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You've gone ultrasonic again

Published May 26, 2019

You've gone ultrasonic again

I’ve never really got on that well with Siri. Apple’s voice activated assistant can do some cool things but she never really listens to me and I find it easier just to swipe and tap to get what I want. I’m not alone in getting frustrated with Siri, but I’ve long been complaining to Mr C that she just doesn’t listen to me. He’s not experienced the same level of problems and I was taking it personally.

Invisibility isn't always a power

Published May 1, 2019

Invisibility isn't always a power

I’m currently listening to the audiobook Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. It’s focus is on the gender data gap - the ways in which the world is often unthinkingly designed for men and how that affects women in real and unexpected ways. I’m finding it hard going, not because of the book itself - it’s well written, researched and read - but because the unintended and far-reaching consequences of a simple lack of thinking weigh heavy on me.

Navigated with skill

Published April 26, 2019

Navigated with skill

Recently, I was given a handful of Cornish beers, the spoils of a trip to the South West coast, and one of them was Doom Bar. I know you can buy this in plenty of places around the country, but still, it’s always a little bit more special when something comes to you from where it’s actually made, isn’t it? I’m not a big beer drinker really, but I wanted to try the Doom Bar because… well, because Strike drinks it.

We're speaking the same language, but you don't understand a word I'm saying, do you?

Published November 6, 2008

We're speaking the same language, but you don't understand a word I'm saying, do you?

Michael Crichton died yesterday, and I don’t think I’d be lying if I said he was my favourite author of all time. I didn’t even know he was ill, which is so unusual in this day and age that it makes me like him even more. Obviously the usual applies, with thoughts and feelings going out to his family, but on a purely selfish level, I’m sad that there will be no more books.

This or that

Published August 8, 2006

This or that

My list of unheard podcasts gets smaller and smaller until I find some brand new exciting ones that I want to listen to in their entirety. The time I spend at my laptop means I am being more productive and crossing things off my To-Do list as well. But it means other things are stacking up. I have still barely made a dent on my stack of books from the humongous Amazon order we made a few months ago.

Who wants to be a millionaire?

Published November 7, 2005

Who wants to be a millionaire?

I have recently finished reading the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? book. It was a memoir from Chris Tarrant about all the contestants that meant something special to him. It made me sick. All those people earning thousands just for answering a couple of questions correctly. Who wouldn’t love £500,000 for a half hours work? But if I went on there, you can guarantee the questions would be horrible and I would struggle to get to £1,000.

Tunnel vision

Published January 16, 2005

Tunnel vision

Back in the days when Mr C and I first began spending quite a lot of time together, we went to London several times, and on one of these journeys, I was introduced to the phenomenon that is “Underground Bridges”. I have mentioned them briefly before but not in too much detail. Basically, entering London on the M4, you travel through what any normal person would call a tunnel. But Mr C absent-mindedly called it an underground bridge and then would not admit he was wrong and tried to convince me that it could be called an underground bridge.

The end is nigh

Published June 30, 2004

The end is nigh

The end of June already. I can’t believe it. A quick note to those who don’t believe I can read fifty books in a year… I’m on my 41st. So there. Henman’s out. The English suck at every single sport possible. Except curling. Apparently that was Scotland.

From high to low

Published June 28, 2004

From high to low

I was mega happy this afternoon after watching Tim Henman win his match - it had everything you could ever want, a Brit, some diving and some swearing, and a sulky Delta Goodrem, she’s famous you know! There was also a little bit of tennis going on as well… Now, I will talk to you about iTunes. I want to recommend it to each and every one of you. I scoffed when he first couldn’t sit still for the excitement about it, but now I couldn’t agree more.

Black Friday

Published May 28, 2004

Black Friday

The end of Friends - I’m stocked up with Doritos and tissues, just in case. I was driving home and it’s been a mega stressful day, there was nothing on the radio so I was flicking through all the stations. I have pre-programmed all of the available slots in my car, despite the fact that I never listen to them. So, I picked a completely random station and lo and behold, they began playing Backstreet Boys.