What did I learn in 2020?

I may be experienced, but I learn something new pretty much every project I help out with:-)

Mr Floyd's last words

I saw this picture on Twitter and I wanted to remember, so I typed Mr Floyd’s last words.

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Science vs bigot smackdown

Just seen this amazing post on Twitter. The 140 character limit means it’s a screengrab so I thought I’d transcribe it as this is def...

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What did I learn in 2020?

I may be experienced, but I learn something new pretty much every project I help out with:-)

In things Dug cares about,

Bringing the customer into the room

So I was recently talking to a colleague about the amount of human capital that is wasted as we fly through projects, coming up with great ideas, putting them on the board and moving on to the next challenge. I’ve...

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Manfrotto single arm 2 section plus goPro

So I finally got the old goPro working. Turns out an SD card that fits in the slot can mess up the way the camera works. Who knew, silly me;-)

Testing a workable alternative to a dry-suit?

Special 6 Shirt A design classic developed with the Special Forces. Tested over 30 years in the most hostile conditions. Used by Military, Police, Mountain Rescue Teams.

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Where should service designers be focusing?

It’s only when you get the whole picture, you can fully understand what’s going on.

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Should I build a vision canvas with my stakeholders?

Recently, I’ve been hearing some variation of the following statement quite often…

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This is Exactly How it Happens, and It’s Happening Here.

How much experience do you really have with authoritarianism? Any? If you’re a “real” American, you have precisely none.

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Calming influences

I’d forgotten about this walk I took with Steve back when she was wee. Very calming slo-mo. Nothing happens but it’s pretty. I should set it to Ravel or something;-)

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Interesting 2011

OK I finally got my pictures from Interesting downloaded.

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Fishing for plastic bags in boat made of plastic bottles.

Plastic Whale is a movement of people who love doing, creating, making progress. We firmly believe taking action is a positive step forward. What happens next is not always certain, but that’s part of the fun!

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The Week in Pictures

Missed the slideshow last week. The internet has been busy and some of the Trump ones are pretty good. Feel like these things had a lot more impact once upon a time…

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Wednesday evening on the Forth (5 miles)

Managed to finish work on time on Wednesday. Nice thing about living in Scotland is it stays light later in summer. Looking out the window as I write this at almost 9pm the sun is still in the sky.

Mr Floyd's last words

I saw this picture on Twitter and I wanted to remember, so I typed Mr Floyd’s last words.

What the Catalina boot volumes - eclecticlight.co

How did I not know about https://eclecticlight.co?

Archival? No, not really...

So way back when, I fell in love with photography (or being a photographer?) and built a darkroom and started using my dad’s SR-T303 (black body, lots of brass showing through, mystical “passed” sticker…) eventual...

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The Week in Pictures

This week have been on new project at work with almost no down time, so only picked up a few pictures. One of them is a poem by Helen Woods, aged 12.

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Happy birthday Kevin Kelly

Over the long term, the future is decided by optimists. To be an optimist you don’t have to ignore all the many problems we create; you just have to imagine improving our capacity to solve problems.

The Week in Pictures

This week has me confused by the exchanges on Medium between David Spiegelhalter and Michael Levitt not least because they’re both geniuses who can’t bloody well figure out how to use the comment system on Medium ...

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Trump Lies People Die

So this is trending on Twitter #trumpliespeopledie

I can't smoke but I could buy myself a silly hat

Yes, I really want one of these.

Are you better off than you were four years ago?

What sucks about this is Ronnie delivered more debt and more inequality than anyone had managed before. With his invitée Margaret (Thatcher) really moved neoliberal ‘trickle-down’ thinking into the conservative ma...

When the Free™ really aren't

There will come a time when I no longer find myself getting depressed about the behaviour and beliefs of the American People every. single. day. and I can write and think about other things for a change.

Happy Birthday Brenda...

So #QueenElizabeth, my Dad was a scout at your coronation and his family has felt you close to them over the years, starting with your broadcasts during the blitz (he was in Golders Green then) and continuing over...

Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford Uni stringency index

The UK Government’s response stringency does not change during the time between under 10 to 100 cases.

Are home-sewn cloth masks becoming a thing?

The United States Center for Disease Control is publishing instructions with sewing patterns to produce homemade cloth masks

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Something soothing and pleasant for a Friday afternoon...

So I saw this on twitter and had to grab it. Nice picture:-)

Image files that start with 'M'

rediscovering an /images/ directory on a backup drive with almost 20 years of internet stuff continues to give me a bit of wonder. Continuing my random selection, here are images whose first letter is “M”…

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Pointers for the next White House presser...

Mr. President, are you saying Nancy Pelosi or indeed the Editor of the New York Times carries the primary responsibility for the safety and security of the American People?

Dear fucking lunatic

So this thing popped up on Twitter. The letter was attributed to Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee but the scan has a Craig Alan Wilkins as the author. Either way, I thought it would be better as text so crawlers could hold...

My first job in digital.

At the time, my job title was “Web Designer”. I guess things have evolved a bit since then:-)

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The Week in Pictures

Another tough week. Some good news for some people but numbers of dead still climbing inexorably and the vacuum at the top still making a coordinated global response almost impossible.

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Travis Downs - Adding Staticman Comments...

Debugging Staticman using this fantastic write-up how-to

Take, don't give. A short conversation about fighting a killer virus...

This thing by Luke Andreski just popped up on Twitter. In the spirit of remembering things in a slightly longer form, I’m keeping the link here.

IFoughtTheLaw369... IS BACK!!!

Back in 2009 I linked to a fantastic cover of Police Truck by a young woman posting Youtube videos of her playing guitar with Dead Kennedys playing in the background.

Larry Brilliant 2006 TED talk on epidemics and how we stop them

The TED embed code doesn’t seem to be working for some reason so here’s the video on TED.com

Cathy O'Neil comments on COVID-19

I’ve been running numbers in my head and trying to keep up with the WHO data files on Github but everytime I start mocking-up a visualisation I stop and wonder how true all of these numbers are?