Category Archives: Thinking Out Loud

Three days of reflection

Being able to think of new ideas on a regular basis is both a curse and a blessing. This state of mind is a similar problem to “Shiny Object Syndrome”.

Without wanting to sound arrogant, I have a tendency to think of new project ideas almost all of the time. Most of my random insights crash and burn within minutes of their first inception within the bounds of my sometimes chaotic brain. Any idea that survives beyond the normal first round of internal cross examination might bubble to the surface and trigger a level of excitement enough to instigate some form of action.

The first mistake easily made with a new born idea is to Continue reading

Sherlock couldn’t work in a call centre

The Sherlock Holmes series on the BBC has been a prime example of the good quality programmes the British Broadcasting Corporation is capable of. The writing, production and acting in this first class drama is almost second to none.

As part of the shows format, we are given an insight into some of the inner workings of Sherlock’s mind. The activity of the detective’s grey matter manifests in the form of rapid snapshots of his attention. These minute pieces of information quickly come together to formalise a dossier of information. This enables Sherlock to make necessary judgements about a person or situation and to then aggregate these episodes of insight into a case solving solution.

Sherlock is so good at what he does because Continue reading

It’s all relative

windowphoto

I was visiting a close friend yesterday and something became acutely apparent to me.

I have known this friend for around 25 years now and have respect for him which is hard to quantify in words. He is a very intelligent, wise gentlemen and from time to time I have had the good fortune to receive some of his wisdom and perspective he brings to life.

Whilst visiting this friend yesterday, he became obsessed by the opaque nature of his windows in his kitchen. The focus of his attention appeared to be a slight layer of dirt or grease obscuring the view to what is a splendid garden.

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Photographs speak volumes

I must confess when I see a good photograph I seem to experience a mild form of Synesthesia.

A good photograph to me is one which you can hear the scene it portrays. The picture draws you in to such an extent that you start to enjoy the sounds likely present when it was taken. This volume of sound can vary from photo to photo and can be effected by the colour or lack of.

Sometimes a colour picture for me provides an overload of information, in a similar fashion how a movie can spoil a Continue reading

Are we really living in the Matrix?

Red Pill

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We are effectively indoctrinated from birth into a reality which we take for granted and never really step back and question.

Without doubt some aspects of our living are great and the alternative is not a good option. For example hospitals and health care are a basic necessity without which we would not enjoy the longevity of life we now do. Some sort of law and enforcement is also a basic need as without it we would live more aligned to animals than anything remotely civilised.

All things considered, our basic infrastructure for health provision and law enforcement/government always has room for improvement and from time to time is Continue reading

Snapping the moment

Fireworks

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I find it fascinating that so many people use their smartphone cameras to record key events in their lives.The camera on smartphones is without question a very useful tool to capture the moment, I just think that the moment has to be chosen carefully.

Using your phone to record the extraordinary butterfly on the flowers on a pristine summer’s day or documenting your son or daughter’s first successfully landed fish at the end of his fishing line is a great example of good use. Then there are some events which Continue reading