Weekend Reading

Reading time: 3 mins

More high profile deaths, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds. No links to articles as they’ve all circulated but all had the same underlying theme. These people will flawed, they were inspiring, they were human. Waiting for Ripley If in space no one can hear you scream, torment is doubly painful. Inside her cocoon aboard…

Podcasts Update

Reading time: 2 mins

The list of podcasts I subscribe to is ever evolving, so here’s a quick update. I’ve slimmed down the number of subscriptions a little recently, and found some new ones too. Couple of things to note. As I’ve found more quality content I’m much more willing to listen to longer podcasts than I was previously,…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 6 mins

‘Fuck You, 2016’ A chorus of celebrities and people on the street echoed host John Oliver’s message for the end of the year: “Fuck you, 2016.” Wary we are skewed by the media we consume but… yeah I got nothing. Fuck you, 2016. Have more famous people died in 2016? It’s been held up as…

Todoist update

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Time flies when you are being all productive and shit – or something like that – anyway, I was revisiting some old blog posts recently and I spotted that it’s been a while since I mentioned the continued joy of using Todoist, in fact the last post was 17 months ago and, my oh my…

My Own Christmas Carol

Reading time: 5 mins

It’s early December, and I’m helping my Dad get the boxes down from the attic. Christmas music is playing in the living room whilst Mum declutters the everyday ornaments to make room for decorations and festive bits and bobs. We unpack the familiar glitz and glitter and start to untangle the fairy lights. One set…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins

Why Time’s Trump Cover Is a Subversive Work of Political Art Time Magazine’s annual “Person of the Year” announcement is, year after year, grossly misunderstood. The power of a photo, and I bet Trump had no idea, and likely won’t ever realise what has happened. 12 Gifts for Perennials, a curious people* Perennials is a…

Weltschmerz

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I think English needs new words or, at the very least, some words that exist in other languages need to be adopted. As an example, look to schadenfraude. Schadenfreude is defined as “pleasure derived from the misfortune of others. Borrowed from German into English and several other languages, it is a feeling of joy that…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 3 mins

The True Purpose of Microsoft Solitaire, Minesweeper, and FreeCell If you haven’t ever played Solitaire, Minesweeper, Hearts or FreeCell, it’s safe to say you’re in the minority. These simple Windows games have probably caused more lost worker hours than anything short of a worldwide coffee shortage. We’ve all been played! (geddit, played… ohh COME ON!) The…

Nosce te ipsum

Reading time: 4 mins

I hate myself. I just ‘verbed a noun’ and I can’t un-see it and now I’ll have to admit it and tell you that the original title for this post was ‘Do you journal?’ … I KNOW!! So there you go. Please don’t judge me (too harshly). (Who am I kidding, I know all of…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins

Typography + Language + Writing Systems = Afrikan Alphabets I am quick to confess that I am an easy sell-out to a top piece of print, yet at times this has been thwarted by unresolved issues that I hold with the graphic design profession. As an individual who mediates between art and design, I am…

Kate Tempest

Reading time: 2 mins

Head slightly bowed, Kate Tempest casts a slightly shy, almost apologetic figure as she walks on stage to a huge roar. After thanking us for being there, and some heartfelt indications of how much she likes the ‘people and soul’ of Glasgow, she pauses and says she has something to ask us. She’s there to…

Why I love films

Reading time: 3 mins

I recently saw the movie Arrival at the cinema. I was sitting about four rows from the front, dead centre, and was soon immersed in the story that was playing out. From the opening scene, that long fade from dark to light, the framing of the shot out across the lake, to the first hint…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 6 mins

Noisli – Improve Focus and Boost Productivity with Background Noise Now, put your headphones on and start boosting your productivity. I’m a bit of a sucker for these things but this one is a good one, calming too if you get the right combo. Productivity Is Really About What You Don’t Do The best productivity…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 4 mins

“It’s an exercise in seeing”: An artist’s mind-opening ritual of doodling on Sundays Sundays used to be sacred, reserved for prayer, family or sightseeing. Today, a third of busy Americans let work seep into their weekends, according to a 2014 National Bureau of Economic Research study. There is a lot to be said for switching…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 3 mins

Trump warning: Skip the first two links if you want to avoid Trump related links (I know, I’m feeling very fatigued by the whole thing too). President Trump’s First Term On the morning of January 20, 2017, the President-elect is to visit Barack Obama at the White House for coffee, before they share a limousine—Obama…