Weeknote, 16th April 2023

Bit of an abbreviated week note as we have not long got back from seeing my sister up in Suffolk. The last time we were up there, about a month ago, I bought a picture in a little art exhibition – and today was when I could collect it.

My little office is slowly taking shape!


I’ve been writing a bit of a blog post/rant about British technology journalism and quite how stuck in the past of CIX, “kit”, “your scribe”, and using “we think” for an article written by a single solitary person. Still, I don’t know if I’ll ever publish it because it’s a bit shouty. And the readers aren’t much better (see every comment thread on The Register for more).

I also wrote something about Substack Notes, published it on Substack, and then realised that I already loathed Substack enough to want to delete my account – which I promptly did.


I finally finished Becky Chambers’ Record of a Spaceborn Few after a month of putting it down and picking it back up again. It took quite a while for me to get into it: Chambers’ work is heavily character-driven, and this one weaves together the narratives of quite a few characters. But after about halfway, when there’s a single point of plot which changes the whole thrust of the book, I raced through it. And (not for the first time in her work) I got a little emotional.

I love how she writes: I’m almost sad that there’s only The Galaxy, and the Ground Within and To be taught, if fortunate left to read. But I’m taking a break and diving into Ken MacLeod’s Beyond the reach of Earth instead, just for a bit of a change of pace.

I also quickly finished Make Something Wonderful, the collection of speeches and quotes from Steve Jobs created by the Steve Jobs Archive (and available for download for free). I am very familiar with almost everything in it. Jobs, and Apple, were the subject of my work for many years, and the return of Jobs to Apple happened when I was actively reporting on the company. But seeing all this familiar material laid out as part of a historical narrative makes it clear how much Jobs developed throughout his life. Of course, he wasn’t a saint; this isn’t a biography. But it’s taking the best of a person and using it to inspire thinking in others, which is no bad thing.


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