All the books I've read this year

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85 Book Covers.

Last year, I set myself a challenge to only read books by women. I got through 42 books - not bad for a pandemic! This year I was more relaxed - I just picked books which took my fancy. And a few that I needed to read for my MSc. Quite a few came from…

How many of my colleagues are replicants?

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You're in a desert walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise crawling toward you. You reach down and flip it over onto its back. The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs, trying to turn itself over, but it can't. Not without your help. But you are not helping. Why is that? Answers available are Is this the test now? What desert? Tortoise? What's that? Do you make up these questions or do they write them down for you? What do you mean, I'm not helping?

I hate the way modern workplaces make you beg for feedback. Something about the forcing of humanity into little boxes and vague sentiments really gets my goat. So, this year, I added an extra question to my validation-seeking questionnaire. As well as asking how I did this year, what I could do better, where we…

2021 - a year in review

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Terence Eden standing outside Number 10 Downing Street.

It's my birthday! As is customary, here's my year in review. See 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. Like lots of you, I guess, it kind of feels like a year of stasis and stagnation. The last year seems to have whizzed by. Most of it spent in the same…

"It's better to ask forgiveness" only works when there's a positive disparity in power

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When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bike. Then I realised, the Lord doesn't work that way. So I just stole one and asked Him to forgive me Emo Philips Perhaps, in the context of technology, you've heard the phrase "Better to seek forgiveness than beg for permission"?…

Thinking of uses for BlockChains

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A tiny lego Storm Trooper eats a chocolate coin.

Kevin Kelly has written an insightful blog post about Class 1 / Class 2 Problems. I encourage you to read it. I agree with the thesis, but not the specific conclusion. Blockchain tech could unleash collaborations of several million members working on one project in real time, or orgs that are far more leaderless than…

Book Review: Glass Coffin by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch (Darkwood Book 3)

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Book cover. An ornate clock stands at five minutes to midnight.

The tyrannous Huntsmen have declared everyone in one village to be outlaws, since they insist on supporting the magical beings of neighbouring Darkwood. Why won’t they accept that magic is an abomination? Far from being abominable, the residents of Darkwood are actually very nice when you get to know them, even Snow the White Knight,…

Open UK at COP26

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I spent last Thursday at COP26 - as part of the Open UK delegation. It was an amazing day - which filled me with hope. As it was my first large in-person event since the Before-Times, I was extremely nervous about how it would go. Thanks to the Herculean efforts of Amanda Brock, May Cheung…

Smart Quotes and Coding Examples

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Screenshot of a command line which has curly quotes.

Every so often, I copy and paste some code from a website and it utterly fails. This is probably a good reminder not to practise ✂️ & 📋 development, but it is also a reminder that "smart" formatting often trips up new students. Here are a few examples I've seen recently - produced as a…

No one knows what's coming next

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Photo of a black swan swimming in water. By Purple Slog on Flickr.

The book Antifragile is pretty bad. Like most popular management books, it's a single useful idea padded out with anecdotes. Some organisations are overly reliant on the status quo. If a single thing changes, it can be catastrophic. For example, a sudden shortage of HGV drivers causes their entire supply chain to collapse and they…

Gadget Review: Avigator 455W Projector. 1080p & WiFi for £150!

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Product shot of the projector.

The good folks at ASAKUKI have sent me one of their fancy WiFi Projectors to review. Straight out of the gate, it's important to set expectations. This is a ~£150 projector. You aren't going to get the same fidelity as a £1,000 laser projector with quantum nano pixel marketing gibberish. Instead, you get a native…