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Jun 22, 2024: Cross-posting from micro.blog to Threads via the new API seems to be working perfectly. 👌🏼

Jun 22, 2024: Adult bullies are so much worse that child ones. They have much less excuse and no chance of “growing out of it”. This is the person they have chosen …

Jun 22, 2024: The old lighthouse, Shoreham.

Jun 18, 2024: 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.

Jun 18, 2024: Interesting piece from Suw about how protestors are slowly strangling the funding of literary festivals. Their campaign is full of good intentions, …

Jun 16, 2024: Touching grass, very literally.

Jun 13, 2024: Time to hear about making the vast Sussex Bay better…

Jun 12, 2024: Apple Intelligence = assistive intelligence - with some interesting guardrails. This is a different approach to AI.

Jun 12, 2024: 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 …

Jun 11, 2024: Some good thoughts here from Matt Webb: Observations on Siri, Apple Intelligence, and hiding in plain sight.

Jun 11, 2024: Om Malik: Why Apple Should Support National Parks . /signed

Jun 7, 2024: Photographers Don’t Want Their Negatives Back From the Lab Anymore. Idiots. Physical back up right there.

Jun 7, 2024: 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.

Jun 6, 2024: Typing student feedback, and “the ‘gram” (Instagram) got auto-corrected to “the ‘grim”, and I’m not entirely …

Jun 6, 2024: 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 …

Jun 2, 2024: 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 …

Jun 2, 2024: 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 …

Jun 1, 2024: Finally, the shot I was destined to take. A wild adder, shot by @adders.

May 30, 2024: All 34. Blimey.

May 30, 2024: 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 …

May 28, 2024: 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 …

May 28, 2024: Started reading: A Countryman’s Spring Notebook by Adrian Bell 📚 These little hardback editions from Simply Foxed are just gorgeous.

May 28, 2024: 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 …

May 26, 2024: Started reading: Wild Service by Nick Hayes 📚

May 25, 2024: This is where my eldest is camping with the Guides. I am very jealous.

May 25, 2024: Started reading: Light Rains Sometimes Fall by Lev Parikian 📚

May 24, 2024: Om Malik with the headline of the day there.

May 24, 2024: We need to collapse context collapse in our online communities. Good fences and all that…

May 22, 2024: I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a general election quite as much as this one.

May 17, 2024: The Rail Riders Club was a marketing thing British Rail did back in the 1980s, before it was broken up and privatised. These images are from a meet …

May 17, 2024: Once, a very long time ago, I turned 12.

May 17, 2024: Second update from the Ghost team building out ActivityPub support: Building ActivityPub: Day 1

May 11, 2024: Started reading: Finding Hildasay by Christian Lewis 📚

May 10, 2024: The web is not dying:: Let’s imagine we ban TikTok. And Facebook. And Instagram. And Threads. And all the other huge platforms. There would still be …

May 10, 2024: Captured for posterity, before I recycle them: photo wallets and negative holders from 1980s photo labs.

May 10, 2024: The first update from the Ghost team building out ActivityPub support.

May 10, 2024: Wondering how many readers will get the joke that I called @ianbetteridge “lawfully chaotic” in my latest newsletter/post…

May 10, 2024: Don’t get sloppy with AI — make sure whatever you do is intentional, and audience-focused.

May 9, 2024: When a Guardian journalist asked climate experts what they expect to happen. The results are terrifying: “I expect a semi-dystopian future with …

May 9, 2024: Why are so many journalists still wary — or even ashamed — of the word “blog” after 25 years?

May 8, 2024: Lovely tribute to CJ Sansom and his quiet faith in the ability of humans who can walk the middle path to improve the world.

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May 7, 2024: If you go down to the woods today…

May 6, 2024: UK Bank Holiday Monday on form: it’s tipping it down.

May 6, 2024: Flip. I knew the electricity cost of AI was high, but the water cost is awful, too: For inference (i.e., conversation with ChatGPT), our estimate …

May 6, 2024: John Naughton in The Observer: The creative commons of the internet has been gradually and inexorably enclosed, much as agricultural land was by …

May 5, 2024: Good morning from the South Downs.

May 1, 2024: The nice thing about EV tech developing so fast is the realisation that my current EV - good though it is — is probably the absolute worst EV I will …

May 1, 2024: Beware! The link controllers don’t want you soiling their pristine websites with your dirty open web linking behaviour. (People are really still …

May 1, 2024: There’s never 30 to 50 feral hogs around when you need them.

Apr 27, 2024: If AI search takes hold, and upends the business model of web publishing and Google itself, the search giant will have been the architect of its own …

Apr 26, 2024: Wild garlic growing by my youngest’s school. I love the smell of it.

Apr 24, 2024: The US really went and did it. Bytedance faces an ultimatum: sell TikTok - or see it banned in the US. Now we’ll find out how important the app …

Apr 24, 2024: The last post for Post News: a potential Twitter successor that tried to cosy up to the news industry is shutting down. The field is thinning… I …

Apr 23, 2024: The one cost of AI we don’t talk about nearly enough: it’s seriously energy hungry at a time when we’re both trying together to decarbonise and …

Apr 23, 2024: The new CEO of Vimeo gets ready to sell your content to the AI companies: Over the next few weeks, we will be gathering input via a survey and …

Apr 23, 2024: Piper Haywood: spewing mediocrity is a pretty strong sweet spot for AI

Apr 21, 2024: 📷 #mbApr Day 21 The Cairngorms in early 1989. For day 21 of the April Photoblogging Challenge: mountain, suggested by David, aka @dejus.

Apr 21, 2024: Littlehampton harbour, with gulls.

Apr 18, 2024: I have a courtesy car while my own car is in the coach works. But, oh sweet happiness, much to my surprise, it has CarPlay. Once you’ve had CarPlay, …

Apr 17, 2024: This is awesome. A couple of months ago, researchers found a huge area of ancient seaweed off the Cornish coast. What’s the significance of 900 …

Apr 17, 2024: Day 17: transcendence, suggested by Drew, aka @drewbelf. #mbapr

Apr 17, 2024: A rare image of my long-gone fencing days. I’m the one on the right.

Apr 17, 2024: The political problems around TikTok will only get worse if it keeps behaving like this.

Apr 16, 2024: Don’t think about this!

Apr 16, 2024: Advice to make sure you never create anything. I feel very seen by this post from @havn.

Apr 16, 2024: AI is speedrunning the financial boom and bust cycle says John Naughton, in The Observer.

Apr 15, 2024: 📷 #mbApr Day 15: small, suggested by James, aka @jmanes.

Apr 10, 2024: Micro adventures at one of our local nature reserves: an afternoon at RSPB Pulborough Brooks. Birds and trees and bluebells.

Apr 3, 2024: A sobering find in my Mum’s negatives. This is the original Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, taken in 1989. The bridge was destroyed in …

Apr 3, 2024: Just found and followed @duncanhart and @ton, thanks to this conversation about micro.blog over at Euan Semple’s blog.

Mar 30, 2024: Started reading: The Best British Travel Writing of the 21st Century by Jessica Vincent 📚

Mar 23, 2024: OK, why did nobody warn me that Inside Out is such a harrowing watch for a parent?

Mar 23, 2024: Cetacean Corner. Videos of our watery mammal friends. Not for the easily offended.

Mar 21, 2024: Starbucks quietly pretends it never fell for the NFT hype. I think that bubble is well and truly burst now.

Mar 18, 2024: It’s really hard to find a theme for most of the big blogging platforms that supports the old-style “all of the last few posts on the …

Mar 18, 2024: I’m having one of those days where good news in the journalism/tech/publishing space is remarkably hard to find.

Mar 18, 2024: OK, the experiment is done. Let’s just shut down the internet now: The “Young Indian Method” is a term that has been circulating among TikTok …

Mar 18, 2024: Is Elon Musk getting bored of X/Twitter? With a bold prediction that Xitter will change hands by year end…

Mar 18, 2024: The tale of the credulous publishers and the AI Pied Piper: a cautionary fairy tale for grown-ups everywhere.

Mar 16, 2024: The Burnside, Dollar, Scotland, early 1989.

Mar 15, 2024: Can young audiences be recaptured by broadcast from social video? Betteridge’s Law applies…

Mar 14, 2024: AI is going down great at SXSW: “The incredibly pro-AI sizzle reel today at SXSW being loudly booed and told to fuck off by roughly a thousand …

Mar 7, 2024: A quick round-up of #podcasting news, initially gathered for our MA Podcasting students, but now shared to everyone.

Mar 6, 2024: Saw an article that looked interesting. Saw that the first subhead was “Synergy”. Bailed on that article.

Mar 5, 2024: Huh. Just discovered that I still had AMP turned on for Coffee & Complexity. Another Google project that went nowhere. It’s off now.

Mar 4, 2024: It must be an utterly thankless life being an Apple rumour-monger, even a Bloomberg-employed one.

Mar 3, 2024: Time Travel, via scanner.

Mar 3, 2024: I used to live in fear of doing this. It still makes mes me wince when I see it in a magazine.

Mar 3, 2024: Early morning mist over the Adur.

Mar 1, 2024: The ruins of Hillfoot House, near Dollar in Scotland. Photographed in 1983. Even these ruins are gone now, apparently, replaced by a modern new house. …

Feb 29, 2024: Mum, March 1983.

Feb 29, 2024: Yikes. I need to do better than that.

Feb 28, 2024: Well, who doesn’t?

Feb 27, 2024: Today I have been moving over 30Gb of videos around my network, archiving footage from livestreams and other events. Every single file I’m …

Feb 25, 2024: Ah, who can fail to love one of these?

Feb 25, 2024: Weekly 7.30am swimming lesson whiteboard wisdom.

Feb 25, 2024: Started reading: Local by Alastair Humphreys 📚

Feb 24, 2024: A sign of spring.

Feb 24, 2024: Living at the coast takes a special kind of stoicism and hardiness. And a readiness to make hay while the sun shines. If you are born to it then …

Feb 23, 2024: Sad times for Portuguese D&D fans.

Feb 23, 2024: Turns out I can’t spell phoenix to save my life. I have a complete mental block over how to spell it correctly. Yes, I had to look it up for …

Feb 22, 2024: So, just starting to get my head around micro.blog’s new premium offer. It took me a while to twig that, when you set up a new blog, you’re the same …

Feb 22, 2024: So, Reddit is selling all the free labour of its users to an AI company to train its model. Well, that explains the API changes last year…

Feb 22, 2024: Setting up my second blog on micro.blog: Unknown Exposures

Feb 22, 2024: I hate chasing invoices. But it looks like I’m going to need to do it today or tomorrow. Ugh.

Feb 21, 2024: Super rare night out for me - at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Brighton.

Feb 20, 2024: One of the Dalmatian Pelicans at WWT Arundel.

Feb 20, 2024: This duck is stylin’.

Feb 17, 2024: Testing out the new coffee shop in town, Clubhouse Coffee.

Feb 17, 2024: Here are the small but dedicated band of protestors in their conspiratorial glory.

Feb 17, 2024: Bit of a “grab bag” protest in town. They’re against: Cashless payments Vaccines Ultra low emissions zones The World Economic Forum I might not …

Feb 13, 2024: My paternal Shrove Tuesday duty is done.

Feb 11, 2024: Friendly wee chaps.

Feb 11, 2024: Evening light at RSPB Pulborough Brooks.

Feb 11, 2024: Water level a bit on the high side, then.

Feb 11, 2024: semicolons are a suitably catlike, noncommittal form of punctuation. — Rooted by Lyanda Lynn Haupt 📚

Feb 11, 2024: Gosh, my daughters love the days out I pick for them!

Feb 10, 2024: Love a bit of crema

Feb 10, 2024: 🔗 Hunter-Gathering For Wimps: Making a conscious decision to shut the f@&£ up, not cause the planet bow and crack under the weight of more …

Feb 9, 2024: We’ve just had the world’s first year-long breach of key 1.5C warming limit. What’s it going to take before people treat this seriously?

Feb 7, 2024: Looks like Apple has an image editing Generative AI coming. Quite Apple-y to be task specific.

Feb 7, 2024: Never change, Magazine Journalism MA students…

Feb 6, 2024: Want to feel old? Somebody born when Leeroy Jenkins wiped his raid will turn 19 this year. You’re welcome.

Feb 6, 2024: Finding the intro that finally makes the piece you’ve been struggling with work is such a blissful moment.

Feb 6, 2024: Let’s get phygital… Apple’s Vision Pro is a tentative first step towards building a blended digital/physical world. But this is like the …

Feb 4, 2024: Good morning from the Downs.

Feb 3, 2024: Haircut achieved.

Feb 3, 2024: Today I will be: a. marking b. learning about DMARC c. getting a hair cut One big party, my life.

Feb 3, 2024: 🔗 Return-to-office mandates don’t help companies make more money, study says: Now, new research from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the …

Feb 2, 2024: Finally, some harbingers of spring.

Feb 1, 2024: After nearly a month battling a respiratory virus, today is the first day I’ve woken up and genuinely felt like I was on the mend. Feels good.

Jan 30, 2024: Why are publishers making fools of themselves by deploying generative AI that clearly isn’t ready yet? They’re terrified of repeating the …

Jan 27, 2024: Started reading: Rooted by Lyanda Lynn Haupt 📚

Jan 24, 2024: A quick round-up of podcasting news, derived from my work on the audience strategy module of our new MA in Podcasting.

Jan 23, 2024: Last summer danah boyd was still trying to ignore the Metaverse. It’s only got easier since!

Jan 22, 2024: A compelling argumentment from Om Malik that Google has entered the same stage of decline that, for example, Microsoft saw under Steve Ballmer.

Jan 16, 2024: I have to say, I’m a little bored of being ill now. I’ve had one illness or another since I caught COVID nearly a month ago.

Jan 12, 2024: Whether or not Substack ever had a significant Nazi problem is now a moot point. It undoubtedly has a Nazi image problem – and that’s not going …

Jan 12, 2024: Platformer leaving Substack for Ghost over the “platforming Nazis” issue. That’ll be a substantial hit for Substack.

Jan 11, 2024: This is an insanely long, but very detailed and compelling, telling of the Substack story — and how the platform got into its current mess. …

Jan 11, 2024: I’m getting a lot of traffic from Russia at the moment. Not quite sure what to make of that.

Jan 11, 2024: My annual look at the most popular posts on my journalism site, One Man & His Blog. The clearest trend is the real sense of uncertainty …

Jan 10, 2024: Dave Winer: It would be better if journalists did not gravitate to a Facebook-owned Twitter clone. Amen.

Jan 10, 2024: One of the (very) small ironies of the “Substackers against Nazis” ruckus is that I’ve ended up spending way more time on Substack …

Jan 10, 2024: My inability to remember which is the correct spelling – whether or wether – means I accidentally write about castrated rams rather more than anyone …

Jan 10, 2024: Substack launched Notes to steal attention from Twitter. It succeeded. Right now, I bet they’re regretting that.

Jan 10, 2024: This was very interesting to write. It does feel like some models of society and lifepaths have reached their natural end — and are now running on …

Jan 10, 2024: These cactus leather iPhone cases look nice. Still a natural material, but without the environmental costs of cow skin. Quite tempted to get one in a …

Jan 10, 2024: Oh, marvellous. The UK government is now making policies based on easily disprovable conspiracy theories. They’re either idiots, or they think …

Jan 10, 2024: My companion didn’t stay long…

Jan 10, 2024: Frosty but beautiful beach walk after school drop off this morning. Starting to feel like I’m finally shaking off the Christmas lurgy.

Jan 9, 2024: On the intrigue side, Fieldwork can be relied on to provide the spectacularly weird. Downstream from Richmond we once spotted a polystyrene takeaway …

Jan 9, 2024: This, and the piece it’s based on, are well worth a read: Dorothy Thompson On Who Goes Nazi Sad that it feels as relevant today as it did when …

Jan 8, 2024: Man shocked to discover that two-edged sword does, in fact, have two edges.

Jan 8, 2024: OK, now the snow is getting serious and settling. My daughters are going to be very excited.

Jan 8, 2024: Futurism: After a storm and flash flooding knocked out the power in south-east Queensland, Australia, a local woman used her electric car to power …

Jan 8, 2024: I think I may have over-bought Christmas coffee. It’s past twelfth night, and I still have two bags of beans to go.

Jan 8, 2024: A brief flurry of snow. We don’t get a lot of this down on the south coast.

Jan 6, 2024: Sunset on Old Fort Road.

Jan 6, 2024: Started reading: Saltwater in the Blood by Easkey Britton 📚

Jan 4, 2024: This is spectacular even by crypto scam standards:Chief executive of collapsed crypto fund HyperVerse does not appear to exist.

Jan 3, 2024: The Festive Silence — or how exhaustion, burn-out and COVID conspired to give me an offline Christmas.

Jan 1, 2024: Started reading: A Countryman’s Winter Notebook by Adrian Bell 📚

Jan 1, 2024: Took a New Year’s Day beach walk with my eldest, and found somebody’s lost glasses on the strand line. The lenses have been ground into mistiness by …

Dec 22, 2023: Beach life, December 22nd 2023

Dec 16, 2023: Term finished yesterday. Today, I have a cold. Obviously.

Dec 15, 2023: The single biggest thing that would improve my AI prompt writing skills: not making typos.

Dec 13, 2023: Oh, shit. The dolphins have had enough and are coming for us.

Dec 5, 2023: Fog on the Adur.

Dec 5, 2023: What if the real X/Twitter replacement isn’t a Twitter clone at all?

Dec 4, 2023: When the problem contains the obvious solution: Residential areas are increasingly unaffordable even for the middle classes, while the office …

Dec 2, 2023: Ah, the horror on my daughter’s face was only matched by the delight on mine when Siri delivered The Wurzels version of I wish it could be Christmas …

Dec 1, 2023: Sad to see TinyLetter closing down. It was ahead of the curve on newsletters, but got bought by MailChimp, and was left to wither on the vine. …

Dec 1, 2023: It’s easy to claim you have ethical supply chains. It’s much harder to actually monitor them to check, say, your outdoors costs aren’t being made by …

Nov 30, 2023: OMG: On TikTok, kids are making Christmas wish list PowerPoint decks My girls will use Keynote, or it’ll a disappointing Christmas. 😉

Nov 28, 2023: Started reading: Flourish by Antonia Case 📚

Nov 24, 2023: It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Nov 24, 2023: ”’Was your world once wild?' a distant intelligence might ask. Yes, we’d say. Till it went under our ploughs and the hooves of our cattle. Under …

Nov 23, 2023: WordPress themes that are dependent on multiple plugins to function are a crime against all that is good and holy in web publishing.

Nov 21, 2023: The problem with WordPress’s 100 year plan. I would absolutely pay for a service to keep my work online after my death. This is not the service …

Nov 21, 2023: OpenAI’s interim boss seems… nice. 🤦🏼‍♂️

Nov 17, 2023: Started reading: Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie 📚 It’s this month’s Adventurous Ink book.

Nov 17, 2023: Interesting update from Bluesky: They’ve hit 2m users, despite still being invite-only A web view of posts and timelines coming this year …

Nov 17, 2023: I’m really happy with this little quality of life improvement from the Ghost folks. As a habitual emoji user, anything that makes it easier gets …

Nov 17, 2023: The Gawker brand is coming back — but not the archive or the same approach, it appears.

Nov 16, 2023: For years, Twitter was second only to to Google as a source of traffic to my blog. This month, it’s being beaten by… Yandex. LinkedIn is now the top …

Nov 11, 2023: A dalmatian pelican at the Arundel Wetland Centre.

Nov 11, 2023: Sadly, I had no ducks left to give.

Nov 11, 2023: Lovely to see someone whom I got started in blogging (I ran the network of businessss blogs he alludes to), hit a decade of doing under his own steam.

Nov 7, 2023: Podcast listeners! I’m looking for podcasts with vibrant and well-managed online communities, be they on Reddit, in Facebook groups, Forums, Discord, …

Nov 5, 2023: Started reading: Enchantment by Katherine May 📚 Reminded to do so by this podcast with her.

Nov 3, 2023: This is worrying: publications are using AI generated images of the Gaza conflict from Adobe Stock without declaring that they are AI created. One …

Nov 3, 2023: I’ve spent a lot of time on alt text for presentations over the past five weeks, and more than once Apple’s Live Text feature has saved me …

Nov 3, 2023: Put that phone down and go be bored: your creativity depends on it. (And other things worth reading).

Nov 3, 2023: Worth a read: Mastodon Is the Good One

Nov 2, 2023: Greetings from Storm Ciarán…

Nov 2, 2023: Psst. The first one of these in months is going out this evening… 🤫🤫

Nov 2, 2023: Sad times: Canon formally discontinues the last EOS-M cameras, saying goodbye to EF-M I used EOS M cameras for much of the last decade, and will miss …

Nov 1, 2023: Wind really starting to pick up now, as Storm Ciarán hits the south coast. Glad I don’t need to travel in the morning.

Nov 1, 2023: Me: I don’t know why everyone thinks I’m a geek; I’m a journalist! Also Me: Just finished updating nodejs on two VPSes so I can update my self-hosted …

Nov 1, 2023: Great to see Ghost building its new recommendations feature on open standards: it’s basically Webmentions under the hood. I was one of the test …

Nov 1, 2023: Huh. Movable Type 8 is out. Once upon a time I’d have been really excited by that - but at $499 a licence, not much chance I’d ever go back… They seem …

Oct 31, 2023: Happy Halloween 🎃! Screamer on duty outside our house this evening.

Oct 30, 2023: I posted to my Substack for the first time in, um, two years, 10 months and 28 days. Hell of a posting frequency there, huh? Some thoughts on …

Oct 29, 2023: Having a gourd day. 🎃

Oct 28, 2023: Nighttime in Farringdon, Autumn 2023.

Oct 28, 2023: I’ve just bought my youngest the dry robe reviewed in this article. It’s great for our 7.30 am Sunday swim lessons run. In the spring, it’ll be sea …

Oct 26, 2023: So… blogs are dead are they?

Oct 24, 2023: The first would-be competitor to X/Twitter to fail? Stand up, Pebble (formerly t2). Maxed out at about 3000 daily activity users, so funders …

Oct 22, 2023: Currently reading: SOLO by Jenny Tough 📚

Oct 21, 2023: I treated the girls to pancakes to celebrate the first day of half term.

Oct 20, 2023: I know Ahsoka has not gone down well with a lot of adult Star Wars fans, but watching it with two pre-teen girls who are absolutely rapt — and seeing …

Oct 20, 2023: Jack Baty: The only way I’d pay Musk $1 to join Twitter (X) is if I could mail him a check. I miss having @jack around these parts.

Oct 20, 2023: Om Malik: Yes, teenagers are spending a lot more time on social media — just not as much on what we old-timers call social media. The big takeaway …

Oct 19, 2023: The nice thing about X (formerly known as Twitter) being in a death spiral is I feel so much freer to mute, block and unfollow people there who have …

Oct 18, 2023: Amazing how many people who have been happily driving around with a large container of highly flammable fluid in their vehicles suddenly think that EV …

Oct 17, 2023: The next stage in human evolution?

Oct 16, 2023: Picadilly Circus, London, Autumn 1991

Oct 15, 2023: “Those who had a close relationship with nature used their phones half as much each day, took 90% fewer selfies and took 300% more pictures of nature …

Oct 15, 2023: “Since the early 1990s, no country has met the basic needs of its population without overconsuming natural resources.” — Reconnection by Miles …

Oct 15, 2023: “When 16,000 people across 18 nations were surveyed, it was found that the British people visit nature much less frequently than people in other …

Oct 15, 2023: Thesis: coffee never tastes better then when drunk from an enamel mug, poured from a flask, while outdoors. ☕️

Oct 15, 2023: Started reading: Reconnection by Miles Richardson 📚

Oct 13, 2023: This screensaver in MacOS Sonoma makes me unexpectedly happy.

Oct 13, 2023: I have fought with 301 redirects, and I have won. And now I fact the terror of Google Search console migrations…

Oct 13, 2023: So, if I’ve done everything correctly, my micro.blog no longer sits in the shadow of my “main blog” on a subdomain. It has got a domain of its own: …

Oct 13, 2023: And I’m back in the timeline. I didn’t realise that changing the URL of my blog would essentially stop my posts hitting the timeline, unless I edited …

Oct 13, 2023: Literal standing room only for the lunchtime talk by BBC News’ Ros Atkins on explainers at City Journalism. That includes me. I am standing…

Oct 11, 2023: Dave Winer has a real point here - and I’d love to see Mastodon fix it: Why Mastodon isn’t the one

Oct 10, 2023: Time is different when you work on The Spectator, it seems.

Oct 8, 2023: Turns out that if you go to bed super early on Saturday night, because you’re exhausted thanks to the first teaching week of term, a train strike, and …

Oct 7, 2023: John Gruber: X itself now feels like a third-rate Twitter knock-off.

Oct 5, 2023: Fair point.

Oct 4, 2023: I feel judged by my iPad.

Oct 3, 2023: Sometimes, you prompt Midjourney, look at the results, and think “I’m going to have nightmares about that image”.

Oct 3, 2023: Images from Hamburg and the Reeperbahn Festival. Deploying my camera on my annual working trip to Germany…

Oct 3, 2023: Why saving Harvard’s blog history matters — and why I’m sad I was unable to save the early work I led.

Oct 1, 2023: A lot of character in this old, partially ruined house.

Oct 1, 2023: No early morning drive to the pool this morning, as my eldest is unwell. So, I’m drinking coffee and processing photos instead

Sep 30, 2023: It has begun. 🎄

Sep 30, 2023: Dave Winer: There is no good outcome possible from arguing on social media.

Sep 30, 2023: Started reading: The Wild Beyond the Witchlight: A Feywild Adventure (Dungeons & Dragons Book) 📚 🎲

Sep 27, 2023: I just accidentally connected via VPN, through a connection already going via a VPN. And that pretty much sums up my day.

Sep 26, 2023: I’m doing it – but only on one Mac.

Sep 24, 2023: Gen X erasure is real.

Sep 24, 2023: Started reading: Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan C. Slaght 📚

Sep 22, 2023: Spectacular views over London en route to Heathrow.

Sep 22, 2023: Podcast insertion ads are still so laughably primitive. All the British podcasts I downloaded while in Hamburg are full of German ads.

Sep 21, 2023: A bar on stage feels very on point for a digital conference in the Reeperbahn Festival. #next23

Sep 20, 2023: Late night on the Reeperbahn.

Sep 20, 2023: I love the fact Hamburg Airport has an art gallery, rather than all the normal overpriced nonsense you get in British airports.

Sep 15, 2023: Remember all those sessions about how voice and smart speakers would be the future of journalism? Not so much.

Sep 15, 2023: It’s nice seeing the number of serious video recording apps for iPhone proliferating. The number of occasions when you need to bust out the …

Sep 13, 2023: An interesting move from The Economist, adding a new subscription tier for podcasts.

Sep 13, 2023: We appear to have gone from the height of summer to autumn in four days.

Sep 13, 2023: 📷 September Photoblogging Challenge Day 13: glowing.

Sep 13, 2023: TIL that you can screenshot CarPlay.

Sep 12, 2023: My wallet is safe from Tim Cook this time.

Sep 8, 2023: Currently reading: Twelve Words for Moss by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett 📚

Sep 8, 2023: Breakfast of champions.

Sep 7, 2023: Looks like it’s an “update all the Apple things” evening. Important security updates out…

Sep 7, 2023: Listening to my boss’s inaugural lecture…

Sep 7, 2023: I spent yesterday at a journalism innovation conference. If you want to know what the news publishers are thinking about at the moment, well, here you …

Sep 7, 2023: These seem like a more plausible scenario as time goes on: The case for Musk driving Twitter to bankruptcy.

Sep 7, 2023: Ladies, gentlemen, and non-binary people, I present for you the 21st Century, where we microchip cheese.

Sep 5, 2023: Just realised that in just over two weeks I’ll be in Hamburg again for NEXT23. The schedule looks great this year.

Sep 4, 2023: I’m officially old. Badgers is 20 years old. Mushroom. Mushroom. Snake.

Sep 4, 2023: Begone, miserable doom merchants! Traditional social media’s stumble could actually be good for journalism and audience work. Honest.

Sep 1, 2023: Currently reading: Rewilding the Sea by Charles Clover 📚

Aug 29, 2023: This will do.

Aug 27, 2023: Lovely afternoon for a cycle with my youngest.

Aug 23, 2023: This is good news - a new Broken Sword game is coming.

Aug 21, 2023: Two of my former students have been added to Russia’s journalist blacklist. I’m very proud.

Aug 20, 2023: Somebody will be very sad about losing this chap.

Aug 20, 2023: Starting my assault on the Wainwright Prize shortlist with A Line in the World by Dorthe Nors 📚

Aug 16, 2023: Found a lovely place for breakfast in the port yesterday morning.

Aug 16, 2023: It’s almost delightful that Trump’s Twitter addiction might be the cause of his eventual downfall.

Aug 15, 2023: One unexpected surprise in upgrading from a 2006 car to a 2020 car: it got two software updates when I took it in for annual service… Cars get …

Aug 15, 2023: Hmm. Should I rename the “Twitter” category on One Man & His Blog to “X”? 🤔

Aug 15, 2023: Most publications needed a Twitter strategy. But is making an X strategy a good use of time anymore? Well, it depends…

Aug 12, 2023: Why people are pulling up their fake lawns. Good.

Aug 12, 2023: Why selfish co-workers stick together: a Cognitive Science paper published Monday by psychologists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s …

Aug 12, 2023: Stanford neuroscientist demonstrates the quickest way to eliminate stress: “The physiological sigh is the fastest hardwired way for us to …

Aug 11, 2023: A wet but enjoyable bike ride with the offspring this afternoon.

Aug 11, 2023: The worst part of coming back from a good holiday.

Aug 10, 2023: Back from holiday. What have I missed?

Aug 7, 2023: Aaaaaaar!

Aug 2, 2023: “Solastalgia is a neologism that is becoming commonplace. It describes a feeling of homesickness while still being at home. It is a sense of loss, but …

Jul 28, 2023: Oh.

Jul 26, 2023: Ugh. New inner needed at the very least.

Jul 24, 2023: Breakfast with the scrap, now the schools are on holiday.

Jul 23, 2023: This morning I shall mainly be monitoring streaming bandwidth.

Jul 22, 2023: First day of the school summer holiday, obviously.

Jul 19, 2023: A happy transatlantic delivery.

Jul 19, 2023: I just read an attempt at a scathing take-down of Caitlin Moran’s new book on men. Guess the gender of all the writers whose scathing reviews …

Jul 18, 2023: Here’s my epic attempt to categorise and explain the microblogging landscape in Twitter’s twilight: the new microblogging ecosystem. 😮‍💨

Jul 18, 2023: Currently reading: Corduroy by Adrian Bell 📚

Jul 12, 2023: In the process of consolidating my personal blogging (going back to 2001) here on micro.blog. It’s going to take a bit of work to tidy it up - …

Jul 12, 2023: Has anyone found Apple Mail, and iCloud accounts in particular, to have really shot up in the number of false spam positives recently?

Jul 11, 2023: Oh, my. This is the man who created Clippy. (Ask your parents who Clippy was, kids.)

Jul 11, 2023: On women who write while lying on their stomachs.

Jul 8, 2023: There’s a takeaway near us that looks like it went out of business years ago. But no, it’s still open and trading. I wouldn’t eat there.

Jul 8, 2023: Is LinkedIn about to be enshittified? (Some would argue that it’s already there…)

Jul 8, 2023: I just looked at my Facebook feed for the first time in a wee while. How many posts from the first 20 shown were from my friends do you think? (Rather …

Jul 7, 2023: Today I learned that Ethernet is only 18 months younger than me. 🤯

Jul 7, 2023: Finally got to spend some time writing in my favourite coffee shop this afternoon.

Jul 7, 2023: Hard to disagree with this: Threads not launching in Europe is pure gold.

Jul 7, 2023: Oh, dear. So sad. Too bad. Anyway… The Broke Ape Yacht Crash

Jul 7, 2023: Twitter is burning, Bluesky is smug. Where is the best place to do your pathetic doomscrolling? [Guardian cartoon.]

Jul 7, 2023: Just did the emergency security update on my Mastodon instance (to v4.1.3), and still have most of this cup of coffee left. That was much easier than …

Jul 7, 2023: Twitter is becoming a feature rather than a product: Substack has it, via Notes Instagram has it, via Threads The Fediverse has it, via Mastodon The …

Jul 7, 2023: Chances of Threads ever getting an API for general use? I’d imagine they’ll be about 0%.

Jul 7, 2023: My initial take on Threads: suprisingly good, but with a lot of missing features - and a huge data grab.

Jul 7, 2023: I think Bluesky is the first social network I’ve not been able to get onto. Not been able to wangle an invite anywhere, and still stuck in the invite …

Jul 6, 2023: What to know about Threads, by the founder of Mastodon.

Jul 6, 2023: And it’s live. I’m on Threads. No choice, really, given my work…

Jul 5, 2023: Is the second-hand bookshop disappearing? Perhaps not. 📚

Jun 25, 2023: Adrian Bell on newspaper experts: I have been suspicious of them ever since, years ago, I met a gardening expert who wrote for a London paper. …

Jun 24, 2023: So, I’m now on t2 (Twitter alternative from ex-Twitter folks). Anyone else on there?

Jun 24, 2023: Staurt Ian Burns on Marvel and its impact on the film industry: Also, there’s no point blaming a studio which turns out two-four films a year …

Jun 24, 2023: Utterly brazen.

Jun 23, 2023: These two muppets are amongst the richest people on the planet, with a global impact on human relationships. And then they do this.

Jun 20, 2023: The phrase “deeply unserious” is becoming a thing, isn’t it? One of those meme-like phrases that we’ll look back on in five years and think was “so …

Jun 16, 2023: Nice work of the day goes to the cyclist who literally rode into me while I was trying to shepherd children across the road on a green man at traffic …

Jun 14, 2023: That’s it. Time to quit Outlook and call it a day. I’m just not looking forward to a hot train ride home…

Jun 12, 2023: Every year, while I’m supervising journalism MA students' final projects, I miss being a commissioning editor. I love the feeling of working …

Jun 11, 2023: Recreation is valuable in proportion to the intensity of its experiences, and to the degree to which it differs from and contrasts with workaday life. …

Jun 11, 2023: Winning at Wordle…

Jun 11, 2023: Found a nice coffee shop to while away the hours while my daughters are on a Guides and Brownies cinema trip: The Laughing Dog.

Jun 11, 2023: Perception, in short, cannot be purchased with either learned degrees or dollars; it grows at home as well as abroad, and he who has a little may use …

Jun 11, 2023: Broadly speaking, a piece of scenery snapped by a dozen tourist cameras daily is not physically impaired thereby, nor does any other resource suffer …

Jun 11, 2023: Beauty right by the front door.

Jun 10, 2023: David Allen Green’s examination of Boris Johnson’s actions is excoriating: “All these advantages meant that the process was heavily biased: but …

Jun 9, 2023: When Zuck says that the Apple Vision Pro isn’t the vision of the future of computing he wants, all I can think about is this photo:

Jun 8, 2023: This might be interesting to the mobile journalism types: a shotgun mic with built-in wireless.

Jun 7, 2023: What Apple Vision Pro means for journalism… 😇

Jun 5, 2023: I bought the first iPod, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. There goes that streak.

Jun 5, 2023: That’s the sort of keynote I like from Apple. Lots of new features for devices I already own, no temptation to spend any money. 👍

Jun 5, 2023: Ah, crap. I just got it. The two big “secret” Apple projects: the headset and the car. They’re basically the same project: spatial computing. Low …

Jun 5, 2023: If I was on the Meta Quest team, I would not be looking forward to the next team meeting with Zuck.

Jun 5, 2023: Ok. Apple Vision Pro looks really interesting. AR first, not VR. But I still can’t see myself buying one.

Jun 1, 2023: Dragonflies at Woods Mill.

Jun 1, 2023: It may be a common cardinal beetle, but it’s uncommonly beautiful.

May 29, 2023: Beach flower.

May 28, 2023: The wind farm has really grown on me over the years.

May 28, 2023: The gull parade.

May 28, 2023: Oh, nuts.

May 24, 2023: Squee.

May 20, 2023: Having an 80s moment.

May 20, 2023: Saturday morning pancakes.

May 19, 2023: The sun going down over micro.camp…

May 19, 2023: Micro camping.

May 18, 2023: Wow. Engagement on posts in my Substack Notes feed has collapsed. Only the very biggest newsletter authors are getting any reaction at all.

May 17, 2023: Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher …

May 17, 2023: There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. — A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold 📚

May 17, 2023: Started reading: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold 📚

May 11, 2023: Hello there.

May 11, 2023: RIP Dooce. One of the true blogging pioneers. I worry that the history of those early days is being lost, as the people as the people who defined it …

May 9, 2023: Final Cut Pro on the iPad — and they’re announcing this before WWDC? This is exciting stuff.

May 6, 2023: Penny Mordaunt cosplaying as Britannia. Still, Britain has a bit of a cultural thing about women with swords.

May 6, 2023: All the faith leaders coming into the coronation together, and then our Hindu Prime Minister and our Muslim Scottish First Minister, is surprising …

May 6, 2023: All this fuss over an impractical new hat. Reminds me of my late Mum, actually.

May 4, 2023: Bunting is occurring.

May 4, 2023: Don’t let Bluesky become a 💩 like Twitter Wow. @dave is not impressed with Bluesky: I definitely want Blue Sky to just go away. I don’t like it because if it gains traction it has …

May 4, 2023: Peter Bihr on the death of the search and social web: “That means two major driving forces of the contemporary internet are… basically useless now? …

May 4, 2023: Google has given up on subtlety in reminding us that Universal Analytics is less than two months away from its demise…

May 4, 2023: May the Fourth be with you.

May 3, 2023: These are real buildings, but they look like architects’ CAD renderings photoshopped in, don’t they?

May 1, 2023: Up on the Downs as the rain hits.

May 1, 2023: Good piece on what Mastodon needs to embrace to have a significant role in the post-Twitter world. [via @baldur]

May 1, 2023: micro.blog is ending Twitter cross-posting in July. Here’s @manton from the announcement post: “It’s all another reminder that centralized platforms …

May 1, 2023: This is a useful round-up of Bluesky, Mastodon et al: Six Months In: Thoughts On The Current Post-Twitter Diaspora Options

May 1, 2023: This is the way.

Apr 30, 2023: I needed this.

Apr 26, 2023: Turns out that a bardcore cover of the Mando theme is basically just… The Mandalorian theme. This is the (medieval) way.

Apr 23, 2023: Started reading: In The Shadow of the Mountain by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado 📚

Apr 23, 2023: “But if there is no risk in my writing, no fear, there is no pleasure. I have to make myself fed uncomfortable, take chances in the way a mountaineer …

Apr 22, 2023: Currently reading: A Line Above the Sky by Helen Mort 📚

Apr 21, 2023: Never really got into Picard Series 1 & 2, but I have loved every moment of series 3. My Friday evenings won’t be quite the same.

Apr 19, 2023: Earning some Dad points for myself by installing Minecraft Legends on the Xbox, ready for post-school play tomorrow.

