If it's free, you're the product – again

As the twenty-first century approaches its third decade I am deeply worried about the nature of how social media is served to us. It didn’t really exist twenty years ago when everybody was worried about the ‘millennium bug’ destroying everything. Today it’s engaged by a really significant chunk of every human alive on the planet, … More If it's free, you're the product – again

The obscure word of the week is captious

This week’s obscure English word is captious. It’s an adjective, and it means to find petty objections to something, or to nit-pick. It’s from Middle English, and it’s yet another word English stole from French – ‘caprieux’. Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments, perhaps without the alliteration, using this word. Copyright … More The obscure word of the week is captious

A short history of sheep in New Zealand's Wild West era

I’ve written an article for a lifestyle magazine. It’s on sheep. Really. I’ve covered the early history of sheep in New Zealand, and there will likely be more in the series – including the stories of sheep rustling, fast business deals and general adventuring that went on in back-country New Zealand’s wool industry around 150 … More A short history of sheep in New Zealand's Wild West era