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Photoshop CS6 has been crashing on me. The reason, as you will see when you read this, is a specific situation but one that has affected me and might be the rea Me: I have had Photoshop CS6 for a couple of years. I use it daily on a Mac running El…
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This Is Tap advertises itself as providing managed WordPress hosting without the hassle. You can run a subdomain for free. A subdomain means you choose a name (let’s say you choose ‘nimble’) and assuming no one else has chosen that name, then your site…
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TinFoil Security on Subsource Integrity W3C chat between Joel Weinberger from Chromium and Gervase Markham from Mozilla talking about Subresource Integrity I've no idea whether this is something a website owner can implement on his or her own. Does it need ...
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Tamara and I spent a few days in London after returning to the UK from Italy. Here I’ll look at some of the portraits in the National Portrait Gallery. The paintings are those that caught my eye, a couple of them for not-so-obvious reasons. This is Mrs…
Tamara and I spent a few days in London after returning to the UK from Italy. Here I'll look at some of the portraits in the National Portrait Gallery. The paintings are those that caught my eye, a...
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“Yes, Lucca is nice to visit.”

You know how one has to listen to the choice of words and the intonation when someone local recommends a place to visit.

We often have discussions about exactly what we did hear with these recommendations. Did we both hear the moment of someone holding back when we asked about visiting such and such a place?

Did we both hear an intonation that reveals that while Lucca is nice, it is not that nice?

And then there are all the other competing places to visit on a day trip from Florence. Are some of these better choices?

Lucca is nice. People are friendly. We stood in the early evening looking at the fair in the Piazza Napoleone, drinking in the atmosphere and the pace of life.

Go to Lucca if you get the chance.
How interesting to be a young girl with your father discussing the prospect of a ride in a carriage. The setting in the photo above is the Piazza del Giglio, just a short walk inside the city walls of Lucca. Lucca is rather run down in a ‘faded beauty’ kind of way. It has Squares …
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How much does the leaning Tower lean?
The guidebooks we read didn’t think that Pisa was that interesting, beyond the obvious attraction of the leaning tower of Pisa. We found it a city that is much more than the leaning tower. It is very pleasant to wander the streets and broad boulevards. It has an entirely different feel to Florence; more open …
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Google did a pretty good job with this story of our trip to Da Nang last week. Interesting to see the transition of the weather though the week.
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Throwaway - denoting or relating to products that are intended to be discarded after being used once or a few times.  Throwaway email MailDrop Spamgourmet 10 Minute Mail Fake Mail Generator Guerrilla Mail ThrowAwayMail Mailinator Non-throwaway email Tutanot...
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Following on from What Caught My Eye At The National Portrait Gallery, here are a couple of paintings at Tate Britain that I want to talk about. This is Our English Coasts, otherwise entitled Strayed Sheep by the Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman…
Following on from What Caught My Eye At The National Portrait Gallery, here are a couple of paintings at Tate Britain that I want to talk about. This is Our English Coasts, otherwise entitled Stray...
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These are some more of the photos from our trip to Italy that we took in November and December of 2015. Wow! I can say 2015 and it means last year :-) The photos and others are featured in several articles that Tamara and I wrote for the blog for…
These are some more of the photos from our trip to Italy that we took in November and December of 2015. Wow! I can say 2015 and it means last year :-) The photos and others are featured in several ...
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Siena is an Italian hilltop town lying to the south of Florence in Tuscany.

Being a hilltop town it is of course hilly. And in the center is the beautiful Piazza del Campo. It is a huge, perspective-bending Piazza built on a slope leading down to the Torre del Mangia. Walking into the fan-shaped Piazza truly is confusing to the senses.

Next to the tower is the museum – as run down as a faded heirloom...
Siena is an Italian hilltop town lying to the south of Florence in Tuscany. Being a hilltop town it is of course hilly. And in the center is the beautiful Piazza del Campo. It is a huge, perspective-bending Piazza built on a slope leading down to the Torre del Mangia. Walking into the fan-shaped Piazza …
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Treading an unseen line between Dao and Dow - and also designing greeting cards
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Find me at  FLYING TWIGS greeting card publishing company

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Visions Of The Future
It will be a Tuesday, around 11am. He (or 'she') will get up from his desk and walk out because he isn't going to do this any more. He will walk out onto the street. He will be struck by how strongly he feels that he is going to do this.

He is going to stop the merry-go-round of the office and this way of doing things. He sees the whole structure and he isn't going to be part of it. There has to be a better way.

He feels slightly dazed, but his heart pounds when he reaches the street and finds that many, many people are there, standing like he is standing, drinking it in.

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My favourite quote is a long one - so if you are looking for something short and catchy, you might want to skip this.

