Recently, I accidentally started collecting cassettes. I’m not the only one. There is a movement out there. Not as mainstream as the vinyl revival. I hope it stays that way. It all started in my attic. I’m no good at throwing stuff away. While I have the space I’d rather store it for when I have time to digitise and archive. With so few of my elders left, old photos, VHS cassettes and tapes … [Read more...] about The Joy Of Cassettes
There is no shortage of pockets at this time of year and the very pocketable camera that I carry alongside my phone at the moment is the Sony DSCRX100M4. It was in the camera shops of Singapore that what started as curiosity into the latest camera tech, turned to fascination and then the sudden need to upgrade my then every-day-carry (EDC). It's form factor many have left behind. In a time … [Read more...] about My Sony DSCRX100M4 is already old.
This is my new favourite gadget. The Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner. I got it from Henley Designs and for £299 it handles like a serious industrial cleaning machine. The silver arm you can see in the photo both sucks up the debris and also dries the record in the time it takes for a full revolution. It's nosy for a few seconds but there's a hell of a lot of suction power. Your vinyl is ready to … [Read more...] about The Pro-Ject VC-S Vinyl Record Cleaner
There's been eight newsletters since my last blog post. If you subscribe to my newsletter you will have recently read me wondering how I might manage without my iPhone and Apple Watch for a week. The more my mobile devices can do, the more they seem to want me to do. I was considering a dumb phone to try and experience 7 days with fewer distractions. Yes it's a drastic step when all I … [Read more...] about Rebalancing my relationship with technology
I was 19 years old. Curious and adrift. No thoughts for the future. I would never have imagined that twenty five years later, to the day, I’d be alive. Let alone pondering that moment. Stood on the platform of Rugby train station with Dave. Armed with Inter-Rail tickets we were off to explore Europe by train. No plans, a bit of cash and no clue as to what was in store. I kept a journal. … [Read more...] about This is me 25 years ago today.