Commentary, observations and discussions on different aspects of digital culture, and how it is affecting our everyday lives.
If you’re going to share an inspiring quote from a celeb, or a wonderful feel-good story, a couple of words of advice…
You can go for a quick hit and a few likes by sharing the essay Steve Jobs didn’t write on his deathbed. Problem with that is the fact checkers are on your case. Sooner or later the SEO bots and social media algorithms will catch up.
At which point all your quick hit fake shares will work against you.
I hope you’re ready.
My much-loved Nokia 7.2 finally died. It was time to get back on to iOS.
I live most of my life on my MacBook and iPad, so the latest-greatest iPhone wasn't a big draw. All I needed was a phone to carry around and act as a window into my Apple world. The [keep reading...]
I love Calvin and Hobbes because it meanders effortlessly between keenly observed commentary on human nature and farce. Sometimes it makes me think, and sometimes I snigger just because it's funny.
But while Bart Simpson had a hit record and you can stay in a Charlie Brown hotel (no, really, there's a Peanuts hotel here in Kobe), the naughty boy and his tiger never appeared on merch. Not official stuff anyway. If you've got a Calvin and [keep reading...]
Half a dozen alone this morning while I sat in a park. All typed with my thumbs in Apple Notes. They were curated when I got home to a bigger screen and a keyboard. A couple merged, one discarded. This is my new normal based on the past month.
I haven’t decided whether this is a consequence of setting aside “work” for a while to focus on creative writing or the iPhone connecting me directly to my usual repository of ideas (aka Apple Notes).
I shall continue to observe…
Confession: I've been watching scenes from films and TV shows on YouTube.
Not the whole show, just a few minutes. Like the bar fight in Jack Reacher, or the coin trick two-hander between Patrick Jane and Dr Steiner on The Mentalist. It's a condensed hit of entertainment where I know I'm going to enjoy it. 5 minutes well spent, not 2 hours [keep reading...]
As someone who creates a lot of images (have you seen my Tumblr?) I'm obviously concerned about stuff getting nicked. Much of my work gets watermarked, but scraping it off is easy. Adobe Photoshop even ships with all you need to do it.
Google has come up with an idea: to embed a watermark deep into the image's code. Yes, images are also code. Each JPEG is a set of numbers that [keep reading...]
Regular readers will know I have an almost pathological dislike of being photographed. I prefer not to look at myself every waking hour, soaking up the acne scars, receding hairline, bags under my eyes, wild eyebrow hair and whatever else catches my eye. It's why my avatar is odd here, and everywhere else you'll see [keep reading...]
This is a PDF based deck created for LinkedIn. It covers research from the Mobile Society Research Institute, a part of telco NTT DoCoMo, looking at how those in their sixties and seventies access the Internet.
I wanted to present the research with my own conclusions on LinkedIn as part of my networking [keep reading...]
It's a question that does the rounds every few months: is cash finally dying out? It usually comes on the back of an industry report that payments by cards and mobile devices have grown yet again. The proponents claim this is another sign cash is on its last legs.
And yet cash is still here. Moreover, it shouldn't go [keep reading...]
The people of Japan like to save money. Problem is they usually put it in “safe”, low interest bank accounts. That ties money up and means over the long term, savings fall in value. Not great for a country facing the pressures from an aging population.
NISA is a tax-free investment product that turns savings into stocks. It’s meant to appeal to younger people who might be more willing to take a risk with their money, but don’t need the drama of trading. However, take up has been low.
Bringing Imma into the picture might attract the attention of the instagram savvy youth of Japan. However, whether the message “let’s invest for 20 years” works with a piece of software that might not be around in 10 remains to be seen.
Then again, could the same be said of any celebrity used for an endorsement? At least Imma will vanish because of a software retirement rather than being cancelled after another scandal.
In my experience there are two approaches to visiting another country or city as a tourist.
In the first the trip is meticulously planned. Countless websites are visited, brochures bought and influencers inspected. The trip becomes a confirmation that what we saw in our research was “true”. Variation risks us feeling cheated.
In the second, basic information is gathered. We arrive with nothing but a phrasebook and a mental blank canvas. What happens does so by accident, not by plan. It is all but impossible to be disappointed because we have no expectations.
I suspect my approach to travel is closer to the second. Much to the occasional annoyance of Mrs H.