We’ve all got our bucket lists – things we want to do before we die. Some people want to climb Everest, some want to make a million dollars. Here’s a short list of things I’d like to do, with a bit of web flavour. Drink a cup of tea and nanner for an hour with… Read More

Posted October 31, 2012 at 11:58AM

My biggest professional shortfall is distraction. I’m easily distracted, and getting into a productive work state is a constant struggle. While out for a lunchtime walk the other day, I was mulling over tools to help me stay focused on a given task. Like any geek, I started with a few overly technical solutions, and… Read More

Posted October 15, 2012 at 10:17PM

In February of 2010, I powered on my first smartphone, a Blackberry Bold 9700. In the two and a half years since that day, I don’t think it’s ever left my side for more than a day. It’s changed the way I live, affected the way I relate to other people, documented some of the… Read More

Posted September 22, 2012 at 3:51PM

I hate voicemail. I really hate voicemail. It’s inefficient, expensive and annoying. I don’t like leaving voicemail, but even more, I dislike getting voicemail. Voicemail can sit, unaddressed on my phone for weeks, because there’s no point listening to the message. If you’ve left me a message, one of two things will happen: I’ll call… Read More

Posted September 4, 2012 at 1:51AM

From 2007 to 2009, I kept a journal. Written in a  series of simple Moleskine notebooks, I kept the current edition in my back pocket, and it went with me everywhere. A few nights ago, I pulled them out and started reading through them. It was a great little evening of nostalgia.  The content of… Read More

Posted August 22, 2012 at 1:13PM

So guess what showed up in my inbox this morning, just like it does every month? LinkedIn’s Monthly Spam email. I unsubscribed from LinkedIn’s spammy emails months ago, and go through the ritual every time they send me another one, but it doesn’t work. Their unsubscribe system is broken, they know it, and they refuse… Read More

Posted August 14, 2012 at 11:06AM

As web freelancers, our job is to solve problems. Sometimes we’re solving technology problems, sometimes communications problems, and sometime people problems. One of my favourite tools for problem solving is an exercise called The 5 Whys. The 5 Whys was developed by Toyota as a technique to explore the root cause of a problem. It… Read More

Posted April 8, 2012 at 9:19PM

Girl, why do you do this to me?

Don’t I love you? Don’t I respect you? Don’t I treat you better than any other man ever has? Why do you have to treat me this way?

Posted February 21, 2012 at 12:26PM

You can’t focus. You troll around Hacker News and all of the articles are about people younger than you doing cooler things, faster, and making millions doing it. You’re frustrated, depressed and unmotivated.

You’ve got the demons.

Posted February 15, 2012 at 7:47PM

Web Development isn’t just data types and syntax – it’s really about problem solving. Sometimes the problems that need solving aren’t less about computers and more about people, and that can work to your advantage.

Posted January 23, 2012 at 4:40PM