Apr 18, 2023: Scenes from a commute.

Apr 17, 2023: Some notes on Substack Notes.

Apr 17, 2023: I’ve been called “Tim” twice in emails already today, and it’s not even 10am on Monday. Why? Do I seem like a …

Apr 16, 2023: I’m beginning to get the hang of keeping my Mastodon instance updated. Not as easy as, say, Ghost. But not as bad as I feared.

Apr 15, 2023: An awful lot of people on the internet seem to be under the illusion that being nasty to people online makes them a better person. Being nasty does …

Apr 15, 2023: Storm brewing in the deer park.

Apr 15, 2023: Feeling slightly guilty about how much time importing my huge Twitter archive into micro.blog is taking…

Apr 14, 2023: Verily, the bard hath used the roll of Rick.

Apr 14, 2023: Blimey. Over 16 year of Twitter use has generated a near 1Gb data file.

Apr 13, 2023: Reach for the sky.

Apr 13, 2023: Probably of marginal interest to the folks here, but I wrote a little about how journalists should be thinking about Mastodon right now.

Apr 12, 2023: 20 years ago today.

Apr 12, 2023: Substack Notes: first impressions Substack Notes is in a really weird place at the moment. It’s basically just a bunch of newsletter writers trying to persuade each other to subscribe …

Apr 11, 2023: Like father, like daughters.

Apr 11, 2023: “Dad, I forgot to add Frozen songs to my playlist. Can I have more iPad time to sort it?” “Hazel, that idea? Let it go.” “DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD! Worst Dad …

Apr 10, 2023: Down by the sea on a blustery day.

Apr 9, 2023: Sunrise over Shoreham Beach, during the Easter Sunday dawn service.

Apr 8, 2023: Beach life.

Apr 8, 2023: Back in your in-boxes: season two of Engaged Reading Time starts here.

Apr 8, 2023: 358 tabs open on my iPad Pro. I suspect my Easter project should be cleaning them down. (It was over 400 before my morning coffee.)

Apr 8, 2023: This piece from Robin Sloan is looking more prescient by the day: the last decade’s platforms are over.

Apr 8, 2023: Yes, the Inuit have dozens of words for snow – but what does each one mean exactly? What a fascinating watch.

Apr 7, 2023: On GM swapping CarPlay for subscription services. Jason Snell: The arrogance in believing that GM should force people to bend their digital lives in order to fit into their cars is breathtaking. Are …

Apr 7, 2023: I might need more popcorn for the current Twitter versus Substack squabble. Possibly a beer, too.

Apr 1, 2023: My annual subscriber patch is here from Outdoor Swimmer magazine. I love these.

Mar 31, 2023: My train is running late due to… rain. Completely understandable. I mean, who expects rain in the UK?

Mar 31, 2023: I suspect the percentage of the population who know what an owl bear is will go through exponential growth in the next few weeks…

Mar 31, 2023: Bit of a shocker: gal-dem magazine is closing. It had a passionate following - I’m genuinely surprised that they couldn’t convert that …

Mar 31, 2023: This should chill events businesses: the big games show E3 has been cancelled, in part because publishers announce new games directly to customers via …

Mar 30, 2023: Ooof. Brutal take on the Substack crowd-funder.

Mar 25, 2023: Morning, troops. If you’re looking for things to read over your morning coffee this Saturday, boy do I have you sorted.

Mar 24, 2023: Hey, @help, am I missing something, or is the only way to trigger a webmention send manually adding class=“u-in-reply-to” in the link?

Mar 24, 2023: In the couple of days since I wrote this post, the chances of TikTok getting banned in the US have only increased. This feel genuinely unprecedented.

Mar 21, 2023: The girls are eating fish fingers and custard. Yes, they’ve just watched The Eleventh Hour.

Mar 18, 2023: Interesting legal analysis of the arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin.

Mar 17, 2023: News about our beaches like this makes me ashamed to be British.

Mar 16, 2023: I sometimes think the local birds eat better than we do…

Mar 13, 2023: Interesting to see that Automattic have acquired the ActivityPub plugin for WordPress. The Fediverse momentum is growing.

Mar 12, 2023: William Davies on The Reaction Economy: The individual is not conceived in the same way as in the liberal philosophical tradition – as an autonomous …

Mar 11, 2023: Currently reading: Adventure Revolution by Belinda Kirk 📚

Mar 9, 2023: I’m still stupidly excited that I’ll be teaching on City’s new MA in Podcasting next year — on the audience development side.

Mar 7, 2023: A general US TikTok ban edges closer…

Mar 7, 2023: This is absolutely stunning drone footage of the Matterhorn.

Mar 6, 2023: Iris wanted to watch some Doctor Who. So, we started at the beginning. The very beginning…

Mar 6, 2023: Lots of writing to do today — so lots of coffee will be drunk…

Mar 6, 2023: One thing I miss about growing up in Scotland: walking home after dark in the snow, and seeing the snowflakes illuminated by the street lights.

Mar 6, 2023: Two damn decades of writing the same blog. Yes, One Man & His Blog is 20 today.

Mar 5, 2023: Wood and tile. #mbmar 📸

Mar 5, 2023: Your Sunday morning swimming pool white board wisdom.

Mar 4, 2023: After spending most of the winter feeling cold when out and about, I bought myself a new coat in the sales — just in time for one last cold snap. …

Mar 4, 2023: Started reading: Bringing Back the Beaver by Derek Gow 📚

Mar 3, 2023: I want that sticker.

Mar 3, 2023: Sometimes solitude is possible, even in the heart of London. #mbmar 📸

Mar 3, 2023: The Good Apple and the Bad Apple John Gruber: “Putting the legality of Apple’s anti-steering rules aside, I think they make the company look spiteful and petty.” It sometimes feels …

Mar 2, 2023: The perfect weather for a beach walk this afternoon. #mbmar 📸

Mar 2, 2023: A rather lovely hagstone - and a deep one - found on a quick beach walk this afternoon, trying to burn off some of my daughter’s energy. She’s home …

Mar 2, 2023: Trust in me, just in me… I really need to learn to trust myself. Yesterday, I opened the slides for week two of my social media course. “Why so few?” I thought. “I’ll need …

Mar 2, 2023: Your swimming pool whiteboard wisdom for the day.

Mar 2, 2023: A fun evening, watching our students grill the hell out of a former prime minister. All under the Chatham House Rule, alas, so I can’t say any …

Mar 1, 2023: Any discussion of games journalism that doesn’t include YouTube at its heart doesn’t understand the existing games coverage business.

Mar 1, 2023: Yeah, not getting in that way. It’s looking pretty secure. #mbmar 📸

Mar 1, 2023: I have seen the future of smart glasses and it‘s as ugly as sin, apparently.

Mar 1, 2023: Stressful morning with a happy outcome: my eldest got her first choice of secondary school.

Feb 26, 2023: What a difference a couple of weeks makes. The sun is up for our early morning pool run. The views up the Adur valley were spectacular.

Feb 22, 2023: A walk down memory lane to 1994, when this young chap (me) had his view of journalism shifted by the launch of a new magazine for men…

Feb 22, 2023: We did the thing yesterday.

Feb 22, 2023: Just corrected a typo in a blog post published… 10 years and 20 days ago. Ooops.

Feb 19, 2023: Adventure time.

Feb 16, 2023: Plausible Analytics providing both Search Console integration AND Google Analytics import is making me very happy.

Feb 15, 2023: Finally got my (consulting/training) work inbox down to double digits. Plenty of people will be waking up to slightly (or, in some cases, very) tardy …

Feb 15, 2023: That’s one way of making a politician’s life suddenly more complex From today’s eye opening story about a global disinformation team: “Much of their strategy appeared to revolve around disrupting or sabotaging rival …

Feb 15, 2023: This is one hell of a story: Revealed: the hacking and disinformation team meddling in elections

Feb 15, 2023: Free speech absolutism excludes China, it seems.

Feb 15, 2023: I enjoyed the conversation between @manton and @danielpunkass on Core Intuition about the shifting sands of the Twitter API. I’m certainly one of the …

Feb 12, 2023: Started reading: A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby 📚

Feb 10, 2023: Holy flip, that’s a lot:

Feb 10, 2023: Good to see that the Musk rat is experiencing the same as the rest of us: cratering Twitter engagement. Less good that he’s randomly firing people who …

Feb 9, 2023: I’ve just revamped the look of my Ghost blog One Man & His Blog, and am very happy with the results:

Feb 9, 2023: 14 years ago, someone registered a domain name for the local church. Nobody remembers who. Somebody is still paying for it. Tracking down the …

Feb 9, 2023: This pen is a blast from the past. Early 2000s blogging, when Movable Type and Typepad seemed like they would dominate - a good time, but so long ago.

Feb 7, 2023: First time using my iPhone as a webcam for my training course this morning. It worked great. One of the best new features of macOS.

Feb 7, 2023: Google’s Bard is singing a whole new song. Could this be the start of a whole new age of search? It really looks like it right now.

Feb 6, 2023: Ah, the sweet satisfaction of landing one of the free EV charge parking spaces in the morning.

Feb 5, 2023: And, really, nothing is more political than the way we engage with the world around us. We have an obligation to see the world for what it is, the bad …

Feb 5, 2023: The origin of the phrase “up sticks”: ”Instead they used Gypsy tents of the traditional style, a tarpaulin thrown over a platform of bent wooden …

Feb 5, 2023: We’re coming back into the light. The sun was rising as we drove to the pool this morning, after months of doing this trip in the dark. Spring’s …

Feb 4, 2023: Beware: killer clowns and hangry bears.

Feb 3, 2023: My kind of diversion.

Feb 3, 2023: I declared RSS bankruptcy last night, marked the 5,000+ articles which were unread in NetNewsWire as read, and revelled in the manageable flow of new …

Feb 3, 2023: Great post by Matt Genmell on why we should give ourselves permission to write shorter, less weighty posts in blogs. Some of this is down to platform …

Feb 2, 2023: Visiting.

Feb 2, 2023: I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes of City’s Creatives in Residence scheme.

Feb 2, 2023: This is an interesting read: it appears that a seratonin deficiency might not be the key cause of depression after all.

Feb 1, 2023: I have 300 open tabs on my iPad. Tonight, I wage war on them. (By “wage war” I mean “read and decide if I’m going to blog about them”, of course.)

Feb 1, 2023: Home learning on teachers’ strike day, thanks to BBC Bitesize.

Jan 30, 2023: Took me too many years - but I finally got that last elusive micro.blog badge…

Jan 30, 2023: Lovely sunrise over Hassocks station this morning.

Jan 29, 2023: This morning’s wisdom from the crack-of-dawn trip to the pool for my daughter:

Jan 29, 2023: SUPpers and swans.

Jan 28, 2023: On the D&D OGL mess: “This is a community that literally invented the term “rules lawyer.” WotC simply didn’t realize how literally that would be …

Jan 28, 2023: I know their days are numbered, but nothing quite beats a free charge at the station while you’re up in London.

Jan 26, 2023: Lovely to see some blue sky again today. It’s been a hard January, and this was the lift I needed this afternoon.

Jan 25, 2023: Ivory has won promotion to my iPad dock…

Jan 25, 2023: So, this post proved more controversial than I expected. I expected pushback on my warning about TikTok. What I didn’t expect was how attached some …

Jan 25, 2023:

Jan 24, 2023: Nice to see more EV charging infrastructure going in, just around the corner from my house.

Jan 24, 2023: HomePod and AppleTV updates are out this evening.

Jan 24, 2023: Ivory from Tapbots is now on the App Store. Trying it out now for my Mastodon needs…

Jan 24, 2023: I can’t quite bring myself to delete my last copy of Twitterific. I’ll do it soon, but it still saddens me. The final end of an era that …

Jan 23, 2023: iOS, macOS and watchOS updates all ready for you in Software Update.

Jan 23, 2023: The tide was far enough out today that we actually had something approximating sand! -

Jan 22, 2023: Touching.

Jan 22, 2023: Interesting set of links from Alex Roddie.

Jan 22, 2023: “We need somehow to press the reset button, and completely rethink how we see our relationship with the earth. We need to reinvent ourselves as …

Jan 22, 2023: Started reading: The Circling Sky by Neil Ansell 📚

Jan 22, 2023: Cold and icy up at Lancing College this morning.

Jan 21, 2023: Finished reading: Failure is an Option by Matt Whyman 📚

Jan 21, 2023: On a doorway in the Brighton Lanes. Harsh, but fair.

Jan 20, 2023: Quite a show.

Jan 20, 2023: Somewhere in all that is my eldest, preparing to sing her heart out. I first came here 23 years ago, and saw Peter Gabriel’s OVO as part of the …

Jan 20, 2023: My first time back at the Dome in maybe 15 years. Last time I was here, it was to see Pink as a birthday treat for my wife.

Jan 20, 2023: Wow. The new micro.blog homepage is a massive improvement.

Jan 19, 2023: It’s official. Third party Twitter apps are dead. Not a surprise given the events of the last week — but still a spectacularly shitty way to treat …

Jan 19, 2023: Oxford Street is looking a lot more down market than I remember, but parts of it still impress.

Jan 19, 2023: A moody, frosty bridge on my way to London this morning,

Jan 19, 2023: Yikes. Currently 166 tabs open on my iPad.

Jan 18, 2023: Lovely, frosty morning on the beach this morning.

Jan 18, 2023: I just don’t understand why people think £250 for Airpods Pro - single user devices, with a lifespan of a few years - is fine, but £299 for a HomePod, …

Jan 18, 2023: That’s it. Revue is gone, killed off by the new “management” of Twitter. Once a great service, it never really kept up with the accelerating …

Jan 18, 2023: Feeling slightly guilty that our internet is fine, while the internet from the same provider is down for most people across the Beach.

Jan 18, 2023: Frost on the roof, sun on the river.

Jan 18, 2023: Ah, it’s Winterwatch week. That’s a pleasant surprise.

Jan 18, 2023: Quite the sunset this evening.

Jan 17, 2023: Well, it may be sub-zero in the garden this morning, but spring is still a’coming…

Jan 17, 2023: Craig Hockenberry: “It feels like the time is right for a truly universal timeline. That notion excites me like the first time I posted XML status to …

Jan 17, 2023: Universities are already rethinking teaching and assessment in the light of AI tools.

Jan 16, 2023: Home, from the bridge.

Jan 16, 2023: If a book is called Silence, but isn’t really about the absence of audible noise, what is it really about? The answer is in the rediscovery of …

Jan 15, 2023: Nice to get the Apple Fitness “Ring in the New Year” challenge in the bag.

Jan 15, 2023: ”I had to use my legs to go far away in order to discover this, but I now know it is possible to reach silence anywhere. One only need subtract.” — …

Jan 15, 2023: Every Sunday, I tell myself the early starts are worth it. And sometimes it’s really true.

Jan 14, 2023: Complex clapping game in progress. 🤷🏼

Jan 13, 2023: My weekend reading has arrived. 📚

Jan 13, 2023: It turns out that glass-sided bridges require more maintenance than you’d think.

Jan 13, 2023: Some fun weekend reading for you from my soon-to-be-defunct Revue newsletter.

Jan 13, 2023: Metal cover of the A-Team theme. Perfect Friday fodder for those of us of a certain age.

Jan 13, 2023: Twitter’s API appears to be down, breaking any third party client access to the service. And now we wait to find out if this is intentional, or …

Jan 13, 2023: What do you think the chances of the Revue integration on people’s Twitter profiles just frictionlessly disappearing when they shut down the …

Jan 13, 2023: Looks like Hasbro is learning that you can create a community, play host to a community, but never, ever own a community. The D&D community is on …

Jan 12, 2023: Nice to see more EV charging infrastructure going in just around the corner.

Jan 12, 2023: The courage and talent of Laura Price, whom I had the privilege of teaching a few years ago, continues to inspire me, as she prepares to launch the …

Jan 12, 2023: D&D’s OGL was a corporate con job Cory Doctorow on the Hasbo D&D OGL rugpull: If you’re a game designer who was pissed off because the OGL was getting ganked – and if …

Jan 11, 2023: There’s a guy down the river collecting old boats. He seems to be working on them. It annoys some locals, but I rather like it. It’s a great reminder …

Jan 11, 2023: This looks worryingly like the Royal Mail has been hit by a ransomware attack.

Jan 11, 2023: The science of stupidity Stupidity is a very specific cognitive failing. Crudely put, it occurs when you don’t have the right conceptual tools for the job. The result is an …

Jan 11, 2023: It’s interesting how many publications do “predictions for the year ahead” posts - and how few of them go back and assess how good their post the year …

Jan 10, 2023: The sea is bringing in some big bits of jetsam right now.

Jan 10, 2023: The sea was putting on an impressive show earlier.

Jan 9, 2023: Walkers and shingle shifters on the beach this afternoon.

Jan 8, 2023: Up on the Downs this morning.

Jan 8, 2023: Nice wooden boat coming ashore on the slipway.

Jan 8, 2023: I love it when a book randomly mentions where I live: ”I was also looking forward to experiencing my first aid station, laid on at regular intervals …

Jan 8, 2023: Back into the “7.30am swimming lesson for my eldest” routine for Sundays. As ever, a flask of great coffee and a good book makes it tolerable - and …

Jan 7, 2023: From the library towards the church.

Jan 7, 2023: From Silence by Erling Kagge 📚: “Deep down in the ocean, below the waves and ripples, you can find your internal silence. Standing in the shower, …

Jan 7, 2023: From Failure is an Option by Matt Whyman 📚: “A seam of bullying ran unchecked through the school, which wasn’t uncommon in the late seventies …

Jan 7, 2023: Yup, just walking home through the graveyard. 😨

Jan 6, 2023: The time has come to…

Jan 6, 2023: Twelfth night, so saying farewell to our mighty wee tree.

Jan 5, 2023: Just survived the slightly nerve-wracking process of upgrading my Mastodon server to 4.0.2. All went smoothly, and it’s up and running again. …

Jan 4, 2023: That kind of a day.

Jan 4, 2023: Here’s my top 10 posts of 2022 from my work blog. Interesting that the journalism world is really interested in the fall of social media and the rise …

Jan 3, 2023: Probably our last festive activity of this Christmas season.

Jan 2, 2023: Family lightsabre action.

Jan 2, 2023: A sticker on my laptop, back in 2010. I’d love a 2022 version of this (although I doubt it would come from big-in-Japan Six Apart these days…)

Jan 1, 2023: New Year’s Day walk with the extended family.

Jan 1, 2023: Happy New Year from (a house in) London!

Dec 31, 2022: The wisdom of @patrickrhone spreads.

Dec 30, 2022: “Hello, I’ve got a burning desire to go somewhere online where groups of people will complete to tell me how I should think and behave, …

Dec 30, 2022: Matt Buck compiled some great links and videos to mark the passing of satirist John Bird.

Dec 25, 2022: Home from midnight Mass: 12.30am Girls up: 6.30am 😴

Dec 25, 2022: Midnight Mass, Church of the Good Shepherd, Shoreham Beach.

Dec 24, 2022: Crib service in 15 minutes… My daughters will be playing the roles of “Magus” and “innkeeper”.

Dec 24, 2022: Newsletter delivery via RSS has a name. It’s called blogging. This is literally what we were doing in 2005.

Dec 22, 2022: Yes. Yes, I do.

Dec 22, 2022: Started reading: The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell 📚

Dec 20, 2022: Presented without comment.

Dec 19, 2022: Tower Bridge by night.

Dec 19, 2022: London very on brand this morning.

Dec 19, 2022: Started reading: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer 📚

Dec 19, 2022: Off to London for work. The last commute of the year!

Dec 13, 2022: It’s “update all the Apple things” evening! iOS/iPadOS 16.2 and macOS 13.1 are out, along with accompanying HomePod and AppleTV …

Dec 13, 2022: Blimey. Musk has disbanded Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council. He’s not even pretending to listen to others now.

Dec 12, 2022: Euan Semple on the importance of doing fuck all: “We feel driven to achieve more, to influence more, to build more, to buy more. And all of …

Dec 12, 2022: Potential album cover.

Dec 12, 2022: Ice Ice Baby

Dec 10, 2022: This is a nice one:

Dec 10, 2022: A quick video of the Shoreham-by-Sea Santa SUP this morning:

Dec 10, 2022: More SUPping Santas!

Dec 10, 2022: Oh, that is dangerously tempting.

Dec 10, 2022: What’s SUP, Santa?

Dec 10, 2022: Bottomed out at -2.5°C last night. Pretty cold for these parts.

Dec 10, 2022: Artificial grass is evil: “Fake turf is the manifestation of a deep cultural weakness, expressed in short-termism and a distaste and disrespect for …

Dec 9, 2022: Started reading: Edge of Cymru by Julie Brominicks 📚

Dec 9, 2022: Worthing Pier from Shoreham Beach, 8/12/22, 4.10pm

Dec 9, 2022: Cold enough that I’ve actually put on my rarely-used woolly hat for the commute this morning.

Dec 8, 2022: My beloved Canon M50 is back from the camera doctor and working once more: And here’s one of my test shots, just to prove it’s working …

Dec 8, 2022: Another wave of angst over Musk fiddling with the blue tick systems, I see. And all because Old Twitter created a system that was a confusing mix of …

Dec 8, 2022: First night we’ve gone below zero this winter. Plenty more to come, I’m sure.

Dec 8, 2022: Heavy Metal x Indian Singing This is just brilliant: [via Boing Boing]

Dec 7, 2022: Holy crap, this Rackspace email outage looks very bad indeed.

Dec 7, 2022: I wonder what microposts look like on WordPress.

Dec 7, 2022: MarsEdit 5 is here. Still no Ghost support, but looking good for my other blogging. And yes, this is my first post using it.

Dec 6, 2022: People have a long and inglorious tradition of mangling my surname, but this is a new one for me…

Dec 6, 2022: Thesis: The Muppet Christmas Carol is the best Christmas movie ever made.

Dec 6, 2022: Turns out there’s no market for VC-funded upbeat tech “journalism”: Future is dead.

Dec 6, 2022: Ah, the good old days, when people aspired to blogger style not influencer style…

Dec 5, 2022: In Brighton on business for the first time in years. When I started out in business for myself nearly 11 years ago, I hoped to do more in Brighton, …

Dec 4, 2022: D&D drops the word “race” Dungeons & Dragons announcement: we understand “race” is a problematic term that has had prejudiced links between real world people …

Dec 3, 2022: Started reading: The Web of Meaning by Jeremy Lent 📚

Nov 29, 2022: Seeing “Tom Baker” and “Death of the Doctor” trend together on Twitter was a scary moment, but thankfully that icon of my childhood still lives. Just …

Nov 28, 2022: 🎲 Me in #7TTRPGs Ordered by “amount written for”, to the best of my memory: Hunter: the Reckoning Demon: the Fallen Werewolf: the Apocalypse Werewolf: the …

Nov 28, 2022: Hitting the sack early (for me, at least) as I’ll need all the energy and motivation I can manage to get through the week ahead.

Nov 27, 2022: This is a lovely reflection on the joy of the old, the analogue and the enduring: Personal connections, a season for repairs, and my …

Nov 27, 2022: Finished reading: The Flow by Amy-Jane Beer 📚 Wonderful book. Review forthcoming.

Nov 27, 2022: Feeling deprived of my weekly dose of inspiration from the swimming pool whiteboard this morning.

Nov 27, 2022: Morning coffee from a flask in an enamel mug while my daughter swims.

Nov 27, 2022: That’s a commitment I’m not prepared to make, alas.

Nov 26, 2022: Hello, Saturday.

Nov 26, 2022: It’s nearly time for our ritual trip to Spithandle to hunt down a wild Christmas tree. Next weekend, perhaps

Nov 26, 2022: Working with people who show a real commitment to what they do is an absolute blessing.

Nov 25, 2022: Good morning from a crisp, Autumnal but delayed commute.

Nov 25, 2022: I retain the determination to complete the November micro.blog challenge this year. Less than a week to go!

Nov 24, 2022: I get more wary of applying a software update the older I get. I miss the old devil-may-care attitude to tech - back when it didn’t matter.

Nov 22, 2022: One unintentionally positive outcome of the cost of living crisis is that we have less food routinely in the house, which means there’s less to graze …

Nov 21, 2022: “Ice has a memory, and the colour of this memory is blue.” — Robert Macfarlane, Underland 📚

Nov 21, 2022: Sunset approaches. Shoreham Fort, around 4.15pm.

Nov 21, 2022: I have earned this today.

Nov 21, 2022: I just misread “light rain forecast” as “light rain forever”, which pretty much sums up life in the UK.

Nov 21, 2022: Some interesting nature reads to kick off your week.

Nov 21, 2022: Charles Arthur in his newsletter this morning: “Self-obsessed Twitter is the very, very worst Twitter: it’s like a bandpass filter that stops useful …

Nov 20, 2022: How culture changes: ”Lechery was regarded as such a feminine vice that oversexed males, too, could be called Sirens, in no complimentary sense.” …

Nov 20, 2022: Words of wisdom from the swimming board. 🏊‍♂️

Nov 20, 2022: Repeat a difficult thing often enough and it becomes a habit and then a pleasure. And so it is with my early morning Sunday trips to the pool. An hour …

Nov 20, 2022: I’ve just realised how appropriate it was that I was reading Mermaids by Sophia Kingshill in Starbucks last week. It’s been a long time since I …

Nov 20, 2022: After revelling in non-fiction for the last few years, I have really rediscovered the novel this year, and am enjoying losing myself in other lives.

Nov 19, 2022: It turn out that one can tire of London without tiring of life. It’s nice to be home in Sussex.

Nov 18, 2022: Weather like this almost makes the early start worth it.

Nov 17, 2022: I know that the phone has the advantage of being the camera you always have with you, but I do enjoy the tactile nature of more traditional cameras — …

Nov 17, 2022: I’m just not ready for this…

Nov 16, 2022: I try to avoid spending too much money in franchise chains, but when your small, indie coffee shop is closed due to a broken coffee machine, sometimes …

Nov 16, 2022: This may have been one of the first music videos I watched on a computer: It was included as an Easter egg on the installation disc for OS9 for the …

Nov 16, 2022: aluminium aluminium aluminium

Nov 15, 2022: Social media isn’t dead — it’s regenerating.

Nov 15, 2022: Weird. My #mbnov post from yesterday didn’t make the “all posts” Discover timeline. I wonder why.

Nov 15, 2022: A good pub is one you don’t want to leave.

Nov 14, 2022: Life doesn’t always go to plan. The secret to resilience is to just adjust and forge new paths forwards. And that’s fine.

Nov 13, 2022: Really not used to singing “God save the King” yet.

Nov 13, 2022: Youth organisations and veterans together on Southwick Green, marking Remembrance Sunday.

Nov 12, 2022: Well, dealing with the flat tyre put pay to our planned afternoon out. But, given how tired the girls were, I have a suspicion it was for the best.

Nov 12, 2022: Oh, great. Screw in the tyre.

Nov 12, 2022: Matt Birchler: “I heard someone recently describe Twitter as a social network where the users hate the service and they hate each other. That’s …

Nov 12, 2022: The evening light was putting in a wonderful display earlier.

Nov 11, 2022: Right, I’m now using my own Mastodon instance for work-style stuff. Anyone interested in journalism, audience and the creator economy can follow …

Nov 11, 2022: Finally solved the email problem, and my personal Mastodon instance is working. A few more tweaks, and then I’ll open it up to newsletter …

Nov 11, 2022: I just discovered that the minister from my childhood home carried on working well into his 80s. There’s something quite moving about being that …

Nov 10, 2022: We’re not even half way through November, and I’ve seen my first Christmas tree. 🎄

Nov 10, 2022: There’s a certain joy to early starts in the autumn, and this morning’s early trip to the station was spectacular.

Nov 9, 2022: OK. So, I just set up a Mastodon Instance. 🤓

Nov 8, 2022: Amazing news for non-iOS mobile journalists and filmmakers - Lumafusion is now on Android and Chromebooks. The consensus is that it’s the best mobile …

Nov 8, 2022: I’m just an ordinary guy, looking at the weather, and asking it to stop pissing it down before I have to go and collect my daughters from …

Nov 8, 2022: Well, I think we all now have more insight into how hard it is to run a social network well…

Nov 6, 2022: Well, I’d completely forgotten just how much noise the echo of 30-odd primary school children and a bouncy castle can make in an otherwise empty …

Nov 5, 2022: I’m having an idiot evening. I was just about to build a special page for Microblogvember and then I remember it’s much easier to just do a category. …

Nov 5, 2022: It is very odd and sad to see the life and death of a young journalist you used to chat with at journalism events in London, become the centre of such …

Nov 5, 2022: Gah. Great website. No RSS. No newsletter. Protected Twitter account. How am I meant to know when you write something new?

Nov 5, 2022: Sadly, a birthday weekend doesn’t make me exempt from the business of being Daddy taxi for most of it: Brownies, swimming lessons (x2), Sea Lights and …

Nov 5, 2022: Reading everyone’s “admiration” posts made me realise that, at this point of my life, I rarely admire people, but I often admire actions or decisions. …

Nov 4, 2022: 🤔 I have a certain admiration for the attempt to move people over, but I’m not sure it will work.

Nov 4, 2022: It’s a rough morning, watching friends and former students getting fired from Twitter. I’m glad I’ve got this place to spend time in …

Nov 4, 2022: Well, I suppose the good thing about the reports that Revue (owned by Twitter) will be gone by the end of the year, dead by order of Musk, is that I …

Nov 2, 2022: Working late at the office, adding a feast of links to Moodle, for the journalism students to ”enjoy”…

Nov 1, 2022: Well, it might have been chucking it down all day, and the wind has thrown things around the garden, but given how dry the summer was, I figure the …

Nov 1, 2022: Enjoying Halloween on a warm but wet night. A modest haul of sweets for the girls, but good fun in good company.

Oct 31, 2022: Has anyone seen any news outlets doing anything interesting on Mastodon?

Oct 30, 2022: This is a great resource for people thinking of starting a blog: Get Blogging! [via @manton]

Oct 29, 2022: London being London in its charming way.

Oct 28, 2022: So, it looks like the deal is done, and Elon Musk has acquired Twitter. It’s certainly the end of the beginning: the legal drama will now be replaced …

Oct 23, 2022: I think this is spot on. British politics — or, at least, the Tory party version of it — is now completely absurd. They are making us a global-level …

Oct 23, 2022: More good advice from the morning swim classes whiteboard.

Oct 22, 2022: Autumn sun through the oak.

Oct 22, 2022: A few moments of tranquility while the girls play.

Oct 22, 2022: Lovely bit of sulphur tuft, there.

Oct 22, 2022: Caption competition…

Oct 20, 2022: I asked Siri to “play something I’ll like”, and it’s been back to back 80s and 90s music since. I now feel: seen old. 👴🏻

Oct 18, 2022: This is fascinating. I’ve noted students doing this despite the slides being available for them to download: Study Finds Taking Photos of Slides Helps …

Oct 17, 2022: Quite the sunset tonight.

Oct 17, 2022: This is a good look back at She-Hulk Attorney at Law. Insightful about how it played with audience expectations.

Oct 17, 2022: I sincerely hope that the focus Long Covid has brought to post-viral syndromes will be extended much further than just this one virus. This field …

Oct 16, 2022: Words of wisdom at the 7.30am swim.

Oct 15, 2022: A lovely little discovery – an acorn cup fallen into another plant.

Oct 15, 2022: The path through the woods.

Oct 14, 2022: I’m really enjoying all the photos from around the world making up the Day in the Life of the micro.blog community.

Oct 14, 2022: Breakfast at the Talking Hands café, after my train was cancelled. Hassocks, Sussex, in the UK. 8.30am.

Oct 9, 2022: Started reading: The Way Through the Woods by Long Litt Woon 📚

Oct 9, 2022: Sometimes getting up early for my daughter’s 7.30am swimming class is totally worth it.

Oct 7, 2022: Home to find, happily, that my eldest has survived her year 6 residential mostly intact…

Oct 7, 2022: Morning commute.

Oct 7, 2022: An image from a time, a place and a life far away. And long gone.

Oct 6, 2022: A terrifying photo of me as a pimply teenager has just emerged from the film scanner. I will not be sharing the horror with the interwebs.

Oct 6, 2022: Well, this is not at all what I was aiming for when I prompted Midjourney, but it’s very dramatic, and rather lovely…

Oct 2, 2022: Undergraduate student me, early 1990s…

Oct 2, 2022: A photo from a promotional photo-booth for a long-dead social network at a long-dead conference…

Oct 2, 2022: 7.20am Lancing College. Another nice, relaxing Sunday. 🙄

Oct 1, 2022: Just a family of swans out for a Saturday stroll…

Sep 30, 2022: Happiness is getting one of the few free charging spaces at the railway station.

Sep 29, 2022: Just over three years ago, I flew back from Hamburg, little suspecting that it would be so long until I flew again. A week ago, I finally got on an …

Sep 28, 2022: All the evidence – with more reported this morning - is that hydrogen won’t be a good path to decarbonising heating and travel. Yet, people keep …

Sep 23, 2022: The crazy battery life of Apple Silicon Macs and iPads really makes days of live event coverage in a theatre with a distinct paucity of power sockets …

Sep 22, 2022: Finally got my hands on a copy of the new book I co-authored…

Sep 22, 2022: One of my favourite parts of coming to Germany.

Sep 22, 2022: The stage is set. Ready to go! #next22 #hugthesystem

Sep 21, 2022: Hamburg by night.

Sep 21, 2022: Most people still wearing masks on the S-Bahn in Hamburg.

Sep 21, 2022: Compulsory facemasks on the flight to Hamburg. #next22 #hugthesystem

Sep 21, 2022: Waiting at Heathrow for my first flight in three years. I haven’t missed airports.

Sep 18, 2022: Quick Review: Coasting Finished reading: Coasting by ELISE. DOWNING 📚 I enjoyed this more than I expected. On the surface, it’s a book about a woman running around the coast …

Sep 16, 2022: Local family out on the river.

Sep 16, 2022: The problem with studying and lecturing around online communities is that you don’t only get to look at the nice ones. I have learnt some stuff …

Sep 14, 2022: Yikes. This is going to hit a lot of people very fast: Over 280,000 WordPress Sites Attacked Using WPGateway Plugin Zero-Day Vulnerability

Sep 13, 2022: On the road again 25 years ago, I worked near Oxford Street in London. One lunchtime, I popped into the HMV store there, and picked up a double cassette boxed set …

Sep 12, 2022: Back in my favourite sneaky reading spot, after the summer break. Daughter learning piano, I’m on the beach drinking coffee and reading Coasting by …

Sep 12, 2022: They’re alway there. Always above us. Always watching…

Sep 11, 2022: Amazing mist up on the Downs this morning.

Sep 10, 2022: Updating a self-hosted Ghost site from my iPad. With good coffee, of course. 🤓 ☕️

Sep 8, 2022: Weird. I just realised that after singing “God save the Queen” every now and then my whole life, next time it’ll be “God save the King”. And probably …

Sep 8, 2022: The Queen is dead. Long live the King.

Sep 7, 2022: The outdoors rescue/location features of the Apple Watch Ultra and the iPhone 14 are an impressive idea that I didn’t expect. Let’s hope …

Sep 7, 2022: Apple killing the physical SIM card in the US… #AppleEvent

Sep 7, 2022: I really like the Apple Watch Ultra. But I haven’t seen the price yet… #appleevent

Sep 5, 2022: This is a really good defence of RSS as the basis of podcasting. If you’re involved with podcasting, you need to understand this. Without RSS, big …

Sep 5, 2022: Evening on the beach. 

Sep 5, 2022: This is a fantastic idea for getting more reading done.

Aug 30, 2022: Currently reading: Ditchling Walks: in Eric Gill’s Footsteps by Lorraine Harrison, in search of inspiration for walks to tire out small people. …

Aug 30, 2022: Trying out solar-powered tech. Working well so far.

Aug 30, 2022: Campfire reading. Currently reading: Coasting by Elise Downing 📚

Aug 29, 2022: Night in the woods.

Aug 24, 2022: Currently reading: Mistletoe Winter by Roy Dennis 📚 Such a melancholy book. It’s absolutely bursting with Roy’s joy in nature, and his knowledge of …

Aug 24, 2022: Apparently I’m in the mood for photographing sunflowers at the moment.

Aug 24, 2022: Lovely light on the Adur this afternoon.

Aug 24, 2022: A field near Petworth in the heart of the English summer.

Aug 23, 2022: The more we learn about the Warner Bros Discovery / Batgirl mess, the weirder it seems.

Aug 23, 2022: A long dive into the current and future fortunes of the tarnished newsletter platform Substack. The easy ride is over. These are the hard yards.

Aug 23, 2022: Wow. Tinder’s a decade old. It’s been two decades since I dated, (happily married!) and the landscape has changed out of all recognition …

Aug 22, 2022: Took me a while to adjust to vegan burgers, but I’m really enjoying them now. A fine example from the pub this evening.

Aug 22, 2022: Summer’s not over while the sunflowers still look this good.

Aug 19, 2022: My eldest, playing an iPad game: “10pm is about the time a grown-up goes to sleep.” My wife and I: “In our dreams.”

Aug 17, 2022: Looks like there’s urgent security updates out for all the major Apple platforms this evening. Updateapaloza ahead.

Aug 13, 2022: A few images from the beginning of our holiday two weeks ago: Wightlink to the Isle of Wight, and setting up at the campsite outside Sandown. Oh, and …

Aug 12, 2022: I am faintly baffled as to why anyone would think that I’d like to run a piece about going commando on OM&HB. And yes, it’s …

Aug 11, 2022: Hwæt!

Aug 11, 2022: I think it would be fair to say that my teenage record buying was not cool.

Jul 27, 2022: My youngest is enjoying a trip to the local Lidl far too much.

Jul 24, 2022: Finished reading: The Earth Beneath My Feet by Andrew Terrill 📚 Quite a remarkable book. It takes you deep into the highs and lows of an epic - and …

Jul 24, 2022: Last early morning trip to the swimming pool before the Autumn. Rewarded with some lovely views.

Jul 22, 2022: Lovely still afternoon on the river.

Jul 21, 2022: What’s the role of experiential journalism in a world saturated with experiential social media?

Jul 20, 2022: Well, fibre to the premises certainly makes a difference…

Jul 19, 2022: Coastal blessings - the warmest it got yesterday was 33.5° in the back garden. Everywhere in the house stayed sub-30°.

Jul 19, 2022: Instagram is dead. Or, at least, it’s no longer recognisable as a photography app.

Jul 18, 2022: The back garden’s hit 29℃, closing in on our predicted high of 31℃ today. Windows all shut and curtains drawn on the side of the house with the …

Jul 17, 2022: I’m not quite sure when and how it happened, but I’ve slowly become a mornings person. I was always a night owl, but getting up at 6.30am to have my …

Jul 15, 2022: It’s been a long time since I walked over this bridge.

Jul 15, 2022: Winnersh Triangle Station is pretty small for a station right by a big office park. It’s barely more than a halt. There is a tiny ticket office and …

Jul 15, 2022: Yesterday morning in Crewe and this morning in Winnersh.

