keeping time…

Dear diablog,

You may consider this as irrelevant and a quick way to get over the problem of too little time to post regularly at the moment – but you are wrong.

Mme. and I are unashamedly addicted to Strictly on Saturday nights and record it to revisit at any time.

Sometimes the most unlikely person gives a performance of truly astounding skill – added to which I am totally, hopelessly in love with Aliona!


Add to this the discovery of a real dancer lurking inside the rather ordinary Jay McGuiness, whose success as a singer is ‘ok’ at best, and things explode onto the screen.

Even at height of his terpsichorean skills Glynsky would have been daunted by the routine ‘jive’ the two of them got through.

Really worth a watch

Yours, diablog, with twinkletoes


What does it matter?

Dear Reader,

During my last trip again I had the great pleasure to meet and debate with youngsters. Somehow the discussion went to proper spelling and grammar. In the mid-90s a new kind of person appeared online. They insisted to use language properly. Since 1995 they are referred to often as Grammar Nazi. This is the logo for them:


People, who think grammar and spelling doesn’t matter, think of themselves in this fashion:

During the recent debate, one self-proclaimed Grammar-Nazi came up with a useful metaphor.

He asked the audience to imagine a person unwashed, maybe even smelling badly. If this person approached them, how would they react?

According to the Grammar Nazi, proper spelling and grammar is the online equivalent to washing in ‘meatspace’. If you do not bother to shower, you cannot expect people to treat you with full respect. Equally, if you do not bother with spelling and grammar, you cannot expect respectful replies online. Or any reply at all.

Maybe the comparison helps when training younger staff members, who are sometimes struggling to drop their online slang in work communication.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

What is good design?

Dear Reader,

Glynsky showed us Trump’s plane here, and I commented on the horrible interior here.

Now one can argue forever about what is pretty and what isn’t. Every one has his or her own taste. So how does one judge design? The answer comes from one of the best designers in the world. According to Dieter Rams

Good design:

is innovative – The possibilities for progression are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for original designs. But imaginative design always develops in tandem with improving technology, and can never be an end in itself.

makes a product useful – A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic criteria. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could detract from it.

is aesthetic – The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products are used every day and have an effect on people and their well-being. Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.

makes a product understandable – It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product clearly express its function by making use of the user’s intuition. At best, it is self-explanatory.

is unobtrusive – Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.

is honest – It does not make a product appear more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.

is long-lasting – It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today’s throwaway society.

is thorough down to the last detail – Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.

is environmentally friendly – Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the life cycle of the product.

is as little design as possible – Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.

In case you have not heard of Dieter Rams, Apple has been copying his designs forever.

Now look back at that plane and check it against that list.

I rest my case.

Engine Room

next time lets drop into…

Dear diablog,

Seeing as travel has been on the menu recently it seems like a good time to ‘air’ (literally) a Christina


clip on her latest squeeze.

Granted it is a little long, but spectacular?

Dubai has never been on the Glynsky wish list, but something this exciting could be.

Yours, diablog, dropping like a stone


When is a handbag full

Dear Reader,

The handbag of a woman is a universe all by itself. And the historic question:

When is a handbag full?

has been answered, thanks to every day technology. You do not need a scale for this test.

It is not, when you do not find anything in it anymore. No, not when the handles are tearing either.

A handbag is full, if you put it on the passenger seat, and the car beeps to fasten its seatbelt.

Stay sane,

Engine Room

now you see it…

Dear diablog,

Last week I mentioned that April 1st was a ‘red letter‘ day. From my point of view for two reasons – the second to come.

With Spring comes time in the garden and preparation for the feasts of Summer. In the Glynsky ‘Mediterranean’ garden there has forever been an aged Scots pine

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which kinda dominated everything from any angle

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and the time had come to sort this out. As usual Mme. was a little outspoken with what had to be done resulting in …


Continue reading “now you see it…”

Any cabinetmakers?

Dear Reader,

Glynsky is the handy person on diablog. Me? Not so much.

My favorite, and the most delicate, tool I can use is a sledgehammer. Anything smaller and I am lost.

Yet, I love furniture with gimmicks. Secretarial desks with hidden compartments, campaign furniture, and extending tables.

And for a while I have been seeing this great piece on image sites online:



Isn’t that beautiful? This is where craft meets art.

I have no idea how this is constructed and made.

If by any chance a cabinetmaker is reading diablog, please let me know.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room