Review of 2009

December 31, 2009

Among other things blogged about this year, like being breathalyzed for the first time, decorating my bathroom, getting an app-phone (here, here & here), using dropbox, a guest-blog, etc.   I have…

Gone to see this lot in concert…

Gone to these Movies…

Watched these boxed sets…

and, read these books….

Happy New Year!

+ve or -ve

November 9, 2009

A couple of years ago I tried doing a blog once a week reflecting on good and bad things that happened that week, I’m going to try it again for a while.  The main difficulty with this sort of blog is the number of things that you just can’t name, like ‘friend called’ I’m not going to mention who but it might be something that really cheered my up (OK I’m assuming that a friend calling would appear in the +ve category).  Anyway, as I always try to remember the purpose of this blog is as a memo to myself and if others happen to read it and find it interesting because you know me or something I’ve written is of use then great, but be warned if you read the +ve/-ve posts they may be over cryptic and certainly I can’t see how interesting they could be:.


  • +ve  listened to the entire Queen back catalog (apart from compilations and live stuff) at work this week via on Spotify!
  • +ve  finishing another Pratchett novel: The Truth
  • -ve   Halloween: got no sleep at all because of the number of party goers shouting in the street outside till well after 4am by which time I generally can’t get to sleep
  • -ve   passed on some real hassle of a job to deal with which was probably avoidable
  • -ve  had a head cold most of the week
  • +ve  worked from home for two days to avoid traipsing into work with a cold (and got a few ‘stuck’ projects moving)
  • +ve  had a guest blog published on musicademy
  • +ve  phone call from friend
  • +ve  started watching ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip‘ (why the long name?)
  • +ve  de-cluttering and decorating means chucking lots of stuff out and feels good
  • +ve  caught up with one of my oldest friends and had a fantastic burger from Ketchup
  • -ve   haven’t practiced bass for over a week!!
  • -ve  Carol Service plans not where they should be by now, need a lot more work!
  • +ve  I’ve built a secret passageway in my living room and it makes me smile every time I use it
  • +ve  out with friends on Friday night, to Ketchup again and Grosvneor (first night out like this for months!)
  • +ve  good to see friends visiting from Manchester
  • -ve  didn’t get to Biblocafe enough this weekend
  • +ve  finished decorating living room
  • -ve  finished watching ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip‘ and there are no more seasons :-(
  • -ve LOTS of tech problems at church this morning, again!
  • +ve took Sunday evening off church (again)

Too hot to blog…

June 2, 2009

No it’s not.

We’ve had a few days of fantastic weather which and it is incredible how quickly we can get used to it. Normally in Scotland it is difficult to go very far from home/office/car without carrying a jacket, rain coat or umbrella ‘just in case’.  So I surprised myself by going all the way to Edinburgh this week with no extra clothes for wind, rain or hail.

Anyway, talking to a friend at the weekend she said that she preferred cold weather to hot becuase “if you are too cold you can generally do something about it, put on a jumper, turn up the heating – but if it is too hot there isn’t much you can do”  I have always had the other opinion that it is better to be too hot.  Now, I agree with what my friend said but I just don’t think I’ve ever been too-hot.

This week has indeed challenged this but in general I think that as a Scotsman living in Glasgow where frequently we experience all four seasons in one short afternoon and when each year we experience the strange sensation of trying to remember what that strange orange thing is that appears in the sky around February.

So it can never be too hot (in Scotland) and if anyone ever hears me saying “I’m too hot” please remind me of this fact.

BTW I think the good weather is about to break :-/

Brokenness ? hmm

February 5, 2008

I’ve been putting together a DVD of videos on the theme of Brokenness – sort of .

At least it kind of started off as “Brokenness” and has been in my mind as “Brokenness” because that was the subject line of the email from a friend who is: “…leading a seminar on worship with vulnerable children. … I wondered if you had any suitable images to hand – I’m looking for either brokenness or restoration. Like the one… “

So, apart from the one mentioned in the email a few things came to mind, specifically some old stuff we got ages ago that I had to trawl through old VHS tapes to find. So I found all that, messed around with some stills we have, and spent about a week off and on tweaking some things and just mulling the concept over.

