Derek Peden

45 minutes of daylight left before another 17 hours of night. I really hate this time of year.

Considering goals for 2022. Making more time for myself, including writing more to my blog has to be on the list. Work over the last few months has been intense, almost all consuming, but that’s no reason not to make the time anything which gives me joy.

Finally got round to looking at “Focus Modes” in iOS15 & realised I need another hour or more to focus on setting this up. The limited options for automotive activation make this just another gimmick I need to work around rather than a benefit of using the software.

Greta, to measure the result of any action you must first determine the preferred specific and reasonable outcomes you can hope to achieve, and methods by which “success” can be measured…

There’s something indescribable in watching Biden and other world leaders planes landing in Scotland and heading to Glasgow for COPS26. I’ll just do my best to stay clear of the city and surrounding roads for a while.

There are 90 days left in 2021. It’s worth considering how to get the best from them.

I wonder if tonight’s the night where I manage to sleep past 6am

DHL kept my iPhone delivery hostage yesterday as they crawled towards my delivery slot and I ran out of time. Reluctantly had it defer delivery to Tuesday when I know I can receive it.

On a 4 day week, so the end is in sight…

Of all the spec bumps given to recent Apple products l find it curious that the maximum display brightness is now a headline feature. l don’t think I’ve ever had the need for maximum, in fact usually preferring to use accessibility settings to reduce the white point.

Repeat after me,

Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie…

If at first you don’t succeed…

The say the definition of insanity is doing repeating the same thing but expecting a different result. Belkin consumed an hour of my time yesterday and are taking more of my time this evening with a replacement unit.

The Belkin Soundform Connect is a great fidget toy. You too could spend $99 to watch a white LED fade off and on and eventually turn red. The clue is in the name Belkin.

Not a bad view from the bar. Shame this was last week and not today.

3 days off, 2 days away. As great as they were, it just wasn’t enough. I’m still needing a break from 2021

There’s a reason you shouldn’t wear a hat when doing an interview for a global TV audience.

I started watching Dawn of Justice last night. I could only take about 10 minutes before I realised life is too short…

For the best of reasons, yesterday I broke a 4 year old streak and the mental burden of standing up for 1 minute, or more accurately getting it recorded that I did so on the watch. Now that I’ve done so I no longer feel I need to re-start this as I was doing just fine, regardless of what is recorded.

Rare white puffin seen on island off coast of Scotland reported by BBC News. It’s gorgeous.

I wouldn’t normally say this so publicly, but I’m ensorcelled by her…

Great result for Scotland. Not a victory as such but holding their own. A draw, just like the first game in 1872. ⚽️

Nice to get out and with people again. It feels like it’s been forever.

Nice story, but the video is adorable

Sweet dreams! Wandering elephants take a snooze

A herd of 15 elephants that has travelled 500km has been spotted having a nap in a forest. In recent months the group of Asian Elephants has travelled through many villages, towns and cities in south west China, captivating the county. It remains unknown why the animals decided to leave home. Authorities are tracking their movements.

BBC News

This Old World is a New World

My 3 year experiment with having a Wordpress site is coming to and end, with my domain directed to

I signed up for in January 2018, and like the blogging attempts that preceded it I cast a few random thoughts into the wind. I’d already started to reduce my Twitter creation and consumption and I’m only on Facebook when I receive a link or was verbally told to check it.

Around the same time I found a work contact had registered their own domain, with a site hosting their CV and professional accomplishments. I managed to combine my mental model of how this might work with my micro blog, and convinced myself that my content should be on my Wordpress site not I spun my site off in to subdomains for my entries, my “Professional” site with my CV and work related blog, and a handful of photos on a custom photo library. I fooled myself into thinking this was a good idea and sought out the tools to implement this, starting from a position of close-to-zero knowledge of domain registration, DNS, Name Servers or cross-feeds. To say nothing of the OmniFocus tasks on content management, and repopulating that photo library from zero.

The result was spending more time and energy posting, cross-posting shortcuts, and Keyboard Maestro macros than actually posting content. I spent even less time on reading any ones content. Plus I never actually connected the “professional” site to anywhere, included in an email footer or LinkedIn profile. It technically never existed.

However the real tragedy is that I never properly connected with community over those 3.5 years. At the time my Social Network use was declining nothing was taking it’s place, or at least nothing involving any kind of interaction with other people online.

This has concluded. I’ve downloaded my Wordpress archive (just to retain the words), and connected my domain to The subdomain content can die, no one will miss them, especially not me.

My new, slimmed down online presence may be limited to, but it is unlimited in the depth, breadth and quality of the content and the interactions with the community. The simplicity of the path to short posts is matched by the ease in creating and editing longer form content. As I’ve only a single site I’m not managing multiple domains, deciding what goes where and more often than not posting anything as a result.

It’s a new dawn,

It’s a new day…