Thursday, July 11, 2019 | RECENT NOTES

Boris Johnson’s imaginary hobby

At the time of writing, the Conservative Party has almost completed the process of electing a new leader who will automatically become the new Prime Minister. The twelve or more candidates have dropped out, one by one, and we have the final two: Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson has become the clear favourite. I have found a clip of him answering a question on a television show. The interviewer has asked him if he has a hobby. Note his facial expressions as he answers.


Scripting comics: an example

I read issue one of The Silver Surfer: Black the other day, and I found a set of bonus features at the back. These included a three stage illustration of every page in the comic: first with pencils, then with inks, and finally with full colours.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | THE TIME OF DAY


Friday, September 28, 2012 | ESSAYS

The zen of productivity

Someone asked me last week what was the best calendar/to-do app for the iPad, and I was unequivocal. Pocket Informant is the best general purpose app. It is the most well-developed, most stable, and most flexible of the available apps. It has an active user community and the CEO, Alex Kac, is active on the forums on a daily basis.

This essay looks at my brief flirtation with an alternative app called Smart Pad, and what I learned from it. The comparisons are by now out of date but the principles remain true.