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  • Fri, 12:13: Businesses might have a premise or two, but they don't work from ideas. They work from premises. It's "on-premises" not "on-premise". Aargh!
  • Fri, 12:29: I got "You are... Courier" on "What typeface are you?" What about you? http://t.co/sxeaQo0kwr via @Qzzr_
  • Fri, 12:32: As @journoian notes, you could just say "on-site"...
  • Fri, 12:42: Pro tip: check the tide tables before dumping a body in the river. http://t.co/YXNNEzabV5
  • Fri, 13:09: RT @edbott: Turn on 2-factor authentication & install a smartphone authenticator app to protect your online accts. Here’s how: http://t.co/
  • Fri, 13:56: How can you be an "agent of change" when you're the same person, backed by the same money? All you've done is change your name.
  • Fri, 13:58: RT @thurrott: With the Office 365 Nonprofit donation, qualified nonprofits get Office 365 for free or at a significant discount. - http://t…
  • Fri, 14:50: (Jesse's fav'rite painting is the one of the clown/with the daisy in his hand and a tear rollin' down)
  • Fri, 20:20: RT @thurrott: !!!!! European parliament preparing to call for Google break-up - http://t.co/K9Cm9Rjlhe
  • Fri, 20:23: Interesting side effect of Band: my phone battery is lasting longer, as I'm not continually checking the screen. Haptic triage FTW!
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  • Thu, 14:15: Salt beef sandwiches at the Groucho while looking at 4K monitors.
  • Thu, 14:47: Cortana has decided I work in the local coffee shop. She might be right. 🍵
  • Thu, 14:49: As UKIP want to expel EU citizens, how do they feel about those of us from the Channel Islands? We're not English too.
  • Thu, 14:51: RT @om: Making @uber story about media is what's wrong & shifts focus away from larger issue of what companies do with our data & what we c…
  • Thu, 15:24: Recent Reads: Dead Man's Chest. Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher's beach holiday uncovers missing servants, smugglers, and a pig-tail thief.
  • Thu, 15:37: I am a rebel. Drinking tea in Soho's best coffee bar... http://t.co/zK7YE3bzuZ
  • Thu, 16:30: Current coffeeshop soundtrack is Muchacho by Phosphorescent. Tex-Mex country that reminds me of Byrne/Eno's last collaboration.
  • Thu, 16:37: RT @majornelson: "Atari: Game Over" is now available (for free) on Xbox Video http://t.co/iEcwDy7gUN cc @zakpenn <--the Director http://t.…
  • Thu, 16:40: (things are happening)
  • Thu, 19:48: Books and cocktails: http://t.co/nHt5ySYe9O
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  • Wed, 12:16: It's Freelancer's Day? i'll celebrate by sitting in a coffee shop bashing out an article, then going home and reviewing devices.
  • Wed, 12:31: RT @SwiftOnSecurity: Feminist Hacker Barbie - rewrite the Barbie Is A Computer Engineer book IN YOUR BROWSER! (via @logodaedalus) https://t…
  • Wed, 14:59: Google Play mailer in the UK is still trying to sell Glass Explorer...
  • Wed, 15:16: I didn`t have the only Surface in the coffee shop this morning!
  • Wed, 15:23: I put a 1TB USB drive in a measuring jug. Data smoothie, anyone?
  • Wed, 15:29: Pleased to see that Beavertown Brewery is doing what I can only describe as a proper British CDA.
  • Wed, 15:40: I have a horrible feeling I missed the @BellevilleBrew pumpkin ale. Not in stock at @thebeerboutique anymore :-(
  • Wed, 15:43: Oh good grief.
  • Wed, 15:59: Oh good. The PUA who advocates assaulting Asian women has been banned from the UK. http://t.co/djOJCHTtiT
  • Wed, 16:01: Whoa, the Jeff Teper stream from the UBS event is terrible. Lots of clipping.
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...bundled up a selection of previously published short SF and fantasy of mine (much of which began as flash fiction on here), and turned them into a Kindle book. NaNoPubMo?

Anyway, here it is Hummingbird Futures: Stories of Magic and Machines. The three stories are the first of my Silicon Valley Magic urban fantasies, and two of my West Country Singularity stories.

HF

You'll find it in the Amazon US store and UK store.

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  • Sat, 12:03: Recent Reads: A Hat Full Of Sky. Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching struggles with a needful thing, and learns people. A witch chooses her hat
  • Sat, 12:05: RT @soapyfrogs: Got my HMRC annual statement. Interesting to see it's only 45p a day to contribute to the EU budget. Why all the fuss? Seem…
  • Sat, 13:38: A cast iron skillet sadly doesn't make a griddle. Farl fail. A tasty fail, but still a fail.
  • Sat, 15:01: Happy birthday. @maryjofoley. Have a pint or two to celebrate!
  • Sat, 15:20: Time for some Phrynne.
  • Sat, 15:29: Why are American banks so backward?
  • Sat, 15:31: In the UK I can do a bank transfer to any bank in minutes. I'm still waiting to get a transfer set up in the US after nearly two weeks.
  • Sat, 15:35: Airmailing a cheque from the UK would have been quicker.
  • Sat, 20:44: Hellcat http://t.co/ya1RYtsuGO
  • Sat, 21:54: "It turns out you can't go home; but you can shop there."

