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2019-08-18: NB reminds us to embrace the simplest of movements, walking

2019-08-15: I’m starting to wonder if running a side-product is worth the hassle given the amount of …

2019-08-14: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Trailer I can’t wait for this. I remember watching this as a kid. Everything about it was amazing. …

2019-08-13: Playing with the Dark Sky API and the Bootstrap card component As part of a side-project I’m working on, I’ve been trying to build an informative …

2019-08-13: Drew’s first hit on the course Drew’s played his first six holes on the course today from the shortened blue tees we have for our …

2019-08-13: Nicholas Bate reminds us to do the right things.

2019-08-08: Spent the day exploring the beaches and grounds around Culzean Castle today. Such a great place to …

2019-08-06: Had a great time yesterday at St Andrews. Got the boys picture on the Swilken bridge, walked along …

2019-08-04: A few pieces of the Webpack puzzle are starting to fall into place now. Got a few notes so that I …

2019-08-04: Coffee on my desk, pen and paper ready, text editor open. This morning’s goal is to get my …

2019-08-02: Great night tonight. Some ten pin bowling with Jen and the boys and then a wee walk along the Clyde.

2019-08-02: iTerm’s new status bar with configurable Python components should mean no more faffing about with …

2019-08-02: Looking forward to my new development role with the NHS National Services Scotland in a few weeks. …

2019-08-02: It’s never too late to start writing.

2019-07-30: Rebooting my reading list with a trusted author Despite only being a few chapters from the end of Cixin Liu’s The Wandering Earth, I decided to give …

2019-07-29: A corrupt bailout? I often wonder why we as a planet, can’t seem to get our shit together, and then I’m reminded by …

2019-07-26: A prize fund of $30m, a world-class centre stage, and only the best can take part after months of …

2019-07-26: Not content with being an already great free service, Unsplash now has collections for education.

2019-07-25: I’ve added “Galaxy Fold” to the growing list of muted tech topics that I …

2019-07-24: Nicholas Bate has what you need for daily productivity.

2019-07-23: Bullet journaling again I’m bullet journaling again. To be honest, I didn’t really stop. I’ve been keeping a light bullet …

2019-07-23: There are lots of good reasons to having your own website.

2019-07-15: I was hoping for a week free of fire-fighting, but I’ve been at my desk two minutes and guess …

2019-07-09: Laptops. Allowing people to take their work home with them since the 90’s.

2019-07-08: I’m loving the new icons and UI touches to Feedbin.

2019-07-03: Great to see Rails 6 will be shipping with multi environment credentials.

2019-07-02: Following on from the news that the Microsoft ebooks store is closing, here’s how to backup …

2019-06-28: I knew there was a reason that I stopped buying some books as ebooks.

2019-06-27: Spent the last couple of nights trying to resolve a MapKitJS and Turbolinks issue I was having. It …

2019-06-25: Looks like view components are coming to Ruby on Rails. This is going to be a great addition to the …

2019-06-19: Time for ships to be accountable for their shipping containers? Maybe it’s time to do something about the ways in which shipping containers are transported …

2019-06-18: Taking out a full page ad in your opponent’s city newspaper to congratulate them. What a class …

2019-06-18: Nicholas Bate reminds us that there is always time for a new plan.

2019-06-18: Just had that moment when you’ve been trying to work out something for ages and then you find …

2019-06-17: The beginning of Nike: A simple sales strategy My sales strategy was simple and I thought rather brilliant. I drove all over the Pacific Northwest, …

2019-06-17: Well done to Brooks Henderson winning the Meijer LPGA Classic! Just 21 years old and now …

2019-06-14: Boys had a great time tonight at the club’s junior fun night. They even walked away with a prize …

2019-06-14: The pebbles of product work I like this. Each piece of work is a mere pebble tossed into a flowing river. Maybe your pebble …

2019-06-14: Nicholas Bate reminds us to do it better, even when it’s just those everyday tasks.

2019-06-13: Thought experiment Thursday with Niklas Göke’s blog, Empty Your Cup.

