One of the reasons I enjoy scanning my old negatives is that when a photo of my parents emerges, it almost feels new to me. I see it with a new clarity, and, for a moment, I can forget that there will never be a genuine new photo of them again.

Sadly, this is probably accurate: Facebook Doesn’t Need to Fool You

Study: Dark-roast coffee protects human DNA from damage:

This led the scientists to believe that regular consumption of a dark-roast coffee has “a beneficial protective effect on human DNA integrity in both men and women.”


Sharing photos of yourself 10 years apart is a completely harmless social media meme. Right?

Uh, maybe.

I can also see a meaningful boat out of the window. There may be a meaningful oat on the floor, after my daughter dropped her porridge this morning.

So… the US president is serving people fast food burgers, the British political class are imploding, and men don’t like being told not to be unpleasant by a razor brand.

Could I pick a different alternative reality now? This one isn’t living up to expectations.

Strange old story about a social media fantasist making up an entire life of tech influencing from stolen images: Bonkers Post Making Up Stuff About Female Microsoft Developer Advocate Backfires Big Time

It’s just light streaming from glass…

Euan Semple:

So to go back to the funny little text boxes that so many of us nowadays spend our lives staring at and responding to, we would do well to remember what they are. They are light streaming from a bit of glass. Nothing more, nothing less. What they mean and how we feel about them is made up. It is up to us.

The only thing you really have any control over is you.

I like this: people have got their sense of pace of tech change wrong, simply because they misunderstand how long it took for them to notice the most recent wave of innovations that defined the 2000s.

Why most of 2018’s tech predictions were wrong

Fresh out of the film scanner: my late father and I in the mid-90s. Still miss him.