Adventures in archival endeavours

A selection of the words I've written over the years.

Love & Other Hopeless Things

Scotland’s The Pearlfishers finally have a new album out. It’s called Love & Other Hopeless Things and if you like lush, orchestral pop, this is for you.

Posted 12/05/2019 in .

P.S. I love you too

I fell in love with The Beatles when I was eight. I found my parents’ tape of The Beatles Ballads (cover art by the late, great Alan Aldridge), and that was pretty much it…

Posted 09/05/2019 in .

Standards

I’ve complained about people complaining about e-mail before, but I’ll happily complain some more, because I think there should be a common messaging protocol too.

Posted 08/05/2019 in .

Toll
Toll, the second book in Matt Gemmel’s series about KESTREL, is a thoroughly enjoyable yarn featuring a villain that, despite everything, the reader could sort of sympathize with.

Posted 21/04/2019 in .

Thanks for Everything

Halloween and Thanksgiving were some of the American experiences I got to sample in my four years in the US. It taught me that family can be a more expansive term than I had previously thought.

Posted 22/11/2018 in .

Apex

My old school friends and I are seeing Guns n’ Roses today, for the first time in 25 years.

Posted 19/07/2018 in .

Google Tasks

Google is apparently revamping its mail service, and has also decided to make gmail’s Tasks function into a separate app for Android and iOS. I had to try it out of curiosity.

Posted 26/04/2018 in .

Achtung, baby

I’ve been listening to old U2 albums recently. Achtung baby, overplayed as it became, took me nearly 15 years to learn love again

Posted 27/03/2017 in .

Awakenings

I saw The Force Awakens for the second time last night, and it was just as enjoyable as the first time.

Posted 22/01/2017 in .

Exit Obama

I like the outgoing president a lot, but I think it behooves us to remember that he was far from perfect.

Posted 19/01/2017 in .

Putin on the Ritz

I keep wondering if warfare-by-bullshit would be as effective if people like Rupert Murdoch hadn’t weaponized the news for profit.

Posted 19/12/2016 in .

Brave New World

I keep reading articles about the certain inevitability of a universal basic income being implemented, since technology is about to put almost everyone out of work and companies have to make money somehow.

Posted 06/10/2016 in .

David Bowie, 1947-2016

I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring

Posted 11/01/2016 in .

I See Red

Split Enz fortjener så mye mer enn å bare være kjent for å være rullebanen til Neil.

Posted 21/11/2015 in .

Liberté, égalité, fraternité

Years ago, when I graduated from college, we all meandered around campus, packing our stuff, getting our affairs sorted out, and of course saying our goodbyes before heading out into the real world.

Posted 15/11/2015 in .

YouPic

Jeg fikk en noe merkelig, eller iallfall uventet henvendelse fra den nye svenske fototjenesten YouPic her om dagen.

Posted 21/09/2015 in .

Lady Grey

Lady Gray is the new single from Katzenjammer. Filmed in my neighborhood, no less.

Posted 11/01/2015 in .

Frontier Days

Finding old emails can be a treat. And can also start you thinking.

Posted 22/12/2014 in .

From Me To You

I’m sure I’m not the only one getting a bit tired of MC Siegler and his ilk complaining about e-mail. We get it, you want us to use something else, and preferably – I’m just taking a wild guess here – a service you’ve invested in.

Posted 02/09/2014 in .

Hello, I must Be Going

Apple just announced they’re killing both iPhoto and Aperture, and will be rolling out a new application simply called “Photos” with Yosemite, their coming OS.

Posted 28/06/2014 in .

Pressed Flat

Flat file CMSes are all the rage with developers, I seriously doubt they’ll get much traction with anyone else until they become simpler to use. At the moment, they’re anything but.

Posted 24/06/2014 in .

Beatle variations

NBC is rumored to be developing a TV series about The Beatles, though have not secured the music rights. The AV Club commenters helpfully compiled alternative versions from the Fab Four back catalogue.

Posted 22/06/2014 in .

I can't quit you

I renewed my Flickr Pro membership yesterday. I don’t check my Yahoo! mail account very often, but when I did, I found my Flickr Pro account had lapsed about a month ago.

Posted 18/06/2014 in .

Heroes

The only clear two memories from that summer: Work was shit, and I sort of met Neil Gaiman, who cheered me up immensely for a brief moment.

Posted 10/05/2014 in .

Being Here Now

Tom Ewing is trying to get ahold of Q magazine’s review of the sodden Be Here Now, which led to this, my somewhat ranting, peripherally related response.

Posted 20/01/2014 in .

Movie magic

Here’s why special effects features suck these days: no sense of wonder. There’s just no magic to speak of anymore, because everything is done with computers. Everything.

Posted 10/01/2014 in .

Credit where it's due

To celebrate my new Kindle, bestowed upon me this Christmas by the lovely Girlfriend, I downloaded some new books. Well, not exactly new: some free classics from world literature.

Posted 03/01/2014 in .

