Emergant cogitations


Recently I’ve been getting more work done on Windows 10 rather than macOS. Long story. In the process I’ve been looking for a substitute for iCloud Photo Library and have landed on Google Photos. Putting aside concerns about giving Google more data, it’s really, really good.


I’m pleasantly surprised when companies like Backblaze make it easy to use ancient pre-purchase codes (from 2013, no less). This ethos makes me happy to spend more money with them – win,win. Incidentally, I feel like I finally have my big-boy computer backup pants on now.


Merry Christmas from New Zealand, everyone! Wherever you are and whomever you’re with, I hope you have a blessed and relaxed day and a chance to connect with those significant people in your lives.


Amazing to consider how long ideas such as linear motors and magnetic levitation have been around. This video shot in 1975 by Eric Laithwaite is a smooth and natural example of teaching and showmanship that feels so rare today. Also: The man can seriously catch!


I was introduced to a photography tool by Topazlabs called AI Clear that is available as part of their Topaz Studio product. AI Clear both sharpens and reduces noise, intelligently, with just one click. No joke, it makes a night and day difference in my photographs. Worth it.


Red Sister is the first book in a fantasy trilogy by Mark Lawrence. It’s a gritty, visceral, page-turning book that exposes the darker side of humanity from the unsettling perspective of a far-from vulnerable 8 year old girl. I’ve already started on the second book. Go get it.

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Andrew Ford

Andrew is passionately opinionated about all things technology, is a proud new father to a beautiful son and currently is occupied, earning his keep as a Registered Nurse in the majestic country of New Zealand.

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