Douglas Soapbox Derby

Action photo of a soapbox cart going down the hill

A small selection of pictures from this year’s Soap Box Derby in Douglas, an annual event during which competitors race self-built carts down a closed street in the Isle of Man’s capital.

S.T. Cevic Shipwreck, Ramsey

Black and white archive image of S.T. Cevic

Low tide and no rain? Must be time to explore another shipwreck, this time the S.T. Cevic near Ramsey. The remains of this unfortunate steam trawler are testament to the fact that you shouldn’t use a large unwieldy vessel to chase down a smaller one in a storm, close to rocks. Luckily nobody was hurt.

Easy Backup for Lightroom

Screen-grab showing a bunch of windows on my Mac's desktop

I found an easy, free, and robust way of backing up my Lightroom catalogue to an external drive without any third-party software, and thought I’d share via this quick how-to post. Prepare for Terminal geekery.

S.T. Pasages Shipwreck, Jurby

Archive image of the ST Pasages

The Manx coastline is dotted with many interesting wrecks, including the Steam Trawler Pasages. Originally built in 1917 for the Canadian Navy in Toronto, she made her way to the UK in the 1920s and was converted to a fishing trawler. In 1931 she ran aground in foul weather near Jurby, where she’s been quietly rusting ever since.

Why Batteries Die and How to Stop Them

Without a single shred of scientific evidence, I’m going to make sweeping generalisations about battery technology, and give some personal recommendations on how you can help your rechargeable devices live longer. I’ll also touch on Battery Health Management in macOS, and why that’s important if you’re user of Thunderbolt 3 devices which always want to charge your laptop. Hold tight, this one’s gonna be geeky.

Running with Kahtoola Microspikes

Rattling through the list of subjects I wanted to share with y’all but haven’t gotten around to, thoughts naturally turn to winter sports, and the issue of sliding about on ice like a drunken uncle at a wedding. Don’t you just love lockdown? With that, here’s a couple of words on a product that’s made me look forward to getting out on icy trails and frozen paths: my Microspikes.

Using Camera Colour Profiles in Lightroom

Section of Lightroom UI showing colour presets

Do you want to use Fujifilm’s film simulations in Lightroom, but struggle creating your own colour profiles? I did until now, and have just found out something that just about everybody seems to know: those film simulations are right there, in the Profile Browser. In this very short piece I’ll show you where to look, and how you can configure Lightroom to apply a preset automatically.

Hiking Lhargee Ruy from Crosby

Hiker looking down into the valley, distant mountains on the horizon

A health-inducing lockdown loop from downtown Crosby to the roof of the world, or the top of Marown, which is pretty much the same thing. Pack the picnic blanket and Compeed, this one’s gonna be good.

Smashed my Half Marathon PB

Some Marathon Runners

Hardly a groundbreaking update, but finally some black-on-white evidence that the fitness regime is paying off. Yep – I smashed my personal half marathon record, and also bagged my longest ever run. Very pleased with this.