Jul 14, 2022: Doing a lot of this over these few days of work…

Jul 11, 2022: Finally done on a client report that’s been hanging over me for a while. Treating myself to a celebratory whisky before bed. 🥃

Jul 10, 2022: Lovely brunch prepared by my daughter!

Jul 10, 2022: Fascinating seeing Shoreham Beach from the other side of the harbour entrance for once.

Jul 8, 2022: And there we have it: Elon Musk Moves to End $44 Billion Deal to Buy Twitter

Jul 6, 2022: And… breathe.

Jul 2, 2022: OK. I admit it. This is absolutely my kind of feature: “Memes can be thought of as a form of symbolic art. A meme isn’t usually about …

Jul 2, 2022: This feature is going to have to work hard to convince me of its thesis… (From the latest Standart Magazine.)

Jul 1, 2022: Sugar rush incoming.

Jun 30, 2022: Booked in to get fibre to the house, rather than just fibre to the cabinet, next month. Really looking forward to that — given the amount of video I …

Jun 26, 2022: Cosmopolitan place, Shoreham.

Jun 26, 2022: Meanwhile, down by the lifeboat station.…

Jun 23, 2022: Calling Michael Gove the Levelling Up Minister does make it sound awfully like he spends all day in front of his Xbox, playing an RPG…

Jun 23, 2022: I told a student I would give her piece a “tense check”. And I’m still giggling about the quasi-pun an hour later. WHAT HAVE I …

Jun 23, 2022: So, turns out your keyboard works better if you turn it on. 🤦🏼‍♂️

Jun 21, 2022: Tough economic times are already hitting eco charities and sustainable businesses just at the time we need them the most. We all need to make smart …

Jun 21, 2022: Sitting, working, on the balcony, and wondering why I don’t do this more.

Jun 19, 2022: Best badge ever.

Jun 18, 2022: I’ve got a feeling we’re being watched here in the churchyard…

Jun 17, 2022: All ready to see my youngest get a Gold Award at the Funky Friday assembly…

Jun 12, 2022: The beach, late this afternoon.

Jun 10, 2022: Oh, no. Julee Cruise Has Died, Aged 65. The Twin Peaks soundtrack was the backdrop to my uni years, and Falling is still a go-to track for me in …

Jun 7, 2022: I love this light. Wouldn’t fit in our house, but looks great in this pub.

Jun 7, 2022: Does the glamour never stop?

Jun 6, 2022: Choosing Peter Capaldi to narrate a nature documentary builds in a vague irritation at humanity’s stupidity…

Jun 6, 2022: Leaving behind the #wwdc22 keynote to watch something more important…

Jun 6, 2022: My big lesson from yesterday’s Platinum Jubilee street party is that I’m now officially too old for afternoon drinking.

Jun 1, 2022: My most common typo for “metaverse” is “meat verse” which is ironic, given that it’s pretty much the exact opposite…

May 27, 2022: Good grief - 5G in central London is quite something…

May 25, 2022: So, by botching a Spotlight search for Teams, I accidentally opened a search for “teacup puppies”. I win the internet today.

May 23, 2022: 👻5️⃣ Ghost 5.0 is here…

May 21, 2022: Finished reading: From the Mull to the Cape by Richard Guise 📚 A pleasant enough read. Entertaining in place, interesting in others. But a few rather …

May 20, 2022: Whoops.

May 19, 2022: I found out today that one of my good university / student magazine buddies passed away some weeks ago. Regretting deeply phone calls not made, chats …

May 18, 2022: Netflix’s itchy cancellation finger has made me less and less likely to start watching a new series there. Our subscription is safe for now, but …

May 16, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 16: Time All my photos from this challenge | All photos in the challenge

May 16, 2022: Not one of my better looks… On the Suffolk coast, circa 1993.

May 15, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 15: Clouds All my photos from this challenge | All photos in the challenge

May 15, 2022: I might get used to these “swimming pool by 7.30am” Sunday starts. Today is not the day that happens.

May 14, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 14: Fence All my photos from this challenge | All photos in the challenge

May 14, 2022: Well, yes, you need to protect your magazine brand. But maaaaaybe check that the business hasn’t been using the name longer than you have…

May 14, 2022: These are my people.

May 13, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 13: Community All my photos from this challenge | All photos in the challenge

May 13, 2022: I was completely unaware that today was Friday the 13th until I read John Naughton’s daily post. Two hours left to avoid bad luck!

May 13, 2022: Was slightly thrown to see @maique out of context — in the Fastmail newsletter.

May 12, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 12: Tranquility Down by the harbour arm, sharing half an hour and hot drinks with my eldest. All my photos from this …

May 11, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 11: Maroon  All my photos from this challenge | All photos in the challenge

May 11, 2022: Thanks to today’s theme from @challenges, I find myself debating whether my hoodie is, in fact, maroon or not.

May 11, 2022: After years of doing digital work, editing a (print) book can be a challenge. “Oh, I’ll pop a link in to explain… oh, right, can’t do …

May 10, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 10: Pot I’m fond of this pot. And yes, I know that the pot inside the pot is a bit too big. I just don’t care.   All my photos …

May 10, 2022: Can anyone point me to the master list of May Photoblogging prompts? My attempts to locate it have failed…

May 9, 2022: This is very good. And no, it’s not what you’re assuming… BBC Reveals Secret “Woke Agenda” with Latest Doctor Who Casting (Satire, …

May 9, 2022: I have no idea what differentiates a badge and a brooch. Anyone?

May 9, 2022: We’ll see more of this: Apple’s Director of Machine Learning Resigns Due to Return to Office Work. Remore working policies are going to become a …

May 9, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 9: Bloom

May 8, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 8: Union The union of car and house. I’ll eventually get used to the fact that I plug my car in these days. But after …

May 8, 2022: Nobody warns you about the “getting your daughter to swimming lessons for 7.30am on a Sunday” part of parenthood. 😴

May 7, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 7: Park

May 6, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 6: Silhouette

May 5, 2022: I’ve given the May photoblogging posts their own category. It’s a good incentive to keep up with it…

May 5, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 5: Earth When we moved in, our garden was full of rubble from the old boat yard that was on the site originally. Years of work …

May 5, 2022: Obligatory democratic selfie.

May 5, 2022: This may be the best ever typo-driven page: Welcome to the Meatverse. (I particularly like “Cryptographic hache”)

May 5, 2022: Due to poor typing on my part. auto-correct just turned “evangelists” into “Eva nag lists”, and I’m not sure it’s …

May 4, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 4: Thorny

May 3, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 3: Experimental Who doesn’t love pond dipping? A fun science experiment for the girls.

May 2, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 2: Photo

May 2, 2022: The more I look at this, the more disturbing it is.

May 2, 2022: Bank holiday breakfast in a wee café deep in the Sussex countryside.

May 1, 2022: 📷 May Photoblogging Day 1: Switch

Apr 29, 2022: I do not have time to experiment with setting up a Mastodon server. I do not have time to experiment with setting up a Mastodon server. I do not have …

Apr 25, 2022: Auntie Beeb says it’s true, and I believe Auntie: Twitter board agrees to $44bn takeover by Elon Musk

Apr 25, 2022: It’s time to stop embedding Tweets in news stories…. (And it’s nothing to do with Musk…)

Apr 25, 2022: The odds of anyone with a blue tick and a very substantial following actually, truly deleting their Twitter account should Twitter be Musked must be …

Apr 23, 2022: Nice new paint job on one of our local pubs.

Apr 21, 2022: “Because here’s the thing about comfort, ease, security - it can topple into insipid inertia in a nanosecond. And when that happens we are …

Apr 19, 2022: Down on the river, SUP-style.

Apr 18, 2022: Being a persistent shit-poster on Twitter and rather thin-skinned about criticism strikes me as an extremely poor life choice.

Apr 18, 2022: Quayside ladder, high tide.

Apr 17, 2022: Richard Durrant playing during the sunrise this morning.

Apr 17, 2022: More images from the sunrise Easter service this morning.

Apr 17, 2022: Sunrise on Easter Sunday.

Apr 16, 2022: A tiny escape on Good Friday.

Apr 16, 2022: My feelings were ambivalent - social media and the internet have introduced me to many wonderful people - but I couldn’t help thinking that all …

Apr 15, 2022: What’s SUP, Doc?

Apr 15, 2022: New research shows that leg exercise - in particular weight-bearing leg exercise like walking - instructs the brain to produce the neurons needed to …

Apr 15, 2022: Such a beautiful morning.

Apr 15, 2022: Morning coffee by the sea.

Apr 13, 2022: One way where I match the stereotype of the middle-aged Dad is my obsession with correct dishwasher loading. Why yes, we do have a visitor. Why do you …

Apr 13, 2022: Jonathan Haidt: “A mean tweet doesn’t kill anyone; it is an attempt to shame or punish someone publicly while broadcasting one’s own virtue, …

Apr 13, 2022: Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid “Once social-media platforms had trained users to spend more time performing and …

Apr 12, 2022: Some beautiful prints of British wildlife, signed by nature presenters and celebrities. 50% of the proceeds go to nature charities. Which to pick… 🤔

Apr 9, 2022: My Mark 2 is finally here – only a year after Studio Neat planned. Still, worth waiting for.

Apr 9, 2022: Apparently students these days buy their clothes by the kilo…

Apr 7, 2022: I suspect I have written more words this week than any other week so far in my life. And it’s still only Thursday.

Apr 5, 2022: The couple of years since the allegations about Warren Ellis came to light have been on long succession of internet-famous people from 15 years ago or …

Apr 4, 2022: It may be bitterly cold here in Sussex, but the beach knows it’s spring. The first of the plants that dominate the beach during the summer months are …

Apr 3, 2022: Weekend Nature Reads: the Good News, Bad News edition… Sometime’s it’s hard not to despair when reading about things like this. But there …

Apr 2, 2022: I do wonder if one of the triggers of moving from independent consultant to small agency is that having more bodies in the operation gives you mores …

Apr 2, 2022: This is a fascinating tale of a man who enjoyed taking photos more then developing the, creating a huge recovery and archiving challenge: …

Apr 2, 2022: Finished reading: Fifty Words for Snow by Nancy Campbell 📚 Took me quite a while to get through this one. It wasn’t that I disliked it — it’s that the …

Apr 2, 2022: Flippin’ ‘eck, this is worrying: The Ocean Is Having Trouble Breathing And yes, it’s climate change at work again.

Apr 1, 2022: Online lecture mode.

Apr 1, 2022: I have survived six hours of lectures via Zoom with my sanity largely intact. (My wife suggests there is evidence to the contrary.)

Mar 31, 2022: Iris loves her piano lessons, but I suspect she enjoys playing with Snufkin more…

Mar 31, 2022: Half an hour by the sea Chose a different spot down by the harbour arm today. I’m tucked into a wee hollow, with the structure of the arm itself sheltering me from what is a …

Mar 26, 2022: Chillin' by the harbour arm.

Mar 23, 2022: I love this time on a Wednesday.

Mar 23, 2022: “People claim they enjoy winter, but what they really mean is they enjoy winter as a livener, a cobweb-blower-away, a quick flirt with the elements …

Mar 22, 2022: I suspect that this is the first time I’ve worn this gilet since the autumn, given that I just found this in the pocket…

Mar 20, 2022: So did you know it was World Rewilding Day? I didn’t until just now… Pity. This is such an important and misunderstood issue.

Mar 20, 2022: An unusual beach find today.

Mar 19, 2022: Watcher on the bridge.

Mar 18, 2022: Perfect commuting reading…

Mar 17, 2022: Oh, hurrah. Discord is finally Apple Silicon native.

Mar 17, 2022: The house in the woods…

Mar 15, 2022: Gmail of the Beast

Mar 15, 2022: It was a great sunset yesterday. 🌅

Mar 10, 2022: Yikes. Mystery mummified body found in convention centre walls…

Mar 10, 2022: Just playing around with Glass. Anyone out there using it? Here’s my profile.

Mar 10, 2022: Best hag stone discovery in a while.

Mar 9, 2022: Very mixed feelings about the new edition of Hunter: the Reckoning. I’m glad it’s back, but part of me is sad that while the themes and …

Mar 9, 2022: I’ve always been very aware that Substack is heavily VC-backed, and that creates pressure to “build a moat” and become a platform. …

Mar 9, 2022: Well, I suppose it was inevitable that Substack would do this. But it changes the dynamics of the market significantly, if it takes off:

Mar 9, 2022: Listening to Apple-centric podcasts the day after an Apple event is a good reminder that pretty much all of them are better off than you, given how …

Mar 8, 2022: Continuing my obsession with Apple Watch fitness challenges, I just got the International Women’s Day challenge badge with my #AppleWatch. …

Mar 6, 2022: Let me distract you from the geopolitical horror of the moment with some good nature reads…

Mar 6, 2022: Selfie in shadow and wood.

Mar 6, 2022: Car Play is one of those things that you don’t understand the value of until you’ve used it. And, when you have, you can’t go back.

Mar 6, 2022: A protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Shoreham’s East Street yesterday. 🇺🇦

Mar 3, 2022: Dreich.

Feb 27, 2022: A Seaford seafront walk this afternoon.

Feb 27, 2022: This is officially my new favourite warning sign.

Feb 27, 2022: Up and out for a self-defence class for the girls.

Feb 26, 2022: Coffee and chat with my youngest at Tom Foolery.

Feb 26, 2022: This piece in the most recent Standart takes on a whole different tone given what’s happening in Ukraine right now.

Feb 25, 2022: First time this year that I have finished a day’s lecturing at City, and it’s still been light when I left.

Feb 20, 2022: Weather like this makes isolation easier…

Feb 20, 2022: Some good reading (and viewing/listening) about nature and the great outdoors. Some of it will make you happy. And some of it will make you very, very …

Feb 20, 2022: Stuck inside and desperately missing the outdoors… 🤞🏻for a negative lateral flow soon.

Feb 19, 2022: Images from Ukraine as they prepare for possible invasion. How powerful photography can be in showing the human impact of politics.

Feb 18, 2022: A time lapse from the height of Storm Eunice earlier.

Feb 17, 2022: Our house has apparently had enough of those Donny Downer negative lateral flow tests, and are going to be positive, positive, positive instead!

Feb 15, 2022: Morning beach walk #2: cold, grey and a wee bit bleak. Still, was home before the rain hit.

Feb 14, 2022: Two Apple Fitness Awards day:

Feb 14, 2022: Morning beach walk #1: Valentine’s Day Lovely sun, but a cold wind, and plenty of spray in the air.

Feb 12, 2022: Tony Blair in The Times: “All social media has taught us is that there are a lot crazier people out there than we realised. Years ago, they were at …

Feb 11, 2022: Another day’s lecturing done.

Feb 11, 2022: The person sitting in front of me on the train has a coffee that smells so good it’s almost torture. ☕️

Feb 9, 2022: The reality of Partygate Martin Fletcher in the New Statesman: Partygate is not about left versus right, or Remainers versus Brexiteers. It is about decency versus indecency, …

Feb 7, 2022: Some waves for you.

Feb 7, 2022: Why political activists spend so much time fighting their own side Ian Leslie: Note that Ataöv suggests that differences don’t cause conflicts; conflicts create differences. Members of a group seize on differences in …

Feb 7, 2022: Second screenbreak of the day: cleaning and refilling the bird feeders.

Feb 7, 2022: Giving myself a commute One of the clichés of working for ourself is that, when you’re self-employed, your boss is an arsehole. And, in my case, that’s true. …

Feb 6, 2022: Today’s edition of “spot the raptor”.

Feb 5, 2022: We made a friend in the churchyard this afternoon. 🐿

Feb 5, 2022: Currently reading: Nature Cure by Richard Mabey 📚 This is an engrossing read. To write with such honesty and directness about the depression that …

Jan 30, 2022: Getting up early on a Sunday t9 take the girls to their swimming classes is challenging, but this morning it paid off. Stunning golden light across a …

Jan 29, 2022: A morning long black in relaxed surroundings.

Jan 28, 2022: Just started: Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain by Amy Jeffs 📚 I’ve been looking forward to this one. 🤞🏻Hope it lives up to my expectations.

Jan 28, 2022: Finished reading: The Farthest Shore by Alex Roddie 📚 Excellent book — and timely. Full review at the weekend.

Jan 26, 2022: Nice to have a bit of company while I was chilling out down by the harbour arm.

Jan 25, 2022: “To be very online is to be in a toxic collective solitude where everyone is battling their own demons in their own infinite echo chamber, their own …

Jan 24, 2022: This is just joyful. 🎵Worries for another day🎶

Jan 24, 2022: While enjoying Winterwatch on the BBC, I got to wondering why summer is the only season that doesn’t get a Watch. And it, turns out, there are two …

Jan 21, 2022: Martin Belam: “I also saw someone else describe NFTs as “content-free DRM” and reader, I howled.”

Jan 19, 2022: Enjoying a walk by the harbour arm, while my youngest has a piano lesson.

Jan 14, 2022: Charge!

Jan 14, 2022: It was frosty on the beach again, this morning.

Jan 14, 2022: Well, that arrived quicker than I expected…

Jan 13, 2022: This is one of the more thoughtful takes I’ve seem on dealing with the problem of online anonymity without ending it: Curtailing anonymity is a first …

Jan 13, 2022: The Undeath of the Author (With apologies to Barthes.) “But social media has tilted things so that books by contemporary authors—let alone essays—are no longer portable …

Jan 13, 2022: The masocism of social media “When was the last time you were out in public and felt actively rejected by someone you felt familiar with? Chances are it’s such a rare …

Jan 13, 2022: Respect to the people having a morning sea swim at 0°C this morning.

Jan 13, 2022: A frosty morning on Shoreham Beach.

Jan 12, 2022: Sunset from the harbour arm.

Jan 12, 2022: A fond farewell to a long-serving car. I had the Fire Engine (as we called it) for over 12 years.

Jan 12, 2022: John Naughton: “Polarised thinking may make people feel comfortable in their righteousness; but it’s not a way of solving a problem.”

Jan 10, 2022: “If you climb a mountain but don’t Instagram the view from the summit, have you even climbed it? I wanted the answer to be yes - knew it to be - …

Jan 9, 2022: Tiny thespians at work…

Jan 9, 2022: Just put some petrol in the car for what could well be the last time ever. Changes…

Jan 7, 2022: Good morning from Shoreham Beach.

Jan 4, 2022: Lovely profile of the people behind LumaFusion, my go-to video editor - and an iPad app.

Jan 4, 2022: Charlie Warzel, writing for The Atlantic: “The acceptance and fellowship that online communities bring, be they subreddits and Facebook groups …

Jan 2, 2022: This is a rather nice one. Trafalgar Square, early summer 1994.

Jan 2, 2022: More West End candids from 1994.

Jan 2, 2022: A few candids shot around London’s West End in early summer 1994. Sure, the fashions date them — but the sheer absence of phones is what really …

Dec 31, 2021: Here’s the posts that caught your attention on my site in 2021. Happy New Year to you all!

Dec 29, 2021: Finding a stolen and burnt out motorcycle near their grandma’s house was an education for the girls…

Dec 25, 2021: A very merry Christmas to all those who celebrate it!

Dec 22, 2021: Somebody’s not enjoying the festive season.

Dec 22, 2021: Night boat to nowhere, Worthing.

Dec 22, 2021: “Organisers are people who have noticed what is happening and want to do something about it. We roll up our sleeves and get on with it. …

Dec 22, 2021: “The way nature brings peace to my busy mind feels like one of the most abandoned parts of who I am. Slowly I am rekindling it. I walk in the woods …

Dec 21, 2021: This rather elderly angel used to top my late parents’ Christmas tree. And now she tops ours.

Dec 21, 2021: So, after having two vaccinations on Saturday (flu and COVID booster): Sunday I spent barely able to stay awake and shivering all the time Monday …

Dec 18, 2021: I suspect that the best use of my evening would be ensuring that there’s enough good coffee and whisky in the house to see me thought what feels …

Dec 18, 2021: Two jabs in one session: Covid: 💉💉💉 Flu: 💉

Dec 18, 2021: The iPad Pro is the best coffee shop computer yet invented. Thank you. I will not be taking questions.

Dec 16, 2021: Time to slay the iPhone tabs monster…

Dec 15, 2021: One for GoPro folks: New firmware for the Hero 10 Black, including more 24fps modes.

Dec 15, 2021: Down by the harbour arm again. It’s cold and grey, so I had the beach to myself, apart from a handful of scavenging birds.

Dec 15, 2021: Some useful trends amongst the Web 3.0 / Metaverse hype picked out here.

Dec 12, 2021: Currently reading: The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, stories & 100 essential recipes for midwinter by Nigel Slater 📚 Well, it’s the right time of …

Dec 11, 2021: We have our Christmas tree.

Dec 10, 2021: Fantastic lanterns at Light Up Shoreham this evening.

Dec 10, 2021: Taking a quick break down by the harbour arm.

Dec 10, 2021: When a sparrowhawk comes for lunch.

Dec 10, 2021: I’m pretty sure I read this story 15 years ago, except it was Second Life people were getting married in, not the ”metaverse”: Getting Married …

Dec 9, 2021: The low light capabilities of the iPhone 13 Pro continue to impress me.

Dec 9, 2021: These people are mad. Admirably, impressively mad. But mad. A 15 mile walk. In December. In their swimming costumes. 🥶

Dec 7, 2021: A rubicon has been crossed. I just scanned a QR code in a print magazine to open a webpage.

Dec 7, 2021: This is worrying: an OFSTED report has found that “nearly all children” have seen a negative educational impact from the pandemic.

Dec 7, 2021: At last, I threw down my article and smote its ruin upon the mountainside. I’m off to have a celebratory coffee, while the editor goes to work …

Dec 7, 2021: 13 years ago, taking a film in to be developed already felt antiquated. I suppose I’d had digital cameras for half a decade at that point.

Dec 6, 2021: I am happy to report that you can now get my witterings from my notebook as a (free) weekly email.

Dec 6, 2021: I noticed a little while ago that all the posts I did for TEDxBrighton back in 2012/13 were no longer online. I’m slowly starting to reconstruct …

Nov 29, 2021: Shoreham sunset.

Nov 29, 2021: A frosty morning down on the beach.

Nov 29, 2021: If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that the more British politicians say that “holiday x will be fine”, the more …

Nov 29, 2021: A lot of a individual creator newsletters are basically a week’s worth of old-style blogging (lots of links with context, a bit of analysis, a hot …

Nov 28, 2021: This is a lovely wee story of how a camera was lost in the Highlands, but found and reconnected with its owners 12 years on.

Nov 27, 2021: Castlehill, Edinburgh, Spring 1994.

Nov 27, 2021: About time: Discord working on macOS app that runs natively on M1

Nov 24, 2021: Proof-of-work crypto comes with a substantial climate cost: Europe must ban Bitcoin mining to hit the 1.5C Paris climate goal, say Swedish regulators

Nov 22, 2021: Playing detective on my own past I’m busy scanning some negatives from nearly 30 years ago. Now, it’s not uncommon to find things in old photos or negatives that you don’t really …

Nov 22, 2021: This is probably a symptom of getting old, but I find getting Black Friday emails (a) in the UK and (b) on a Monday slightly confusing.

Nov 22, 2021: Some thoughts about Doctor Who, present and future 📺 Flux This series feels like the format Chris Chibnall’s Doctor Who should always have been. It’s the mutant offspring of classic Who with its weekly …

Nov 21, 2021: Dramatic light over the sea today.

Nov 21, 2021: Chilly beach walk with the girls.

Nov 21, 2021: A newsletter that is half about NFTs and crypto and half about decarbonisation is an uneasy mix, given the huge energy costs of the former.

Nov 20, 2021: We’ve got a goshawk lunching in our back garden.

Nov 20, 2021: Not sure I could rock this look, 29 years later…

Nov 20, 2021: I now know what a lakh is.

Nov 19, 2021: Spending an enjoyable evening looking at journalist-created newsletters from India and surrounding countries. I know how to live it up on a Friday …

Nov 18, 2021: I love writing. I hate getting started on writing.

Nov 14, 2021: Night in the Quay.

Nov 13, 2021: Always sound advice.

Nov 10, 2021: Blimey. I think Substack is down.

Nov 8, 2021: Do I have the mental bandwidth left to update a theme on one of my Ghost blogs? Hmmm.

Nov 8, 2021: Cory Doctorow is not pulling his punches on NFTs.

Nov 8, 2021: Are you an outdoor or wild swimmer? Then fill in the 2021 Trends in Outdoor Swimming Survey to help gather information about the potential and …

Nov 6, 2021: One of those headlines that takes on a whole new level of “ick” if you’re a Brit: The Nasty Logistics of Returning Your Too-Small …

Nov 6, 2021: Today, I turn 50. Please respect the privacy of my family and I at this difficult time. Thank you.

Nov 6, 2021: UK has “no intention” to deliver COP26 pledges says Cambridge scientist: “The UK’s net-zero strategy is as unrealistic as …

Nov 5, 2021: Gunpowder, treason and plot. 💥

Nov 4, 2021: While my frantic week isn’t yet done, my reward has arrived. Looking forward to spending time meandering through this: A Year Unfolding 📚

Nov 4, 2021: One of the great moral panics of the last few decades debunked: Massive Study Finds No Link Between Time Spent Playing Video Games And Wellbeing – …

Nov 4, 2021: Today, it’s exactly 20 years since I wrote my first blog post. I’ll write more about this tomorrow. But I just wanted to mark the day. Two decades …

Nov 2, 2021: Evening walk at Woods Mill.

Nov 1, 2021: Interesting. Is anyone else unable to access Quora with iCloud Private Relay on?

Oct 29, 2021: 🚨 Important discourse. 🚨 Will the Metaverse save journalism?

Oct 27, 2021: It’s very clear that Facebook corporately wants the profits of global scale, without incurring the costs of managing that scale: How Facebook Failed …

Oct 27, 2021: Commuting mask watch: down to about 10% of people wearing masks on this Southern train. Very thinly occupied, though.

Oct 26, 2021: One day I will manage to swab myself for a lateral flow test without retching. Today is not that day.

Oct 26, 2021: Today has been the sort of day when I log onto Twitter, see the trending topic list, and log straight back off.

Oct 25, 2021: MacOS Monterey is a weirdly bland update — having been using it for a couple of hours, you could have easily persuaded me that the install failed and …

Oct 25, 2021: Om Malik on the iPod 20 years on: Maybe knowingly (but more likely unknowingly), Apple had made a device that made it easy for normals to understand …

Oct 25, 2021: Let’s do this…

Oct 22, 2021: And so ends a blog I’ve been reading since 2003 (ish). Sad news.

Oct 22, 2021: Doc Searls on supply chains: “But the worldwide supply chain (which is less a single chain than braided rivers spreading outward from many sources …

Oct 22, 2021: Really positive feedback from TL;DR issue 1 on my blog. That’s a nice thing to start a Friday with.

Oct 21, 2021: The “Christmas Stocking Fillers” PR emails have started arriving, despite the fact I’ve never once done a gift guide in 18 years of writing my blog. …

Oct 18, 2021: Well, that was a pretty clear admission that Apple had spend five years going the wrong way with their laptops, wasn’t it?

Oct 12, 2021: Climate journalism needs both fixing and expanding. This is a great step in the right direction.

Oct 12, 2021: Here we go again: Premature Blogging Death Notice #357.

Oct 8, 2021: Today, I had managed the sort of productivity that if I managed every day, my life would be a lot happier and calmer. I actually think I can spot two …

Oct 7, 2021: Shell game.

Oct 6, 2021: Yikes. You might want to change your Twitch passwords — there’s been a huge data leak.

Oct 6, 2021: Back at City, ready to teach journalism again. 18 months ago, I walked out of here during one of the production weeks, completely unaware that it …

Oct 6, 2021: Officially back in London.

Oct 6, 2021: First commute to London in 18 months. It’s… quieter.

Oct 5, 2021: Zoom fatigue hits women and new hires disproportionally.

Oct 4, 2021: We’ve turned Facebook into a single point of failure - and now we’re paying the price.

Oct 4, 2021: Let’s all hope @manton knows what he’s doing with border gateway protocol…

Oct 4, 2021: Facebook being down might actually ease the petrol crisis, now that there’s no way for people to flag up that a petrol tanker has just arrived …

Oct 4, 2021: Slightly perturbed to discover that my daughters think that I’m basically Izzy Moonbow…

Oct 3, 2021: The plastic pollution culprits — and other links worth reading.

Oct 2, 2021: Day 2: It’s never fully dark, down by the river. #mboct

Oct 2, 2021: There’s something quite nice about a day so wet and blustery that you feel no guilt at all about just chilling out in the house.

Oct 1, 2021: Day 1: My daughter couldn’t resist reaching out to touch these fishy up-cycled spoons at the Artisans' Market. #mboct

Oct 1, 2021: I see the inevitable 15.0.1 update is out for your Apple device bug-fixing pleasure…

Oct 1, 2021: It feels like a crunch is coming in the UK petrol crisis in my part of the country, at least. Those people who have held off filling up, as their …

Sep 28, 2021: A dramatic evening beach walk.

Sep 28, 2021: The deadlines of my working life used to be defined by when the presses needed to roll. Now, they’re defined by school pick-up time.

Sep 28, 2021: A first play with the iPhone 13 Pro’s cinematic video mode.

Sep 26, 2021: Well, I wasn’t expecting My Little Pony: A New Generation to deliver some of the most on-point political commentary about the last 5 years, but …

Sep 26, 2021: Macro mode on the new iPhone is pretty impressive.

Sep 24, 2021: Helloooo </Terry Thomas voice>

Sep 23, 2021: I wonder what would happen if I just started posting on a neglected blog, and saw what happened?

Sep 23, 2021: Selfie shot with the new GoPro Hero 10.

Sep 21, 2021: Journalistic clichés to avoid like the plague. Note to self: rewrite before posting.

Sep 21, 2021: The text recognition in photos that’s part of iOS15 is pretty damn impressive.

Sep 21, 2021: Gotta say, shipping the new GoPro in a plastic bag somewhat undermines the “plastic free packaging” messaging…

Sep 21, 2021: I’m really leaning into the Dad joke thing right now.

Sep 21, 2021: Life is too short to gift attention to unpleasant people Something I should have worked out 30 years ago: If someone whose work you like and enjoy turns out to be a complete tosser, let them and their work …

Sep 20, 2021: The new Netflix CGI He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (the kid-friendly reboot not the Kevin Smith continuation series) is really quite a bit of …

Sep 20, 2021: In less than two weeks, we’ve gone from “so hot in my study, I had seat beading on my face during courses” to “so cold …

Sep 17, 2021: Just ordered a new iPhone for the first time in four years. That’s the longest I’ve held onto a phone in the smartphone era. But the time …

Sep 14, 2021: New iPad Mini? That’s my wife’s Christmas present sorted, then.

Sep 14, 2021: Only Apple can get me to watch an hour-long advert.

Sep 13, 2021: Ah-ha. Big Sur 11.6 finally shows up for M1 Macs. Apparently today’s wave of Apple updates patch vulnerabilities that are actually being used to …

Sep 13, 2021: Huh. Weird. My pre-M1 iMac has the MacOS 11.6 update, but not my M1 MacBook Pro.

Sep 10, 2021: Well, hello.

Sep 8, 2021: Quite a sunset over the river tonight.

Sep 8, 2021: Oh, gosh. An I about to buy a new phone gimbal? I am, aren’t I?

Sep 8, 2021: And yes, that includes washing it.

Sep 8, 2021: Today’s exciting lunch break: cleaning the tent post-camping trips.

Sep 6, 2021: Just booked my first evening out in Brighton since the pandemic began. I shouldn’t be — but I do feel slightly nervous…

Sep 6, 2021: When I had a Real Job (™), I used to routinely ignore work email when on holiday, and come back to a terrifying pile of unreads. This is the first …

Aug 27, 2021: My classy, elegant meeting space this morning…

Aug 23, 2021: Just spent a happy couple of hours revamping a neglected blog, ready to start posting on it again from tomorrow. Very happy with the new look.

Aug 14, 2021: One of the things I love about visiting Woods Mill is that you can get beautiful images before you’ve even left the car park…

Aug 6, 2021: The seductive lure of cognitive bias. Don’t look too hard, or the story might melt away…

Aug 5, 2021: Our lunchtime companion at Woods Mill.

Aug 5, 2021: Spiked beauty.

Aug 5, 2021: The only surprise here is that it took this long: The ‘Men Go Their Own Way’ Subreddit Has Been Banned

Aug 5, 2021: It is slightly terrifying to realise that, as of this autumn, I will be in a position to do “what I was blogging about 20/10/5 years ago…” …

Aug 3, 2021: Ulysses (a writing app) gets the ability to update Ghost posts — support for updating micro.blog posts coming next.

Aug 2, 2021: By the river’s edge.

Aug 2, 2021: Thoughtful piece on the tenor of social media interactions by Roxane Gay.

Aug 2, 2021: Receipts:

Aug 2, 2021: Twitter Social Distancing — why I’m stepping back from Twitter for a month.

Aug 1, 2021: The inverted man.

Aug 1, 2021: “I do not demand a gin palace at every corner, merely that it is written into the constitution of the nation that every village must, as a public …

Jul 31, 2021: So, about the Doctor Who news…

Jul 28, 2021: Merely a meerkat.

Jul 25, 2021: Should your bookshelves reflect the person you are now, or should they encapsulate all the versions of you from earlier in your life?

Jul 24, 2021: Is it even social media if you don’t occasionally post photos of your lunch?

Jul 24, 2021: Not something you see every day in Shoreham…

Jul 23, 2021: I much prefer the feel of matt dust jackets when reading a hardback book to glossy ones.

Jul 22, 2021: John Naughton’s review of An Ugly Truth, a new book about Facebook, makes it sound like essential reading. Next on my list after I’ve …

Jul 20, 2021: How can you not?

Jul 20, 2021: The absence of iPadOS 14.7 from last night’s round of updates is curious…

Jul 19, 2021: Evening on the Adur.

Jul 19, 2021: Schmigadoon! is an intensely joyful slice of TV.

Jul 17, 2021: Beach flora.

Jul 15, 2021: Ha ha. No, no and more no to this terrifying idea. There’s absolutely no way I want Facebook to have more access to my purchasing data than it already …

Jul 15, 2021: I have coffee and a piece on supply chains to finish. Wish me luck.

Jul 15, 2021: Beach break.

Jul 15, 2021: Self-solving tech problems are my favourite kind.

Jul 11, 2021: Last night I had intense dreams about Swedish third wave coffee shops. That’s about as on-brand for me as it gets.

Jul 9, 2021: The problem with working on a MacBook Pro and an iPad Pro side-by-side is that I keep trying to touch the Mac screen…

Jul 9, 2021: Today is my “Max Vax" day — two weeks since my second dose. 💉💉🎉

Jul 4, 2021: I am happy to report that, as of this weekend, all adults in my household are fully vaccinated. 💉💉 (It’s just me and Lorna, but still…)

Jul 3, 2021: UK schoolchildren faking positive lateral flow COVID tests to get two weeks off school — using orange juice. 🤯

Jul 1, 2021: Just had a depressing email about the planned final withdrawal of the .eu domain name I used to own, but am no longer entitled to.

Jun 30, 2021: A good reason for a drizzly beach picnic last weekend…

Jun 30, 2021: Steve Leighton has left HasBean, and now I don’t know what to do My favourite coffee buyer and roaster is no longer running the company he founded. The most recent bag of coffee I had from the company was, well, …

Jun 27, 2021: Up at stupid o’clock for a podcast guest appearance…

Jun 26, 2021: Concert time down near the Beach.

Jun 26, 2021: The Bear on the Adur.

Jun 26, 2021: Having a coffee in Tom Foolery with my daughters. It almost feels like the old days again. ☕️

Jun 25, 2021: Mr Hancock and his rules People died alone, not even able to hold the hands of loved ones, because they followed rules Matt Hancock set. People gave birth without their …

Jun 25, 2021: I’ve done the double! 💉💉

Jun 24, 2021: Coffee date with my youngest.

Jun 24, 2021: Although I no longer live anywhere near Deptford, I’m pleased to hear that the local swimming pool, Wavelengths, has been saved from closure. Why? …

Jun 24, 2021: This is a great piece about the mixed blessings of being a Doctor Who fan. I suspect it will resonate with anyone who is a fan of a long-running show.

Jun 24, 2021: Today, in a career first, I received a press release about a toilet brush. Not any old toilet brush, mind. A crowdfunded toilet brush.

Jun 23, 2021: This plan to make Oxford Circus a car-free pedestrian piazza absolutely needs to happen.

Jun 23, 2021: Beach walk selfie.

Jun 23, 2021: If you ask me, this is nothing but a pile of junk.

Jun 22, 2021: It’s easy to forget that long before Vox was the site we know now, there was a blogging platform that used to live at vox.com. Looking back at …

Jun 20, 2021: Luca, the new Pixar movie on Disney+, proved a perfect Father’s Day watch with my girls. It’s a simple story, but the richness lies in the …

Jun 20, 2021: Fathers Day gifts from my girls.

Jun 17, 2021: Another afternoon’s remote training ahead…

Jun 12, 2021: This is a really, really interesting podcast on how to reverse polarisation in society. Thought-provoking.

Jun 11, 2021: This week it has become abundantly clear to me that some tasks are better done on a big screen, and some on a small screen. And figuring out which is …

Jun 8, 2021: See you, open rates. It was good while it lasted. Apple closes down open rate tracking

Jun 7, 2021: Missed the live WWDC keynote stream, so here’s the plan: Read the previews on Apple.com Scan the hashtag #WWDC21 on Twitter Pour a beer Watch the …

Jun 7, 2021: An engaged newsletter audience is better than a big one. (And I managed to write it without making a “size isn’t everything" joke. Apart …

Jun 5, 2021: Friendly wee chap in the churchyard this morning.

Jun 5, 2021: First library visit since the first lockdown! 📚

May 31, 2021: Nostalgia.

May 29, 2021: Walking.

May 28, 2021: Genomics and pandemics and the avoidable crisis Zeynep Tufecki: The latest news from the United Kingdom, which has better genomic surveillance than almost any other country and thus can allow us to …

May 26, 2021: Online culture is now just culture: Dominic Cummings References Spider-Man-Pointing Meme To Parliament

May 26, 2021: Well, now. Amazon Makes Deal To Buy MGM For Nearly $8.5 Billion

May 23, 2021: Amen to this: If Apple is the only organisation capable of defending our privacy, it really is time to worry

May 23, 2021: I will never cease to be amazed by the speed with which my daughters can make our living room chaotic.

May 23, 2021: Watching last week’s Countryfile has me thinking about drones again. There’s some fantastic drone-driven storytelling shots, rather than the normal …

May 23, 2021: Now, that’s better.

May 21, 2021: I know I should move on from being annoyed when people use “blog" when they mean “blog post”. But I’m finding it really, really hard.

May 21, 2021: Gosh. Gee whizz. What a surprise.

