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.
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…
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.
There’s a few more changes to the website, which I hope will make it easier to use.
That’s all for this month.
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 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.
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.
I love the chaos there. One minute I’m chasing down street photos, the next reading someone’s heart wrenching tale of woe (only to realise it’s fanfic for some show everyone else has heard of), then laughing at comics.
And it all feels so damned positive.
I think it was gagman Tim Vine who said, “if you don’t like that joke, don’t worry, another one will be along in a second”.
That’s how I think of Tumblr. As a gagman’s stream of consciousness let loose.
One of those things you notice while wandering around. It’s not uncommon to find maps for toilets in Japan. Useful in its own way.
Whether this is a one-off, or I had too much time on my hands to notice, this map overlaid a visual and tactile representation. My photo isn’t great, but you can just make out the braille and symbols for different toilet styles, walls etc. They’re the off-yellow marks.
Probably worth reflecting on if you’re creating maps and layouts for your facilities.
I’ve seen this too many times on change programs. Far too much effort is put into trying to preserve “the old ways” in one form or another. Some of the common ones I’ve seen:
I wouldn’t suggest ignoring the old ways completely, you need to help nudge people forwards. But I wouldn’t be so eager to make exceptions “just because that’s how we used to do things”.
Time got the better of me this week. Unfortunately I’ve not had enough of it to put together the weekly missive.
The site’s being rebuilt, which has taken a bit longer than expected.
Hopefully normal service will be resumed next week.