Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What we're all thinking?

A couple of refreshingly frank titles from blogs that just came up in a Google search. Haven't looked at them yet, but I don't really need to.

Stop Already With the F*cking "Infographics"

Enough with these so called ‘infographics,’ they’re nothing but chartcrap

Monday, October 10, 2011

Early morning grid

The sky outside our window, a couple of mornings ago. You can tell these aren't Swissair planes, or they'd have drawn their grid straight.

Helpful sign

Accurate labelling can be so important – presumably when there's just one left, someone changes the sign to Apple. (The Russell Hotel, London). 

Friday, October 07, 2011

My Mac Plus

Steve J's death has brought the old Mac Pluses out in a burst of affectionate nostalgia. Here's my contribution: when I finished my doctoral thesis, Jenny commissioned a portrait of my Mac from artist friend Diane McKeating. It is sitting on top of my enormous state-of-the-art 20 megabyte hard drive. Well, this was '87.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Steve Jobs RIP

I ran experiments and analysed results on my Apple II (1980)
I wrote my thesis on my Mac Plus (1985)
I started my business with my Apple II (1988)
I run my life on my MacBook, iPhone, iPad (2011)

Extraordinary guy, who put it all together, made it happen, and made it fun.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


Last week I had a pop at the Co-operative Bank on this blog, because a form I downloaded to print off at home had a solid blue cover (using up a lot of blue toner). Going back there today, it's changed. Much better, thanks.

Coincidence? Or do they have some system that looks for online mentions so they can respond. If so, that's really responsive... co-operative, in fact.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Brown signing

Not a book signing by Gordon, but a nice website celebrating those brown signs that point to tourist attractions (allegedly).

Fans of strangely specific icons (not just 'farm' but 'cider farm', not just 'horse' but 'heavy horse') will enjoy Angela Hone's blog.


Sunday, October 02, 2011

For musicians

My sister encountered this and Facebooked it. I'm thinking we could usefully take this approach to all kinds of instructions. For example, installing any kind of Windows software or device: "Click on 'install'. Stay calm."

Or phoning your broadband helpline: "Phone 0845 123456. Watch your language."

And so on.