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Things I Learned This Week – #33

Offline this week I learned not to go and see films on the basis of who’s in them, not to sit next to large cheese plants at doctors surgeries, and that listening to audiobooks before bed almost guarantees some form of lucid dreaming. :-p


  • Need to migrate your entire GMail account to a new one? Here’s how.
  • One Thing Well is a blog about simple, useful software (on any platform).
  • Scott Adams, he of Dilbert fame, wonders what a ‘start-up country’ would look like. We’ve got the tech to make life easier and better, it’s legacy stuff holding us back…
  • There’s been a lot of discussion about net neutrality this week. Here’s what Google says, a BBC Q&A on the debate, and a scary scenario if it all goes wrong. 😮
  • Nicholas Negroponte thinks the book will be ‘dead’ within 5 years. (I wish I could remember a film I watched years ago where an actor goes into the future and finds books hidden away, dusty and crumbling, rushing out shouting “You fools!” Anyone know?)

Productivity & Inspiration

Education & Academic

Data, Design & Infographics

  • I’ve redesigned my portfolio/landing page  at after coming across this free WordPress theme. It started off looking like the top image using the default images/colours, but it was trivial to modify the CSS to make it look like the bottom image, reflecting the design of this blog!

  • Linear presentations are so last decade. I love the Cooliris method of presenting, but if you’re stuck with PowerPoint, Mike Herrity shows how you can use pptPlex to give a ‘canvas’-like feel to presentations.
  • Here’s the gestures we use when we read a book. Along with swissmiss, I wonder how different things are with the Kindle/iPad?

  • I like the way Hugh at gapingvoid says pithy things in his own unique way. This one grabbed me recently:



Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. (Ralph Marston)

Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. (Susan Ertz)

A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition. (José Bergamin)

Always be a little kinder than necessary. (James M. Barrie)

Energy and persistence conquer all things. (Benjamin Franklin)

Main image taken by me at Branscombe on Friday

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