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This website is a continuation of Digital evidence that Bruce has a life (my CSS/HTML photoblog) and Just another bipedal sack of DNA and neuroses, because that’s what humans are (my original blog). Posts from Just another… have now been copied to this blog, so that I can eventually get out of LiveJournal altogether.

Bouncing in Bucharest (part 1)

Elly has been in Bucharest since very early on Tuesday. I flew out to meet her yesterday (Friday). My flight was due to take off at 19:00 but took off after 19:30, after a sudden gate-change from 4 to 18, because the place was at gate 17. A 3 hour 30 minute flight landed me in Bucharest Otopeni airport around 1am Romanian time. Here’s what happened since… Continue reading

Bruce of all trades

I’ve just applied for some digital democracy work. (Yes, that is a hint!) My covering email (slightly adapted below) says I can do some stuff.

I’m passionate about democracy and IT, especially in hyperlocal democracy (community councils, parish councils, and similar).

Professionally, I’m a part-time social informatics researcher at Edinburgh Napier University, concentrating on use of the internet by, and information literacy in, hyperlocal democracy. See more at https://www.napier.ac.uk/people/bruce-ryan

I’m also web-weaver, minutes secretary and general IT supporter for Leith CentralLeith Harbour & Newhaven and New Town & Broughton Community Councils in Edinburgh.

I’m also a member of the £eithChooses participatory budgeting process steering group, concentrating on written communications.

Prior to returning to academia in 2010, I was production manager at a Scottish educational publisher, running a fair proportion of the IT as well as delivering finished projects on time and in budget.

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What has Bruce been up to this weekend?

I’m not quite sure why I wanted to record this. Perhaps it’s to assuage some of my guilt at not being in the peoples’ vote/anti-brexit march yesterday. Anyway, this has been a relaxing weekend so far.

My reward for all of this is nut roast with roasted potatoes, onions, sprouts and carrots. You have been warned!

Saturday morning

  • Spinning at LifesCycle. We cheated slightly by travelling by bus, due to the rain. I usually prefer to cycle there and back, as warm-up and cool-down from the lovely madness. (Elly and I are on the front-left bikes of that Facebook video.)

Saturday afternoon

  • much-needed coffee and lunch
  • catching up with personal and family finances, sadly neglected for a couple of weeks due to work-pressures
  • washing our manky spinning gear. That’s the only downside!
  • tidying my desk area after weeks of needing to let rubbish build up

Saturday evening

  • avoiding watching Strictly Come Dancing
  • writing a presentation on a project I’m about to finish, so I can demonstrate the outcomes to a high-powered audience. (I think I should not say what the project is just now, but I will blow my own trumpet as hard as I can when the work goes live.)

Sunday morning

  • proofreading and commenting on a tender written by my ever-wonderful better half.
  • much-needed coffee and lunch

Sunday afternoon

Lelystad to Zaandam; zedding in Zaandam

We had decided to finished the holiday with a few days in Zaandam. We came here in late 2016: here’s our stories from then. So yesterday (Sunday 8 September) was taken up by a relatively long (42 miles) trip. No rain, little wind but much wiggling: https://cyclemeter.com/dd47ea6f33590baa/Cycle-20190908-1049-80348. I’d been keen to see the completely reclaimed countryside of Flevoland, and got it.

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street-names en route

Miles of straight, smooth tarmac made this a pretty smooth run.

crossing from Flevoland to Muiden (mainland)

Crossing from Flevoland to Muiden (mainland)

 

Today has been a deliberately lazy day: breakfast,  shopping, coffee, more shopping, more coffee, dozing, cinema, sleep  Tomorrow we might be energetic!

Our hotel in Zaandam

Around the Zuiderzee museum at Enkhuizen

 

street-name

Enkhuizen marina

about de Taanhuis

inside de Taanhuis

about the smoke-houses

inside the smoke-houses

about a house from Merken

inside the house from Merken

about a corner-shop

inside the corner-shop

inside the corner-shop

random building

around the museum

about a house from Marken

inside the house from Marken

about a fish-auction

inside the fish-auction

about tanning

more about tanning

more about tanning

more about tanning

more about tanning

about the Aeronef

the Aeronef

about a dike-house

the dike-house

about chalk-ovens

museum layout-information

museum layout-information

about the Zuiderzee museum

more about the Zuiderzee museum

looking back at the museum

I was intrigued by the ride of this thatched hut.

another view of the thatched hut

about the bronze-age hut

bronze-age hut

bronze-age hut

about the brush-maker

outside the brush-maker’s

inside the brush-maker’s

Elly is not an exhibit!

Shy sheep

flounder

boiler-room(?)

about the boiler-room

steam engine

boiler and steam-engine

about the steam-laundry

laundry

about van der Kamp laundry

more about the van der Kamp laundry

about Zuiderzee tastes

What to use for polishing your stove!

forge

about the high street

painted radiator

about the pharmacy

Enkhuizen marina

sailing

 

about Paulus Potter

Paulus Potter sketching a goat…

… and his model.

Note the weathervane

view of Enkhuizen

view of Enkhuizen

view of Enkhuizen

Bookbinder Street