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Writing

  1. Clumsy-footed idiot

    Trying to learn D3.js. It’s hard. I’m an idiot. I made a simple thing.

  2. Black and white

    The same (good) joke from ‘Frasier’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’.

  3. Collective specular sodomy

    Thinking about how giving and accepting criticism is common in creative writing, design and acting courses, but less so in the workplace.

  4. 20th century email newsletters

    A look at some of the email newsletters I subscribed to in the 1990s.

  5. My year at Berg

    A summary of the work I did at Berg.

  6. Site back to normal

    Brief postmortem after moving all my websites to a new server.

  7. Moving servers

    Things are broken for a bit.

  8. Emails to RSS feed

    How to receive emails as items in an RSS feed using Zapier.

  9. #satire

    On Jenn Schiffer’s pieces on Medium, and people getting or not getting satire, and why Medium’s good for it.

  10. More rubbish

    On writing for the blog.

  11. Quora

    I quite like reading and writing things on Quora.

  12. Some 2013 conference talks to watch

    A selection of apparently really good talks from this year.

  13. The Twelescreen code

    About the code I wrote to make Twelescreen, and what else it can do.

  14. Twelescreen

    I made a big-screen Twitter client devoted to showing Tweets from the UK and US governments and security forces because the Tweets seem scary.

  15. Ask About Going Home

    About a Tumblr I knocked up to highlight the absurdity of the UK Border Agency’s and Home Office’s anti-illegal-immigration campaigns.

  16. ‘Measuring America’ by Andro Linklater

    My notes on this fascinating book about the history of mapping the continent.

  17. My new(ish) job and a decade of freelancing

    On why I decided I needed a proper job after ten years of freelancing.

  18. Digital pianos

    Some of what I’ve learned about the digital piano market. Also, how it compares to digital cameras.

  19. The Sound and the Fury playlist

    A playlist for the BBC’s series ‘The Sound and the Fury’ on 20th century classical music.

  20. Mike Johnston’s Jazz Starter Kit playlist

    A Spotify playlist for people who don’t know much about jazz but are interested.

  21. Year-by-year playlist

    I made a playlist with a song named after every year since 1945.

  22. Our Incredible Journey

    About my new site, chronicling what often happens when an internet start-up is purchased by a larger company.

  23. The Canadian iron ring tradition

    Canadian engineers wear rings on their little fingers as a reminder of their responsibilities to the public.

  24. Decades-long projects

    What I considered when starting the ten-year Pepys’ Diary project again.