It’s the last day of the year and I’m approaching 400,000 words for my 'personal' diary. I write every day but am conscious of a pile of notebooks, tapes and letters dating back to the 80’s. I’d be keen to digitise them. Or to at least make the words searchable and safe. No idea if anyone would ever want to read them. Or even if I’d want them to. Some words are written for the self. Today … [Read more...] about Keeping a Diary in a Networked World
There's 26 years of design and innovation between these two laptops. The Toshiba T1200, my first ever laptop (need I say on the bottom) and the latest 11" Apple Macbook air on the top. Both still work, but I am finding that the Macbook air has a habit of needing a hard restart once in a while. I found the T1200 while clearing out the attic late last night. It's lived in 4 different attics … [Read more...] about The Toshiba T1200. 19 years in a cardboard box and still working.
When I talk and give workshops I often have a slide stating my concern for the demise of stories on the web. Of course some people use Twitter for just that. Disposable throw-away comments. I doubt micro-bloggers and journalists always feel the same way. Or the people who use twitter instead of email. Or those serialising novels through these channels, seeding projects, replacing letter … [Read more...] about A tweet is not just a tweet – Linkrot and our digital history.
If my Granddad were still alive this year, we'd be celebrating his hundredth birthday. We often made fun that his birth was the second major disaster of 1912. When he died he took a thousand stories with him. And just as many songs. He was a guarded man. The few stories we shared only offered a glimpse of the life he'd lived. Born in a field in the Ukraine. Before the First World War. Before … [Read more...] about If You Can Fix Soles, You Can Save Lives.
I found these items in one of the vacant houses I was viewing today. They belong to a Flight Lieutenant J.E.V Davies. The logbook shows an amazing flying career starting during WWII flying Lancasters. I had no idea why such an interesting and important document would be left behind. I wanted to put it in my pocket, to explore and share later, but it wasn't mine to take. … [Read more...] about Left Behind