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A little more time

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:05:54 +0000

So my news is: I’m leaving the Guardian to do Other Things – which includes writing for the Guardian for the equivalent of a week a month. I’ve been working there for just under nine years (joined end of November 2005), during which time there’s been enormous change – though the principal shift, towards the […]

Book review: Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’: a story about love

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:22:52 +0000

This is a book about love. I know: how does that make sense? How can a book which depicts the exhausted travel of a man (“the man”) and a boy (“the boy”) along and around a road somewhere unidentified in a post-nuclear-apocalyptic America be about love? But it is. The man loves his son, the […]

Running a UK tech content site isn’t that hard. If you do it right

Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:10:38 +0000

There’s a certain amount of, well, let me call it self-pitying whining going on in some quarters about how hard it is to run a tech content site in Britain. Oh, it’s expensive. Oh, “£30,000 (my personal investment into this business) doesn’t get you very far in media.” Well, cry me a river while I […]

Review: Prometheus: don’t waste your money or time on this film (updated)

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:48:26 +0000

OK, so this is a review, and it contains spoilers. Though that raises the question of whether you can spoil a film that is irredeemably bad in the first place. To begin: I had high hopes for Prometheus. I love the original Alien film – as I’ve blogged here previously, its script and screenplay (and […]

Where’s the Prometheus script, then? Or what the original Alien script teaches us about writing screenplays

Wed, 16 May 2012 23:22:50 +0000

(Oh, for the faint-hearted: there are NO PROMETHEUS SPOILERS here. As if.) I don’t think I’d be much cop at writing screenplays – I’ve already discovered that getting through a book is quite a thing (I have a book! Digital Wars! Have you bought it? Paperback, Kindle; iBook Store) but screenplays have their own disciplines. […]

Review: Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker: a marvellous novel about dealing badly with slow change

Sun, 01 Apr 2012 20:39:26 +0000

UK edition in hardbackUK edition on Kindle US edition in hardbackUS edition on Kindle When you think about catastrophes, you normally think about too much or too little of something. And it happens all at once, somewhere. Catastrophes such as – an asteroid hits the earth. (Actually, London was lucky not to be hit by […]

Review: Star Wars episode 1: The Phantom Menace in 3D: you sure it’s 3d?

Sun, 12 Feb 2012 20:59:24 +0000

Basically, it’s just as bad as it was in 2D, but some of the sequences are a bit more 3D-y. But the bits that you really want to be more 3D-y – to take advantage of the (limited, but still not zero) possibilities that the three-dimensionality offers – aren’t. Specifically, the pod race, which you’d […]

Secoh air pump stopped work? Fault’s probably the easily-replaced diaphragm

Sun, 12 Jun 2011 13:49:41 +0000

The following is written entirely for the benefit of Google, and you, dear reader, who probably like me has a Secoh EL 80 15 pump or similar that has stopped working. It may have been one year or it might have been three. (That’s what happened with us.) Maybe it’s powering a cess pit or […]

‘Steve Jobs would walk in, say ‘this is far too big’ and walk out…’ MusicMatch, the iPod and the Dell DJ (repost)

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 21:59:27 +0000

This is a repost of the post that appeared a couple of days ago over on my other blog, The Rivals, where I’m asking questions, posting stuff and so on for the book I’m writing about Microsoft, Apple and Google – to be published by Kogan Page, delivery date July. Let me know what you […]

So anyway, those guns, Professor Spafford…

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 23:02:37 +0000

The hours after the Giffords shooting in Arizona were hardly the media’s finest hour; Giffords was declared to have been declared dead at the scene, then realised not to be. I was in the US at the time, and saw the news come up on my Twitter feed. Personally I found the story hugely upsetting; […]