Sometimes it can seem like a year is nothing but bad, and 2017 was a bit of a difficult one in many ways, not just for me but for many around me. So I took some time to reflect on my year and make a list of 17 things that
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I notice that writer/poet Ben Norris will be appearing on the Adelaide Festival fringe in 2018 with his one-man show The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family. I went to see him when he appeared at the Nottingham Playhouse a while ago. I knew Ben slightly when he was growing up
The most important time of all is now. We have no power to change the past; and the only way to change the future is to act now. What can I do today that will make something or someone better or happier? Save Save
I was intrigued by Oliver Burkeman’s column in the Guardian from last month about insomnia: Shuffle your thoughts and sleep in which he reports on the Canadian cognitive scientist Luc Beaudoin’s newly invented cure for insomnia, which he calls the “cognitive shuffle”. Counting sheep and similar ways to cope with
As we wait for the Rio Olympics to start, I’m reminded that we may not be Olympic standard in Olympic sports, but we can each aim for our own best, all the time. More of my difficult-to-maintain high standards.
I suppose a retro party should really have a specific date in mind, but this one was for a bunch of ladies aged over 50 and intended to remind them of their childhood and young adulthood – so I guess 70s and 80s. It also has a sprinkling of the
I blog about learning technology at the University of Nottingham Learning Technology Blog. This month one of my posts covers how to get a screenshot from anything you see on your screen. I cover why you might want to create a screenshot, e.g., to demonstrate something to someone or to
I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I like to see things done properly and finished. Sometimes these two are in conflict – as they say, you can do things well, quickly or cheaply – maybe two of those, but never three. I am proud of my high standards, but I
Today is the 20th anniversary of my first steps on the Internet. On 27th November 1995 I joined the Internet, by subscribing to Pipex Dial. My username was ga42 and it cost £15 plus VAT for a month’s dial-up internet. I know this because I found the bill earlier this
The recent change from stars to hearts on Twitter aroused a great deal of furore. Many users hated the change for a variety of reasons – some users thought hearts “cissy”, others think ‘Likes’ are a Facebook thing. Some users, like me, felt that Favorite and Like are different things.