Twenty-three years ago today

Standing outside St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness after my ordination to the presbyterate with Jenni (my wee sister), Jane (my then wife), Eddie (my wee brother, Rebecca (his wife), and in the front Benjamin (my sister’s son)

Twenty-three years ago today I was ordained a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church by Bishop John Crook at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness.

It feels like a lifetime ago, and I may have moved out of full-time, stipendiary ministry in 2006, but, praise God, I am still here. And after the five years I’ve just had, I am grateful for that.

Here’s to the next twenty-three years.

Still Wakes the Deep

Those who know me will know that two of my favourite video games are from the same games developer, The Chinese Room, Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Both are amongst the most atmospheric and life changing games I’ve ever played.

The Chinese Room have recently announced their next game, Still Wakes the Deep. Set at Christmas 1975 on an oilrig off the coast of Scotland, the oilrig workers have drilled into something that didn’t really appreciate it.

I’m not into the horror genre at all, but I will certainly be watching closely the development of this game.

Where are you going?

Logo for Where are you going? podcast

One of my recent favourite podcasts is Where are you going? by the chatty and endearing Catherine Carr.

The premise is simple: Carr approaches strangers in the street or park and introduces herself, “Hello, I make a podcast where I ask people, ‘Where are you going?'” and then she listens and gently probes and during the next 5 to 15 minutes unearths the most extraordinary of stories from ordinary people.

But, let’s face it, nobody is truly ordinary—everyone has a remarkable story to tell, everyone’s experience and perspective is unique. And Catherine Carr, who has worked her whole career in radio, has a beautiful way of drawing these stories out through genuine intrigue and interest.

The episodes, which are released each Tuesday and Friday, are short but packed with detail and charm. It’s like everything that is great about BBC Radio 4 squeezed into a pocket-sized podcast.

Subscribe to Where are you going? where you usually find your podcasts, or listen to episodes online; also check out her Instagram account.

Right now, I’m going to stay seated at my desk to update someone’s website. After that, I have dinner to make for my children.

CSS hack to view more devices on BT Home Hub Manager

For my broadband, I use a BT Home Hub. On the whole, it’s been great, but one thing that has bugged me a little is on the My Devices admin screen.

Take a look at the small window they give you to view the device details, at most you can see only four devices listed.

Before: A small window allowing you to see the details of only four devices

I reckoned that I could something about that, so dug into the HTML and CSS code on the Hub Manager page.

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St Andrews class of 1993

I’ve just received my 30th anniversary graduation gift from the University of St Andrews: a short video clip of my graduation on Thursday 8 July 1993.

So, I uploaded it to my YouTube channel to share with the world.

In the video, I can be seen walking across the stage in the Younger Hall on North Street after my name is called, kneeling before Sir Kenneth Dover, the then-Chancellor of the University who taps me on the head with what are supposedly part of the breeches of John Knox while saying “Et super te” (and also on you), while Jim Douglas places my Bachelor of Divinity (Honours) hood over my head.

Then there is what my son Joshua referred to as the ‘action replay’.

The video ends with a view of the graduates congregating outside Younger Hall in the rain. These days after the graduation there is a procession down the middle of North Street from the Younger Hall to St Salvator’s quadrangle for photos and celebrations.

This brought back fond memories of my graduation day.