Category: Aside

  • To Spring Forward or Not, That Is the Question

    To Spring Forward or Not, That Is the Question

    In the small hours of this Sunday, 31 March, across the United Kingdom and the European mainland, an age-old ritual unfolded almost magically. In unison at 1 a.m. GMT/UTC, as if by the command of Chronos himself, we have “sprung forward,” adjusting our clocks and watches to steal an hour from the morning and gift…

  • Navigating Democracy’s Discontent in 2024

    Navigating Democracy’s Discontent in 2024

    A recent report from the Pew Research Center reveals that while representative democracy remains a popular ideal globally, public satisfaction with its implementation has declined. The study, published this week, surveyed 24 countries in 2023. It found that majorities in each country still endorse this system of democracy where representatives are elected by the public…

  • Unmet Expectations with iContact

    Unmet Expectations with iContact

    Updated 18 March 2024. Not long after I posted my late-January update, I learned from iContact Support that they and DHL had concluded that my package had been “lost in UK customs.” I engaged in an email discussion with iContact Support and accepted their offer to ship a replacement camera free of charge instead of…

  • The Musk X effect, and other marketing stories

    The Musk X effect, and other marketing stories

    Published this week on the Socially Unacceptable podcast is an episode where I joined the hosts, Chris Norton and Will Ockenden, as their guest. We recorded this episode in early October, now some two and a half months ago. There has been quite a lot of water under the bridge in that time, including my…

  • Unveiling the layers in the Covid-19 inquiry

    Unveiling the layers in the Covid-19 inquiry

    In the wake of the Covid-19 global health crisis in 2020-22 that reshaped our world, the United Kingdom has embarked on an ambitious and crucial endeavour: the Covid-19 public inquiry. Announced in May 2021 by then Prime Minister Boris Johnson, this independent public inquiry delves into the UK government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, aiming…

  • The OpenAI upheaval: decoding the Sam Altman episode

    The OpenAI upheaval: decoding the Sam Altman episode

    Last Friday 17 November marked a pivotal moment in the AI industry, with the unexpected announcement by OpenAI that its CEO, Sam Altman, had been fired by the company’s board of directors. The surprise event has since spiralled into a media maelstrom. Over the weekend, rumours and speculation flooded both social and mainstream media, with…

  • A wizard setup for a WordPress block theme

    A wizard setup for a WordPress block theme

    Since I first got to know WordPress with version 1.2 back in 2004, I must have installed, set up and used well over 30 themes in my quest for the subjective “great look and feel” for my websites. At least ten were themes I paid money for. I’m not a WordPress developer, simply a keen…

  • Customizing social media icons display with ChatGPT

    Customizing social media icons display with ChatGPT

    For some time, I’ve wanted to update the social network icons on my primary blog to use icons that accurately represent the social networks concerned. There have been many changes this year – not the least being Twitter’s change to X – plus the emergence of new social networks like Pebble, Bluesky, and Threads. As…

  • The sound of silence

    The sound of silence

    As a podcaster, I’m conscious of the need for ambient quiet in the room where I record audio and video. That’s my home office. It’s not a formal recording studio with sound-absorbing panels, etc, just a room with a view, desks, a picture or two, a bookcase, some knick-knacks, and three computers with monitors. A…