Many people today are talking about how uncomfortable they feel about their dependence on devices, and more specifically the content they consume via their devices. Whilst this theme is certainly well established, I have observed very few experimenting with ways of adapting to this trend in a positive manner. What is interesting is how, in […]
Several years ago I was very lucky to become involved in a local initiative in Clapham, London, to establish a community bookshop. The initiative was a response to the closing of the existing local bookshop along with the persistent threat of closure which haunted the local library. Our vision was one of community building, with […]
Back in 2006, three years in to my degree in “computer systems and software engineering” at the University of York, I embarked on my Masters project. The ambition was quite clear – to use a complementary suite of AI algorithms to simulate speciation. The choice of algorithm for behaviour selection, Rodney Brooks’ subsumption architecture, was […]
Day 2 The wind today blew us around a little. Our first walk of the day was a battle, with rain driving into us on gusts of Atlantic breath. Later it softened a little and we braved the huge expanse of Woolacombe’s beach. Bare feet, rain pocked sand, bitingly cold water, white cloudy skies. It […]
The floors creak in daunt books. Books line the walls of two storeys of stories and the musty perfume of crisp parchment, perfectly typeset pages of knowledge and narrative, fills the air. The weight of human creative and academic pursuit is carried on that scent. It has gravity. With each step a creak, that imposes […]
My soon-to-be mother-in-law, somewhat concerned it seems about the trouble my fiancee’s little sister might find herself in on an upcoming trip to Crete, has prepared this hilarious but touching crib sheet, printed and laminated once for each girl on the trip.
It is with great sadness that I inform you all that my Asus eeePC 701 has finally exhaled it’s last 7-inch breath, wheezing under the weight of the many superfluous processes running on it’s aging LinuxMint installation. Please join me in thanking it for many years of service – it really did punch well above […]