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Fiction

Why do dogs howl at the moon?

In which the reader learns the truth of why dogs howl at the full moon, thanks to Roffa the excellent dog

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Books

Bear Books

We all need to be able to look beyond the world we can see from our windows during lockdown so this is a page of genre reading suggestions. I have deliberately stuck with genre books as they are what I reach for in times of stress. And this is my list, yours will be different […]

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General

Resources

Updated 18th March 2020 It’s a tough time for people with uncertainty about the effect of Coronavirus and fear about jobs and potentially having to stay home. That uncertainty is exacerbated by the fact that our control over our own individual worlds seems very limited. But there are always things that we can do, actions […]

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Images

Generative Placeholders

From https://generative-placeholders.glitch.me

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Provocations

On the Skids

It is only Tuesday and already this week has seen the appointment and belated departure of someone from the centre of government whose only claims to fame seemed to be abhorrent views and membership of something called The Albert Tatlock Superguessers Club? Good riddance. But he made me think about the various ways humanity tries […]

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Provocations

Transformation as Euphemism

When we talk about transformation, especially digital transformation, then most organisations do not actually mean transformation, they mean “change” and familiar change at that. Transformation will be announced with speeches and posters, there will be cascades and all staffs. The seriousness of the transformation will be marked by the appointment of someone from outside to […]

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Fiction

The Rainy Day, an adventure of Roffa, the excellent dog

Roffa liked the rain, she like the way the drops fell from the sky so she could catch them on her tongue, she liked the way that the drops bounced on the pavement and the plants, she loved the smell of the world in the rain. Most of all she liked getting her fur wet. […]

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Provocations

Slight Return

No sooner had I pressed [Submit] on the last blog post than this happens… My immediate response to this blog post was a sense of recognition. And not just in the sense that it reads a lot like a Hacker News comment. Stripped of the rhetoric, hyperbole, and political bias much of what is in […]

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Provocations

Woefully Unprepared

The Guardian has a piece today under the headline “Civil service told it is ‘woefully unprepared’ for Cummings’ reforms“ It is based on a report in The Daily Telegraph but as there is not enough money in the world to make me read the Telegraph we will have to settle for The Guardian’s coverage. The […]

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Autobiographical

Disclosure

January 1st, 2020 and one of the many NDAs I have been bound by has now expired. So I can tell you about one of the odder projects I have been involved in. As I have said many times, above a certain size and complexity organisations embrace mediocrity as the only way to hold themselves […]