End of an era

I seem to regularly posting long opinion pieces to Facebook. I’m not sure why they don’t end up here, but as I’m going to try and resurrect this blog, I thought I’d start by reblogging this….. This isn’t a post about my feelings about Trump. He’s now in office. All I’ll say is, let’s hope…

SXSW 2016 (Interactive and Film)

So I’ve finally got round to writing up my impressions of SXSW 2016 Interactive and Film. This year I mainly went for music and I’ve already blogged about my impressions and why this is likely to be my last SXSW. But I thought I’d briefly cover my Interactive and Film sessions. This year was SXSW’s…

Cosmonauts at the Science Museum

This week a new exhibition about the Soviet space program opened at the Science Museum. Offering a different perspective of the well worn space race. Like most modern museum exhibitions, it’s costly weighing in at an astronomical £14. I understand the need for museums to make money. But £14 for one exhibition is a touch…

Upgrading an old Mac Pro

I currently use a 2008 Mac Pro as my main development machine at home. The old war horse has been the best computer I’ve ever purchased (even better than my beloved Amiga 1200 that I still have in a cupboard). It’s memory was upgraded to 10GBs not long after I bought it and I’ve gradually…

Rooms

The last few years I’ve usually had a photo project on the go. Everything from pi – capturing the number sequence of pi, to 365 (and 366) projects. I’ve found the big 365 projects too time consuming. Literally taking over much of my spare time. I think projects work best when you enjoy them and…

Change

A year ago I decide to change things and reduce the amount of work I do. Sounds easy? Not for me. Some background. I was a workaholic. Unable not to work. Even when relaxing ‘watching’ TV I’d be doing some kind of work. I’ve been this way since I was 14 or 15. I chose…

Over-assessing

It’s that time of year when the first main bulk of assessments are happening and as always this throws up some interesting practices. First, exams were last week. But for many students they have only just handed in their first big assessment, so are going into an exam without any real feedback. This unfortunately is a product…

Word 2013 and Word 2010 use the same file format. Don’t they?

We’ve just dealt with an issue with a student submission where they had been penalised for not submitting a document that met the specified layout. Only thing is, they had. Their document was a written in Office 2013, but staff are still using Office 2013. The document was 13 pages long in Word 2013. But…

Ex Machina

I like my ‘high concept’ Sci-Fi. 2001 is one of my favourite films and I love most early 70s Sci-Fi. Don’t get me wrong, I love Star Wars and the generations of hi-action films that followed. But I think Sci-Fi is at it’s strongest when the concepts of our place in the Universe are explored…

365 Photo Project

In 2014 I decided to do my second 365 day photo project. The intention was to expand my photography skills, to capture photos that reflect what was happening in my life or to force me to find interesting subjects (in other words, get out of the house and do some exercise). It turned out to…