Facebook’s new News Feed – Use Lists!

September 21, 2011

If you press your ear to your monitor, you can hear thousands of people gnashing their teeth over the new Facebook news feed changes. For years, we’ve had a simple chronological list of status updates. I log in a few times a day to get a snapshot of what my friends and family are up [...]

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The Art of Happiness

September 17, 2011

Are you happy? Truly happy? Perhaps you would be if you had a better job or a more expensive car or more friends or won the lottery? You aren’t alone if you feel this way. Many of us do. The elusive promise of happiness is just out of reach. Indeed, most of us assume that [...]

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It it wrong that I’m so easily manipulated?

September 13, 2011

When you become a parent, something strange happens. Well, actually, a lot of strange things happen. One of them is that all you need is some sentimental music, the word “dad” and emotional manipulation centred around a child to raise a lump in ones throat. Advertisers know this and cruelly take advantage. Take the recent [...]

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National Space Centre – Leicester

September 13, 2011

Did you know we had a national space centre? No – neither did I. Not only do we have one, but it’s only a short drive from our house, so even though Debbie and Luke had been previously, we took a trip there on Sunday to check it out and I wasn’t disappointed! It’s a [...]

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Music Monday: Some songs you may or may not have heard

September 12, 2011

It’s Monday. Here’s a few of my current favourite songs. Peter Bradley Adams: Los Angeles The Maccabees: Kiss and Resolve Villagers: The Pact The Boxer Rebellion: Spitting Fire Yuck: The Wall

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Yuck – The band, not a reaction

September 1, 2011

I’m really enjoying a relatively new band from London called “Yuck”. I assume this was a reaction to other names band members suggested. Their sound hails from the 1990s and they really remind me of Dinosaur Jr and Belle and Sebastian. A few of my favourites from their recent eponymous album:

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Easy Photoblogging with Flickr and WordPress

September 1, 2011

I used to have a Tumblr account which I used for off the cuff messages and photos. Tumblr is great but with each new service you sign up to, you further fracture your “life” stream. You put bits of content here, and other bits there. Sometimes there is overlap and sometimes there is not. I’ve [...]

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9/11 + 10

August 31, 2011

I can barely believe that it’s almost ten years since 9/11. I still remember being at work before IPS was my full time job and hearing over the news that a plane had accidentally crashed into the world trade centre. Immediately Charles appeared on AOL messenger and we chatted as it developed. We ended up [...]

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HP Touchpad – Update

August 31, 2011

Yesterday I received my 32GB HP Touchpad and after an hour or so, I wrote up my first impressions which were mostly good. The build quality was good and webOS had some very nice touches such as full multitasking and an intuitive way to browse open apps. I spent a little more time on it [...]

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HP Touchpad – First Impressions

August 30, 2011

I was lucky enough to be able to purchase a HP Touchpad during their recent fire sale. I’m sure you’re all aware of how 42 days into the launch of their new ex-Palm webOS powered tablet HP pulled the plug and slashed the retail price for remaining stock. I haven’t had a lot of time [...]

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