Author: hinchcliffe

Consumed the week of 13 February, 2018

Image above taken from this article about a recently discovered treasure trove of 1960s photos of London’s East End. They’re being exhibited at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives until 5 May. This blog post from iA Writer (the app I’m using to write this very blog post) says an awful lot of things […]

Consumed the week of 5 February, 2018

Atlanta season 2! Articles read this week: 36 Things We Learned from David Lowery’s ‘A Ghost Story’ Commentary’. I haven’t bought a DVD in year, but hopefully I can download the commentary version of my favourite film of last year. Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? The answer doesn’t even seem to be in dispute. This […]

Consumed the week of 29 January, 2018

Read this week: Send the Barbarian in First is a rather beautifully written tribute to Dungeons and Dragons (and its power to bring generations together) by George Murray. As someone who played D&D through his early teens (normally in a vacant geography classroom, at lunchtimes) it made me very nostalgic indeed. The rest of the […]

Consumed the week of 22 January, 2018

Watched this week… Embedded above is the trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s Mosaic, a six-part miniseries that I’m two episodes into. So far it’s very watchable and just the right side of intriguing. I haven’t been watching a lot of films recently, mainly because I’m still working my way through the incredible Twin Peaks. But Nina […]

Consumed the week of 15 January, 2018

The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought is a well-written, enlightening long read from Bloomberg. But after the Silicon Valley orgy article last week, I think I’ve hit my ‘tech bro’ long read limit. Which meant I couldn’t get to the end of The New Yorker’s Sam Altman’s […]

Consumed the week of 8 January, 2018

And we’re back.. Above, a beautiful compilation of drone photography shot in Romania by Bogdan Teodorescu as part of his Up and Above series. This Vanity fair article about Elliot Ness’ memoir The Untouchables is a great read, and contains this memorable quote about Ness: “[he] was like Alexander the Great. He ran out of […]

Consumed in December

Not posted for a while because I went on a much-needed holiday. But I’m back for one more 2017 post. Here we go… Image above from Dangerous Minds, more information on it over there. I’ve been trying to decide whether I can justify spending £50 on The Thing boardgame. Gets a great review from AV […]

Consumed the week of 6 November, 2017

Something is wrong on the internet – James Bridle doing what he does best and opening everyone’s eyes to some messed up internet shit. The Story Behind the Chicago Newspaper That Bought a Bar is a great story and needs to be made into a movie (or a David Simon TV series). Humans Hate Being […]

Consumed the week of 30 October, 2017

Been a busy week this week… Inside the Mind of Thru-Hiking’s Most Devious Con Man is just one of those con-man articles I’m slightly addicted to. I Forgot my PIN: An epic tale of losing $30,000 in Bitcoin is Mark ‘Boing Boing’ Frauenfelder’s cautionary tale of not writing down you PIN and your recovery words […]

Consumed the week of 23 October, 2017

I spent most of this week at the Impakt festival in Utrecht listening to some brilliant people discuss the festival’s themes of Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems. Highlights included… Warren Ellis’ keynote: The Post Truth & Soft Power panel (especially Navine G. Khan-Dossos work): Royce Ng’s amazing Kishi The Vampire (you won’t get the whole […]

Consumed the week of 16 October, 2017

“Petscop,” the Creepy YouTube Series That Confounded Gamers on Reddit (a trip down the kind of murky internet rabbit hole I cannot resist). Farewell to Halt and Catch Fire, the best show that nobody watched (yes, it’s over, and it finished incredibly well). The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare (who […]

Read the week of 9 October, 2017

Mr. Robot returns, but is charging its batteries instead of changing the world (it’s back!). From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories (me, and everyone else). Wim Wenders on his Polaroids – and why photography is now over Mr Throat and Me (I don’t smoke anymore but still enjoyed this).

Read the week of 2 October, 2017

The Polar Expedition That Went Berserk. How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream Is the Internet Changing Time? A lovely, restrained Halt And Catch Fire lets everyone grieve in their own way (the third season of H&CF is just great). Also started reading Oliver Burkeman’s The Antidote: Happiness for […]

Read the week of 25 September, 2017

Michelle Dean Uncovers Some Truths About Snopes Stephen King on Movies Gerald’s Game, 1922, It, The Stand Kevin Smith’s Second Act Saying goodbye to white collar thinking A Novel on the Rise: Robin Sloan and Kevin Nguyen Talk “Sourdough” I read Robin Sloan’s brilliant, charming and slightly bonkers Sourdough this weekend. Highly recommended. Here’s his EYOE […]

Read the week of 18 September, 2017

Meet the Hands (and the Man) that Bring Chance the Rapper to the Deaf Where did rap’s now-ubiquitous “Migos flow” come from? Stephen King, The Art of Fiction No. 189 This Private Investigator Was The Original Most Interesting Man In The World Jeff Koons: Or, Who’s Liberating Whom? How to Make a Movie Out of […]

The web of beige

I wrote a work thing for Venture Beat. It’s about our efforts to personalise digital experiences and how that might be having the opposite effect.  “In our attempt to engage everyone individually we are unwittingly creating a beige web, a homogenous echo chamber that is aesthetically and tonally normalized. And so we have to ask ourselves […]

“Without memories we kind of disappear”

Incredibly moving account of dealing with Alzheimer's #interesting2016 pic.twitter.com/O6zv0Uc3dx — Sinead Doyle (@smcdoyle) September 15, 2016 There were some absolutely fantastic talks at yesterday’s Interesting conference (I hesitate to call it a conference really, but I can’t think of a suitable synonym), but the one that really resonated with me for all sorts of reasons […]

What’s scarier than real ghosts?

An article from (shiver) the Telegraph’s property section about London’s ‘ghost signs’ and Sam Roberts, the man who ‘hunts for them’: With a background in advertising, working at big firms and on accounts such as Tesco, Roberts became interested in the history of advertising outdoors, and the ethical issues it raises. Big billboards, he says, […]