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Quentin Stafford-Fraser's blog



Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:52:06 +0000

 



But soft, what light…

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:52:06 +0000

Some of the wonderful windows at Binham Priory, Norfolk



The Digital Towbar

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:40:13 +0000

The ideal transport for most families, my mother used to say, would be two small cars that you could bolt together to make one big car when you went on holiday. I still think she’s right, and I was pondering this last week when I came up with an idea I call ‘The Digital Towbar’…. Continue Reading



Old News

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 16:24:49 +0000

A couple of days ago, I received some suggestions for improvements to a program I had written. This isn’t unusual: I’m writing code all the time, and much of it needs improving. (Thanks, Sam!) No, the surprise in this case was that the suggested changes were to a little script called newslist.py that I wrote Continue Reading



Setting non-standard screen resolutions on a Mac

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 16:04:31 +0000

I wrote about this a few years ago but it’s still a handy and not-very-well-known hidden feature of the Mac’s System Preferences. NOTE that on some Macs, especially recent Mac Book Pros, this only works if you have external displays attached.



Plotting the future

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:08:36 +0000

A nice chart in the Guardian recently: Electric vehicles are still, of course, a very small proportion of the cars on the road, but it looks as if things are heading in the right direction. A couple of months ago I quoted this phrase from Sam Altman: The hard part of standing on an exponential Continue Reading



Making a splash

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 23:23:57 +0000

Lots of fun today at a family gathering at the Lea Valley White Water Centre. We were celebrating my parents’ wedding anniversary. They enjoyed watching us from the bank! I’m on the port side – at the back in this one, where we’re paddling backwards to control our approach to the rapid: And a bit Continue Reading



What is Thinking?

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 10:55:06 +0000

From the lecture ‘Solitude and Leadership‘ by William Deresiewicz: … Thinking means concentrating on one thing long enough to develop an idea about it. Not learning other people’s ideas, or memorizing a body of information, however much those may sometimes be useful. Developing your own ideas. In short, thinking for yourself. You simply cannot do Continue Reading



A mute point…

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:55:30 +0000

The Amazon Echo devices have a microphone-muting button on top of them. I’ve just realised the true value of this. It’s so you can stop them getting confused when you’re watching YouTube videos of other people demonstrating their Amazon Echo devices…



Money-changing

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:13:05 +0000

I was delighted to see, this morning, that my local supermarket, Waitrose, has effectively abolished the transaction limit on Apple Pay & Android Pay. It’s now £10,000, and even with my fondness for some of their products, it’s hard to imagine hitting that limit even on Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream. So Continue Reading



Page hits

Wed, 17 May 2017 15:17:41 +0000

The Cambridge Independent newspaper was kind enough to feature some of my photos in last week’s edition.



Quote of the day

Sun, 14 May 2017 11:26:11 +0000

I like this one: Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. This is most commonly attributed to Albert Einstein, but the credit for it should probably really go to William Bruce Cameron, a Professor of Sociology. More info on its history here.



The test of time

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:40:05 +0000

Seen on Twitter – sorry, I forget the source!



Tree-herd

Mon, 08 May 2017 07:25:34 +0000

Tilly and I were walking in the woods yesterday. We passed an Ent, who turned and watched as we went by.



Cargo cult

Sun, 07 May 2017 17:50:38 +0000

Just because we don’t have children, that shouldn’t stop us playing with toys, right? In fact, one of the benefits of our decision not to have children is that we arguably get to play with more toys. Yesterday, anyway, I tried one of these: It’s an electrically-assisted cargo bike, which you could use for transporting Continue Reading