I love brass band music. Not quite as much as Metal, but there are certain pieces that really create an emotional response that Metal cannot normally get anywhere near. One of these pieces is the incredibly descriptive music within Fraternity, a test piece (composed by Thierre Deleruyelle) that stirs the emotions like few others. It’s […]
2018 finished in style for us with a two week trip to visit my family in Toronto. I’ve always loved this city and have visited six times now: mostly because my sister, nieces and mum live there these days, but also because it’s a fabulously vibrant city. It’s fair to say that it is a […]
It is 2019 already. So soon after 2018 too. These years are following on from each other more quickly each year. Last year was a pretty traumatic time for the folks of planet Earth, with a huge amount of drama around. The political sphere was particularly turbulent with Trump and Brexit providing a whole load […]
I have recently installed a new iOS image editing app called Apollo: Immersive Illumination. It enables you to add in extra lighting onto your photos using the depth information that Apple creates in Portrait mode images. It’s a remarkably simple concept but is a little fiddly to get right. You can add multiple light sources […]
Gutenberg is here and I have no idea how some of the new features work, so let’s see what they look like when you add them to a post. This first block of text is the default block – a paragraph. It shows text nicely and you just need to press return to create a […]
Just trying out the YouTube embed feature with this Agile-based bit of Christmas fun. You’re welcome. *edit* OK, so the formatting of this post is even worse than the one for the earlier Flickr one. Am disappointed. I’m assuming that the 2019 WordPress theme is just a bit rubbish with some of these embeds. I’m […]
OK, so who’s idea was it to release the new version of WordPress this close to Christmas? WordPress 5.0 is the first major change in the blogging tool for what seems decades. They’ve introduced a new post editing tool called Gutenberg that completely changes how you compile your site content, removing the need for many […]
I have been a Flickr user for what seems decades. I joined at some point in 2005 (an age ago in Internet terms). Flickr was the only decent place to store your photos at the time, head and shoulders above the competition. There was a thriving community, great tools and a generous free option. The […]
My friend Mike is always coming up with systems thinking ideas. There are a huge number of modelling methods available to us, and this is one of Mike’s more recent ventures into learning new things: Wardley Maps.
These are a great way of identifying product strategy, if you’re into that sort of thing; but they’re also useful for identifying ideas, future problems and for challenging your own misconceptions about the stuff you’re building.
Have a read!
The world is changing fast, and some of the organisations doing the changing have insights that the rest don’t. Visualisation of information allows people to point at a model outside of their head, ask better questions and make better decisions. Wardley Maps are a great way to visualise what happens to provide value to someone […]
Jo and I have some incredible friends. I’ve been very, very lucky over the years to have met some of the nicest people around, whether during my RAF days or through banding; I seem to mix with the best kinds of people. I’m not particularly extrovert, and while I sometimes find talking to people I […]
So, my mammoth listen-through of Metal Hammer’s top 100 albums of 2017 begins. My ears have been subjected to 2,275 different artists, according to Last.fm, but I have not heard of any of the first ten bands. Embarrassing. Still, this is the point of doing this, so here we go. Who is at number 100? […]
25/1/2018 Fat Curk by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA I don’t drink Coke very often, but when I do I make sure it is fully leaded, none of those sugar-free versions. I’ve tried diet drinks. They are always disappointing. I don’t know why, but none of the ingredients they use to replace the sugar […]