The Black Dog and the Storm
Having a bad time with the old mental health, at the moment, so I’m going to stop reflecting on work for a bit. A better divide between work and me-as-a-person will hopefully give my mood more buoyancy.
- Had fun with Data Club last Tuesday, and I really liked that Simon came along. The pub was rather loud but we were still able to have good conversations.
- I finished reading Doggerland. A decent book. It’s about two men – referred to as ‘the Old Man’ and ‘the Boy’ throughout, except for two moments their names are mentioned – who live on a windfarm in the southern North Sea, in a sombre dystopia. They live off canned protein and fruit, fix wind turbines, and generally don’t like each other. The Old Man dredges up artefacts from Doggerland; the Boy obsesses over fixing things. It paints their aching boredom quite vividly.
- At uni, I had to write 5,000 words (and the plot) of a novel, and Doggerland’s tone was similar to my book. I should dig out the manuscript.
- Not yet done with reading stories set in the sea, I picked up Cove by Cynan Jones, finishing it in a couple of hours. Cracking little short story about a man pitting himself against pain, riding his instinct to stay alive. There’s a theme developing from the stories I’m reading…
- Really enjoying GoJauntly at the moment. It was always good but has improved immensely since they added the map with footpaths and bridleways detailed. Means you can create and adapt walks easily. (I suspect it’s just a stepping stone towards becoming an OS map collector, though.) Here’s a walk I did between Llanbedrog and Abersoch beach.
- Using hypotheses to hold together your learning, thinking, and making, 4 mins
- Creating new collaborative organisations to operate shared services, 5 mins
- Service teams and monocropping, 3 mins
- Small b blogging, 6 mins
- Data institutions and implicit assumptions, 4 mins
- Service assessments improvements: Life after Live, 7 mins
- GUIDE, a retrospective, 10 mins
- I Went to a Brexit Celebration Party, 4 mins
- Talk Less. Listen More. Here’s How., 7 mins
- Books for Digital - My 2019 reading list, 4 mins
- Maybe Information Actually Doesn’t Want to Be Free, 11 mins
- The Green Prescription, 5 mins
- The Slow Web, 11 mins
- An Audience With Andrew Weatherall, 8 mins
Still not writing about work, but I've been reading good things, listening to excellent music and seeing some terrific films.
Revivalist aesthetic: musical discoveries from 2019
Tracks I discovered or loved in 2019. Jazz, soul, various beats and bass, harkening back to a golden era of going out.
The Isolation 4
These notes cover a few weeks, rather than one week like usual. Writing weeknotes in the pandemic just didn’t feel necessary, but there’s a few things worth noting from the last five weeks of lockdown.