Much Like Most Things, The Grass Is Always Greener

Often things or entities are created and it feels like such a dream world to be in.  The truth is most people don’t see the reality of what things take.

Here’s an interesting story about such thing.  Remember, look into other people’s lives and remind yourself that the grass is always greener.  Just ‘doing things in your back yard’ could be a wonderful stress free thing to do.

So You Want to Open a Small Press Bookstore/Artist-Run Space? A Cautionary Tale

In It For The Long Game

I’ve mostly been living life with the view of the long game.  I don’t always get it right, and there are always things I need to work on.  But my mindset is there.

I just wish other businesses, government and education establishments would take the same view.  Everything is about ‘now’ and I believe that just creates so much harm in the world.

This what others may call a compounding effect. The snowball effect…etc.

The first step to the long game is the hardest. The first step is visibly negative. You have to be willing to suffer today in order to not suffer tomorrow. This is why the long game is hard to play. People rarely see the small steps when they’re looking for enormous outcomes, but deserving enormous outcomes is mostly the result of a series of small steps that culminate into something visible.

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Tracking after uninstalling apps

I have a problem that I want to learn so much about things and never have the time.  I’m intrigued by ethics atm and in my daily reading activities I keep coming across things that break what I feel is crossing the ethics line.

Uninstall tracking may violate Apple and Google policies against ad-focused use of their mobile developer tools, but so far the companies haven’t taken action.


A Modest Privacy Protection Proposal

I’m feeling increasingly uncomfortable about privacy and ethics of tech companies (and people!).  Mostly posting this here as a reminder for myself to revisit shortly.

It’s hard to retain much privacy in the information age — the internet has a nearly perfect limitless memory and we’re placing a ton of sensitive data onto it. After being swatted in 2017, I set out on a mission to start my life over with a renewed focus on privacy. While I was motivated by changes in the Bitcoin ecosystem (an increased rate of physical attacks), this guide is meant to be comprehensive for people living in the USA and generally helpful for other citizens of the world. The journey has been long and arduous because there simply aren’t many resources out there for how to achieve what I wanted.


Designing personal life around work

The idea that business is about making money or profit now feels stupid to me.

As time has passed, I realise that of course we need to make money, but what I want more of is the ability to change people’s lives. I care little about making lots of money, I’m more interested in a fair and sustainable living, for me and the people that work with us.

It’s about living a life full of goodness and then trying to spread that to those that work with us.

Yes, there is much work to be done, but we also have lives to live. We each need the opportunity to look at our individual lives, feel empowered and decide what is important and right for us.  Something inside me says that this is crucial for personal and mental well being.

I’ve designed my work life around my personal life. This is a big shift to how society operates (where personal life is designed around work life). And if there is one thing that feels right to me – and has changed my life – this is it.

Humane Design

It’s great to see a trend of humane design happening.  This is very much aligned with ethics too.  An area that I would like to study more, and one that I believe we apply at MoT.

We now live in a world of technology pervasively vying for our attention. This is causing increased levels of anxiety, lowered productivity and in some cases, causing real, unhealthy addictions to digital constructs like apps and games. While I don’t suffer from any of the above extremisms, as a single guy in his late 20’s with a full time job, a side business and a social life, the stresses of society certainly seem unbearable at times–the little things like notifications and outfit decisions add up. So with the rise of awareness about technology’s impact on our wellbeing, I dug a little deeper into the issue and stumbled upon the “Time Well Spent” movement.


Powerhouses controlling all the links

An interesting read from Rand Fishkin:

In the last five years, there has not been a single major website or dominant web property that has embraced, rewarded, or significantly grown their outlinking. We’ve reached an era of a less-connected web, a web focused on retaining users rather than sharing content. The blogosphere still holds on, clinging to its noble practices of sharing what’s share-worthy. And a few sites like Hacker NewsTechmemeMemeorandum, and SparkToro Trending, still prioritize and benefit from aggregation and sharing. But with the rise of voice answers and branded devices (Google Home, Alexa, etc), the future of referral traffic looks grim.

Marketers love links, all too much.  The trend of not rewarding links is not surprising, and one that I have personally noticed a downwards trend. It is getting harder and harder to get people to click on stuff.