The quote is from Isaiah Berlin's 1957 Herbert Samuel lecture on Chaim Weizman, in which Berlin said:

“Weizman had all his life believed that when great public issues are joined one must above all take sides; whatever one did, one must not remain neutral or uncommitted, one must always - as an absolute duty - identify oneself with some living force in the world, and take part in the world’s affairs with all the risk of blame and misrepresentation and misunderstanding of one’s motives and character which this almost invariably entails.

Consequently .. he (Weizman) called for no compromise, and denounced those who did. He regarded with contempt the withdrawal from life on the part of those to whom their personal integrity, or peace of mind, or purity of ideal, mattered more than the work upon which they are engaged and to which they were engaged and to which they were committed, the artistic, or scientific, or social, or political, or purely personal enterprises in which all men are willy-nilly involved.

He did not condone the abandonment of ultimate principles before the claims of expediency or of anything else; but political monasticism - a search for some private cave of Adullam to avoid being disappointed or tarnished, the taking up of consciously utopian or politically impossible positions, in order to remain true to some inner voice, or some unbreakable principle too pure for the wicked public world - that seemed to him a mixture of weakness and self-conceit, foolish and despicable.”
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Bragging rights - I have a small collection of decibel readings for hand dryers in public restrooms - and a photo of the noisiest hand dryer I have found so far.
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Now here's a shop where you can find small things - maybe a card or a cup - and bigger things - such as a backpack or a dustpan and brush and all with taste - that ineffable thing that we recognise when we see it; that we all think we have; and that permeates this shop. And brewed coffee with hot milk and somewhere to sit, and cakes - date and walnut maybe? I like this shop.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Once upon a time it was Jenners - an independent store. Now it is part of the House of Fraser group. Stand outside and admire the building itself - there's a lot of it and it is grand. It is a huge store that stretches along Princes Street and back up to Rose Street where there are more entrances to the store. Because Rose Street is higher up the hill, the whole store is really two interlinked halves - linked back and front through a series of staircases, lifts and escalators that can leave the first-time visitor wondering whether they are still in Edinburgh or have perhaps walked so far that they are in another city. The key location that links it all together is the atrium - a large open space located within the store. It looks staid and old-fashioned with its wooden balustrade and rows of wooden balusters. The lifts have lots of wooden ornaments as well and so the whole store looks like something from a bygone era. But the stock is just standard House Of Fraser stock, so it is not an Aladdin's cave once you get to the nitty gritty of what makes a store worth visiting. But it has a Valvona and Crolla cafe and it is pleasant to drink coffee and eat cake while looking out over Princes Street and the Scott Monument. And on the same floor and all around the Valvona and Crolla cafe is the deli department with teas and cakes and jams and savouries that you don't find in every store in everywhere-land. So all in all - I'll give it a '4' for atmosphere.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Good range of services - from FedEx to bulk document scanning - and a good range of consumables - from envelopes to postal tubes to boxes. They also have discounts if you want to send bulk mail on a one-off basis. Documents have arrived at the destination when Mailboxes said they would and in my experience they have been completely reliable. Easy-going staff who just get on with the job and do it well. I have used them several times and will continue to do so.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
The coffee is OK and they do nice scones. The table seats are vaguely uncomfortable and the tables are small. There are other more laid back seats but they are quickly taken up. A good enough place for a coffee but nothing special.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Did you come for the cafe? Enter via the bookshop - that in itself adds pleasure to the experience. The heavy door - I think it must be made of metal - that leads in from the street is set in a recess so that the door itself is a right angles to the street. And it has a porthole in the door. Already I feel like this is going to be a good place. And big, big windows that stretch floor to ceiling. So contemporary - so privileged - so much better than drudge. OK, you're in. Now you have a bookshop that sells 'thoughtful' - art books, criticism books, photography books. (Also sells notebooks and cards and little gifts) and there's an air of 'San Francisco easy' - nothing rushed. Then the gallery - new exhibitions regularly - that spread over the ground floor and upstairs - and usually I don't go for them much. They often feel 'Give me fifty planks of wood and a ten pots of paint and some paper and I could do that.' But sometimes there's something. And onwards to the cafe - I love the cafe. Just the right balance between easy and substantial - more than a cafe with cakes - whole meals - inventive - good regular choices - nice tables - those big windows that look out onto the City Art Centre opposite. Nice staff. A place to go back to again - become a somewhat regular. Love it.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Downstairs, tiny and cramped. And that's the reason for a mere three stars. I have walked down the stairs a couple of times to find it full up. That's easily done because it has very few seats. The coffee is OK but then Edinburgh has a plethora of places that do good coffee. I fail to see the attraction of the place though others seem to like it.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
There's nowhere else like it in Edinburgh. Apart from books on subjects you expect, there is more. If you are looking for anything vaguely textbookish, or some piece of equipment for map reading, or for studying medicine, or a myriad of other things - then this is the shop. It is much, much bigger inside than it looks from the outside. Remember to pick up a loyalty card.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago