Well, I saw the refresh on my work laptop first, and then my own laptop. But even after a complete reinstall of Chrome on my desktop PC, I didn’t see the redesign until I switched them on via the Chrome flags.
Go to chrome://flags/
Then search for ‘Refresh’ and enable the four options:
Chrome Refresh 2023
Chrome WebUI Refresh 2023
Chrome Refresh 2023 New Tab Button
Chrome Refresh 2023 Top Chrome Font Style
Restart Chrome and ta-da!
Similarly, if you do have the refresh and don’t want to switch to it yet (understanding that at some point it will be switched on by default), you can always disable these settings for now.
I had a bit of a surprise this afternoon when I spoke with my sister Jenni on the phone.
“I saw that lecture you gave at the university, on YouTube,” she said.
Jenni sent me the link.
It turned out to be the one above, a talk given to the Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) at John Moore’s University in Liverpool in 2016, on the eve of the infamous Brexit referendum.
There was an electricity outage at Lime Street station on the day we were meant to return to Scotland, so we hot footed it down to the Liverpool docks, hired a car and I drove back to Leuchars station where I’d parked my own car. Then I drove to Anstruther to place my vote firmly in the box that said: no I do not want to leave the EU.
Anyway, this was my talk, illustrated with a lot of LEGO-related slides.
The Chinese Room have recently announced their next game, Still Wakes the Deep. Set at Christmas 1975 on an oilrig off the coast of Scotland, the oilrig workers have drilled into something that didn’t really appreciate it.
I’m not into the horror genre at all, but I will certainly be watching closely the development of this game.
One of my recent favourite podcasts is Where are you going? by the chatty and endearing Catherine Carr.
The premise is simple: Carr approaches strangers in the street or park and introduces herself, “Hello, I make a podcast where I ask people, ‘Where are you going?'” and then she listens and gently probes and during the next 5 to 15 minutes unearths the most extraordinary of stories from ordinary people.
But, let’s face it, nobody is truly ordinary—everyone has a remarkable story to tell, everyone’s experience and perspective is unique. And Catherine Carr, who has worked her whole career in radio, has a beautiful way of drawing these stories out through genuine intrigue and interest.
The episodes, which are released each Tuesday and Friday, are short but packed with detail and charm. It’s like everything that is great about BBC Radio 4 squeezed into a pocket-sized podcast.