Somebody had to do it: put a stop watch on how long it takes to return an email. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering in Southern California put their researchers on to it and the results, while not astounding have explained to me, at least, where my problems lie.
A paper, ‘Evolutions of Conversations in the Age of Email Overload’ — snappy title there lads — comes from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Continue reading No, I am not rushing you a reply
John Malkovich is a genius you keep forgetting about. (Alright I keep forgetting about. Why should you be blamed?)
He is a great actor. He is not the greatest of actors in the world. Not in my opinion. But as second lead, in character roles he is frightening, believable, memorable, truly great. In this picture he not only depicts Einstein, he is Einstein. There is a phrase used by actors about getting into the skin of a character. Here is Malkovich showing how it is done.
Continue reading Malkovich the Great
The Internet can be used for many different purposes, some noble, many ignoble.
One I know something about is based in England and has the noble mission of saving a large village, almost a town, from being made unhealthy to live in by an increase in traffic. To stop pollution poisoning by carbon monoxide.
The place is Storrington in West Sussex.
Continue reading SoS v Waitrose
Ikea has shown it has a sense of humor. This will come as a great surprise to anyone who has followed its minimal instructions for putting together a piece of its flat-packed furniture.
I have never managed it. Most of my family has never managed it.
One son created a black monster which crashed to its side. Luckily no-one was in the room so there were no casualties.
Continue reading Ikea takes the mickey
When it comes to running an Internet site I am not the person you want. Yes, I can write fluently and quickly. And I have subjects aplenty. Also, I know this site was created using WordPress which is stunning program provided, God bless all concerned, free. But I would like to know more. I would like to be a bit more site savvy.
Continue reading I am the class dunce
The Internet has gone to war. It has girded up its loins and hurled itself into battle.
In a way.
Russia and Canada are using Tweet as a weapon of propaganda which is, but of course, a modern weapon of war.
Continue reading You tweet me, I’ll tweet you back
This site is not here to make money. It is here to keep me occupied and give me an outlet for any writing I might do. If I do not write I do not exist. And if I write something I want it to appear in print — electronic, or ink and paper — somewhere where someone can read it. This site has now been going for a month. How successful is it?
Continue reading On not pushing a site
The price of technology gets cheaper and cheaper. And most of the price changes are due to the Internet. Yesterday, in a move not unconnected with this site, I decided I needed a scanner. Nothing fancy. Mainly what it was needed for was scanning in old black and white photographs to use on this site. Continue reading Shopping centers under threat
If you have anything published, or if anyone publishes something about you, it is there on the Internet until, I think, the crack of doom. Sometimes that is a good thing. Sometimes bad.
When I was young, Gareth was quite a rare name even in Wales. (I had a brother Rheinallt which was even more unusual.) Luckily if you enter in a search term for Gareth Powell you mostly get a science fiction writer called Gareth L. Powell.
Continue reading The name is the same
There is a ringing. You pick up the phone. First there is a clicking and a hissing and a buzzing and then a voice, not American, not British, not Australian says: ‘Hello Mr Powell, how are you today?”
It then goes on to tell me how to adjust my telephone account to my advantage. Sometimes the voice states it comes from Telstra, the Australian telephone service. Sometimes it states it is a Telstra provider.
Continue reading Spam can give you indigestion