Starting back…

It has been far too long since I last blogged – not that I was in a regular habit with this since Isaac was born… But time to get back into the discipline.

It seems while I was away WordPress has gone through some design changes in the editor back-end. Hmmmm not sure if I just need to get used to it or if this just isn’t for me – time will tell.Β 

The friendliness of crowds

To say work has been busy would be an understatement.
It seems every week brings an opportunity to go and visit a different element of the country to help with something.
This has meant I’ve got far more familiar with trains and public transport than ever before – almost intimately!

But travelling is a great place to observe crowd behaviour and how people tend to follow what everyone else is doing.

Two examples struck me…

Part of the journey involved the new train station at Birmingham New Street.
Now I’ always one for leaving things behind normally coats in pubs) – but on this occasion it was on the train.
Actually this whole trip had a colleague basically collecting things I’d forgotten like a mother following a three year old.
We’d arrived at New Street and had to change…it was around rush hour and we had about 7 minutes to make the connection.
Things were rushed and my coat was the lat thing on my mind – and really not on my mind until half way down the plat form.

So dilemma – run back onto the train and hope I can fight my way to my old seat? Or just give up and buy a new coat.

I chose to try – and if I got trapped on the train it would at least make an interesting story (plus my colleague would have to get my luggage back to south wales).

SO the train is now jammed packed with passengers getting on with no chance of me getting to my seat to rescue the coat.

The solution – just shout down the train and ask people to pass it back…and without hesitation that is what everyone did. No questions or no second thoughts.

I was relieved.

The other example involved the layout of the new station.
With everyone a little unsure there tended to be some herd mentality going on. As the crowd rushed into the new station from the arriving trains most people simply followed the people they were with – normally resulting in hitting various bottle necks and dead ends. There were clearly signs directing people but these weren’t glanced at in preference to the assumption that the people in front knew where to go.

Any way just some observations.



Back to reality…

So holiday blues have well and truly settled in…

  • Partly the lack of beautiful blue ocean from my bedroom window
  • Partly not enjoying firepits with good friends
  • Partly the ecstasyΒ and agony of a go-live in work
  • Partly…or maybe mostly going through Emily’s laptop

It’s a tough job – tougher than I ever thought it would be and something that has made me realise that we all should be responsible for curating our digital lives.

Also there was a complete mixup with the renewal of remission possible – something that again would be helped by thinking about the digital foot print we leave behind. Not that I’d want or expect Emily to have done anything differently – more that I should sort out my crap.

So today the blues…

…tomorrow the new design for life




Updates becoming sparse again so I need to up my output and get the discipline back…not that I’ve been idle.

I’ve been working on satiricalblog.com and coming up with a new layout that is just about ready – the next step looking at freshening up the content and then advertising it more widely.
The idea being that it’ll be a good test case for some of the social media work and ideas to increase traffic.

But there are a few things eating into my time and motivation:-

  • Emily
  • Preparing for Glastonbury
  • Applying for my job

Also, a point raised by David B, how much do I want to associate my public profile (twitter/Reddit/pintrest) with my cartoons?
Is there a risk of a twitter storm… does it matter?

Lots to consider…

Anyway ramble ramble…

I think I’m getting old

For no other reason than I’m developing an appreciation for country music…or more specifically Bluegrass music.

Strange how your tastes change as you get older….


Sunday Sunday,

well as weeks go it’s been fairly good…
I’m back into blogging – back drawing – back working towards hitting a few goals.

However, the highlight has to be Isaac picking his first strawberry from the garden:-

So all good!

I think the aim for the coming week is to sort out the lights in the front room and the sink in the downstairs toilet. Both simple and straight forward jobs, but both needing some application and fitting it around everything else.

On the blogging front it seems I’m continually hitting memory issues which are causing the dreaded ‘White screen of WordPress death’.
Although there is a work around that invovles turning off certain pluggins to edit or post anything new I don’t think this is sustainable in the long term.

I need to be able to edit php.ini but this is only a read only file in the current hosting environment – so….it looks like I might have to raise a ticket.



Finally found the song that’s been bugging me…

So Wednesday I had one of those moments when the perfect song came on at the perfect moment.
Complete serendipity…

But my memory for songs is nothing like Mr Bradshaw’s and I wasn’t quick enough with shazam which left me in a dilema.

So this song has been bugging me for days disco/funky/house….all about love…
Do you know how many songs go on about love, desire, hearts skipping a beat? Thousands!

But through a little persistence I found it…

A night of not much…

Well that isn’t strictly true.

I’ve finally hit on a perfect theme for satiricalblog.com and so have made the move to port it over to wordpress.
So hopefully soon I can get back to drawing – certainly there is enough going on in the world.

Oh and I started a few ‘1 second everyday’ films πŸ™‚

Anyway DJSam has been hard at work with a new mix…

Get Dancing Presents Modern Northern Soul DJ Set by Dj Sam Bradshaw – Get-Dancing on Mixcloud