Miscellaneous details about this blog

What is this?

Miscellaneous Details is a collection of links to articles I’ve enjoyed reading about art and design, culture, data, education, technology and the web. I’m confused by a lot of it, to be honest, so I’m using this blog to help me think about what I find, rather than just letting it pass me by. It’s a little erratic sometimes, but that’s ok.

Just think of this as a smaller and less efficient version of my Pinboard page. That’s where I first save links to things I’ve read, after going through each day’s email newsletters and RSS feeds and so on. I’ll then select something to post here, at some later point.

Who writes this?

me-twoHi, I’m Terry Miscellany Madeley. I graduated with an Interactive Arts degree in the 90s and since the seemingly obligatory, albeit brief stint as a web designer, I’ve worked reasonably happily with a range of student record systems across a number of universities, colleges and schools, leading teams and developing processes. You can find out more about all that on LinkedIn.

“I quite agree with you,” said the Duchess; “and the moral of that is—‘Be what you would seem to be’—or, if you’d like it put more simply—‘Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.’”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

How is this structured?

Me threeRandomly? I think the best thing about this blog—well, any WordPress blog, I think—is the ?random link. Add that to your blog somewhere, and you’ll find yourself saying “Oh, I’d forgotten I’d written that!” over and over again for the rest of the afternoon.

In terms of structure, we’ll get along fine once you realise I’m not very consistent here. This collection of over a thousand posts has gone through a number of platforms and domain names over the years, and I regularly change my mind about how to organise and display everything. My archive page explains how I’m categorising things currently, and there’s an index at the back.

me-and-my-phoneAll the images I use on this site are either from free-to-use stock photography sites like Pexels, Pixabay or Unsplash, or from the articles I’m linking to directly. I make no claim of ownership of these images and am simply using these for commentary and criticism under fair use. I occasionally use my own too.

How to get in touch

Your comments are always welcome. As well as commenting on individual posts, you can use the form below or write to me directly at terry@miscellaneousdetails.com and I’ll get back to you. I’m also on Twitter, somewhat half-heartedly, with @TerryMadeley and @MiscDetails, if you want to get in touch that way.