Recognition for getting in early

March 8, 2017

Kickstarter loves an early adopter. From early bird pledge levels in projects through to those who are first to contribute to their special campaigns.

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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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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 »


Making Sperm

January 22, 2017

One of the joys of educating in a home environment is the making of models. School had encouraged this anyway but with the ball firmly in our court, we can call some shots and have some fun. Read the rest of this entry »


White Hermione and Straight Biggles

January 20, 2017

When I first read Harry Potter, Hermione was white. Well, she was in my head because I’m not particularly inventive and I was much more interested in the story than painting a picture of every character in the book.

Now, she isn’t. Or rather, she doesn’t have to be. Likewise, Biggles the pilot of Sopwith Camels in the Great War didn’t strike me as being either particularly gay or straight and yet apparently his orientation has been the subject of speculation. Read the rest of this entry »


Steampunk Dreams and Future Proofing

January 18, 2017

Imagine a world where technology is very different to ours.

And so begins a premise which the average person has probably only glimpsed in silly season news stories about trends in costume wearing comic convention attendees, references to local bookshop Southcart Books or maybe the world of Wild Wild West that terrible star vehicle which nearly ran over Will Smith in 1999 or even The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (more diesel punk than steampunk apparently, but I’m no judge) that saw Sean Connery’s last screen appearance before retirement. I’ll just leave this here and you can roll your eyes at your leisure.

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2017 in review

January 15, 2017

It’s only a couple of weeks old, so it’s probably harsh to try reviewing 2017 already, but I know there are a couple of things coming up I wanted to muse on, so here goes.

[tl:dr Reflections on stuff that’s coming up, a couple of name drops and a quick delve through recent events. Normal service continues sometime soonish.] Read the rest of this entry »


Well that’s (a) novel

December 7, 2016

I’m writing a story. So far it has only a few hundred words, but already I want to find out what the characters in it do next. In fact, that’s the most exciting bit about writing so far. I have some idea about the general scheme of the story and what I want to be “true” for the world I’m weaving, but as it evolves gently before my eyes I’m still constantly in awe of the ease with which I can conjure and construct whatever suits my needs. Read the rest of this entry »