I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again…

February 19, 2017

Never argue with an idiot.

Dan Slee’s Uncle Keith came up in conversation again this week. He has a message for the social web in terms of straight thinking, does Uncle Keith, and really it’s only one core principle.

To the casual observer, one person arguing with an idiot looks very much like two idiots arguing with each other. Never more so than on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn (I mean, why would you?), etc. Read the rest of this entry »


Market Forces

February 18, 2017

After my little foray into the Gig Economy, I’m delighted to report I have a booking. What’s astonished me is the ease with which I managed to attract a customer, and how far we were into the discussion before it became apparent he’s in Malaysia! I’m helping to design a game for a chap thousands of miles away and it’s as easy as using a chat room in Facebook or LinkedIn.

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Improvising my way into the Gig Economy

February 11, 2017

I’m fascinated with alternative ways of selling and procuring services. The recent trend towards self employment rather than having a fixed contract is a mixed blessing, and we’re seeing new vocabulary to describe it. There’s even a helpful article on BBC News to explain it.

So one night last week I sat down and introduced myself to the gig economy. I don’t expect to make any money from this but it’s an exercise is trying the principle out and seeing what happens. Right now, users of fiverr.com can offer to pay me £3.98 ($5 in GBP at today’s rate) to either write them a 500 word story or design a bespoke card/dice game.

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Aleatoric Spam

February 6, 2017

I do love an unsolicited e-mail of unknown provenance. This arrived in my inbox today with no ceremony, and apparently no understanding of how these things work.

Having received it in something akin to simplified Chinese, I hit the translate button to see what they were after and was presented with this hot mess.

Aleatoric spam. Sounds like an avant garde 21st century group consisting of final year students at Juilliard.

Enjoy.

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Why Hell is no place for a Country singer

January 27, 2017

Many years ago I caught a snippet of something on Radio 4 which included a sketch about how difficult it is for Hell to hold a Country singer. The gist of it was as follows: Hell is the summation of all the pain and damage one human being can do to another, everything a person can do to hurt themselves and the fears and failings of the human race heaped into a big pile and dealt out in chunks to the unfortunate souls who are consigned there for eternity. An on top of that the inhabitants are physically mocked and tortured for the general amusement of the demons in charge. Read the rest of this entry »


In my Irregular Prime

January 25, 2017

I have, in the modern parlance, levelled up my age again today. It’s not all bad being 37, which Wikipedia tells me is the first irregular prime. What that says about me, I have no idea. I shall spend my birthday money on something sensible. Or another musical instrument.

37

It’s the last prime before 40 though, so I’ll take it.


The rise and rise of self publishing

January 24, 2017

OK, I’ll admit to a little self interest here, but bear with me.

I’m involved with publishing. You’re reading it. Blogs have unequivocally levelled the playing field when it comes to getting one’s thoughts out there for others to see at little or no cost. There is something unspeakably cool, however, about seeing your words printed and bound, and self publishing is on the rise. Read the rest of this entry »