A short, (not serious) rant on Let It Snow, and I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. This time of year, we are bombarded with ‘festive’ songs, and the high streets are bedecked with lights and the shops with tinsel. And that’s great. Though I did find myself in the weird situation, one day last week, … Continue reading Anyone singing Let It Snow should be locked up!
Some birds are pretty intelligent and really do have a lot to crow about Out walking the dog the other day, I noticed a crow on the path ahead of us, pecking at chunks of bread thrown out by a householder. It saw us, spent a while cramming as many pieces of bread into its … Continue reading Who are you calling bird brains?
I was recently given a scrapbook of newspaper cuttings collected by a late great-aunt. Stories relating to family members, but in the main relating to people she knew in the village where she grew up. One is an account of a famous sportsman being involved in a car accident in the village. A search online … Continue reading Is the truth always important, or should sleeping dogs be allowed to lie?
So, I've disconnected the Facebook sharing button on WordPress from one Facebook page. And then clicked 'connect'. And then selected the new Facebook page... All seemed ok. And this post has just shared ok to the new Facebook page. BUT, if you click on the Facebook button now in the sidebar of this page, it … Continue reading Why does nothing ever work?!
What distinguishes us from computer intelligence? Feeling and beauty. As proved by poetry. And as proved by hearing a machine ‘read’ a poem. A computer reading out words with no no tone, no inflection, no feeling, may as well be reading out a shopping list. That would still sound odd to our ears, because even … Continue reading Robots may be great at chess, but they really suck at poetry
Thinking of visiting New Zealand for the first time? This book will give you some useful information and pointers.
A novel I’m reading had me thinking about my favourite children’s books. The first book that excited me, learning to read at infants school, had a story about a thunderstorm. I forget the rest, but it was an adventure. I devoured adventure stories after that. My list (alphabetical, by author) spans from 1865 to 1978 … Continue reading What are your favourite children’s books?
Rejection, whether it’s by someone in your personal life, or in your career, is always going to be painful. It combines so many horrible feelings, rolled up into one big, miserable one. Your hopes have been dashed, your future isn’t going to be the one you wanted. It’s a massive disappointment. And it’s also embarrassing, … Continue reading If you never get rejected, you’re not taking enough risks, just always playing it safe
Why do so many do it? TV dramas, films. Why do they film so much of it in a coal cellar at midnight, lit by a single match, to create a ‘moody and atmospheric’ air about it? What has actually kicked off this musing is watching the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes (the Robert Downey Jr … Continue reading Left in the dark – am I the the only one who finds ‘moody and atmospheric’ TV dramas and films just plain hard to watch?
Have to admit a sense of 'told you so' smugness at reading a news story that social networks are losing their shine. Pavel Durov, founder of the Russian version of Facebook is ditching all his ‘friends’, saying: "Everyone a person needs has long been on messengers. It's pointless and time-consuming to maintain increasingly obsolete friend … Continue reading Social networks losing their shine