May 21, 2021: This is a fascinating story of how and why aerosol spread of COVID-19 was discounted for far too long — and the decades-old misunderstanding turned …

May 19, 2021: There is not enough side-eye in the world for this: Google revives RSS. Google, some of us remember Google Reader. And we have not forgotten. And we …

May 19, 2021: Dear Substack writers, Crossheads massively enhance the readability of your precious multi-thousand word hot takes. They are fully supported by the …

May 18, 2021: Birthday party in progress: pin the tail on the Gnasher…

May 17, 2021: This was the very first piece I wrote in my self-employed life, back in 2012: What is post digital? In classic style, it was about 10 years too early…

May 15, 2021: I’ll be honest — editing these photos is making me hungry.

May 15, 2021: Macarons anyone?

May 15, 2021: Strawberry feast.

May 14, 2021: This is a good read (ha,ha) in light of @manton’s new trial bookshelf feature here: Why I’m deleting GoodReads and maybe you should too. …

May 13, 2021: Nature really doesn’t understand the rules of storytelling…

May 13, 2021: This week I have more good old-fashioned phone calls than Zoom or Teams meetings. It’s such a relief.

May 11, 2021: Lovely afternoon down on the beach.

May 11, 2021: Look at me, updating node.js from the command line like I have the first clue what I’m doing.

May 11, 2021: I think I’ve found a way to articulate the discomfort I’m feeling in my work: I’m passionate about journalists, who are generally a …

May 10, 2021: Current status:

May 10, 2021: For creativity to thrive, digital needs to learn its place…

May 10, 2021: “Normal people—with regular lives and real jobs—have soap operas and reality shows. People who are Extremely Online have Substack.” Source: How …

May 10, 2021: Millennials are hated for being defiantly uncool “From the 1970s to the end of the 1990s young people were allowed just two modes of expression: …

May 10, 2021: I just managed to lose a cup of coffee in the living room. How’s your Monday going?

May 10, 2021: Wow. Just found a classic example of misusing “proof links”. A writer on Medium making certain statements, and linking to “prove” them, but the pages …

May 10, 2021: It turns out that our local church uses some rather dated tech…

May 7, 2021: Hmmm. Does anyone have any idea why my micro.blog site wouldn’t pick up an analytics code put in the Footer section of ->Design? It seems to have …

May 7, 2021: Always worth taking time out to feed our feathered friends.

May 7, 2021: Bottoming out On Wednesday morning, I hit a low. My family has been lucky during the pandemic — none of us have caught the virus (as far as we know), and we haven’t …

May 7, 2021: Zero for two so far on ATT

May 6, 2021: Want: Hexagonal garden office on stilts.

May 6, 2021: The beach is going for drama this afternoon.

May 6, 2021: I have done a democracy. 🇬🇧

May 5, 2021: Having one of those days where I wonder why I bother with the stress of being self-employed. It’s been nearly a decade since I had a full-time …

May 4, 2021: It’s lovely to see the vegetation sprouting again on the beach — a sure sign that summer is on its way.

May 4, 2021: Dear Substack writers, It is not compulsory to have an opinion on the Basecamp mess. Yours, Adam (Who has just deleted several lukewarm takes on the …

May 4, 2021: Looks like there are security updates for Apple things out — urgent ones, too. Looks like I’ll be updating all the family devices while I work this …

May 2, 2021: 🎵 You’re driftwood… 🎵

May 1, 2021: This is an absolute shocker: last night someone cut down an osprey nest at Llyn Brenig in Wales, where a young pair were incubating their first egg. …

Apr 30, 2021: Just replaced the Cat 5 on the wired elements of our home network with Cat 7 cables. Boy, I know how to have fun on a Friday night.

Apr 29, 2021: This is genius: Paddington in Film

Apr 29, 2021: Why Substack stealing the big name columnists won’t kill newspapers — and why it might actually be a good thing…

Apr 27, 2021: The masked FaceID unlock works great on my iPhone running iOS 14.5. A nice little quality-of-life improvements for Apple Watch users.

Apr 21, 2021: I know everyone’s talking about the “paid podcasts” bit of yesterday’s Apple Event, but I do wonder if the sheer multimedia creation power …

Apr 20, 2021: So, if M1 Macs can run some iOS apps as well as Mac apps, and the iPad Pro now uses an M1 chip… …WWDC is going to be really interesting this year, …

Apr 20, 2021: So happy to see Apple go back to colour in the post-Ive era.

Apr 20, 2021: From our trip to Wakehurst last week:

Apr 20, 2021: So, 100 hours on from my first vaccination jab, the side-effects have been negligible. My arm was very sore until yesterday morning. I had a slight …

Apr 20, 2021: Finally, I’ve had my post-lockdown haircut.

Apr 18, 2021: So, it turns out that the downside of being married to a woman with a PhD in Immunology is that I get a narrated description of exactly what’s …

Apr 16, 2021: 💉 #1

Apr 15, 2021: Six thoughts about the Substack local initiative.

Apr 14, 2021: Are we losing the fight on content moderation? If so, what should we do instead?

Apr 13, 2021: Hazel, Dora and the leaf skeleton

Apr 13, 2021: My first jab booked for Friday! 💉

Apr 12, 2021: I think the obsession with newsletters is obscuring the bigger story: that the growing prevalence of publishing platforms with built-in member support …

Apr 11, 2021: While pulling together this list of weekend reading I remember thinking how often I was linking to Substack in it. And then I remembered feeling the …

Apr 11, 2021: Anyone else using a Mac found that their rate of genuine emails filtered to spam has shot up in recent months?

Apr 11, 2021: Hiking dates are a thing? Seems like a good way to destruction test your relationship…

Apr 9, 2021: I think my daughters might be prematurely middle-aged:

Apr 8, 2021: I am HERE for headline puns that combine Doctor Who and typography: Time’s New Roman

Apr 8, 2021: Sometimes it’s amply clear that these are chalk downs:

Apr 6, 2021: Easter walk at Woods Mill.

Apr 6, 2021: There’s a metaphor here about nature and technology…

Apr 6, 2021: Medium introduces the blogroll. Wait — have I somehow slipped back 20 years to 2001?

Apr 1, 2021: Up and at ‘em early this morning for a last pass on a really interesting research report I’m editing.

Mar 30, 2021: OK. This doesn’t feel like good news: Getty Images is acquiring Unsplash.

Mar 30, 2021: Spring really came to Shoreham-by-Sea, yesterday. I took advantage of the lockdown easing to have a bonus lunchtime walk.

Mar 29, 2021: Bat kerb.

Mar 28, 2021: M1 MBPro life: “Right, I’ll just send this video over to Compressor to render out while I make a cup of coffee and … “…oh, it’s done.”

Mar 24, 2021: I do like to get down and dirty with a server once in a while:

Mar 24, 2021: Today seems to be a 5/10/15 years ago day: Medium pivots and seeks to reduce editorial staff? 2016! Should employed journalists have their own …

Mar 23, 2021: The very old and the very new in a port town.

Mar 23, 2021: This, from @colinwalker, is what so many people miss about blogging at its best: There is no truly right way to blog but there is a best way, one …

Mar 22, 2021: A rare moment Yesterday morning, I did something I’ve never had the chance to do in the last eight years: I lay in bed for a while and just looked out of the …

Mar 22, 2021: It’s World Osprey Week, as European ospreys start returning to their nests for the breeding season.

Mar 22, 2021: Now, can I post to micro.blog from Ulysses OK?

Mar 21, 2021: A digest of nature-centric reading (and viewing) to round out your weekend.

Mar 21, 2021: Last night, we finished the last of the Christmas mead — just in time for spring.

Mar 13, 2021: New boats in the Adur.

Mar 13, 2021: Beach fishermen.

Mar 13, 2021: Not this way, apparently.

Mar 13, 2021: Sea chains.

Mar 13, 2021: Beach finds.

Mar 13, 2021: Down by the harbour wall.

Mar 9, 2021: This is not the real view from my house - but neither is it a Zoom background…

Mar 9, 2021: On the Harry & Meghan interview and the UK media.

Mar 7, 2021: The Shoreham Harbour pilots' boat coming back in after meeting a container ship offshore.

Mar 7, 2021: Spring is here!

Mar 6, 2021: The Ernst Hagedorn coming into Shoreham Harbour this afternoon.

Mar 5, 2021: The uncomplicated way year ones express their joy in seeing their school friends over Teams is something we could all stand to learn from.

Mar 4, 2021: They really want the train to stop #worldbookday

Feb 25, 2021: It’s very much a Gray Day today.

Feb 25, 2021: I’ve just realised what I miss most about face-to-face lecturing: the after lecture chats. Nobody hangs around to ask questions or chat after Zoom …

Feb 21, 2021: Taken this afternoon. Spring is coming.

Feb 21, 2021: Some weekend nature-centric reading and viewing for you.

Feb 21, 2021: Cooking “last day of half term” pancakes for my daughters.

Feb 20, 2021: New fancy coffee brewing method to kick off the weekend right.

Feb 19, 2021: Mask upgrade.

Feb 18, 2021: The combination of stupidly fast yet silent when dealing with lots of video and other tasks is still making me very happy I invested in an M1 MacBook …

Feb 18, 2021: First take-out coffee of the year.

Feb 15, 2021: I do like the geometry and colours of this image.

Feb 15, 2021: This sign has met a premature end, but I look forward to the day when its ilk are no longer needed.

Feb 15, 2021: I’ve seen how this movie ends — and it’s not pretty…

Feb 15, 2021: Finally got a flexible boom arm for my Mevo streaming cam. I’ll have my home training studio just about perfect by the time we go back to training …

Feb 15, 2021: I do miss the days when my home office was my home office (as a self-employed person), rather than one my wife lets me use on occasion…

Feb 15, 2021: This is quite an important intervention from Nature: Coronavirus is in the air — there’s too much focus on surfaces. In short, we’re spending …

Feb 15, 2021: It may be cold, but the beach is the beach.

Feb 14, 2021: I think they’re plotting something.

Feb 13, 2021: I’m not saying it’s cold — but here’s a frozen boat we found.

Feb 13, 2021: I think we were making him nervous.

Feb 13, 2021: New hat!

Feb 13, 2021: 9 days until we need to homeschool again. Bliss.

Feb 13, 2021: New Year, New Lens One of my joys during this year of lockdowns and restrictions has been rediscovering photography with a camera, rather than a phone. My trusty Canon …

Feb 12, 2021: Well, this morning I had to reset my router to factory settings and rebuild my network to get everyone online again. How’s your day going?

Feb 11, 2021: One thing that being married to someone with a PhD in immunology has taught me: take any pronouncement on immunity from anyone who isn’t an …

Feb 11, 2021: Not the morning conference(s) I expected to be attending at this point in my career, but it is what it is…

Feb 10, 2021: Ouch. This Big Sur upgrade nightmare is exactly what has happened to my sister-in-law. Looks like I have bad news for her.

Feb 9, 2021: Team Tinworth lockdown work and homeschooling station for the day.

Feb 9, 2021: Planetary, a decentralised social network, officially launched yesterday. I’ve been on the beta. It’s interesting - but really needs the …

Feb 9, 2021: I would read this.

Feb 8, 2021: Well, I suppose it counts as snow.

Feb 7, 2021: When you head towards the beach, it’s easy to forget that Shoreham is still very much a working harbour. But a walk up the riverside quickly …

Feb 7, 2021: We found a great hagstone yesterday.

Feb 6, 2021: More low tide discoveries.

Feb 6, 2021: Low tide adventures.

Feb 6, 2021: The “staycation” semantic drift is complete, isn’t it? The accepted usage now seems to be “a holiday in your own country” rather than “a holiday at …

Feb 6, 2021: Description of the day: “Human YouTube comment section Marjorie Taylor Greene was stripped of all her congressional committees on Thursday.”

Feb 5, 2021: TIL: There’s a Wikipedia page for my surname. And it’s not terribly informative.

Feb 2, 2021: Shoreham-by-Sea fishing boats.

Feb 2, 2021: 😱 The Dunning-Kruger Effect Is Probably Not Real

Feb 2, 2021: Another day done. Goodnight, friends.

Feb 1, 2021: Evening

Jan 31, 2021: This bit of boat decoration is cute, unless you’ve seen Toy Story 3, in which case it’s vaguely horrifying…

Jan 30, 2021: Beach walk views

Jan 30, 2021: Low tide on the Adur.

Jan 29, 2021: Oh, Wix websites are a pain. They have a “blog” section, they even publish RSS feeds - but they don’t set up auto-detect properly, so you …

Jan 27, 2021: Something new.

Jan 27, 2021: An interesting set of predictions for 2021. If the world shifts its focus from solving the COVID crisis to solving the climate crisis, we might just …

Jan 26, 2021: Oh, marvellous. Well done.

Jan 26, 2021: Knackered after homeschooling. Updating all the iOS things to 14.4 because it’s brain dead work, but feels productive.

Jan 26, 2021: Low tide on a rainy afternoon is not the most photogenic time in the Quay.

Jan 26, 2021: Scenes from homeschool: 👧 “What does ‘dour’ mean?” 👱🏻‍♂️ “If only there was some sort of book that listed words alphabetically alongside their …

Jan 24, 2021: Plenty of people enjoying the waves down at the Beach today.

Jan 24, 2021: Be a fox, not a hedgehog One interesting idea in Matthew Syed’s Sunday Times piece on how social media sound bite culture is destroying nuance in complex debates: In a …

Jan 24, 2021: Evening on the beach.

Jan 24, 2021: Fascination read about Mar-a-Lago: the secret history of Trump’s Florida retreat

Jan 23, 2021: On the shore.

Jan 22, 2021: Repeatedly misspelling “audience” is probably not good, when you’re running a new module called “Audience Strategy”. And I just …

Jan 22, 2021: Emails from luggage companies are getting ever more desperate.

Jan 22, 2021: Lockdown isn’t easy. I’m having a rough day. It’s OK if you are, too.

Jan 20, 2021: Podcasting is 20 years old today. Here’s the story of the first podcast feed.

Jan 20, 2021: Trump, QAnon and the limits of the “viral” metaphor to describe online communities — some thoughts on the challenges that lie ahead.

Jan 20, 2021: I’m not sure this is going to work.

Jan 18, 2021: Hard to argue with this message.

Jan 16, 2021: Bit wet out today.

Jan 16, 2021: Dusk on the boardwalk.

Jan 16, 2021: Brighton by night. Shot on Shoreham Beach, at dusk

Jan 14, 2021: Some ocean-based learning resources for parents struggling with homeschooling.

Jan 13, 2021: Oh, this is just perfect: Wondermark #1523; In which Hot Takes are Served Fresh

Jan 11, 2021: It deeply bothers me that on-going access to a whole load of important and significant writing from the last few years is entirely based on the …

Jan 11, 2021: Socially-distanced beach walk.

Jan 11, 2021: Well, it took less than a week of lockdown before I saw someone in a local Facebook group calling for martial law to stop people drinking takeaway …

Jan 11, 2021: Shout out to fellow working parents who are trying to navigate both earning a living and home-schooling our children. The extra time with the little …

Jan 10, 2021: A cold and frosty morning on the Beach, and it’s not lifting.

Jan 8, 2021: This is an interesting call for focus on libraries and archives in the digital age, in the face of assaults on facts.

Jan 5, 2021: Ryan Broderick: I did not expect email newsletters to be a life raft for digital expression, but, at least right now, they are.

Jan 5, 2021: Some particularly interesting links in Martin Belam’s Friday reading from last week.

Jan 5, 2021: Anyone who thinks Bill Gates can create a vaccine-delivered microchip that controls people has clearly never seen a class full of parents try to use …

Jan 3, 2021: I sometimes think that winter beach is the best beach.

Jan 3, 2021: Saturday night internet culture nostalgia: In 2006 they were taking the hobbits to Isengard (gard,gard,gard)

Jan 2, 2021: My daughters’ rendition of “We wish you a Merry Lockdown and a Happy New Tier” is simultaneously very cute and mildly creepy.

Jan 2, 2021: Workin’.

Dec 31, 2020: Less than 12 hours to finish a book and meet my reading challenge goal…

Dec 30, 2020: I just learnt that Jackie Cassada, an acquaintance from my old White Wolf/RPG writing days, has passed from COVID. A lovely person and a great talent, …

Dec 28, 2020: How I’m embracing a life in Tier 4 lockdown.

Dec 28, 2020: Beach life in Tier 4: where better to take your permitted exercise?

Dec 27, 2020: Evening on the beach.

Dec 27, 2020: Storm Bella has passed, but it’s still very blowy down on the beach.

Dec 24, 2020: Maybe just regretting a little that I offered to handle the live-streaming of midnight mass tonight.

Dec 24, 2020: Lovely weather for a Christmas Eve beach walk.

Dec 24, 2020: Oh, elf. How I hate you.

Dec 20, 2020: 🙀 What real estate agents are finding in empty offices right now

Dec 20, 2020: I can vouch for the accuracy of this feature: Six things only people who were forced to do social dancing at a Scottish school will remember 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Dec 20, 2020: Oh, do you remember when we used to go to “coffee shops” and other people would make coffee for us? Kids today wouldn’t believe that.

Dec 20, 2020: Love a bit of garden office porn.

Dec 20, 2020: Oh, my. A year before the Brexit vote and the Trump election, I linked to reporting about how Russian misinformation was sowing discord in US …

Dec 20, 2020: I suppose that I should be working systematically through One Man & His Blog’s archives, upgrading them and correcting problems left over …

Dec 18, 2020: Archive spelunking Managed to resurrect all but one of the broken links on this 14 year old post. (The reason why is a subject for another post). Looking back on the …

Dec 17, 2020: We really need to talk about trust in journalism.

Dec 17, 2020: Breakfast of champions.

Dec 16, 2020: This eco cabins are just irresistible to me. One day. One day.

Dec 15, 2020: These two things can both be true: Herd immunity is a real, valid scientific concept. Attempting to achieve it for COVID19 without vaccinations would …

Dec 15, 2020: Listening to my daughter’s Zoom singing lesson is making me very proud and a bit emotional. As someone who can’t carry a tune in a bucket, hearing her …

Dec 15, 2020: And now COVID19 is [hitting the coffee supply chain]sprudge.com/covid-19-…). Enjoy that cup of joe while you can…

Dec 15, 2020: This is interesting, and ties in with what immunologists I know have been saying for a while: disinfecting surfaces is basically COVID theatre, and …

Dec 15, 2020: There’s plenty of discussion of journalism business models. There’s some discussion about emergent journalistic forms. There’s …

Dec 14, 2020: I’m not saying we’re deep in middle age, but there is considerable excitement in this household about the arrival of a new washing machine …

Dec 11, 2020: A quick digest of some worthwhile or interesting nature and outdoors reading.

Dec 11, 2020: There’s a good reason we should temper the current Substack enthusiasm in journalism circles with a little caution. It wouldn’t take much for …

Dec 8, 2020: A restaurant in Île de Ré, from back when I used to travel overseas. And go to restaurants.

Dec 7, 2020: Frost on the roofs this morning. The girls were very excited. The adults, less so.

Dec 6, 2020: Didn’t take them long to find the refilled feeders.

Dec 6, 2020: I used my new MacBook Pro for an hour this morning to monitor a livestream I was running, dived into a quick Zoom call, have done some emails, edited …

Dec 2, 2020: Conspiracy theories: making the gullible feel insightful in your Facebook feed right now.

Dec 2, 2020: So… this is my first post from a Mac powered by Apple Silicon.

Dec 1, 2020: Spending far too long looking at video of myself has been one of the major downsides of the pandemic.

Dec 1, 2020: This is a good piece: I found the wall-to-wall COVID coverage very hard to cope with back in the spring. Research shows just how much it dominated …

Nov 30, 2020: Blogging is a discipline: it’s a practice of expressing your thoughts in writing, routinely, and with focus. Writing a post every day for …

Nov 30, 2020: It was a gorgeously foggy morning this morning:

Nov 29, 2020: I am, and have been for as long as I can remember, a pedestrian by preference. Walking is my favourite way of getting anywhere. Shame it’s …

Nov 28, 2020: Has anyone else come to quite enjoy wearing a mask? I like seeing the fashion choices people make with them, and will quite miss that when the …

Nov 27, 2020: Last night, I faced the dilemma of going to bed early, or staying up and having some quiet time to myself. I chose the former - and was rewarded with …

Nov 26, 2020: After years of having the house to myself for several days a week, it’s hard to adjust to constantly sharing it. I’ve never craved …

Nov 26, 2020: Much as I hate to admit it, structure and focus make a huge difference to a client Zoom call. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the pleasures of …

Nov 25, 2020: Lovely day for a beach walk.

Nov 25, 2020: Requiem for a lamp I’m saying “goodbye” to an old friend this morning. For the last 23 years, whenever I’ve been working at my desk, across three different …

Nov 25, 2020: Eight months ago I was forced into delivering online training by the pandemic. Even after mass vaccination, I think it will remain part of my mix. The …

Nov 24, 2020: Chris Cook in this morning’s Tortoise email: “The challenge is how we all get to the finish line without needless further fatalities: a vaccine …

Nov 24, 2020: Today’s lesson: do not record your Zoom sessions locally, if you have multiple incoming streams. It seems to strain the connection too much.

Nov 24, 2020: Revamped online lecturing and training setup working well. 👍🏻

Nov 23, 2020: The power of disinformation to capture people’s minds is terrifying. Watching a friend’s Facebook friend who is clearly deep in the rabbit …

Nov 23, 2020: As someone who spent my entire childhood north of the border, the increasing likelihood that Scotland will soon be an independent country is troubling …

Nov 21, 2020: Today’s beach walk did not feel autumnal at all. Between the waves and the overcast skies, not to mention the biting wind, it felt distinctly …

Nov 21, 2020: Burn out or fade away? Tonight, it’s a bit of both.

Nov 20, 2020: It’s just possible I’ve found a solution to something that’s been bugging me all year. 🤞🏻

Nov 19, 2020: OK. A week in I am prepared to say this: Big Sur is bloody lovely and it has completely reignited my joy in using my Mac.

Nov 18, 2020: As I child, I railed against my dependence on sleep. As an adult, I embrace it. Night, all.

Nov 18, 2020: New, chez Tinworth.

Nov 18, 2020: Wake. Take children to school. Train people via Zoom. Collect children. Feed children. Read bedtime story. Edit training videos. Sleep. Wake. Take…

Nov 17, 2020: I regret I didn’t take more notes in the early days of the first lockdown. It was an unusual, but quite special, family time. And I do want that …

Nov 16, 2020: I need to remind myself more often that it doesn’t actually matter how far I am from my goals, as long as the direction of movement is largely …

Nov 14, 2020: They’re creepy and they’re kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They’re altogether ooky, They’re Adam’s family. 😎

Nov 14, 2020: Facing the sea.

Nov 13, 2020: The fact that the entire British political establishment is waiting anxiously for a blog post makes my deep loyalty to the medium feel completely …

Nov 13, 2020: Media artisans and their tools…

Nov 13, 2020: Quite proud of this:

Nov 13, 2020: One thing from the before times I really miss: just grabbing my laptop or iPad and heading to a coffee shop to work for an hour or two. If home …

Nov 13, 2020: First impressions of Big Sur: amazingly fast on my ancient 2013 MacBook Pro. The visual refresh takes a little getting used to, but it’s close …

Nov 13, 2020: Hello, Big Sur. (That sounds like something from a really bad prison movie: “Jim, if you want to survive in here, you need to keep Big Sur happy…”)

Nov 13, 2020: The balance of my wardrobe has changed during the eight months of lockdowns and remote working. I wear far fewer smart jackets, shirts and jumpers, …

Nov 12, 2020: Looks like the Big Sur update is in the process of completely hosing Apple’s online services. The company normally handles these peaks of demand …

Nov 12, 2020: Should I?

Nov 12, 2020: Charles Arthur: […] classical orchestras are just tribute bands for old music 🤯

Nov 12, 2020: Today’s experiment: my Canon M-series camera as webcam…

Nov 12, 2020: I’d love to say that I’ve got used to the famine/feast aspect of self-employed life. But it would be a lie.

Nov 12, 2020: ”Before Ramsbury, I was a nowhere man, living, as my parents did before me, in a multitude of places without really putting down roots in any one. …

Nov 11, 2020: Why I do beach cleans — in just three photos…

Nov 11, 2020: The new “Apple Silicon" MacBooks looks very tempting as a replacement for my elderly MacBook Pro — but perhaps I should hang on until next year. …

Nov 9, 2020: The vaccine news is, at least, promising. It does give us a glimpse of a future where the virus is much, much less of a threat, and that makes me …

Nov 9, 2020: There’s no doubt lockdowns are hard; that unfamiliar feeling of liberties removed, of freedoms curtailed. But last time, it helped bind communities …

Nov 8, 2020: Just successfully sourced my coffee filters from a local business rather than going reflexively to Amazon.

Nov 8, 2020: Shell.

Nov 7, 2020: Met this chap on our beach walk today. Seemed nice enough, but not very talkative.

Nov 7, 2020: Today’s news about the US presidential election gives me a little hope for the first time since 2016’s Brexit vote that being of …

Nov 6, 2020: It’s not exactly puzzling why we chose to live here, is it? There’s something utterly magical to me about beaches in the off season, when it’s just us …

Nov 6, 2020: Birthday beach walk with my daughters.

Nov 6, 2020: I’ve slipped out of the habit of using my 9.7 iPad Pro, and that means I’d forgotten what a lovely size of device this is for reading and email. It’s …

Nov 6, 2020: This is strangely delightful in the twilight world of an uncertain presidential result: Neon Trump comes to Hackney (It’s guerrilla art)

Nov 5, 2020: Hospital visit concluded. My youngest’s head wound cleaned and glued together. And I didn’t have to stoop to bribing her to be brave. She managed that …

Nov 5, 2020: Have to say - I wasn’t expecting to be spending time in A&E on the first day of lockdown.

Nov 4, 2020: So, lockdown it is, from tonight. I’m very lucky to be living very near to these places. It’s going to be much easier for us than so many …

Nov 3, 2020: My family continue to astonish me. I’m a lucky man to have these people in difficult times.

Nov 2, 2020: Things that have become a routine part of my life since the first lockdown began: moving around Gigabytes of video recordings every week.

Nov 2, 2020: Sometimes you have to get something out of your head before you can concentrate on the other things you need to do. It’s out of my head, so …

Nov 2, 2020: Thoughts in the face of Lockdown 2.0 On Friday, I drove my mother-in-law home, and passed through many towns on the journey. We were often caught in traffic jams, and sometimes I ended up …

Nov 2, 2020: How’s the UK Covid app doing? Oh: “The “world-beating” NHS Covid app, downloaded by 19 million people, has systematically failed to send alerts …

Nov 1, 2020: Today, had the makings of a dreary, dreich day. But time with good friends helped me recover from some tech stress and face the coming lockdown with …

Nov 1, 2020: Autumn roof, from below.

Nov 1, 2020: TIL: never try to shove a 1080p stream down a 720p pipe.

Nov 1, 2020: Misty, dreich morning in Sussex.

Oct 31, 2020: How the year 2000 web reacted to the tense election standoff between Bush and Gore. Useful historical context for the coming week…

Oct 31, 2020: Just spent 30 minutes catching up on newsletters. My, do some well-known journalists suffer without subs and editing. Witticisms that aren’t witty, …

Oct 30, 2020: Parole by election John Naughton on why the US election is consuming his brain, despite the fact he lives in the UK: Maybe it’s because there’s a possibility that on …

Oct 30, 2020: Today is a Zoom-free day. That is a good day.

Oct 29, 2020: Lovely walk with the girls, despite the dreich weather.

Oct 29, 2020: Should you turn on your video camera during online training?

Oct 28, 2020: Another day in front of the ring light…

Oct 27, 2020: Ah, the BBC’s Autumnwatch. Balm for the soul.

Oct 27, 2020: Here’s an unexpected pandemic side-effect: after six months of recording online training seasons and editing them for later reference by trainees, I …

Oct 26, 2020: Half term adventures.

Oct 26, 2020: Wellies was the right decision.

Oct 24, 2020: I walked up into Old Shoreham yesterday, to pick up some things. It’s interesting seeing the traces of the old village concealed within more modern …

Oct 24, 2020: Interesting opinion piece on the hijacking of the word “freedom” and why we need to push back with a good, solid understanding of what it means in a …

Oct 21, 2020: Telling the stories of our wild places (by way of another childhood reminiscence).

Oct 21, 2020: Well now. Substack is adding custom domains for everyone (which is good), but is changing $50 to do it (which is not). A way of heading off or …

Oct 21, 2020: I just started looking for some data for a lecture, and the third result was one of my own blogposts, which had exactly the information I needed. …

Oct 21, 2020: Handy guidance here for leading journalists and authors: How to Avoid ‘Zoom Dick’ Incidents During Zoom Calls at Work

Oct 21, 2020: If you’re going to write 500 words summarising a report, you could at least do the reader the courtesy of linking to the original. 😤

Oct 21, 2020: The garden office as ‘sanity shed’ is a nice idea for those privileged enough to have both the money and the garden space to do it. Maybe …

Oct 21, 2020: I know it’s a thing some SEOs like to recommend, but I do find webpages with no publication date on them immensely annoying as a user.

Oct 21, 2020: Interesting piece. The start of a shift from “proximity to work” to “proximity to lifestyle amenities” as a major determining factor in residential …

Oct 21, 2020: I’m trying an experiment. I’ve switched my default search engine on my iPhone to DuckDuckGo, and will see how I get on.

Oct 20, 2020: Shoreham Beach, 8.55am

Oct 17, 2020: Lo! There comes a Toast Cat!

Oct 15, 2020: So, I thought I had the whole 20 seconds hand washing things sorted. And then the Apple Watch update with hand washing tracking hit. A month later, I …

Oct 14, 2020: Beach silhouettes.

Oct 14, 2020: Shoreham Beach, UK / 2020-10-14 / 8.49am Walking home around the quay after dropping my children at school. I’ve lived here for 10 years, but …

Oct 13, 2020: Apple ProRaw actually looks quite interesting. Be interested to see how quickly the major editing apps support it, though.

Oct 13, 2020: Lisa on the roof, talking environmental stuff amongst the solar panels is cool.

Oct 13, 2020: I’d be more excited by 5G coming to the iPhone if I thought I’d be going anywhere in the next six months 🤷🏼‍♂️

Oct 13, 2020: “Something only Apple can do” is going to get really annoying really fast.

Oct 13, 2020: On the sofa for the Apple announcements, and my daughters have joined me…

Oct 13, 2020: Shaping up to be a nice Autumn day down by the river.

Oct 13, 2020: Morning beach walk.

Oct 12, 2020: Just rewatched Frozen 2 with my daughters. Anna is clearly the most thirsty of Disney heroines. 🍿

Oct 12, 2020: Uggh. One of those days where I’ve been working solidly since 9am, bar 10 minutes in the garden, it’s now time to go collect my daughters, …

Oct 12, 2020: Well, you can tell I just topped up the suet ball feeder, because it sounds like there’s an avian riot in progress in my back garden. 🐦

Oct 12, 2020: I just betrayed my principles and did a rant as a Twitter thread not a blog post. I shall say 3 “Hail Sir Tim”s, and recommit to the open web.

Oct 11, 2020: This is going to scare people unnecessarily: Covid virus ‘survives for 28 days’ in lab conditions – the ‘lab conditions’ in question include in the …

Oct 11, 2020: I love our beach.

Oct 11, 2020: Incredible light streaming into the house this evening.

Oct 9, 2020: Current status:

Oct 9, 2020: Today I learnt that COVID has led to the permanent closure of London’s cereal cafés.. 🥣😢

Oct 8, 2020: That’s quite a sunset.

Oct 8, 2020: Fear my mighty traybake powers.

Oct 7, 2020: Mackerel skies.

Oct 5, 2020: Twitter, death threats and civility: rethinking journalism on social media (Or why your spicy hot takes are making everything worse.)

Oct 5, 2020: Schadenfreude as a personal indulgence, not a public performance

Oct 5, 2020: Why we need a new framework for discussing powerful women — and it’s all the fault of the Greeks

Oct 5, 2020: It’s disturbing how easily the California fires slip off our radar, just as the Australian wildfires did. I don’t so much want slow news as …

Oct 2, 2020: 15 years on, journalists are still talking nonsense about blogs This person has no idea what they are talking about: The reason no one talks about “blogging” anymore is that, for what blogs were good at — sending …

Oct 2, 2020: Well, I never thought I’d reach a point where the US president announces he’s ill with a potentially life-threatening disease — and my first response …

Oct 1, 2020: I just experienced this when I had to pop out in the car briefly. It’s a big improvement: Apple Launches Revamped Maps App in the United Kingdom …

Oct 1, 2020: Spending my evening editing the videos of yesterday’s lectures. I know how to live.

Oct 1, 2020: It’s possible that our HomePods are the most used pieces of digital tech in our house at the moment. We’ve lived the six months of the pandemic to a …

Oct 1, 2020: This is a fascinating long read. It suggests that COVID-19 is largely spread by a small number of people in particular settings - super spreading …

Oct 1, 2020: Cygnet.

Sep 30, 2020: Today’s learning: six hours of Zoom feels very different to six hours of in-person lecturing. However, I’m not facing 90 minutes of travelling before …

Sep 30, 2020: Lecturing kit, COVID-19 style.

Sep 30, 2020: Today, I am mainly thinking about the health impact on lecturers of spending six hours in front of an iMac Zooming, rather than gamboling, …

Sep 27, 2020: A promise of new life.

Sep 26, 2020: Fantastic day out walking with the girls. So tired, but so happy.

Sep 24, 2020: And finally, we have the app.

Sep 22, 2020: Oh, sweet joy. iOS14 has brought emoji search to the iPhone. 🙌🏼

Sep 22, 2020: That URL looks completely legit and I shall be claiming straight away. 🙄

Sep 19, 2020: Weekend cooking. 👌🏻

Sep 19, 2020: A nice early autumn surprise in the garden.

Sep 18, 2020: Interesting. You can now find Substacks written by people you follow on Twitter.

Sep 18, 2020: This one of those rare things, an online quiz actually worth doing. It’s a test to see if you can identify which social media accounts are real, and …

Sep 17, 2020: As a palate cleanser after that last post, here’s Martin’s enjoyable ramblings about classic Doctor Who story The Invasion.

Sep 17, 2020: Everything wrong with both Facebook and internet fandom in one screencap.

Sep 17, 2020: Percentage chance I would use smart glasses from Facebook: 0%

Sep 16, 2020: Just a reminder to folks (especially journalists) who rely on their iOS devices for work. You REALLY shouldn’t update to iOS14 this evening. …

Sep 15, 2020: One thing that makes me sad about the Apple Event: a few years back the Fitness+ announcement would have been a set of APIs to allow fitness providers …

Sep 15, 2020: What the heck is going to differentiate the iPad Pros if the iPad Air has the A14, the new keyboard and Pencil 2?

Sep 15, 2020: Remember, in the UK, the government can break international law if they find it inconvenient, while its citizens are encouraged to report their …

Sep 14, 2020: This is a spectacular, but sobering, piece of animated short film making: Selfish

Sep 14, 2020: John O’Nolan: ”Twitter is a place for outrage masturbation and little more.” Not completely true, but uncomfortably close to it…

Sep 13, 2020: Duck!

Sep 13, 2020: Oxford vaccine trial resumes - always the most likely outcome, but a relief none-the-less.

Sep 12, 2020: And… breathe.

Sep 12, 2020: Finally.

Sep 10, 2020: Looking for a new magazine? I wrote about three favourites of mine. 🤓

Sep 8, 2020: Pubs 👍🏻 Offices 👍🏻 7 people in the park. 👎🏻 Yup. That all seems logical. 👀

Sep 8, 2020: Autumn comes when the ospreys leave. 🍂

Sep 7, 2020: Working like this might actually tempt me back into a proper job. Probably not, mind. But it could.

Sep 7, 2020: Once you know an AI is grading your work — you can game it. The next decade is just going to be a long series of disasters as people try to use AI …

Sep 6, 2020: On social media pile-ons Melissa Harrison: Moreover, I’ve learned not to join in with Twitter pile-ons, or insult or mock people I disagree with. This is partly because …

Sep 4, 2020: Look at this cute fellah.

Sep 4, 2020: A buzzard, drifting lazily over the Woods Mill car park.

Sep 4, 2020: Into the woods.

Sep 4, 2020: Homestead.

Sep 4, 2020: This “shed” is basically pornography for writers.

Sep 2, 2020: The absolute genius of “Black Lives Matter” as a phrase is that its very existence provokes evidence of its need, as people react negatively to what …

Aug 31, 2020: Evening sea swim.

Aug 31, 2020: My procrastination is weird. For example, I’ve nearly finished what will become issue 2 of Coffee & Complexity — but I’ve barely …

Aug 29, 2020: I’m doing my best to keep the bird feeders topped up today. The sudden cold snap means they’ll be looking for food more urgently - and some of them …

Aug 29, 2020: Rainbow over Shoreham Beach yesterday.

Aug 29, 2020: My July in one second every day.

Aug 29, 2020: Sitting by the sea while my daughter has a socially distanced outdoors Rainbows meeting.

Aug 28, 2020: Some interesting thoughts on the future of newsletters. I certainly think many newsletters resemble blogs - but many are nothing like them, too.

Aug 25, 2020: I’m glad people are starting to talk about this. The coffee cup and plastic bag situation has reversed years of work, and that’s before you get to …

Aug 25, 2020: Uh-oh: Second national lockdown warning as R rate rises ”[…] on Friday the Sage advisory group said Britain’s reproduction number was now between 0.9 …

Aug 25, 2020: Beach cleaning after (Storm) Ellen.

Aug 24, 2020: Managed a little time on the beach before the rain hit.

Aug 24, 2020: I couldn’t figure out why my mouse wasn’t working this morning, until I turned it over. Well played, daughters of mine.

Aug 21, 2020: Fiddling around with a side project while my daughters do their martial arts class via Zoom.

Aug 19, 2020: So much “nope” in this vision of a home office cubicle.

Aug 17, 2020: The faceless mob of Twitter accelerants.

Aug 17, 2020: Sea swim with my tiny limpet. 🌊

Aug 17, 2020: Trying a small productivity hack today: doing half hour bursts of email, and then closing the app for a couple of hours. 🤞🏻

Aug 16, 2020: Beach life.

Aug 16, 2020: I’m currently reading The Daring Of Della Dupree by Natasha Lowe 📚 to my daughters. They are absolutely loving it. Just enough peril to keep …

Aug 15, 2020: The “aircraft engine housing and car wash brushes” look for garden gates is in, in, in, this summer.

Aug 15, 2020: John Witherow, editor of The Times, in his morning newsletter: Put simply, Britain is an over-centralised state that is weak at the centre. Hard to …

Aug 14, 2020: In praise of the cloudy summer's day After a week of glorious sunshine and sweltering sunshine, it’s a relief to see clouds overhead again. Oh, it’s still warm, but it’s …

Aug 14, 2020: The over-50s are coming for your TikTok. And they’re taking no style prisoners.

Aug 14, 2020: As soon as the sun goes in, we get the beach back to ourselves. This was absolutely heaving a few days ago.

Aug 14, 2020: There are worse places to catch up on a few emails.

Aug 13, 2020: Tempting.

Aug 13, 2020: Upgrade for our Zoom future.

Aug 12, 2020: Right here. Right now.

