Shired

In this rare game of Scrabble I eventually came out a narrow winner. On seeing the WhatsApped (!) board my daughter questioned the word “shired” (played by me). I thought it meant something to do with horses but was I confusing it with “sired” or possibly thinking of Shire horses and creating a verb from anContinue reading Shired

How to Remotely Troubleshoot Your Relative’s Computer

I have a friend who occasionally rings me up with his computer problems. Yesterday he called to say his annual anti-virus licence was going to expire that day. He confessed to having ignored the renewal reminders! My experience with renewing McAfee anti-virus licences is that a) renewing from McAfee is ridiculously expensive, and b) not renewing fromContinue reading How to Remotely Troubleshoot Your Relative’s Computer

Claude Shannon

I’m currently reading “The Idea Factory – Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation” by Jon Gertner. It’s a Christmas present from my Berlin son and what a great choice it was! Bell Labs became an enormous laboratory for developing ideas and inventions at the start of the communication, information and technology industriesContinue reading Claude Shannon

Christmas 2020

Not the usual Christmas, but we enjoyed the simplicity and the quietness. The little people were delightful via Skype.

So, Christmas is buggered

So that’s it, then. No Christmas for us in tier 4. Thanks Prime Minister Johnson. So here is my favourite Christmas song, by Aimee Mann and Michael Penn, from the wonderful film Hard Eight. I’ll play it to myself on Christmas Day.

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