Tonight I contemplate marriage. Or rather, I am contemplating what I will eat after I am married: the wedding feast. For this evening sees a sampling of what could be on offer for my intended’s and my special day.
ICON_PLACEHOLDEREstimated reading time: 4 minutes
I was in conversation the other day about starting a blog and finding confidence to write. To offload or not to offload, that was the question. The heart of the conversation, confidence.
At midnight #onthisday in 1588, the English ignited eight fire ships and cast them into the Spanish fleet which was menacing Blighty. Though the Spanish misjudged the situation, fearing the vessels were hellburners, the effect was to break the crescent formation of the Spanish ships which had hampered English attempts to engage with the fleet.
ICON_PLACEHOLDEREstimated reading time: 3 minutes
I am asked on occasion, how do I go about finding time to write. Sometimes this is in the context of my research. Given how much reading goes on, making the time to actually write a meaningful contribution can be challenging. But more recently, it is in the context of the #100DaysToOffload challenge. How do I find the time to post everyday.
Social networks generally have you ‘friend’ or ‘follow’ an entity (be it a person, group or organisation). To ‘friend’ implies friendship. But with all due respect to some of the people I ‘friend,’ it is usually more to do with a desire to hear more than one side of an argument than anything which would constitute friendship.
My weekends are usually spent cloistered away in my study, working on one project or another. My fiancée laments I spend too much time tinkering with my blog, time that could be better spent ploughing through more of my PhD or even writing a cogent article for here (Muse & Reason).
I am a simple man who fears being nibbled by system. I like things I can see and touch. In the technological realm, I like things I can see and organise. This is perhaps why I am happier with knobs, levers and buttons than I am with touchscreens and complex scripts I can’t understand. To take a line from the book of Potter:
Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
I learn today that Jules-Albert de Dion took the chequed flag in the world’s first motor race, the Paris–Rouen in 1894. Sadly for Jules-Albert, he was not declared the winner as his steam-powered car was against the rules (that a car should be ‘easy to use’). This was because his vehicle required a stoker to keep it going.