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Survive the AI Revolution


Are you ready for the flood of AI-produced content? It will come in the guise of reputable companies, politicians and influencers. It will come in the form of SEO content for YouTube and TikTok. There will be entire courses taught by AI-generated tutors. There will be viral flashpoints designed to stoke outrage in which every ‘person’ involved is AI. There will be substack newsletters...

Weekly recap


A quick recap of some of the more interesting stuff I stumbled on this week. Covering my usual themes of planning, environmentalism and living frugally! What should be on the roadmap – a deep- dive article for project & product managers about how to put together a roadmap. It gave me a lot to think about. Most people think in solutions-oriented ways. They skip over defining the...

The Long Road Down: Planning for an uncertain future


I recently stumbled on a link to this article: The Long Road Down: Decline and the Deindustrial Future and it was sobering but oddly hopeful read. Like a lot of people, I struggle with climate doomism, and a vague feeling of powerless bewilderment. I wrote about How to Deal with Climate Change (Without Getting Overwhelmed) back in 2019, and then again in 2020 when I wrote This is the Way the...

The View from 2023


Hi all and welcome to a New Year! 2022 was a doozy: it saw us spend an extended period of time in the USA, so that P could spend time with his family; most importantly his Dad, before he passed away. It saw me job hunting (properly) for the first time in a long time. The last job I got via applications & interviews was back in 2012. Every job I’ve had since then has been through my...

Watching Twitter Die


The past few days I have been refreshing twitter almost non-stop. It’s the same morbid fascination as you have towards a car accident. Elon’s approach to ‘management’ is fun to watch from a distance — and must be deeply frustrating to go through. As a millennial, I have survived the death or slow collapse of many a social site. I started socialising way-back-when...

On being 38


Last year I wrote a post about this time called the Unprecedented Year. Hard to believe it’s been another year! On the personal front, I accomplished a lot. I moved to the North West. I quit my job, and spent three months in the USA with family. And then I started a new job. I also became more active within the Green Party, attempting to put my advice about how to deal with climate anxiety...

Join the dance


It’s been a busy few weeks. I completed week three at my new job, and moved out of ‘induction’ mode and into ‘do real work’ mode. Due to the commute, I bought an electric bike and have been adjusting to the wonderful world of cycling. Recently I took a course with Bike Right to gain confidence in managing junctions and roundabouts as a cyclist–I would...

Preparing for a new job: Advice for success


I have been through the wonderful experience that is job hunting and landed a new role! I start on Monday, so I’ve been preparing for those initial few weeks. As part of that, I’ve been thinking about what advice is out there for setting yourself up for success and preparing for a new job. I’ve switched jobs a few times now, and worked in a variety of situations; fully remote...

Weekly Reflections #7


It’s been an interesting week. I’m counting down until I start my new job (only one week of freedom left!) and trying to make the most of my time off. On Tuesday I collected my new e-bike. The New Job has a commute that’s a little tricky by public transport and too far to walk. Since I am committed to staying car free, for financial and environmental reasons, I decided to bite...

Why are websites getting harder to use?


Two decades or so ago, I decided to sell some used books. At the time there was a small online book retailer called Amazon. You may have heard of it. It was a useful place where you could buy books, but also where you could easily list used books for sale just by logging in and entering the ISBN of the book you wanted to sell. At the time I remember being delighted with making a few quid from...

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