2019-06-13: Tried Todoist yesterday for about five minutes and then deleted my account. The reason? I …

2019-06-13: Paid version of Firefox I’ve seen a lot arguments for and against Mozilla’s paid version of Firefox. I …

2019-06-11: Raptors were so close last night! Need to wait until Friday morning now. I must admit, I’m not …

2019-06-07: Two wins this week for the Paisley juniors. Good start to the season! Also good to see Ethan win his …

2019-06-07: Fan-made version of Star Wars scene 38 Also, I wonder if we’ll get a new version of A New Hope with this included as an option? …

2019-06-07: Where have all the good programming and development blogs gone? Maybe I’m not looking hard …

2019-06-07: Part-time career? Personally, I do think working fewer hours makes me more productive. But that’s not why I do it. The …

2019-06-05: I think I’ve arrived as a Javascript developer. I wrote this Ruby code last night. …

2019-06-05: Prefabricated future Prefabricated and self-contained homes are becoming increasingly good alternatives to traditional …

2019-06-05: I watched the final episode of Chernobyl last night. It’s without a doubt, one of the most …

2019-06-02: Found the perfect accompanying domain to go with this one, mattisms.dev. Expect web development …

2019-06-02: Respectful communication This weekend the Roman Catholic church celebrates World Communications Day. This is a day that the …

2019-06-01: I’ve been trying to solve a problem for a software product that’s been at the back of my …

2019-05-30: Lee Westwood's thoughts on the image of golf Lee Westwood has been talking about the image of golf. It’s not something I haven’t …

2019-05-30: In my internet travels today, I have came across two avatars that used Commander Keen images. …

2019-05-30: Split-screen editing on the iPad? Wow. The iPad is fast becoming a serious alternative to a laptop.

2019-05-29: Fallen friends Kurt Harden shares some thoughts on his connection with nature. Over the past 24 years I have grown …

2019-05-28: Great night for some golf.

2019-05-26: Installed Things 3 on my phone this afternoon. I’ve been struggling to make bullet journaling work …

2019-05-25: Always disappointing when you find a blog with good content and there’s no RSS feed.

2019-05-24: I try remind myself daily that I need to reduce my phone usage but it hasn’t really happened. This …

2019-05-24: Nicholas Bate with the definitive marketing strategy.

2019-05-24: Community websites and Facebook This week we almost missed another school notice about an “own clothes day” for Drew. …

2019-05-24: 21st century problems. The traffic jam getting to the top of Everest.

2019-05-23: Just watched the last episode of The Big Bang Theory. That’s how you end a TV series.

2019-05-23: Played 18 holes with Ethan last night. I started well, but as always when playing 18 holes, I fell …

2019-05-23: Service outages can be a good thing Feedbin was down again this morning, but thankfully it’s back up and running now. This is the …

2019-05-22: Technical debt explained Although I understand what technical debt is, I often find it difficult to explain it to others in …

2019-05-22: Pete Corey’s Minimum Viable Phoenix is a great starting point for those looking to learn the …

2019-05-20: Right, made it through this morning’s RSS feeds without seeing any spoilers from last …

2019-05-14: Interesting programming problem I solved this morning. Rewrite a regex expression so that it …

2019-05-13: Starting to think I might just have enough features in place for a new landing page for Markcase.

2019-05-13: Essential career advice for software developers Scott Hanselman nails it with his advice for a young university student attending the Microsoft …

2019-05-12: The personal website is back.

2019-05-11: I don’t use GitLab, but the way the company is run and managed is really refreshing. Everyone …

2019-05-11: A shame to see that Eastwood golf club is facing closure. A nice course with great views on the …

2019-05-11: The importance of doing nothing.

2019-05-10: Keeping it simple I’m building a CMS web application that allows an organisation to share content through their …

2019-05-10: Creative screen time Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed that my youngest son Drew is spending a crazy amount of …

2019-05-09: The death of lootboxes in gaming? American government officials have finally taken their shot at video game lootboxes. Specifically, …

2019-05-09: Struggling to do the usual reading and writing that I use to do on a daily basis. I finished Andy …

2019-05-08: Yes to the bigger picture and more to say yes to by Nicholas Bate.

