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Craigrossie

Tuesday 28 April 2015

The town I grew up in - Auchterarder, in Scotland - sits on the other side of the Strathearn Valley from Craigrossie. I climbed it the other day for the first time in, ooh, maybe 20 years.

3 bridges

Thursday 23 April 2015

After just 50 years the original Forth Road Bridge is falling apart. The bridge was given an expected lifespan of 120 years when it opened in 1964, but that was calculated under the assumption that the roadway would be carrying just half the traffic that it actually does today.

So a new bridge is being built, called the Queensferry Crossing.

The third bridge in the photo - the one at the back - is the Forth Bridge, which is a rail bridge, and has been there pretty much trouble free for about 130 years. They don’t make them like that anymore.

The Kelpies

Tuesday 21 April 2015

I’ve unexpectedly found myself in Scotland again for a couple of weeks, and while the circumstances for my visit aren’t something I’ll be discussing here, I am trying to make the most of an unpleasant situation.

So without further ado I present The Kelpies. Anyone who’s been following zerosleeps for long enough will know that I absolutely adore big man-made things which are interesting to look at, but don’t really serve a purpose. These beasts fall firmly into that category.

Kids can't use computers

Sunday 8 March 2015

Secondary school teacher Marc Scott at Coding 2 Learn:

My favourite is from parents: ‘Oh, Johnny will be a natural for A-Level Computing. He’s always on his computer at home.’ The parents seem to have some vague concept that spending hours each evening on Facebook and YouTube will impart, by some sort of cybernetic osmosis, a knowledge of PHP, HTML, JavaScript and Haskell.

I remember fiddling around with my first Windows machine at home and knowing that I was going to spend the rest of my life working with computers. A couple of years later my high school got a stash of Windows computers, and I assumed that every kid my age and younger would be as excited about computers as I was.

In my teenage mind, that thought got translated into the sinking feeling that geeks like me wouldn’t be needed in the future - everyone would have a firm grasp of operating and programming computers.