Journal

22nd September, 2019

The podcast that never was

The idea was to create a podcast series about sound and place, recording each episode in a different location. I assembled one episode but thought better of sharing it — until now.

15th April, 2019

A long weekend in Suffolk

We’ve just returned from our first trip to Suffolk, where open landscapes and abundant birdlife take centre stage and everything feels gently connected. The food’s pretty good too.

5th April, 2019

Identity at Dot York 2018

It was an honour to speak at last October’s excellent Dot York conference, invited to contribute my thoughts to the opening session exploring digital identity.

20th May, 2018

Data watching: part two

In part one, I wrote about the digital trail that led me to an osprey named Shana and the community crowdsourcing her story. Part two follows her action-packed migration, and considers her legacy.

10th May, 2018

Data watching: part one

The digital trail led me to an electricity substation near Walmart, and my first encounter with its globetrotting tenant. In documenting the moment, I joined a community of far-flung onlookers crowdsourcing her story.

8th March, 2018

Existing in four dimensions

The expansive views from the hard-won summit deserved my full attention, but cognitively I was elsewhere; present in multiple locations by way of a weak but welcome signal.

28th February, 2018

A few days in Langdale

Instagrams from a wintry camping and hiking trip in the Lakes.

21st December, 2017

Little goat of the air

There it was again: a mysterious humming vibrato piercing the silence, then gone. Whatever the source, it was close, and moving at high speed. The twilight made these sudden whirrs seem unnerving yet also fascinating, a puzzle to be solved.

3rd October, 2017

Early connections to nature

As I began researching the ways digital tech helps us discover our world, I considered nature’s influence on my formative years and wondered what I might’ve lost.

1st September, 2017

I'm writing again

Buoyed by experiential optimism, I want to highlight the ways digital technology can benefit well-being, and strengthen our connection to the natural world.

18th May, 2009

Four days in remote Wasdale

I've had a wonderful week off, including a five-hour drive to remote Wasdale in the Lake District, with two full days of trekking and scrambling.

18th May, 2009

Dad's tree

On an eerily foggy day in May, we laid my Dad to rest at the head of the Hope Valley. Just myself, my Mam, and a lone crow that arrived at the beginning, stayed throughout, then left as we did.

4th May, 2009

Climb the mountains

I recently realised that the main thing missing from my life over the “web years” has been my love and understanding of mountains and national parks.

20th November, 2008

GNBR trailer

As previously posted, in June 2008, four members of the Erskine team completed the Great Notts Bike Ride's 50-mile route. It was brutal.

29th September, 2008

Under the stars and over the moon

After the traumas of the last few weeks, I've been itching to just get away and get out of Nottingham.

Stream

For an almost daily dump of ideas, observations, quotes, travel notes, and consumed culture, check out my Stream →

Filter by tag