2019-05-07: I wish we had tools like this medieval city generator when I was growing up. It would have been a …

2019-05-04: A horrible round of golf today. Started poor, a run of good holes and then another horrible hole at …

2019-05-03: Fastmail’s aliases are a great way of protecting your main email address. I had to contact a website …

2019-05-02: McIlroy says Tiger could play for ten more years. I’ll be honest, I don’t think …

2019-05-01: Great night for a hit.

2019-04-27: Just finished seeing Avengers End Game. An amazing conclusion to this part of the MCU. Fans will not …

2019-04-24: No more big game politics please It looks like the people of Scotland could be on their way for another vote on independence. …

2019-04-24: The context switching curse It’s taken me such a long time to find my way back to what I was doing yesterday. Some things …

2019-04-24: Change the game up with NB’s power rules.

2019-04-22: Ubisoft are making Assassin’s Creed Unity free to download on PC and donating money to the …

2019-04-22: It's Earth Day today, so go find a cave However, if you haven’t yet made plans and wish to take a stand, there is one activity that you can …

2019-04-22: Good advice from NB that can apply to more than just business. Start the plan to make 6 months from …

2019-04-19: Great day down at Troon today with Jennifer and the boys. Spent most of the day walking along the …

2019-04-18: The revolving door of football managers I don’t really follow the football in the UK, but it surpises me how often managers are held …

2019-04-18: Search arrives in Markcase Last night I shipped the ability to search your bookmarks in Markcase. With over 1800 bookmarks in …

2019-04-17: Last night I shipped a little search improvement to Markcase and tonight a change to another Rails …

2019-04-15: Deep work and goldfish A study commissioned by Microsoft found that since the year 2000 – or about when the mobile …

2019-04-15: My own Commonplace book has been neglected of late. Time to change that.

2019-04-14: Who to win at Augusta? I would love to see Woods win at Augusta today. It’s taken a while but he’s finally back to winning …

2019-04-13: Another concerned netizen on the rise of Chromium-based browsers.

2019-04-11: Light nights are finally here at the golf club.

2019-04-11: Checking back in after a little blog break This wasn’t intentional, it just kind of happened. With a week off work, I’ve been doing …

2019-04-03: Days Gone might just fill the gaming void until The Last of Us II comes out. 🎮

2019-04-03: We need more illustrated books Maybe it’s the books that I buy, but I don’t see many books with illustrations in them. …

2019-04-01: Related bookmarks for Markcase I’ve been making quiet and steady progress with Markcase over the last couple of weeks. Just …

2019-03-30: Me and the boys went for a walk along the Clyde today. Great day for it.

2019-03-28: Improved weather results in DuckDuckGo. Another reason to make it your default search engine.

2019-03-28: Back to Vim In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been slowly getting back into using Vim as my default text …

2019-03-23: Last of the painting done in the den this morning. Just need to get a few bookcases from Ikea for …

2019-03-23: Great advice for those building new products. At both Viaweb and YC, every minute I spent thinking …

2019-03-21: Killed by Google is a reminder that although the Google search engine has been around for over 20 …

2019-03-21: Slowing down with Michael Wade Essential advice from Michael Wade about the benefits of slowing down as a strategy. The …

2019-03-21: LucasArts is back (kinda) “Lucasfilms Games.” To quote an old master, that’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time… a long …

2019-03-21: The basics from Nicholas Bate. Glad to see that I am striving to get back to all seven of these.

2019-03-19: Curtis McHale recommends some depth.

2019-03-19: Campfire etiquette for the digital age, courtesy of Wally Bock.

2019-03-18: I watched The Players Championship over the weekend It was a great weekend of golf on the television with The Players Chamionship. Even with a few …

2019-03-18: Thinking about bringing back my weekly digest posts. For no other reason than, I just want to write …

2019-03-18: Side-projects are taking a back seat for the next few days so that I can get the den re-painted and …

2019-03-17: Almost there with registrations for Markcase. I’ll start will limited registrations to begin …

2019-03-15: Another great episode from the Rework podcast this morning. This episode features Aja Hammerly, a …

2019-03-15: After a few hours of wrestling with Vue, I finally have unit tests in place for a few components. A …

2019-03-15: Should we be surprised? Australian broadcaster Waleed Aly on the attacks in Christchurch the reason why they no longer shock …

2019-03-14: Monoliths make getting started easier An advantage of a monolith code base that can go overlooked is the minimal entry barrier to getting …

2019-03-14: Nichola Bate’s productivity boosters continues.

