Social Media and Us

Social Media and Us

Oct 18

The results of our intuitions do not always or even often – and for some, less so than others – match those of reflective reasoning. That, combined with the biased summarisation and brevity of social media, is the source of outrage culture; it is what feeds internet tribalism and the inevitable schism of those tribes. Along with physical, geographic separation and varying levels of...

Another Apple falls from the feature tree

Another Apple falls from the feature tree

Jun 16

So, about that iPhone 4. What can I say about that… Ok, how about we start by discussing the new ‘wow’ features of the fourth generation of the worlds most amazing device. I’m not going to wax lyrical about how OK version one was and how excellent version two was and the fine tradition of quality that this new device continues to uphold. So what wonderful new features have...

Doing everything with nothing

Doing everything with nothing

Jun 15

“We the unwilling, led by the unknowing, have done so much with so little for so long, that now we are qualified to do everything with nothing.” – Harold Jones, Maryland National Bank, 1978 I love that quote (the Mr. Harold Jones version…), it reminds me so much of my early… well, OK, pretty much entire career in software development. I have always had to make do...

The idiocy of people, part #2

The idiocy of people, part #2

May 04

Imagine, for a moment, the distance between your nipples. On Friday night a couple of friends, my wife and I went for drinks at an establishment called “Cobblestone Pub” inside a cozy little place called Monte Casino. Actually, we were planning on going to a place called @Monte but upon arrival found the air in the place to be dank with the scent of overdrawn credit cards and perfume...

The idiocy of people, part #1

The idiocy of people, part #1

May 02

I recently had the burning desire to replace my Virgin Money credit card. Little did I know that these masochistic tendencies would be too much for me to bear. On the 13th of April I phone the Virgin Money call centre to start the process of replacing my credit card. The call centre answers, we have a relatively pleasant conversation. By that I mean that the conversation didn’t immediately...

Don't want me to pirate your stuff?

Don't want me to pirate your stuff?

Apr 16

You’re a media producer, music say, and you don’t want people to pirate your stuff, you want them to pay for it. You’re an author, you want people to buy your book so you can make money from the ‘fruits of your labour’. Fair enough, I get it, I understand and I agree with you. I also want to be paid for my work. However, if you are the RIAA, MPAA or Macmillan books,...