Jazz scenes are complicated

I’m giving an academic conference paper tomorrow at the Rhythm Changes jazz cultures research conference at Media City in Salford. My presentation’s centred around the Auckland jazz scene in the mid to late 1990s. There are some interesting aspects to that...

Budapest for work

Sometimes the cool and interesting things that my colleagues do at work spill over and I get some of the benefits. As a result, I was in Budapest last week for the European project that Paul Long & Jez Collins run out of our research office. It’s about...

The iPad experiment – day 1

Halfway through my first day using the iPad as my sole computer and seeing how that affects what I do and how I do it. Right now, I’m typing on the screen rather than using the Bluetooth keyboard, which is not ideal, but not a problem particularly. I was...

The iPad office

I’m toying with the idea of trying to do the work I do using only the iPad and an external keyboard. From the point of view of portability and convenience, it would be worth attempting. There are a few workarounds I’ll have to adopt and I’m sure...

Talking about my week

I thought I’d just do a quick blog post, because for the first time in probably two years, I’m using dictation software again. I used to write quite a bit using dictation software and it was all right, but I would always have to go back and correct some of...

Rocking in Rio

I’ve spent the past week in Rio de Janeiro, which was pretty amazing on all sorts of levels, though you’ll be delighted to hear that I was there working hard and not just on a big junket to a fabulous city with incredible beaches, breathtaking scenery,...