Need to look at getting rid of the home phone. Working at home today and have already had four scam/marketing calls by 11am.
Watched Spirited Away with the family last night. I now understand what all the fuss is about. Absolutely beautiful, weird and wonderful film. We all loved it.
So SankeyMATIC is pretty fantastic. Beautiful diagrams, simple interface, lots of options. Can’t think how many times I’ve needed this over the past couple of years.
About to head into a busy period of school governing with committee meetings, a full governing board meeting, the Hertfordshire annual conference, our Improvement Partner Standards Visit and Headteacher annual appraisal all in the space of a couple of weeks. These are exciting times as we have a lot of new governors joining us as well. It’s incredibly full-on but I do love it.
Interesting impact of the move to watching time-shifted TV shows over recent years. With the exception of the odd sporting event, I can’t remember the last time I watched anything live.
Why we need to pay for newspapers with our own cash if we can. (Hat tip to the Stratechery newsletter.)
Does the Friendly Giant really need the prefix ‘Big’? Isn’t that just a given? 🤔 #thoughts
Great podcast episode that goes deep into just how outstanding Lewis Hamilton is at qualifying. I was a massive fan of Hamilton when he turned up in 2007 and was literally jumping in the air when he won his incredible first championship in 2008. I must admit to rooting for Nico Rosberg in recent years as I felt that the German driver carried himself with much more professionalism and good grace as they battled throughout a season, but Lewis’ incredible achievements now speak for themselves, cementing him as one of the all-time great drivers and probably the best qualifier that we have ever seen.
This week I found out that the UK Information Commissioner is a blogger and has been providing some ‘myth-busting’ posts about GDPR (h/t to the WB40 podcast).
Catching a train home after 11pm following a very busy day at work. Feel as though units of time have been undergoing some kind of hyperinflation recently as I am working as hard as ever but not achieving as much as I want to. Either that or the numerator in the equation has increased because I want to do a lot more. So conscious of having turned 40 last year and how much I want to cram into whatever time I have left, but that’s probably a topic for a longer post.
Argh! Dialled into a conference call that is playing the news to me while I wait for the call to begin. No opt-out. Audio equivalent of having TV news on everywhere — too distracting and not good for getting work done while I’m waiting. Whose idea was this?
Every time I see the phrase ‘bag for life’ I sing it in my head to the tune of Soul II Soul’s ‘Back To Life’.
Off to my first Full Governing Board meeting of the new school year. Hard to believe this is my fifth year, it’s gone by so fast. Usual packed agenda tonight so will need to make sure I chair it as best as I can.
Just set a new PB for mowing the front lawn. House presentability has now been marginally upgraded from ‘oh, that poor family must have died’ to ‘if we have to go in and the inside is as bad as the outside, don’t sit down on anything’.
Keep coming back to this. Absolutely love these gravelly vocals. Having them isolated makes it clear how much they contribute to a great song.
Call me overly-paranoid, but I need an email client that will automatically remove the ‘unsubscribe’ links from newsletters before I forward them on to friends.