• Don’t replace, augment

    Don’t replace, augment

    When considering what exactly lies ahead when we consider the potential impacts of ever-accelarating advances in Machine Learning and various forms of Artificial Intelligence, my favourite diagram is this one.

  • Why does digital still suck for reading?

    Why does digital still suck for reading?

    I love to read. I read a lot of books, I love a good magazine, and I am really partial to the design of the Weekend Financial Times. It seems like print is still king when it comes to creative layouts that have impact and that are a pleasure to look at and read.

  • A short tale about online banking service design

    Once upon a time, you went to your branch and ATMs to manage your affairs. You had your bank card, you had you, you had the person behind the counter, and they would do most of the work for you.

  • Production line hours versus deep expertise

    Like many people, I have to fill in my timesheets. Clients and employers like to know how many hours have been spent working for them, and on what tasks, so they can sign off on invoicing and payroll.

  • Disconnect to connect

    I think I try to cut back on social media at least once a year, but I always eventually fall back into the social media and news trap. But I’m giving it a go again. I’m doing it because those regular quick check ins and rants give an illusion of connection to other people and…

  • 2 years of Covid-19

    Today marks a year and a day since the United Kingdom imposed a lockdown due to the spread of Covid-19, a virus that was seen to be causing devastating numbers of deaths and hospitalisations across the world, in Europe and was taking effect in the UK.

  • Finger wagging

    It’s easy to point fingers. You might even say it is natural human behaviour. So much easier to find fault in others, to shout angrily, to condemn and tut your way to feeling some kind of victory against all the bad things that regularly happen in the world.

  • RSS

    I made a conscious decision to pretty much stay off twitter earlier this year. It is a terrible time-suck, it is a firehose of all kinds of things that will rob you of your sanity and faith in humankind. It also did not help my state of anxiety at the time.

  • First vaccine dose

    I cycled this morning to get my first dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine for Covid-19. I’m really impressed by the number of available centres and the way it has been organised, and I’m really happy to have done my bit.

  • History teaches us everything about pandemics

    We are living through a major pandemic. Yesterday the UK ‘reflected’ on its 1 year anniversary of lockdown. This is fact, it’s not fiction. Wishing that it weren’t so changes nothing. I was thinking back to last spring when I would stare at people wearing masks on public transport, thinking “Oh that’s a bit much!”.…

  • 1 year on

    It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the start of our first lockdown in the United Kingdom, and we’re now in our third which had required the schools to close for about 2 months from the beginning of January.

  • 3 Vaccines in under a year

    We cautiously prepared not to expect any vaccines for at least a year, and that getting them would take even longer. We now have at least 3 seemingly viable vaccines, with jaw droppping efficacy rates of up to 90%. One type is based on introducing mRNA into the host, inside a lipid container, where it…

  • New cat

    After resisting for a few years, and then being at home all the time, we finally decided to fulfil our daughter’s dreams by getting a rescue cat. We wanted a pair but the demand is very high at the moment! Will post some some updates soon, but for now he is in the living room,…

  • 7 months later

    I write this on the day that the USA goes to the polls, after 4 years of having an openly, unapologetically terrible man as the President. I don’t think that the country had been perfect before he took office, but I think removing a leader who gives validation to the very things that hold back…

  • School’s in!

    So the summer holidays are over, things have calmed down a little, and the kids went back to school this past week. It’s almost like everything is ok now. Or is it?