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How To Swear Proper

Or: authentic British usage of swearwords This is really simple; just use “fuck”/“fucking” as punctuation as well as emphasis. Disclaimer: my native dialect is West London, which to my ears has the most unpleasant of the London accents. However, I went to a public school, and most of the time I sound close to RP […]

DODOcase Durables – iPhone 5 Wallet

DODOcase are responsible for the lovely Moleskine-like iPad cases and the texturally delicious BOOKback, and when they produced a new line of cases for iPhone/iPad/MacBook Air, I ordered one for my new iPhone 5 immediately. The case consists of a khaki (they call it “sage”) waxed cotton sleeve lined with orange cotton material (some of […]


Device Sizes

There’s been blog chatter over this since Tim Bray posted his blog entry, and this is something I have had strong opinions about since the Newton, and even earlier (remember Steve Ciarcia’s lunchbox CP/M computer in Byte? It seems highly unlikely that anyone does).

How To Buy Things

Which applies to everything, although this is an approach that I discovered (as did many other people) when dealing with very expensive software. The Wrong Way This is how most people buy things. Find a list of “features” (features are attributes of a product, and could be anything; true, false, or utterly fictional); then find […]

Pragmatic Thinking and Learning, by Andy Hunt

Recent reading has included “Pragmatic Thinking and Learning” by Andy Hunt, from @progprog. Most interestingly, it covers almost exclusively topics that I have absorbed over the last 30 years or so – meditation, context switching, personality types, left/right brain thinking, mind maps, GTD, and so on. I didn’t realise that I knew so much!

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Downtime in the USA

There were times in my life when, each year on average, I spent more time in the USA than the UK (where my home officially was).  Apart from stretches of crashing boredom, I rather enjoyed it.  I can’t pretend that I have any magic secrets on how to make downtime interesting, especially if you don’t […]

Travel Advice

Once upon a time, in a very different world from the one we live in today, I used to fly.

On assembling an Ikea PAX wardrobe

We recently decided to install a pair of Ikea Pax wardrobes in our bedroom.