Aug 10, 2020: Well, this is not great. I hope this does not survive the beta into release: Apple News+ in iOS 14 Opens Article Web Links in Apple News, Intercepting …

Aug 9, 2020: Chris Eccleston returning to Doctor Who in a series of full cast audio adventures. What fantastic news.

Aug 8, 2020: Evening in the Quay.

Aug 8, 2020: Absolutely absorbing read from Ed Yong at The Atlantic about the complexities of the immune system, why they confuse even other biologists and what …

Aug 8, 2020: Currently reading: Ring The Hill by Tom Cox 📚

Aug 8, 2020: Stunning skies yesterday evening.

Aug 7, 2020: This was a very long time ago in the Cairngorms.

Aug 7, 2020: Pandemic pleasures: being at home enough to keep your Hotbin composter at a steady temperature of nearly 60C. 🌱

Aug 6, 2020: Poirot after Christie I’m currently reading and enjoying The Mystery Of Three Quarters: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah 📚. While I was sceptical about …

Aug 6, 2020: Here’s one reason every journalist should write a newsletter for a while: nothing teaches you more directly the relationship between what you write …

Aug 6, 2020: I am embarrassed it has taken me until my late 40s to understand the difference between a good quality, long-lasting t-shirt, and a cheapo one.

Aug 5, 2020: The pandemic lockdowns seem to have kicked the tablet market back into growth. Apple has 38% of the market with the iPad, Samsung is next with 18.7%.

Aug 4, 2020: Well, this makes sense: Social media is addictive if you like embarrassing people

Aug 4, 2020: A rather busy key worker at Nymans yesterday.

Aug 4, 2020: Schools, Covid-19 and the risk of unintentional misunderstandings. Sometimes they way we write something can do more harm than good.

Aug 1, 2020: Lots of people using the slipway behind our house today.

Aug 1, 2020: This is an adorable version of something that every parent who has been working from home the last few months has experienced. Except, the parent is …

Aug 1, 2020: This sums up pretty nicely why I, as a teenager in the 1980s, completely fell in love with this series: Moonlighting: How Pre-Dramedy Era Dramedy Made …

Jul 31, 2020: This sunflower has self-seeded from below our bird feeder. What a lovely surprise.

Jul 30, 2020: Typo of the day: “toe-hugging”. Less green than tree-hugging, and just possibly a bit more kinky.

Jul 30, 2020: Um. Get your GoPro merch?

Jul 30, 2020: Trump just used a massive dead cat to distract from appalling US economic news.

Jul 29, 2020: A devastating consequence of the pandemic and lockdown: the National Trust are making over 1000 people redundant.

Jul 27, 2020: The current wave of newsletters are often compared to the early blogs - but most of them miss one critical element.

Jul 27, 2020: Sign on the equipment in the local playpark. One day, it’ll be an historical oddity blithely ignored by children for whom it’s an irrelevance. Roll on …

Jul 27, 2020: Beach detail.

Jul 24, 2020: The Isles of Scilly, a decade ago.

Jul 24, 2020: An additional mask, now they’re compulsory in shops.

Jul 23, 2020: We get some surprisingly big ships on this stretch of the river.

Jul 22, 2020: Buoyant bird.

Jul 21, 2020: Beach life.

Jul 19, 2020: My eldest daughter loves performing. She never voluntarily passes up the opportunity to be in the limelight. I suspect she gets it from her paternal …

Jul 19, 2020: Darling buds of July.

Jul 19, 2020: Girls in the wood.

Jul 19, 2020: Window in the canopy.

Jul 18, 2020: A momento of my old life as a hotel and restaurant journalist.

Jul 18, 2020: It turns out that 1970s and 80s Lego is still exciting to today’s children…

Jul 16, 2020: I’m loving the way micro.blog plugins solve a few pain points I have with the platform - but which might not bother most people.

Jul 15, 2020: This is bleak news: Guardian announces plans to cut 180 jobs. 70 are editorial jobs. Best wishes to my friends and former students working there.

Jul 15, 2020: Just paid for another year of micro.blog. You’re stuck with me, folks.

Jul 14, 2020: Hand-writing this post using Scribble and my Apple Pencil in iOS 14. That was easier than I expected!

Jul 13, 2020: Evening swim selfie.

Jul 13, 2020: Exploring the idea of the blogletter. What differentiates it from a more traditional newsletter?

Jul 12, 2020: Current status:

Jul 11, 2020: Evening on the beach.

Jul 10, 2020: Evening in the garden.

Jul 8, 2020: Early evening beach walk.

Jul 8, 2020: After three months with almost no time for anything but work or homeschooling, it feels good to actually do a little work on a side project again: …

Jul 7, 2020: Hand sanitiser gels contain microplastics. 🤦🏼‍♂️

Jul 7, 2020: A wee visitor to our garden at night…

Jul 7, 2020: Homeschooling break in the garden.

Jul 7, 2020: Here’s one way to look at Facebook in a culture war context: the conflict is already there, Facebook is just an arms dealer.

Jul 7, 2020: Ming-Na Wen is indisputably awesome.

Jul 5, 2020: Maltese boats. Vivid memories from a holiday to Malta very nearly 20 years ago.

Jul 5, 2020: The view from our back garden in Dollar, Scotland, 30 years ago. Photo by my late mother.

Jul 5, 2020: Looking back at locked-down May in 1 second every day.

Jul 4, 2020: Down by the Adur.

Jul 3, 2020: The news we need, if not the news we deserve: Dogmatix to Get His Own Asterix Comic Book

Jul 3, 2020: Reusable containers safe during Covid-19 pandemic, say experts. Time to get the Keep Cup out again.

Jul 3, 2020: One unexpected - but happy - side effect of lockdown: I’m now wearing jeans of a waist size I haven’t managed to squeeze into since my …

Jun 30, 2020: It is just possible that 1989 Adam was trying a bit too hard.

Jun 29, 2020: This was a useful read for me - and I suspect might help others: How to engage with life when you feel down

Jun 29, 2020: Malta in early autumn 2000. While the clothes certainly date it, the complete absence of phones is quite remarkable. Just a film camera and a chunky …

Jun 27, 2020: More lockdown creativity: This is the most unusual version of Tubular Bells I’ve come across - but it all comes together in the end!

Jun 27, 2020: My daughter just uttered the phrase: “No. You are NOT selling my precious Shakespeare books!” BRB - exploding with pride.

Jun 27, 2020: Clare Foges: Politics can either be a parlour game of ideological point-scoring or it can be the business of meaningful change. To be the latter our …

Jun 26, 2020: I am middle-aged enough that I really am very excited about my new compost bin. 🌱

Jun 26, 2020: Gaming through the eyes of privilege 20 years ago I was quite involved with the tabletop gaming world, and the fringes of the SFF world, as an author. Hit Amazon or Wikipedia and you can …

Jun 24, 2020: This is lovely: The Archers Theme as you’ve never heard it - with the cast at home !

Jun 24, 2020: Wow. Olympus is selling off its camera division. I first got serious about photography with a Trip 35, and my first SLRs were all OMs. End of an era, …

Jun 24, 2020: Today’s Social & Digital lunchbreak digs deep on narcissism, toxic communities — and Nazi My Little Pony fans. Really.

Jun 23, 2020: The Fate of the Mac? Jason Snell: Thoughts on WWDC 2020 Day One: The truth is probably that the future of the Mac is as a “pro” version of iOS and iPadOS. It’ll run more …

Jun 23, 2020: Phew. My MacBook Pro just scrapes into the Big Sur compatibility list. This time next year I suspect I’ll be choosing between an Apple silicon …

Jun 22, 2020: Well, having Adobe and Microsoft both on board already will make the ARM transition for Macs much, much smoother. And 3 times 4K streams in Final Cut …

Jun 22, 2020: MacOS Big Sur: love the new design, but feel like they’re just trolling us with the name now.

Jun 22, 2020: Automatic hand-washing detection and timing on Apple Watch! That’s as Covid-y as it gets.

Jun 22, 2020: Controversial opinion: I prefer this keynote format.

Jun 22, 2020: Dance workouts on Apple Watch. Oh, yes. 💃 ⌚️ (Watch-based cycling navigation seem vital in a Covid-world, too.)

Jun 22, 2020: I can barely read my own handwriting. Good luck to iPad OS in figuring it out.

Jun 22, 2020: So… if your phone runs out of battery, your car won’t start or open?

Jun 22, 2020: Cycling directions in iOS maps in iOS 14 🚴‍♂️ 🎉

Jun 22, 2020: They have a real aversion to static shots in this pre-recorded WWDC keynote, don’t they?

Jun 22, 2020: The new iOS 14 widgets just announced at WWDC are going to be amazing on iPad.

Jun 22, 2020: Wow. Empty Steve Jobs Theatre. Striking way to acknowledge the unusual times.

Jun 22, 2020: 👀 Heavy Coffee Drinkers Want Coffee A Lot More Than They Actually Like It ☕️

Jun 22, 2020: The Into the Wild bus has been Removed by the Alaska guard. Probably a good thing, but the end of an era none-the-less.

Jun 22, 2020: The UK’s contact tracing app fiasco is a master class in mismanagement - and the piece highlights the two key things that went wrong.

Jun 22, 2020: Niches, networks and the secrets of TikTok revealed.

Jun 22, 2020: Tech false economy So, today I’m working on a brand new iMac - the first time I’ve bought a new Mac in over half a decade. And that last couple of years …

Jun 22, 2020: I’m actually more interested in how — visually — Apple chooses to do the WWDC keynote later on today, than what they actually announce. Do they …

Jun 21, 2020: What’s collective noun for a group of SUPpers?

Jun 20, 2020: When the Rampion Wind Farm was announced, I was worried about its impact on the feel of the beach. A few years on, I’ve grown rather fond of it.

Jun 20, 2020: Kitesurfers on Shoreham Beach

Jun 19, 2020: Well, I am deeply disheartened to read this about Warren Ellis. Is it that we as a society rewards manipulative talented people with success? Our that …

Jun 18, 2020: This lockdown concert by Madness is a real balm to the soul. Nicely done.

Jun 18, 2020: Turns out it’s easier to say “world-beating” than actually deliver it. Who knew? (Everybody else.)

Jun 18, 2020: Has the meaning of the word “blog” changed? Sadly, I think the answer is “yes”.

Jun 17, 2020: Blimey. Plurk. The microblogging service where I was [marginally more popular than …

Jun 17, 2020: This one was a big hit for me back in the day. I can still recall the frustration and anger I was feeling as I wrote it: Why media gets community …

Jun 17, 2020: This is remarkable. A 12 year old blog post - and both the links in it are still live: How To Be a Community Editor (in 2 posts or less)

Jun 17, 2020: Home schooling parents: a nature documentary on Disney+ is a perfectly valid natural history lesson, right? RIGHT?

Jun 16, 2020: Beach fun.

Jun 16, 2020: Beach.

Jun 15, 2020: Today’s Social & Digital Lunchbreak is out. Let’s not talk about what happened to it last week. 😱 I was deep in the combined trenches of …

Jun 13, 2020: We’re still weeks away from re-opening swimming pools in the UK. We’re so lucky to live near the sea.

Jun 12, 2020: My talented sister-in-law talking about Hogarth’s The Madhouse at Sir John Soane’s Museum

Jun 12, 2020: Hit a million views on Unsplash.

Jun 11, 2020: An old schoolfriend of mine, Nichol Wheatley, has become an accomplished and talented artist. And yet, he remains a lovely bloke. ;) With art shows on …

Jun 11, 2020: Sometimes, you only realise how unwell you’ve actually been when you start feeling better. Today, I feel roughly human again for the first time in a …

Jun 9, 2020: Still COVID-free.

Jun 8, 2020: Current status:

Jun 8, 2020: Quite a sky this evening.

Jun 7, 2020: Better broadband please. kthxbai

Jun 6, 2020: A Tender Key of Place.

Jun 5, 2020: Evening on the beach.

Jun 1, 2020: After some thought, I put today’s social & digital lunchbreak outside the reg wall, because the lead story is important for everyone in …

May 31, 2020: How to foster ‘shoshin’ - the beginner’s mind. Such a good discipline.

May 31, 2020: Fish.

May 28, 2020: Finally getting back to the beach. It’s amazing the difference removing the feeling that the clock is ticking on your trip out makes.

May 27, 2020: Nice evening for a swim…

May 27, 2020: 30 seconds of Shoreham Beach for you:

May 26, 2020: Shoreham Beach is a rare vegetated shingle habitat. And it’s just coming into bloom now. Stunning.

May 26, 2020: What you need to know about Dominic Cummings John Naughton: I’ve been reading Cummings’s blog since long before anyone had ever heard of him. Here’s what I’ve concluded from it… 1. He’s a …

May 25, 2020: First sea swim of the year. 🏊‍♀️

May 24, 2020: Kite surfers off Shoreham Beach.

May 23, 2020: Beach life.

May 23, 2020: Photographer friends: can you recommend a good hand strap?

May 22, 2020: “You’re muted” has been uttered more often in the last two months than in all the rest of human history combined.

May 22, 2020: Ingenious - forces social distancing on trains, while making it easier to commute by cycle: Increased bike storage proposed for socially distanced …

May 22, 2020: I want a kilt version of this social distancing ‘petticoat dress’.

May 22, 2020: There are probably a lot of future PhD theses in exploring why masks have become such a polarising issue in the US, compared to pretty much any other …

May 21, 2020: An evisceration of Google Classroom Khoi Vinh: Google Classroom’s lackluster design is actually perfectly in line with the way we’ve always thought about the spaces we build for …

May 21, 2020: The pandemic office job needs flexibility Rory Sutherland: I was influenced in this by the work of Nassim Taleb, who argues that a high degree of variation may be better than monotonous …

May 20, 2020: Om Malik: Is Shopify ready to be double-crossed by Facebook? “Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal, Facebook!”

May 20, 2020: The Cambridge University decision seems sensible - push the low-hanging fruit online, work on how you handle the rest. Better to plan for strict …

May 20, 2020: What will the pandemic do to real estate and the way we live in cities? Here’s a little bit of (informed) speculation: difficult times ahead - but …

May 19, 2020: Your waves for today.

May 19, 2020: Blogging in the cramped internet BLDGBLOG, mourning WIRED ending Bruce Sterling’s blog: […] the pull of regular blogging—the urgency of it, the personal routine and daily …

May 19, 2020: My wife is making two cups of tea - for herself. This is going to be an interesting day…

May 18, 2020: Beach school this morning.

May 17, 2020: I miss cinemas. The longer this goes on, the more I realise what I miss and what I don’t from The Before Times. And I miss going to the cinema …

May 17, 2020: The time finally arrived. The lockdown haircut had to happen.

May 16, 2020: A little beach calm for you.

May 15, 2020: Actually made it to the beach for the first time this week.

May 15, 2020: So. Our printer just broke. It’s probably the shock of being used more in the last six weeks than in the previous six years.

May 14, 2020: Between home-schooling and trying to sustain a self-employed income, I don’t think I’ve ever worked as hard as I am right now. I am very …

May 13, 2020: Oh, the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival is going virtual. That looks like a fun distraction.

May 10, 2020: I have won the viral apocalypse. Please send tribute.

May 9, 2020: Lockdown bank holiday camping. Yes, that’s our back garden. ⛺️

May 8, 2020: Caterpillar.

May 8, 2020: Fly past.

May 8, 2020: Ed Yong’s reporting on the pandemic for The Atlantic really is superb, like this piece on the over-blown reporting about “a new strain” of the …

May 8, 2020: This is new to me, despite being three years old - and is quite lovely, if a little melancholy: The last time I saw Steve Jobs (Turns out that Jobs …

May 8, 2020: Why a vaccine is unlikely in 2020 Don’t hold your breath for a COVID-19 vaccine in 2020: It is only once researchers have taken the time to understand the context of results …

May 6, 2020: A stunning late afternoon down on Shoreham Beach.

May 5, 2020: After three mildly stressful days, the results of the PCR jury are in: and I’m clean. (I was asked to take a test as part of a research study, not …

May 4, 2020: My four year old daughter has just declared that I am the leader of all journalism in the world, and my wife is the leader of all science. We have …

May 4, 2020: Listening to the Independent Sage group talking online, once again I’m struck by how willing the truly smart are to say “I don’t know” or “we don’t …

May 4, 2020: Three learning byproducts of the current crisis Things I have learned through reading about Covid-19, which aren’t actually about it: I need to have the flu jab in future. Not because I’m at …

May 3, 2020: Generally not a huge fan of Nietzsche, but in thinking about social media and how you should behave and spend your time there, this remains …

May 1, 2020: Oh, dear. Here’s a piece advising SEOs to use fact check markup for marketing purposes. This is why we can’t have nice things. Or accurate things.

May 1, 2020: April in 32 seconds and 13 years So. That was April. It lasted just over 13 years, I only drove the car three times, and those were the only times I left Shoreham Beach. This was - …

May 1, 2020: The danger of valuing confidence over humility This is a really key insight in Ed Young’s superb piece The Pandemic Doesn’t Have to Be This Confusing: A lack of expertise becomes problematic when …

May 1, 2020: That’s about as socially distanced as it gets.

May 1, 2020: Lockdown skies.

Apr 30, 2020: Moody sunset last night.

Apr 28, 2020: Lockdown reasons to be cheerful… Some folks here on Shoreham Beach are being a lot more creative with lockdown than I’m managing…

Apr 27, 2020: Me pre-lockdown: Do we even need a printer at home any more? Me in lockdown, and homeschooling: We need a better printer!

Apr 26, 2020: This fella dropped by while I was lounging in the garden.

Apr 26, 2020: Current view.

Apr 25, 2020: Our family lockdown exercise. I love these three so very much.

Apr 25, 2020: Bluebells in the garden.

Apr 25, 2020: If you give your article a headline that starts “We need to talk about…” I will not read it.

Apr 23, 2020: I’ve got the perfect background for the next few Zoom meetings. Very professional, I think.

Apr 23, 2020: When lockdown eases, which approach do you think companies will choose? Allow more remote working? Up their office space to allow for social …

Apr 22, 2020: Consequences, consequences: WarnerMedia Is Rethinking Theatrical Release Model Huge TVs with good sound systems at home. Hard to socially distance in …

Apr 22, 2020: Evidence, I think, that my daughters are handling this lockdown more productively than me. The worst of it? I can’t even eat them. I’m milk …

Apr 22, 2020: D-Nile Odd, odd 36 hours. It turns out that I was in emotional denial about how much the world has and will change, even if I acknowledged it intellectually. …

Apr 21, 2020: Rough day - two bad pieces of news about two different projects means things are looking financially pretty precarious for me. Just about enough …

Apr 21, 2020: Ballet class via Facebook Live.

Apr 21, 2020: Agenda: Tuesday 21st April Difficult evening last night. I found it hard not to think about all the things that this situation has taken away from my life - but I really should …

Apr 20, 2020: My weekend project was taking a moribund blog, exporting it, migrating it to a new platform and getting it up to speed. It worked. Now, let’s …

Apr 20, 2020: Agenda: Monday 20th April Morning all, With at least three weeks to go before there’s any chance of easing this lockdown, I need to get my brain in gear. Home school …

Apr 19, 2020: Spectacular caterpillar nest in a tree.

Apr 16, 2020: This is fascinating. Ash trees most likely to overcome killer disease if they stand alone: The researchers found that dense stands of ash trees with …

Apr 12, 2020: The Goodies helped define my humour and view of the world as a child. This makes me unspeakably sad: Tim Brooke-Taylor dies at 79 after contracting …

Apr 11, 2020: Tonight I am transcoding an Easter Service video, produced remotely by multiple local households, for best playback on Facebook. It’s already on …

Apr 11, 2020: Prepping a video for the local church. Not how I expected to be using this kit…

Apr 10, 2020: Here’s the big question on my mind: how does journalism survive the Covid-19 crisis? And I mean “journalism" not “news” - because …

Apr 9, 2020: Not walking with daddy.

Apr 9, 2020: Dr Tinworth and I started watching The Mandalorian last night. OK, I now understand the fuss. It gets the Star Wars aesthetic perfectly, and tells an …

Apr 9, 2020: Lovely 13th Doctor short story from ex-Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat: The Terror of the Umpty Ums. He nails her voice perfectly.

Apr 9, 2020: Testing video setups is much harder when you actually have to share your home with the rest of the family while you’re doing so…

Apr 8, 2020: Socially distanced martial arts classes begin…

Apr 8, 2020: Funny how my plans for the year have now largely boiled down to: Don’t die. Don’t go bankrupt. Everything beyond that is a bonus right …

Apr 7, 2020: The co-founder of Instagram Kevin Systrom has re-emerged with a blog and It is all about coronavirus and maths. Uh-oh.

Apr 7, 2020: We can’t fight the big hiatus. So, we have to embrace it. Embrace the Pause: time to plan and prepare for what comes next.

Apr 6, 2020: I have just remembered that once, a very long time ago, I drank whisky, smoked a cigar and chatted with Omar Sharif. Life has been good to me, in ways …

Apr 5, 2020: Daily exercise.

Apr 5, 2020: The speed with which some local folk have started demanding that martial law be imposed is quite, quite terrifying.

Apr 4, 2020: Mum, Christmas day, 1983.

Apr 4, 2020: Time-lapsing again.

Apr 3, 2020: I’m gonna be really good at these motionlapses by the end of 🔒⬇️

Apr 3, 2020: Life blossoming in the espalier trees.

Apr 3, 2020: Nearly 14 years ago, then-French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy talked to the attendees at LeWeb 3, a digital conference. It seems like …

Apr 2, 2020: I’m really enjoying the process of pulling together my daily distractions newsletter. Finding three things to link is great fun. Today’s …

Apr 2, 2020: And so it goes. Another morning in lockdown.

Apr 2, 2020: Somebody is being far too generous about my linguistic competence.

Apr 2, 2020: Shooting random time lapses, because why not?

Apr 1, 2020: Remember folks: stay the f*ck at home

Apr 1, 2020: April is here. Off I go on trying to post on One Man & His Blog at least once a day: Viruses, Lies and Spammers

Apr 1, 2020: One reason the UK is struggling on Covid-19 testing: centralised policy decision are leaving labs standing idle.

Mar 31, 2020: John Gruber: How to Open the Emoji Keyboard While Using a Hardware Keyboard on iPadOS But the shortcut he refers to for opening the Emoji picker on …

Mar 31, 2020: Seven’s a good age for learning to code in Swift, right?

Mar 30, 2020: Dominic Cummings in isolation as pressure mounts over NHS testing - I suspect that means that pretty much everyone leading our response has the novel …

Mar 29, 2020: Well, the quasi-lockdown in the UK is really good at showing up who are the selfish people in your neighbourhood - and who has the scary authoritarian …

Mar 29, 2020: Parenthood involves far more gluing toys back together than I expected, to be frank.

Mar 29, 2020: So, today I corrected one small piece of misinformation about the government’s position, and got accused of all sorts of things as a result, before …

Mar 29, 2020: We need more than great coronavirus reporting right now. We also need distraction — and journalists could make that easier to find.

Mar 29, 2020: How BBC Radio 4 is going to keep The Archers going during Coronavirus lockdown.

Mar 28, 2020: One for the Blake’s 7 fans…

Mar 28, 2020: Here I am in the Stockport Advertiser in July 8th 1976:

Mar 28, 2020: Oh my, oh my.

Mar 28, 2020: Oh, my.

Mar 28, 2020: Blossom in the garden. Nature’s beauty continues, oblivious to our anxiety. And it is a balm for it, too.

Mar 28, 2020: Dear fellow journalists, It is not necessary to give every article an intro linking it to the pandemic, especially if it has nothing to do with …

Mar 28, 2020: Is it right to be shopping online for non-essential goods right now? A good piece by Rachel Moss for Huffpost explores the health and ethical …

Mar 28, 2020: Where is the coronavirus information campaign? This is a good point in an otherwise rather run-of-the-mill “tutting at the tutters” piece: It is strange that we are not being bombarded …

Mar 26, 2020: Clapping for the NHS in Shoreham-by-Sea.

Mar 26, 2020: A new take on my Engaged Reading Time newsletter. 3 links a day. None of them about the coronavirus. What do you think?

Mar 26, 2020: I’m slightly jealous of people who are dealing with lockdown boredom. Luckily, I still have enough work to more than fill the working time I have left …

Mar 26, 2020: Consequences a’coming. Any way back from this? The Cornish revolt against second-home owners.

Mar 26, 2020: This is a challenging read, that slowly brings me around to a position I never thought I’d hold: We Need A Massive Surveillance Program)

Mar 26, 2020: This morning: teacher Now: cook Afternoon: back to working Evening: 🥃 Repeat for an indefinite number of weeks.

Mar 24, 2020: Perfect timing for the quasi-lockdown: Disney+ is live in the uk

Mar 24, 2020: Tuesday Yesterday was a good day. After a bleak start to the morning, I managed to find my mojo and buckle down to work. And there was good work news - one …

Mar 23, 2020: There are times when I think one of the fastest ways to stop coronavirus misinformation spreading would be to shut down Medium.

Mar 23, 2020: A quick history of technology lesson - now the girls understand why the return key is called the return key.

Mar 23, 2020: Computing lessons with Mr Tinworth. The pupils are learning that there’s more to iPads than games.

Mar 23, 2020: Currently staring at a newly-arrived “while you were out" card from a delivery company. I mean, WTF?

Mar 23, 2020: Monday I do find myself wondering about the long-term mental health implications of this crisis. We’re making massive changes to our lifestyles and …

Mar 22, 2020: Well played, Beach Deli. Well played.

Mar 22, 2020: Highly socially distanced beach walk. Hoping the idiots who are carrying on as normal don’t take that from us as well.

Mar 21, 2020: A Tory rebellion for the self-employed? 10 Days That Changed Britain: There is a growing Tory backbench rebellion on the lack of measures aimed at self-employed people. MPs expect Sunak to …

Mar 21, 2020: That’s one way of social distancing.

Mar 21, 2020: Doing Brownies at home.

Mar 21, 2020: Not one of my better timed recent purchases…

Mar 21, 2020: “Does anybody remember the old days, the days before, when we used to have coffee shops and pubs, and people used to go to work in offices?” “Stop …

Mar 20, 2020: Looks like the whiteboard has arrived - ready to start delivering courses remotely.

Mar 20, 2020: Look, I know the world doesn’t need more “how to work from home" pieces. But I wrote mine anyway, because, unlike most people who have been …

Mar 20, 2020: Every gamer who is now working from home and video conferencing is feeling very smug about their microphone quality…

Mar 20, 2020: Just saw my daughters off to school for the last time for the foreseeable future. Homeschooling from Monday. Strange times.

Mar 19, 2020: At this difficult time, I would like to reassure everybody that, for the sake of the nation’s — nay, the world’s — morale, I will NOT be participating …

Mar 19, 2020: All respect to the Debenhams marketing team for giving it everything they’ve got in this moment…

Mar 19, 2020: ‘Conan’ To Air New Shows Beginning March 30 – shot in his iPhone: ”The new shows will be shot remotely on an iPhone, without an audience and with …

Mar 18, 2020: Has anyone seen any reporting on how the anti-vaxxer communities are reacting to the pandemic?

Mar 18, 2020: So, I’d like to apologise for wishing to spend more time with my family, whilst holding the monkey paw. My bad, everyone.

Mar 18, 2020: Why Coronavirus social distancing is negatively impacting social media content moderation.

Mar 18, 2020: Facebook’s moderation problems last night - what you need to know.

Mar 18, 2020: This is a sobering, but thoughtful, read: We’re not going back to normal. No, I don’t think we are.

Mar 18, 2020: Twitter’s role in a time of global pandemic,

Mar 17, 2020: How do you cope with losing half your income in a matter of weeks? I’m struggling tonight, as I read about the people who are looking at this period of social distancing and self-isolation as a special, cocooning …

Mar 17, 2020: My daughters are currently in the bath pretending to be antibodies attacking a virus as it binds to cells. 😶 I suppose this is what happens to …

Mar 17, 2020: Video from my wife of Victoria Station this morning at around 10am. She estimates it was 80% quieter than normal…

Mar 17, 2020: Supermarket delivery is being overwhelmed Lewis Dormer: 25% of UK shoppers polled by RetailX have reduced or completely stopped shopping ‘in person at physical stores’ while 5% …

Mar 17, 2020: Hard to disagree with the last line of this, although I hope we’ll see better behaviour, too.

Mar 17, 2020: Behaviour change is hard. But if we don’t evolve - we suffer the consequences.

Mar 17, 2020: Social distancing at my local coffee shop.

Mar 16, 2020: I have no words for this: The UK Only Realised “In The Last Few Days” That Its Coronavirus Strategy Would “Likely Result In Hundreds …

Mar 16, 2020: Well, things are getting a little, um, motivating. I’m self-employed, and make the major part of my income from face-to-face training. Looks …

Mar 15, 2020: Good day on the hagstone front.

Mar 15, 2020: Rustic.

Mar 14, 2020: My January in one second everyday. (I always seem to be playing catch-up with these.)

Mar 14, 2020: Pleased with this one. The print is long gone - it was in display in a photo cube and was bleached out years ago. The negative was loose in my …

Mar 13, 2020: So. After supper Iris gets down, grumbling a bit. And then sits in the corner assiduously writing. This is what she hands to me. “I have just eetn …

Mar 13, 2020: Reporting on COVID-19. Trying to amplify signal, not noise.

Mar 12, 2020: Let this destress you in the midst of the current mess: A Joyful Flash Mob Plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Mar 12, 2020: So, based on what is emerging from my scanner as I work, I was quite a cute toddler. Unexpected.

Mar 12, 2020: Scanning 126 and 110 format negatives with a Plustek OpticFilm scanner I’ve been taking photographs for a long time. I was a photographer as a primary school child, using the cheap cameras of the 70s that my parents …

Mar 12, 2020: This is one of the best and most measured pieces I’ve read on Coronavirus (from a scientist): Rupert Beale - Short Cuts: Wash Your Hands

Mar 11, 2020: Hidden in the UK budget - the government will levy an additional 2% tax on social media companies, search engines and so on from the beginning of next …

Mar 11, 2020: I worry that coffee shops (and elsewhere) now refusing to let customers use reusable cups because of Coronavirus concerns will kill the momentum built …

Mar 11, 2020: A London hairdresser marketing its way through Coronavirus.

Mar 11, 2020: Om Malik on how social networks lose our trust.. Thought-provoking.

Mar 10, 2020: Cleaning up negative scans in Photoshop on my iPad is quite soothing.

Mar 9, 2020: Rather concerning, if not surprising piece: Russia ‘hired network of Britons to go after enemies of Putin’. Some very careful wording in …

Mar 9, 2020: ‪Britain is currently split between those buying every roll of toilet paper in sight, and those who are too embarrased to buy any toilet paper lest …

Mar 9, 2020: Well, the course I was running today may have been cancelled (yes, Coronavirus-related), but the view early this morning on the way to the station was …

Mar 9, 2020: Hard to disagree with this one: Quote of the Day

Mar 7, 2020: Well, the panic buying is clearly still happening. This is Waitrose in Worthing a few hours ago - toilet paper and paracetamol sold out.

Mar 7, 2020: Post-Nature Tots babychino from the Woods Mill café.

Mar 7, 2020: Morning in the woods.

Mar 6, 2020: Oh, fabulous. Coronavirus means we’re back to disposable coffee cups: Starbucks Will No Longer Fill Your Reusable Cup Because Of COVID-19

Mar 6, 2020: This is a rather concerning piece from over the pond: ‘It’s Going to End in Death’: Doctors Say U.K. Is Ill Prepared for Coronavirus

Mar 5, 2020: It’s fun looking back on my old “blogiversary" posts - like this one from 11 years ago, when my blog was 6.

Mar 5, 2020: Well, now. One Man & His Blog is 17 years old today. That’s astonishing. It’s probably the most time I’ve committed to a single thing, …

Mar 4, 2020: Oil consumption just fell off a cliff…

Mar 3, 2020: After school beach club.

Mar 3, 2020: Beach mental health break.

Mar 3, 2020: Could the coronavirus be a globalisation inflection point? Maybe. If we want it to be.

Mar 3, 2020: I have managed quarter of a century as a journalist without hearing the phrase “fronted adverbial”. But now I am a parent of a primary school …

Mar 3, 2020: Children in school. Bird food topped up. Dishwasher on. Coffee made. Dammit. It’s time to do some work.

Mar 2, 2020: I do wonder if the double-whammy of the climate crisis and the coronavirus might make us think a little harder about how and why we travel - and maybe …

Mar 2, 2020: David Allen Green’s characterisation of us entering “Brexit: Season 2" is a useful one, I think: Brexit: the end of the beginning

Mar 2, 2020: Actual interview with actual scientist for those who are overwhelmed by inexpert hot takes on COVID-19: Coronavirus’s Genetics Reveal Its Global …

Mar 1, 2020: Spectacular sunset as storm clouds approached this evening.

Mar 1, 2020: This made me chuckle:

Mar 1, 2020: Sea still lively in the wake of the storm.

Feb 29, 2020: Craig Mod, in his Roden newsletter: “What I find most dangerous about Twitter is that it can generate similar chemical feelings to having done “the …

Feb 29, 2020: Trees and the climate crisis The trouble with trees: I do worry, however, that a destructively naive view of nature and a rush to get trees in the ground will sweep all before …

Feb 28, 2020: I was doing some site analysis for a client, when it occurred to me that I’d never registered my micro.blog account for search console, or …

Feb 27, 2020: The government just made us look untrustworthy on the world stage The Law and Policy Blog, David Allen Green: The moral hazard of the United Kingdom casually breaching the Political Declaration: In effect: the Unite …

Feb 26, 2020: Interesting piece from The Atlantic suggesting that the coronavirus is likely to join the cold and the flu as a persistent part of our lives.

Feb 26, 2020: This is an absolutely fantastic essay on how fragile the cultural works created on the web have become, through the lens of the late Clive …

Feb 25, 2020: Nic Tinworth, Hong Kong trail community legend, dies aged 44. This is sad news. Nic and I were probably distantly related, as there aren’t an …

Feb 22, 2020: Well, this is troubling. ¼ of all climate crisis tweets appear to be generated by bots - and 95% of them take a denialism position. This, of course, …

Feb 21, 2020: A day of exploring with my girls. Making progress on a long walk.

Feb 21, 2020: This post by Euan Semple, which is an expression of moral relativism (or adjacet to it, at least), feels both elementally true to me - but also a …

Feb 20, 2020: Brexit consequences: Google moving UK data to the US - where data protections are weaker.

Feb 18, 2020: Polarisation wears an unexpected face in today’s Engaged Reading Digest.

Feb 18, 2020: Iris is having an artistic moment.

Feb 17, 2020: Kinda struggling to believe that Facebook can’t afford enough developers to do an iPad app.

Feb 16, 2020: Looks like Storm Dennis has abated enough that the kite surfers are heading out again.

Feb 15, 2020: This is a fascinating, and troubling, German investigation into the way corporations are funnelling funds into climate change deniers: The Heartland …

Feb 15, 2020: The girls appear unimpressed by my efforts to get them to go for a walk in the face of Storm Dennis

Feb 15, 2020: A new town, alone and on foot Martin Belam, on the joys of travelling to see his team play an away game: I also think there’s something useful socially about travelling around the …

Feb 15, 2020: Podcasting the great outdoors - one of the ways I try to disconnect from work over the weekend.

Feb 14, 2020: Spotify is trying to become podcasting’s gatekeeper. We musn’t let them.

Feb 14, 2020: I’m pleased with this one, winding up our VUCA series for NEXT Conference: Embrace ambiguity and forge our quantum future.

Feb 14, 2020: Riders on the shore.

Feb 14, 2020: My major lesson this year so far is that the right new coat can do wonders for your self-image. Good night.

Feb 13, 2020: Watching the boats on the Adur rise as high tide approaches.

Feb 13, 2020: Whatever happened to Yahoo’s digital time capsule? Marie Boran asks if everyone has forgotten about Yahoo’s digital time capsule?: This was to be opened on the company’s 25th anniversary on March 2nd, …

Feb 12, 2020: This video might challenge your ideas of what you can do with an iPad: Editing Podcasts with Ferrite and Apple Pencil

Feb 12, 2020: The psychology behind Boris's war on the media Nick Cohen on why Boris Johnson is so suspicious of the media: I suspect there is a strong element of projection at play. It is because Johnson was a …

Feb 12, 2020: This is absolutely one of the things that makes me uncomfortable about most newsletter software. It not just tells you how many people opened your …

Feb 12, 2020: Plain old driftwood.

Feb 11, 2020: The information ecosystem is badly polluted — and journalism is playing its part. We need to clean up our act, and depollute the information …

Feb 11, 2020: Great newsletter from David Mattin on the creation of the technocratic elite. This is shaping up to be an essential weekly read.

Feb 10, 2020: Beach sign

Feb 10, 2020: The (brief) time we decided to share the beach with Storm Ciara yesterday…

Feb 10, 2020: Rob Beschizza: Study: Facebook quitters report more life satisfaction, less depression and anxiety Not a surprise. I nearly joked that it could prove …

Feb 10, 2020: Actually getting out of the house to work – it’s far too rare at the moment.

Feb 10, 2020: After Ciara This was the garden at 8am this morning, after the worst of Storm Ciara had passed: Not too bad, although things aren’t looking great for the …

Feb 10, 2020: Typical Medium post: “I’ve never been married, but I’ve spend 20 minutes with a search engine, and now I’m going to pretend I know the seven …

Feb 9, 2020: Gotta say, it’s a bit breezy out today…

Feb 8, 2020: A letter of recommendation. Great as ever.

Feb 8, 2020: Mac photo editor Luminar 4 Sends Data to Facebook in the Background by Default. I’m glad I stopped using their products about a year ago now.

Feb 7, 2020: Laterns above the Adur

Feb 7, 2020: Well, this reads like the opening of a horror novel: Inaccessible first-floor Wisbech property for sale for £100

Feb 6, 2020: Beach plant. One of the nice things about Shoreham Beach is that, as a protected and rare habitat, we get a good range of plant life, even in winter.

Feb 5, 2020: Gnome Hide

Feb 5, 2020: Welcome to the 21st Century. Now patch your lightbulbs to stop them being hacked…

Feb 5, 2020: The head of Apple News steps down after less than a year. It’s looking like the most troubled of Apple’s services offerings.

Feb 5, 2020: A new report on UK news consumption during the general election shows that many of the things we think about the media and politics are false - and …

Feb 4, 2020: Reading some embargoed research - and it is basically 😱. Huge shift to the way I think about .

Feb 4, 2020: Spot the children’s beginning reading book.

Feb 4, 2020: Volunteers needed.

Feb 4, 2020: TikTok is the social media hype cycle on speed - and the challenges ahead are beginning to emerge.

Feb 4, 2020: Y’know, normally I mourn layoffs at a content website. But I’ll make an exception for The Daily Stormer. The wages of hate cannot make payroll…

Feb 3, 2020: Reflect.

Feb 3, 2020: Russell Davies always does such creative One Second Everydays: January 2020

Feb 2, 2020: Sight.

Feb 1, 2020: Open.

