Friday, September 23, 2016

Has Graham stopped blogging?

It's weird thinking that this blog has been around for over 13 years now. By my reckoning I must have started it just after starting a new job, and just after meeting my now-wife. I don't remember setting up the blog, but do remember the early days of writing feverishly, plucking ideas out of the street on the walk to work, posting links to new posts around the Internet. Before Twitter, that was. Not much before, though.

I wonder what I'm doing with it now. A lot of people move on from blogging because another social tool is launched and the crowds flock like pollen. I'm guilty of this too. But I've also noticed over the years how my attitude to content and publishing has changed with it. Less fever. More... Something else. Curation, perhaps. Style?

But these changes have gone hand-in-hand with the delivery medium. Between blogging, Twitter, TinyLetter, Flickr, handmade paper zines and just life itself, it's fair to say that I feel fragmented. I like blogging but I hate writing on a phone or tablet. I like experimenting but hate thinking about eventual audiences. I like everything but hate haphazardness. All of it feels random still. Or - like it's some kind of training. Constant etudes, workouts, practice without closure.

I guess I've stopped blogging so much because it's harder to run that kind of "curated experiment" so quickly. There's no real locus of this blog. No raison d'etre. It's what's left over, perhaps.

Publishing is the showcasing of ideas, and the refinement of those ideas is a valuable process, even if nobody is reading. I do, I admit, have the same problem with my photography - I know the basics. But to carry on, I need to face up to the more fundamental question of why I'm doing it. Maybe it's a midlife crisis in the digital era. Life stage 2.0. Learning via machine interaction. Rapid failure.

It's sunny outside and autumn is coming and I kind of just enjoy relaxing these days, into the days, and I don't get enough time to do that as it is. Maybe that's some kind of path in itself. I doubt I'll put down the blog, just as I won't put down a camera. But they might point in a different direction.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Zika vs Bees

Sort of just depressing all round really. Caught between plague and famine.

“It’s a matter of weighing the benefits versus the risks,” he added, noting the critical place of bees, especially, in keeping crops growing.
“If you have to make a decision on whether it protects, say, your pregnant wife from being exposed versus killing a few butterflies, I suspect in most people’s minds it’s probably worth the risk.”
US beekeepers fear for livelihoods as anti-Zika toxin kills 2.5m bees

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The content is moving like Death Valley rocks

Oh yeah, previously mentioned Cloudland Postcards has now, in true nomad/transient identity form, relocated itself to Disposable Evidence. Same options around subscribing via email or RSS as before, but I've also rolled out into the RSS feed for almost-everything I publish. Might do the same for grey pebbles one day, but it feels slightly separate for now.

Project-wise, things are slowly ticking over. Son 1 and 2 are each a project in their own right, and the hour or two a day I have left are mostly split between relaxing and relaxing. I'm starting to get some ideas and to repopulate my Etsy shop with some new paper-based things, so head over and have a look.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

*-free zones

Zef Hemel,  car-free zones: 

What about freedom from other things? Cities like IRC, a hundred different channels, each with their own focus, and their own acceptances.

We already have alcohol-controlled zones (anti-social-free zones?) so keep going. A politic-free zone. an electronic-free zone. an emotion-free zone. a music-free zone.

Of course, freedom from one thing implies freedom to enjoy something else. By banning cars/alcohol/politics/music/etc,  what are we really designing our zones to give us?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mandatory EU referendum post

For anyone thinking of voting tomorrow, it's really important to cut through the rhetoric of whatever filters through the media hyperbole, and realise exactly what impact the vote might have on the country.

This FT article is a great look at some of the main arguments and evidence (yes, actual data) being put forward.

For further reading, is a great resource for digging into issues more as well.

Obviously everyone needs to make their own mind up, but more information is always better. (Personally, I've concluded that leaving the EU would be national suicide.) Feel free to share the links above with anyone you agree or disagree with, or who would just like to find out more.