The nice thing is that during this process I had been focusing on ‘Brokenness’ and the idea of ‘vulnerable children’ or ‘troubled teens’ yet a lot of the videos have turned out with a positive edge and have included a lot of the ‘restoration’ and ‘being made free’ which I had forgotten about from the original email. Just shows who’s in charge when I think I’m doing all the work?

Anyway, while working on this someone sent me a link to the following video, which also in a strange way fitted with this theme. “The story of a Kiwi who spends his whole life working towards achieving his dream.” IMDB

( direct link if you can’t view the above )

If you want more of this.. the original version (original sound track) and an alternative ending are worth a look.

what, where, when

December 20, 2007

Thursday – rehearsal for Carol Service Drama, make ‘Angel’ and ‘Wise men’ videos

Friday – rehearsal for Carol Service Drama, set up stage for drama

Saturday – collect things from old family home, panic about Drama because Nick’s not well, make up DVDs for Carol Service video and make sure all the paperwork in place.

Sunday – church, set up for Carol Service, Carol Service, Tidy up

Monday – plan for DeepRiver doing worship at Deep Impact conference, fail to do all Christmas Shopping in one hit, Meal with friends.

Tuesday – Meeting with Lighting Designer about big church project, write this up and write up plans for Deep Impact

Wednesday – Deeper Planning meeting (good to be fully back on the team ;-)

No time to think

No time to blog

+ve or -ve (again)

June 3, 2007

too tired to blog ‘properly’ so return of the weekly summary…

-ve  good friend moved away from Glasgow :-(
+ve I now have someone to visit in London :- )
+ve discovered a new (to me) band Nouvelle Vague thanks to m0ok posting this video….

Youtube video link

I LOVE THIS VIDEO!  the simplicity, fun, mood, pace, I’ve just keep playing it over all week.

-ve  I then discovered this band played Glasgow LAST week
+ve had lunch with a couple of friends from church
-ve  wasn’t able to catch up with another friend passing through town for one night only
+ve did some filming in Glasgow Uni and Glasgow Cathedral
+ve started working with J&G on a proposal for taking Deep River (and some of the Deeper team) to ‘do worship’ at a big event next year.
+ve got back to work on a project for the church that has been frustrating but might be moving again
-ve  all of the last three +ves mean a LOT more work
-ve  Big Brother started this week –ve because I will become hooked fairly shortly if the past years are anything to go by.
+ve managed to clear out rubbish that has been collecting in church for far too long: old VCRs, broken computer monitors and random bits that collect.
-ve  work has been very hectic with two actual deadlines coming up (I tend not to have any deadlines in my current post.
-ve  car playing up and can’t be bothered doing anything about it.
+ve spend some time catching up with 24
-ve  weather has been lousy, no chance of cycling to work and haven’t done any other kind of exercise either.
+ve managed to get back to work on a wedding video for a friend who got married last year.  I would like to have this completed for their anniversary if not before.
+ve worked on follow-spot for New Scottish Choir and Orchestra gig in City Halls last night.

which gives me +2 leading into another fairly hectic week.  Could do with a holiday.


May 21, 2007

What would it be like if you could poll everyone on the planet every few minutes to ask them how they feel? Say you then took that information and labelled it with whatever feeling they expressed and perhaps categorised it along with their location, gender, age, etc. and made that information public.

It would then be possible to know how many people felt ‘great’, or ‘sad’, or ‘tired’, or ‘better’ at any one time, or indeed in any one place. You would know which city in the world had the most people who felt ‘silly’ at any one time. This is in effect what are doing

“Every few minutes, the system searches the world’s newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.”

The resulting web app is fascinating. Each ‘feeling’ is represented as a dot moving around the screen. Hover the mouse over the dot for a brief description, such as “united kindom kodeyeminster / scared” or “Canada / lost” click on this to get the sentence from the original post and click on that to launch the blog in a new window.

In addition the data can be viewed in different ways, and grouped according to location, weather, feeling, etc. images relating to the posts are grabbed and associated with the feeling mentioned in the post… this is a great little sit, which is somewhere between art, IT and stats.