Jan 31, 2020: I’ve never come across any device that’s better for writing on than an iPad. There might be a big ass Mac behind it, but the wee iPad is perfect for …

Jan 30, 2020: Unsplash’s Year in Review makes for fascinating reading - and the images are stunning.

Jan 29, 2020: Well, this is one way of dealing with it: The Daily Dot, Nahila Bonfiglio: Influencer gets revenge on her male trolls with Instagram account

Jan 27, 2020: On my Om, Om Malik: iPad at 10. An affair forever: ”And after so many years, I can confidently say the machine has made me more productive — and yes, …

Jan 26, 2020: The great unsolved mystery of the last 22 years: we still don’t know what she gonna look like with a chimney on her.

Jan 23, 2020: I don’t tend to procrastinate on difficult tasks. It’s the boring, repetitive ones I put off too long.

Jan 22, 2020: Finally started watching Halt and Catch Fire. I now want to listen to a lot of 80s music. 📺

Jan 21, 2020: Took a riverside walk today. It’s a good reminder that Shoreham-by-Sea is still very much a working port.

Jan 20, 2020: Sunset silhouettes.

Jan 20, 2020: This is rather lovely, too. Classic on the outside, modern on the inside: John Pawson designs his own Home Farm in the Cotswolds

Jan 20, 2020: This is an excellent set of suggestion of how to write a better newsletter.

Jan 20, 2020: Good Lord, this is a lovely house: Forest house of stone and glass is reflected back in water

Jan 19, 2020: Shell game.

Jan 19, 2020: Lovely hagstone find on the beach just now.

Jan 19, 2020: Hagstones - the sea’s beautiful gift for the mindful.

Jan 18, 2020: 💕

Jan 18, 2020: Flickr’s goals for 2020.

Jan 16, 2020: What the actual f***?: Well-heeled climate deniers are buying Youtube ads on major brands' videos Sometimes, it almost feels like humanity deserves to …

Jan 16, 2020: I’m not a great one for making too much of New Year, but it is a great marker for doing some analysis. I’ve just been going through the …

Jan 15, 2020: Brighton, from Shoreham Beach.

Jan 15, 2020: Quite a day, down on the beach… <img src=“https://cdn.uploads.micro.blog/772/2020/e63078dc2f.jpg" width=“600” …

Jan 13, 2020: My old employer — RBI — has all but completed its exit from journalism. Its answer to the problem of making online journalism pay? Get out of the …

Jan 12, 2020: Guess how this ended…

Jan 12, 2020: The house in the woods.

Jan 11, 2020: Oh, Lord. I just tried to swipe to scroll a print magazine. 🤦🏼‍♂️

Jan 11, 2020: I’m pleased with this for 49p.

Jan 10, 2020: I feel seen: Admit It: You Have a Box of Cords You’ll Never, Ever Use Again

Jan 10, 2020: What’s the best thing you’ve read online this week?

Jan 9, 2020: Lies, damn lies and Facebook metrics. The network’s inflated video views killed College Humour, claims laid off staffer.

Jan 9, 2020: Vimeo appears to have a new social video creation tool in beta: vimeo.com/create

Jan 9, 2020: Just occasionally, bad things happen to bad people in an amusing enough manner to give you faith in the goodness of the universe: British Nazi set …

Jan 8, 2020: OK. This is… quite a story: The strange case of Paul Zimmer, the influencer who came back as a different person

Jan 8, 2020: Newsletters are a particularly brutal medium. You put in the work, craft something you are proud of - and often the first feedback you get is someone …

Jan 8, 2020: Yes, please: A return to blogs (finally? sort of?)

Jan 8, 2020: I’m trying something new - triggered because I couldn’t get this stuff in my usual links digest if it was going to work in an email. But I think …

Jan 8, 2020: Headline of the day: It’s Not Arson, You Absolute Fucking Morons

Jan 8, 2020: There’s a slug on the kitchen window this morning. Our kitchen is in the first floor. I can’t decide if this slug is ambitious or has had a lucky …

Jan 7, 2020: Dry January? I’ll drink to that… 🥃

Jan 7, 2020: This week has given us a rather ominous look into the future of political #journalism: Dominic Cummings’ blogpost, direct dialogue and its threat to …

Jan 7, 2020: Why aren't we taking Australia's bushfire apocalypse more seriously? David Wallace-Wells: But the response to what’s transpired in Australia — again, over a period that has stretched into months — is unfamiliar, to me …

Jan 7, 2020: If you haven’t been paying attention to just how massive the bushfire crisis is in Australia, this set of information and links will open your …

Jan 7, 2020: Oooooh, Matron… Operio collection by Dead Lotus Couture aims to put latex “in every wardrobe”.

Jan 7, 2020: Good morning waves.

Jan 6, 2020: Journalism's Facebook narrative Dave Winer on journalism’s narrative around Facebook: Saying online is dangerous is like saying the subway is dangerous. But if you live in New …

Jan 6, 2020: The scam of pseudo-attention metrics Seth Godin: Part of the scam is that the pyramid scheme of attention will somehow pay off for a lot of people. It won’t. It can’t. The math doesn’t …

Jan 6, 2020: It is quite remarkable that one of the biggest things to happen in UK politics so far this year… is a blog post. Still, beats US politics and one …

Jan 6, 2020: Who broke journalism? Om Malik: ”I would like to add that greedy and short-sighted executives and media company owners broke the industry because they were too lazy, …

Jan 6, 2020: Consume Better — recommendations from the team at Hamburg’s NEXT conference (including myself) on digital media you’ll enjoy for the year …

Jan 6, 2020: It’s well-known that women are under-represented amongst both Wikipedia editors and biographies, but how about in the citations. Go on, have a …

Jan 5, 2020: I’ve reached my daily reading goal on Apple Books. I’m using it to try to push myself to spend more time reading long-form, and not just …

Jan 5, 2020: Currently reading: Why Willows Weep: Contemporary Tales from the Woods. Enjoyable short fables about trees. 📚

Jan 5, 2020: Found on the beach this morning. Someone’s feeling patriotic, clearly.

Jan 5, 2020: Bridge.

Jan 4, 2020: Sunset on the Adur.

Jan 4, 2020: Buckle up. Here we go again: Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’

Jan 4, 2020: I included this photo in my latest Engaged Reading Digest because I like it so much. It’s very calming.

Jan 3, 2020: Wow. The memory cheats sometimes. I tend to think of my early years in editorial development as largely positive, but back in 2008 I was clearly …

Jan 3, 2020: My children have finally discovered the ability to sleep in… …2 days before they go back to school. 🙄

Jan 2, 2020: I have learnt more about video encoding and transcoding in the last three months than I expected to.

Jan 1, 2020: Is it me, or is Gruber a bit pissed (in the British sense) in the latest Talk Show? 🥴

Jan 1, 2020: My December in one second every day.

Jan 1, 2020: Starting the year as I mean to go on: The first Engaged Reading Digest of 2020

Jan 1, 2020: Happy New Year, you. Yes, you.

Dec 31, 2019: The year is done — so it’s time from my annual round-up of One Man & His Blog’s top 10 posts of 2019. And there are some genuine surprises in …

Dec 31, 2019: I have reached the point in coffee fussiness where, after being disappointed with a coffee when brewed with Aeropress, I switched to a different brew …

Dec 31, 2019: The people’s web could be so much more interesting than the big F Anil Dash on the people’s web: If we’re going to build a new web, and a new internet, that respects our privacy and security, that …

Dec 31, 2019: Quite a sunset yesterday.

Dec 30, 2019: Interesting thoughts on flow in blogging apps (the same applies to all CMSes, I think): Scripting News: Flow in WordPress for writers

Dec 30, 2019: If you still believe that there’s a discernible formula to a successful podcast: Text adventures make Best Podcasts list

Dec 30, 2019: Germany Has Created Dedicated Work Visas For Esports. (I’m fascinated by how few countries are taking this seriously given how much money is …

Dec 30, 2019: Somebody’s turned down the contrast on Sussex.

Dec 29, 2019: Plenty of drama in the sky off Shoreham Beach today.

Dec 29, 2019: Are we sleepwalking into a dystopia? The smartphone tracking industry has been rumbled. When will we act? by John Naughton

Dec 26, 2019: Headline of the day: Prominent lawyer Jolyon Maugham clubs fox to death while wearing kimono

Dec 26, 2019: Perfect weather for trying out my Christmas coat…

Dec 25, 2019: Practice ‘scruffy hospitality’ : Your home doesn’t need to be picture-perfect to invite people over.

Dec 25, 2019: Merry Christmas from one man (and his blog).

Dec 24, 2019: Just an intimate dinner for a few chums, wot.

Dec 24, 2019: A very Victorian Christmas at Tyntsfield.

Dec 23, 2019: Why we need to feel the photos

Dec 21, 2019: I think this bauble crop is nearly ready for harvesting.

Dec 20, 2019: Today’s Engaged Reading Digest: killing comments, surviving after redundancy, getting better at instagram - and the power of visual journalism. …

Dec 19, 2019: Oooh, my sister-in-law is in Vouge.

Dec 19, 2019: Heh. One unforeseen side-effect of having a newsletter - you get to see who is already on their Christmas break by their out-of-office updates…

Dec 17, 2019: As a lecturer, nothing makes you feel better than a student who turned in something pretty mediocre initially, creating a final submission that is …

Dec 16, 2019: Newsletters are beginning to over-whelm my in-box. Time to try out Feedbin’s ability to aggregate them in my RSS reader, I think.

Dec 16, 2019: This is a really interesting view from inside the BBC: GE19 - from the presenter’s chair.

Dec 15, 2019: I found my parents’ old tree angel, so she’s back in service after a decade off.

Dec 14, 2019: This is a useful read: What does the future hold for progressive politics after the Conservative victory?

Dec 13, 2019: Andrew Sullivan’s profile of the newly-elected PM from last week is worth revisiting in light of today’s news: The Blundering Brilliance of Prime …

Dec 13, 2019: Great analysis from the FT data team: last night, Labour lost the working class.

Dec 13, 2019: Three questions about the UK’s journalism and social media landscape after the General Election result.

Dec 13, 2019: I think this is an interesting read. To hold the seats they took this election, the Tories will have to operate in a very different way: Boris …

Dec 13, 2019: God, there are times when I hate being right. This really is one of them. Everyone blames algorithms for creating filter bubbles - but people are way …

Dec 12, 2019: Tonight I will be staying up for the exit poll and no longer. I want to face whatever tomorrow brings with a full night’s sleep behind me.

Dec 12, 2019: Hard to disagree with this. If only he’d been on the ballot…

Dec 12, 2019: Toxic It says something about the toxic state of British politics that I recorded a podcast about my voting thoughts and decided not to publish it. Why? My …

Dec 12, 2019: I have a nasty feeling that in 20 years’ time, our children will be asking why we wasted so much time, energy and passion on something like Brexit …

Dec 11, 2019: Here’s an inspiring fella: The beach clean-up crusader

Dec 11, 2019: A round-up of some of the big misinformation stories surrounding the general election.

Dec 11, 2019: Lovely morning down by the Adur.

Dec 9, 2019: Worrying side-effect of the internet ban there: people’s social media accounts are dropping to inactive status, with consequences for connections: As …

Dec 8, 2019: Winter beach.

Dec 8, 2019: Paint the whole world with a 🌈

Dec 8, 2019: Beach walk.

Dec 7, 2019: My November in one second everyday.

Dec 6, 2019: Making the most of a blustery day on the beach.

Dec 5, 2019: Making nature routine.

Dec 5, 2019: My daughter won the school limerick competition. I’m trying not to literally explode with pride - but it’s touch-and-go.

Dec 5, 2019: Revolution Games, David Vaughan-Jackson: Beyond a Steel Sky – Release Update Always disappointing when a game I’m looking forward to is delayed …

Dec 5, 2019: Today’s Engaged Reading Digest is all about the memes - but not in a fun way. (Bonus Baby Yoda content, tho’)

Dec 5, 2019: A pretty brutal examination of cancel culture, the psychological motivators, and its inherently polarising nature. And it’s from Psychology …

Dec 5, 2019: Chilling tale of how an ordinary teenager can be progressively radicalised by… memes. And people wonder why I devote an entire lecture to mimetic …

Dec 4, 2019: Compelling — and troubling — dive into the weaponisation of memes.

Dec 4, 2019: After school beach trips - not just for the summer!

Dec 4, 2019: Yesterday, the Reuters Institute published some research into podcasting and journalism. Here’s my thoughts on it: News podcasts: profitable and …

Dec 2, 2019: Frost hit last night. I think autumn is done and winter is here. ❄️

Dec 1, 2019: Festive holly.

Dec 1, 2019: My Podcast playlist for Sundays has the best episode names.

Nov 30, 2019: Finally, the coveted micro.blog 30 day pin is mine.

Nov 30, 2019: There’s nothing better than a nice, fussy way of making your coffee…

Nov 30, 2019: Satisfaction is Always Available

Nov 30, 2019: Shoreham’s looking festive tonight.

Nov 29, 2019: I back the Contract for the Web because the vast potential of it for humanity is being undermined by corporate greed and irresponsibility, political …

Nov 28, 2019: Abstaining From Social Media Doesn’t Improve Well-Being, Experimental Study Finds - a relief for those of us who have to use it professionally.

Nov 28, 2019: Spam of the Beast

Nov 27, 2019: Now, that was a tiring couple of days.

Nov 27, 2019: Canary Wharf was starting to look festive earlier.

Nov 25, 2019: The mere existence of deepfakes is eroding our sense of shared reality - even if we’ve never encountered one in the wild.

Nov 25, 2019: The need for deliberative digital spaces Digital democracy will face its greatest test in 2020 - Siva Vaidhyanathan, The Guardian: Facebook, Twitter and Google are designed to motivate …

Nov 25, 2019: (Country) walking to grow your subscriptions, radicalised on Reddit, and more good reads from the audience engagement mines.

Nov 25, 2019: Fascinating interview with a Mastadon founder. A little glimpse of how the internet could have been if the social platforms had stuck to open web …

Nov 25, 2019: There are many fine advantages to working from home. Dealing with my wife in her full-on procrastination mode is not one of them.

Nov 24, 2019: Autumn mist.

Nov 23, 2019: Lovely Autumn day in Shoreham-by-Sea - between the rain, at least.

Nov 22, 2019: Listen to the original, slower, better (!) version of Men at Work’s “Down Under” 🤯

Nov 22, 2019: Toy justice is swift and brutal in these parts.

Nov 22, 2019: A well-used semicolon can be a thing of beauty.

Nov 22, 2019: Wow. Flashback five years to when Hazel and I appeared in a software advert. I am happy to say I appear to have lost weight since then… (This was all …

Nov 22, 2019: This week I learnt that the Opera browser is now owned by a Chinese investor, that Opera News is huge - and might well be part of a Chinese propaganda …

Nov 21, 2019: opens Twitter reads for 2 minutes goes to bed despairing of humanity 🛌💤

Nov 21, 2019: It’s probably a sign that I’m over-tired and need some sack time, but I’m bloody convinced that this is the most important post on …

Nov 21, 2019: Having used both WordPress’s Gutenberg editor and Ghost’s block editor, I have to say, I made the right choice to use Ghost for …

Nov 21, 2019: This may be the most perfect Star Wars image ever.

Nov 20, 2019: Do you want Hulks, universe? Because this is how you get Hulks: Strongest Gamma-Ray Bursts Ever Recorded Are Illuminating the Universe’s Most …

Nov 19, 2019: Honestly, the British retro gaming scene appears to be one big old cesspool.

Nov 19, 2019: New iOS and iPadOS bug fix update hit last night, if you missed it: MacUser, Jason Cross: Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.2.3 with fixes for system …

Nov 18, 2019: Fingers crossed that I am on the final stage of a difficult evening, and will be home for a whisky and bed within the hour. Literally my entire …

Nov 17, 2019: Memex 1.1, John Naughton: Foresight, ignored — the founders of Google foresaw the possiblity of surveillance capitalism - but went ahead anyway.

Nov 16, 2019: I was initially excited when I found this site for Sussex bloggers, because it felt very like the sort of thing we did in the early 2000s. And then I …

Nov 15, 2019: Computational photography raises some serious questions about the nature of reality, and how we represent it.

Nov 15, 2019: Phones and Tablets are killing the PC Steve Jobs Was Right: Smartphones and Tablets Killed the P.C.: Apple’s latest iPads are different. Not only can you get work done on them; in many …

Nov 14, 2019: What’s the go-to iOS Mastadon client these days?

Nov 14, 2019:

Nov 13, 2019: Some links that are worth your time - from the psychology of social media outrage, to a celebration of RSS…

Nov 13, 2019: My top artists on Apple Music in 2019. I’m not a raging brony. It’s my daughters. Honest.

Nov 13, 2019: Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a 16” MacBook Pro - and they appear to have fixed the keyboard - by reverting to an older approach.

Nov 13, 2019: An interesting read for those interested in the psychology of social media: BPS Research Digest: The Paradox Of Viral Outrage: Public Shaming Inspires …

Nov 12, 2019: I’ll be very sad if this proves to be true. I started becoming serious about photography once I had a Trip 35 as a schoolboy: Rumor Claims Olympus …

Nov 12, 2019: For those of you on devices that support it, and are in the right time zone, One Man & His Blog now supports dark mode…

Nov 12, 2019: Yo dawg we heard you like Moodle so we put some Moodle in your Moodle so you can Moodle while you Moodle.

Nov 12, 2019: How to fix your Twitter timeline using this one clever trick…

Nov 12, 2019: This is kind of awesome: turning old VHS cassettes into clothes…

Nov 11, 2019: I’ve been fiddling around with my Ghost templates, and now fixed it so that comments only show on members-only and subscribers-only posts once you are …

Nov 11, 2019: This is a wonderful read from a couple of years ago: What Richard Dawkins could learn from Goldilocks and the Three Bears As relevant as ever, …

Nov 10, 2019: Beautiful Remembrance service at Church of the Good Shepherd this morning. The two minutes’ silence with the waves crashing on the beach is always …

Nov 10, 2019: Naked trees.

Nov 9, 2019: Funghi at Woods Mill.

Nov 9, 2019: Today at Woods Mill. The dirty secret? This was four adults…

Nov 8, 2019: Adur sunset

Nov 7, 2019: Before and after.

Nov 6, 2019: Well, that was possibly the lowest key birthday I’ve had in my 40-something years on the planet. Not a bad thing - the family celebration of it …

Nov 6, 2019: If you love coffee, this is an essential read on coffee prices - and the threat to producers it poses: Coffee Transaction Guide ☕️

Nov 6, 2019: Nice piece from the BBC breaking down how a fact became misinformation through omitted context, and how it then spread: How a misleading story about …

Nov 5, 2019: Imagination Unbound (video) This is an interesting watch, and visually inspiring in its own right:

Nov 5, 2019: I did not know this: Why Saying “Namaste” is Culturally Insensitive and NOT Just a Yoga Term.

Nov 5, 2019: Mean Yes, I know that this was yesterday’s prompt, but I didn’t get to it (even though I posted other things) and I did have something I wanted …

Nov 5, 2019: OK, the app became garbage, but I do miss having something called iTunes on my Mac. It was such an iconic piece of software in its time.

Nov 4, 2019: Possibly the least surprising thing Dave could write about JsonFeed. And the fact I remember the Atom kerfuffle is making me feel very old…

Nov 4, 2019: Nothing suspicious about this at all. Nope: No 10 blocks Russia EU referendum report until after election

Nov 4, 2019: Well, hello Photoshop on iPad.

Nov 3, 2019: “Media style” 🤔

Nov 3, 2019: Lordy. Pac-Man Gets An Official Theme Song for 40th Anniversary It’s called - wait for it - Join The Pac.

Nov 3, 2019: Such a beautiful crisp, autumn morning, with a lovely “after the storm” feel.

Nov 3, 2019: Beautifully peaceful with plenty of birdsong at the station this morning.

Nov 2, 2019: Spending the day liveblogging Open Data Camp 7 in London.

Nov 2, 2019: Stickered up for the day.

Nov 2, 2019: Early start to London. Not what you’d call busy at the station.

Nov 1, 2019: Pretty much her idea of heaven.

Oct 31, 2019: Four witches, a cat and a vampire just left my house, to demand sweets with menaces. 🎃

Oct 31, 2019: Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2019: The digital is inescapably political. It’s time to accept that.

Oct 30, 2019: Breakfast of champions

Oct 29, 2019: OMG. Otter emoji. 🦦

Oct 29, 2019: Hello flamingo! 🦩 (New emoji in iOS 13.2)

Oct 29, 2019: Lovely sight to start the morning.

Oct 28, 2019: Weird. My big iPad Pro took much, much longer than any other device to update to 13.2.

Oct 28, 2019: Oh, hello. iOS 13.2 is here. Time to update ALL THE THINGS again. (Including HomePods and AppleTV.)

Oct 27, 2019: Still a few traces of summer in an autumnal morning.

Oct 26, 2019: Through the library window.

Oct 26, 2019: Gotta say, my old school friend the artist is pretty fancy these days…

Oct 25, 2019: Nice to have company for my daughters’ martial arts class.

Oct 22, 2019: Ghost 3.0 has just launched - and it’s got built in tools for building a membership site for news. This makes subscription businesses way more …

Oct 21, 2019: I apologise to the affront to your ears, but I’m on a podcast: [Micro Monday - 70: Adam Tinworth aka …

Oct 21, 2019: Well, now, what say you people of micro.blog? Scott asked: Although, does anyone use feed readers anymore?!?!

Oct 21, 2019: This is an engrosssing podcast about the early days of raptor reintroduction in Scotland. We’ve come a long way in 40 years - but astonishing to hear …

Oct 21, 2019: Crikey. I wrote this 11 years ago - and it’s still as relevant now: “Interesting” is the basis of blogging

Oct 21, 2019: Not only is 8chan struggling to get back online — its co-founder is actively working to keep it that way. Fascinating.

Oct 21, 2019: Either this gentleman doesn’t understand One Man & His Blog’s audience - or I don’t…

Oct 20, 2019: Autumn mist Distinctly misty and autumnal at Lancing College this morning.

Oct 18, 2019: I think it’s fair to say that today’s weather has been changeable…

Oct 18, 2019: Inktober is one of my favourite “internet challenges”. It fills my feeds with such interesting and varied images.

Oct 18, 2019: This is the sort of thing that happened more often in the pre-platform days of the internet: A Free Font Inspired by Greta Thunberg’s Handwriting Nice …

Oct 18, 2019: Biorecycling plastics with enzymes Carbios' new factory will use enzymes to biorecycle plastic: In a matter of hours, the enzymes decompose the plastic into the material’s basic …

Oct 18, 2019: Oh, this is so cool: Grad student defended her dissertation while wearing a skirt made of rejection letters

Oct 18, 2019: These are absolutely stunning. Well worth checking out: John James Audubon’s Birds of America

Oct 18, 2019: The reason to study Latin Report: Students Who Take Latin Have Better Chance Of Summoning Demon Later In Life:: “According to our data, children who studied Latin in grade …

Oct 17, 2019: Take some time to listen to Birdsong Radio today - and consider how much poorer we’ll all be if we lose it. #LetNatureSing

Oct 16, 2019: I know it’s fashionable to diss HomePods, but they are hugely popular in the Tinworth household.

Oct 16, 2019: Oh, good work to whomever wrote that headline: Government scraps online ‘porn block’ plans after law hits kinks 👏

Oct 16, 2019: Yahoo Groups is shutting down. Wow. The history of a lot of great early online communities is about to be erased from the web.

Oct 15, 2019: Marvel Shocker: Kevin Feige Takes Over Comics as New Chief Creative Officer. Wow. The movies guy is now in charge of the whole operation - including …

Oct 15, 2019: Oh, look. Yet another round of iOS updates.

Oct 15, 2019: RIP Meetup. $2 per RSVP will kill the platform stone dead.

Oct 15, 2019: Good Lord, I suspect that this is only going to increase the determination of the rebels: Police ban Extinction Rebellion protests from whole of …

Oct 15, 2019: New GoPro day…

Oct 15, 2019: This was a fantastic session by Eliza Filby from NEXT conference last month, looking at the characteristics of the generations, and how we should …

Oct 15, 2019: One positive thing about Catalina: I can open the Music app without it bringing my Mac to its knees. That wasn’t the case with iTunes.

Oct 15, 2019: Not something I’d considered before - but accurate: The Delicate Nature of Comparing Smartphone Cameras and a Dash of False Equivalence

Oct 14, 2019: Fascinating bit of tech nostalgia: This is How Film Cameras Added Dates to Your Photos:

Oct 13, 2019: Now, that’s a sunset.

Oct 13, 2019: Why blogging still matters, even after 25 years:: “The furore over social media and its impact on democracy has obscured the fact that the …

Oct 12, 2019: O RLY?

Oct 12, 2019: “Oh, God, don’t upgrade to Catalaina if you want to keep using our software” has been a recurring motif in my inbox for the last week.

Oct 11, 2019: A round-up of some of the research: Social media and depression

Oct 11, 2019: YouTubers: more influential than newspapers What Does PewDiePie Really Believe? A few weeks after the Poway shooting, Kjellberg’s publicist called me. Kjellberg hadn’t given an interview in …

Oct 11, 2019: Finally caught up: August in one second everyday.

Oct 11, 2019: I think, after seven years, I might finally be getting the hang of Moodle.

Oct 11, 2019: Today's link to make you snort coffee out of your nose Crazy Apple Rumors Site, John Moltz: Apple Revokes Panic Developer License: Gesturing to a video of Untitled Goose Game gameplay, Cheung explained: …

Oct 11, 2019: Facebook builds the wall Manton Reece: Saying goodbye to Facebook cross-posting/ Facebook is walling its properties ever further off from the rest of the web. They are the …

Oct 11, 2019: The new Catalyst-based Twitter for Mac is out.

Oct 10, 2019: Good news: MacBook Pro happily upgraded to Catalina. Bad news: installer refuses to touch my desktop because the hard drive is throwing SMART errors. …

Oct 9, 2019: Apple ditches Trash can name in the UK with Catalina update in favor of a boring one: “Regardless, the newly minted Bin will always be known as Trash …

Oct 9, 2019: What do we call podcasts that aren’t podcasts? Good question from Dave Winer.

Oct 8, 2019: Heads up, folks. If you’re seeing huge battery drain on iOS, Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1 app could be the guilty party. It ate over ⅓ of the battery on my …

Oct 8, 2019: Oi, old geeks out there. Your favourite memes from the past 20 years. Go. And remember: Ceiling Cat is watching you.

Oct 8, 2019: Someone set us up the bomb.

Oct 7, 2019: After more than three hours on the road, I pull up at home, and can hear the sea crashing on the beach not very far away. Bliss.

Oct 7, 2019: Do you think she’ll give me a lift home?

Oct 6, 2019: Why is the day of rest never a day of rest?

Oct 5, 2019: Woods Mill this morning. Although autumn was clearly in the air, you wouldn’t know it from this photo.

Oct 4, 2019: Goodness. This makes me nostalgic for living in Scotland. And concerned for its future.

Oct 4, 2019: Here we go again: Amazon Prime Video disappears from iOS App Store and Apple TV

Oct 4, 2019: Who knew that The Wurzels covered Pulp’s Common People?

Oct 4, 2019: Oh, my…

Oct 4, 2019: Ah, the 70s.

Oct 4, 2019: Today, I am digitising my childhood records while I work.

Oct 4, 2019: Elon Musk hired a really unpleasant person to investigate the cave diver he insulted. Musk’s a bit of an arse, isn’t he?

Oct 4, 2019: Giving this a try - I still rely on Instapaper a lot for work: Michael Tsai: Instapaper Safari App Extension

Oct 4, 2019: This is a sobering watch. The plastic industry’s long fight to blame pollution on you.

Oct 4, 2019: “What’s the angle we should take on this Facebook story?” “I know! Agism!” 🙄 You Are Probably Too Old for Instagram’s New Threads App

Oct 3, 2019: Last month in one second per day.

Oct 3, 2019: Hey, there’s an IndieWebCamp in Brighton later in the month. Need to see if I can arrange to go, if my wife can have the girls.

Oct 3, 2019: This morning’s fun game: where has my wife hidden my aeropress?

Oct 2, 2019: Interesting academic analysis of the bizarre, disproportionate response some men have to her: Misogyny, male rage and the words men use to describe …

Oct 2, 2019: I am surprised by how quiet this university is at 9am compared to later in the day. I shouldn’t be. But I am.

Oct 1, 2019: Well, I’m very tempted by this: Gizmodo, Andrew Couts: GoPro’s Hero8 Black Is Boring—and That’s What Makes It Great

Oct 1, 2019: Not often I look back on conference food with affection - but the NEXT conference lunch bowls were epic:

Sep 30, 2019: Seriously high tides here yesterday. How much higher will they go today?

Sep 29, 2019: A tense moment at fairy hospital: will Vidia fly again?

Sep 29, 2019: Super high tide again today.

Sep 29, 2019: I think this is my favourite of the new watch faces in WatchOS 6.

Sep 28, 2019: Portrait mode on the iPhone X: still a winner.

Sep 27, 2019: Back to the 80s Very much today’s mood:

Sep 26, 2019: Protecting yourself from social media jealousy Julia Buckley: Most of the advice I’ve seen on the issue of comparisons has been around the fact that social media can present an unrealistic image …

Sep 26, 2019: Om Malik: Headline hyperbole & article without info

Sep 26, 2019: Happy news for me and the other blog platform I routinely use: iPadOS and Ghost

Sep 26, 2019: Early days yet - but iPadOS 13.1 may well have ensured that my MacBook Pro doesn’t get replaced. I think I’m an iPad Pro man here on out.

Sep 26, 2019: My perfect travel companion Oh, Lordy. I need this: Luckily my birthday is coming up soon… [via Boing Boing]

Sep 26, 2019: A week ago, I saw a badger on my way to the airport. Thinking about it is still making me happy.

Sep 24, 2019: Yes, iOS13.1 is out (including iPadOS). Go get it, brave folks…

Sep 24, 2019: Deep breath…

Sep 23, 2019: A little editing on the sofa, using LumaFusion and my iPad Pro. Soooo nice.

Sep 23, 2019: This is one of the features of iOS13 I’m really looking forwards to having. But I’m still waiting for iOS13.1… Six Colors, Dan Moren: 13 …

Sep 23, 2019: This is utterly glorious film photography geekery: New Website Sets the Record Straight: There is No Such Thing as 120mm Film

Sep 23, 2019: Saving this to read later.

Sep 23, 2019: Boing Boing, Rob Beschizza: Disney almost bought Twitter but backed off because “the nastiness is extraordinary” 🤷🏼‍♂️

Sep 21, 2019: My spirit animal is Benton Fraser from Due South. Thank you kindly.

Sep 21, 2019: Normal for Next. :-)

Sep 21, 2019: Okay.

Sep 21, 2019: I often think that the most dangerous phrase in the English language is “it’s simple”.

Sep 20, 2019: Current status: 🍷 🛋 🇩🇪

Sep 20, 2019: Today’s workspace at #next19

Sep 20, 2019: This end of Reeperbahn is a bit whiffy at 8am.

Sep 19, 2019: Feeling very much like waiting for iOS13.1 next week, rather than risking my phone on iOS13 right in the middle of a working overseas trip.

Sep 19, 2019: Current status:

Sep 19, 2019: The first 20 minutes of #NEXT19 in 20 seconds

Sep 19, 2019: What’s outside our universe? A thought-provoking talk to kick off #NEXT19

Sep 15, 2019: Lovely sunny day today - but Wednesday was a different story.

Sep 14, 2019: Such a fungi to spend the morning with. 🍄

Sep 14, 2019: Fabulous day for Nature Tots.

Sep 13, 2019: Fascinating. I didn’t realise Pinterest did monthly updates on trends across the platform.

Sep 13, 2019: What you need to know about yesterday’s Google algorithm news (if you’re a journalist).

Sep 12, 2019: I think that was the first newsletter to my paying members I was really, really happy with. Now to keep repeating that.

Sep 12, 2019: Nature: How social networks can be used to bias votes This is rapidly becoming an existential issue for our democracies. If you’re serious about …

Sep 12, 2019: This is quite a big point too many journalists miss: Media Literacy will not create trust in journalism It just tends to reinforce those who already …

Sep 10, 2019: The only thing from that keynote I’m 100% getting: Apple Arcade. Might get a new watch… strap. Might get the iPhone 11 Pro, but will hang on to my …

Sep 10, 2019: That trade-in price for my iPhone X makes that tempting.

Sep 10, 2019: Wasn’t expecting the always on Apple Watch. Nice upgrade.

Sep 10, 2019: I have two very excited little girls who have just seen the Apple Arcade trailer. Good price for the whole family. We’ll be signing up.

Sep 10, 2019: Here’s one great reason to love the DJi Osmo Mobile 3 if you’re involved in social video production:

Sep 10, 2019: Scrummy blue skies today.

Sep 10, 2019: Living by the sea really bring it home to you how polluted our waters have become with waste.

Sep 9, 2019: Treating myself to a nice aeropress coffee after my wet and windy walk. ☕️

Sep 9, 2019: Oops.

Sep 9, 2019: Jane Manchum Wong ”It appears to me that Medium wants to double as a Reader app in an experiment. This unreleased feature is called “Save to Medium”, …

Sep 9, 2019: Having the sort of day where I write what I thought were two thoughtful and useful posts, and the world just shrugs its shoulders at me. It’s …

Sep 9, 2019: Politicians love presenting us with apparently simple solutions to complex problems. It’s where the votes are. But journalists need to stop …

Sep 9, 2019: Does journalism have an understanding problem? (tl;dr - yes!)

Sep 9, 2019: Since the end of my days as RBI’s head of blogging, I don’t really get much change to spend time fiddling around with the technical stuff …

Sep 8, 2019: Trying something new: Walking With Daddy

Sep 8, 2019: A year or so back I won an XBox One S. What games would you recommend for me, as a very lapsed gamer? What are the real classics on the platform?

Sep 7, 2019: Some stunning flowers at Nymans today.

Sep 7, 2019: I made this!

Sep 7, 2019: Messy drinker.

Sep 6, 2019: In a Pub in Fowey Eating dinner by the sea - how very civilised. In a Pub in Fowey

Sep 6, 2019: Not what it looks like

Sep 6, 2019: “If it bleeds, it leads" as a central organising principle for news reporting might be one of our biggest problems as an industry. BPS Research …

Sep 5, 2019: “Of course you can wear whatever you want to my wedding, sister”. And she did.

Sep 5, 2019: I have no idea what to make of this: Tinworth Iced Tea

Sep 5, 2019: Six Colors, Jason Snell: The Kindle is fine. It could’ve been much more than that. Agreed. I would love to have seen the Kindle evolve into a …

Sep 4, 2019: A walk through the blogging graveyard Moving from Feedly to @NetNewsWire via Feedbin has been largely a positive experience. The one oddity, though, has been the sudden reanimation of a …

Sep 4, 2019: This looks spectacularly lovely - but is waaaaay out of my price range: Bang 8 Olufsen unveils premium AirPlay 2 and Chromecast soundbar ahead of IFA

Sep 4, 2019: The traditional camera bloodbath is here, it appears. On my Om, Om Malik: PhotoRealism

Sep 4, 2019: Wow. Fell behind on these. Here’s July - over a months ago - in 1 Second Everyday.

Sep 4, 2019: Look at this. A blog post with actual comments. That takes me back…

Sep 4, 2019: Today’s Engaged Reading Digest - chat apps in protests, how the internet is changing our language and influencer reverse psychology.

Sep 4, 2019: This is why I carry on blogging.

Sep 4, 2019: Understatement of the day: ”It’s almost seven years, now, since David Cameron decided that an EU referendum would reunite the Conservative party. I …

Sep 3, 2019: Interesting, but not transformative. It’ll help with the mental heath issues around social media. Be interesting to see what the lack of social …

Sep 3, 2019: Unintended consequence of the day: Wild popularity of CBD forces Christian bookseller to rebrand

Sep 3, 2019: My lunch meeting has arrived.

Sep 3, 2019: Working in the M&S Café while my wife and daughter do some final school shopping. I am getting the evil eye from pensioners, whose regular spot I …

Sep 3, 2019: The slow erosion of the democratic norm Rachel Sylvester makes an important point in The Times: Democracy is about persuasion rather than obliteration and there are rules underpinning …

Sep 2, 2019: It’s been a long time since these two shared a spot in my dock together.

Sep 2, 2019: Spending a lot of time in spreadsheets today. Not something that happens a lot in my work, but weirdly satisfying when it does.

Aug 31, 2019: Don’t look now folks, but I think autumn might be here…

Aug 30, 2019: A nice reminder that blogging was always a complicated and often unpleasant community. Shakesville’s unravelling and the not-so-golden age of blogging …

Aug 30, 2019: Does anyone else use FeedBin? Considering trialing a switch from Feedly - but would like some informed experience before I make the jump.

Aug 29, 2019: This is a fascinating theory (based on a source) on why Apple’s sudden change in beta releases happened: iOS 13’s beta split is down to Trump’s …

Aug 28, 2019: Prorogue — or prorogation?

Aug 28, 2019: Well the good news is that a lot of people have a much deeper understanding of how our parliamentary democracy functions than they did yesterday.

Aug 26, 2019: Serfing USA Jeremiah Owyang : Chances are, you’re probably a serf.: To modernize the last word of Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin’s famed quote; “In antiquity, …

Aug 26, 2019: I’m taking a new approach to link posts on One Man & His Blog. What do you think? Feedback gratefully received.

Aug 26, 2019: This is a massive dose of nostalgia - I was on a lot of these networks. But, thankfully, not all: Why These Social Networks Failed So Badly

Aug 26, 2019: This is a lovely story, beautifully drawn.

Aug 26, 2019: The art of pseudo-science in politics This sums up how many articles and books cloak nonsense claims in a thin skin of scientific respectability: Inconvenient Facts claims, over and over, …

Aug 26, 2019: A wee update on life, work and blog. Nothing alarming, just trying to figure out how to avoid burning out again.

Aug 24, 2019: Shades weather, innit.

Aug 22, 2019: A day when I find a new pretentious coffee shop is always a good day.

Aug 19, 2019: So, the reason for my silence here over the last couple of weeks was that I was holidaying in a nearly bandwidth-free place. And it was lovely. Just …

Aug 18, 2019: A fruitful garden

Aug 18, 2019: Possibly the most manly thing I’ve done all year…

Aug 18, 2019: Garden harvest.

Aug 17, 2019: Back from holiday to a dull, rainy Sussex. Ho-hum.

Aug 11, 2019: A Circle of Words: emails to blogs to newsletters

Aug 6, 2019: Well, this is depressing - but painfully resonant. Bullshit jobs and the yoke of managerial feudalism

Aug 6, 2019: Blimey - a story about Instagram that’s actually positive: A woman documents the clothes her boyfriend ‘hates’ on Instagram

Aug 4, 2019: It’s just been that kind of a day.

Aug 1, 2019: Why are people risking their lives to take the perfect selfie? (Spoiler; it’s not about the selfies…)

Jul 31, 2019: Pub sign angles are a surprisingly good guide as to how windy the day is…

Jul 29, 2019: The garden was in fine form today, in the few moments I could steal away from work.

