So I had this idea on the 10th anniversary of my first blog here. I would go back and look at some of the earlier postings to see what had changed either in the world or my thinking about it.

The first thing I noticed is how few of the sites that I used to read and either comment on or write about are still around. Or if they are, haven’t been written on for years. I realise as I write that, that I didn’t write on this blog for nearly 4 years. For whatever reason, as I have observed here earlier, blogging seems to have become a dying art. Not as serious a decline as say personal letters in the post (with interesting stamps) but nonetheless noticeable and to my mind disappointing

The other overall observation is that not a lot has changed on the Internet in 10 years!

Anyway, here are some musings.

In 2006, I was amused by the apparent lack of progress in voice recognition. And has it got any better? Well, yes and no. The ‘yes’ applies to Google voice which is fantastically accurate and very useful. I used to use it constantly in the car to enable proper hands-free operation. I could ask it to dial numbers and find and navigate to addresses. So what about the ‘no’ then. My new car is equipped with something called Mazda Connect which turns out to have the most laughably useless voice input. If I say something like ‘call home’ or ‘ring home’ it it likely to ask me which hip-hop radio station I’d like to listen to or try to navigate me to the airport. I can find no word in common between what I ask and what it hears.

In a piece I wrote about new words, I mused on what words from the past would still be in use today and suggested that words can go as easily as they come. By way of a quiz, I asked readers to guess the year of origin of various words, assuming that would be hard as the words had disappeared from everyday use. Who would have guess that one of the words was ‘pokémania’?

As I said – not a lot has changed.






Back Again Again

August 3, 2016

It has been a few years since I wrote anything here. Why? Laziness perhaps, but more likely because of Facebook. It is easy to post something of interest on Facebook with a one-line comment. Some hardy souls do write longer posts there, but it is not really the place for the more thoughtful observations. I have noticed though, that I read fewer blogs than I used to and that many of those I used to read are no longer there.

I refuse to completely abandon the blog, thus this attempt to restart Cyberslacker.

And what inspired me to start? The discovery of a cartoonist who, cartoon after cartoon, has made me laugh out loud.

Canadian illustrator John Atkinson  combines a delightful cartoon style with a hilarious play with the English language, under the name Wrong Hands. (If he doesn’t do cryptic crosswords, he should)

Some favourites –

phonetically defined #4

(even more) phonetically defined

what separates us

simplified city map

movie plot generator

John generously allows these cartoons to be reproduced. I hope he is also making a living out of his work.