Scruffiness Privilege

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Web Developer with a job (has a great big beard). Web Developer without a job (is clean shaven).

When I was at school, we had to wear a uniform. Black trousers, white shirt, brown blazer, brown tie. Coincidentally, it was more-or-less the same uniform as the local supermarket. On the last day of school, I ripped off my tie and vowed never to wear one again. And, aside from the occasional wedding and… Continue reading →

Episode 22 - Recycling with TerraCycle

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I'm joined by my old school-chum Rebecca Bradshaw - as we talk about an innovative recycling company - TerraCycle. You can find out more about their recycling programme on Twitter. Sorry for the slightly iffy audio-quality. The call recorder on my phone is OK for admin, but not brilliant for podcasting. Will try to record… Continue reading →

Episode 21: Ada Lovelace Day Live!

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Suw and Terence sat on the sofa.

I'm joined by Suw Charman-Anderson - powerhouse and founder of Finding Ada. You can follow Finding Ada on Twitter and you can support the project on Patreon. If you'd like to have a chat with me - get in touch. https://shkspr.mobi/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Suw-Finding-Ada.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:30 — 1.2MB)Subscribe: Android Google Podcasts RSS

GovGeeks T-Shirts

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A t-shirt with the slogan "Make things open it makes things better."

Like all true geeks, my laptop is a smörgåsbord of stickers dedicated to openness. And, like all true geeks, I have loads of t-shirts that advertise failed start-ups, trendy apps, and unconferences. Why not combine the two? (Thanks to Matt Edgar for the NHS artwork.) (Thanks to Jukesie for his MVB design.) You can buy… Continue reading →

I don't have a community

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Some giant question marks standing in a field.

I get confused when I hear statements on the news like "community leaders have called for calm" or "community leaders will be encouraged to host informative programs" or "assurances were provided by local community leaders" or "community leaders have launched a campaign"... I want to ask you a simple question. Who are your community leaders?… Continue reading →

Book Review - Bad Blood

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Bad Blood book cover.

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.

What does "挨⎒" have to do with "<html"?

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Garbled text in an email.

I received this weird bit of mojibake in an email. Here's the raw text view: ------=_NextPart_001_009E_01D4D8BF.D0737E10 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable =E6=8C=A8=E2=8E=92tml xmlns:v=3D"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" xmlns:o=3D"= urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" xmlns:w=3D"urn:schemas-microsoft-c= om:office:word" xmlns:m=3D"http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/2004/12/omml= " xmlns=3D"http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40"> What's going on? 挨 is a Chinese, Japanese, Korean (cjk) unified ideograph (U+6328) ⎒ is the passive-pull-up-output symbol (U+2392) That's somehow replaced: < - less-than… Continue reading →

Book Review - Inferior

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A young woman wears a t-shirt with "Inferior" emblazoned on it.

Taking us on an eye-opening journey through science, Inferior challenges our preconceptions about men and women, investigating the ferocious gender wars that burn in biology, psychology and anthropology. Angela Saini revisits the landmark experiments that have informed our understanding, lays bare the problem of bias in research, and speaks to the scientists finally exploring the truth about the female sex.

Book review - Alias Grace

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A woman sits in a prison cell.

In 1843, at the age of sixteen, servant girl Grace Marks was convicted for her part in the vicious murders of her employer and his mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Grace herself claims to have no memory of the murders.