Work continues to overwhelm slightly at the moment which means I haven’t been posting here as much as I’d like but there is a light at the end of the tunnel… I think…😅

Is the Apple enthusiast scene out of touch I wonder, as I read an article on how someone uses their iPad as a monitor for their Nintendo Switch (a device that already has… a screen) using a $200 capture card, a $200 battery pack and a $40 dock… 🤔🤣

Stuff this week #9

Trio the cat Sleepy on the Sofa

I’ve had a little break from blogging as It’s been a busy time of the year at work and at home, then I got a cold 🤒 and have generally been feeling a bit crappy and not like wriiting.

I’m now making an effort to put a bit more pep in my step! 💪

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Some photos of our food when we went to the soft launch of drgnfly, a new local restaurant. The Karaage was a particular highlight. Hence there only being one piece left by the time I got around to taking the photo 😂

Kids school just emailed to say they’re closed tomorrow due to the risk of Storm Ciaran. Might be an interesting day at work tomorrow…

Stuff This Week #8

A steady week all in all as the weather finally cools and the nights draw in 🎃

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A tech ghost story told around the campfire on a cold dark night 👻

“And when he unboxed his laptop… IT DIDN’T HAVE A PHYSICAL ESCAPE KEY” 🎃😜

Farewell to the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

So the Apple gaming stuff turned out to be claim chowder it seems…. Nothing announced over what we know with Capcom’s releases.

Not actually caught up on the conference yet, but the black M3 Pro’s do look good 😎

Still think I will jump to a Studio next year as my next upgrade.

Very interested to see what it’s announced at the Apple press conference tonight as it’s supposed to have a large gaming related announcement.

I feel like we’ve been here numerous times before though… and Apple Arcade bar a rare few titles has been continuously disappointing…

🤔 🎮

Japan Diaries - Day 6 Arashiyama Bamboo Grove & Higashiyama

Our plan today was to visit the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove using the Randen Tram line in the morning. In the afternoon we were going to explore the old town area Higashiyama some more.

We wanted today to be more relaxed. We’d had a later one last night exploring and had been running around pretty much non-stop. Today was all about slowing it down.

Breakfast at Smart Coffee

We spotted Smart Coffee when we were wandering the Shotengai around our hotel and had seen people queuing to get in. We’d made a mental note to try it out, and what’s more relaxing than a luxurious breakfast?

After a short queue we were shown to our seats and this place was fancy 🧐.

Myself and my boys had Iced coffee’s with my wife going for tea. We ordered Hot Cakes1 and French toast both served with a generous cup of maple syrup.

My son in front of a plate of large thick french toast

A plate of “hot cake” pancakes with  tiny jug of maple syrup on the side

The service and presentation at this place was high class. The only thing I could really compare it to in the UK would be Betty’s Tea Rooms

I was looking at what other tables had ordered, and their egg sandwiches and purin2 also looked world class.

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Nights are drawing in now. It’s dark and moody earlier and earlier now. 🍂🌔

A neon store sign reflecting in the wet pavement as dark streets bleed into the edges

Stuff this week #7

A black and white photo of a hotel room

A week off work this week, so some travelling, some relaxing and unfortunately... way too much procrastination.

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Sunday blog tweaking achieved ✔️

Moved my about page back to and added the stats I get from Tinylytics as well! 😎

Japan Diaries : Day 5 All Over Kyoto

Today was our “Get around and see stuff” day, with our priority being the Imperial Palace. We’d seen a little bakery around the corner we decided to hit up for Breakfast first.


We went to Sizyua which was just around the corner from our hotel. A local bakery which has been going since 1948 and is named after the founders wife.

A breakfast plate with thick white toast and a hard boiled egg

We had the curious breakfast combo of toast and a hard boiled egg. I had white bread where my family had the fruit bread.

Whilst to us being foreigners, the combo was slightly odd but still delicious. Thick well toasted and beautifully buttered bread, and a nice hard boiled egg! What’s not to like!?

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What are people using to size, optimise and bulk upload their photos to Micro.Blog for long form posts?

I’ve been using Mimi but the app is so frustrating (constant crashes with larger images, inconsistent with RAW/formatting support) that I’m just about done with it.

The trip to my hometown to drop my father’s ashes with my mother is done with now, leaving me the rest of this week as holiday time a split of being on my own or with my wife and kids. Fire is on and I’m hunkered down.

Todays agenda? editing Japan holiday photos to finally post day 5’s writeup.

Not the most exciting photos ever but the light was really lovely on an evening walk with my family and I’m still flexing the 15 Pro Max photographic muscles so to speak…so wanted to grab some quick shots and try out the 5x zoom.

Golden hour light on the front of a red brick apartment A seagull sat on the chimney of a red brick house Golden hour light on the curved brick of a modern apartment

Stuff This Week #5-6

I didn’t get this out last week as life just got in the way, so this is a sorta doubled up bumper pack of last week and this weeks stuff.

Trio the cat sat on my wife’s legs

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Really enjoyed doing the Sept photo @challenges this year. I had to use a few older photos vs fresh ones this time just coz I’m busy atm.

I did submit some prompt ideas but they didn’t get through sadly.

They would have been :-

  • Magic
  • Bokeh
  • Peel

iPhone finewoven cases are tough to get off. I searched to see if there’s a trick to it.

Top hit is a video with nearly 500k views.

It’s someone just awkwardly pulling at it with excessive force until it comes off.

Is this is the perfect commentary on the state of YouTube and Tech reporting?