Daily note for 25 May 2023

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Daily note for 12 May 2023

  • My birthday passed without incident. Some lovely messages from folk, and some delightful gifts, including some impressively chunky history books, those Penguin ones with the orange spines that look so fabulous on a shelf. Also Peter Rex’s book on Hereward the Wake, which I am really looking forward to.
  • OneTeamGov for local government this morning, brilliantly facilitated by Kit Collingwood. Great chats and a lovely group to be a part of.
  • Lloyd is continuing his own daily note experiment, and mentions mine, and now I am mentioning that, and so the circle closes. I guess what we are doing is similar to the Dave Winer view of blogging. I’ve just never got my head around using an outliner to do it, so will never go full Winer, I don’t think.
  • A terrific conversation with Chris Thompson, who is charge of computers and that at Northumberland Council. First time we’ve spoken properly, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Daily note for 11 May 2023 (now featuring links that actually work)

  • It’s my birthday! 44 today.
  • It turns out, little did I know, that the links haven’t been working on these notes for some time. No idea why but they aren’t properly being added to the posts in WordPress when I hit publish in Obsidian. I’m going through adding them in manually, which is a pain.
  • Another thing lacking in the current setup is a way to tag posts, which might be a useful way to find stuff after I’ve published it. There doesn’t seems to be a way of doing that right now.
  • Maybe I need a proper offline blog editor, but other than MarsEdit on the Mac – I’m mostly on a Windows machine during the day – do they even exist any more?
  • I wrote a thing the other day about digital culture and mindset and how important they are to organisations wanting to do a bit better in this space. I published it on LinkedIn, which nows feels a bit eccentric and I should probably stick it on here too, or maybe on the SensibleTech site.
  • I quite like the look of Traffic by Ben Smith. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, these books about Silicon Valley companies. I particularly like it when everything goes wrong.
  • Lovely (football) story about Aberdeen beating Real Madrid back in 1983. Different times!
  • ‘Condign’ means a punishment that fits the crime

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Daily note for 20 April 2023

  • I wasn’t sure about posting yesterday’s note, which was rather limited, mostly because of having a super busy day. But I thought the practice of publishing even short notes is a good one to keep up with
  • dxw’s onboarding approach for new staff
  • Social media is doomed to die
  • A rather lovely vertically scrolling website, taking you on a tour of the atmosphere
  • I finished the Falco book a couple of nights ago. It was ok, 2/5 stars. I think the reason I didn’t enjoy it was because I just didn’t understand the main character. I get that the aim is that he’s a cynical, Marlowe style gumshoe transported to the Roman era. But while Marlowe is believable, and his occasionally idiosyncratic responses to things make sense for the character, I just didn’t find the same to be true of Falco. He just seemed a bit of a berk. Maybe I’ll give book two a go in the future, but I won’t be rushing to, I don’t think.
  • Next up is March Violets by Philip Kerr