I turned on the micro.blog newsletter service and sent myself a copy to see what it looked like. It’s nice. I haven’t written much here to justify a newsletter but I can see how it would be a great way to keep family members up to date with what I’ve been doing.

Christma Eve dinner at relatives today including a few gin & tonics and this doggy.

Dinner plate with Christmas tree decoration.Black and white lhasa apso dog called Poppy

Trying to get back into the VSCO iOS app but the user interface is still awful. There’s something wrong if I have to keep reminding myself where the camera button is. It’s unfortunate because the app has a lot of nice filters that are worth using. In for another year anyway.

I never really listened to Terry Hall’s band The Colour Field that much. Which means I’d never heard their gorgeous cover of The Roches’ Hammond Song until today. Hammond Song on YouTube 🎶

🙁 Contemplating the first Christmas without my dad around.

I don’t like the way rich and powerful men get referred to using their first names eg “Boris”, “Elon”. They’re not our friends.

Steely Dan’s 20 greatest songs – ranked! | Steely Dan | The Guardian:

With November marking 50 years since their debut album, we pick the best of the band’s idiosyncratic output, with tales of capitalism, drug dealers and mid-life crises.

Nice list. Deacon Blues is my fave. 🎵

🧐 It’s the start of a three week work break and I’m thinking about what needs to be done.

I watch baseball late at night here in the UK. My late dad was in the US Navy and we lived in San Diego for a while when I was very young. I would love to see the Padres beat the Yankees to win the World Series for sentimental reasons.

That word “late” is still hard to say.

I shouldn’t still be surprised that there are people who will watch hours of a TV show they claim to be boring, and awful, just to dump on others enjoyment of that show.

🤔 Contemplating an import of old Wordpress posts to micro.blog.

Film log: Watched Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie ★★★1/2

John Otway was/is the personification of punk’s DIY spirit. This fan-funded documentary was a lot of fun but it could have done with a few more critical voices. 🎥

Roger Waters is embarking on “his first ever farewell tour” according to an ad on the radio. If this goes well I presume there will be another “farewell tour”.

🎉 This feels like Twitter did in the beginning.

The Marillion show was rescheduled to the following night but at a different venue. This was my view of the stage and the reason I have a sore neck today. It was a great show though. The usual mix of high emotion and laughter from live Marillion. I loved it. Setlist. 🎵

my view of the stage at O2 Academy venue in Glasgow

Some random finds out walking today. Early signs of autumn.

white feather and golden leaf

I expected it but next Monday’s Marillion show in Glasgow has been cancelled. It’s disappointing but understandable. I could have done with the uplift after such a stressful summer. New date to come. Marillion ‘The Leavers: V. One Tonight-Live At The Royal Albert Hall 🎶

Varda by Agnès, 2019 - ★★★★

Varda by Agnès, 2019

Watched on Sunday September 11, 2022.

Film log: Watched Agnes By Varda, 2019 ★★★★. 🎥

The share menu in iOS is a delight. You never know what you’re going to get. I do know that the app I need is never there no matter how many times I’ve added it in the past.