Up in the air

Google Chromebooks apparently did decent business during the holidays, and I can definitely see the appeal; after all, you can do a lot in the browser these days.

Posted 01/01/2014 in .

There Can't Be Only One

To understand why HTC is in trouble, you need only compare their products. They streamlined their product line when they introduced the One series, and it seemed like a smart move.

Posted 11/10/2013 in .

The State of the Art

Iain M. Banks, author of The Culture novels, as well as a bunch of others set in the (mostly) real(ish) world, has passed away from pancreatic cancer at 59.

Posted 10/06/2013 in .

The Fat Lady Inhales

I just downloaded the alpha of Opera 15, the major new release that sees the Norwegian browser maker dump its own Presto rendering engine in favour of Google’s Blink.

Posted 28/05/2013 in .

Stuff

I’m getting ready to move again, and am currently in the process of boxing up my things. It’s been less than three years since last time I went through this ordeal, and it doesn’t really get better with more practice.

Posted 23/05/2013 in .

Dirty Waters

I saw on the news that two friends from my RISD days were at the Boston marathon. One as a spectator, one as a participant. Thankfully, both are OK.

Posted 17/04/2013 in .

Pink Floyd's The Wall

My favorite thing about watching Pink Floyd’s The Wall is that I find myself both riveted by, and completely and utterly embarrassed for everyone involved with making it.

Posted 05/04/2013 in .

Death of a Reader

It probably should’t come as a huge surprise, but the mighty Google is shutting down Reader, its RSS service, on July 1st. R.I.P.

Posted 14/03/2013 in .

Privacy on the Web

If you’re one of the people who post those screeds on Facebook DEMANDING I change my privacy settings to THIS and THAT because you don’t want your dinner photos seen by others, please unfriend me now and get it over with.

Posted 11/03/2013 in .

Far More Blue: Dave Brubeck 1920-2012

I’m beginning to understand myself. But it would have been great to be able to understand myself when I was 20 rather than when I was 82.

Posted 05/12/2012 in .

Season cycle

No-one can deny that the summer of 2012 has been pretty awful, but it’s picked up slightly here at the very end – not quite an Indian summer, but certainly better than could be expected.

Posted 05/09/2012 in .

Thoughts on Flickr

Most of us old warhorses who have been around the Internet a while (back when we had to use dial-up modems, barefoot in winter etc.) probably have at least a passing relationship with Flickr.

Posted 27/07/2012 in .

The Social Network

There’s a flurry of activity around Facebook these days. They just bought Instagram for a cool billion, went public (its stock tanking) and is rumored to be sniffing around Opera Software.

Posted 28/05/2012 in .

Call Me Maybe

Call Me Maybe is your typically catchy number; snappy, tuneful without being too saccharine, and short enough not to wear out its welcome.

Posted 25/04/2012 in .

Got Monsters(?)

Metal, while still being known as the province of tight jeans, wispy facial hair and ripped denim vests, will often surprise you.

Posted 20/04/2012 in .

Oh, Sergey: Google and the open web

Poor Sergey Brin. In an interview with The Guardian, he laments that he can’t trawl through the electronic diary on my phone for information to use to target me with ads, which is a Serious Problem for us all.

Posted 16/04/2012 in .

Plus one

More than the post-apocalyptic experience, though, I think what gets me most about Google+ is its evangelists: exceedingly huffy folks.

Posted 15/04/2012 in .

Prometheus

I’ve blogged about Ridley Scott before, and though I should know better, I can’t help but get excited by the new trailer for Prometheus.

Posted 19/03/2012 in .

Lost in Space

From Lost in Space, a fascinating article in Fortean Times, about the Soviet “lost cosmonauts,” as well as the Judica-Cordiglia brothers, two Italian teens who figured out how to listen in on both Soviet and NASA transmissions.

Posted 16/03/2012 in .

Why I left Posterous

Posterous was bought by Twitter. They claim the service won’t change, while at the same time telling all its users how to get their stuff to other services, so it’s fair to assume they’re not long for this world.

Posted 15/03/2012 in .

What's new?

I rather enjoy Spotify’s “What’s New” section; it happily throws material by artists like Brooke Benton and Brenda Lee, in with the actual new stuff, like the currently ubiquitous Gangnam Style.

Posted 08/01/2012 in .

Location, location, location

I just removed the Foursquare app from my phone. I’ve had it installed for almost two years and to date, I’ve used it a grand total of 33(!) times. And I can’t quite figure out why I would want to use it more either.

Posted 11/12/2011 in .

I Was Just Thinking

I Was Just Thinking is a song either about missing someone far away, or someone who is no longer in your life. To me, it’s been both.

Posted 07/11/2011 in .

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

When Steve Jobs passed away, it nearly broke the Internet. Few CEOs have inspired both such accolades and such diatribes.

Posted 05/10/2011 in .

Near-total Recall

The Internet is all atwitter (pun intended) that Ridley Scott may be making a sequel or prequel or reimagining of his seminal masterpiece Blade Runner.

Posted 19/08/2011 in .