Turning 30 passed relatively without incident. But for some reason, the year I became 31 is the year I started to believe I would never feel young again.
People often complain that Formula 1 drivers are boring PR machines, stifled by their press officers, incapable of saying or doing anything interesting. I have come to realise that this couldn't be further from the truth.
The Chris Morris sketch that was faded out by an engineer before it ended went down into legend. But why did it happen? None of the explanations stack up to me.
The vinyl resurgence isn't all good news — particularly for independent musicians.
Anyone who reads this blog will know by now that I am no fan of Facebook. But I will defend them on this. The newspaper industry's attempt to pin the blame of their woes on Facebook is wrong.
Formula 1 have announced their online streaming service. But thanks to one short-sighted decision, it won't be available to UK fans until 2025.
Innuendo about the difficulty of working with Japanese firms constantly surrounds Honda. But perhaps the pragmatic Toro Rosso team can make the relationship work.
At work we had a team Burns lunch. Each team member was to supply one item. I was tasked with making a dairy-free cranachan. All I can say is, it's lucky I am the only person in the team who needs to avoid dairy.
The motorsport media landscape is becoming a closed circle. But two long-running F1 websites are fighting back to fly the flag for independent publishing.
2017 is a year that showed that I have a lot to be grateful for. But even though I don't normally set new year's resolutions, I am setting myself three broad goals for 2018.
The 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager has created renewed interest in the two gold-plated phonograph records that are on board.
A new CD has been recorded in Alex's family's front room -- and it sounds great.
In March, Alex and I took a trip to New York. It was such a brilliant holiday that it has taken me 9 months to write about it all.
After years of dilly-dallying, I have finally bought myself a new record player. But I'm still not convinced vinyl provides the superior sound quality.
The new owners of Formula 1 have controversially replaced the sport’s iconic logo. The relaunch feels confused, for a pile of reasons.
We often think of commuting as wasteful and inconvenient. But is it entirely negative?
This year I took part in Pedal for Scotland, an annual charity cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh. I had never cycled anything like that distance before.
Architects had to face up to the problems that eventually emerged with bold modernist designs. Now Facebook and Twitter need to wake up to the fact that their platforms are damaging society.
How do you make something better? Human instinct often tells us we should add something to improve it. But this evidence shows we should stop adding complexity.
This was meant to be Ferrari's best chance to win the championship in a decade. But when their challenge went south in the east, events pointed to a nasty culture developing in the team.
It's something we want to believe. But if work was meant to help you follow your passion, you wouldn't have to be paid for it.
Murray Walker's reaction is priceless!
Stewarding in F1 has improved markedly in the past year, with the FIA having vowed to take a more lenient line on minor indiscretions. That makes this week's controversy surrounding Max Verstappen's penalty at the US Grand Prix feel like a blast from the past.
I took the opportunity to see Radiohead when they played at Glasgow Green this summer as part of the Trnsmt festival. Even though they have been one of my favourite bands for over 15 years, I had never actually gone to see them before.
We are told that political parties must seek government. But current events show this isn't the case.
Red Bull have been unprepared for Carlos Sainz's departure, even though it has been telegraphed for months. For all the hype, Red Bull's driver programme is remarkably thin on F1 talent.
Native apps, social media networks and big content silos are slick. But the whole idea about the web -- the reason it has been so successful -- is that it is open and democratic.
Last month, Alex and I were one of 50,000 people to take part in a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to walk over the new Queensferry Crossing.
Richard Thaler has won the Nobel economics prize for his work in behavioural economics. Knowing about this area is essential if you are a designer, to help you gain an understanding of what makes people tick.
When a former Google engineer's ill-informed anti-diversity essay became news during the summer, it shone a light on problems with the the tech industry's makeup. The diversity issue is the tip of the iceberg. A host of cultural problems face the tech scene.
I think of Sepang as the first modern Formula 1 circuit. It heralded a new direction for the sport. Malaysia's decision shows that the bubble might be bursting.
The more we come to understand about the big social media networks' impact on society, the less appealing it becomes. It's time we stopped letting them control our digital lives. This is why I will start blogging again.
The Indy 500 was a thrilling spectacle. But its history holds a cautionary tale for Formula 1, which faces a crossroads.
We'd both had a few jars, but we weren't imagining this. There was definitely a bird bounding around the bay window.
There were always so many questions you could ask about Damon Hill. His autobiography provides insight into some of those mysteries. But it deepens others.
This month's digital design digest features a couple of articles about getting the most out of job stories. Plus, promising news from the world of CSS, how the Guardian is increasing its subscriber numbers, and where government goes wrong with digital transformation.
Because when you react the way you do, you are giving them exactly what they want.
Why people are losing trust in the media and advertisers, why ugly websites succeed, and why it's time to ditch PDFs.