Jan 302013

I’ve started a photography evening class, to try and make sure that some of what I do with my free time doesn’t resemble work. When I was a teenager I did quite a lot of black-and-white film photography. I was not a terribly happy teenager at boarding school, and like many teenagers I used to retreat to a dark room to get away from myself. There was something I really liked about the methodical nature of the work: developing films, finding my way around in complete blackness and in red light, and watching the images appear like magic in the developing tray. Later me and my dad built a darkroom in Read full post >>

Sep 222011
benjarman.info has a new look

As you can see I’ve been doing some work on the site.  It’s now moved off Blogger and onto a self-hosted WordPress site, which gives me the ability to do a lot more fun things with the layout, widgets, and general usability. It’ll probably evolve slowly as I learn to do some more interesting things with CSS and PHP, and get the hang of the massively configurable, and complicated, theme that I’ve used for both this and the site I built for work.  But unlike that site, it needn’t remain under wraps until it’s ready, not least because I’ve not been adding any content to the blog since at least Read full post >>

Feb 042011

Here is my new favourite toy.  Have a play when you have a spare hour.  Quite apart from its elegance and beauty as a means of displaying information, it reminds me of the potential of new technology and the astonishing generosity of the people that design it and make it openly available for all to benefit from.  It’s an antidote, however temporary, to cynicism and jadedness.

Oct 282010

I have spent a significant amount of time since I got here trying to get my phone unlocked by o2.  After all the grief, hours of wasted time and farcically inept customer ‘service’, and just as I was on the verge of sending my phone back to the UK so that my parents could tap in an 8-digit code to unlock it (because that’s what o2 told me I had to do), well…. I’ve only gone and done the bloody thing myself with the help of an internet phone-hacking site!  This has saved me €30-odd, though I can’t get back the many hours I spent on the phone to those Read full post >>