Amateurs do it for love

I was struck by this observation I read recently on a model train forum: You get what you pay for. If a piece of software is worth nothing to the person who wrote it, what does that say about it? I can only assume the author has little experience of using or writing open source … Read more

My blog has moved!

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post pondering why I have a web site. At that time I had a blog on Google’s “” platform and a hand-crafted web site hosted elsewhere. My hosting company had recently increased its prices a lot, which prompted me to ask why I have a web … Read more

Hungarian sour cherry soup revisited

Five years ago I wrote about my first attempt to make Hungarian sour cherry soup. My recipe has evolved a little since then, so I thought it might be useful to record the current version. Serves 2.

Why have I got a web site?

You might already know that I have my own web site It’s a modest affair and I don’t update it very often – the last change to the main page was in November 2015. Recently my web hosting provider withdrew the “lite” package I was using and migrated me to another package, at more … Read more

Digital photograph vignetting revisited

A few years ago I wrote about some experiments I’d done with measuring and correcting vignetting in digital photographs. (Some cameras have such correction built in, called “peripheral illumination correction” or similar.) I recently purchased a second-hand 10-18 mm wide angle lens for my DSLR. Measuring its vignetting using my previous method is difficult as … Read more

Shaun the Sheep

I’m a huge fan of the Aardman Animation children’s TV series “Shaun the Sheep”. Although it’s nominally a children’s programme there is a lot in it for adults as well. I particularly like the references to things that not many children would be aware of. Here are a few that I’ve spotted. I’ll add more … Read more

Oxbridge entrance – a modest proposal

There has been some talk recently about apparent bias in the way Oxford and Cambridge universities select undergraduate students, disproportionately favouring (white) students from fee-paying schools. The universities respond, with some justification, that they accept anyone who gets top grades at A level and performs well at interview, and it’s not their fault if state … Read more