Archive:
2013

Fyrish monument

Fyrish Hill

Last weekend I took a trip up to the Highlands. There I climbed up Fyrish Hill, overlooking the Cromarty Firth near Alness.

Google+ logo

Why I enjoy using Google+

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.

Freaks cover

Review: Pulp – Freaks (2012 reissue)

Pulp on Fire part 2 of 3.

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?

Kimi Räikkönen

Has Kimi Räikkönen lost his motivation again?

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?

Official ballot for the 2000 United States Presidential election, November 7, 2000, from Palm Beach County, Florida

Not voting is a valid democratic act

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.

It (2012 reissue) cover

Review: Pulp – It (2012 reissue)

Pulp on Fire part 1 of 3.

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.

Dronley Wood

Dronley Wood

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.

Toro Rosso

Is Daniil Kvyat ready for Formula 1?

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?

The Caterthuns

A trip to the Caterthuns, a pair of iron age forts near Edzell in Angus.

CSS code

Implementing header images

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.

Nico Hülkenberg’s face

Watch Nico Hülkenberg’s face fall as Kimi Räikkönen reveals the reason he is leaving Lotus.

Archives to doctorvee restored

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 message to Fernando Alonso

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.

Devising a colour scheme

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.

What UK radio can learn from North America

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.

Ignorance is inevitable

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.

Derby Street demolitions – aftermath

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.

Allan Simonsen

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.

The Blue Door and the Rocks of Solitude

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.

Migrating to another Google account

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.

Bucklemaker Court

Derby Street demolitions, Dundee

Bucklemaker Court and Butterburn Court are currently the tallest buildings in Dundee. But in less than a month they will be gone entirely.

Nexus 10: my first tablet

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.

Kinpurney Hill

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.

BBC F1 – the verdict

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.

McLaren and Williams

McLaren and Williams troubles cap a decade of underachievement

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.

Dundee Law sculpture

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.

Review: Best of Bug hosted by Adam Buxton

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.

The importance of late night radio

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.

Mobile first

I have made some tweaks to the design of this website. I decided to take the opportunity to make the CSS file mobile first.

Sky Sports F1 – the verdict

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?

Lego Architecture: Fallingwater

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.