This is a work in progress. I will update this post as I go along.
I use an Android phone which comes loaded with useful Google services, like search, calendar, contacts, email, messaging, social network, maps, news, media, games… I also use some of those on the desktop. Many of those services are very compelling, easy to use, and free. But free only in the sense that there is no money is changing hands. The service is paid with information gathered about you. A lot of information.
So, here is what I am doing to try to give away a bit less information about me. Also things that I am considering, or just thinking about. I won’t promise that it is all practical or coherent.
It is March already and it is time to start thinking about organising holidays. I won’t go to Kefalonia for the usual Aikido uchi deshi as the dates are clashing with family events.
My main trip this year will be to Scotland. I think I will explore the Isle of Skye, Lewis and Harris before joining friends in Aviemore for the Thunder in the Glen rally. After that I don’t know yet.
Most of my pictures of those fantastic holidays in South Africa in February 2013 were lost when my house was burgled. Fortunately I was able to recover of selection of photographs.
An exhausting business trip to South Korea in November and December 2013. I still had time to explore…
The YeongTong area of Suwon, at night.
YeongTong from my hotel window.
The royal palace in Suwon
Suwon seen from the city wall.
A command post at the top of the hill along the fortifications
The wall is 6km long, around the palace and the older part of the city.
The prettiest of the secret gates of the Hwaseong fortress.
The biggest and ugliest church I have ever seen
The area has been rehabilitated recently and is now very pleasant.
One of the many courtyards of the palace
Another view of Sejongno pavillion
An incredible, busy market
Going up to the N Seoul Tower
Amazing views from the panoramic level of the tower
The gate at night
A guard at the gate of Gyeongbokgung palace
I am slowly working on bringing my website back online.
I have had a website on darkriver.net since 1999. It has never been pretty; I am not a web designer. At first it was mostly written by hand with the help of a few scripts and a tool called Website Meta Language. Later, when I decided to modernise a bit, I tried different CMS software like ZenPhoto and Drupal. I have now settled on WordPress. Continue reading
A 10 mile walk in London, starting from Waterloo Station, through the parks, South Kensington, Chelsea, Battersea and back to Waterloo.
Yes, there is a giant blue cockerel on Trafalgar Square.
Get off my lawn.
On Albert Bridge
Albert Bridge from Battersea Park
Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station
Big Ben and Westminster Bridge
The Eye of London
Just a test from my phone