a pair of iron age forts near Edzell in Angus.
I decided to add header images to this website’s design. I opted for a parallax effect, despite the fact that I normally rail against them.
There are many people who reject the idea that Sebastian Vettel’s phenomenal success might be down to talent or skill. Most of these explanations are bunk.
Watch Nico Hülkenberg’s face fall as Kimi Räikkönen reveals the reason he is leaving Lotus.
The archives to doctorvee, my old blog, have now been restored. It would have been so easy to just not bother restoring it. But I am glad I did.
Ferrari’s decision to hire Kimi Räikkönen marks a radical change in policy. Fernando Alonso is no longer the clear number one driver. It appears to be a message to the Spaniard.
I recently made some tweaks to the colours of this website. I have always felt that colour theory was one of my weakest points as a designer, so I like to take any opportunity I can to learn more about it.
How to read the complex personality of Red Bull Racing’s new driver Daniel Ricciardo.
Happy birthday Internet Explorer, which has turned 18. But there is not much to celebrate. What can Microsoft do to stem the browser’s decline?
My top five drivers of the season so far, including why I rate Fernando Alonso only 5th.
Continuing my analysis of the Formula 1 season so far, this article takes a look at the midfield runners.
This American Life will at long last be broadcast in the UK later this year. I hope this is a sign of things to come, as British radio could learn a lot from North America.
With Formula 1’s summer break in full swing, I have decided to take a look at how the drivers and teams are getting on so far this year. Part 1 looks at the drivers who could do better.
I thought I had joined the many people who don’t use their degrees in their careers. But I have come to realise that my degree in social science has been absolutely vital to my web design work.
Sauber’s deal looks set to fast-track Sergey Sirotkin to F1. The 17 year old has buckets of talent. But that talent needs to be nurtured first.
A survey showed that the British public is “wrong about nearly everything”. But the main lesson is not that so many people are stupid. It is that we are all ignorant, no matter how well-informed we like to think we are.
On Sunday, Dundee’s tallest buildings disappeared from the skyline forever. They were merely 40 years old, but were said to be too costly to maintain and too difficult to rent out. In seconds, these proud, sturdy structures collapsed into rubble — but not without a fight.
I think about the web all the time. I like to believe that I get it. But I am still surprised by the advances in technology and the promise the future holds.
Motor racing is about entertainment and the pursuit of engineering excellence. We also know that it is dangerous. Death is the dark side of the sport we love.
For our latest Angus and Dundee walk, we decided to go a bit further afield. The Rocks of Solitude are situated at the River North Esk, just north of Edzell, on the border between Angus and Aberdeenshire.
I recently decided to switch my main Google account. But how can you do that when your old account contains all of your data? I found out that the process is not entirely straightforward. But with some care and a few sacrifices it is possible.
A long gestation period between albums can go either way. After the disappointiment of 2005’s The Campfire Headphase, Tomorrow’s Harvest surpasses expectations.
Bucklemaker Court and Butterburn Court are currently the tallest buildings in Dundee. But in less than a month they will be gone entirely.
Up until now, the tablet revolution has passed me by. But now I have decided to get the Nexus 10. It is a highly impressive piece of kit, but there are frustrations too.
It has been a while since we have had a chance to do one of these walks. We returned to Newtyle to tackle the romantic looking Kinpurney Hill.
Max Chilton speaks out following his crash with Pastor Maldonado.
Jake Humphrey’s departure from the BBC means that their coverage has inevitably taken a step back in quality. But there are still some areas where the BBC is excelling in comparison to Sky.
One of Dundee’s most notable buildings currently undergoing demolition.
It seems that the big story in F1 at the moment (tyres aside) is the poor performance of two of the sport’s most famous teams, McLaren and Williams. This situation reminds me a lot of the 2004 season. There are a lot of striking similarities in the declines of these two great teams.
The new sculpture at Dundee Law initially served to confuse me rather than amuse me. But hopefully it is the first of many improvements needed in the area.
The Spanish Grand Prix weekend was the ultimate reminder that a lack of overtaking cannot be solved by junk tyres or artificial DRS. It’s time to turn the focus back onto the circuits.
I made the trek through to Edinburgh on a school night for the rare opportunity to see Adam Buxton’s Bug show in Scotland. Although I was feeling the effects today, it was well worth it.
Some journalists may find it “unhelpful” to describe DRS as artificial. But for me, “artificial” is probably the most polite word you can use to describe it.
Radio is an intensely intimate medium. So Tony Livesey’s departure from late night radio leaves me worrying about who will send me to sleep from now on.
I have made some tweaks to the design of this website. I decided to take the opportunity to make the CSS file mobile first.
Last year I made do without Sky’s Formula 1 coverage. But this year I decided to treat myself and shell out. So is it worth paying for?
I have an interest in architecture, and I was excited when I learnt that Lego has an Architecture series. One of the sets is of a favourite of mine — Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright.
This was our final day in the Lake District, so we had just a few hours to spend before we had to think about making our way back home. I returned to Aira Force, and we explored further around Ullswater.