I'm a regular user of Flipboard, the app that tells me what's happening in the world that isn't Twitter. I have a carefully curated list of interests. One of the things I do with my lovely spouse is share links using Flipboard. In the user interface on my iPhone (I don't use it elsewhere), there … Continue reading Flipboard and the case of usability that doesn’t care about you
(Originally posted on my technical blog.) For the last six months or so, I have been helping some really smart people put words on paper, both the physical and electronic kind, which is hopefully going to culminate in an actual technical book that I can point to and say “Yes, that’s the name I invented … Continue reading SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside Out
I have an online stalker. This is nothing unusual in the age of the Internet. I had a stalker back in the late 1990s as well. The first one was someone who fell madly in love with me through IRC (Internet Relay Chat) and devised extremely weird ideas on how we could be together, despite … Continue reading Don’t be rude
I used to be a vociferous defender of prescriptive grammar (I don't like the term "Grammar Nazi" anymore, because that's no longer funny or clever). After listening to, and reading, a podcast and associated transcript-turned-blog entry by Stephen Fry, I realised that it is necessary for language to change, to adapt. I use a lot of … Continue reading Begging the Question
(With apologies to Billy Joel.) Carrie Fisher, Leonard Cohen, Arquette, Geordie Howe George Michael, Nancy Reagan, Phife Dawg, Zydeco Garry Shandling, Garry Marshall, Rob Ford, Ron Glass David Bowie, John Glenn, Wilder, Castro Prince Rogers Nelson, "Freaky" Leon Haywood Zsa Zsa, Henderson, Ricky Harris, Harper Lee David Smyrl, Caldwell, "Wizard of Woo" Worrell, Green and … Continue reading We Didn’t Start 2016
Warren Ellis (the British author, not the Australian musician, though both have immaculate beards) asked his friends to recommend one book to read this winter. I recommend subscribing to his Orbital Operations weekly newsletter. I asked a bunch of friends for the name of one book they planned to read this winter. I am delighted … Continue reading Books To Read This Winter
"A persistent effort to examine any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the evidence that supports or refutes it and the further conclusions to which it tends." — E. M. Glaser (1941). An Experiment in the Development of Critical Thinking.
This was written by author Warren Ellis, from his latest newsletter. Worth a read. The most fascinating thing about Kanye's set at Glastonbury was the lighting rig. I'm not being snarky. It was a giant plate of lights that lowered down on the stage like a blazing lid. And, with the absence of any other … Continue reading Kanye West and the Glastonbury Incident
My own memories of the last fifteen years on the Internet.
From his latest Orbital Operations newsletter: All of which is to say: so much of this absurd job is feeding the compost bin. I have spoken in the past to so many writers, not even limited to beginning writers, who focus on prodigious word counts and/or deep narrow research wells. Or just reading the medium … Continue reading Warren Ellis, on writing