Friday, July 24th, 2020
Sunday, July 19th, 2020
Friday, May 8th, 2020
Thanks for that, Dan—it was fun!
Needs more banjo though. 😉
Thursday, April 30th, 2020
Monday, March 30th, 2020
Violent Femmes, Blister In The Sun?
Monday, January 27th, 2020
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
Monday, November 25th, 2019
(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
But what does it mean!!??
Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
Thursday, July 4th, 2019
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.
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
Friday, June 14th, 2019
Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Friday, March 22nd, 2019
Bumped into @csswizardry in Heathrow. Statistically speaking, this was only a matter of time.
Monday, March 18th, 2019
Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
Friday, May 18th, 2018
Friday, May 11th, 2018
Saturday, March 17th, 2018