London Calling

It’s been nearly three years since I last wrote something here. I’ve been sharing snippets of life on Twitter and Instagram, but found the veneer of social interaction wore thin and constant notifications became a driver of distraction. Turning them off left me with the sense I was shouting banalities into an echoing void. So […]

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust

Three months ago, we adopted Jedi who was promptly renamed Ziggy. Here he is, on the day we adopted him, while we were filling out the paperwork.   We were told he was probably two years old1, and his slight limp was probably from his horrible maltreatment or a previous injury. He was treated incredibly badly, […]

s/GOOG/TWTR/

A little over three years ago1, I left LucasArts to join Google. I have now left Google to join Twitter. I have an amazing opportunity to join the Mesos team at a point in their development that is ideal: The technology is built, the company has invested heavily in it, but there’s still a huge amount to […]

URL shortener in go

I recently combined all my various blogs into this one and then realised that, yet again, the length of my name is a pain. Especially when it comes to URLs. I also realised that I’d never tried to build a URL shortener, so I did. Full source available here. There are a few tutorials around […]

All the small things

Someone, on checking out my github page, recently commented that I’m more of a breadth than a depth developer. I’m not sure that this is entirely accurate, though I didn’t take offence, but it is true that many of my personal projects are small one-off toys. This post is a tour of some of them. […]

gomud

I needed an excuse to learn go, and none of the usual candidate projects that I usually use to pick up a new language seemed to fit well. I was thinking back to how I started programming, and the transition from hobby programming to professional was largely thanks to working as a creator on Discworld […]

Hole hearted

Rodney Jones is a jazz guitarist who has played with some of the greats, including James Brown and Dizzy Gillespie. This may seem largely irrelevant but it’ll make sense later. I rarely play the guitar around those outside my immediate family. I’ve been playing for over 20 years but I have no sense if I’m any […]

Star Trekkin’

My review of Star Trek Into Darkness can be succinctly written: As a film, I enjoyed it. As a Star Trek film, I didn’t. There are two specific reasons why it didn’t work for me as a Star Trek movie. First, after the first J J Abrams movie, I was encouraged that they’d found a way to […]