Three years ago I wrote: “I’m excited to be joining GDS, to see what I can help them achieve and what I can learn from some world class people”.
Mostly as a reminder to myself when setting up a new laptop.
Anyone following my life by the continuity of this blog alone may be confused by this title.
Created by Martin D., one of my ex-colleagues from Last.fm, this is an amazing visualisation of scrobbling activity by year, month, day of the week and even time of day.
This is a litte project I started a while back but only finished/cleaned up recently. It’s a simple information radiator that shows you what a Last.fm user is listening to right now.
8 years of scrobbling, 55,000 tracks and 4 years with the incredible Last.fm team, it’s been a blast, but it’s time to move on and do something new.
Last Autumn a group of us visited Berlin, renting a bit apartment, exploring the city and taking lots of photos. I don’t upload photos to Facebook, I’m more of a Flickr guy, but it was interesting to watch Becky upload hers and compare the process.
I received this email a few months ago, and it made me smile.
Last night I spent 30 minutes having a play with a new (to me) programming language, Erlang.
Yesterday I had a brief conversation on Twitter with Elizabeth Varley of Tech Hub about their claims of 700% startup growth in the Old Street area. I’d suggest reading the original article and the Twitter conversation first. I was convinced to write up some broader thoughts by an excellent post by James Darling, so that is worth reading too.
Twitter have been slowly rolling out access to it’s new web interface, to much discussion, arguing and complaining - not to mention recent security issues.
Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Design It, Build It conference in Newcastle, where I gave a talk entitled “ Last.fm vs Xbox.”
I’ll be speaking at Design it, Build it - A one day web conference on April 28th in Newcastle. It’s aimed at both designs & developers with a separate track of talks for each
About 3 months ago I jumped out of a plane. From about 14,000 feet. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years now, and i’m glad I finally did. I’m not sure I’d do it again though.
Now it’s launched in London I’ve been playing around with the Foursquare API. While it’s not the best API i’ve come across it gives you reasonable access to their data, so i’ve been pretty happily building some small tools using their data.
Last.fm music taste visualised as a London tub-map
A week later I still haven’t written up my SF trip and as a friend asked for tips here’s a micro version!
I haven’t had to rip any CDs on my current laptop till now. I didn’t have a decent ripper and I wouldn’t be using the one built in to iTunes (it’s rubbish). It’s such a rare task to setup a good ripper that I have to go searching for all the details again.
Thanks to the beauty of the Internet Archive I was able to find copies of all my old posts. An earlier version of this site was powered by a Wordpress install and apparently I didn’t make backups of the database. It’s quite sad losing content, some of it was quite good and it’s left lots of dead links.
64 years ago, on July 16, 1945 Trinity was the first test of an atomic weapon.
Just testing the Tumblr API. I’ve been pulling content in to my personal site) via the JSON API using the search parameter.
Recently I went to Open Tech 2009 “an informal, low cost, one-day conference on slightly different approaches to technology, democracy and community. This year’s theme is “Working on Stuff that Matters”. This year it was held at University of London Union, central London.
I tweeted some bash-fu using xargs:
Congrutulations, you’re on an outdated verison of OS X, but you still want to play with cool things like Playdar. Here’s a hassle filled guide to compiling it from source.
I started using Twitter a couple of years ago, following the buzz of SXSW ‘07. I started out, as almost everyone did, with my statuses open to everyone. There seemed no reason to be private with my status updates. Twitter was a (relatively) new and tiny service, known only to power-geek types so privacy concerns didn’t really enter in to it.
There proper lineup has been announced and is available on the Truck Festival website. Finally!
I was going to include this little rant in my @media round-up post, but thought better of it, lest I get too ranty. So yes, this will be a fairly quickly written up little rant, please treat it as such.
My first @media and it was a lot of fun.
I’ve been meaning to upgrade PHP on my macbook for a while now, today I finally got around to it with a little help from Marc Liyanage PHP Package.
If you not familiar with the FAMFAMFAM Silk icons they’re a set of 1000 beautiful little 16×16px icons that you’re free to use under the CC-Attribution license.
If you use last.fm the you can get some pretty interesting statistical data about your musical habits.
Note: We actually did this a few months ago now – But I lost the ‘making of’ pictures and only found them again recently.
I’ve been back a couple of days now, so of course people have asked how it was, and my response has been ‘Amazing‘. I really do mean that, the entire week was great. It was a fantastic holiday, full of interesting panels, great people, delicious food and excellent parties. I’ve already started hustling friends into coming next year.
So i’ve already fallen a day behind on my plan to throw something up here every day.
Finally arrived in Austin, unpacked, had a shower and feel human again.
Sorry to the (few) people who haven’t been been able to access the site recently. For the past 6 months or so I’ve been hosting this blog on the server at work, so when we switched ISP’s (and thusly IPs) I completely forgot to update my DNS record.
Over the holidays I came discovered Code Golf and got quite addicted to one of the challenges, for those unfamiliar with it:
I’ve been back from Brighton for almost 24 hours now and I’ve just about caught up on sleep. It was a blast.