Better Late Than Never

If all goes according to plan, at the weekend a parcel will arrive in the post with five iPhones in it. Both mine, and my other half’s phone contracts have come to an end, and we have been looking around at the various deals available. At the same time, we’re going to move our children … Continue reading Better Late Than Never

Trying Scrivener

I’ve owned a copy of Scrivener for years – since my first proper tilt at NaNoWriMo back in about 2007 if memory serves. If you’ve not heard of it, Scrivener is a word processor designed for writers, where you can organise your writing projects into binders with research, chapters, and so on. It’s all rather wonderful, and lovely. Continue reading Trying Scrivener

Surrounded by Idiots

I just watched the entire testimony between Mark Zuckerberg and a number of United States Senators in Washington live. Nearly six hours of it. I have some thoughts. I know this is a huge departure from the usual “day in the life” posts I usually write, and I don’t plan on doing this on anything … Continue reading Surrounded by Idiots

Elementary

I just finished installing “Elementary OS” on the old desktop computer at home – the one in the junk room that I tend to sit at while writing blog posts. On the off-chance that anybody else needs to use it, they can still re-start it and boot into Windows 7 – the hard-drive is partitioned, … Continue reading Elementary

The Beginning, or the End ?

This week Deep Mind – the Google team behind the “Alpha Zero” artificial intelligence project – tried out the game of chess on the system. Alpha Zero spent four hours learning to play chess from scratch – essentially playing against itself – before being pitted against the result of perhaps forty years of chess software … Continue reading The Beginning, or the End ?

Everything Changes

David Karp is leaving Tumblr. It feels strange, finally seeing the various valley blogs breathlessly posting the news out to the internet – describing how he founded the blogging platform back in 2007, and changed the web. I remember. I was there. I wrote about it. I remember listening to an episode of a podcast … Continue reading Everything Changes

Quiet Insanity Rules

I rescued my old netbook computer from almost certain doom earlier in the week – it had been sitting on the corner of a counter in the kitchen along with a few other bits and pieces to be sent off for recycling or charitable donation. We finally made it to a charity store today with … Continue reading Quiet Insanity Rules