Verizon agrees to sell Tumblr to owner of Wordpress

My career took me through a period of working with Wordpress and despite its flexibility, ecosystem and popularity it's not a tool I'd like to work with again. Some of my original attempts at blogging used Wordpress and it never ended well. Despite my own thoughts, it's definitely popular.

I follow a few Tumblr blogs and have had my own for years and recently set one up for 1 Thing A Week as another outlet.

The experience of curating individual posts is really nice on Tumblr and influenced how I've approached this site in some way. Dropping from a value of $1.1billion to less than $20million is crazy. Flickr, another Yahoo! aquisition, were acquired by SmugMug last year and while there's been no major disruption you can see attention has been spent where it was needed most. If the same happens to Tumblr, great.

Posted 14th Aug 2019 @ 11:26

Soccer jerseys are prime real estate for advertisers and sponsors

Money continues to pour into football and it's pretty sickening to see we're talking about it in units of billions now when the 'basic' version of a shirt costs upwards of £50 and easily surpasses the £60 mark for the top teams.

For a number of seasons in the past 10 years or so there have been very few teams that have forgone sponsorship and I only know of AS Roma to have featured sponsorless shirts in recent years. Barcelona gave in for charitable causes about 10 years ago and this season, Paddy Power trolled football fans by having Huddersfield run out in a ludicrous kit only to then announce it was a marketing stunt and they've decided to 'unsponsor' the kit.

International shirts have so far escaped sponsorship, most likely because FIFA want total control over who sponsors what and where that money goes.

Would be nice to see regulations changed to reduce any advertising to around 10cm2 and much higher up on the shirt.

Posted 13th Aug 2019 @ 18:33

Let us make this International Fixed Calendar work

Working with dates and times are a nightmare when you're programming. Daylight savings should just be put in the bin.

I first saw this proposal by Dave Gorman as part of his Modern Life is Goodish show:

One correction I'd make is that New Years Day(s) should not just be a floating day otherwise there's no rotation so you'll never have your birthday on a weekend.

Posted 13th Aug 2019 @ 16:42

'Light Of My Life' trailer

A father must protect his daughter by disguising her as his son after a plague wipes out most of the female population.

Posted 13th Aug 2019 @ 14:00

No-deal Brexit: 10 ways it could affect you

Three things that stood out:

  • Almost a third of our food comes from the EU (79% of all imported food is from the EU)
  • 75% of our holidays are spent in Europe
  • 1.3 million UK residence live in other EU countries

Posted 13th Aug 2019 @ 10:48

A Mexican Physicist solved a 2,000-year old problem that will lead to cheaper, sharper lenses

There's no way this leads to cheaper lenses, in the short term at least, despite any cost saving manufacturers make. Sharper images and fewer moving parts? Charge the same, or more.

As an ameature photographer, I'm not sure how I feel about it. Of course, you want your photos to be as sharp as possible, but softer edges can sometimes make the photo. And as you adapt to the limitations and imperfections of your equipment, your composition improves too.

Posted 12th Aug 2019 @ 18:35

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