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Living Life, October 8th, 2017
I’ve returned from my annual trip to Japan suitably enthused and inspired. This year’s visit was focused on Kobe and Osaka due to both the short-notice and the need to complete some admin and research before my emigration. Again there has been much to take in and observe; from the subtle controls that allow a passenger […]
Photography, September 30th, 2017
The bustle of Leicester Square at night is something to behold. It has an almost magical quality as night falls. Perhaps its the darkened light that gives the impression of a shift in sound and a slowing of motion.
Living Life, September 23rd, 2017
IOS 11 is here and it promises to transform the iPad from a consumer device into a genuine laptop replacement. Rarely for me, I took the plunge and upgraded my iPad as soon as it was available. Since then I’ve been using the device as my main means of working, browsing and consuming. What follows […]
Photography, September 23rd, 2017
Seen on the shores of a river in Kyoto. This gentleman was playing his guitar for his own pleasure. An young lad enjoyed listening though.
Writing, September 20th, 2017
If you’ve been following my struggles to decide what to do about my future with Apple you’ll know the higher prices of their laptops and the lack of innovation has been putting me off. What I’ve been crying out for, and what Apple doesn’t deliver, is a touchscreen device that I can carry anywhere so […]
Writing, September 5th, 2017
It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a blog post or fan fiction, one of the challenges of being a writer is the constant stream of distractions that come your way. Everything from emails to Twitter notifications to kids to the call of coffee can conspire against you and prevent you from hitting your word count. […]
Projects, September 4th, 2017
There are untapped gains to be had from applying User Experience Design to operations. Several times I’ve been engaged by clients to look at how their internal processes and tools work from a UX perspective with the aim of improving efficiency, customer service and ultimately profits. In this example the aim was to provide customer service […]
Design, September 4th, 2017
In anime circles Major Motoko Kusanagi is an icon. She’s the strong female lead from the classic “Ghost in the Shell“, instantly recognisable from her bob cut. This image is a partial rotoscope experiment in Affinity Designer. The aim wasn’t to capture her perfectly, but rather to reinforce learning around how to control and manipulate […]
Business, September 1st, 2017
From a business perspective the Product Owner is the most important role in Scrum. This person is responsible for defining and prioritizing requirements and if they get it wrong the business could be living with the consequences for years to come. Yet all too often I’ve found their selection to be a haphazard one and […]
Living Life, August 31st, 2017
If there was no mortgage to pay, or a need to put food on the table? What would I do if, suddenly, I found myself able to pursue any dream or endeavour that took my fancy? I would pursue the life of a polymath. I would study anything and everything that took my fancy so […]
Society, August 25th, 2017
I keep seeing social media “gurus” claim the age of the business card has come to an end. It came to a head a few days ago when a discussion on LinkedIn developed into a list of reasons why someone handing you a business card is a clear sign they don’t “get” networking. Far better […]