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Friday, June 28th, 2019

Replying to

Thank you so much, Dan—so glad you could be here for it!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Patterns Day is now sold out …but if you missed out on tickets, there’s one way you can still make it to the event: your company can sponsor it.


Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Went for a walk in the countryside and made a friend.

Went for a walk in the countryside and made a friend.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

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I love seeing people going offline with Going Offline…


Friday, January 19th, 2018

Checked in at Snowdrop Inn. Post-walk pint — with Richard, Jon, Graham map

Checked in at Snowdrop Inn. Post-walk pint — with Richard, Jon, Graham

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Today’s twinsies.

Today’s twinsies.

Friday, October 23rd, 2015


Rosa and Charlotte will both be speaking at Bytes Conf here in Brighton next week (don’t bother trying to get a ticket—it’s all sold out).

I’ve been helping them in their preparation, listening to them run through their talks, and offering bits of advice on the content and delivery. Charlotte said she was really nervous presenting to just the two of us. I said “I know what you mean.”

In the past I’ve tried giving practice run-throughs of upcoming conference talks to some of my co-workers at Clearleft. I always found that far more intimidating than giving the talk to room filled with hundreds of strangers.

In fact, just last night I did a practice run of my latest talk at Brighton’s excellent Async gathering, and seeing both Charlotte and Graham in attendance increased my nervousness.

Why is that?

I’ve been thinking about it, and I think it comes down to self-presentation.

We like to think that we have one single personality, but the truth is that we adjust our behaviour constantly to suit the situation. I behave differently when I’m interacting with a shopkeeper than when I’m interacting with my co-workers than when I’m interacting with my family. We adjust how we present ourselves, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

If you’re presenting a talk at a conference, it helps to present yourself differently than how you’d present yourself when you’re hanging out with your friends. There’s an element of theatricality—however subtle—in speaking in front of a room full of people. It can really help to slip into a more confident persona.

But if you’re presenting that same talk in a small room to a group of friends, it feels really, really strange to slip into that persona. It feels as strange as interacting with your family as though you were interacting with a shopkeeper.

I think that’s what’s at the root of the discomfort I feel when I try testing a talk on my co-workers. If I present myself in the informal mode I’d usually take with these people, the talk feels all wrong. But if I present myself in my stage persona, it feels weird to do that with these people. So either way, it’s going to feel really strange. Hence the nervousness.

Thing is …I’m not sure if being aware of this helps in any way.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Learning the law of the pica ruler.

Learning the law of the pica ruler.

Sunday, August 24th, 2014



Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Merriam-Webster Online

The word w00t has been voted Merriam-Webster word of the year 2007. Slow year.