Reflection: If this be magic, let it be an art

When one observes magic, let it be clear that the magician is a skilful human, an artist, and not a born wizard. His acts are crafty examples of sleight-of-hand, and no supernatural forces are involved.   Beyond the wonderfully positive effects of the Harry Potter series (for example, the reported growth in the number of book… Continue reading Reflection: If this be magic, let it be an art

It’s Google vs. Microsoft Titanomachy

The gods of Greek mythology spent a substantial part of their days hammering the celestial daylight out of each other. The ‘Clash of the Titans’ (and I am not referring to the 1981 mega-schlock), in Greek -“Titanomachy”, actually involved a coup d’etat of sorts, in which the original 12 titans were overthrown by new deities,… Continue reading It’s Google vs. Microsoft Titanomachy

Decrypting the Kryptos

This may sound like a movie script, but it is completely true: in October 1990, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters at Langley (which, by the way, is not Langley,VA, as many believe, but the Langley suburb of McLean,VA, in case you plan to visit), unveiled a strange, intriguing sculputre named Kryptos (“hidden” in Greek),… Continue reading Decrypting the Kryptos

Sweating it out at NaNoWriMo

You may not be aware that you only have 18 odd days (as of now) to make it through NaNoWriMo 2016. NaNoWriMo – or National Novel Writing Month – is an international “seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing.”  If you join this marathon, you undertake to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. If… Continue reading Sweating it out at NaNoWriMo

Visionaries and torch bearers

In November 2016, I moved this blog from a test location to its curent place online – live and open for visits. In the 12 months that followed, received a solid stream of unique visits – 59604 for the year, or an average of 4967 visits per month. I am deeply grateful to Big Friendly for technically… Continue reading Visionaries and torch bearers

A gauntlet in your eye, Steve (update)

An interesting afterthought to my previous pieceon the battle between Microsoft Office and Google Apps was posted on Garett Rogers’ “Googling Google” blogon ZDnet’s Blogosphere. Rogers noted Balmmer’s belitteling remark on Google Apps – “you can’t even put a footnote in a document”  and says: Perhaps what happened directly after he said that is precisely why Microsoft… Continue reading A gauntlet in your eye, Steve (update)

Chutzpah by any other name

There are many definitions of the term Chutzpah– my gran’s description of someone with chutzpah is “a person who kills his parents and then asks for the court’s mercy becasue he’s an orphan.” I wish I could pit Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer against gran – she would have taken him apart.

Circus Side Show

Megan Choritz and Graham Weir’s homage to one of the oldest, most revered, theatrical forms does circus a great justice. For the last 2000 years, the circus and its performers have formed part of human cultural (and often, sub-cultural) experience. Ever since Roman times, everything at the circus was extreme: the performers’ character and idiosyncrasies,… Continue reading Circus Side Show

An invreasingly digitally undivided universe

Of course, I did not expect my piece on the end of the Digital Divide as we know it to go unchallenged. Arthur Goldstuck popped in for an e-visit: “The mobile subscriber data is misleading, as it refers to mobile accounts or connections, not users,” he wrote.