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Monday, August 23rd, 2021

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Hi, Matt!

Good to see you again—I’ve missed you!

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Today during @UXLondon’s #UXfest I had the pleasure of interviewing @FrankYoo, @IDwithheld, and @CattSmall—it was soooo great! The time just flew by!

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Now at @UXLondon’s #UXfest it’s time for live Q&A with @KrysHiggins recorded last week.


It’s just like Mr. Show’s pre-taped call-in show:


Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

In a beer garden. With beer (and a book). 🍺 📖

In a beer garden. With beer (and a book). 🍺 📖

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Insecure …again

Back in March, I wrote about a dilemma I was facing. I could make the certificates on The Session more secure. But if I did that, people using older Android and iOS devices could no longer access the site:

As a site owner, I can either make security my top priority, which means you’ll no longer be able to access my site. Or I can provide you access, which makes my site less secure for everyone.

In the end, I decided in favour of access. But now this issue has risen from the dead. And this time, it doesn’t matter what I think.

Let’s Encrypt are changing the way their certificates work and once again, it’s people with older devices who are going to suffer:

Most notably, this includes versions of Android prior to 7.1.1. That means those older versions of Android will no longer trust certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt.

This makes me sad. It’s another instance of people being forced to buy new devices. Last time ‘round, my dilemma was choosing between security and access. This time, access isn’t an option. It’s a choice between security and the environment (assuming that people are even in a position to get new devices—not an assumption I’m willing to make).

But this time it’s out of my hands. Let’s Encrypt certificates will stop working on older devices and a whole lotta websites are suddenly going to be inaccessible.

I could look at using a different certificate authority, one I’d have to pay for. It feels a bit galling to have to go back to the scammy world of paying for security—something that Let’s Encrypt has taught us should quite rightly be free. But accessing a website should also be free. It shouldn’t come with the price tag of getting a new device.

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

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No rush! You can take as long as you like.

(As you know, I am no stranger to playing the long game. 🙂)

Friday, July 24th, 2020

Sunday, July 19th, 2020

Friday, May 8th, 2020

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Thanks for that, Dan—it was fun!

Needs more banjo though. 😉

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Monday, March 30th, 2020

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Violent Femmes, Blister In The Sun?

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Reading Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan.

Buy this book

Monday, January 27th, 2020

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I’m very interested in Datasette Cloud—I’ve got a bunch of public data in CSV/JSON but I just can’t get the datasette command line tools working:


Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Having lots of @NAconf FOMO today—wishing I could’ve been there!

One year ago, I gave the opening talk—Building. I’ve just published the transcript of that presentation:


Monday, November 25th, 2019

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(Though, based on the amount of ink spilled, it certainly seems like 4/5 devs are using “framework of the month”.)

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

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But what does it mean!!??

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

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Good catch—updated!

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Movie Knight

I mentioned how much I enjoyed Mike Hill’s talk at Beyond Tellerrand in Düsseldorf:

Mike gave a talk called The Power of Metaphor and it’s absolutely brilliant. It covers the monomyth (the hero’s journey) and Jungian archetypes, illustrated with the examples Star Wars, The Dark Knight, and Jurassic Park.

At Clearleft, I’m planning to reprise the workshop I did a few years ago about narrative structure—very handy for anyone preparing a conference talk, blog post, case study, or anything really:

Ellen and I have been enjoying some great philosophical discussions about exactly what a story is, and how does it differ from a narrative structure, or a plot. I really love Ellen’s working definition: Narrative. In Space. Over Time.

This led me to think that there’s a lot that we can borrow from the world of storytelling—films, novels, fairy tales—not necessarily about the stories themselves, but the kind of narrative structures we could use to tell those stories. After all, the story itself is often the same one that’s been told time and time again—The Hero’s Journey, or some variation thereof.

I realised that Mike’s monomyth talk aligns nicely with my workshop. So I decided to prep my fellow Clearlefties for the workshop with a movie night.

Popcorn was popped, pizza was ordered, and comfy chairs were suitably arranged. Then we watched Mike’s talk. Everyone loved it. Then it was decision time. Which of three films covered in the talk would we watch? We put it to a vote.

It came out as an equal tie between Jurassic Park and The Dark Knight. How would we resolve this? A coin toss!

The toss went to The Dark Knight. In retrospect, a coin toss was a supremely fitting way to decide to watch that film.

It was fun to watch it again, particularly through the lens of Mike’s analyis of its Jungian archetypes.

But I still think the film is about game theory.

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

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