The creeping Starbuckifiction of Sussex

Starbucks has finally got its claws deeply into Worthing. Where next?

The new Starbucks in worthing town centre
The new Starbucks in worthing town centre

This part of Sussex has long been a bit of a Starbucks dead zone. You had to either head along the coast to Brighton, or up to the out-of-town-ish Holmbush Centre for the Starbucks in the Next branch up there.

Well, the creeping Starbuckification of every high street continues, as Starbucks has now arrived in Worthing town centre. It was approved late last year, and opened last week:

Preparing for parental sleep-deprivation

Sleep. Sweet, precious sleep. I’m going to miss you.

Buzzfeed rounds up how horrible being sleep-deprived is for you:

When you get consistently bad sleep, your brain suffers. You can experience impaired learning ability, poor judgment, emotional problems, poor motor skills, and more, Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, tells BuzzFeed Life.

Yikes. That’ll be fun in a few months. It brings back memories of how uh, confused, I got back in 2012. Luckily, io9 has a guide to good napping:

Not all naps are created equal. Some naps have been shown to rejuvenate where others boost creativity. What’s more, when you nap can be as important as how you nap. Here’s how to nap like a professional, nap-taking machine. Here’s how to nap like you MEAN IT.

Starting

Fingers to keyboard, man. Fingers to keyboard.

Sometimes you just have to start writing.

I’ve barely written for over a week now. My blog(s) lie fallow, writing project are stalled – and I’m frustrated. Sure, I’ve had a serious amount of admin and organising to do – and plenty of student contact time. I could say that I have writers’ block – but that would be a lie. I don’t really believe in writers’ block as an idea. It’s just procrastination or distraction wearing  fancy suit and showing off its delusions of grandeur. I just haven’t been writing.

But I need to write. I need to blog. So, this morning, I’ve set aside the whole morning to just do writing tasks. Admin can wait until later. For now, I need to just start writing things.

And this is a start.

Into the Auto-Awesome Woods

The way through the woods is dark and mysterious – at least it is, once Google+ gets its hands on it…

The woods above La Taupanne
The way through the woods

I’m not long back from a week’s extended family holiday in France, at a lovely chateau available at very reasonable rates*.

Poking around in Google+ on my return, I found it’s done some interesting things with some of my photos from the trip. Google+ Photos adds “Auto-Awesome” effects to photos uploaded there, and your phone can be set to automatically upload images. The results can be unexpected, to say the very least, but this once, they’re beautifully atmospheric…

*I may be biased – I know the owners very well… :-)