Garden Gadgets

Gadgets for gardeners

I love nice gardens but do not have the patience for gardening. I know lots of people who love the whole cathartic side of gardening, and friends who are professional garden designers, and a sister-in-law who is a certified master gardener. Computer-assisted Gardening For me, I tend to give too much “love” to my garden […]

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Meditation Apps

iPhone apps to help you meditate

I am a relative newcomer to the mindfulness movement having only started on this journey last December. Even so, I absolutely love it and have consumed just about everything I can find about mindfullness, meditation and the narrative mindset this past year. Along the way, I have also discovered a few apps for my iPhone […]

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status quo long straight road

Status quo bias

I am fascinated by cognitive biases and heuristics which are part of the growing field of behavioral econonomics. I’ve written about a cognitive bias known as “The Dunning-Krueger effect” before, but today I’d like to discuss one that I see quite often at work – the “status quo bias”. The status quo bias occurs when […]

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The Circle Dave Eggers

The Circle by Dave Eggers

I read The Circle by Dave Eggers last year and I often find myself reflecting on some its key messages. In fact, I think that the statements it makes about technology, social media, and privacy are what makes the book worth reading. The basic plot is generally uninteresting in my view and was a bit […]

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ACWS AC45 Portsmouth

Every event organiser should use a drone in this way

Next weekend, the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) is coming to Portsmouth. The ACWS is a series of race regattas and is part of the preparations for the 2017 America’s Cup to be held in San Francisco (we’re hosting another series next year in Portsmouth). The overall ranking position from the ACWS will determine the […]

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Pansonic Lumix TZ60 on bookshelf

The Panasonic Lumix TZ60 vs my older TZ40

My compact camera of choice has been a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40. It’s a great little camera that has far more power and capability than any phone could provide. When the new TZ60 was released last year, I asked my wife to get it for my birthday. Although on paper the TZ60 is a better camera […]

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Cashless Mobile payments

Cashless. Cardless.

Up until this past weekend when I had to pay for a taxi, I had the same £5 note in my pocket for three weeks. It was the only cash that I had on me for that entire time. This week, I haven’t even had that much. With the launch of Apple Pay in the […]

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