ADRIAN’S BLOG

Ramblings of an IT geek

Whisky

That’s right, there’s no ‘e’, or at least not in the country who invented the stuff!

I’ve always liked the idea of drinking whisky, but only since moving to Scotland have really begun to appreciate it as it really should be.  And I think it’s fair to say my taste in whisky has also matured, moving a little further afield than the classic, yet easy to drink Speyside’s to slightly more acquired Highland and Island drams.  That’s not to say I don’t still like a nice Speyside, just that they’re will be more than a bottle of 2 of other stuff in my drinks cupboard, at least over the festive period.

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Advent

The Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar – it’s become a bit of a Christmas tradition!  Even though next year I’ll be closer to 50 than 40!!

I think this is my 5th or even 6th calendar, and my daughter is now joining in with her own Lego Friends version.

I thought I’d share this year’s creations, ranging from a very small but scarily accurate Slave 1 (Boba Fett’s ship for those that might not know, but want to learn!) on the 1st, to a downright bizarre (so much so, that I don’t really know what it is) on the 20th.

A nice reminder for me when it’s packed away in the garage with the others, and for you if you happen to stumble upon my ‘blog to self’.  If you do, Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2017…

 

 

AirPods

Earlier this year (January to be precise) I backed a Kickstarter project for, what at the time seemed to be, some rather unique wireless earphones > https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/revols/revols-premium-quick-custom-fit-wireless-earphones

Unfortunately, as with many Kickstarter projects, these have failed to deliver on time (July, then November and now March 2017!) so when I saw Apple reveal their Airpods at the iPhone event back in September I was quite interested.  A little like the Revols, these have also been delayed from the original October launch, and it was looking like they weren’t going to arrive until 2017, at least until last Tuesday…

I must have been reading Macrumors at just the right time, as these hit the Apple Store last week, and within a few hours the option to have them shipped had slipped to 2017, but I managed to order a set and they’ve just arrived!

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Almost there…

Sorry it’s taken a while to get around to this, and it probably won’t be all that detailed for now, but I’ve been a little busy since the midnight showing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last Wednesday/Thursday I went to last week.

Staying up until 04:30 am didn’t help the rest of the week either, as I’ve felt sleepy ever since and really need a good nights sleep to catch up, but being away from the weekend visiting friends and family before Christmas was more important than sleep!

If you’re a Star Wars fan you won’t need me to tell you to go and watch this film, and if you’re not, me telling you to go and watch this film probably won’t make you, but you really should go and watch this on a big screen as it really is a very good film.

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Whirlwind

These were all taken using the EOS M and 18-55mm lens (mostly at 18mm) in 2015 on a Scuba Travel Red Sea liveaboard aboard Whirlwind.

 

Amateur Photographer

You might have guessed from the last two blog (gallery) posts that I’m a budding amateur photographer, or at least I like going out to take pictures and have far more camera gear than anyone not making money from it really needs!  

I’m also quite fortunate that I live in an area of incredible beauty, and for anyone who’s never visited Scotland, you really should.

Linlithgow Palace is a 5-minute walk for me, so I have lots of pictures taken from walks around the loch.  The Forth Bridges are about a 10-minute drive, so again a fairly regular visit to get some fresh air.

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Some WordPress tweaks

I know, another blog that doesn’t continue the eOS saga, but I’ve got things to a point that I really need to be trying to use it on a daily basis and I just don’t have the time, or faith, to attempt that at the moment.  Hopefully, I will at some point, but for now it’s somewhat parked.

Now I’ve caught the blog bug, though, I have spent a little more time playing with WordPress which I was finding a little clunky to use with the vanilla install I’d created.  I mentioned at the start of my blogging journey that I’d set-up a WordPress server as I was working for a client that provided multi-site WordPress to its customers.  On that basis, I’d set-up a multi-site WordPress server, as I had a few ideas about using for other things (my company website for one) but other than trying a few different themes, I hadn’t done much with it at all, other than a plugin for 2FA to secure things a little more.

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Alexa, write a blog update for me!

Ok, so she can’t do that, but after inviting Alexa (aka the Amazon Echo) into my house earlier this week I thought I’d do a quick blog!  

I have to say, I’m really impressed and so far Alexa has help me with the following:

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