In days gone by, we used to peer over other people’s shoulders on trains and in public spaces to read their newspapers. Flitting headlines would parade before us, grabbing our attention, as history unfolded before our eyes: Continue reading
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Tagged Creativity, Democracy, Equality, Facebook, Freedom, Internet, Language, Technology, Twitter, Words
This is something we all do. Me especially. I’m a paint-watcher by nature. Not literally. I have never seen anyone literally watching paint dry. But metaphorically, we do it all the time. Continue reading
A few months ago I self-published my first novel, The Yoga Sutras. Three months is surely too early to judge whether it’s a success or a failure, but already I can see the things I did wrong.
Or rather, I can see some of the things I did wrong. No doubt there are others that I just haven’t spotted yet. Continue reading
I’m an atheist but I hope I’m not an atheist asshole. On Twitter you’ll find tweets like this:
#jesus is satan lol
#allah eats bacon
Now I guess the person who tweets these thinks they are being funny, but where is the wit? I don’t see it. It seems to me exactly like going to the funeral of someone who has died of AIDS with a banner that reads, “God hates fags.”
Hate is hate. I don’t see the difference.
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Tagged Atheism, Belief, Equality, Freedom, God, Human rights, Humour, Language, Religion, Twitter, Words
I don’t mean the kind of people who will follow you back if you follow them. I’m not talking about “Get 500 followers in 24 hours or your money back!” I’m not asking for any money in return for revealing the “secrets”.
I’m talking about real people who follow you because you have something interesting to say to them. Continue reading
If you pay attention to the news you will be told that the current generation of young people faces far greater barriers than the baby-boomers who grew up in the 1950s. Social mobility is in decline, inequality is rising and big corporations increasingly run our lives.
Really? Let me give you an alternative perspective on reality. Continue reading
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Tagged Blogging, Computers, Creativity, Equality, Freedom, Happiness, Internet, Self-publishing, Technology, Twitter, Work, Writing
So, you signed up to WordPress, answered all their intrusive personal questions, got yourself a blog and an “About me” page that says:
“This is an example of a WordPress post, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from..”
Congratulations! The hard part is over! Now all you have to do is blog. Continue reading