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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:-)

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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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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 ...

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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).

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...

Cat signal time again

President Obama and other leaders are meeting in Asia right now to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership - a deal that threatens to censor your use of the Internet, kill jobs, undermine environmental protections ...

The Dr Who experience

So HEF, you won’t remember this but when you were wee you were totally obsessed with Dr Who. You begged and pleaded for what must have been ages for Nicki and I to take you to the Dr Who experience in Cardiff (a t...

Durufle Requiem

Wow, you don’t see your daughter on-stage at the Royal Festival Hall everyday…

Hunger Games art direction

CU-1 demanded we watch “Catching Fire” just now and I was reminded of a thought I had while watching the first film in the Hunger Games series. The frame above is taken from “The Hunger Games” and happens rights a...

What does an R1200GS Adventure look like with 4 wheels?

I started riding motorcycles as a kid (Motobécane bien rouillé et la Peugeot 104… ahh mobilettes de mon enfance) but my parents wouldn’t have it.

Palace-to-Palace 2013 -- Woo-hoo all done -- -)

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Buddhism (Good Morning Vietnam)

Cronauer: She spills soup all over you, looks at you like, "Eh, I'm sorry. What are you gonna do about it, asshole?" What would you say to her? They spilled something on your pants. What would you do? Wilkie: I do...