Jul 28, 2019: The paperless office isn’t an ideal: it’s a nightmare. Sweet dreams. :-)

Jul 28, 2019: Bit blowy today.

Jul 27, 2019: I hit my daily Move goal for the 1,000th time. Result.

Jul 27, 2019: I’m not sure that this acquisition will “produce value”. These are sites with utterly different cultures, and I can’t see Vice …

Jul 27, 2019: Unsurprising to anyone who has lived in Scotland: Scotland generating enough wind energy to power two Scotlands

Jul 27, 2019: Revised and expanded this to try and clarify some point: Zombie Tumblr and the twilight of the social web.

Jul 27, 2019: The latest Black Hat SEO technique: find articles from defunct sites linked to by major news operations, and grab the URLs. This could impact the …

Jul 27, 2019: Reasons I love blogging #3478: I spend several minutes Googling “Ted Danson flossing" for a blog post this morning.

Jul 27, 2019: Tumblr as we know it is dead, as a pile of corporate obfuscation makes clear. What’s left is a zombie-like shell - and a gap for places where …

Jul 26, 2019: This one still works.

Jul 26, 2019: Found some ancient history…

Jul 26, 2019: Nothing is more stupid for a country than not educating its children On recent British politics: ”For sensible people, it raised the question: what kind of society doesn’t fund its school? What kind of country wants …

Jul 26, 2019: This is a worthwhile project: Preserve & digitize 30,000 historic New Orleans newspapers 28% funded - and 10 days to go. Can we get some …

Jul 25, 2019: There is a particular danger zone for bad sleep decisions. And I am right in it now. 💤

Jul 24, 2019: Sea kitty.

Jul 23, 2019: Beautiful sunny day in Shoreham by Sea.

Jul 23, 2019: Today’s status:

Jul 23, 2019: Flipping ‘eck. I can’t wait to use this. Pixelmator Pro update integrates its entire app inside Apple Photos as a Photos extension

Jul 22, 2019: If you use the Speedtest app on your iPhone, press and hold on the Go button. After a while… …something happens.

Jul 22, 2019: Fading into twilight

Jul 22, 2019: I see it’s “update all the Apple devices” night.

Jul 22, 2019: One thing I’ve learnt about myself in recent years is that things like Apple Watch straps and GoPro sleeves (like this one) make me disproportionately …

Jul 22, 2019: Social media fatigue — and its rememdy This is from a post by a former colleague. It resonates deeply with me: I’m so freaking tired of social media. Everything is terrible and I feel like …

Jul 22, 2019: The screen time "problem" We’re told that too much screen time hurts our kids. Where’s the evidence?: However, in a world witnessing ecological destruction, political …

Jul 22, 2019: The underlying price of digital-only friendship To Understand Facebook, Study Capgras Syndrome: This withering of primate familiarity in the face of technology prompts us to mistake an acquaintance …

Jul 22, 2019: Remembering the weird internet that was A couple of great quotes from a piece by Owen Williams on Medium (shudder): But when we lose the weird internet, we don’t just lose a space where …

Jul 22, 2019: I think this photo pretty much sums up my life.

Jul 22, 2019: Practicing the art of productive procrastination, by tidying up my Ulysses app.

Jul 21, 2019: One of the better spur-of-the-moment decisions I’ve made in recent years was the creation of a Sunday Sunday playlist of podcasts. It’s all …

Jul 20, 2019: In other news, today I met a ferret.

Jul 20, 2019: Today has been rather posher than normal…

Jul 20, 2019: We be rollin’, they be hatin’

Jul 19, 2019: My eldest on holiday last year.

Jul 18, 2019: The Comfortably Dumb - Om Malik follows up in his post about his growing discomfort with embedded tech from the big companies in “smart” devices.

Jul 17, 2019: This is fascinating - there’s a new visual language evolving around doing drama in vertical videos: Chinese vertical dramas made for phone viewing …

Jul 16, 2019: Random discoveries via navigation apps Lovely, random experience this evening. Apple Maps brought me an unexpected route home, showing me a bunch of villages and towns a short drive from …

Jul 16, 2019: I think my authorised app connections to Flickr need some updating… (iPhoto 2??)

Jul 16, 2019: I’m with Om on this. I’ve replaced our Alexa device with a HomePod as I’m no longer willing to give Google or Amazon audio access to our …

Jul 15, 2019: Well now. I did a vlog from Scotland. Vlogging is really not my thing. What do you think?

Jul 14, 2019: ln defence of selfies - an interesting take on the social context of photography and sharing.

Jul 14, 2019: More catching up - February in 1 second everyday

Jul 12, 2019: The Decline of Historical Perspective - Neil hits the nail on the head here. And yes, it’s worrying.

Jul 12, 2019: Catching up - this is January in 1 Second Everyday.

Jul 11, 2019: New Microsoft Store at Oxford Circus Microsoft opening a new store right on Oxford Circus in London today. Nice clean lines - but it feels terribly generic.

Jul 11, 2019: I do love the feel of the new “grove” style Apple Stores.

Jul 10, 2019: Listening to Andy’s 20 year journey at the Flock event in Shoreham-by-Sea.

Jul 10, 2019: My June in 1 second everyday.

Jul 10, 2019: Settled up my second payment on account with the taxman. Slowly, but surely, breaking the habit of doing everything at the last minute.

Jul 10, 2019: Why innovation fails.

Jul 9, 2019: Catching up with the MacBook news. Prices finally getting down to where they need to be, but a new keyboard would be the icing on the cake. However, …

Jul 9, 2019: Trapped in the attention farm Dave Winer: Ever notice that mostly what people post on Twitter is designed to get attention for the author. I think that’s due to the award …

Jul 8, 2019: After a productive day in front of a screen (or three), I have just treated myself to 40 minutes with a real, paper hardback — Tom Cox’s 21st …

Jul 8, 2019: This is a compelling account of life in a (failing) digital content startup: The Rise and Fall of Babe.Net and The Aziz Ansari Story The end is …

Jul 8, 2019: ‘We’re anti-influencer’: ice-cream truck makes Instagram ‘stars’ pay double 🤣

Jul 8, 2019: So, when everybody’s in-boxes are cluttered with newsletters in about 18 months' time - will we see the grand blog and RSS revival, as history …

Jul 8, 2019: Oh, DJI. I’m not sure encouraging non-consensual voyerism is the right way to sell your products…

Jul 8, 2019: Breaking: social media verification processes still suck.

Jul 8, 2019: How The Correspondent plans to handle audience engagement.

Jul 8, 2019: Your data is the fuel for parties you're not invited to The Global Economy Runs on Parties You’re Not Invited To: As went the ad business, so will go the rest of the economy: The robots may take over — but …

Jul 6, 2019: Teaching 4 year olds to use saws. 👌🏻

Jul 5, 2019: I find this troubling. We can no longer rely on Google being a gateway to the older parts of the web. How to Find Old Websites That Google Won’t Show

Jul 5, 2019: Time to get moving on mobility — for the planet’s sake…

Jul 5, 2019: Yesterday’s view…

Jul 4, 2019: Pride-ful.

Jul 4, 2019: Many PostIts died to bring us this strategy…

Jul 4, 2019: The philistines in this hotel have turned the coffee machine off for the night. HOW VERY DARE THEY.

Jul 4, 2019: It’s all glamour in the consultancy business, I can tell you…

Jul 1, 2019: Looking lovely in the evening sun… 🌻

Jun 29, 2019: Getting a bit dry round here…

Jun 28, 2019: Tide’s out…

Jun 28, 2019: This will probably get me into trouble, but I’m quite excited by Jony Ive leaving Apple. He’d clearly run out of things to say about …

Jun 27, 2019: Blimey. Ive leaving Apple to form his own firm - but Apple will be one of his first clients.

Jun 23, 2019: This really was not the plan for this afternoon.

Jun 22, 2019: The street where I grew up.

Jun 22, 2019: Hello, Edinburgh.

Jun 22, 2019: I have a suspicion that a child may have used this seat before me…

Jun 20, 2019: I have got to bring my tab habit under control. There’s no point opening all these damn things, unless I’m going to sit and read them.

Jun 20, 2019: The New Wilderness No two companies have done more to drag private life into the algorithmic eye than Google and Facebook. Together, they operate the world’s most …

Jun 20, 2019: Finished drafting tomorrow’s newsletter for my paying subscribers. Feeling good about it (although slightly guilty that this is not going on the open …

Jun 20, 2019: Morning office:

Jun 19, 2019: Is messenger app interoperability feasible without destroying encryption?

Jun 17, 2019: Warning for highly polarising politics… I poked into why #notjewish was trending on Twitter, and why an account I had no awareness of had blocked me - …

Jun 17, 2019: Interesting discovery while booking a trip: it’s no longer safe to assume budget hotel chains are substantially cheaper than more upmarket offerings.

Jun 17, 2019: Online community dynamics change as the membership grows. In particular, most networks require increasing attention-seeking behaviour in order to get …

Jun 16, 2019: Busted the macro lens out, too…

Jun 16, 2019: Teeny, tiny frog.

Jun 16, 2019: Tree-mendous Fathers’ Day.

Jun 15, 2019: Crafting time chez Tinworth.

Jun 15, 2019: New toy…

Jun 15, 2019: Lovely morning down by the Adur as I walked home this morning.

Jun 14, 2019: Here’s one from the archives - that’s me on the left, taking a photo of the chief scout, during the 75th anniversary of scouting …

Jun 14, 2019: Seeing this magazine on sale in my local newsagent is odd. I associate it so strongly with my Mum and my childhood, it seems almost incomprehensible …

Jun 13, 2019: Boats on the Adur

Jun 12, 2019: Bit more perhaps?

Jun 12, 2019: Here’s a soothing 20 seconds of beach life for you…

Jun 12, 2019: Got up at stupid o’clock this morning to catch a train and attend the launch of the Reuters Institute Digital News Report this morning. It was …

Jun 12, 2019: Great Micro Monday @hollyhoneychurch and @macgenie (catching up on a commute). Thanks. Thinking a lot about the time period challenges.

Jun 12, 2019: Just preparing my notes from this morning’s Digital News Report 2019 launch event for publication - how refreshing to have an all-female panel at a …

Jun 11, 2019: Relax - digital is efficient, so we don’t need to be…

Jun 10, 2019: MG Siegler: ”Facebook, an app where people share baby photos and conspiracy theories…” 🔥

Jun 10, 2019: Passing though Croydon. It’s almost 22 years since I worked here. Not far off half my life ago… and I think I’ve only been back twice.

Jun 10, 2019: I find upgrading firmware on devices a surprisingly satisfying process.

Jun 10, 2019: Weather could be better, though.

Jun 10, 2019: Nice to be heading up London late enough to drop a bag off at the charity shop and get a coffee from Tom Foolery.

Jun 8, 2019: Of all the things to find, a shopping list from my Mum, who has been gone over a decade:

Jun 8, 2019: Go on. Guess which option I picked.

Jun 8, 2019: It’s 2019, and, yes, you still need to own your content.

Jun 7, 2019: MailOnline’s traffic absolutely brutalised by Google algorithm update. Let the jokes commence.

Jun 7, 2019: So, um, the answer to “Fake News" might have been available the whole time… in Finland?

Jun 7, 2019: Further evidence that I’m turning into a grumpy old man of the interwebs: Writing about the internet is no excuse for not doing your research

Jun 7, 2019: Working on a Friday, unusually, due to a day swap with my wife. Throughly dreich out there today, so working seems better…

Jun 6, 2019: What’s bringing you joy this morning, people of micro.blog?

Jun 5, 2019: Craig Federighi on iPadOS: “It’s become a truly distinct experience. It’s not an iPhone experience. It’s not a Mac …

Jun 4, 2019: Jason Snell (@jsnell) on why Catalyst apps might be good for… …the iPad. ”Basically, the better the iPad app, the better the Mac app. This has some …

Jun 3, 2019: Here’s what excited me about the WWDC keynote today. The iPad Pro lifestyle just got more feasible.

Jun 3, 2019: Thank you, micro.blog folks. I enjoyed sharing the keynote with you!

Jun 3, 2019: My favourite sort of Apple keynote: I have no strong desire to buy anything new as a result of it, but I know all my devices will get better in the …

Jun 3, 2019: All in all, that feels like Apple worked its way through a big old list of things people have been complaining about for years, and got pretty much …

Jun 3, 2019: iOS13 supported devices: “New software features will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 6s and later, and will be available …

Jun 3, 2019: I love it when they do these developer-specific sections in the WWDC keynotes. I mean, they mean nothing to journalists like me, but there’s …

Jun 3, 2019: I knew nothing about Minecraft before this demo. And I know nothing about it after this demo.

Jun 3, 2019: Twitter for Mac is coming back…

Jun 3, 2019: Marzipan is now officially Project Catalyst.

Jun 3, 2019: Well, that Pro pricing did NOT go down well…

Jun 3, 2019: Nice to see the iMac G4’s best feature back in the new Pro Display XDR.

Jun 3, 2019: Uh. The demo fail on the new iPad selection gestures is not encouraging… The guy’s clearly nervous as heck, but still.

Jun 3, 2019: And there we have it - both external drive support on iPad, and the ability to import files traight into a particular app.

Jun 3, 2019: iPadOS!!! FINALLY! Snoopy happy dance

Jun 3, 2019: Oh, fabulous. Multi-user support for HomePods is great news. Our living room HomePods get a huge amount of use - and it’ll be great to have my Apple …

Jun 3, 2019: Those elongated ovals from the new version of the TV app seem to be a major design trend in iOS13.

Jun 3, 2019: Oh, wow. That’s a big upgrade on iOS photo editing. But that video editing is even more exciting. That’ll make the #mojo people very happy.

Jun 3, 2019: Beauty influencers. From the internet. Ah-ha.

Jun 3, 2019: Wow. Sign-in with Apple. It makes perfect sense as an extension of Apple’s privacy policy. It’ll be interesting to see who adopts it… and even more …

Jun 3, 2019: I do enjoy Craig’s dad jokes, but then, I am very much a Dad.

Jun 3, 2019: Focus on iOS speed two years running? Nice.

Jun 3, 2019: 📺 🐟 👍🏻

Jun 3, 2019: And my eldest is just going to love that lyrics feature.

Jun 3, 2019: OK, Tim Cook just won in our household. Multi-user support in tvOS will be so handy for the Tinworth clan.

Jun 3, 2019: Screen break beach walk.

Jun 3, 2019: Forest and soul I agree with every word of this:

Jun 3, 2019: Forest restoration via doggo What an amazing way of reseeding a forest: Border collies Das, Summer and Olivia were outfitted with special backpacks brimming with seeds. Then they …

Jun 3, 2019: This is both a chilling read - and a surprisingly hopeful one: The Undercover Fascist

May 25, 2019: This starts off as road crash viewing of a middle-aged meme warrior - but actually goes somewhere interesting. My dad, the Facebook addict

May 25, 2019: Parents spending thousands on YouTube Camp. “Per a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, parents are spending nearly $1,000 dollars a week for …

May 25, 2019: Ugh. @danielpunkass can’t get his patch into WordPress. Open Source in theory rather than practice?

May 24, 2019: The only positive thing I can find to say about May’s premiership is this: I’m glad it happened while my daughters were old enough to register a …

May 23, 2019: River life

May 23, 2019: The Trouble with AMP

May 22, 2019: Right. This is a good as my liveblogged notes from Hacks/Hackers London this evening at Twitter UK are getting. I’ll give them a good sub in the …

May 22, 2019: It’s been so long since I used the Underground regularly that I’ve reverted to being a Tube N00b.

May 22, 2019: There’s a man on my train wearing a hat with a crown over it, an imitation smart glass HUD, a cape, and a sword and shield. Gotta say, I’m a bit …

May 21, 2019: How we Dooced blogging — and its community This Vox profile of Heather Armstrong — Dooce — is a deeply melancholy read: In the time that Armstrong had been absent from her site, bloggers had …

May 19, 2019: Nice view as I crossed the bridge this evening.

May 18, 2019: Current view.

May 18, 2019: Today, I have made all the fritters.

May 17, 2019: This is a sobering read by James Kirkup: The truth about David Cameron and the ‘mad, swivel-eyed loons’ “Under Cameron and the person who called at …

May 17, 2019: Shoreham Beach, two years ago.

May 17, 2019: Inner voice: “This keyboard is filthy. I should clean it before I write any more.” Deep inner voice: “Wow. Your procrastination game is ON FIRE …

May 15, 2019: Wow. DJI are going head to head with GoPro with the DJI Osmo Action Camera. The Hero 8 had better be great.

May 14, 2019: Probably my most self-aggravating work habit is composing emails in my head - and then never getting arournd to typing them out and sending them.

May 14, 2019: Politics warning: right-wing comics activists are abusing Twitter’s policies on transphobia to silence their critics. This behaviour pattern …

May 13, 2019: I see it’s an “update all the Apple things” day again.

May 12, 2019: Today’s beach life:

May 11, 2019: Extinction Rebellion die in at the Shoreham by Sea farmers market.

May 9, 2019: What’s that sound? Oh, it’s the influencer bubble popping: ”Most global internet users lack confidence in what they see and read online, …

May 9, 2019: Finally got around to adding another of my key services to my site: Live Event Capture - where I create rapid posts from event content, working in …

May 9, 2019: Self-employment is basically a years-long oscillation between being stressed about money and being stressed about volume of work.

May 8, 2019: My notes from the RSA event Schools Without Walls might be of interest to the education-minded amongst you.

May 8, 2019: The rain, it raineth every day ☔️

May 6, 2019: Iris amongst the irises.

May 6, 2019: Loving nature is a political act It seems impossible to me to be, now, passionate about nature and not be also both political and ethical about nature. We no longer have the luxury of …

May 5, 2019: It was windy yesterday at Woods Mill, but the sound is just lovey.

May 5, 2019: I love this photo of Iris in the woods from yesterday.

May 4, 2019: Nesting…

May 2, 2019: Here’s something I don’t often do: a review. It’s of Freewell’s All Day Filters for the Osmo Pocket.

May 2, 2019: What’s good in your world today?

May 2, 2019: Shaping up to be a lovely day.

May 1, 2019: Today’s workplace.

Apr 30, 2019: Wow. This video of an osprey female protecting her eggs in the heart of Storm Hannah is quite something.

Apr 29, 2019: This is a compelling read about life in the outer circles of Silicon Valley: ”A film of pseudoscience sticks to everything we touch. We don’t just …

Apr 29, 2019: Never bet against the phone…

Apr 28, 2019: Working on old negative scans does make me miss the grain and texture of film photography - but I really don’t have the time to indulge in it any …

Apr 28, 2019: Sunday adulting. 🌷

Apr 28, 2019: Fascinating how much cars date photos, even after “just” 15 years.

Apr 27, 2019: Big fan of the Extinction Rebellion art style.

Apr 26, 2019: Yikes. An RPG book I contributed to being offered for £115 on eBay!

Apr 25, 2019: I’m so dizzy, my head is spinning… …because my daughters brought some horrible virus home for me. This is a weird one. I am feeling very …

Apr 24, 2019: The guest WiFi at Twitter UK’s pretty good…

Apr 24, 2019: Thanks to my daughters, my iPad Smart Keyboard is looking particularly fabulous today…

Apr 21, 2019: Easter egg hunt 🐣

Apr 20, 2019: And here’s the final image of Adam, a sculpture at the Eden Project, shot back in Spring 2004.

Apr 20, 2019: Enjoying working in Pixelmator Photo to clean up some old negative scans:

Apr 20, 2019: There was a lot of construction work still happened at the Eden Project back in 2004. I loved these art plants that part screened the construction. …

Apr 20, 2019: Eden Project, 14th April 2004

Apr 19, 2019: Talented investigative journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead in Derry last night. I knew her, and was always in awe of her work. RIP, Lyra. And thank …

Apr 18, 2019: Exciting times on the Woodland Trust Osprey Cam. Aila (the female) has been in the nest for most of the day. She’s there right now.

Apr 18, 2019: Facebook has finally banned a swathe of far-right hate groups, including the BNP, EDL and Britain First. Not before time. Particularly glad to see …

Apr 18, 2019: The Wind in What's Left of the Willows… Time for a #wilderfuture. Yes, I am an old tree-hugger and proud.

Apr 18, 2019: The price of hedgehog influencers? Salmonella…

Apr 18, 2019: Facebook uploaded 1.5 million users' email contacts without permission. Just as well Facebook has behaved impeccably up until now, so we can give them …

Apr 17, 2019: This is a telling piece of reporting from the Irish Times. It’s clear that members of the ERG are starting to concoct conspiracy theories to deal with …

Apr 17, 2019: Interesting that Facebook saw Apple News as a competitive issue: ”The company discussed setting up a new section on the app entirely for news and …

Apr 17, 2019: Wow, this is a telling quote: ”But he brightened when he turned to one of the topics that, according to people close to him, truly engaged his …

Apr 17, 2019: And there we are: ”To this emotional story, Facebook had a programmer’s rational response”

Apr 17, 2019: Engineers versus investigative journalists From the WIRED piece everyone is talking about: ”Investigative journalists are like pit bulls. Kick them once and they’ll never trust you again.” I …

Apr 15, 2019: I’m a journalist, and one deeply interested in the future of journalism, and its business models. And I balk at paying £250 a year for Tortoise. …

Apr 15, 2019: The platforms are not the internet John Naughton: In reality, the problem we have is not the internet so much as those corporations that ride on it and allow some unacceptable …

Apr 11, 2019: Good piece by James here, pointing out that Assange is a pretty horrible person - but that journalists should probably be defending him against the US …

Apr 11, 2019: Whatever you think about Assange and Wikileaks, his arrest this morning will do nothing to stop the repercussions his actions have had on journalism, …

Apr 10, 2019: I really need to stop letting my blogging slip as soon as my life gets busy. It’s such an intellectually rewarding exercise for me that my life …

Apr 10, 2019: Making a (small) splash on Unsplash.

Apr 10, 2019: I’m really passionate about this: the journalism business should be unlocking the incredible value to be found in its archives. There are so …

Apr 7, 2019: Time to test micro.blog’s video hosting…

Apr 5, 2019: Don’t expect free stuff just because you have 2,000 Instagram followers. The “marketing via influencer bashing” trend has a while to run…

Apr 5, 2019: Ooh, live ospreys nesting webcam from Scotland: LIVE: Loch Arkaig osprey cam

Apr 5, 2019: Ah, my weekend reading is here.

Apr 3, 2019: Yet another Facebook developer leaks private data An insanely large Facebook data breach: The Mexican media company Cultura Colectiva and an app called “At the Pool” used their access to …

Apr 3, 2019: Fascinating talk about personal responsibility and social media on the State of the net podcast.

Apr 3, 2019: Woe betide any pony that fails to perform to the expectations of Iris.

Apr 3, 2019: Weird flex for a CMS company, but OK: ”Today Automattic is announcing Happy Tools, a suite of products for the future of work. Each product in Happy …

Apr 3, 2019: This is how hyper-partisan sites die: Inside the spectacular fall of WorldNetDaily, the granddaddy of right-wing conspiracy sites

Apr 3, 2019: May not have thought relative mug and scanner positioning through properly…

Apr 3, 2019: My wife: ”My lifelong career love affair has only ever been with bioscience but what a huge, fascinating, awesome world that is. I am so grateful to …

Apr 3, 2019: One of the interesting things about the current MacBook Pro keyboard problems is that it’s proving to me that a five year old machine is pretty …

Apr 2, 2019: AirDrop is such a handy feature of Apple devices. It doesn’t get enough kudos.

Apr 2, 2019: It looks like I last wrote about Google+ nearly five years ago — and only to declare it not dead. Never a good sign.

Apr 2, 2019: So, here’s a video from a defunct satire site, about a defunct social network, found via a defunct VC-backed news site, which concludes with the …

Apr 2, 2019: Wow. Early 2010s-era One Man & His Blog. In many ways, the “classic” era of the site…

Apr 2, 2019: Wow - Google+ integration in search. I had completely forgotten about that.

Apr 1, 2019: Something my daughters will never do…

Apr 1, 2019: Bittersweet memories of 1999 Wow. The current batch of negatives I’m scanning right now really capture a moment in time. They must be from 1999, one of the more significant …

Apr 1, 2019: Just preordered The Social Photo: On Photography and Social Media by Nathan Jurgenson, because it looks fascinating.

Apr 1, 2019: The Traditional Photograph Versus The Social Photograph I like this distinction a great deal: Jurgenson told me that he draws a distinction between the traditional photograph as a permanent documentary …

Apr 1, 2019: On the ERG: ”Nobody deserves the ERG, though, which is to politics what food poisoning is to dinner parties.” Fabulously precise.

Mar 31, 2019: Spring appears to have arrived in our garden.

Mar 31, 2019: 10 Mothers’ Day without you, Mum. Still missing you.

Mar 30, 2019: Thought for the day:

Mar 29, 2019: Literally the most CoE thing ever: Brexit Crisis: Church of England to host Emergency Tea Parties

Mar 29, 2019: Apple cancels AirPower: “After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project.” That’s …

Mar 29, 2019: This is an unusually good idea from Twitter: “Twitter is exploring how it can annotate offensive tweets that break its rules but remain in the public …

Mar 29, 2019: Learning from Mueller Andrew Sullivan: Mueller Summary Is a Big Win for America Mueller is someone we should study if we want to see how to oppose this president …

Mar 29, 2019: Democracy has a price, and you can’t stop paying it. Democracy has a price, and it’s not an easy price to pay. Nothing is ever completely settled under a democracy. Any decision that can be made by a …

Mar 27, 2019: Just spent 8 hours in this room with a great bunch of journalists and communication pros, talking editorial analytics. I really enjoyed it. I hope …

Mar 27, 2019: Want to be an influencer? There’s a bot for that: A Data Scientist Designed A Social Media Influencer Account That’s 100% Automated

Mar 26, 2019: Everything you need to know about me can be summed up thus: I used to write RPGs professionally, but gave up just before they became cool. 🤦🏼‍♂️

Mar 26, 2019: Hello.

Mar 26, 2019: WIRED on how Google warped the hyperlinks - with quotes from me!

Mar 25, 2019: Got to say, I’m most excited for Apple Arcade. There’s some games I want to play in there, starting with Beyond a Steel Sky.

Mar 25, 2019: Quick first thoughts on Apple News+. How do you feel about it?

Mar 24, 2019: Beachscape with fisherman and detectorist

Mar 21, 2019: Worth remembering that “reduce” and “reuse” both beat “recycle” in the sustainability hierarchy: Here are the 7 best apps to sell and buy your clothes

Mar 21, 2019: 😱 🌊 Tourist Posing for Photo Gets Blasted Off Rock by Huge Crashing Wave

Mar 21, 2019: By their fans you shall know them… PewDiePie fan unleashes ransomware that encrypts hard drives until he gets 100M subscribers One of the ransomware strains also warned victims that …

Mar 21, 2019: Apple’s Final Cut Pro X upgraded to version 10.4.6 - and this is interesting: “Detects media files that may be incompatible with future versions of …

Mar 21, 2019: Like many people, I suspect, I signed the petition not because I think there’s a realistic chance of Article 50 being revoked, but instead to remind …

Mar 21, 2019: My daughters have very carefully, precisely and secretively placed 10p coins under their chairs. I love them, but sometimes they are very sinister.

Mar 21, 2019: Oh, dear. When did I enter that demographic? Thanks, Facebook.

Mar 21, 2019: The “Revoke Article 50" petition is closing in on ¾ of a million, and gaining about 3k signatures per minute.

Mar 21, 2019: Joining the rest of my family in marking World Down Syndrome day:

Mar 21, 2019: Yay. My micro.blog Kickstarter stickers are here!

Mar 21, 2019: The speed with which this is gaining signatures is quite something. 100s of extra signitories every few seconds: Revoke Article 50 and remain in the …

Mar 20, 2019: This makes me very nostalgic for an earlier era of Apple.

Mar 20, 2019: This is terrifying: England could run short of water within 25 years

Mar 19, 2019: The spread of footage from the Christchurch terrorists attack is clearly unacceptable. To curtail this we need three responses: technological, social …

Mar 19, 2019: Happy news of the day: my Essential Analytics for Media Professionals course is sold out.

Mar 18, 2019: I’ve come across a number of blogs in recent weeks that have “moved to Instagram”. One thing is for sure: they will eventually regret that decisions. …

Mar 17, 2019: My new pride and joy This is my new pride and joy. A year or so a switch flipped in my head. The more I watched vegetable trimmings, teabags and coffee grounds go into our …

Mar 16, 2019: Deconstructed.

Mar 15, 2019: Blimey: Disney Reinstates Director James Gunn For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 3’

Mar 15, 2019: Computational photography and videography is just fascinating: Researchers Found a Way to Extract Detailed Slo-Mo Videos From a Single Blurry Photo

Mar 15, 2019: This is a serious and useful look at the digital context around today’s horrible terrorist atrocity: Shitposting, Inspirational Terrorism, and the …

Mar 15, 2019: This sounds like a fascinating read. Preordered: Homesick: Why I live in a shed 📚

Mar 15, 2019: I had awesome wallpaper as a child. (That’s not me - it’s a school friend).

Mar 14, 2019: Oooooh. A kernel panic. How retro.

Mar 13, 2019: How little we change: Ancient Britons Traveled Hundreds of Miles to Attend Pork Fests at Stonehenge

Mar 13, 2019: The kids are revolting ”Theresa May said they are wasting teachers time – the response was that while this may be true, governments have wasted 30 …

Mar 12, 2019: Mum & I, outside Stirling Castle, in the early 80s.

Mar 12, 2019: I remember, as a child, learning about the great fallen civilisations of the past - and wondering what it felt like to live in a time when your …

Mar 12, 2019: You can catch up on all my posts from last week’s useful news:rewired conference here. Lots to think about there.

Mar 10, 2019: Storm sisters

Mar 10, 2019: Fun down on the beach today…

Mar 8, 2019: New shoes!

Mar 8, 2019: Love the cover of the latest @standartmag by @grigorybabich. Stunning work.

Mar 8, 2019: Coffee with Eevee!

Mar 7, 2019: Journalism clearly needs new business models. Yesterday’s panel discussion at news:rewired had some interesting ideas.

Mar 7, 2019: The Adventures of Rapunzel and Mildred Hubble. #worldbookday #worldbookday2019

Mar 4, 2019: Today I learnt that Engagdget is nearly a. year younger than OM&HB and I feel like such an under-achiever… :-)

Mar 4, 2019: How Influencer Language Is Killing Instagram ”As with any social network, there comes a point of over-saturation where the cool kids who were there …

Mar 4, 2019: Why the UK cannot see that Brexit is utterly, utterly stupid: ”Orwell must be turning in his grave when he hears politicians say in all seriousness …

Mar 4, 2019: My coat still smells of woodsmoke from Nature Tots at the weekend. This is keeping me happy on a busy train…

Mar 3, 2019: Time for tech to get out of its difficult teenage years, and grow the fuck up.

Mar 3, 2019: Utterly self-indulgent blog post of the day: What the heck is GoPro doing producing a limited edition colour of its flagship camera?

Mar 3, 2019: We really didn’t spend long on our customary Sunday beach walk today. Storm Freya is battering the UK and, while we’re on the edge of it, my …

Mar 3, 2019: Bit of a token clean today as the girls were in danger of being blown off the beach by storm Freya. #2minutebeachclean

Mar 2, 2019: Iris made a nest at #naturetots #sussexwildlifetrust

Mar 2, 2019:

Mar 1, 2019: My goodness, but these are appealing to me.

Mar 1, 2019: Today’s Iris obsession: liferings

Feb 28, 2019: Reporting on the Momo Challenge has not been journalism’s finest hour. It’s a failure of basic fact-checking.

Feb 28, 2019: Interesting that Pinterest is leading the way on this. People do not pay nearly enough attention to it. Pinterest takes the lead in the fight against …

Feb 27, 2019: I preserve the secrets of @nextconf by making my notes basically illegible to anyone but me.

Feb 26, 2019: Stunning evening down by the Adur.

Feb 26, 2019: Once again, Facebook is trying to avoid the costs of its scale - but the human cost of its content moderation is appalling.

Feb 26, 2019: Shoreham by Sea’s sign game is 💯 this morning:

Feb 26, 2019: Drinking today: Edgecumbe’s AA Kisii Peaberry ☕️

Feb 25, 2019: Some Ghostly resources for independent publishers. Nice combination of a newsletter and a site full of resource links.

Feb 25, 2019: I am procrastinating. And I am procrastinating because I am scared. Bad adders.

Feb 24, 2019: The fam at @nymansnt

Feb 24, 2019: Beware the beach #illuminati

Feb 24, 2019: Totemic discovery on today’s #2minutebeachclean

Feb 24, 2019: Sunday beach walk

Feb 24, 2019: Own up. Who left the window open last night?

Feb 22, 2019: Either it’s foggy - or I need new glasses.

Feb 22, 2019: Word of the day, courtesy of an @ernestjournal back issue… slubberdegullion is official part of my word hoard now.

Feb 22, 2019: Inconsiderata - an ode to digital technology and influencers: Override quiet and thoughtful people, they are impediments. Compare yourself with …

Feb 22, 2019: Fog is making the Adur impressionistic today.

Feb 22, 2019: I have a Brydge keyboard for my trusty old 9.7 inch iPad Pro and I suddenly have my perfect on-the-go device.

Feb 22, 2019: I have a suspicion that there would be a decent market for adult Hula Hoops, that fit on adult-sized fingers…

Feb 20, 2019: Some useful thoughts on the appeal of newsletters — and the appropriate tone for writing them.

Feb 20, 2019: With Assistant update, Google says Nest has secret microphone 🤦🏼‍♂️ 🤦🏼‍♂️ 🤦🏼‍♂️ I still can’t believe that people are voluntarily filling their houses …

Feb 20, 2019: Fascinating: A week of podcasting with only an iPad Pro. More and more of the things “you can’t use an iPad for” are falling…

Feb 20, 2019: Today in poor ratios: I will spend between five and six hours travelling to do one two hour lecture. 🚂

Feb 19, 2019: Why blogs still matter even in the resurgent newsletter age. (h/t @cdevroe for the original link)

Feb 19, 2019: Lessons from 1000 editions of a links newsletter. It’s all about the basics.

Feb 19, 2019: The rest of the “information wants to be free” quote (because I’m annoyed at how often people quote it in a way that makes it clear that …

Feb 19, 2019: I call this piece “the entitlement of SEO spammers”. 🖼

Feb 18, 2019: Winchester does ruins magnificently.

Feb 18, 2019: Coffee Break Edgcumbes Coffee Roasters & Tea Blenders. A coffee break in a great wee coffee place on the outskirts of Arundel. There’s some great coffee in …

Feb 18, 2019: This is not at all disconcerting.

Feb 18, 2019: Beautiful sky over Winchester this evening.

Feb 18, 2019: Cracking edition of my newly-renamed newsletter going out in the morning (if I do say so myself). It should be of particular interest to those in …

Feb 17, 2019: It seems increasingly clear to me that the societal stress we’re experiencing right now was well predicted in the 1970 book Future Shock. Our …

Feb 17, 2019: Dave Winer: Discourse is not Twitter’s strength, not because of the thread structure, rather that it’s a write-only community of attention …

Feb 17, 2019: Even "green" wealthy people consume impact the climate disproportionately Well, this is depressing: And even fairly radical lifestyle changes are meaningless at the level of global emissions unless they are multiplied by …

Feb 17, 2019: Lessons from two months of #2minutebeachclean For the last couple of months, my daughters and I have been doing a #2minutebeachclean pretty much every Sunday - concentrating on the same small …

Feb 16, 2019: I know all the hip joints!

Feb 14, 2019: Still can’t quite believe that I turned down the chance to work on this beauty - but it was the right decision at that time of my life.

Feb 14, 2019: An article designed for @ismh… The joy of collecting old tech

Feb 14, 2019: The Zuckerberg Obfuscation

Feb 14, 2019: News that will fill my daughters with joy in the morning - but which is filling me with dread, because I’m going to end up watching it 9,732 …

Feb 13, 2019: Optimism is cool: Optimism is our instinct to inhale while suffocating. Our need to declare what “needs to be” in the face of what is. Optimism is …

Feb 13, 2019: The Freelancer Mindset: it's a trap! The Psychological Trap of Freelancing People who attach dollar signs to their time — or “value time like money” — tend to be overwhelmingly less …

Feb 13, 2019: Dangerous shop.

Feb 13, 2019: Wow, Blogger really is being neglected isn’t it? The last substantive update I can find is from nearly a year ago - and it’s mainly about removing …

Feb 13, 2019: Productivity in the home office this morning: could be better.

Feb 12, 2019: First signs of spring. (Which means it’ll be snowing within the month…)

Feb 11, 2019: Fin.

Feb 10, 2019: Late night London.

Feb 10, 2019: Scenes from a beach walk.

Feb 10, 2019: TIL: Apple proposed the forthcoming set of emoji covering people in wheelchairs, with service dogs, etc. Cool. (via Download)

Feb 9, 2019: The victorious defeat of the open web It just occurred to me that the prevalent idea that apps killed the open web is completely and utterly wrong. The open web is still there, it still …

Feb 9, 2019: Just tried to explain 70s/80s linear TV to my children, in all its pre-daytime TV, pre-streaming “glory”. They can’t get past the idea it was …

Feb 9, 2019: This is totally bodacious: Captain Marvel: Official Movie Site

Feb 8, 2019: To give you some sense of how unwell I’ve been - it’s now 60 hours since I had a coffee. 60 hours.

Feb 5, 2019: And here’s your depressing reminder that Brits using .eu domain names will probably lose them. For UK Residents Facing Brexit: Alternatives to the .EU …

Feb 5, 2019: The problem with being a one-man band is that you handle your own DNS faff. Back when I had a Real Job (TM) there were people to handle that for me …

Feb 5, 2019: I love Uses This. Such a simple idea: short profiles of various people and the tools they use to get their work done. But endlessly interesting.

Feb 5, 2019: A translation of Zuckerberg’s “15 years of #facebook” post from Zuck to English. (Now with corrected link - thanks @smokey)

Feb 5, 2019: Those are both creepy and beautiful: witch of the farm

Feb 4, 2019: A translation of elements of Mark Zuckerberg’s 15th Facebook anniversary post from Zuck to English. Never say I don’t try to be helpful. 😇

Feb 4, 2019: It’s stuff like this that makes me realise that I’ve been writing about digital media and audience development for 15 years now. I’m …

Feb 4, 2019: A reminder for long-term Flickr users: deletions start on free accounts tomorrow.

Feb 4, 2019: Scared but excited right now.

Feb 4, 2019: OK. Let’s talk about that bloody egg — and why it does matter. Yes, it’s come to that.

Feb 3, 2019: Now, that’s my kind of article.

Feb 1, 2019: Despite the cold, it’s a really lovely day here on the coast.

Feb 1, 2019: Even a little snow makes a three year old joyful.

Feb 1, 2019: The mighty thaw is well underway on the Sussex Coast.

Feb 1, 2019: That’s looking more like snow.

