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Shovelling sand

At the start of January, I committed to a daily word target that represented more writing than I had ever done in a single day. And I was going to manage to write that much every single day, without fail? I must have been mad. But once you begin to…

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Review: Spectrum Vega

I was lucky. Back when I was a kid, in the middle of the 1980s, personal computing was just taking off, as companies like Apple and Amstrad realised that there was money to be made by bringing games machines out of the video arcades and into family homes. There were…

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On Bloom

“Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liverslices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencods' roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented…

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The D&D Alignments of A/B Testing

To the outside observer, A/B testing can appear to be a web designer's Utopia. Never make another decision! the adverts for such a place might trumpet; Let your users show you what works best! And it's certainly true that A/B testing changes to a website -- running two…

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One week and 7,400 words

So, after the first week of my self-imposed word target, I thought it would be useful to assess how it has been going. So far this year I have written more than 7,400 words, which is around the same amount as I managed in the entire last six months…

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What I was reading in 2015

This year my reading habits have changed. Not in the sense that I am choosing different books to read -- I haven't suddenly switched to historical bodice-rippers or political thrillers -- but the time I spend reading has altered dramatically as a result of abandoning the train and instead driving…

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What I listened to in 2015

Looking back, it feels as if this is what I've always done -- seeking out new music, challenging myself to give unfamiliar genres a try, discovering brand new favourites. And yet it was only last year that I made the conscious choice to do so; until 2014, it was virtually…

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Peterborough weekends, '88-'91

Between the ages of thirteen and sixteen there was a predictable pattern to my weekends. I had a paper round, and every Saturday was payday; after an early start and a late finish (since Saturdays also meant the latest copy of 2000AD was out, which I read religiously before delivering)…

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