Category Archives: art

The yarn that got away

Back in 1982, or perhaps it was ’83, I was working on a short story; it was my first real attempt in my quest to ‘become a writer’. I wrote the story on my first computer (an Amstrad PCW), which … Continue reading

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Sunray Meadow (a post prompt)

I saw this on Twitter today, and thought it was a fabulous ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ photograph. As I didn’t want to risk it getting buried and forgotten on my hard drive, I asked the artist (@lacharpenta) if I could post it here, … Continue reading

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The Galaxy Song, revisited

Three days shy of a decade ago, I published a post entitled ‘A little perspective for the new year‘, which featured ‘The Galaxy Song’ from Monty Python‘s The Meaning of Life. I considered waiting another three days before posting this … Continue reading

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Adventures with a dumbphone: Chasing forest sarks

This is the third in my series of ‘Apps You Might Enjoy’, following on from my earlier posts about Morse Mania and Elevate: this one is about Duolingo, an app that was recommended to me by msjadeli. Duolingo – making … Continue reading

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Choose your battles wisely (especially when transcribing)

When I wibbled about machine transcription a few days ago, I concluded that it was perhaps still too much in its infancy to be of any use. However, I thought I would give it a second chance, as I’ve no … Continue reading

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Science friction for Star Wars Day!

Tell your uncle if he gets a translator, be sure it speaks Bocce. Beru Whitesun Lars, Star Wars Episode IV, “A New Hope” In honour of C-3PO, to whom Bocce was like a second language, I was originally going to … Continue reading

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How not to use technology to help with (machine) transcription

I’ve transcribed several videos here on Wibble. The most recent example was a short while ago: four-and-a-half minutes of Richard Dawkins talking about Douglas Adams. And almost immediately, Goldie blew my mind with a brilliant comment, asking whether I’d used … Continue reading

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Who wrote the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”?

There’s a famous song, written in 1988, that begins, “Here’s a little song I wrote”. I believe in giving credit where credit is due; here’s a miniquiz…. What was the name of this song’s writer? (a) Bobby McFerrin (1950–) (b) … Continue reading

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A belated ‘thank you!’ to my friend Dr Bob Rich

Dear Bob, In March last year, I believed that nobody else was going to blow my trumpet, so I’d have to do it myself. Thank you for proving me wrong! My tardiness in responding to the email you sent me … Continue reading

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Adventures with a dumbphone: Elevate — Brain Training

There’s a serious amount of dross in the ‘Play Store’, but there are some real gems in there too. My plan is to offer some thoughts about Apps You Might Enjoy; this is the second in that series, following on … Continue reading

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