Music to build things to (January 2019)

One of my resolutions for 2019 is to get into hunting down new music and taking the time to listen to music other people recommend to me.

The bulk of my music consumptions takes place in the following settings:

  • Walking over Waterloo Bridge

  • Sitting on an invariably delayed South Western train

  • When I’m designing or building something

So here are five tunes I’ve come across this month that have been in my heavy rotation and have woven their way into my workflow.

Vök - Polar

Elder Island - Welcome State

George FitzGerald - Burns

Joe Goddard - Lose Your Love

SOHN - Bloodflows

Who the $%£& is Carrefax??

Who the $%£& is Carrefax??

That's a very fair question.

When I launched the original blog back in 2012, I'd been reading a lot of Tom McCarthy. His books are dark, insanely well-researched and dense (which, at the time, were qualities I rather admired - still do).

The first problem whenever you start a website of any sort is giving it a name. Generally speaking, most sensible people opt for a name that has some connection with the purpose of the site or the content hosted on it. Lacking both sense and a clear vision of what the blog was really going to be about, I wanted a single, vague word to hide behind. 

On the day I launched the original Carrefax site, I'd just finished reading McCarthy's C. I'm not going to attempt to give C a write-up here, but one of the major themes (at least on my reading) is the idea of signals and connections, concepts which align quite nicely with the idea of a website. 

C's protagonist is called Serge Carrefax and I selected his surname as the brand for my site (had I launched the site two weeks later, it may well have been called Moshe).

Mystery solved! Buy the book!  

A new home for Carrefax

About five years ago, I started my very first Wordpress blog and named it Carrefax. Carrefax went live around the time legal blogging was exploding all over social media and when there was a compact, but very active community of lawyers taking to Twitter.

Carrefax was not, I freely admit, a widely read blog! But I had fun gradually building it up and I'm quite proud of it as a repository of content. If nothing else, it just very pleasing to have a small corner of the internet reserved for my thoughts and ramblings.

The original Wordpress blog has been laying dormant for around a year, mainly as a byproduct of a lack of time to devote to writing rather than there being a shortage of things to write about.

Over the past year, I've realised that my interests have broadened considerably since the original site went up in 2011. I still find the law absolutely fascinating, but I've grown to be a fair bit more eclectic in the things that I find interesting.

I now spend just as much time reading about design as I do about the law, if not more, and I've come to realise is that what I'm really interested in is the business of making stuff, because making stuff is fun!

I'm still building and refining this website and am in the process of gathering material to start publishing onto it. But, for now, I just wanted to wet the head of the new Carrefax website with this short post and say "hello".