This section is where you can find the longer articles I've written over the years.

Up Revisited

With some judicious editing, the beauty of UP, R.E.M.‘s first album after Bill Berry’s departure, becomes easier to spot.

Posted Sep 11, 2023 in Arts & Culture.

Spam Poetry

Found poetry, courtesy of the Internet.

Posted Jul 16, 2023 in Arts & Culture.


On picking up what I once put down.

Posted Jul 15, 2023 in Hope for the future.

Darn tootin'

Twitter under Elon Musk is fast turning into a MAGA subreddit, and the Fediverse is gaining users as a result.

Posted Dec 29, 2022 in Technology.

Last Race at Marienbad

I watched Last Year at Marienbad a few days ago, and then watched Speed Racer the following day. It was an interesting experience.

Posted Oct 02, 2020 in Film.

W.H. Auden: Refugee Blues (1939)

Once we had a country and we thought it fair, look in the atlas and you’ll find it there: We cannot go there now, my dear.

Posted Sep 09, 2020 in Poetry.

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 May 09, 2019 in Music.


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 May 08, 2019 in Technology.


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 Apr 21, 2019 in Books.

Marking up, marking down

It’s easy to take backwards compatibility for granted. I almost learned the hard way, but I was lucky.

Posted Apr 19, 2019 in Technology.