One month off

- - Personal

From today, I’m starting a month-long experiment: can I ‘switch off’ from work entirely?

The Next Web recently introduced a ‘one month off after three years with the company’ policy. As I’ve been with the company more than three years, I’m going to take them up on it for the duration of February.

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Synth memories

- - Music

I first got into synthesizers when I was 11 years old.

I could’t afford a ‘proper’ synth at the time, but I had received one of these little babies for Christmas when I was 10…

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Cold Light

- - Music

Between 2004 and 2009 I used to make electronic pop under the name The Star Fighter Pilot. I used to play live regularly in Manchester and beyond and had a lot of fun doing it.

Since then, I’ve just been too busy to focus on music, but maybe I just wasn’t trying hard enough. This year I ‘got the bug back’ and here’s the first song from The Star Fighter Pilot in five years. Go easy on me as I’m out of practice, but there will be more to follow… Read More

Helping to push the humans out

- - Tech

It’s inevitable that robots and artificial intelligence will end up taking a lot of today’s human jobs over the next few decades, but whenever I’m in my local Tesco store, I can’t help but feel I’m hurrying the process on a little.

You see, I always opt for the self-service machines, even if there’s a staff member standing at the counter, waiting to serve me. Sure, these machines aren’t ‘intelligent’ but they’re replacing humans with a computerised process that some people (including me) prefer.  Read More