Category: Technology

Wet Sunday photo trickery…

What do you do when it’s raining so hard that normal landscape photography is impossible? Stay indoors and use a simple trick to make some sophisticated and stylish abstracts for your future blogs… or even book covers. (400 words, a two minute read) They’re inexpensive, available online at a day’s notice, and will fool most observers into thinking you’re a Photoshop expert – which … Read More Wet Sunday photo trickery…

A Sad Apple

I had such a peaceful blog planned… Creative and poetic, taking a whimsical look at a key modern event. But… instead, I’m typing this on my much-loved Apple iPad, with a sour taste in my mouth. Better start at the beginning. I was queuing for a take-away in Costa Coffee, Morecambe, on a particularly nasty day three weeks ago. The rain and wind were … Read More A Sad Apple

The Faces of Shiva (3) The Colour of Kin

We began this series by looking at how, at certain times in the life of civilisations, a ‘perfect storm’ of events overtakes and paralyses the forces of commonly perceived ‘good’ and cohesion; a state established over a long period of time. We can consider that, in the case of America and the UK, this former consensus is in decline, and the shift of extreme … Read More The Faces of Shiva (3) The Colour of Kin

The Faces of Shiva (2) Twisting Democracy

  The ‘perfect storm’ is a phrase that has entered our common vocabulary; that coming together of events to create a maelstrom of change and, often, terror – the terrorist attack of ‘9/11’ was a vivid example. These events change our world. We need a new word that describes the way we can look back at catastrophes and dissect them with great insight, yet … Read More The Faces of Shiva (2) Twisting Democracy

The Faces of Shiva (1)

  Brahma creates the world. Vishnu sustains it so that it might achieve its potential. Shiva destroys it when its positive energy has been exhausted. The ‘world’ might be everything, or, for the initiate of old, it might just as well apply to anything created by the mind – large or small. In other words a system. It should make us think… The ancient … Read More The Faces of Shiva (1)

The rotating blade of meaning (4)

Everything is in motion… Arthur M. Young and Isaac Newton both knew that, but in different ages and different ways. Let’s take a slight detour into some basic ways of looking at one of our fundamentals – the way things move. Our search for Arthur M. Young’s ‘geometry of meaning’ will be enhanced if we can enrich our vocabulary… Someone in the age of … Read More The rotating blade of meaning (4)

The Time Vampires

It’s a tough one, this. I love technology and I have a lasting belief that it has brought us a lot of good… but a nasty feeling that we are touching some of its ‘dark edges’; brought on, not because of the technology, itself, but because of the motive for profit and dominance inherent in the power that a few mega-companies wield. Such companies … Read More The Time Vampires

Owning the Robots? – the rise of AI

It’s 1950. The room we are in is more like an old school hall than the site of a leading-edge experiment in the definition of intelligence. Before us is a teletype – a machine that we can type on which will relay that message – and any response generated – across a telecommunications link to a similar machine somewhere you can’t see. That’s a … Read More Owning the Robots? – the rise of AI

Wire Strippers – Part Three

This series of posts have been about the manipulation of democracy, on both sides of the Atlantic, by a new generation of internet-based personal data collection tools. These tools feed on the information we – wittingly or unwittingly – provide to social media applications like Facebook and Google. We have seen how a small number of our opinions, expressed on such social media, may provide … Read More Wire Strippers – Part Three

Wire Strippers – Part Two

Fascism arises as a result of certain conditions. These are not limited by being ‘a long time ago’. Suggest this to anyone happy with the current political environment of Britain and the USA and they will look at you as though you are an academic who is out of touch with both popular opinion, and the ‘revolution’ of the underdog that has created the … Read More Wire Strippers – Part Two

Wire Strippers – Part One

I remember the moment when I began to suspect that a new generation of ‘wire strippers’ were at large in our internet wiring. It was June 2016 – the month of the the UK’s Referendum on remaining in the European Union (EU). I was reading through postings by a good cross-section of my friends on social media. The opinion polls were showing that the … Read More Wire Strippers – Part One

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