Blessed are the nonchalant...

Hobbies.1 Interests. Who needs 'em? I certainly do. A chap should write a book2, plant a tree, and raise a son. Well, let's see. ICL published my first book in 1975, I planted my first tree in 1961, and Christa and I raised Peter from 1980. In late 2006, I took early retirement from IBM to be at home with Christa... and I began a diary which helped me very much during her final illness. Goodness me — I miss her...

Happy couple

My interests vary. They include the work of three bone fide geniuses: Charles Babbage, Shary Flenniken and George Cogar. I enjoy humour. (Others may disagree.) Examples? Ernest Bramah and Emo Philips. Jokes (example). I even wrote a Raymond Chandler parody (for a bottle of Scotch) — I was young and innocent. I've been known to fight large corporations (and win!). Or castigate the BBC Trust. (6Music was saved.) There's a piece here I wrote for the Xmas 1995 edition of the IBM Hursley staff rag. And one on reverse parallel parking. Some thoughts on being an unrecognised genius.

You can also find a miniature rumination on Time. One on my mother. (Plus my recent orphan status.) Brief thoughts on Win8.1 Pro. And on choosing and setting up a Linux Mint 17.2 system. Even my first (1975) hi-fi magazine article on Living with Dolby B.

If I voice the occasional opinion3 you find uncomfortable, I don't set out to offend. I just get lucky sometimes! Please tell me if you find any problems with the site. I keep things hereabouts as simple as I know how — but no simpler. Thanks for dropping by.
Errors are (of course) deliberate. I like to feel I provide something for everyone, and some people are always looking for mistooks.


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2  Local recently-unearthed evidence. Martin Campbell-Kelly asserts (in the Preface to From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog which quotes, here and there, from one of mine that I sent him) "In the whole scheme of things, CICS is much more important than Microsoft Windows". A delicious conclusion.
3  See Harlan Ellison's® take on opinions.