2019-03-13: Of all the apps that Setapp has on offer, I can’t find an alternative to Balsamiq. Oh well, …

2019-03-12: Focus this week for Markcase is to add a registration screen that is only open until the number of …

2019-03-12: What next for the web? As the World Wide Web celebrates it’s 30th birthday, Sir Tim Berners-Lee reminds us that a …

2019-03-12: Six years old and still ensuring that my RSS subscriptions are easy to digest and manage. Happy …

2019-03-11: I need to learn the shortcut keys for Slack. The constant clicking between accounts is such a …

2019-03-11: Switched to the annual plan for Micro.blog account. Another great reason to love Micro.blog!

2019-03-10: Me, Jennifer and the boys went to see Captain Marvel yesterday. A great and enjoyable movie as well …

2019-03-10: The kettle is on, notebooks are out and I’m about to kick off a weekly planning session. I’m …

2019-03-08: Okay, the device in The Expanse is not a cell-phone. Still, it looks more environmentally friendly.

2019-03-08: Apparently, Apple is now under demand to deliver a foldable iPhone. Nevermind a foldable iPhone, how …

2019-03-07: Say hello to Markcase I’ve been working on a little side-project for the last few weeks, and now I’m ready to …

2019-03-07: Michael Wade on crisis management A few thoughts from Michael Wade on crisis management. You’ll need a “deep bench” …

2019-03-07: Powerful A light installation that shows the future sea levels in a Scottish coastal town. A powerful image …

2019-03-07: You can now play your PS4 games on your iOS devices As with these other platforms, the idea behind the iOS app is to let you enjoy your PS4 titles …

2019-03-07: The “I Miss Rave” playlist on iTunes takes me back. 🎵

2019-03-07: Web Design 3.0 A very detailed post over at NicePage about the changes in web design, the gap between site builders …

2019-03-07: The MacStories team have compiled a collection of shortucts for Apple’s Shortcuts app. Well …

2019-03-06: These glacier pools in Iceland are the result of retreating glaciers. The photographs themselves are …

2019-03-05: First beta user setup on my bookmarking app, Markcase. I still have a list of bugs and features I …

2019-03-05: Planning for March with Curtis McHale Curtis McHale shares his plans for March with his bullet journal. If you need proof that it works …

2019-03-05: For those looking to learn web development, then I would highly recommend Thoughtbot’s Upcase …

2019-03-05: A book of bookmarks I can think of a few people who would appreciate these little books of bookmarks. Hat-tip to …

2019-03-04: A list of ideas for Firefox. I would love to see these picked up and made into browser extensions.

2019-03-02: Just blitzed through my unread feeds in Feedbin in a matter of minutes using the keyboard shortcuts. …

2019-03-02: Me and Jen took the boys to Taekwondo this morning. Usually we alternate it, but we decided to both …

2019-03-01: Twitter’s “Hide Tweet” button feels like another feature for the platform that …

2019-03-01: A change of seasons means a change of colour for my blog. I’ve been doing this since I started …

2019-02-28: I’ve followed Smashing Magazine’s monthly wallpaper posts since they started. I might …

2019-02-28: Is Chrome suffocating the web? Chrome’s continued dominance of the web now puts it in the same position as Internet Explorer …

2019-02-27: It’s disappointing to see a number of poor quality and outdated websites when it comes to …

2019-02-27: BritBox, the UK rival to Netflix It would be “one permanent, comprehensive home where anyone in Britain can get all of our …

2019-02-27: A trailer for all 10 Star Wars movies What’s better than one Star Wars trailer for one movie? How about a Star Wars trailer for all …

2019-02-27: Brilliant at the basics. The essential everyday list by Nicholas Bate.

