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Fake news and eBook publishing

For a bit of lunchtime fun, I tried journalism in response to today’s press release from the Publishers’ Association, which has been widely reported in the UK press, emphasizing the story that eBook sales are in a ‘slump’. Here’s my … Continue reading

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Railguns in science fiction

The problem with railguns in science fiction is that they are fast becoming science fact. So I thought I’d better get my facts right. I posted part 1 of my recoil and railguns series today. You can read it here.

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Windows 8.1 hung my Photoshop CS6, but here’s the solution

The Windows 8.1 update arrived at my work desktop today. I’ve just read that Microsoft have halted the rollout due to problems. Well, I had one straight away. I was doing some book cover typography in Adobe Photoshop CS6. Suddenly … Continue reading

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Lego for grown-ups at the National Space Centre

 Apparently adults can enjoy Lego too. Phew, that’s a relief! Evidence is in from my son’s birthday trip to the National Space Centre at Leicester, which featured a weekend special of demonstrations and exhibits from The Brickish Association.    The … Continue reading

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The natural world comes to Bromham

We’ve seen some weather extremes in our little village of Bromham over the past week. A week ago I took some photos of a tree in full autumnal bloom that stands just outside my house, and then took the family … Continue reading

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The British-isms are coming…

In response to an earlier BBC article on British idiom invading America, I was intrigued by this follow-up of Britishisms reported by American readers. Gobsmacked amused me. I remember that phrase appearing from out of nowhere and sweeping England at … Continue reading

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One Brick to Rule Them All

Not that we’re Lego nerds in my house (heaven forbid!) but a welcome delivery through my letterbox this morning was the latest Lego catalog. It’s filled with Christmas-themed Lego (*groan* — think we’ve got enough Lego advent calenders now) but … Continue reading

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What would you see if you travelled faster than light?

In one of the comments in response to Ann Nyland’s excellent article on time travel, Earl Rogers asks what you would see if you were Captain Kirk on the starship Enterprise streaking away from the Earth at faster than the … Continue reading

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Is de-excavation the new archaeology?

I was shocked and saddened to read this BBC report on Mohenjo Daro, a 4,500-year-old village so well-preserved that you can walk the streets and visit the marketplace. You can, but no one does because it’s in Pakistan, which isn’t … Continue reading

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Parenting by Kindle & and the curse of editing Part 2

Mr Stink and the Curse of Editing… Yesterday, I mentioned how we’d gotten out of a tight spot through buying (and reading) my son the Kindle edition of Mr Stink by David Walliams. Being able to buy a new book without … Continue reading

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