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5/5 Free Stuff

free - not restricted in things that we do or want to do, free to do as you like, free not incarcerated, not imprisoned

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4/5 My Top 13 Mary Meeker Internet Trends 2017

Mary Meeker is an American venture capitalist who is a partner at Kleiner Perkins based in Silicon Valley.  Her specialism is the internet and technologies.  Until I read an article on Medium.com, I had never heard of Mary Meeker but what her report indicates is that the internet, the way we use it and the devices we use are changing and...

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3/5 Robby the Job Robbing Robot?

For those of you of a certain age, you will remember Robby the robot who first appeared in the 1956 film ‘Forbidden Planet’.  Robby is a robot designed and built by the mysterious Dr Morbius who has programmed Robby to be his mechanical servant.  Morbus has based Robby’s design on information from his studies of an ancient, highly intelligent species...

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2/5 The World is Changing and So Must You

A recently published blog by Johnny Davis of the Guardian was about how LEGO had to reinvent itself after it failed to keep up with its target market and how it had changed.  The company almost lost everything from being one of the world's most powerful brands to almost going broke. Lego failed to recognise the changes in the market,...

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1/5 - Palomino Blackwing 602

John Steinbeck, Chuck Jones, Aaron Copeland and Leonard Bernstein all have one thing in common despite the diversity in their skills and that is that they all used the Blackwing 602.  Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is a pencil but not just any pencil this is the world's best pencil.  The original Blackwing 602 was...

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Wellies and Ukuleles

This bank holiday weekend was entertainment galore weekend.  The local pub holds a two-day Whitecroft Wellie, which is live music on two stages, fantastic entertainment and brings the community together.  The other event was a Ukulele Festival about a mile from the Wellie and the mile was not only in distance.  The festivals couldn't have been more distant in terms of...

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You say you can't so you don't. But you can.

Writing a blog is a relatively simple task, about 300 words one side of an A4 sheet of paper.  Writing the words is the easy part, it is knowing what to write about that is the difficult bit.

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Business By Design

'IT'S A NORMAN THING' this is a phrase used by designers in the United States to describe a design where there is "lack of attention paid by the maker to the user".  Norman?  Donald A Norman is an influential designer and author and Director of the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego and is best known for...

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5 Things I Learnt from Writing Daily Blogs for a Week

Last week I accepted a daily blog-writing challenge for TWOGs on current social media issues. What seemed easy at the start, became harder at the end of the week for various reasons. So what did I learn that I can share having reflected on the 5 blogs.

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I can't see what you mean

When I accepted this challenge last week to write 5 blogs in 5 days about social media, my last subject was going to be this one. And then the Manchester bombing happened and I wasn’t sure whether to write it. But given today’s news about approaches to curtail on-line extremism and the wide reaches of Facebook’s algorithm mapped by Sharelab,...

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