Bye bye Weekend Reading

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax– Of cabbages–and kings– And why the sea is boiling hot– And whether pigs have wings.” The Walrus and The Carpenter by Lewis Carroll The first Weekend Reading was posted on 16th May 2015; the idea spun out of a series I used to compile for my ‘other’ blog (which has since been closed and rolled into this one), where I would post a list of the most interesting technical communications and design articles I’d read that week. When I closed that blog down, and changed careers, I started finding other sources and articles and it seemed obvious to pick up where I’d left off, …

Continue reading

Weekend Reading

What Was Inside the Glowing Briefcase in Pulp Fiction? Before I started making my own web pages, I spent a not-insignificant amount of my time on the Internet trawling the alt.fan.tarantino newsgroup for bits of knowledge about Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction, and Reservoir Dogs. Fascinating! (well not really, but still v.cool) iPad Pro (2018) Impressions (to the tune of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer) You know ‘Ticci and Gruber, @panzer and Ritchie… Marco and Jason, Joe and Rosemary… But do you recall, the most famous YouTuber of all? MKB(in)HD, had a very shiny Pro… Um, so, yeah. My favourite kind of review is one written by ‘real people’.  In Defence of Hate Hate can be valid and powerful, but far often …

Continue reading

No plans for 2019

I’m not a fan of New Year resolutions. I’m more of a mind to do things as and when I want to do them, knowing that if I try and force a new habit, or a change to my life, based on an arbitrary date it’s more than likely to fail. This is based on previous experiments over many years, hey, I’m a slow learner. It’s circumstance rather than calendar that has me looking forward to the next few months into 2019 and the changes that I know it will bring, so yes, I have plans and I know they will happen but these are not resolutions. Far from it. So, in 2019… I plan to get outside more, including …

Continue reading

Weekend Reading

12 Insider Secrets from Restaurant Kitchens (That You Can Use at Home) When it comes to top-notch restaurants, head chefs often rack up the attention and acclaim. But ask anyone who has worked behind the scenes in restaurants and they’ll tell you: The cooks are the ones who make the kitchen run. A couple I knew, a couple are new. Always learning! The problem with ‘good men,’ according to comedian Hannah Gadsby Several celebrities were still milling around when Hannah Gadsby arrived at the microphone, so the Australian comedian — no stranger to letting her audiences wrestle with discomfort — waited a few awkward minutes for everyone to take their seats at the “Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainmen Always learning. …

Continue reading

Dance your cares away

I’m not always in the mood for dancing (sorry Nolan Sisters) but when I am, I do enjoy throwing some shapes, even if they are slightly awkward and inflexible looking ones. The rush of endorphins when a favourite song comes on and you lose yourself to the beats and rhythms never fails to make me happy. It’s the type of thing I don’t do enough of, but whenever I do I promise myself I won’t leave it so long again. And so last Saturday found me excited to spend the night bopping and shimmying my heart out, along with a couple of hundred other be-headphone people, at the wonder that is the Silent Disco. What a great night it was …

Continue reading

Weekend Reading

Meet Alexa: inside the mind of a digital native Alexa was choosing a dress for a party. It was taking a while. This always happens, she gets carried away with every little thing. Not THAT Alexa… Social Media, Online Accountability, and the Meaning of an Apology Still so much to learn about how to ‘be’ online. Bad sex award 2018: the contenders in quotes “Empty my tanks,” I’d begged breathlessly, as once more she began drawing me deep inside her pleasure cave. Her vaginal ratchet moved in concertina-like waves, slowly chugging my organ as a boa constrictor swallows its prey. So so SO very bad. How to stop your brain’s addiction to bad news Turn on the news these days …

Continue reading

Christmas is coming

It’s December! For many people, including me, that means Christmas is approaching and with it comes the annual cramming of the calendar with nights out and events, the eating and drinking of all the things, and the subsequent hibernating because, frankly, I think I’ll need a couple of quieter days. I don’t have that many days off this Christmas, the joys of being a contractor, but those that I do I already have planned with a good mixture of frivolity on the busy days, and sweet F.A. on the quieter ones. That said, in the lead up to Christmas I already have the following planned: Christmas Market lunch (Glasgow) Christmas Silent Disco Bjorn Again gig Work night out It’s a …

Continue reading

Weekend Reading

“Automated Customer Service” A short story. This day is coming, mark my words! The Simple Joy of “No Phones Allowed” A few nights ago I saw Jack White in concert. It was a wonderful night, and a big part of that was due to a new rule he has imposed on all his tour dates: no phones. Kate Tempest asked the audience to do this a couple of years ago. Was utterly immersive. These days a few snaps and I’m done. Three Ingredient Oreo Fudge Recipe Line the baking tray with aluminium foil, pressing it fi rmly into the corners and sides. Put the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl and pour in the condensed milk. Microwave on full power …

Continue reading