I want to give up news

After the Scottish independence referendum on Thursday 18 September I want to take the advice from this article “News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier” by Rolf Dobelli and give up news for a year as an experiment.

According to that article:

  • News misleads.
  • News is irrelevant.
  • News has no explanatory power.
  • News is toxic to your body.
  • News increases cognitive errors.
  • News inhibits thinking.
  • News works like a drug.
  • News wastes time.
  • News makes us passive.
  • News kills creativity.

Until then I want to keep up to date with how the Yes campaigns wants to dismantle my country.

Not indicative of wider trends in society

Pension age workers on the rise says ONS
BBC News: Pension age workers on the rise says ONS

A couple of fabulous tweets this evening from my work colleague @doctorvee about this page on the BBC News website with the title “Pension age workers on the rise says [Office of National Statistics]”:

Even by the standards of BBC News, this is a totally weird photo to use […] as though the experiences of Bruce Forsyth dancing with Tess Daly is indicative of wider trends in society.”

(Source and source)

Wise words.

What I’ve not been blogging about

I’ve been meaning to blog for ages … just can’t justify putting blogging that high on my list of priorities, I’m sorry to say.

Here’s a few things that I’ve not been blogging about:

  • Visit to see Mum in Selkirk … oh, I think I did blog about that come to think of it.
  • Sister and brother and families visiting last weekend.
  • Working hard to finish the new website for the Christian Fellowship of Healing (Scotland).
  • I’m scheduled to preach at Newport-on-Tay again this weekend … need to find the time to write the sermon.
  • Installing Apache Tomcat (it’s a special kind of Web server that allows you to run software written in the Java language).
  • Cycling.
  • I’m still on antibiotics to fight a kidney-related infection … bah!
  • Holiday (at home) booked for next week.
  • Queen album review … must find time to write that post.
  • Twins group at Ninewells.

That’s your lot for now … back to the website.

Software developers to be held accountable for insecure software

Interesting news item on the PC Pro News website: Lords want sloppy software makers held to account.

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee is renewing calls for software developers to be held legally liable for security flaws.

Nice to see that software security is being taken seriously.  Once they’ve nailed this could the Lords do something about spam next, please?