2019-02-26: Overwatch: 30 characters and still going strong A massive milestone for the team shooter. 30 characters to choose from and still going strong. …

2019-02-26: A reminder from Michael Wade that not all treasure is silver and gold. Who knows what riches you can …

2019-02-26: We're slowly cooking Whether you believe the fable about boiling frogs or not, it looks like we’re becoming a world …

2019-02-26: 80 characters per line is still worth sticking to Even though we have bigger screens with more pixels available to use to view, Nick Janetakis makes a …

2019-02-26: I’m loving Patrick Rhone’s new podcast, Rhonecast.

2019-02-25: Hard to believe the Ruby language is 26 years old now. It’s definitely a programming languge …

2019-02-25: Nicholas Bate yet again delivers. This time, some pointers to dealing with the new crazy world of …

2019-02-23: Code and coffee combo this morning. Working on some changes to my bookmarking app to allow for a …

2019-02-22: Cutscenes looking worse than the game itself? I don’t know about that. In fact, I can’t …

2019-02-22: I'll keep building for the web When it comes to building ideas for applications, I will always choose the web first. It’s …

2019-02-21: Superhero movies snubbed no more I’m not one for paying particular attention to the Academy Awards, but even I had to do a …

2019-02-21: Firefall I had no idea about the “Firefall” that occurs at El Capitan at this time of year. …

2019-02-19: Just realised that my bookmarking web app Commonmarks shares the same name as CommonMark, the …

2019-02-19: I dare you to find a better picture of the moon than this one. I also think I have found myself a …

2019-02-16: Kurt Harden’s hunt for the perfect album continues. I have to say, this is fast turning into a …

2019-02-16: Cup of coffee on my desk. Pen and paper ready. Text editor open. My three essentials for weekend …

2019-02-13: Dark to light After years of using Solarized Dark as my preferred colour theme for coding, I’m starting to …

2019-02-11: Goodbye Stoop After a couple of weeks using Stoop, I’ve decided to remove the app from my phone. The app …

2019-02-11: Michael Wade reminds us that slow can be more.

2019-02-11: The perfect album Sent a few suggestions this morning for the perfect album to my buddy Kurt in Ohio. Suggestions …

2019-02-08: The web industry debate rages on The debate about the use of Javascript in the web industry and the role of the front-end developer …

2019-02-06: Scaling back I’ve been scaling back on some things recently. Canceling subscriptions for products and …

2019-02-05: Commonmarks now deployable to Heroku Over the last couple of days, I put the finishing touches to the Commonmarks application so that …

2019-02-01: Driving to work this and I caught a small glimpse of what would have been a great sunrise. I drove …

2019-01-30: Finally all done with the bait store. Now Drew is looking for his next mega build!

2019-01-29: Tolkien Exhibition in New York I would love to have seen the “Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth” exhibition in New York. …

2019-01-28: Benefits of the daily diary Good advice from Derek Sivers on keeping a daily diary: It works best as a nightly routine. Just …

2019-01-27: Commonmarks update Just a little Commonmarks update for those interested. I’m working on the password reset over …

2019-01-26: Stoop for newsletters Recently, I’ve been scaling back on the number of newsletters that I subscribe to. Some are …

2019-01-24: Bait store still a work in progress but Drew’s making good progress. 👍🏻

2019-01-22: The four-day work week is good for gender equality Another benefit to the four day work week. A four-day week, such as that proposed by Wellcome, …

2019-01-22: Still loving Musish After a week of using the open source Apple Music web player Musish, I’m still a fan. The …

2019-01-22: Don't just think it ... Write it says our man in Arizona.

2019-01-21: Another Super Bowl for the Patriots? Gutted to see the Saints go out like they did last night with the non-call on Robey-Coleman’s …

2019-01-20: Just noticed a change in the Feedbin web UI on my phone and desktop this morning. I don’t know …

2019-01-19: Drew with the first part of his Lego Ideas bait store. Even at this early stage, some of the …

2019-01-17: Great advice from Michael Wade to remember to do the small things.

