The creativity myth

Our understanding of creativity is a myth. I’ve heard dozens of people being described as ‘creative’, having their method characterised as creative, or their work as being somehow more ‘creative’ than someone else’s. Similarly, I’ve read articles on how to engage the creative process, to beat creative block, to become somehow ‘more’ creative. And it’s … Read More

Passwords as tattoo’s / swallowable passwords

Passwords as tattoo’s / swallowable passwords

I’ve written before about the need for password strength, and also about my love of 1Password – an app for remembering and creating strong passwords - but this, well this is something new altogether … Regina Dugan is the former head of DARPA – the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – and now works over at (Google … Read More

Adding Custom Google Analytics Dashboards

I use Google Analytics for the majority of websites that I work on. It can though be a hugely daunting prospect – the amount of information available is huge, and getting to grips with what of it is useful, and what can safely be ignored, can be challenging. So, I tend to do 3 things … Read More

Around the web – May 2013

Oops … I’m a bit late with the monthly round up this month. It’s been a month of travelling, prosthetic limbs (not mine!), and family funerals (again, not mine). So bear with me … but some good stuff found around and about: Single purpose, digital Camera for kids A couple of years ago, we bought … Read More

How’s it going?

I’ve fallen into a really poor habit. For the past however long, when anyone has asked me how I’m doing, or how it’s going, I’ve usually replied ‘Oh, you know, busy – really busy’ … the standard response to that is often ‘oh, that’s great – great in this economy’.  Which usually leaves me grumbling … Read More

Google Wallet – send money via email

Oh, this looks interesting. Google Wallet (formerly Google Checkout) is introducing email payments to some of it’s Gmail users (presumably in advance of a broader roll out). Integrating neatly with your gmail attachment options, a little $ sign will allow you to send money free (free from your Google Wallet balance or from your bank … Read More

Thought for the day

The ever quotable Tom Waits: “We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns.” See also: ‘Our minds need to go on a diet‘

Revisiting the Facebook IPO

A year ago now I wrote a post about the Facebook IPO – and that I didn’t understand it.  In that year, the price for a single share of Facebook is still $5 lower than it was on launch. It seems that some of the things I wrote about (lack of mobile monetization strategy, an … Read More

Note Slate … e-ink doodling coming to life with Sony instead?

I first found the Note Slate website a few years ago, originally linked to on Kottke.org and thought it was wonderful. Being able to scribble (doodle, write, sketch, take notes) on a device and have that device be able to save or share the document, seemed like a brilliant combination of old and new – … Read More