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Eventually we'll reach a state where the same bit of Earth stares at the same bit of Moon. Just like we only see one bit of the Moon, stand up there and you'll only see the same bit of the Earth.
So if it happens the Western Hemisphere gets stared at by our only satellite, in the East they will never see the Moon in the sky. Just hear stories about it. Maybe flickering [keep reading...]
It started off as what I was used to for a "Medium". Steep, not amazingly well made, the odd chain or [keep reading...]
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...]
At some point, Japan must deal with its crumbling housing problem.
You see them from time to time in the cities. Houses (mostly) where the owner has died and either hasn't passed it on or the heir doesn't claim it. Around where I live, they're not empty for long. They get snapped up, flattened [keep reading...]
One of the local museums recreated the original Hyogo Prefectural Office. The craftsmanship that went into it is stunning, and while it has that beautiful "new wood" smell, I'm sure it will season beautifully in the years ahead.
Hyogo as an administrative region dates back to the 19th Century. It takes its name from the old Hyogo Port, which was subsumed into what became Kobe. The museum's compound is [keep reading...]
I bought a Lego Classic set. One of the big ones in the yellow box that looks like a brick.
Every couple of days I dig in and slap something together. No particular purpose to it. It's just a random collection of bricks that slowly take shape. I rarely [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…
A business case tells a story. It starts with how your world isn't as great as it could be. The hero (you) goes on a quest to make changes to working practices, products, tools and people. Along the way are some challenges, but at the end everything is so much better than it was before.
The story we need to tell isn't a single plot. Not only do you need to show how much better things will be, you also need to show how [keep reading...]
After years of looking out my bedroom window at the empty paddy fields, I decided to track them down. [keep reading...]
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...]