The Garden Bench Project – Part One

Ages ago I began the process of researching, designing and building a bench for the small and strangely proportioned backgarden of my shared apartment building. Although I haven't yet finished it after getting sidetracked with other tasks this summer I thought I would share some of my sketches and progress so far and will write … Continue reading The Garden Bench Project – Part One

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Personal Goals for Semester 1, 2017/18

I set about trying to both write up, and manage my total ideal to-do lists and calendar for this semester (up until Christmas) but once put together I discovered not just the inevitable budget deficit but also *ahem* a serious time deficit once the worst-case times were estimated - although there is an oversimplifying linearity … Continue reading Personal Goals for Semester 1, 2017/18

Team Rafta Obscura, Edinburgh Canal Festival and Raft Race, Saturday 17th June 2017

So a few years ago I moved to the Tollcross area of Edinburgh and discovered the annual Edinburgh Canal Festival and Raft Race, held in Fountainbridge nearby at the end of the Edinburgh-Glasgow canal. I really enjoyed the whole thing but especially the raft race whereby local teams (the greengrocers, a group of mates, the … Continue reading Team Rafta Obscura, Edinburgh Canal Festival and Raft Race, Saturday 17th June 2017

Intelligence, Failure and Fault

The Loch So the TV show The Loch, a sort of Scottish version of Broadchurch type crime drama, is being met with fairly mixed reviews as many are not enjoying the many glaring faults the show's writing is riddled with, particularly reliance on so many cliches and tropes. But in general I was enjoying watching … Continue reading Intelligence, Failure and Fault

Notes On My Personality In The Digital Data ‘Revolution’

A while ago I had intended to write a post about my identity and all that I felt I had learned about who I am over these last few years but amongst other things it got sidelined. Then this week I was watching the second episode of the BBC documentary series Secrets of Silicon Valley … Continue reading Notes On My Personality In The Digital Data ‘Revolution’

Some Game of Thrones Playlists

Okay so if you have somehow missed my cluster of STEM-themed playlists then you can be forgiven but in return I ask you to forgive me for the terrible mini-project I started a few years ago - a collection of Game of Thrones themed playlists. What makes them quite so terrible? Well, like my STEM-themed … Continue reading Some Game of Thrones Playlists

The Extreme Sports Life on a Low Budget

My Mum bought me for Christmas this year one of those many "write a list" books that are popular at the moment, this one being "My Future Listography" specifically. In essence it is a dedicated notebook for assembling bucket lists. I assume part of the reasoning for this gift was my love of lists, and … Continue reading The Extreme Sports Life on a Low Budget

Engine Flow Measurements in Test Bed Design for Small Marine Diesel Engines

So for my Mechanical Engineering Group Project 4 research course (Semester 1 2016/2017 at the University of Edinburgh), I was in a group assigned the project of developing a test bed suitable for testing small marine diesel engines. The overall group project was aiming to develop a theoretical design and feasability report for a small … Continue reading Engine Flow Measurements in Test Bed Design for Small Marine Diesel Engines

Endeavour, Morse, and Lewis Playlist

Basically, (opera) music is a big part of the Inspector Morse TV series and although there have been several soundtrack albums of various collections, no one has a more consistent and complete soundtrack playlist on Spotify so I decided to make one entitled "Thursday, Morse, Lewis, & Hathaway" in honour of the successive fictional Detective … Continue reading Endeavour, Morse, and Lewis Playlist

5 Step Instructions for Making A Rag Rug

  Background One of my brothers used to always insist on going to the Duxford Imperial War Museum for his birthday every year to see all the planes he loved so much, and I think it must have been there somewhere maybe that I saw it first - a craft commonly practised by those hiding … Continue reading 5 Step Instructions for Making A Rag Rug