Took a week off work, as we’ve spent the majority of the year inside, working for The Man. I did attend one work-related thing, a webinar on Open Banking and other open innovation opportunities, but for most of the week I just did what I wanted.
So here’s some notes of joy from my week off. Mostly about food, to be honest.
I gathered fronds of gutweed – a common seaweed – and gobbled it up.
A silky Caesar salad, minus the chicken, was just enough for dinner on Tuesday.
After finishing Mona Lisa Overdrive and needing a break from cyberspace, I started reading Raymond Williams’s Border Country, a story about class, social mobility, and a London academic moving back to live in rural Wales. It’s delightfully pastoral.
The fish shop had mussels, so lunch on Wednesday was moules marinière.
We went swimming in the sea and two dolphins crested the waves in front of us. Then we drank red wine as the sun set on the beach. And, back home, we ate Buffalo wings sloppily.
In Thursday’s scorching heat, we went walking near Nant Gwrtheryn. Down a steep valley beneath Yr Eifl to a pebbled beach with cool, azure sea. We then traipsed back to the car up a steep-sided hill, through an ancient oak woodland called Gallt y Bwlch, where I saw a gnarled oak. There was still some wild garlic clinging to the mountain stream, which we collected for dinner (barbecued mackerel).
And the rest of the week we just chilled. :)
- The Economy Is Reeling. The Tech Giants Spy Opportunity., 12 mins
- King Arthur sues council, police and English Heritage over ‘pay to pray’ scheme, 4 mins
- Civil rights groups call for ‘pause’ on Facebook ads, 2 mins
- How London Has Changed Over 25 Years, Through the Eyes of a Drug Dealer, 18 mins
- Nvidia Engineer’s Vulkan Driver For Raspberry Pi Runs Quake III Over 100 FPS at 720p, 3 mins
- Vast neolithic circle of deep shafts found near Stonehenge, 4 mins
- Exploration over pre-discovery, 4 mins
- Google and Apple’s diktat to governments on coronavirus contact-tracing apps is a troubling display of unaccountable power, 5 mins
- The UK’s contact tracing app fiasco is a master class in mismanagement, 7 mins
- Reading cyberpunk as a guide to surviving hyper consumerism, 8 mins
- The Lockdown Lessons of “Crime and Punishment”, 19 mins
The Nonsuch Palace
Brief notes on our strategy work, meeting accessibility regulations, and shifting the organisational Duplo blocks.
The Beach Below Sea Level
Culture and cohesion, the Comprehensive Spending Review and the Square of Despair.
The Commute Must Die
It’s firebreak week! Haven’t had a firebreak since January 2019, if you can believe it.