Defeat of the Spanish Armada

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.

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Finding Time

Pocket Watch

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.

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The Case for Listenership


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.

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Supporting Evidence

Typewriter showing page with text: investigation

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).

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Nibbled By System

Year 2000 Bug: the sign indicates January 1900 instead of January 2000

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

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