Mother-fu##ing Nature

Mother Nature really is a capricious and vindictive evil bitch, always lashing out at people’s vulnerabilities. For example, a very good friend of mine was a professional photographer until he was stricken with Parkinson’s disease. Now he can’t even hold a camera, let alone take a shake-free photograph. Beethoven, one of history’s very finest composersContinue reading “Mother-fu##ing Nature”


If you can keep your head when all about you       Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,    But make allowance for their doubting too;   If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,Or being hated, don’t giveContinue reading “If”

A personal history of computers

I was reading a LinkedIn post (which I can’t now find) where people were discussing their first experience with computers. Mine goes back to 1973 and my secondary school, where I joined the “Babbage Society”. That was 48 years ago. Sir Charles Babbage (1791–1871) is seen as the father of computing, having developed his mechanicalContinue reading “A personal history of computers”