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Personal productivity hacking

When I look back over the last year, one area in particular stands out as needing improvement. Both at work, where I'd let a wide range of extra-curricular activity slowly drift away until I was doing little beyond my immediate team's scope; and at home, when after six months of…

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What I was reading in 2016

Part two of my regular annual look back at the art that I consumed in the past twelvemonth, here are the books that I managed to read in 2016. Sadly my reviews blog has been sorely neglected over the last couple of years, a situation I hope to remedy in…

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What I Listened To In 2016

Another trip around the sun, another set of end-of-year lists to be assembled. I remain committed to exploring new music across (almost) all genres, yet despite that there are still several familiar names at the top of the yearly charts for 2016. Top 10 Artists listened to in 2016 Tegan…

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On worldbuilding

Although the first draft of my book is now complete, there is a lot of work still to be done to flesh out the world in which the story takes place. I'm not completely satisfied with many of the names I have used (both for the characters and the locations)…

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Add It Up: Initial concept, mobile scope

The financial web application that I have in mind is relatively simple in concept, but contains some interesting design challenges that I want to explore here. The elevator pitch is simple: the app lets you copy-and-paste your financial transactions (in whatever format your bank uses), categorising and correcting as you…

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Let's Add It Up

At Booking.com, we don't just develop software. Figuring out how to develop our people -- specifically, our designers -- is one of the fun things I sometimes get to work on. And, naturally, part of that is figuring out how to develop myself as well. One of the ways…

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On personal pronouns

One of the aspects of writing over which I stumble most frequently is the use of personal pronouns. Given a conversation between two characters, it often feels reductive to rely purely on repetition of their names and "he" or "she" -- but, equally, throwing in more descriptive pronouns like "the…

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