Part of me thinks this is a good thing, perhaps, if it becomes so hard to get any results from inbound links then all the spammy marketeers will stop trying spamming us and perhaps make an attempt at being human. Maybe.

Redefining what publishing ‘stuff’ means to me

Of course, tech changes constantly, there is no denying that.

A while back Amy Hoy wrote about how blogs broke the web.

Intercom have written about how they’ve killed their blog (in favour of structured content), but ironically are keeping the ‘blog’ URL.

So many ‘blogs’ are started, then die just as quickly.  The pressure to keep writing is too much for most. And really organising things based on chronological order is stupid for most things.

Then there is social media, constantly posting updates.  The constant need to create that engagement and following. It can be tiring as they encourage you to scroll and participate.  But as ethics and security concerns grow, more and more people are starting to question things.

I’ve personally decided to not focus on any kind of personal blogging.  I will still write at times, and publish it on my website, I just won’t call it blogging.  Slowly, and over time, this website is becoming my playground of information, notes and timeline.  Some in chronological order, others as organised pages.  What I do with all my chronological/older posts here remains to be seen, I still have lots to figure out!

I figure, if people want to find me and what is happening in my life, then is where that will be at.  Not the latest social network.

And just to be clear, I’m not leaving or deleting Facebook or Twitter or any of those things.  They have just become less of a focus for me over time.

Sea wall successfully does job of protecting woman stood on dry land

This is in response to some news articles that have shamed me and labelled me a reckless mother. (Scroll to bottom for news links)

Last Friday a nosey onlooker looking to make a bit of extra money on a non news worthy topic took a photo of a mother and baby enjoying the great outdoors.

Rosie Sherry, a Director and Founder of a successful company and mother to 5 children, took some time out in between work calls to go out on a regular buggy run.  It was a bit windy, but definitely not stormy, and as a regular runner for the past 4 years she is educated and cautious about her exercise efforts.

“I took up running about 4 years ago.  And I realised that for it to work that sometimes I would have to run with one of my children.  Getting fit has changed my life and I believe fresh air is great for the mind, body and soul.  I’m actually a slow and careful runner. And I love to take photos of all my life activities to help me track and remind myself of my own progress.  Today’s world makes you forget all too easily of the life challenges that we overcome.  My photos are a reminder of that.” says Rosie.

Rosie stopped to take some photos and even some ‘Boomerang’ video type shots at Newhaven Beach. Whilst her baby was well protected with a rain cover from the mild winds.  And because Rosie has much common sense, she was able to make a decision on how far to place the buggy.  Snoopy photographers may be surprised that we were on dry land and not a speck of water ever touched us.

“I think it would be more dangerous to cross the road than place the buggy there.” says Rosie.

Rosie has used her Out and About running buggy for over 3 years.  It’s a wonderful piece of kit and she is sure the makers of such buggy could provide a demonstration of how great the breaks are.

This is in response to some news articles that have shamed me and labelled me a reckless mother.

The snooper and the publications that have published it should be shamed and ashamed!

Thank you for reading.

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Focusing on the right or wrong things?

I may have just added another book to my pile of to read/buy stuff!

If the most fundamental definition of design is to solve problems, why are so many people devoting so much energy to solving problems that don’t really exist? How can we get more people to look beyond their own lived experience?

In “Design: The Invention of Desire,” a thoughtful and necessary new book by the designer and theorist Jessica Helfand, the author brings to light an amazing kernel: “hack,” a term so beloved in Silicon Valley that it’s painted on the courtyard of the Facebook campus and is visible from planes flying overhead, is also prison slang for “horse’s ass carrying keys.”

To “hack” is to cut, to gash, to break. It proceeds from the belief that nothing is worth saving, that everything needs fixing. But is that really the case? Are we fixing the right things? Are we breaking the wrong ones? Is it necessary to start from scratch every time?

Empathy, humility, compassion, conscience: These are the key ingredients missing in the pursuit of innovation, Ms. Helfand argues, and in her book she explores design, and by extension innovation, as an intrinsically human discipline — albeit one that seems to have lost its way. Ms. Helfand argues that innovation is now predicated less on creating and more on the undoing of the work of others.

“In this humility-poor environment, the idea of disruption appeals as a kind of subversive provocation,” she writes. “Too many designers think they are innovating when they are merely breaking and entering.”