I am what is known as a “knowledge worker“. I don’t make or create anything tangible; in the old days I might have been called a “paper pusher”, these days “pixel pusher” is more accurate. I’m employed for my expertise and experience, and for my leadership and management skills – all rather cerebral and intangible. Today I am working from home as we are having a smart meter fitted, which means no electricity and therefore no internet connection. The removal of power and connectivity suggests that rather than knowledge being power, power is in fact knowledge (work). Modern (knowledge) working is absolutely dependent upon computers and the internet and therefore electricity. Electricity is the new steam in the post-Industrial Revolution world of work.
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The recently released iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have a new feature called Live Photos which captures a moment of motion before and after your still photograph. A still photo captures an instant frozen in time. With Live Photos, you can turn those instants into unforgettable living memories. At the heart of a Live Photo is a beautiful 12-megapixel photo. But together with that photo are the moments just before and after it was taken, captured with movement and sound. In almost every review of the new iPhones Live Photos are likened to the moving images in The Daily Prophet the newspaper from the Harry Potter novels. But these reviews are all missing the real inspiration for Live Photos which surely has to be the original ‘live photo’ that appears in Ridley Scott’s fabulous Blade Runner. Photographs play a central part to the plot of Blade Runner, taking on even greater significance for the replicants than for humans representing false memories implanted byContinue Reading ›
I received my Kindle Voyage earlier this week, and thought I’d share my first thoughts on Amazon’s latest eReader. At first glance the Kindle Voyage looks like a slightly more compact Paperwhite, but there is much more to the latest flagship eReader from Amazon. The Screen The screen of the Kindle Voyage sits flush with the body, in fact the screen forms the front of the Voyage. The screen is no longer recessed as with the Paperwhite as the Voyage uses a capacitative touchscreen rather than Infra-Red, this makes for a much more attractive and responsive device. The screen is glass but has been specially etched to prevent reflections and, Amazon say, to replicate the texture of paper; I’ve seen no reflections so far, and whilst I might not say the texture is that of paper it is very nice – nicer than that of the Paperwhite. Of course the main headline for the screen is it’s significantly higher resolution, whichContinue Reading ›
Last week was National Stationery Week here in the UK. During this joyous week of celebration of paper, pencil, pen and ink I was contacted by the delightfully named Anna Rainbow from The Pen Company asking if I would like to review one of their items. It would have been rude to say no. After chatting for a while we settled on the dramatic looking Faber-Castell Ondoro fountain pen, which was duly despatched. Having now had the chance to use the pen for a week or so I can now share my thoughts with you. Design It was the unique and striking design of the Ondoro that originally attracted me to it, and it doesn’t disappoint in real life. The body of the pen is hexagonal, something more commonly found in a pencil than a fountain pen. I chose the black and silver version of the Ondoro; the contrast between the cap and the body adds to the striking lookContinue Reading ›
Edward Weston said The fact is that relatively few photographers ever master their medium. Instead they allow the medium to master them and go on an endless squirrel cage chase from new lens to new paper to new developer to new gadget, never staying with one piece of equipment long enough to learn its full capacities, becoming lost in a maze of technical information that is of little or no use since they don’t know what to do with it. Substitute photography for any activity or pursuit. Substitute lens and paper for notebooks, software etc. Master your medium.