Learning How to Run – Barefoot

Running Barefoot

Yes another blog post about running. Only my second in over 13 years so bare with me. I don't intend on becoming a sports writer. It should be obvious by now that I know nothing about any of this. I do have a habit of sharing personal stories though. This recent discovery has happened towards the end of one hundred days continuous running. For those craving some tech geekery I shot Continue Reading

Working with The Open University

OU plan of action

In 2008 I visited the Open University campus for the first time. They invited me to Milton Keynes to "Do cool stuff". This was the communication departments way of asking me to experiment with social media. Back then you could call it social media and it sounded fresh and new. As long as a few of the right boxes were ticked, I had free rein to experiment, play and have fun. From popping Continue Reading

The Apple Watch For Fitness

Apple watch on Brooks trainers

After recording my initial thoughts in audio I had planned this post to be a more in depth look at my experience with the Apple Watch.  Instead I can save you a semi long read and summarise here.. If you don’t have an specific use in mind, like using the fitness tools, you don’t need the first iteration of the Apple Watch.  If you feel that tech can assist you on a mission to get fitter, I think Continue Reading

Elevation Challenge 2015

Elevation Challenge Route

I’ll be honest.  I get jealous writing about other peoples adventures.  Especially ones like this.  But I’ve really enjoyed playing my small part in the planning stages of the Elevation Challenge 2015. Ben Treasure and Erin Duffy plan to travel from the lowest to the highest point in Europe using human power alone.  They aim to cycle 5000km across western Europe, Turkey, Georgia and into Continue Reading

The Tangible Vinyl Revival

Pro-ject Carbon

Vinyl sales in the UK are at a 20 year high. This last week I’ve bought records from Oxfam, HMV and Action Records in Preston. My local Oxfam in Huntingdon has a sign in the street saying ‘Vinyl Revival This Way’ with an arrow pointing in the direction of the store.  Inside, amidst the books, there's a great selection of 33’s and 45’s, all researched by and priced fairly.  Well, more fairly for Continue Reading

Books on Privacy and Surveillance

1984 Boot

The month of June is upon us and on the 25th I'll be heading to Oxfordshire for a picnic beside the grave of Eric Arthur Blair.  This will be the eighth year running where a number of us have made the pilgrimage to share in a conversation on George Orwell's birthday. A mini informal symposium. A chat around mass surveillance, consumer data and our civil liberties. Accompanied of course with Continue Reading

Documenting Events – Kit List


The following kit list is what I packed before heading up to Gateshead for Thinking Digital 2015. Some of these links below are Amazon affiliate links. Please don't purchase anything on a whim. Read other reviews first. I’m not saying all this gear is what you would need to document an event. It’s just some of the kit I'm having fun experimenting with. There are also some multiples as I try to Continue Reading