Notes, images and thoughts. Sometimes they evolve into longer pieces, sometimes not.
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...]
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...]
I think I’m going “selfie blind”.
I barely notice them now as they drift past the timeline.
Experience has taught me the post is likely to be self-indulgent, shallow and lacking in any real insight. The poster is chasing “engagement” through pithy self-revelation that lacks any meaning or depth. Far more effective if they happen to be young, “conventionally attractive”, female.
There’s more insight in the posts that share charts, illustrations and photos of work completed.
Which begs the question…
I've been playing with Microsoft's Bing AI tools and I have a few thoughts...
SEO rules. I asked for information on a couple of industries and what came back was what I'd already found on Page 1 of Google. Deeper diving locked me into a loop of the same information being resurfaced [keep reading...]
Prompted by a discussion on fundraising emails in the not-for-profit space. As you might expect, I went digging.
This is from the 2022 Benchmark report by Campaign Monitor. It's a little out of date as they analysed messages sent over 2021, but I think it's a [keep reading...]
An amusing 30 seconds started with: "Download our [keep reading...]
Most of my work starts as a sketch somewhere on my iPad. They'll find their way to Affinity Designer, get resketched and then I fill in the blanks.
I usually do a side-by-side, so have my sketch artboard to refer to, then duplicate it and "trace over the top." By the [keep reading...]
I’ve had long and heated discussions about why “anonymous survey” means I’m not telling you who said what. Nor am I letting you look at the handwriting so you can second-guess who said it.
Which is why trust issues are so easy to create when you promise responses are anonymous, and the platform says otherwise.
I blocked Post It Forward on Tumblr. Nothing against their work or them personally, just their promoted image. It was using an image of a woman who reminded me of someone I knew who sadly died of Covid.
I couldn't see any other way. No option to tell Tumblr to tweak this ad or that I didn't want to see it [keep reading...]
Both of my Western Digital backup disks decided to break a few months back. Fortunately I also backup on the cloud, so could recover much of what was lost.
Except for my collection of films and TV shows purchased on Apple iTunes over the years. Now lost after a region changed rendered them ‘unavailable in your location’.
I sometimes wonder what archeologists three or four thousand years from now will think of our society when it’s been lost to endless upgrades, tech glitches and takeovers.