Jan 31, 2019: Apple kills Google’s internal apps as well.

Jan 31, 2019: If you want to convert me to a viewpoint, you’ll succeed much more often by highlighting the virtues of your position rather than by denigrating …

Jan 31, 2019: Facebook has officially passed beyond parody.

Jan 30, 2019: If you come up with a business idea, and multiple ways of expressing that idea - and then fabulous domain name for an element of that - and that …

Jan 30, 2019: I like the ceiling in here.

Jan 30, 2019: Well, this makes me a happy GoPro user: GoPro Plus now offers unlimited uncompressed video storage And yes, that includes 4K.

Jan 30, 2019: If you squint, you can see the snow. Just.

Jan 30, 2019: Apple News has more users than you might expect.

Jan 30, 2019: Crikey - my blog had more mobile and tablet viewers than desktop ones for the first time ever. I know I’m on the trailing edge of the switch, …

Jan 29, 2019: There’s far too much truth in this: How digital media killed itself

Jan 28, 2019: I love the neologism “memeocracy” to describe the impact of influencer culture in the attention economy. I love the impact of it significantly less.

Jan 28, 2019: Apple’s mobile journalism porn - I love the way Apple keeps making the #mojo case for us.

Jan 27, 2019: A calmer moment in a stormy day by the sea:

Jan 26, 2019: Shoreham may be blessed with one of the best library views out there.

Jan 26, 2019: Just when you think Facebook can’t go lower — it manages it…

Jan 25, 2019: Well, that’s one way of stopping regulators from breaking up your company, I suppose. Zuckerberg speeds up assimilation of Instagram and …

Jan 25, 2019: Upscale NYC restaurant bans lone women from sitting at the bar This is… extraordinary: “I perched at my favourite seat at the bar and started to respond to all the emails that had arrived on the flight …

Jan 25, 2019: Daddy/daughter baking day.

Jan 25, 2019: The latest issue of @anxymag is here - all about masculinity. Time for a coffee and a read.

Jan 25, 2019: One that required a bit of focus, but not too much. Bring on next month’s #AppleWatch challenge.

Jan 25, 2019: I just had a really, really bad idea. I should do nothing about this idea. 👀

Jan 24, 2019: Apple News Expands to Canada in iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 - Apple’s rolling this out very slowly for them. But taking the time to get the right …

Jan 24, 2019: Ugh. Buzzfeed is laying off over 200 people. They do great work, and they have some fantastic journalists - but that VC investment burden was always …

Jan 24, 2019: No wonder my chair was uncomfortable - I’ve been sitting on this for the last hour:

Jan 23, 2019: Thingification: “All these potentially powerful attempts at building a new world using new tools being rendered safe by assimilation into the old.” …

Jan 22, 2019: An epitath for Livejournal Ars Technica: Such is the nature of the erosion of our once-beloved digital spaces: there’s none of the collapsed majesty of a physical space like an …

Jan 22, 2019: January 2018 in photos - looking back at a year ago.

Jan 22, 2019: The one thing that disappoints me about most “links" newsletters I follow is that they rarely give me links outside a very narrow circle of …

Jan 22, 2019: Why political posts on Facebook will always be polarising.

Jan 21, 2019: This is fascinating, both in its use of cartooning for storytelling and for the way insular communities can breed toxicity: How Pick-Up Artists …

Jan 21, 2019: A cold and frosty morning on my way to London.

Jan 20, 2019: Gorgeous day on Shoreham Beach. The sun is counteracting the cold nicely.

Jan 19, 2019: Suffolk coast, January 2001

Jan 18, 2019: MG Siegler: ”That is to say, I think this new iTunes announcement finally signals the end of iTunes as we know it.” I bloody well hope so.

Jan 18, 2019: This interview with Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is… painful.

Jan 17, 2019: I wrote a very long thing about Facebook, WordPress, CMSes and local journalism. I cater to a very niche market…

Jan 17, 2019: Take a deep breath, bibliophiles. Marie Kondo of Netflix’s Tidying Up: she’s not coming for your books

Jan 17, 2019: It’s been a stressful week, but the view from my office window is incredibly calming today.

Jan 17, 2019: My hard working film scanner doing its thing.

Jan 17, 2019: One of the reasons I enjoy scanning my old negatives is that when a photo of my parents emerges, it almost feels new to me. I see it with a new …

Jan 17, 2019: Sadly, this is probably accurate: Facebook Doesn’t Need to Fool You

Jan 16, 2019: Study: Dark-roast coffee protects human DNA from damage: This led the scientists to believe that regular consumption of a dark-roast coffee has “a …

Jan 16, 2019: Sharing photos of yourself 10 years apart is a completely harmless social media meme. Right? Uh, maybe.

Jan 15, 2019: I can also see a meaningful boat out of the window. There may be a meaningful oat on the floor, after my daughter dropped her porridge this morning.

Jan 15, 2019: So… the US president is serving people fast food burgers, the British political class are imploding, and men don’t like being told not to be …

Jan 15, 2019: Strange old story about a social media fantasist making up an entire life of tech influencing from stolen images: Bonkers Post Making Up Stuff About …

Jan 15, 2019: It’s just light streaming from glass… Euan Semple: So to go back to the funny little text boxes that so many of us nowadays spend our lives staring at and responding to, we would do well …

Jan 15, 2019: I like this: people have got their sense of pace of tech change wrong, simply because they misunderstand how long it took for them to notice the most …

Jan 14, 2019: Fresh out of the film scanner: my late father and I in the mid-90s. Still miss him.

Jan 14, 2019: Making your social media more sane - this is actually a great idea.

Jan 14, 2019: On the off chance you missed it - here’s my thoughts on the key findings of the Reuters Institute’s 2019 journalism trends and predictions …

Jan 13, 2019: Guide’s badges in the 21st century: vlogging

Jan 11, 2019: Your regular Internet of creepy things update.

Jan 10, 2019: Here’s my takeaways from the Journalism, Media and Technology Trends and Predictions 2019 report that launched this morning. Media Trends 2019: an …

Jan 10, 2019: Does anyone else find the phrase “innovation hub” faintly depressing? “This - here - is where we do innovation. Nowhere else, mind. Just …

Jan 9, 2019: Joe Manganiello and D&D in the 80s. From Joe Manganiello, Super Geek: Owns Dungeon, Dead Guy’s Dice: Those of us that have been around long enough remember all too well the …

Jan 9, 2019: Today, I find myself wondering how my Facebook experience would change if I pared my number of friends down to around Dunbar’s number?

Jan 9, 2019: I have finally learned to write algorithm without having to look up the spelling. Yay.

Jan 9, 2019: The internet has opened up whole new avenues of psychological and sociological research hasn’t it? What makes men send dick pics? (It’s an interesting …

Jan 8, 2019: I admit this might be a sign that parenthood has rotted my brain - but I believe Babs Seed from My Little Pony is a slice of perfect bubblegum pop. …

Jan 8, 2019: Still a great and apposite piece: How to get human time back from technology.

Jan 8, 2019: This is my regular reminder to myself that actually posting to One Man & His Blog does wonders for my traffic…

Jan 8, 2019: One day I will come across an example of “MSM won’t report on this!!!!" which I can’t disprove with 20 seconds of Googling. But today …

Jan 8, 2019: Well, I’ve been enjoying great battery life on my MacBook Pro since it came back from a battery replacement, but now I have to open Chrome, so I …

Jan 8, 2019: Facebook is trying to achieve global scale without paying the local price - and that’s hindering its attempts to combat misinformation.

Jan 8, 2019: China is making podcasts pay - big time. And it’s not based on advertising.

Jan 8, 2019: Today, I forgot the cardinal rule of marriage: I let my wife know that something annoyed me, and now she’s doing it whenever she can…

Jan 8, 2019: Nice morning down by the river.

Jan 7, 2019: I have tidied up and modernised every post on my blog tagged Doctor Who in a burst of pointless busy work. :-)

Jan 7, 2019: Iris: “Daddy, chair are for sitting in, not putting laptops on.” Busted by a 3 year old.

Jan 7, 2019: The culture wars in one tweet.

Jan 7, 2019: I’m not sure that, even seven years on, that I’ve really adjusted to being self-employed. I don’t have to put in a full working week …

Jan 7, 2019: First proper day back at my desk since mid-December. The email is soul-crushing.

Jan 6, 2019: Playing with the 4k option on the DJI Osmo Pocket:

Jan 6, 2019: Bedrock rock beds.

Jan 6, 2019: Moody day in the beach. (Can you spot the Iris?)

Jan 5, 2019: I have a nasty feeling Iris is pretending to be me…

Jan 5, 2019: Grabbed the opportunity for a quick beach walk this afternoon. The beach is very much in winter mode, biding its time before it bursts into spring …

Jan 5, 2019: Catchy as the headline is, the real story is a government agency trying to frustrate a legitimate journalistic investigation. Ministry Of Justice …

Jan 4, 2019: Facebook wants us to know that it’s the real victim here.

Jan 4, 2019: I see Zuck has learned his lesson and is dealing with things with all due humility now… Mark Zuckerberg vs. the Times

Jan 4, 2019: Warrior robots in a coffee shop.

Jan 4, 2019: Grrrr.

Jan 4, 2019: Controversial: Italy invented coffee culture. Now it’s a coffee time capsule.

Jan 3, 2019: Another interesting bit of analysis of the Apple revenue miss: Apple Lowers Revenue Guidance Due To iPhone Sales Weakness

Jan 3, 2019: Drinking coffee in Brighton’s Ship Street. It’s been five years since I did this with any frequency. I really need to spend more time in Brighton.

Jan 3, 2019: Happy about this - I have at least one new Ghost-hosted project in the works, and I may well start with one of these. All New Free Ghost Themes

Jan 3, 2019: Interesting take from Om Malik about the bad Apple trading news: Appleocalypse: An unfashionable view

Jan 2, 2019: Watching.

Jan 1, 2019: Lovely day at Nymans.

Jan 1, 2019: 😂

Dec 31, 2018: A pre-New Year party for the little ones with some wonderful neighbours. Perfect way to end the year.

Dec 31, 2018: Well, this year was all about the Shoreham-by-Sea landscapes… #topnine2018 #topnine #bestnine2018

Dec 31, 2018: Issue #25 of my curated reads newsletter goes out in about five minutes. Sign up while you can!

Dec 31, 2018: Here we go: the top 10 posts on the NEXT Conference blog in 2018. One of them was the very first post I wrote, back in 2012(!).

Dec 31, 2018: Digging through the top posts on the Next Conference blog, I found this 2017 piece from Martin Recke - What is Digital Humanism?. This feels like a …

Dec 30, 2018: Shoreham Fort

Dec 30, 2018: More #beachlife

Dec 29, 2018: Vlogging?

Dec 29, 2018: Beach Life.

Dec 29, 2018: Beach life.

Dec 29, 2018: Facebook apologists are real – they really are.

Dec 28, 2018: Beaver Bombers at work? Today I learnt of the existence of Beavers Bombers: While one theory suggests they escaped from a nearby nature reserve, it’s far more likely …

Dec 28, 2018: Crime in progress, but the lookout is on watch…

Dec 28, 2018: The Danger of Medium Dave Winer The danger of Medium is two-fold. Without competition, and right now they don’t have any, we’re right back where we were …

Dec 28, 2018: On the Care and Feeding of Your Favorite Blogger Here’s the thing - support comes in all shapes and sizes and doesn’t necessarily mean …

Dec 27, 2018: Lady who lunches.

Dec 27, 2018: Beautiful moomin show. Iris loved it.

Dec 27, 2018: Current status:

Dec 27, 2018: Moomin magic is about to begin.

Dec 27, 2018: Moomin magic (and mischief) about to occur…

Dec 27, 2018: Iris at the Box Office.

Dec 26, 2018: Look, someone 😇 has made our local heros more festive.

Dec 26, 2018: Beach walk, ‘cos it’s Boxing Day innit?

Dec 26, 2018: Things I am doing without this festive periods #1: my MacBook Pro. I’m spending the Christmas period without my MacBook Pro. On Christmas Eve it went to Apple hospital to get a new battery, and this seemed to be the …

Dec 26, 2018: Down by the Adur. (Boxing Day walk)

Dec 26, 2018: Imagine my surprise to discover that an “influencer” who had vaguely intersected with the area I live has managed to lose a wife and three children on …

Dec 25, 2018: The children are less enthused by this stage of the meal preparation…

Dec 25, 2018: Prepping Christmas Dinner while watching the Countryfile Christmas Special. Because, yes, I am middle aged and middle class.

Dec 25, 2018: Time to get the turkey in.

Dec 25, 2018: A very merry Christmas to those who celebrate it!

Dec 25, 2018: The way my hair’s going, I figure I’m about 10 years and a beard from making a decent Santa.

Dec 23, 2018: Today has challenged my understanding of the word “elf”.

Dec 22, 2018: Number of open tabs on my iPad: 0. Days since this was last the case: 3,130.

Dec 22, 2018: Free audiobooks from Apple Well, this is a great Christmas gift: Apple Books has published six exclusive audiobooks this week, showcasing six great first listen titles read by …

Dec 22, 2018: The great pre-Christmas tab purge is underway. Wish me luck.

Dec 22, 2018: Hello. @manton delivers Christmas three days early!

Dec 20, 2018: Honestly, what the hell is happening at Medium? Its latest moves seem to suggest it is becoming 2008-era Huffington Post - with a soft paywall.

Dec 19, 2018: Strong and stable. Spoiled for stabilised filming right now - working in some tests for my blog.

Dec 19, 2018: Five influencers influencing…

Dec 19, 2018: Oh, the irony.

Dec 19, 2018: Oh, look - one of my photos is on Devon Life: www.devonlife.co.uk/devon-chr…

Dec 19, 2018: I might need to take a vow of silence for the rest of the year, given how badly I appear to be communicating this week. I’ve spent too much of …

Dec 19, 2018: I have a gimbal in my pocket. The miniaturisation of video continues, and the results are impressive.

Dec 19, 2018: Early Christmas present to myself. Uh, I mean to my work. Uh, yes, my work. That’s it. cough.

Dec 19, 2018: I am ridiculously happy to finally have the time to get a post up on One Man & His Blog - even if it’s only month notes for Nov/Dec. Back on …

Dec 17, 2018: To misquote Upton Sinclair: It is difficult to get a man to understand the ethical problems with Facebook, when his salary depends on his not …

Dec 17, 2018: The man who pioneered modern tech journalism no longer feels he can justify using Facebook-owned products. This is quite something.

Dec 16, 2018: Today was the sort of day when having a GoPro was what made getting any footage feasible.

Dec 14, 2018: ⚠️ Warning - photobomb in progress…

Dec 14, 2018: New green belt

Dec 14, 2018: 21st century life: I spent a while last night updating the software on my lightbulbs… 💡

Dec 14, 2018: Barbados, November 2011

Dec 13, 2018: My sister-in-law has a PacMan coat. 👌🏻

Dec 13, 2018: Morning coffee feels very festive today.

Dec 12, 2018: Smashing Avocado while the world burns These are the final days of the startup world: At a recent Lyft event, the brand decided not to hand out the usual swag. You know, the frisbees or …

Dec 12, 2018: New coffee shop, new part of London. Oh, the consultancy life.

Dec 11, 2018: Five years ago today:

Dec 11, 2018: 10 years ago today.

Dec 11, 2018: Not what you want to see outside your favourite coffee shop in the morning…

Dec 10, 2018: Open.

Dec 8, 2018: Just booked a night in a budget hotel in Milton Keynes. Will this endless glamour never cease?

Dec 8, 2018: Peak hipster.

Dec 8, 2018: Time to choose a Christmas Tree 🎄

Dec 8, 2018: The angel of cheekiness descends…

Dec 7, 2018: Somebody just tried to explain what Likes are for to me. 🤔😂

Dec 7, 2018: I’d be happy if this happened: Canon To Get A Stake In GoPro’s Future?

Dec 5, 2018: This morning I am catching the OMGEarly train to London.

Dec 4, 2018: The new @blogosphere_magazine is here, so I’ve done a tasteful #influencer style shot to celebrate. 😇 #blogospheremagazine #bloggers

Dec 4, 2018: On the upside, Tumblr’s bandwidth costs are about to drop precipitously, I suspect.

Dec 4, 2018: Stunning Autumn morning Walking Iris to nursery was a genuine pleasure this morning - it’s just an incredible day. Cold, but clear and bright, with a wonderful quality of …

Dec 4, 2018: Morning view.

Dec 4, 2018: Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don’t call back when asked for evidence. Cripes.

Dec 3, 2018: Ready to Webinar…

Dec 3, 2018: One of the interesting aspects of consultancy life is getting small spells in a whole range of offices. You assume that all offices are basically the …

Dec 3, 2018: My downtime on ghost(pro) last month… …didn’t exist. For the third month running. Nice work, @tryghost team.

Dec 3, 2018: Night time.

Dec 1, 2018: And let's not forget October… (yes, playing catchup) October 2018 in one second everyday from Adam Tinworth on Vimeo.

Dec 1, 2018: November in 30(ish) seconds This was our November:

Nov 30, 2018: Apple’s new group FaceTime ad is awesome:

Nov 30, 2018: First Ghost with Koenig and now WordPress with Gutenberg. Publishing platforms are changing fast. I suspect in the medium to long term Medium’s …

Nov 30, 2018: Xeni Jardin on the Sandberg/Soros mess: If she was willing to do this over a mere billionaire, imagine what Facebook might have done in researching …

Nov 30, 2018: This is how credit card details were harvested from BA. I bet you use one of the sites on the list. Oh, and The Guardian is one of them. Major sites …

Nov 30, 2018: 🤦🏼‍♂️ Sheryl Sandberg Is Said to Have Asked Facebook Staff to Research George Soros

Nov 28, 2018: DJI leak reveals teeny-tiny Osmo Pocket gimbal Oh, this looks exciting for #mojo folks.

Nov 26, 2018: Looking good on the way back, too.

Nov 26, 2018: Different view for my “commute” this morning.

Nov 25, 2018: Beach life.

Nov 24, 2018: Hello.

Nov 24, 2018: Dr Pancakes is IN.

Nov 24, 2018: Last night I dreamt I was interviewing Jony Ive at Apple Park. Never gonna happen, but my goodness, that’s a conversation I’d like to have.

Nov 23, 2018: So, I’ve done the photos thing. Thanks @cleverdevil - looks good!

Nov 23, 2018: Success - new belt! #soobahkdo

Nov 23, 2018: Testing times for Iris… #soobahkdo

Nov 23, 2018: I feel this e-mail subject line is unlikely to be bettered today:

Nov 23, 2018: Iris wants you to know that she has pizza 🍕

Nov 22, 2018: While I do still love a good paper book, there are times that digital books are just so much more useful, especially in non-fiction.

Nov 22, 2018: After the social network, the new bloggers are coming… One of the things that I’m most angry with the social networks about is the way they deprived me of so many interesting voices. How many bloggers …

Nov 22, 2018: Ridicule is nothing to be scared of. (Prince Charming, Prince Charming)

Nov 22, 2018: Post-social network community building needed Warren Ellis I feel like I want to see some more thought around getting the fuck off social networks but being able to maintain lines of connection …

Nov 22, 2018: Time to kill off follower counts on social networks: As we increase the time we spend online, we also expose ourselves to the danger of measuring …

Nov 21, 2018: There’s no place like gnome

Nov 20, 2018: I was baffled and slightly depressed in what I was seeing in the analytics I was looking at. And then I realised I was looking at the wrong …

Nov 20, 2018: Looks like Instagram’s down for a good chunk of the world. Average mental health of the population is improving slightly every second this …

Nov 20, 2018: Just topped up the bird food. Minor avian riot in progress in the back garden.

Nov 20, 2018: 5 degrees, rainy and grey. British autumn is here at last.

Nov 20, 2018: Old Toys I’m slightly concerned that I appear to have grown up in the last few years. Despite the exciting and shiny new iPad Pros released last week, I’m …

Nov 19, 2018: Build that web

Nov 19, 2018: I had my first proper (but quick) play with Adobe Premier Rush - and I’m tentatively impressed.

Nov 19, 2018: So, I wrote about the unintended consequences of partisan satire (based on the excellent WaPo story from yesterday) - and upset the partisan satirist. …

Nov 19, 2018: MediaGazer is really good at inflating my ego in a really unearned way, by putting me in some amazing company:

Nov 19, 2018: Just cleaned the en suite toilet so yes, obviously, I’m procrastinating.

Nov 18, 2018: Here’s a horrible insight into how digital tools and age-old psychology can turn satire into conspiracy theories. This is why the “fake …

Nov 18, 2018: Touching. I feel very special…

Nov 17, 2018: Coffee date.

Nov 17, 2018: Stunning autumn morning in #shorehambysea

Nov 16, 2018: I need to have words with my teenage self about keeping negatives clean.

Nov 16, 2018: It’s amusing to see just how badly timed Zuckerberg’s decision to flip off a bunch of world governments was: Mark Zuckerberg to the …

Nov 15, 2018: Only seven months between episodes…

Nov 15, 2018: The Ides of May There are times when I almost feel sorry for Theresa May. She is clearly trying her best to deliver something impossible, while being shot by both …

Nov 15, 2018: Here’s my incredibly sophisticated micro casting set-up, using Wavelength on my phone…

Nov 15, 2018: The Toxicity At The Top Of Facebook - And How We Need To Move The Social Media Conversation Forward Some (rambling) thoughts based on yesterday’s NYT piece on Facebook’s senior management and the appalling reaction to the revelations about the site.

Nov 15, 2018: There’s some new research out on smart speakers and news - and it’s a mixed bag. Use is growing fast, but people are unenthused by the …

Nov 15, 2018: Be vewy, vewy quiet. I’m hunting typos…

Nov 15, 2018: Really nice, measured take on the state of the iPad Pro from Charles Arthur.

Nov 15, 2018: I really recommend listening to this talk by Indy Johar from NEXT conference. Challenging and eye-opening.

Nov 15, 2018: Writing something to an embargo deadline for the first time in as long as I can remember. I almost feel like a real journalist again.

Nov 14, 2018: This is an absolutely brutal takedown of Medium’s UI and on-boarding experience - published on Medium. 🔥🔥🔥

Nov 14, 2018: Despite my previous post, I do enjoy binging on @Monday I find immersing myself in the community for a hour to be fun.

Nov 14, 2018: Catching up with a backlog of @monday posts is an odd experience - Just been through a run with a couple of people who have essentially left since.

Nov 13, 2018: Over a decade since my first download from the App Store. Not much use now.

Nov 13, 2018: This is super-handy: a Google web tool to optimise images for the web.

Nov 13, 2018: It bothers me that people think that Apple’s green initiatives are just “marketing”. It is possible for them to be both genuine, and good …

Nov 12, 2018: A caravan of bots and other updates from the misinformation wars.

Nov 12, 2018: Stan Lee has gone to the great bullpen in the sky. RIP, Stan. Thanks for all the hyperbole and superheroics.

Nov 12, 2018: Y’know. I just realised - reading blogs used to - and often still does - make me happy, curious and energised. Reading social media rarely does any of …

Nov 12, 2018: The problem with not working between Thursday evening and late Monday afternoon is that your in-box ends up a place of misery and horror. But my …

Nov 12, 2018: Remember that Roman thing of having a slave whispering “remember you are mortal" to a triumphing general? We need that for every single person …

Nov 12, 2018: Fantastic issue of The Discourse, looking at the dynamics of online hostility - you really should be subscribed to this.

Nov 12, 2018: Things I am not going to do: take marriage advice from a never-married 23-year old “top writer in love, psychology, and relationships” on Medium.

Nov 11, 2018: I feel like those last two books are less likely than ever to get written… George R.R. Martin Developing Even More Shows For HBO

Nov 11, 2018: 11/11/18 - we shall remember them

Nov 10, 2018: Thou shalt not pass

Nov 9, 2018: ‪If Apple could push iOS on iPad forward as fast and as thoughtfully as it’s developing the iPad Pro hardware, they’d be devouring this space. ‬ ‪But …

Nov 8, 2018: Headline of the day: Satanic Temple Sues Netflix, Warner Over Sabrina Statue Copyright

Nov 8, 2018: I still find the idea that Apple has in-house metallurgists oddly cool.

Nov 3, 2018: Aberdeen, I am in you. #odcamp

Nov 1, 2018: My school helped shape key Bodyguard character… This is about The Bodyguard and the school I attended… Bowman, born in Dundee, told how he drew on his experience at Dollar Academy, near Stirling, …

Nov 1, 2018: Turns out friction might be good in social sharing.

Nov 1, 2018: Wikipedia has a paid editing problem — and it might be getting worse. I was approached by a paid editor a few weeks ago, offering to get me in…

Nov 1, 2018: Flickr makes some smart changes to its account structure while throwing some serious shade on Yahoo’s stewardship of the site.

Oct 31, 2018: Missed Halloween with my girls, but based on the evidence they had a great night. 🎃

Oct 31, 2018: Some good updates to Flickr. Now there’s a phrase I didn’t expect to be writing.

Oct 30, 2018: Me, during today's Apple event Me during the first half of the Apple event: Me during the second half of the Apple event:

Oct 30, 2018: Noting in recent times has made me as old as realising that The Guardian pioneered live-blogging 19 years ago.

Oct 30, 2018: Watching the new iPad Pro stuff, I’m becoming increasing convinced that my current MacBook Pro will be my last.

Oct 30, 2018: OK, this is why Tim is so excited. He’s an iPad Pro man.

Oct 30, 2018: Blimey. Rare stage appearance from Angela Ahrendts.

Oct 30, 2018: Oh, hello Mac Mini. Welcome back.

Oct 30, 2018: Yeah, the 100% recycled aluminium thing is cool. Nice work, Apple. Long-lasting devices made from recycled materials is much lighter on the planet.

Oct 30, 2018: Ooooh. TouchID without the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Air.

Oct 30, 2018: Tim Cook really does seem unusually enthusiastic today.

Oct 29, 2018: Getting spooky around here.

Oct 29, 2018: “Influencers” — cheapening the web one post at a time.

Oct 29, 2018: Vogue says “bonjour” to Hong Kong and “au revoir" to Snapchat.

Oct 29, 2018: Y’know, if Twitter really does pull Likes from its platform, it really validates one of the design decisions @manton made for micro.blog.

Oct 29, 2018: Twitter to UnLike Likes?

Oct 28, 2018: It’s useful to remember that social media can be tremendously helpful at times, even in the current climate: Social media’s not all bad – …

Oct 28, 2018: It seems clear that Zuckerberg has a more total control over Facebook than, say, Jobs ever did over Apple: Facebook’s Flawed DNA Makes It Unable to …

Oct 28, 2018: Now, this is an old pen. #sixapart #movabletype

Oct 28, 2018: Our back garden tree is handling the daily countdown to winter admirably.

Oct 28, 2018: Case in point: my two most used blog platforms - ghost and micro.blog - are both new(ish) and have very different ideas of what publishing could look …

Oct 28, 2018: A non-obituary for blogging The “blogging is dead” meme that seems to have settled into the consciousness of swathes of media is both patently wrong - glance at fashion or travel …

Oct 27, 2018: Hey, you, the library crew.

Oct 25, 2018: Oh, Google. This is shameful. How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’ - The New York Times

Oct 25, 2018: Epic skies!

Oct 25, 2018: My contribution to the digital fix debate is out in print… …in German.

Oct 25, 2018: Revisiting Next Conference, aurally. 🎧 Oh, to be in a Hamburg coffee shop now!

Oct 24, 2018: Many #interhacktives hands make…

Oct 24, 2018: It’s that time of the #interhacktives year…

Oct 22, 2018: The Final Days of Johnston Press - and the parlous state of local journalism in the UK.

Oct 22, 2018: The conclusion of today’s experiments: my 5 year old MacBook Pro is still good for 4k video editing (with proxy media). But the desktop really …

Oct 22, 2018: Blogging is dead… …unless you’re in fashion, where you’re influential enough to appear in marketing emails.

Oct 22, 2018: How people silence each other on social networks - some useful research.

Oct 22, 2018: Government needs to break the tech roach motels. Data portability FTW.

Oct 22, 2018: Firing up Final Cut Pro, and seeing if my aging Mac can actually handle some 4k with decent proxy media settings.

Oct 21, 2018: Queen of the whole damn forest

Oct 19, 2018: Dusk feeders

Oct 19, 2018: Bloody hell: Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs Still, he has a consistent pattern of bad partnerships…

Oct 19, 2018: I, for one, welcome our new Swedish Queen and a return to farcical aquatic ceremonies as a justification for executive power.

Oct 18, 2018: Just a fungi to be with.

Oct 18, 2018: This is interesting - despite some of the recent backlash, podcasts are still big enough business that the iTunes rankings are worth manipulating: …

Oct 18, 2018: Having a very Brighton morning.

Oct 18, 2018: Brighton, I am in you.

Oct 18, 2018: I never knew there was an Autumn emoji. 🍂

Oct 16, 2018: Autumn is well and truly here.

Oct 16, 2018: My brain is a ridiculous place. I have an enforced day off because my youngest is unwell - but I’m still feeling guilty.

Oct 12, 2018: I have co-authored books with Chuck. Chuck is a good person. This makes me very cross.

Oct 12, 2018: This is an eye-opening read about the biggest issue of the next 15 years: How to deal with despair over climate change - Vox

Oct 11, 2018: Barbados, late 2011 I’ve just been pottering around editing some old photos, from our last pre-children holiday. Two days after I got back, my life changed forever …

Oct 11, 2018: Now, that’s what I call release notes. 💯 👌🏻

Oct 11, 2018: Finally writing the three new training course descriptions I’ve been itching to launch for months. Let’s hope people are itching to go on …

Oct 10, 2018: I backed this film on Kickstarter, and can’t wait to finally see it: Dieter Rams wants Silicon Valley to stop

Oct 10, 2018: Feeling guilty about accidentally leaving my reusable coffee cup behind.

Oct 9, 2018: If you’re a Brit who remembers the 70s, this album is a joy: Matt Berry - TV Themes

Oct 9, 2018: Such a lovely, simple concept: Technology is no longer scarce, our attention is. Technology is breaking our attention. Tech should consume as little …

Oct 9, 2018: Just been editing and adding links to this #next18 piece, and David Mattin’s framework for viewing new technologies is both useful and a little …

Oct 8, 2018: Google is shutting down Google+ following massive data exposure I’ll skip the obvious jokes and just say “oh, what could have been”. #interhacktives

Oct 8, 2018: This is a whole bag of “nope” from me: Facebook announces Portal, its new video chatting hardware

Oct 8, 2018: This, right here, is why men need feminism, too. Clichéd gender roles are harming both sexes. How Men Get Penalized for Straying from Masculine Norms

Oct 7, 2018: The weekend finishing on a high note.

Oct 6, 2018: The new raincoat passes muster.

Oct 6, 2018: Friday’s End

Oct 5, 2018: Stunning weather up on the South Downs today.

Oct 5, 2018: Selfies Have Led to 259+ Deaths Since 2011 🤦🏼‍♂️

Oct 5, 2018: I’ve run out of Aeropress filters 😱

Oct 5, 2018: What a stunning morning,

Oct 4, 2018: Hello, micro.blog. Show me nice things to remind me why I like social media…

Oct 4, 2018: The two basics of digital #journalism that too many people forget: Attention and Atomisation

Oct 4, 2018: Much as I love Wikipedia, its process for assessing the notability of people is seriously flawed, and far too depended on coverage in the mainstream …

Oct 2, 2018: Oh, hello.

Oct 2, 2018: The best single feature in Safari is its ability to search all the open tabs on any device tied to your iCloud account. I use that every single day.

Oct 2, 2018: “Hey, Siri. Play something I’ll like.” “OK. Let’s press play. Here’s the Corrs.” Oh, we’re going straight to the dark place are we, Siri?

Oct 2, 2018: What I loved about this #next18 talk by @ecomoliterno — apart from the energy of the delivery — was the focus on digital solving local problems with …

Oct 2, 2018: My family is actively trying to reduce our use of Amazon. This talk from @t3killer at #NEXT18 was an inspiring look at a possible future for local …

Oct 2, 2018: Andrew Keen’s five point plan for fixing digital, from #next18.

Oct 2, 2018: New academic research suggests that automated accounts used the film to stoke cultural conflict: Star Wars: Russian Bots May Have Derailed The Last …

Oct 1, 2018: My September in 32 seconds… Here’s what my September looked like, in one second of footage from every day…

Oct 1, 2018: September in one second every day. #1seme

Oct 1, 2018: Just had a PR email suggesting that I write a sponsored post about how I slept while I was pregnant. 🤔🙄

Sep 30, 2018: Current status:

Sep 30, 2018: I’m reminded today that what I read has a huge impact on my stress levels. Stuff about social media, and publishing and new tech: surprisingly …

Sep 27, 2018: Stunning day.

Sep 26, 2018: Why do I aim to be at the station soon after 7am, when I don’t start lecturing until 11am? This is why:

Sep 25, 2018: Interesting interview with Instagram co-founder Systrom in 2012: Can Instagram live on if its founders leave? The best advice Systrom read was that …

Sep 25, 2018: Instagram’s founders are leaving, possibly because of increasing interference from Zuckerberg. Insta’s semi-autonomy from the rest of the …

Sep 25, 2018: Working in MacOS Mohave’s dark mode. Interesting - will take a while to get used to (if I stick with it).

Sep 23, 2018: This is a beautiful little poem: Woodsmoke: A Poem

Sep 22, 2018: Hamburg, this afternoon:

Sep 21, 2018: Current status:

Sep 21, 2018: My kind of place.

Sep 21, 2018: This talk about human higher order needs and tech was just fascinating… David Mattin: New technologies and the search for meaning | NEXT Conference

Sep 20, 2018: Lots of failure you can learn from here - including the spray-on condom. Yes, really.

Sep 20, 2018: Rolled up foam for chairs. Interesting. (Haven’t dared try one yet.)

Sep 20, 2018: The #next18 live-blogging station set and ready.

Sep 20, 2018: Apparently hotel Wi-fi doesn’t always have to suck.

Sep 19, 2018: Badged. #next18

Sep 19, 2018: All wristbanded up for @nextconf and @reeperbahn_festival #next18

Sep 19, 2018: I have a desk mate for the afternoon…

Sep 19, 2018: Well. I’m glad the horrible turbulence was at the start of the trip…

Sep 19, 2018: Leaving behind a grey London for Hamburg and @nextconf and #next18

Sep 18, 2018: Having one of those days that remind me why I’m self-employed. How did I put up with corporate stuff fo so long?

Sep 17, 2018: Tonight’s agenda:

Sep 17, 2018: Hard to disagree with this: Bring Back the Shadows: The Case Against HDR

Sep 16, 2018: Beach picnic

Sep 16, 2018: Just blew some reward points on a Heathrow hotel the night before my flight to Hamburg on Wednesday morning. Take the stress off, a little.

Sep 16, 2018: Beach Life, September 16th

Sep 15, 2018: What could possibly go wrong? Camping Tent Raft

Sep 14, 2018: The babychino basked in the afternoon sun, blissfully unaware that a predator was about to pounce…

Sep 14, 2018: Apple invents way more than Samsung or Google in phones - but “borrows” more, too. New iPhones, new Galaxies: Who’s the bigger copycat?

Sep 14, 2018: I’d love to see more cities do this: The entire city of Paris will be car-free for a day

Sep 14, 2018: I’m pleased to say that The Guardian are now acknowledging their earlier daily podcasts — but my point about lack of institutional knowledge …

Sep 14, 2018: Goodness. Some of the Apple Watch Series 4 variants have slipped back 10 days in shipping already.

Sep 13, 2018: Decided that I’m not going to upgrade my Series 2 Apple Watch to a Series 4. It still works great, so why not get another year out of it? This piece …

Sep 12, 2018: Catching up on the Apple news after the journalism event I’ve been at. Don’t need to upgrade my iPhone X, and not super excited by the new one. …

Sep 12, 2018: Final proof that I love journalism more than I love Apple: I’ll be in the launch of some research into journalism and social media while the Apple …

Sep 12, 2018: I’d love to see this book funded: Parkinson’s and the Tango Effect by Kate Swindlehurst: Unbound Please consider backing it if you’re interested …

Sep 12, 2018: This makes me sad. The Guardian was once a genuine innovator in the field of podcasts - and it both abandoned that and then forgot it ever happened. …

Sep 12, 2018: Reading about the floods in Kerala and the clean up afterwards has been sobering. A year ago I visited the region to work with Malayala Manorama the …

Sep 11, 2018: Fabulous reminiscences of the Public House Bookshop in Brighton which starts with an attack by the book burners.

Sep 11, 2018: Some interesting thoughts about the lack of distinctive richness in our online social profiles: Social networks & the online reality of identity

Sep 11, 2018: snigger ‘I Let Everyone Down’: A Blogger Apologizes For Not Posting In A While

Sep 11, 2018: Wishing I’d brought a cot to the school “gate”.

Sep 11, 2018: “Spray and Pray” is not a viable social media strategy for newsrooms. It’s worrying how often it is the default, though.

Sep 11, 2018: Interesting piece on what’s shaping up to be GamerGate’s sibling,a dn another example of the extreme right’s cultural playbook: Figuring Out …

Sep 11, 2018: Starting on this as soon as the girls get home: I’ve Decided to Parent the Way Jack Dorsey Runs Twitter

Sep 11, 2018: Provide something valuable, and people will pay: More than 11,000 people are paying (yes, paying) for email newsletters on Substack’s platform

Sep 11, 2018: Nice to see them cracking on with the flood defence work.

Sep 11, 2018: One of the faintly depressing things about doing a newsletter is that within moments of pressing “send” you often lose subscribers, as …

Sep 11, 2018: That last post nearly had “kinky goodness” instead of “linky goodness” and now I want to launch a second newsletter TBH.

Sep 11, 2018: Prepping the latest issue of my sporadic interesting reading newsletter Commonplace Reading. Sign up for linky goodness in your inbox.

Sep 11, 2018: A page that makes me say “thank God for ebook pricing”: The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies (Hardback) - Routledge

Sep 11, 2018: I was podding about on Twitter last night and was about to do a comment retweet on something when I realised that doing so wouldn’t really benefit …

Sep 11, 2018: Nothing makes a self-employed person’s morning happier than the words “remittance advice” in his e-mail first thing in the morning.

Sep 10, 2018: Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy? I found Zuckerberg straining, not always coherently, to grasp problems for which he was …

Sep 10, 2018: The internet is basically a stroppy teenager, getting in trouble with the authorities, and making us all wish it would just hurry up and grow up: …

Sep 10, 2018: The Imperious Imposters of Journalism Innovation

Sep 10, 2018: I love blogging. I really do. But it does feel like getting traffic to OM&HB is harder then ever. I can’t recall a time in past 15 years …

Sep 10, 2018: Just for my microblog chums, this is the piece I was referring to: Don’t be an influencer, by a grumpy old blogger.

Sep 10, 2018: Just spent a couple of hours writing a blog post, which pretty much guarantees nobody will ever read it. Why is traffic so often inversely …

Sep 10, 2018: Gah. Just spend a while constructing a post around a new feature of the CMS I use for One Man & His Blog - and realised that I have to wait for my …