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Project 52 (2019) – Week 1: Beginning

So a new project 52 begins with the start of 2019.

One Photo per week using a set list for themes for guidance.

Queen Victoria Monument Liverpool

This weeks photo is the first light of the day rising behind the Victoria Monument on Derby Square is the centre of Liverpool.


SMLP – Making Stuff Video for her Little Brother

Recently been updating my photo Library from iPhoto to the new Photos app from OS X (Post on my experience to follow) and I just could help be have a good look back over the massive library to see what was in there.  I thought I would pull to gather a series of pics and videos with a theme to see what I could do with them.

What better than to do a iMovie Project from Little Miss SMLP to the even littler Mr SMLP Jn.  Here is my end result.

Let me know what you think.


Apple Watch beams newborn’s heartbeat to family


I have been waiting to pounce on a Apple Watch purchase since the device was announced.  The only thing holding me back is Version One syndrome.  I wanted to wait to see how the reviews paned out before investing.  So far the general consensus has been that its a great device with version one limitations that should be fix with some software down the pipe.   So my head tells me I should wait; however when I see storeys like this my heart tells me to buy…

Source: Parents use Apple Watch to share newborn’s heartbeat with family | 9to5Mac

Making Stuff – My first play with GarageBand

GarageBand is something I have had access to for years but have not give it a test run.  As part of my new year quest to be more creative i thought I would have a little play about with it and see what sticks.

Anyone that hasn’t used it before; its a music production application for Mac that comes as part of your standard install.  A version of it is also available for iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) as well for anyone that want to have a little play around.

I have to say it is a very comprehensive bit of software that will allow somebody like me that is not very musical (but would like to thing I am) create something that could pass as music.

I’m sure with some playing about and investing a good amount of time into it I could pull together something better but it has some very good “Apple Loops” that allow you to create something basic without too much hassle.  So here is my first little creation from playing around.

Let me know what you think? or not.


2015 – No Explosions

It’s the same every year, everyone is setting themselves up for a new start as the clock turns midnight and I join the band waggon of setting myself up to fail.

Push ups, sit-ups, running, quit smoking or just be a better person. Most people start off with great intentions and some actually achieve their new year goals but the majority however fail.

The good thing about failing on your New Years resolutions is it is almost always a very quiet and none eventful failure. No explosions and nobody dies. The only person that even knows that you have failed in your quest is you.

I would like to think that my creative side is the thing that drives me choice of what my New Years resolution should be. My previous years failed attempts were, Flickr 365, Beverage 365 (because everyone has a drink a day), Blog post per day and 100 push-ups (I had an app).

Everyone of my attempts started well then fizzled out as expected. Early last year however just after my New Years resolution has failed. I decided to stop smoking cigarettes and switch to Vaping; more importantly I bloody did it. Then in September me and my family got the option to uproot and move 200 miles away from my home town for the last 35 years leaving everything that was normal behind us…. And I bloody did it.

This year I’m not setting a New Years resolution; but I will be more creative. I’m not going to sign up for some gym membership; but I will be healthier. No explosions. Nobody will die. Not a better person.

Happy New Year

SMLP Self help #01 – how to set up email on anything and everything.

In my job I often get asked how do I set up email on my mobile phone tablet of laptop. In this article I am going to give the most comprehensive answer to the question.

The details information that I’m going to out line will be the first time anybody anywhere has described how to setup email on every product that has ever been made that supports email. This is a massive undertaking for one person to pull together in one is pale blog post however with my 20 years experience using email and 13 years offering professional support for consumers, small business and corporate customer alike I feel that I am the right person for the job.

I am going to brake this down into 3 simple steps.


Open a web browser. For this step any browser on any computer, mobile phone or even TV will do. If it lets you access the internet it will work. Type in the website address http://www.google.com


In the centre on the webpage that opens types into the box…. “How do I set up email on my”. Now on the image shown you will see that this is followed by “…..” You need to replace is with a space followed by the name of the thing you want to set email up on. For example “iPad”, “smart TV”, “sony smartphone”


Read all of the top results that will inevitable describe how to set up email you the device of your choosing.

No need to thank me…. Your welcome.

What the hell should I blog about?

So it been some time since I have wrote a blog post, basically I’ve been a lazy bastard….. Ok that’s not the only reason, I’ve had a major shift in my work life, my wife and I have added a new member to our family and the rest of the time I’ve just been being my usual selfish self.

