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Monday, August 8th, 2022

Replying to

Design is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.

(with apologies to Melvin Kranzberg)

Monday, August 1st, 2022

Replying to

The Clearleft Podcast 🙂


Friday, July 29th, 2022

Reading The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel.

Buy this book

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

Replying to

Yes, I am judgy about people willfully endangering others.

— literally what you said.

Saturday, July 23rd, 2022

A rock band in full blast in front of a sweaty audience with stage lights illuminating the musicians.

Danced my ass off to @TheAfghanWhigs tonight!

A white horse carved into a distant hillside overlooks trees and grass. A simple wooden bench overlooking a green meadow. A family of swans dozing on the bank of a quiet river.

Won’t you meet me in the country in the summertime in England, won’t you meet me?

Friday, July 22nd, 2022

Jessica wearing a hand-knitted shawl standing in front of a beautiful field of vines. Appetisers against the beautiful backdrop of the vineyard. A seasonal tomato-based dish with a refreshing glass of white wine with a picturesque valley in the background. A delicious dish of sea bass.

Taking @wordridden to Rathfinney for her birthday.

A vivid red rose in a church graveyard. A charming old church with an overgrown churchyard and easy trees on either side. A pint of refreshing ale on tiled tabletop in an outdoor courtyard. The glass is labelled Long Man: naturally excellent beer. A thatched-roofed half-timber house in the background, grave markers in the foreground, and trees all around.

Out and about in Alfriston.

Going to Alfriston. brb

Thursday, July 21st, 2022

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Send me an email: jeremy at adactio dot com.

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Isn’t the other way around? The front paws have knees so they’re legs; the back legs have elbows so they’re arms?

Elephants have four knees. Maybe they’re the only mammals with four legs.

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  • Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
  • The Lathe Of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022

The line-up for dConstruct 2022

The line-up for dConstruct 2022 is complete!

If you haven’t yet got your ticket, it’s not too late.

Now here’s the thing…

When I announced the event back in May, I said:

I’m currently putting the line-up together. I’m not revealing anything just yet, but trust me, you will want to be there.

I still haven’t revealed anything, and I’m kind of tempted to keep it that way. Imagine showing up at an event and not knowing who’s going to be speaking. Is this is the best idea or the worst idea?

I suspect I’m going to have to announce the line-up at some point, but today is not that day. I’m going to string it out a bit longer.

But I am going to describe the line-up. And I’m going to throw in a challenge. The first person to figure out the complete line-up gets a free ticket. Send a tweet to the @dConstruct Twitter account with your deductions.

Ready? Here’s who’s speaking at dConstruct 2022 on Friday, September 9th in The Duke Of Yorks in Brighton…

  1. A technologist, product designer, and writer who defies categorisation. They’ve headed up a design studio, co-founded a start-up, and now consult on super-clever machine learning stuff. Their blog is brilliant.
  2. An award-winning author from South Africa whose work has recently been adapted for television. Some of their work is kind of sci-fi, some of it is kind of horror, some of it is kind of magical realism, and all of it is great.
  3. An artist and designer who has created logos and illustrations for NASA, Apple, and Intel as well as custom typefaces for British Airways and Waitrose. A lover of letterforms, they are now one of the world’s highest-profile calligraphers posting their mesmerising work on Instagram.
  4. A Canadian digital designer who has previously worked in the agency world, at Silicon Valley startups, and even venture capital. But now they’re doing truly meaningful work, designing for busy healthcare workers in low-income countries.
  5. A multi-instrumentalist musician, producer and robotic artist who composes for film, theatre and the concert stage. They play a mean theremin.
  6. An Australian designer and entrepreneur. They work in the cultural heritage sector and they’re an expert on digital archives. Their latest challenge is working out how to make an online photography archive last for 100 years.
  7. A tireless defender of web standards and co-author of the Inclusive Design Principles. They’re a member of the W3C Advisory Board and of the BIMA Inclusive Design Council. Expect some thoughtful takes on the intersection of accessibility and emerging technologies.
  8. A professor of neuroscience who is also a bestselling author. They conduct experiments on people’s brains and then talk about it afterwards. Their talks have been known to be mind-altering.

Sounds pretty freaking great, right?

Some further clues…

Many of these people have spoken at dConstruct in the past. After all, this year’s one-off event is going to be a kind of “best of.” So you might want to have a nose around the dConstruct archive.

Also, I’ve mentioned some nationalities like Australian, Canadian, and South African, but my self-imposed carbon footprint policy for this event forbids me from flying anyone in. So that’s a clue too.

The game is afoot! Tweet your deductions to the @dConstruct Twitter account or, even better, write a blog post and tweet the link, mentioning @dConstruct. The first correct answer gets a free ticket.

For everyone else, you can still get a ticket.

Saturday, July 9th, 2022

Checked in at Clery's. Lovely tunes! — with Jessica map

Checked in at Clery’s. Lovely tunes! — with Jessica

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

Checked in at Players Club. Another session — with Jessica map

Checked in at Players Club. Another session — with Jessica

Saturday, July 2nd, 2022

Checked in at Miltown Malbay. Willie Clancy — with Jessica map

Checked in at Miltown Malbay. Willie Clancy — with Jessica

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

Waitaminute… did Google deliberately ship support for the HTTP 103 status code in Chrome version 103? Or is this a numeroligical coincidence?


Monday, June 13th, 2022

Checked in at Zum Patzenhofer. Nachtisch — with Jessica map

Checked in at Zum Patzenhofer. Nachtisch — with Jessica

Friday, June 10th, 2022

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You were very much here in spirit—I quoted you in my talk and you got a shout-out in @MicheBarks’s talk too!

Thursday, June 9th, 2022

In the foreground a laptop on a stage shows a slide saying In And Out Of Style. In the background is a church full of people.

Getting ready to open @CSSdayConf 2022!