I went to the cinema last night for the first time In ages and it was a nice experience. Comfy reclining seats, an idiot-free audience, and Dazed and Confused was just as fun as I remembered.

Currently reading: Left Bank by Agnès Poirier 📚

This evening’s view from the eleventh floor.

View across town towards a red sunset.

It seems like all of the things that used to fill up your spam folder are now being advertised on British television channels.

Five weeks in my new place and most of my books and CDs are still packed away in boxes. I like the tidiness. I like the lack of chaos. They might have to stay there for a while longer.

There’s something satisfying about coming home to your own place and locking the door behind you.

I found my old Sony Mini Disc player. It still looks shiny and brand new. I wish I could also find the recording of Alex Chilton I made with it when he played our local Art Centre back in the 90s. He performed a set of cover versions with a couple of Scottish musicians and I’m sure it would be of interest to collectors (if I ever found it). 🎵

Found a dead mouse at my front door this morning. A gift from one of the local cats.

Trying out one of the ChatGTP iOS apps. It seems like the easiest way to try it without opening an account. I wont be continuing with a subscription because it’s way too expensive but I’m having fun asking for things like “write me a thank you email in the style of Groucho Marx” while the trial lasts.

🖋 I bought these two Pilot Elite fountain pens from a seller on eBay. They’re both described as “vintage” but I’m not sure what that really means in this case. The nib of the silver capped pen says it was made in 1975. Both have gold nibs and write perfectly. I love them.

Two Pilot Elite fountain pens, uncapped. One black with gold trim. The other has a black barrel and silver/black cap.

🎵 Farewell, Tina Turner. A true rock’n roll legend. Tina Turner: legendary rock’n’roll singer dies aged 83

Currently reading: One-Sentence Journal by Chris La Tray 📚

I searched for Mastodon apps on the iOS app store and an advert for “Truth Social” appeared at the top of the results. Good grief. Way to go, Apple.

I was listening to a film podcast and the hosts thought it pretty funny that someone would call a film a “picture” these days.

That’s still pretty common in Scotland.

People talk about “going to the pictures” or will ask “what picture did you see?”. I still say it myself.

I’m glad it’s still here.

Logged on to Twitter for the first time in ages today. Pretty much everyone I follow is still there doing their thing. I think talk of its imminent demise is premature or the product of wishful thinking by some.

I couldn’t see one blue tick in my timeline which was a relief.

My mum passed away recently after a short illness. Less than a year after my dad. I’ve spent the last three weeks in a bit of a daze, doing nothing, as neither passing has really sunk in yet. They both lived to a good age, a small comfort, but you should never take your parents for granted.

I’m testing the new Post/Update to Micro.blog Drafts action.

I’m not a big Nick Cave fan but this New Yorker interview really resonated with me. Nick Cave on the Fragility of Life

I watched The Ipcress File for the umpteenth time. I can watch it again and again despite knowing all the twists and turns of the plot. It’s also my favourite Michael Caine film. 🎥