Less Bleeding Edge and More Bloody Wi-Fi

As I sit in a North London cafe (has it come to this already?) it dawns upon me that I have made a grave error of judgement in choosing this device as a mobile computer. It just so happens that I was one of those early adopters. There’s a certain joy in seeing new and fully idealised tech in your hands for the first time. A feeling of ‘oh the places you’ll go’ and the swelling orchestral music begins to play, or is that just me? Point being, nine times out of ten the places you’ll end up is Aggravation Avenue, Frustration Falls and Buggering Beaches. A man who ran a fruit company when asked once about his one of his products said: “it just works.” A fine sentiment indeed though a year before one of his products didn’t just work because you were holding it the wrong way.

Still it is a perfectly functional statement to make and one that every company that manufactures a product should adhere too. The problem we brave few early adopters face is that by our very nature we use products that fly in the face of things just working. It’s our own fault as much as it is the company whose products we buy but still what an anti-climatic future we have where your wi-fi won’t connect because well it just doesn’t and only the gods know why. Though my friend next to me with a shiny Apple product is happily typing away fully connected and “working”.

How normal of a question is it in the first place to ask a public company’s staff what their “wi-fi” policy is? Is this a world I want to live in? A question nobody wants to ask or answer being thrust into millions of conversations a day? Maybe we should just get handed a receipt with the info and do away with this dire situation.

So why doesn’t it just work? With the advent of NFC, Wi-fi and even bluetooth why aren’t we logged in the second we walk through the door? We have the technology but do we have the infrastructure and the money to pay for it all? A sickly British economy says no.

Alas I have to go, I’m tethering my phone using bluetooth to connect on a 3G network which acts as a portable wi-fi hotspot to my tablet to write a blog post, it’s a tough gig.

A Dog Day

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Something that I came across was a photo I had taken last year, It was always my intention to make it a black & white photo and initially hadn’t focused on much else of the shot. The result was this:

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Now compare it to the photo at the top of this post, notice how the top photo creates a better impression as it’s a less crowded shot? Cropping out a large proportion of the branches at the top and making the tree on the right a natural edge helped frame the shot and draw more focus towards the dogs (The Rule of Thirds plays a part in this too). I was lucky to grab this as the dogs were a neat little bit of serendipity.  Not content with framing the shot differently I also changed the process of how I made the shot black & white. The top shot allows for greater detail in places such as the foreground trees.

So what did I take away from this?

  • Take a high as possible resolution as cropping becomes much easier
  • Coming back to a photo after time gives you a completely new perspective
  • Submit your stuff to communities like Reddit or Amateur Photographer and get critiqued!

Am I completely happy with the shot? Not entirely but maybe in another years time I’ll come back again and make some more edits.

Well You Have to (re)Start Somewhere

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Over the course of the last few years I went from working in a kitchen to periodically writing about food and finding a passion for design. Writing still remains a favoured pursuit and I thought it was time to get back on the horse. What you’ll see here will be a collection of subjects ranging from life in London, photography, the gaming industry and whatever else comes out of my moonstruck mind. I guess you could say that is a bit of a mix. 

Also, yes, there will be more ridiculously Clichéd and puntastic comments to come. You have been warned.