What better way to start getting back into the blogging way of things than to have a look online to find out “what should I blog about”
My first destination was weblogs.about.com. The first thing that I noticed was the quote “Should you join the blogosphere?”
“Blogosphere” it’s one of the words that has always pissed me off. It always draws a picture of some toffee nose upper class fellow who sits in coffee shops writing his philosophy on how to change the world…..”I write views for the blogosphere, didn’t you know?” I don’t have an issue with changing the world but call it a blog or post just please don’t use that phrase…. Moving on.

The site had a list of advise about blogging so I thought I would give it a look over.

1. To Express Your Thoughts and Opinions
You have something to say, and blogs provide a place to say it and be heard.

I do have something to say everyday the only issue is that it’s normally on the spot verbal dihareia that I never get down in words quickly enough and by the time I’ve got it off my chest I’ve moved on the something else and don’t care anymore. I’m sure my wife is sick of being subjected to this, normally my opinion on tv advertising or a news storey. Next!

2. To Market or Promote Something
Blogging is a great way to help market or promote yourself or your business, product or service.

Good idea, the reason 6 years ago I made the decision to “brand” everything I post online as SMLP.

3. To Help People
Many blogs are written to help people who may be going through similar situations that the blogger has experienced. Many parenting and health-related blogs are written for this purpose.

Not really something I want to do… My job has a large element of helping people and I not sure how I feel about doing that after work is done for the day. it is something I could do I think this one is for another time.

4. To Establish Yourself as an Expert
Blogs are wonderful tools to help bloggers establish themselves as experts in a field or topic. For example, if you’re trying to get a job in a specific field or hoping to publish a book on a specific topic, blogging can help legitimize your expertise and expand your online presence and platform.

I’m sure I’m a expert at something’s like growing long toenails, having a hairy nose, making fun of people less fortunate than me and not writing blog posts. Next!

5. To Connect with People Like You
Blogging brings like-minded people together. Starting a blog can help you find those people and share your opinions and thoughts.

I would hate to find somebody that was exactly as like minded at me…. I would want to smack them in the face. I do like people that as similar.

6. To Make a Difference
Many blogs are issue-based meaning the blogger is trying to provide information to sway people’s thinking in a certain direction. Many political blogs and social issues blogs are written by bloggers who are trying to make a difference in their own ways.

Maybe I could help people come around to my views on the correct use of a toilet brush. Another time maybe.

7. To Stay Active or Knowledgeable in a Field or Topic
Since successful blogging is partially dependent on posting frequency and providing updated, fresh information, it’s a perfect way to help a blogger stay abreast of the events in a specific field or topic.

Aka “pull your finger out you lazy git!”

8. To Stay Connected with Friends and Family
The world has shrunk since the Internet has become more accessible. Blogs provide a simple way for family and friends to stay connected from different parts of the world by sharing stories, photos, videos and more.

This could be good. But I would like to think that more than my mum and dad would read my blog. Maybe some people would be interested I the going on with my family and friends but the only problem would be the risk of psychiatric intervention.

9. To Make Money
It’s important to point out that most bloggers don’t make a lot of money blogging, but the potential does exist to generate revenue from your blog with hard work and commitment. There are many bloggers who bring in big bucks. With patience and practice, you can make money through advertising and other income-generating activities on your blog.

Not a chance would I ever make money from a blog unless I started selling used underwear to the sick individuals that are out there in the big bad world.

10. To Have Fun and Be Creative

Why not! Getting and blow job while painting a picture. Not sure I could post much about that other than storeys about dripping paint on the back of my wife’s neck mid session and the like.

As good as that list of hints and tips on what I should blog about was I’m still out in the dark about what to write. So another google search and I landed at yahoo answers.

Julia Serafina had answered my question with five bullet points.

1. Why do I want to blog (e.g. personal, creative, career, business)?

Basically I like the idea of posting my personal views, opinions and rants on what’s going on around me. Show off pictures I have taken and generally have some form of creative output.

2. Who am I writing for?

Anyone that is willing the spend the time to read or look at what I do. I don’t think I have a group of people I want to post for I just feel its important to share. After all I spend a lot of time reading other peoples views on the world around them.

3. What topics would my ideal reader be interested in?

I don’t thing that the people that would read have a set agenda. My hope would be that readers of what I post are as open minded as me to want to know other people views on the world and are willing to appreciate other people creative output.

4. How often do I want to blog (e.g. weekly, as it happens)?

If a idea world everyday however life will always get in the way. If I can post once every 10 days I would be a happy man.

5. Am I really interested in what I am writing about?

Yes, even if it is just for the short time I hold my opinion.

Questions: who do you decide on what you post online?