Friday, December 23, 2005
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Today, I am really proud of this scepter’d isle; this jewel set in an evanescent sea.
Today, Civil Partnerships between same sex couples became legal in England & Wales. Northern ireland and Scotland having led the way on Monday and Tuesday.
I’m proud that we recognize that there really are different strokes for different folks and that everyone is entitled to the same treatment under the law; regardless of race, creed, age, gender, belief, ability or sexual orientation.
Flickr uses tags to capture charactistics; to categorize images from users to make the images easier to find for other users.
Enterprise data, if it is structured, does not need tagging (maybe) because it comes complete with metadata but what about unstructured data attached to enterprise data: tagging that would make it easy to find, easy to categorize/classify and easy to measure.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Monday, December 05, 2005
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Links between human beings, friends, families, and whole communities are now more tenuous than ever - despite the information superduper highway.
You might wave a blackberry to prove me wrong or show me the number of personal mails in your mailbox or quote me the number of times you receive instant messages from your kids or tell me how long you’ve been on the ‘phone to your mother just today. But – I argue that all these are (sometimes) contacts of little depth. Shallow. Tenuous. Ephemeral. Nice but not enough.
When was the last time you really communicated something of value with someone who counts. Does the ILY at the end of the mail count? How about the ‘love you’ at the end of a call? Sure, I know you meant it. Sincerely. Really. But could you honestly say you were mentally looking that person in the eye at the time?
I don’t mean that the quantity of words makes a difference. But the way you use them does and the context, the richness of language.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
So... we have an aging population, more unfit than ever and someone somewhere thinks it makes sense to close two badly needed pools. Why: because it saves money.
Here's what you can do to stop it:
- get passionate - stay passionate about the issue!
- find out the email address of your local MP, local councillor or parish councillor (start at at writetothem.com or the council website and work backwards)
- send her/him a mail asking for their stance on the issue
- if she/he supports closure; tell them that you will vote for whoever opposes closure and, if you can't find a suitable candidate; you will stand for office.
And this argument doesn't only apply to the people in Bristol. If you can see something is stupid and, despite your complaints, nothing is done then - do something.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
His stripped-to-the-bones use of colour makes me feel that I don't have the degree of peripheral vision wide enough to take in what I see. Can't wait to see it but there's no showing planned near me. I think I will need to wait for the DVD. Curses!
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Falling in love with somewhere isn’t usual for me but this place is entrancing, seductive, buzzing, crowded, vibrant and fun.
Everyone I have come into contact with is friendly, bright and enthusiastic. What a place! From the madness of KR market to the rather sedate atmosphere of my hotel, it’s truly exceptional.
I’ve been here since Thursday and can see/sense/smell the excitement. Everyone is aspirational. The guy living in polysheet and cardboard shack on side of the road aims to get a house, the auto-wallah wants a taxi, the taxi-driver wants a limo and so on.
Written Monday November 13th
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
As I passed 40 then 50, I noticed that my rant ratio increased and continues to do so. I see stories on the TV news and in the newspapers that are all based on the same premise:”the sky is falling!”
Usually the stories are statistics-based and so stupid that even with basic maths skills they are obviously wrong, wrong, wrong. Example ‘Becoming A Father Civilises Men’ from the BBC. Apparently fatherhood significantly reduces testosterone levels. This is based on a survey of 126 men.
66 unmarried men had slightly higher levels of the 30 married men who did not have children.
So – does the last statistic prove that marriage also slightly reduces testosterone levels?
The worrying thing about this is that the report does not say ‘may’. It reports that whole survey finding as fact. Sheesh. Stop it. Can we have the news back – please.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
The daily commute. They must have the most wonderful job in the world. After all no-one measures employees by the clock today (do they?). It was 8.20 a.m. The walk to the office downtown takes a maximum of 10 minutes. Yet they are running. What kind of enthusiasm makes you hurry? I imagine they really love their job. It must be truly inspirational to make them hurry so.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Friday, November 04, 2005
And all the while, someone lower down the food chain is admiring them.
Most dogs believe if you simply stare at the food long enough, hard enough then it will simply float to you.
And they never grow out of this belief.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Swineford Cheney is a small village in the West Country twinned with Stepford in the USA, Vergessing in Germany and Les Teints-Perdu in France.
This picture is of Bart Easilay and his (estranged) wife, Lulu-Jezebel MacFarlane.
Monday, October 31, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
I mentioned before that one of my interests is the insanely great Horsley Camera Company. This morning, after starting work on the day job @ 6.45, I had a creative epiphany - a ‘what if’ moment.
You know that you can put 35mm film into any medium format camera and turn it into a panoramic (of sorts) – well…. what if we did this to a medium format panoramic? Mike Rignall (our incredibly talented camera designer and CDO*) pondered and came back to me with the Horsley MO360: a full functional 360-degree panoramic camera powered by hand. Woohoo!
With negatives that are 24mm x 200mm in size! Lawks-a-mussy.
The great thing was… Mike did the original design 4 years ago. So…. Following ‘Ethel’ (see my earlier post), We will release the Horsley MO360 in a couple of weeks. Watch this space.
*CDO = Chief Dream Officer
Not a day passes without some article on the web, in the newspapers, on the TV about the dread fear of Avian Flu and the millions of possible casualties. Every one of these newsblips contains statistics and amplified scary stories yet little advice is given. How I long for a time when we were slightly more innocent and more pragmatic. Have a look at our parents received advice at the National Film Archive at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/films/
I recommend Modern Guide To Health, every thing from slumping at an office desk, sunshine and wearing tight socks. Happy Days.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Tom’s still got it. I recommend everyone get over to his blog at www.tompeters.com now. In particular, checkout his Project 05 piece.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
Friday, October 07, 2005
I’m reaching a sort of impasse in my photography where my influences seem to swamping the ability to produce something new and original. Until now I’ve specialized in ‘Hollywood’ portraits and been influenced by Hurrell, Powolski, etc – I sorta branched off from this into stuff that’s Film Noir influenced and now I’ve seen and studied Gregory Crewdson’s stuff, I’m trying to work out how I can synthesize the three threads and make something that’s mine.
Anyone else go through this?
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Watch this space for my work. Feel free to comment.
Monday, August 29, 2005
I live in the beautiful village of Bitton - halfway between Bristol and Bath in the English West Country, with my wife Karen and our kids James & Aime. I have two other children, Kirstin who live in Bristol.
We have two Irish Wolfhounds - Murphy & Cerys. Big dogs. Huge dogs. Wonderful, warm, caring affectionate personalities. I guarantee there will be photographs of the dogs that will appear on these pages.
As you can see from the title, this is a photoblog. Most of my photographs are portraits. I am highly influenced by the work of Testino, Hurrell, Cornell Lucas, etc. and much of my work shows these influences: whether it's good or bad, that's something you'll need to judge. I like all my work but I'm biased.