I'm once again reconsidering my relationship with networked devices. After my recent holiday abroad I've been reluctant to re-immerse myself in the 'social web'. Many of the notifications I receive come from bots telling me what people may be doing. Not the people themselves. I have put my phone on silent permanently and have 'Do Not Disturb' activated from 8pm to 8am. I don’t need 24/7 rolling … [Read more...] about Less Screen Time, More Happiness
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'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.
I have started a newsletter. I've been thinking about it for a while. An experiment for now. I'm not the last one to do this but I cant be that far off. I figured I'd better have a go at writing one before it's just robots doing it. I only subscribe to a select few myself but I read them all. Even the one that's only 10% interesting. My pilot newsletter, #000 went out to 39 inboxes. … [Read more...] about Backchannel