When steel whispers

Above: There are fans and then there are pan supporters. Which band in the world has an audience that acts as its road crew? Photo by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth 759 for November 30, 2010 Invited, at quite short notice, to offer a talk to steelband leaders on November 20 the challenge proved not to be what to […]

For plastic, high tech tools

Above: This recreation of a successful card snatch was inspired by surveillance photos captured by ATM cameras. Photography by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth#506 for January 03, 2006 Bankers have done a good job of eliminating checks from day to day commerce. These days it’s a toss-up between a sneer of contempt or a stifled laugh if […]

Internet fraud bites deep.

Above: Anthony St Clair at his office in First Citizens Bank. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth#505 for December 27, 2005 It isn’t often that BitDepth gets taken to the cleaners by smartmen on the Internet. In fact, it’s only happened once, but it was a hell of a once. I make frequent use of my […]

Dear Prime Minister (2010)

BitDepth #732, originally published in the Trinidad Guardian on May 25, 2010. This is my first open letter to the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, and as I write this, five days in the past, that I have no idea whether I am writing to a man or a woman. So let’s skip the Mr […]

Peter Lord: Movies by the millimetre

Originally published in the Trinidad Guardian on November 11, 2013 It isn’t something that you’d notice at first, but there’s a lot of Peter Lord in The Pirate Captain, the hapless hero of Aardman’s The Pirates – Band of Misfits, the remarkable stopmotion animation film that represents the company’s newest addition to its collection of […]

Innovation: Suborning Imagination

BitDepth#913, published on November 26, 2013 Last week, the Ministry of Planning hosted interested citizens to a panel discussion titled “The Human Imagination at Work.” The participants were an intriguing group; the dependably precise and unforgiving Leroy Clarke, an animated and animating Camille Selvon-Abrahams, the grown-up enfant terrible Steve Ouditt and the unknown factor, at […]

Walcott and Hill, back in the day

A look back at better times, when Ronald Walcott (newly appointed TSTT CEO) and George Hill (recently resigned TSTT CEO) were charged with spearheading the company’s introduction of 4G technology for mobile handsets six months after competitor Digicel. Originally published in the T&T Guardian on November 13, 2012 Give Bmobile this at least. Their media […]

E-Mails: An e-mail primer 

BitDepth#887 for May 28, 2013 In 1, the sender’s e-mail address is given an official sounding title, but the e-mail client reveals the actual sender, who is not e-mailing from an official LinkedIn account. This field, where users will normally put their real names, can be anything, including another e-mail address entirely and some clients […]