Just scrolled through my Facebook feed. In the first 70 posts, there are just two from friends:

No. 5 No. 68.

The rest is all groups, pages and ads.

Interesting piece from Suw about how protestors are slowly strangling the funding of literary festivals. Their campaign is full of good intentions, but the impact is dramatic.

Touching grass, very literally.

A close-up of a small white daisy with a yellow center amidst green grass and foliage.

Time to hear about making the vast Sussex Bay better…

A stage setup features a large screen displaying information about the "Restoring Sussex Bay, Together" event on 13 June 2024, alongside a kite surfer image.

Apple Intelligence = assistive intelligence - with some interesting guardrails.

This is a different approach to AI.

I’m spending the day at a conference about newsletters for publishers. Here’s some live-blogged notes from a panel about lessons publishers can learn from independent newsletter companies.

Some good insights here.

I miss the old group blogs that were a big feature of the 2000s internet. Dave Winer thinks we should bring them back, but with a fediverse twist.

Typing student feedback, and “the ‘gram” (Instagram) got auto-corrected to “the ‘grim”, and I’m not entirely sure that’s actually wrong.

Could an afternoon in the woods at the rewilded Knepp Estate rewild my child?

My youngest and I went along to find out — and found ourselves fascinated by barn owl pellets

I don’t need a forest bathing ticket or expensive gear to sit and eat a cheese and pickle sandwich on a fallen tree trunk. I don’t need an end point, a map or a phone.

Dal Kular in Wild Service, edited by Nick Hayes 📚

When a man begins to turn the earth he finds that spring is not born in the branches of the trees, but down in the cold and dark and damp. Before the first mild morning had stimulated birds to sing, some influence had been felt down here.

A Countryman’s Spring Notebook by Adrian Bell 📚

Finally, the shot I was destined to take. A wild adder, shot by @adders.

A wild adder photographed coiled in the grass at RSPB Pulborough Brooks in Sussex.

All 34. Blimey.

Having one of those moments when you’re happily scanning your way through some old negatives of your parents', and it slowly dawns on you that this set was shot…

…on a nudist beach.

When going through my late parents' negatives, I found a small number of medium format negs I don’t have the capacity to scan myself. I sent off a trial film to a professional scanning outfit as a test, and the results are quite something…

The Lake District in the 1960sAnn Tinworth in the Lake District in the 1960sA Lake District waterfallCars parked in the Lake District in the 1960s.

Started reading: A Countryman’s Spring Notebook by Adrian Bell 📚

These little hardback editions from Simply Foxed are just gorgeous.

Do electric vehicles use more water than petrol cars?

Depends.

As ever, it’s not just about switching to EVs - it’s about the source of the electricity you use.