Here’s a post I wrote for the Wired UK GeekDad column - from conversations I’ve had with other GeekDads, my daughter is far from unique in her attempts at TV tactility…
A disclaimer: what you’re about to read is an exceptionally cranky rant. Forgive me.
The first time someone sent me a link to a picture on Instagram, I thought, “oh, cool, that’s a pretty neat effect.”
The second time, I thought, “I wonder what this actually looked like, before the colors…
Juvenile, but funtastic nevertheless. I don’t believe a single one is genuine, but I’m willing to suspend my disbelief for a cheap whore. Damn, that was supposed to read, ‘laugh’. Damned iMac autocorrect…
Rhetoric is “oratory manipulation”. Or, put another way, it’s “sales technique” but with rounded edges and that’s why Steve Jobs is a master of this dark art.
This fascinating piece reveals the details of his rhetoric in the context of his 2007 iPhone launch presentation.
Here is a little story I wrote recently for Wired UK about a how a smart present I received from my mum and dad for my 6th birthday pretty much shaped the rest of my life.
There’s probably a lesson in there somewhere for present purchasing parents. No pressure.
Forget Angry Birds, Farmville and Bejewelled: URL Hunter is an innovative, experimental, impossibly cool yet incredibly geeky ‘Web 0.2’ game.
The playing field? You guessed it - your browser’s URL bar.
Okay, so the graphics aren’t great, the gameplay leaves a lot to be desired and, to be honest, I only played it once or twice before moving elsewhere. But, of course, none of these are really the point here…
Like many a London local and tourist I will never tire of the classic London Underground map. However, this vision of the London Underground, as predicted for 2016, really sets my geekbumps going:
As the London Reconnections blog points out, this map was released back in 2004 to:
…give a potential vision of how both TfL and then Mayor Ken Livingstone felt the network may look by that time.
So, it turns out that some predictions have been more accurate than others but the now defunct projects, lines and stations give this map an equally interesting, if unexpected, political perspective of which the hot potato that was/is ‘Crossrail’ is a prime example.
If you’re a Londoner this map will almost certainly have you musing over what could have been your journey into work in an alternate universe: Richmond to the West End in 10 minutes flat? Bring back Big Ken Livingstone!