Morse code

The other day Elizabeth was waiting anxiously for Daniel to get home from school because she wanted his help with something. I asked her what she needed him for and it was to translate morse code and hexadecimal. This prompted more questions. How does Daniel know morse code and hexadecimal? And what was Elizabeth wanting to translate?

The kids play a game called Roblox and apparently at the end of each level there’s some morse code and hexadecimal you need to translate before you can “level up”. Maybe playing games isn’t always a waste of time.  I quizzed Daniel later and he said he taught himself morse code (he just knows the numbers) and he uses an app for the hexadecimal. Perhaps he inherited it from his Grandfather on my mother’s side who intercepted and translated morse code during World War II.

I’m happy to say the cat that I saw get hit by a car earlier this month survived the ordeal. She needed a hip replacement operation but will make a full recovery.

I’m also really happy that I’ve finally got my pension (superannuation) down to just 1.5% oil and gas. I would prefer it to be 0% but 1.5% is the best I can do and I can live with that. It shouldn’t be this hard. We know institutional investors are dumping their oil and gas stocks and it should be possible for individuals like me to do the same. It’s not just the ethical obligation but there’s a real risk these stocks are in an expanding carbon bubble and it doesn’t make financial sense to hang onto them. This is because their valuation is inconsistent with what we need to do to halt climate change. I recognise that some of these companies may and are already starting to diversify which is great but most of them are part of the problem and halting progress.

The Aberdeen Cycle Forum has started a crowdfunding campaign for an event we’re organising in May 2020. We’re planning to close the streets in central Aberdeen for people to walk, cycle, scooter, rollerblade or whatever their chosen method of active travel is. Closing the streets for two hours will cost us £2321.10 so we’re raising money by crowdfunding. If you can help you can donate at

Thank you!