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Sea print

Got the printing gear out today. This is one I’ve been working on for a while. It’s two layers, but at the moment the layers are too similar. So here’s both: …and here’s just one: I think next step is to simplify one of the blocks, remove the double layering. I like the sea texture … Read more

Two very different new things

I promised myself I’d come up here and look at something (see, now I can’t even remember what that thing was, the internet rabbithole foo is so strong) – but it certainly wasn’t this site, and then I got sucked in for whatever reason and now I’ve been fiddling for about an hour (NEW THEME, … Read more

Back into it

So I’ve been mulling a renaissance in the form of writing some stuff again. And then I went down a long rabbit hole where I was thinking – man, static stuff is all the rage and maybe I should redo my site in some JAMSTACK bollocks, and “what do I want this thing to be” … Read more

I’m happier without a smartphone

It’s now just over a month since I gave up my smartphone and began an experiment with a Nokia 3310. Much has already been written about smartphone sanity. Books, blog posts, tweets – just Google it to see other people doing the same, or poke this blog or my links to see some of the … Read more

“Free” lance

It’s generally thought that the earliest written usage of the word “Freelance” was in Walter Scott’s historical novel Ivanhoe, written in 1820: I offered Richard the service of my Free Lances, and he refused them—I will lead them to Hull, seize on shipping, and embark for Flanders; thanks to the bustling times, a man of … Read more

We stayed on holiday by mistake

Sometime in 2012, my wife and I and our two boys (aged 5 and 8) moved from Bath — our home of more than a decade — to a tiny shack in the woods in North Devon. We’d been happy in Bath: we’d started two new lives with the births of our kids, founded a business and a digital … Read more

Letter to Scott Mann MP about the Syrian crisis

My very lovely wife just wrote this to Scott Mann, our local MP. I read it, nodded so much my head nearly fell off and asked her if I could post it on my blog. She said yes. Dear Mr Mann, It is a year ago that I contacted you about my concerns about UK … Read more

Kids own too many gadgets

I’ve been resisting writing this, as I know it’ll get up some people’s noses. I know there’s a danger I’ll come across as fairly sanctimonious – and definitely an Old Victorian Arse. But you know, along with getting a bit older is a certain dontgiveashitness, so here goes. My contention is this: things have gone badly … Read more

Letting kids on the web

I’ve got kids – they’re 7 and 10 – and they’re at that age when they are just starting to spend a bit more time online. The last few months have seemed like a good time to look around and see what other parents are doing, and make some decisions about how best to approach this. The first observation I have … Read more

The life project

My good friend @bealers just posted “Make life a side project” and it got me thinking. My first reaction was something along the lines of shutup-you-crazy-person but now I’m veering slightly more to ah-i-think-i-kinda-see-what-you-mean. But not much. The main thing that I reacted to was this notion of “sideness”. Putting life (yeah, we need to talk about what … Read more