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Writing: 2011

  1. Protecting the City

    David Cameron protecting the City of London — not the UK — in Europe.

  2. Work/life balance

    Wondering whether your company providing non-work services helps or hinders work-life balance.

  3. FRSTEE the Snowman

    RIG have just launched the customised Christmas decoration.

  4. ‘Rip It Up And Start Again’ playlist

    I made a 14 hour Spotify playlist of the music from Simon Reynolds’ book.

  5. One dimensional news

    Looking back at my Today’s Guardian site, after using it for a while. And identifying a problem all digital news design seems to have.

  6. Asymmetry

    The asymmetry of how we judge others, at an individual level and as one country to another.

  7. Moving from Delicious to Pinboard

    I’m switching to Pinboard from Delicious.

  8. Drive

    A single scene in ‘Drive’ has stuck with me over all the others.

  9. Being wrong about now

    Why is it OK for the IMF to keep changing their GDP forecasts for the current year?

  10. Two million radio sets capable of broadcasting

    Reviewing Tim Wu’s ‘The Master Switch’, Steve Coll describes how once anyone could broadcast their own radio station.

  11. Postwar by Tony Judt

    Bits of the book that jumped out at me.

  12. Hobbies

    Wondering about hobbies, which seem a rarer idea in the age of the Internet.

  13. They ate the money

    John Lanchester on the feeling of people in Greece and elsewhere about the economic crisis.

  14. Metaphorical warehouses

    What I’ve been up to, work-wise, during the 2010-11 academic year.

  15. Using virtualenv with Django on WebFaction

    Getting a Django site running on WebFaction hosting using virtualenv.

  16. The undercover quanitifed self

    A chunk of Hamish MacGibbon’s father’s life was recorded by the security services, and still readable fifty years later.

  17. Then behave yourselves

    Stephen Sedley in the LRB comparing an intrusive media to a snooping state.

  18. A form of augmented reality

    About a kind of augmented reality that many people already use every day, inspired by Kevin Slavin’s talk.

  19. That’s no city

    Rosemary Hill on the Shard as a “vertical city”.

  20. Today’s Guardian v1.1

    I’ve made some small improvements to my Today’s Guardian website.

  21. Hyphenation on the web

    The state of hyphenation on the web.

  22. One of today’s futures

    James Bridle’s ‘New Aesthetic’ has got me thinking about today’s futures again, rather than yesterday’s.

  23. Living lightly to cope with disaster

    An article in the LRB about Japan’s historical response to disasters, and how it perhaps used to cope better.

  24. Ships, terrorists, red tape, persons

    Notes from an article about the history of English law.

  25. ‘Always Magic in the Air’ Spotify playlist

    A Spotify playlist of songs discussed in Ken Emerson’s book ‘Always Magic in the Air’.

  26. ‘Always Magic in the Air’ by Ken Emerson

    A review and/or notes on this book about the music that came out of New York’s Brill Building in the 1950s and 60s.

  27. Updated: A Beginner’s Guide to Freelancing

    I’ve updated my long guide to freelancing.

  28. Two billion viewers

    Did two billion people really watch the royal wedding?

  29. My memories of Chipping Hill School

    What I can remember from when I was around five, six and seven.

  30. Funding niche news services

    Matt Edgar’s trying to get a few people to fund a quality, local news serivce for Leeds.

  31. More blogging

    It’s time for more blogging.

  32. What I read on my holiday

    Notes from holiday reading.

  33. My talk about Samuel Pepys’ diary as an online story

    My slides and audio of my talk at SkillSwap Seeking Stories in Brighton.

  34. That dreadful phrase

    The government’s East London Tech City scheme tries to make a single “city” out of two very different places.

  35. Trailers as movies

    I’d love to see a movie or TV show delivered at the same speed as trailers are.

  36. Flexible with strong faces

    Examples of odd and interesting casting calls sent out for adverts.

  37. 1950 suits

    Some stills of men in suits from a 1950 film about cricket.

  38. Embarrassingly pimping

    I spoke at The Story about Pepys’ Diary, and would like to speak about it at more events.

  39. Whoops! by John Lanchester

    Notes on the book about the financial crash.

  40. Papanek on clogs

    BERG’s post about Nike Mayfly shoes reminded me of Victor Papanek talking about clogs.

  41. Misfits is Buffy good

    ‘Misfits’ is great in the same way that ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ was good.

  42. Coins and Experiments

    A pointer to some quotes from a couple of LRB articles that happen to mention Pepys.

  43. Joining Really Interesting Group

    I’m joining Really Interesting Group with some other friendly faces.

  44. Pepys’ Diary data available to play with

    I’ve just released lots of the data behind the site in JSON format for people to make things with.

  45. Today’s Guardian source

    I’ve released the source code for my Today’s Guardian website.

  46. A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich

    A timeline of events mentioned in this lovely history book.

  47. Proper, big, exciting

    I was on ‘The One Show’ talking about Samuel Pepys and diaries. Being to TV is exciting.

  48. A metaphor

    The only two responses Palin’s team could make to the Giffords shooting that make sense.