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Monday, July 19th, 2021

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Sharing some dappled shade on the deck with not-my-cat.

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

Snoozy like a fox. 🦊 💤

Snoozy like a fox. 🦊 💤

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

Replying to

That would be the brilliant @dhuntrods talking about workplace topology:

https://clearleft.com/posts/workplace-topology

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

Replying to

— The next Bill’n’Ted movie is going to be set in Scandinavia.

— Norway?

— Yes, way!

Replying to

I have a dedicated /notes section (just like I have a dedicated /links section) but on the homepage everything is in one stream.

(Except for replies—like this one—which don’t appear on the home page, just in /notes.)

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

Replying to

Same! I’ll probably write a blog post about this question too.

And thanks for the great talk (as always)!

Saturday, June 26th, 2021

A beer and a book on the beach while @wordridden gets her second jab. 🍺 📖 🏖 💉

A beer and a book on the beach while @wordridden gets her second jab. 🍺 📖 🏖 💉

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Reading Piranesi by Susanna Clarke.

Buy this book
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Taking Safari Technology Preview for a spin to see some sweet coloured tab bars in action.

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Wearing today’s #UXfest shirt.

Wearing today’s #UXfest shirt.

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

When thesession.org met theirishmandolin.com https://twitter.com/TheMandolin/status/1405090524973912067

When thesession.org met theirishmandolin.com

https://twitter.com/TheMandolin/status/1405090524973912067

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Look at this fantastic shot of Jupiter and the Galilean moons taken by @AstroBrighton’s Ivana Peranic at 3am this morning: Jupiter, Io, Europa, Ganymede and Calisto all lined up like a string of pearls!

Look at this fantastic shot of Jupiter and the Galilean moons taken by @AstroBrighton’s Ivana Peranic at 3am this morning: Jupiter, Io, Europa, Ganymede and Calisto all lined up like a string of pearls!

Sunday, June 13th, 2021

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Dining al fresco.

First lettuce harvest of the season. 🥬

First lettuce harvest of the season. 🥬

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The Forked Forest Path by Olafur Eliasson

or

Blair Witch Project: Pandemic Edition

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Celebrating my second vaccine jab with Thai tapas in the sun.

Saturday, June 12th, 2021

Grilling up some mackerel and broad beans.

Grilling up some mackerel and broad beans.

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Replying to

Ooo, thank you for sharing that, Johanna!

Monday, May 31st, 2021

Summertime in England

On Thursday of last week, Summer arrived in England. I accept full responsibility for this. That morning I left the house early and wore a winter coat. So of course the day was filled with glorious sunshine.

I was up early to head into the Clearleft studio to do a tech check and some pre-records for the upcoming UX Fest. We’ve turned a meeting room into a very swanky-looking recording studio with proper lights, mics, and camera. I’ll be hosting UX Fest, channeling my inner Alan Partridge and Ron Burgundy.

Recording an interview with the brilliant @KrysHiggins for next week’s @UXLondon #UXFest. (I made sure my shirt matched her excellent new book, Better Onboarding by @ABookApart.) https://abookapart.com/products/better-onboarding

Being back in the studio was nice. Some of my Clearleft colleagues joined the agency during The Situation so this was my first chance to meet some of them face to face (or facemask to facemask at least).

The next day I had even more opportunity to see my co-workers without the barriers of computer screens. We had a workplace walk in the countryside to mark one year of becoming an employee-owned agency. We rendezvoused at Devil’s Dyke and walked a bit of the Sussex countryside, just enough to work up an appetite and a thirst to be satiated at the nearby Shepherd and Dog pub in Fulking (near the brilliantly named Fulking Hill). We sat at tables outside, had pints of ale, and a proper pub lunch, chatting all the while, just like in The Before Times.

A nice day for a @Clearleft walk in the country.

When I got back to Brighton I met up with Jessica for a beer in the sun before wandered down to the beach together to meet our friend Kate and celebrate her birthday.

Hanging out on the beach.

Two days of good weather was a blessing, but it didn’t stop there. The next day, Saturday, was even sunnier. We spent the day working in the garden. We planted salads in our raised beds and then fortified those raised beds to make them impenatrable to the family of foxes living in our neighbourbood. Don’t get me wrong, the fox cubs are very cute. I just don’t want them digging up our salads.

There are multiple fox cubs hanging out in the garden. Fuzzy little cuties! 🦊

On Sunday, Jessica and I sauntered up the hill to Brighton Racecourse so we could cheer on Jake as he finished his hundred kilometre walk from London to Brighton. Normally this would be a very strange behaviour, but it was all for a good cause.

After that, we had a pub lunch (outdoors, of course) before heading home. I spent the rest of the day sitting out in the garden, admiring the handiwork of the previous day, reading and occasionally dozing.

Today it’s more of the same. Glorious sunshine. Sitting in the garden. Reading. Playing some tunes on the mandolin. Looking forward to grilling outside for the third evening in a row.

Sitting in the sunshine, playing tunes on my mandolin. ☀️ 🎶

It feels like something is changing and it’s not just the weather. The Situation, while far from ending, is certainly morphing. I still don’t plan on spending any time indoors, but with weather this good, I don’t need to.

In two weeks time I’ll get my second jab of vaccine. Two weeks after that I can start letting my guard down a bit more. Until then, I’ll be staying outdoors. If the weather continues like this, that won’t be a hardship.

Friday, May 28th, 2021

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Hanging out on the beach.