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My first digital camera, the Canon Digital Ixus. (184-162)

The template running Donkey doesn’t have a gallery template as such so I’ve fixed the links to the older Ixus pics.

In early pictures with the Ixus,

Generation Why

Just came across this interesting point/counterpoint post by Patrick Di Justo on the values of generation Y as applied to organisational structure

Happy birthday Mum

So today is Ruth’s birthday.

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Margaret Calvert

So have just noticed Chi Onwurah’s tweet about #InternationalWomensDay2020 where she brings up the contributions of Ada Lovelace and Katherine Johnson and am struck by how empty the house is:-(

In things Dug cares about,

IR35 Part Deux, The Hunger

So have just received my first ‘mock-paye’ payslip (aka inside-IR35). My first question is down to the wording; what is an “applicable company deduction”. I ask because I thought you were saying my company wasn’t ...

In running a consulting business,

Just said good-bye to you and Mum

Mom called to say you were struggling so I left work early this week to see how I could help back up in Scotland.

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Referencing references

Just walked past an optician in Soho with a poster for Michel Henau glasses in the window. Love these mashups of 60s and 70s French celebs with Japanese names (Deneuve = Namaste? not sure how that works but I smil...

Saying "No"

I spoke on a topic that’s become very near and dear to my heart in the past few years: saying “no”. It might be saying no to a project or job, or even something that you think you can’t say no to, but finding th...

First week of riding Brakeboard - video review

So I hacked a short video review of the Brakeboard truck and wheel kit (version 3.5) together last night. Quality’s a bit rubbish but perfect being the enemy of done etc. so I’ve just uploaded it. Key product deta...

In the joy of rediscovered longboarding,

The Amen Break and happy Hogmanay

Checking your phone on Hogmanay eh? This piece from 2013 on the amen break just popped up in my twitter feed via openculture.com and got me thinking of challenges ahead (I also love the fact that the talk is a dis...

In things Dug cares about,

Alliance Francaise

Grandad Jed sent me a photocopy of an old Art Directors annual showing an award for a pro-bono TV ad Y&R did for the Alliance Francaise back in (I think) 1970.

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Goodbye Michael Bland

Mesothelioma is an evil fucking thing. It just cut a notch for Air Vice Marshall Rear Admiral Sir Michael Bland and leaves Charlotte, Natalie and Christine without father and husband:-(

In friends & family,

The general election, 8 June 2017

OK Kids, the election is this Thursday. Your dad has been discussing the issues on Twitter but he’s found that some things are hard to explain in 140 characters. So here in long-form are some things your dad belie...

In things Dug cares about,

Saturdays with no fencing

Saturday with CU-1–we saw many things this afternoon.

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Article 50 was triggered today

OK kids, it happened today. The PM (Theresa May at this point) triggered Article 50 by formally delivering a letter to the EU (pictures of bloke doing the delivering in all the papers). It’s a 2-year process, this...

In things Dug cares about,

Brakeboard assembly

OK so it’s embarrassing but I can’t slide. I am learning but at my age and limited free time and other excuses it’s taking a while…

In the joy of rediscovered longboarding,

berg.com

So I love this talk by Matt Webb

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 definitely one I want the kids to read:-)

In things Dug cares about,

Today Treacle died

There is just nothing more pathetic that the little "missing" poster taped to your neighbourhood lampposts. The last time I printed up a poster like this was for Darcy, Nicki's first cat in our home...

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Shoutnews

Shoutnews Content Marketing and SEO

Glow Audio Voice One self-assembly

So I’ve lusted after a Glow setup for years. Love the Glow One amp and figured I’d need a pair of the very beautiful Voice One speakers to go with. Unfortunately, they’re a bit pricey for a whim and with shipping ...

SONOS wants my NPS rating?

SONOS keeps asking me to participate in NPS surveys. Today I thought I’d share my feedback.

Are we really going to blame all our problems on immigration?

Here we go again? I know thinking is hard, but why are we so easily tempted by lazy reasoning?

If a Daily-Mail-reading fifty-something doesn't establish a narrative quickly, Europe is going to implode:-(

So the way I’ve been writing in Jekyll means I name the post before writing. I titled this one Europe needs a new narrative before Googling around and finding this initiative. Looks like an interesting effort but ...

In things Dug cares about,

CU-1 and Stevie doing the selfie thing in the garden

Yeah it’s all getting a bit cute but thought I’d keep this selfie CU-1 did with Stevie the wonderdog. As an old curmudgeon I’m not super thrilled with the amount of make-up CU-1 is insisting on using but I have to...

Friday the 13th and nothing has gone wrong. Yet.

This series by Hoyo (Hoyo Gran Epicure) are rolled and then stored in Cuba. I think this one was rolled in 2003 and then stored for official release in 2013. Really special, a lovely long and mellow smoke.

BIMA Hot 100 2016

So sooner or later these things happen to you. On the one hand it feels really creepy. On the other sort of cool and fun (and I hear BIMA throws a really good party).

Ireland

Ben just sent this pic from Ireland.

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Getting serious

OK he’s getting good at this now, no need to buy diner tonight:-)

A fishy tale

So HEF caught a fish today (and yesterday) he’s really getting into the swing of this fishing thing:-) Here’s the scene in jed’s kitchen:

So this fight for digital freedom stuff actually works -- -)

Remember that petition we all signed a few weeks ago? Well, it looks like the numbers were big enough for folk with a seat to lose in the US congress to take notice:-)

Time to help the EFF again

Got this in the mail from the EFF today:

So HEF is learning to skate -- -)

The little stake rats are coming along nicely. Just picked up a longer deck for HEF and he’s loving the cruising thing. Many thanks to the lovely people at Liquid Motion in Exmouth who took loads of time and even ...

BCS Talk—Empathy as the defining driver for good ux

Did a talk last night at the BCS about what makes a great user experience. High point of the evening, I showed my mental notes cards and did an experiment with the audience to illustrate anchoring & adjustment...

Code club

So HEF did his first code lesson today!

Barnet whiplash

What the hell is going on around here?!? First I get thwacked by a car and end up in ICU, then Nicki’s Mum has a stroke and then she’s back in an ambulance today with CU-1 giving herself whiplash on the trampoline...

Wireframes v prototypes yakety yak…

Have recently followed a couple of discussions along the lines of “wireframes are dead” touting the cure-all properties of prototyping (like this or this). I love and use both methods depending on client and produ...