The Colour of Magic Review

The Colour of Magic Review

I've resolved to read all of the Discworld books, one a month, from the beginning, and I started with The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett's first foray into the magical world borne on the shoulders of four elephants that ride around the universe on the back of...

Mr Blue Sky

Mr Blue Sky

What a gorgeous July morning in the south of the UK. Looking up, I'm struck by both the wonder of the universe and man's impact on our corner of it. The blue colour is caused by the fact that blue light (which has a shorter wavelength than red) is scattered...

How to get writing done

Buy any book on writing (including Stephen King's excellent "On Writing") and you'll hear the same thing trotted out time and again - make writing every day a habit.Now, I agree wholeheartedly with this, however, there are two ways to make this more...

Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish

I've always been fascinated by cuttlefish. Their calcium carbonate internal "shells" were once a common sight on Southsea beach (on England's south coast where I lived when my girls were young) and were collected and used to keep our budgies healthy. Mekon seemed to...

The HP Chromebox – the perfect tool for writers?

The HP Chromebox – the perfect tool for writers?

I'll come clean right from the outset - I've been a user of Chrome OS (the operating system used on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes) for a couple of years now. For over a year, my main laptop has been the HP Chromebook 14 and my Windows laptop has hardly been used in that...

Why I’m giving Amazon Fire TV a chance

I'm probably not alone in being a bit of a hoarder of cheap TV service boxes. I've tried Western Digital's range with modest success, and even built a Media Centre using a Raspberry Pi running XBMC (with similarly modest success). The first device I really fell in...

Nexus 7 (2013) – a personal view

I debated long and hard (with myself) before deciding to buy the new Nexus 7. This was because I adored my old N7 and couldn't see how it could be improved enough to make the £200 investment worthwhile. I'm glad I gave into temptation. There are plenty of technical...