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Hello 2016

So, here we are in 2016. I often think it is strange that we somehow cross this imaginary boundary into a new year, but today is a day very much like yesterday in many ways and for many people. It is just a day, and yet we like to make it special, a new beginning, a new start.

I’m not immune to this feeling, but I also see the continuity of it as well.

Having said all of that, a very happy new year to you, and I sincerely hope that the year brings all you wish for.

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Happy Christmas from me

I’ve been meaning to say Happy Christmas. As today is Christmas Eve it feels like a good time to do that. So, to everyone who’s been a regular reader here and at the previous .com site too, thanks so much and a very happ Christmas to you. Thanks for reading, and, on rare occasion, commenting too.

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Welcome to the shortest day

Today is the turning point in the year. When we hit the shortest day and then the days start to get lighter. I like today for that reason and also as it is a little palindromic too. It’s 21.12 in the UK. I know it doesn’t work in the US. But I’m in the UK so it works for me. 

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Not really doing much in the way of automation

One of the things I wanted to do in 2015 was a lot more automation and getting things to work by themselves. Largely that hasn’t happened. However, there are reasons, the main one being that for the most part I haven’t had the need for it. This opens up a bigger question about technology though. I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who was telling me about something cool he could do with his new phone. It was cool, but when I asked him if it was something that he’d actually use, he said no.

That started me thinking. How many times to we (I) think that a thing is cool and would be really useful only to find that actually, whilst it is a cool use of technology, it is in fact a use that we (I) have no real need for. So in actual fact, it isn’t so cool after all. I’m starting to find this a lot these days. Things I thought I’d use or assumed I’d use are actually just cool, or fun, or more often both, but fundamentally, not of any practical use after all.

It’s a shame, but I’m beginning to start questioning myself when I look at a new app, or gadget or whatever, and say, would I really use this? Would it just collect dust? Would it end up taking up time and effort to show me that I’m not going to find it very useful? This is starting to happen more and more. In many ways it is a good thing though. It means I will waste less time and effort, but it’s also a bit sad. Sometimes it’s nice to play with cool stuff just for the sake of it, and now, I find myself just asking, why?

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So, here we are, in December

I know that it’s stupid to say stuff like “I can’t believe it’s December already”, but that’s how it feels. I suppose it’s because November (Movember) has really flown by, especially with all the focus on the SoundLab Play Space event. That really did take up a huge amount of time and effort. It was worth it though. Completely worth it.

So December, Christmas, 2015 coming to a close and all that Jazz. I’ve still got a few things I’d like to get done this month. One of which is getting more out on how to use conductive ink pads with music apps, but there are a few other project that I hope to come back to this month too.

Anyway, for now, happy December.

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Good things coming in Day One version 2.0

I’m a big fan of the Day One journal app. I find it really useful. It seems that there’s a lot of new stuff coming in the next big iteration of the app. Here’s what’s coming:

  • Multiple Journals— In Day One 2.0 you can create and name multiple journals
  • Multiple Photos— A simple and elegant solution for adding multiple photos per entry

It looks like it’ll be really cool, but I hope they won’t mess up a load of other stuff at the same time.

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So it’s the first of October 

And October is my favourite month of the year as well. I think it’s a lovely time of year when seasons change and the weather gets colder and more pronounced, and it becomes that time to dust off the winter coat. Also it’s a great time for ale too as the darker ales come out and replace the summer ones.

So, just good stuff to look forward to on the road to Christmas!