My big pooch has just had his second cruciate ligament operation and won’t be going out for walkies any time soon. He still needs to go the toilet, though, and thankfully we have a small garden. Unfortunately there are some steep steps to get to it and he’s big enough that carrying him is challenging. So, I built a ramp. He refused to use the … Continue reading Ramp it up
A fried who I play Dungeons and Dragons with bought a VR headset recently. This prompted discussion about how cool DnD would be in VR. Sure, it would be very cool to really feel a part of the world my friends and I conjure up in our imagination. But it wouldn’t capture all of the magic and I think would leave the best bits out. … Continue reading Immersion, VR style
Corruption is a thing that most would agree should be stamped out. But what is corruption? Less developed countries don’t fare as well on the Corruption Perceptions Index, an annual list published by Transparency International. Its measures are clear and the conclusions it arrives at are reasoned. For a macro view of corruption, this kind of scale makes for easy comparison. Far trickier, is to … Continue reading Corruption – where are you?
Unexpectedly, you have a chance to share some of your work more widely than you’d anticipated. You’re concerned that it won’t be well received, that the prospective audience isn’t the one you hoped for. You find yourself wondering what there is in the early work you don’t remember so well (which the internet serves up easily), that isn’t great. Worse – what is there in … Continue reading When opportunity knocks
Seth Godin often uses the phrase “people like us do things like this”. He’s written a mini-essay on the idea and graciously made it available for us to read. My beloved and I have been discussing the harm humans do to one another, indirectly, and how hoping that will change seems forlorn. If there is hope to be found, it’s in the idea that “people … Continue reading People like us
Caroline Flack’s death has prompted a boycott of celebrity gossip magazines. There’s lots to unpack about her unfortunate death (though not more unfortunate than that of so many people who aren’t well-known), but this action is both warranted and overdue. It points to a bigger issue in my mind, which is of everyone’s responsibility for creating demand and how this impacts individuals, society, the composition … Continue reading Responsibility
I’m finally starting to get on top of doing some training, after a long period where it’s felt surprisingly (to me) difficult to be enthused about the idea. In years gone by I’ve needed little encouragement to get outside and run, so I’ve had to recognise how major life events have changed that position. The key difference in this most recent attempt to train, is … Continue reading Fitness update: make it easy and attractive