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Will need to come back and photograph this cracking dead tree on a clear starry night.

Guilty Until Innocent

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It’s an odd logic that votes cast in Barra are less legitimate than those cast in Bermondsey. Elected MPs, and their parties, gain legitimacy not by virtue of what they stand for – but by the fact that they were elected by their constituents. That’s how democracy works. At least that’s how it worked the last time I checked.

Cameron and Clegg are drifting into some very dangerous waters if they are arguing that Scottish votes are worth less than English ones. There’s extraordinary hypocrisy going on if ‘legitimacy’ can only be reached by electing pre-approved candidates and parties.

Human Rights

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Our human rights shouldn't be used as a political football. They're not to be debated, won, or taken away on a whim - they're fundamental to every single one of us.
Join the fight to protect the Human Rights Act:

I started this blog about 6 months ago when one the largest opportunities for political change in Scotland had been refused. Since then, it looks like we may get another chance to implement some greater political change for ourselves and the UK during GE15, especially with the SNP's post referendum popularity.

However the changes I'm focusing on, more recently have been personal. The primary one since the new year has been to improve my health and fitness, to a large part it seems to be going reasonably well. I have always found quotes interesting and motivational, the often quoted Mahatma Gandhi probably needs no introduction.

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

If you change yourself you will change your world. If you change how you think then you will change how you feel and what actions you take. And so the world around you will change. Not only because you are now viewing your environment through new lenses of thoughts and emotions but also because the change within can allow you to take action in ways you wouldn’t have – or maybe even have thought about – while stuck in your old thought patterns.

"Some people cross your path and then change your whole direction."

Spring Equinox Eclipse

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So I had the day off today and wanted to see the eclipse. I got a bit depressed by the forecast so I thought I would just stay local, as it looked like equally good an opportunity for viewing it from around Inverness as anywhere. Unfortunately the cloud never broke so I resorted to a timelapse on manual settings to better illustrate how much the light was effected by the eclipse over time. If the camera was left on program, aperture priority or shutter priority mode then it would just compensate for the diminishing light by itself, and you wouldnt get the sense of the increasing darkness. The timelapse can be seen here: Spring Equinox Eclipse

And a similar timelapse of the totality:

And then as I was just about to pack up a tiny break in the clouds for a few seconds.

As a newcomer to the era of Bitcoin, I found today's articles on Techcrunch very interesting, I still don't understand it, but I certainly back the philosophy. And once you get past the geeky exterior its a surprisingly simple to use currency, and as we continue to try and exist in this unsustainable economic climate, its a breathe of fresh air. "This is why I like Bitcoin: say what you like about it, such as that you want it to “die in a fire” because it’s a libertarian conspiracy, it is genuinely weird, disruptive, and potentially dangerous to the status quo."

A few days left to watch the Oscar winning documentary Citizen four: