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.

Step Count when Hiking with Poles

A pair of Saucony Ride ISO shoes with Garmin Foot Pod, Fenix 5+, and Leki Voyager hiking poles

A while back I saw a post on Reddit questioning the accuracy of step tracking when using hiking poles. This made me think. I use poles now and then for longer / steeper hikes – was I missing out on some tracked calories which could later be exchanged for beer? Time to find out!

Hiking Cronk Ny Arrey Laa from Dalby

Another hastily clobbered together route that turned out all right, on the hottest day of the year, and it’s only May. This one sees us getting sunburnt over 4 hours and 715 sweaty meters of elevation, bagging one of the island’s highest peaks and visiting an ancient hermitage. Welcome to the Dalby circuit.

Springtime comes to Cringle Plantation

Section of mountain bike track disappears into the distance between trees and little white flowers

I spent a couple of hours on the Stumpjumper yesterday exploring Cringle Plantation, one of the more technical mountain bike areas on the Isle of Man. Towards the end of the blue dot community trail I was transported into a magical woodland of mature, moss-covered larch, planted just wide enough to allow a carpet of wild clover to conceal the entire forest floor, and that carpet was now in full bloom.