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30 July 2014

Writing

  1. Visit your nearest branch

    I tried to open a business bank account but it was surprisingly hard.

Links

  1. Suck: Daily - Nothing for Nothing

    1996, on giving away content for free.

Tweets

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @infovore No sorry required! I'm pleased to realise it's starting again.

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    @infovore Ooh good. Hadn't even realised S02 was around. Starts on More 4 next week!

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    @pkqk @tomstuart God, last year, trying to learn how to test things properly by trying to find decent RSpec docs. Not productive.

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    @tedmills Well jel.

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    @george08 I’m sure there are plenty of worse countries!

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    @mattsheret That one recurs daily.

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    @denisewilton No I can’t! (OK, think that one’s done.)

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @mattsheret I have no excuses. Shall I start the day again?

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @denisewilton It’s only 5pm! Admittedly, considering past mistakes is going to take a fair old while…

  • philgyford’s avatar

    Doing well with today’s Getting Things Done process.

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    @inthecompanyof I support the specific campaign but Save Tech City’s tone feels like part of the area’s problem not it’s solution. Good luck

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    @inthecompanyof It appears to take a very short-term self-involved view of the area. “We changed it but we like it now so no more change ta”

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    @genmon Yeah, should have had a better pay-off. “And so I will now only barter my services.”

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @inthecompanyof …the kinds of people who have stopped Shoreditch being weird. We are the reason rent has gone up and developers moved in.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @inthecompanyof Because it comes across as “Keep Shoreditch Weird!” when it looks like all the people on that page are, like me, exactly…

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    @inthecompanyof It’s nothing to do with using “Tech City”! (Not that I like the name.)

  • philgyford’s avatar

    I wrote more about my frustrating attempts to open a business bank account last week: gyford.com/phil/writing/2… Yes, that sounds really dull.

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    @inthecompanyof Again, the specific campaign is worthwhile, but the initial messaging of Save Tech City makes me roll my eyes.

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    @inthecompanyof Because it comes across as “Don’t change Tech City now that we’re here and have changed it just enough so that we like it.”

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @inthecompanyof @jasecoop @ntlk Good luck with the campaign. Unfortunately, Save Tech City, with all those faces, makes me laugh/despair.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @jasecoop @ntlk As I said, the campaign against the building is fine. The vague “Save Tech City” site comes across as nonsense.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    If you don’t know, Midtown is west of Tech City, east of Theatreland and north of Northbank.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    Londoners, join my campaign to KEEP MIDTOWN WEIRD!

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    @jasecoop @ntlk I’m not saying it used to be better, just that it was better for other people whose views were as valid as ours.

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    @jasecoop @ntlk But people who have come to Shoreditch because of all the start-ups etc are complicit in the area changing.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @jasecoop @ntlk You can *say* it all you like. People always have and always will.

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    @jasecoop @ntlk Artists complained about having to move out of Hoxton Square when we all arrived. Are we more right than they were?

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    @jasecoop @ntlk *That* is the thing. You can’t say “I’m glad we’ve changed it this much, but no more.”

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @jasecoop @ntlk Because all those people (people like me, maybe you) *are* the reason “Tech City” has changed over the past 15ish years.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @jasecoop @ntlk Why what?

  • philgyford’s avatar

    This seems a worthwhile campaign about Shoreditch: morelightmorepower.co.uk This, related, is hilariously un-selfaware: savetechcity.herokuapp.com

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    @flaneur @jonty I know! It’s focused, makes more sense, is something concrete you can say yes or no about.

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    @NeilBennun @jonty There is a valid bigger issue. But consultants, biz-dev, entrepreneurs etc complaining “Tech City” isn’t what it was…?!

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    @jonty Amazing. The actual campaign morelightmorepower.co.uk seems focused on a single development. I don’t know why they’re confusing things.

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    @jonty I keep looking at it. I can’t quite believe it’s real or that those people so lack in self-awareness.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @joe_malia @alruii Oh forget it then. I know it’s your big day but the doves hammer home an important point at the 78 minute mark.

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    @joe_malia @alruii PS. Hope it’s a special day.

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    @joe_malia @alruii Great. I have two hours, yeah? I’ll need an IMAX screen and no one can enter or leave once I’ve begun. No autographs.

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    @alruii @joe_malia Who’s doing the keynote?

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    @holgate We can only Save Tech City by scrapping all mobile phones and going back to 14.4 modems.

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    @gsvoss @flaneur Remember the good old days when the Plague really brought the Tech City community together?

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    @flaneur KEEP TECH CITY AMERICAN!

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    @agentGav Yes, the Huguenots, then Jews.

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    Anyway, a blog post from 2012 about Shoreditch / Tech City: gyford.com/phil/writing/2…

  • philgyford’s avatar

    @flaneur Year 2042: Save Tech City by returning it to the traditional VC-funded start-ups, American corporations and luxury hotels!

  • philgyford’s avatar

    Sorry, I’m being sarcastic. We should Save Tech City by returning it to the musicians and artists of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    Sorry, that was silly. We should Save Tech City by returning it to the printers, furniture makers and tailors of the 19th century.

  • philgyford’s avatar

    We should Save Tech City by returning it to fields. It’s been downhill since the 18th century. motco.com/map/81002/Seri…

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    @tomstuart Save Shoreditch from people with responsive faces. Or FOR people with responsive faces. I’m confused.

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    Enhancing one of last week’s tweets: ‘Falling Down’ starring Victor Meldrew.

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    @weareicoEx “we will continue to support Sifteo Cubes and Sifteo users”

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    @KushalP Just swim. I would do more (with a few more pauses to get my breath back) but it gets boring!

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    @KushalP Not every. Three mornings a week, all being well.

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    @minor9th Yeah, lightweight.

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    Swam the usual 1000m this morning. Met a woman in the lift who finished swimming the Channel at 4am.

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    @agpublic phil@gyford.com

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    @agpublic Er, yes. Not entirely sure what being hit up for a quote means, but why not.

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    @spaceboy Someone is subtweeting.

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  • tomstuart’s avatar

    idk, you say “startup culture is entitled man-children building mostly bullshit to make rich white guys richer” and people get all offended

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    It’s weird that I use Twitter to drive tons of signups, and as a critical support channel, but they don’t have any way for me to pay them