Last night, while I was cooking dinner, my phone died on me.
There was no warning, there was plenty of battery but I turned the screen off, put it in my pocket and when I tried to use it again a couple of minutes later it was completely unresponsive.
After posting yesterday's post, I thought further about it and though I don't need to know much more about electricity, I do know more and want to learn more.
I like learning, particularly about different subjects.
My background as a chemical engineer has given me a good understanding ...
I have just read an article that has caused me to re-evaluate what I think I know about a topic.
While the article didn't tell me anything particularly new, it did present things that I did already know in a different way and with the opposite 'advice' or strategy ...
Work have been offering free health checks including height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
At the end we were provided with heart risk scores, a 10 year risk and a 2 year risk1.
My 10 year figure was 2.3%2
and my initial reaction was ...
In one of my previous jobs, I did not particularly get on with one of my supervisors.
This is not that surprising and to be honest, it would probably be surprising if I had gotten on with every supervisor I have encountered.
This particular supervisor was not my direct line ...
I got to attend a pensions workshop provided by my work today.
The presenter confirmed that for people my age, the state pension is probably a mirage.
They may say that I can retire and collect the state pension at 68, that will definitely keep getting moved and possibly removed ...
I have now attended tree InstMC dinners, and I have yet to have truly enjoyed any of the after dinner comedians.
Sure every one managed to get at least one laugh out of me, but at the end of the half hour, I don't think I have had one ...
Last night's InstMC dinner raised funds on behalf of the Scottish Cot Death Trust and included a personal speech by one of the trustees.
The speech was very emotional and stirred some of my earliest memories.
I had intended to write this post last year but found it too ...
I will be attending the InstMC Dinner tonight, as the guest of Honeywell.
This will be an evening of free drinks and dinner and a good chance to have fun
with other folk from industry.
It will be the first time I have had a drink in a while.
When out at the shops today, I tried to find a new jacket to replace my current one.
My main issue with my current jacket is that it is water resistant but it doesn't hold up to heavy rain.
It is also not particularly warm if I am standing ...
Today we went to a farm for pumpkin picking.
I had envisioned going into a field where the pumpkins were being grown and picking them fresh from the stock.
Of course this wouldn't have worked with the number of participants.
Instead you picked your pumpkin from a whole field ...
Today has been a day of DIY, mostly painting in the downstairs toilet.
This was a good opportunity to catch up on podcasts and I spent most of the time catching up with the DisasterCast back catalogue.
I don't have much to add except that I found it an ...
Apparently there have been a lot of posts on social media about people leaving social media1.
For the last two years I have effectively been off social media.
I did so quietly without any posting about it at the time
but I do want to record my thoughts on ...
For many years, I have wondered about the process of getting old and watching technology progress and being unable to keep up.
As someone who has always loved and been interested in technology, I found it difficult to believe that I will, one day, be unable to keep up and ...
Last night when I got home, we ended up doing the evening routine in a different order and we swapped over who did the various tasks.
As a result, I completely forgot about writing and publishing a post.
Annoyingly I have been ...
Over a year ago now, the sistern on our downstairs toilet started to leak.
There was a crack in the casing so I isolated the water supply and we made do with the upstairs toilet until we could get it replaced.
In the last three weeks I have completed three lunchtime runs.
Today's was the fastest of them but not as fast as I was running last May or last year1.
One of the reasons for the slow run may have been the warm and humid conditions 2 but ...
I went for my first run since my early summer break today.
I have been very poor with my running since leaving university and never gotten into a consistent training routine.
The only thing I have been consistent with is that I take a break from running from some point ...
If you are following using an RSS feed or look back at the dates published articles, you will notice that historically I have managed short bursts of relativity frequent blog posts, followed by long periods of silence.
Recently I have started trying to post something, anything, daily.
Last weekend we hosted a BBQ picnic and had lots of friends over.
It was a great day but I felt like I spent the whole time rushing about checking on folk and checking on the kids.
I never really felt like I had a proper catch up with folk ...
I have just had the uncomfortable experience of running into someone who I didn't recognize out of context. They clearly knew who I was (greeted me by name) but my brain just completely failed to make the connection.
I am used to not remembering people's names and having ...