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  • Thu, 12:02: Fascinating call this morning all the way to the Philippines on white space Internet, disaster response, and connected development.
  • Thu, 12:20: I wonder if I have any AllJoyn devices in the office...
  • Thu, 12:26: YouGov really needs to add @sonos as an option in its listening surveys. It's a lot more than "some other device".
  • Thu, 12:29: If the comet lander did end up in a hole, it's got to be the longest hole in one in the history of golf.
  • Thu, 12:53: A conversation reminds me of Neal Stephenson's Mother Earth, Mother Board http://t.co/u0q7VV0WRj Someday I want to write a piece like this.
  • Thu, 14:14: RT @marypcbuk: Ooh. Microsoft buys Aorato http://t.co/gh0NUu5b5j
  • Thu, 14:15: I think we're at a point where users storage and sync behaviours are changing. Need to write this up...
  • Thu, 14:23: Looks like that it was a conincidental hard disk failure which scuppered one of my Windows 10 installs.
  • Thu, 14:44: RT @thurrott: This -> The removal of smart files in build 9879 is a huge step backwards - http://t.co/KuSCy3dbR9
  • Thu, 17:34: Amused by US folk using the #WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant hashtag to list things that are commonplace in the EU. Did they not know it was ESA?
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  • Tue, 12:09: So it looks as though @AmazonUK's Logistics people don't know how to use a doorbell. :-(
  • Tue, 18:16: Robot sends smaller robot to comet. This, my friends, is the future.
  • Tue, 18:26: A new life awaits you in the offworld colonies. http://t.co/9loRIYg4ZP
  • Tue, 20:07: ICYMI: My first piece for @infoworld is a look at RemoteIE and how Microsoft is addressing web developers: http://t.co/CsdFGAUDfd
  • Tue, 20:13: Turning on Clutter.
  • Tue, 20:15: Not sure Clutter'll do much for me - I keep my mailbox quite organised with rules and by using Quick Steps. But let's add AI to mail...
  • Tue, 20:27: Recent Reads: Singularity's Ring. Paul Melko shows the humanity in post-humanity via the tale of a young group mind. Fascinating.
  • Tue, 20:59: tthe moment you typo an email and then think, "wot the hell archie, wot the hell" and run with it. #mehitabel
  • Tue, 21:00: What I'd love to have on my wall? A print of one of Geo Herriman's illos for "Archie and Mehitabel".
  • Tue, 21:04: Windows Server vNext to be named XBox One For Business.
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  • Fri, 12:31: Working on another first piece for a new editor. So I've hunkered down in my loocal coffee shop.
  • Fri, 12:32: Postman left a paper jiffybag behind the dead palm tree. Grrr. At least it wasn't anything important.
  • Fri, 12:36: Looking up at a ballet of cranes, three booms all rotating around the bare concrete heart of a growing building. Brutalism, animated.
  • Fri, 12:46: Hmmm. Baby in "Duck Dynasty" cammo onsie on the Upper Richmond Road. Not something one expects to see in SW15.
  • Fri, 12:53: Lifted. A #Lumia #cinemagraph http://t.co/iftXKsCs1H
  • Fri, 14:21: It does occur to me that Microsoft would score a lot of points by adding Markdown support to the next release of Office.
  • Fri, 14:25: I'll forgive @CostaCoffee for bringing out their Christmas drinks menu for the fact that it includes Black Forest Hot Chocolate again.
  • Fri, 15:33: RT @jackschofield: A @GoPro camera, inside a water bubble ... in space. @NASA video https://t.co/amZJXmQr29
  • Fri, 15:35: RT @edbott: Before you get too into the "OMG AMAZON ECHO IS ALWAYS LISTENING" paranoia, you might want to look at this: http://t.co/yCQXh3d
  • Fri, 16:07: Slightly confused as to what a gang sign is. They look like emojii to me.
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  • Sun, 19:45: Recent Reads: Three Parts Dead. Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence kicks off with a legal thriller, where magic is a contract and a god is dead.
  • Sun, 19:46: RT @michaeljantze: #thenormcomic http://t.co/hsHicisxtj
  • Sun, 22:32: Recent Reads: Wool. Hugh Howey seeds revolution in a silo of apocalypse survivors, generations after disaster. What lies beyond the dust?
  • Mon, 11:30: Now I'm over a stomach bug, it's back to the coffeeshop to write a TechEd EU round up piece. Enterprise cloud ahoy!
  • Mon, 11:52: Hey, who called @CallinOates to my coffeeshop? Maneater time!

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  • Thu, 16:46: And LHR.
  • Thu, 16:50: So, who among my US friends could pick me up a Microsoft Band and send it to me in the UK?
  • Thu, 21:17: There is a person deprived Maine Coon (Three! Whole! Days!) stropping his chin on my ankle. This is getting ticklish fast.
  • Thu, 21:34: Recent Reads: World of Fire. James Lovegrove delves into Richard Morgan territory. Brain-hopping agent to the rescue when alien AIs attack!
  • Thu, 21:38: Recent Reads: The Mirror Empire. Kameron Hurley's dark work: in a cruel world cruel folk try to avert worlds-ending catastrophe. Excellent.
  • Fri, 10:20: Best parcel description yet! "Parts for autodata processing machines" http://t.co/9SIWofZykP
  • Fri, 10:40: Recent Reads: Phoenicia's Worlds Ben Jeapes' family saga space opera is a tale of abandonment and survival, family and planetary. Colonial.

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