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Fri, Sep. 20th, 2019, 03:30 pm
Using the Web for Exhibition Interactives

As part of the preparing to leave the Bodleian I've been revisiting a lot of the documentation I've written over the last eight years. It occurred to me that I've never written publicly about how the Bodleian's digital signage/interactives actually work; there are possible lessons to learn.



Tue, Sep. 3rd, 2019, 02:40 pm
Counting Down

I wasn't sure that my whiteboard at the Bodleian, which reminds my co-workers exactly how many days I've got left in the office, was attracting as much attention as it needed to. If I don't know what my colleagues don't know about how I do my job, I can't write it into my handover notes.

So I


Fri, Aug. 30th, 2019, 12:00 am
Automattic Recruitment (days -179 to -51)

128 days ago I applied to work at Automattic Inc. Here's the deeper story about how that went:


Thu, Jul. 25th, 2019, 06:03 am
LABS Comic RSS Archive

Yesterday I recommended that you go read Aaron Uglum's webcomic LABS which had just completed its final strip. I'm a big fan of "completed" webcomics - they feel binge-able in the same way as a complete Netflix series does! - but Spencer quickly pointed out that it's annoying for we enlightened


Fri, Jul. 19th, 2019, 04:10 pm
Shifting into Automattic

In October of this year - after eight years, six months, and five days with the Bodleian Libraries - I'll be leaving for pastures new. Owing to a combination of my current work schedule, holidays, childcare commitments and conferences, I've got fewer than 29 days left in the office.



Mon, Jul. 15th, 2019, 10:13 am
DanQ.me Ecosystem

With IndieWebCamp Oxford 2019 scheduled to take place during the Summer of Hacks, I drew a diagram (click to embiggen) of the current ecosystem that powers and propogates the content on DanQ.me. It's mostly for my own benefit - to be able to get a big-picture view of the ways my website talks


Fri, Jun. 28th, 2019, 12:01 am
Anniversary Break

We might never have been very good at keeping track of the exact date our relationship began in Edinburgh twelve years ago, but that doesn't stop Ruth and I from celebrating it, often with a trip away very-approximately in the summer. This year, we marked the occasion with a return to Scotland,


Mon, Jun. 17th, 2019, 09:43 pm


You know how sometimes you get an idea, and you already wrote and extended the code that makes it possible so surely you only need to do a little audio editing and CSS animation tweaking and graphic design and HOLY SHIT HOW DID IT GET SO LATE?
Totally worth it.
Also available


Sat, May. 25th, 2019, 07:47 pm
I Don't Watch YouTube (Like You Watch YouTube)

I was watching a recent YouTube video by Derek Muller (Veritasium), My Video Went Viral. Here's Why, and I came to a realisation: I don't watch YouTube like most people - probably including you! - watch YouTube. And as a result, my perspective on what YouTube is and does is fundamentally biased


Tue, May. 14th, 2019, 07:48 pm
BBC News... without the sport

I love RSS, but it's a minor niggle for me that if I subscribe to any of the BBC News RSS feeds I invariably get all the sports news, too. Which'd be fine if I gave even the slightest care about the world of sports, but I don't.

It only takes a couple of seconds to skim past the sports


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