My name is Steve Hodgson and, although all my extended family is from Wigan in the north west of England, I was raised in Fife on the east coast of Scotland. I went to university in Dundee to study electronics, lived there for a number of years and moved to Edinburgh.
When I was a student I played a lot of Xevious in the student union and occasionally completed all 16 areas, looping back to ‘Area 7’.
While I am an atheist my brother is a Catholic priest.
Why is this site called ‘Sulluzzu’ and what does it mean?
My wife is Maltese (and, yes, I do know how to make a Maltese cross) and ‘sulluzzu’ is her favourite word. It means hiccups and that seems to fit with how regularly this site is updated.
The site is created using a static site generator called Pelican written in Python. For me the advantages are my posts are written in plain text Markdown files that live on my PC and I am not dependent upon an external service other than basic hosting.
I have been a keen photographer since I was a teenager and my first camera was a Russian-made Zenit E while my darkroom was a wardrobe in my parents’ bedroom. Since there there have been a lot of cameras through to my most recent, Fuji X100T. I still most enjoy using film cameras due to the mindfulness that comes from the limited number of frames and the increased need to get the shot right.
I’ve been a member of the SMWS (Scotch Malt Whisky Society) for longer than I care to remember. I joined when my father and I read an article in the Sunday Times about this new club in Edinburgh dedicated to whisky from single casks and I still have a four-digit membership number.
I particularly enjoy reading and recently started trying to maintain a list of all the books I’ve ever read.
Whenever I buy something even remotely expensive I get far too interested in the design of that thing. I doesn’t seem to matter if it’s a washing machine, a bicycle bell or a bag.
There are certain things that I particularly enjoy:
- Film cameras (obviously)
- Fountain pens
- Old technology such as Hewlett Packard RPN calculators and slide rules
I have favourite fonts and will often spend far too much time — and money — choosing the right fonts for documents. This site uses a font called Averia Gruesa Libre the average of all the fonts on Dan Sayers’ computer.