Excess savings

You know a phrase that has been doing the rounds in news coverage that has been grinding my gears? “Excess savings”. “Excess savings” as in “Economists at Deutsche Bank have revised upwards their estimates of the total pool of excess…

Friday Reading S11E13

Friday Reading S11E13

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things. It is now in its eleventh season and this is the unlucky thirteenth episode. Sign up…

Old man yells at Slack

I’ve spent basically half my adult life on the internet and as I get towards my later years I am becoming increasingly grumpy about the fact that those who fail to learn from internet history are doomed to repeat it….

Friday Reading S11E12

Friday Reading S11E12

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things. It is now in its eleventh season and still hasn’t had a drink yet this year….

Friday Reading S11E11

Friday Reading S11E11

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things. It is now in its eleventh season and has never watched Wandavision. Sign up here. I…

Mac moans

I bought a new Mac towards the end of last year which meant I had to make a choice between getting one of the last of the Intel lines or one of the first of the new Apple silicon ones,…

Raising some money for Katie

Raising some money for Katie

If you’ve been following me for some time you will probably best know Katie’s work from the distinctive caricature style of UsVsTh3m back in the day. If you’ve been on the internet, well, ever, and you like cool illustrations you’ll…

Friday Reading S11E10

Friday Reading S11E10

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things. It is now in its eleventh season. Sign up here. Episode ten already? How can 2021…

Who nose

Who nose

It’s been a funny week because on the one hand I finally got the 13th Doctor scarf I had been coveting for some time, but on the other hand a completely different Doctor had to do a minor surgical procedure…

The day that I finally understood TikTok

I should imagine, not being rude about it, that the Venn diagram of people interested enough to read my blog and subscribe to my newsletter, and people who can get 20/20 in this Buzzfeed quiz “How many of the top…