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Moving to Rawtherapee

Since starting photography I've been using Dark Table to edit, catalogue and tag my pictures. Dark Table isn't the easiest tool to use, it has some quirks but in the 18 months I've been using it I've mostly got used to these. The odd way navigating to filters works, using the scroll wheel to move up and down the filter list is frustrating, the app window doesn't fit on the Mac Book 13" so you have to drag the window round when wanting to performing certain actions.

With all this I've decided to move over to RawTherapee for image manipulation and Digikam for cataloguing and tagging. I've not really looked at Digikam yet but I'm hopefully that any tags I've added via Dark Table are not part of the sidecar file but written to the image file itself.

I now need to learn RawTherapee, it should be a little easier than Dark Table. I have a decent understanding of photo editing, I just need to learn RawThrerapee itself.


Currently reading Feral by George Monbiot, very interesting read about rewilding the UK. The last few months I've been more and more interested in moving back in to an environmental role or at least volunteering locally to assist with green issues. I'd like to help with tree planting but so far I've not been able to find anything local. Its all Scotland or South Wales, neither of which are exactly on the door step. I suppose its quite a niche activity at the moment so the chances of me finding something local was going to be slim. There are a couple of local green initiative groups that I'm going to mail and see if I can help out and while its not the area I want to be involved with its a good start.

2019 Books Read

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson
The Catcher In The Rye by J D Salinger
The Outsider by Albert Camus
Post Office: A Novel by Charles Bukowski
Farewell, my lovely by Raymond Chandler
The High Window by Raymond Chandler
Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z Brite
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
Carrie by Stephen King
Crux by Ramez Naam
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
Bird box by Josh Malerman
The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
11-22-63 by Stephen King
The Shining by Stephen King
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter
The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler
Apex by Ramez Naam
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
Playback by Raymond Chandler
Metro 2034 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
Alaskan Retreater’s Notebook by Ray Ordorica
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Haunting of Hill house by Shirley Jackson
The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy
Ring by Koji Suzuki
Spiral by Koji Suzuki
Metro 2035 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
God Save Texas by Lawrence Wright
A Killing Winter by Tom Callaghan
Fishbowl by Bradley Somer
Stalin’s Meteorologist by Olivier Rolin
Foley is Good by Mick Foley
Blood River by Tim Butcher
The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler
A Spring Betrayal by Tim Callaghan
Manual for Survival by Kate Brown
Treasure Island by Robert Louis
Feral by George Monbiot
Glamorama by Brett Easton-Ellis
Site Reliability Engineering by Betsy Beyer, Chris Jones, Jennifer Petoff and Niall Richard Murphy


Attempting to read 52 books this year, one of the few new years resolutions I've managed to even get close to sticking to. Having said that this month I've only read 2 books so if I want to get to my target I'm gonna need to pick up my pace again. Just need to find interesting books to read. I've got stuck in a rut reading the same genre and I'm a little bored by it. Need to mix it up a bit.