Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Passion and the Developer

danbo tightrope

I go to a startup event, and it's interesting to hear non-technical people talking about developers like over-priced commodities. L comes to me for advice, she's contemplating her next move and worrying about whether or not she feels passion for the project. C reads my blog, tells me that she can tell I'm passionate about writing from my writing. I say, "that doesn't ...

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Time Blocking


The thing about knowing more about what you're doing, is that more people want to talk to you about it, and you have less and less time to actually… do it. And so people block their calendars with "Do not Schedule" and "Make Time!" and presumably try to be diligent about actually enforcing this. But it's ...

Monday, July 7th, 2014

I Used To Make Apps

sparkly elephant

In my copious amounts of spare time, I'm been playing with iOS lately (some actual coding posts coming soon, I hope). It's fun, how quickly I can pull together a framework for an app. The satisfaction of something appearing, that didn't used to be there. It's that feeling of making. I miss it. I miss the instant ...

Friday, July 4th, 2014

ModevUX: Turning the Ship Overnight: A Responsive Retrofit at an Enterprise Scale

responsive design

Talk from Capital One on moving their 2,500 page site to be mobile optimised. My Takeaway They drove mobile traffic up from 4%, to 40% in a year. My main shock here was that anyone was seeing mobile traffic as low as 4% in mid-2013. Given general internet trends, mobile traffic much below 40% is a sign ...

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The Care and Feeding of Interns

Mini Danbo Climbs the Hose

Internships are often billed as a "3 month job interview", but from the other side they are a 3 month stint in being a people manager, and the first opportunity people have to have a real impact on someone else's career. This can be in a good way - the internship that makes the intern feel ...

Monday, June 30th, 2014


Adorable Animal Background Beautiful Brown

I've been in a bit of an emotional funk for the last week or so, and I really wanted to snap out of it this weekend. I made myself go to the gym, and that didn't work (actually I felt worse). I wrote something, but concluded it was rubbish. I went on an adventure with a ...

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Python Programming With Little Stemettes

hamster eating grape

Slightly last minute, I found myself putting together a workshop in python for a Stemettes event. The constraints: It has to be in python. I don't really code in python much (light scripting, which I don't do much of). It has to relate to banking. There are lots of people coming to help. These people do not know how to code. The girls ...

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Teaching Chaos

Chaos Theory

My friend Linda teaches drawing at University (amongst a wide assortment of things), and she was explaining a fascinating exercise to me. Requirements: white paper, charcoal, eraser, glue stick & tolerance for dirt. This is all about developing lots of strategies for recovering from errors and changes, and stumbling upon expressive, aggressive marks and effects that you ...

Monday, June 9th, 2014

The Procrastination Project

Reverse Whack-A-Mole

There is something I'm working on that I'm really excited about, that if we have hung out in person I may well have talked about, but it has been going nowhere. So "I'm working on X" has really only been true if "work" is defined as "not getting around to and feeling really guilty about". This was ...

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