Menu

If only I had known I should have become a watchmaker

Featured

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

Featured

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…

Continue reading

Featured

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…

Continue reading

Featured

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)…

Continue reading

Featured

Running again

On January 1st this year, I did something that I hadn't done in over fourteen months. I went out running. Back in October 2013, during a long-ish run as part of my training for an upcoming half-marathon, I pulled up short with intense pain in the base of my left…

Continue reading

New Year Resolutions, 2015 Edition

Another revolution around the sun; another resolutions blog post. Last year my list was a bit hand-wavey and vague—things I might do, but no concrete parameters for success. So this year I have hard targets; they will either get done, or they won't. Edit my novel: I finished the…

Continue reading

Featured

What I was reading in 2014

And so on to Part 2 of my regular New Years Eve routine; first the music, and now the books. Scorekeeping, as ever, is by Goodreads. Fiction The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon) Hyperion (Dan Simmons) The Infernal City (Greg Keyes) Lord of Souls (Greg Keyes) The…

Continue reading