Brighton

Brighton was my home for 21 years, and I sorely miss what a beautiful, fun, accepting place it is. It’s not just home, it’s an amazing city with a heart of gold, nestled in gorgeous countryside.

In the past couple of weeks, my wife has had two major revelations about doughtnuts: #1 I’ve just realised that doughnuts and bagels are the same, but different! #2 What do you mean they don’t cut … → August 11, 2014

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Engineering on a whole new level

Engineering geekery ahead. You’ve been warned. Been watching The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway about building CrossRail through London and it just puts …

Dear online vendors, Seriously? It’s 2014. If you expect me to have a maximum character limit for my password, or to only be able to choose from a set of 4 symbols, or worse yet, require … → July 15, 2014

Is your country the goodest?

No that’s not a lexical faux pas. It’s the intentional introduction of a new term being coined by Simon Anholt, a veteran …

If we won

Stephen Merchant, of The Office and An Idiot Abroad fame, made this hilarious ad for Newcastle Brown Ale, talking about how much …

Hangry’s antonym

I think we’ve all heard of the term hangry, a portmanteau of hungry and angry, to describe the irrational irritation that comes upon …

Derek: the good and the bad

I love watching Derek: it’s a fantastic, heart-warming and endearing dramedy written by and starring Ricky Gervais. The only downside is that …

I’m scared to go and get a wet shave at a barber shop, because I might like it too much and want to go every day! → June 6, 2014

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The occasional massacre is okay with us

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better write-up of how America feels about gun control, deciding that the occasional school shooting or neighbourhood shooting spree is a necessary evil to protect the “rights” of ordinary Americans.

How to suck

After a bit of a break on Twitter lately, I happened to just jump on one morning and saw that @norcross had …

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Clay for toothpaste?

Sometimes, I surprise even myself with how hippyish I’m becoming. This is Earthpaste: toothpaste made from little more than clay. Toothpaste is …

Working for Automattic

My experience on Trial at Automattic

I recently finished my (unsuccessful) Trial at Automattic, but it was such an eye-opening experience, that I wanted to share it with the wider world to show what an incredible company it is to work for, and to see some of what’s behind one of the busiest websites in the world.

It is better to have an enemy that keeps his word, than a friend that does not.

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