Week Notes – Sick Note

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Bleugh! After an amazing time at #EMFcamp, I succumbed to the post-festival lurgy. So this week is mostly brought to you by Vick Vapour Rub and Kleenex 🤧 🤧 🤧


I was honoured to be asked to visit the National Archives in Kew to talk about AI strategy. The whole event was streamed and you can jump to my bit at 5 hours, 5 minutes.


Not strictly my job, but I got roped into a very depressing conversation about accessibility. Websites have to be accessible – that’s literally the law – so it’s upsetting to speak to people in other departments who just don’t get it.

  • “Surely that doesn’t apply to us?” – yes, yes it does.
  • “We don’t have the time for this!” – tough.
  • “Do blind people even use our website?” – OMG!

ARGH! I think we mostly convinced them that accessibility is a priority, but I’m sad that we’re still running up against objections.

In Print

The Economist mentioned me in their recent story about BlockChain hype.
A printed page from the magazine.
They’re referencing my Leonardo da Vinci prank from earlier this year.

Reading List

What books I’ve read this week. Affiliate links ahead.


  • Stranger Things Happen – Kelly Link
    • A bizarre and inventive series of short stories. Each one of which I’d’ve happily read as a novel. Perfect mix of Gaiman and Lovecraft. I picked this up in a Humble Bundle years ago – and I wish I’d read it sooner.


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