- We cut our camping trip to two nights. Good lord, those camp beds were uncomfortable. Our camp site was lovely though, and the Peak District deserves more exploration. We camped on a small site on the outskirts of Hathersage. The nearest shop was over a mile away, which in an ideal world is the absolute minimum distance I would prefer civilisation to be.
I enjoyed driving up and down Winnats Pass, though my feeble car struggled to match my enthusiasm:
On the way home we took detour to Hardwick Hall. We’ve been before but it deserved a second look. The house was built by Elizabeth Cavendish, a formidable woman who is well worth reading about.
- Back to work tomorrow, so I’ve spent my last moments of freedom imagining all of the things that could have gone wrong while I’ve been away.
- Sphere, by Michael Crichton. Probably not the book for you if you are claustrophobic, or have any concerns about the probable existence of a malevolent alien intelligence.
From around the web:
- Our family has been using a private email server for the last couple of years. It’s good to know that our most important communications lie on a server that we own - but it’s not always plain sailing. Life After Gmail: Why I Opted for a Private Email Server explains how Helm helped Max Chafkin to take back control of his email, and about some of the issues he faced. [Bloomberg]
- There is a whole village built on top of a multi-story car park in Jakarta: Suburb in the sky: how Jakartans built an entire village on top of a mall. [The Guardian]
- Despite all the studies that show that social media has a negative affect on us, and their woeful handling of our private data, Americans spend more time on it than ever: America’s social-media addiction is getting worse. [The Economist / £]
- Enjoy these photos of people in the 50’s eating picnics: Flashbak
Posted in week-notes on 11 August 2019