Actionable, long-term stable and semantic web compatible identifiers for access to biological collection objects

Actionable, long-term stable and semantic web compatible identifiers for access to biological collection objects

A View to a Chill

Coverage of my recent paper in The Sun – I’ve made it! But surely it should be “Its A View To A Chill.”? The film was “A View…

How Green Is Edinburgh Really?

How Green Is Edinburgh Really?

Automated sampling of perceived naturalness across Edinburgh

Automated sampling of perceived naturalness across Edinburgh

Cloud Lottery

The Cloud Lottery

Biophilomatics: A new field courtesy of IKEA?

Biophilomatics: A new field courtesy of IKEA?

DIY “Silent” Practise Guitar

I just made my first Instructable: DIY Silent Practise Guitar  

Glasgow Riverside and Science Centre

Unusual light for Edinburgh

For a treat I had lunch in Yo Sushi on Princes Street – and I actually felt the benefit of the air conditioning! Anyone who knows Scotland will appreciate…

One year old today

I took lay ordination into the Order of Interbeing as True Embracing Oak (Chân Sồi Bao Dung) on 28th August 2015 – a year ago today. This is my…

Henry is a ghost

Henry mobbed by his public

During my photo drought I have taken to having my X-Pro 1 with the 27mm pancake in my bag. Carrying but not using. At Henry’s book launch this evening…

The first photographic portrait of a professional horticulturist?

I just wrote a blog for work about the Hill & Adamson portrait of William McNab. The first photographic portrait of a professional horticulturist?  

Present moment – it may be just what we think it is.

I enjoyed this video from Veritasium it complements a blog post I wrote back in 2010 – The present moment does not exist  – which does a similar thing but…

Back from the Lakes

We have just had a week camping in the English Lake District. It didn’t rain the whole time. Very enjoyable in a gentle family kind of way. We…

Botanic Cottage People

About a year a go I had committed to photograph people on their allotments as my next project when Sutherland Forsyth suggested I document the people who were…

HRH Princess Royal

Stuart Beattie, director of Scotland’s Churches Trust, liked the portrait I made of him and asked if I might photograph the visit of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal (their…

Secular mindfulness needs a rethink

I’ve been reading Christian literature again. This is an odd experience. Thomas Merton, C.S. Lewis and now Abbot Christopher Jamison have been working to make me a better…

How shallow can you go

I have had an interesting evening torn between two shots I took today. Same subject and almost the same pose but one with what may be considered too…

XF14mm f2.8 on X-Pro1 & X-Pro2

This is a quick post to host some camera phone snaps for a discussion about the new X-Pro2 and whether it has frame lines for the XF14mm f2.8…

It was briefly winter today

It snowed hard enough to drive me back  indoors but by 10 o’clock it was all but gone.

Robert from Poland to India via Scotland

Lovely to be joined by Robert on my lunchtime walk today. He’s off to India for five months is a couple of weeks.

Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal ‘own goal’?

Can’t resist a quick comment on this article on BBC News today.Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal ‘own goal’. He says that assuming humanity eventually establishes colonies on…

Two out of three of my green spaces under threat

Sunday evening and I’m taking the snaps off my camera. It has been dark and I’ve been hold up writing software for my Ten Breaths Map project so there…

A future without species: The acme of my FameLab career

Today I gave my three minute presentation in the FameLab Scottish Final at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh having got through the Edinburgh heat. Needless to…

The New Wild : Garden Earth

Way back in the 1980s I worked as a young researcher for Prof David Moore at Reading University on a popular book called Plant Life (OUP 1991) which I believe was also published…

Hedonic Treadmill: Are there just Happy People and Sad People?

In searching around for a subject to talk on at FameLab Scotland in January I stumbled across the fact that I had possibly been misusing a very basic…

Solstice? Not Quite Yet

I thought it was the winter solstice this morning and my feelings were confirmed by ominous sunrise. But I was wrong. It is actually at 4:49am tomorrow morning. …

FameLab – First Talk

A few weeks back Edinburgh Beltane Public Engagement Network offered a free day of presentation skills training with Mel Sherwood. When I say free I mean it was free…

Thanks for the bridge

I had a letter published in The National again today. The text I sent was: Sir/Madam, With all the noise and smoke coming from the “blamethrowers” that have…