Planned major articles May-July 2015

I am currently planning the following major articles and series for the coming three months:

Macs and Technology

I am working on a long-term comparison of weather forecasting apps and aids for Macs and iPhones.

Our two Apple Watches are due delivery in May, following which I will provide technical coverage and user experiences.

I am continuing to updating my previous commentary and technology writing for the former MacUser magazine, with the aim of completing coverage of most of the relevant non-specialist Mac topics, problem-solving, and providing a good library of Q&A.

I hope to write a series looking at the history, technology, and features of Apple’s server products.

I will continue to highlight significant user issues, particularly those relating to major bugs and security, and hot topics as they arise.


I am currently researching a new series looking at Impressionist and post-Impressionist painting outside France during the period 1870-1914. My point of entry is that our view of that period is overwhelmed by the quite small group of well-known French Impressionists, mainly Monet and Renoir, but in truth there was much more going on in Europe, North America, and elsewhere. Among the painters that I am hoping to cover are Sorolla, Zorn, Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, the Italian Macchiaioli, Lovis Corinth, and more. This should start very soon.

I still have further artists to cover in the Favourite Paintings series, when I get the opportunity.

I hope to write a short series explaining the mental processes involved in painting, based on the latest neuroscience research.

As the weather continues to warm up and I get out to paint plein air more, I will post information about my progress and paintings.


I am researching a new series looking at semantics (meaning) and the basis of thought and language. My entry points here are the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis relating language to thought, ‘ethnolinguistics’, the language of thought, and the origins of language.

I will continue occasional articles on linguistic nuts, oddities, and the ‘In a Word’ series on etymology of English words.


I will continue to review newly published books, new movies, and other items which catch my eye and mind. If you wish me to review one of your products, please let me know and I will be happy to consider it. However most of the reviews which I write here are derived from products which I buy at regular store prices.

I hope that you will find these unusual, interesting, and that they make it worth your while stopping by to enjoy them.