2019-01-17: Nicholas Bate and his daily investments. Still a favourite blog of mine.

2019-01-15: For those interested, I’m still working on a startup screen and Heroku deploy button for …

2019-01-15: DuckDuckGo map related searches are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework. Nice to see …

2019-01-15: Signal v Noise leaves Medium It’s great to see the Signal v Noise blog running under Basecamp’s own control again. …

2019-01-11: I’m not sure what to make of the new status feature on GitHub. I barely use the status feature …

2019-01-10: More screen time for kids? According to philosophy professor Jordan Shapiro, parents should embrace the technology that their …

2019-01-10: Considering Commonmarks as a SAAS product Over the last few days there has been some interest in my bookmarking web app that I’ve been …

2019-01-09: A number of packages that I used to use in Sublime Text have disappeared over the last few months …

2019-01-09: What would you do with an empty day?

2019-01-08: What did you learn in 2018?

2019-01-08: The new world order of JavaScript There’s no denying that JavaScript is an excellent language for the web, especially the …

2019-01-08: I probably need to start thinking about imports now for Commonmarks. Pinboard and Pocket are …

2019-01-07: Private repos for developers on GitHub’s free plan is a great move by Microsoft to match the …

2019-01-07: 8 years using Ruby on Rails and today I just used the after_find callback for the first time. Every …

2019-01-07: I must admit, I do miss freelancing. Skipping the commute into the office this morning would have …

2019-01-06: I am hoping to add RSS feeds to Commonmarks today so that I can hook up my bookmarks to Micro.blog. …

2019-01-04: Just finished watching Bird Box on Netflix. Fantastic to watch but closing the blinds now. 😱

2019-01-03: Back to work It’s my first day back at work after an extended period of time off. I’m going to be …

2019-01-02: First round of the year with Ethan. Pleased to say we’re both hitting the ball well but my game …

2019-01-01: Say hi to Commonmarks My own bookmarking app is up and running. It’s nothing fancy in terms of how bookmarking apps …

2018-12-31: A few scrappy thoughts on buying online instead of locally As I picked up our New Year’s Day order from the butchers this morning, I was reminded of how …

2018-12-31: Plugging the web development knowledge gaps Dan Abromov’s Things I don’t know as of 2018, is a refreshing take on the knowledge gaps …

2018-12-30: Great afternoon exploring the Gleniffer Braes with Jennifer and Drew. Drew even came prepared with …

2018-12-28: I’m clearing the desk, sorting out notebooks, reviewing app subscriptions, getting a list of …

2018-12-28: Keep it simple.. Another great productivity booster from Nicholas Bate.

2018-12-19: Got my own bookmarking app up and running on Heroku last night using Rails. It’s a simple …

2018-12-18: I’m still not convinced that JavaScript is the way forward for web applications. At the rate …

2018-12-14: Spinning up another little greenfield Rails project. I was tempted to try another framework/language …

2018-12-13: Instagram has been getting less appealing these days. The constant adverts on my timeline don’t …

2018-12-12: Love NB’s reminder about productivity balance. When you add regular events to your diary, …

2018-12-11: Firefox 64 is here! Am I the only one who had higher expectations for this release of Firefox? It is …

2018-12-11: A fascinating and in-depth look at the typesets and other inspirations for the WALL-E movie. This …

2018-12-10: Voyager 2 has officially entered interstellar space. The distances still boggle my mind.

2018-12-09: Putting the finishing touches on a new website I’ll be lauching during the week. Great to be …

2018-12-08: Can’t wait for Avengers: End Game.

2018-12-07: A blogging style guide. Love. This. I can see me spending the weekend reading this and its suggested …

2018-12-06: A $250 set of Star Wars keys for a keyboard. Yeah, I like Star Wars, but not that much.

2018-12-06: The recruitment game in software development is similar to what Michael Wade posted today. The …

2018-12-05: The finished Lego Winter Village Fire Station. Most of the work by Drew with me just stepping in a …

2018-12-04: Trying to escape the Google monopoly on the web I read today that Microsoft is reportedly throwing in the towel with their EdgeHTML browser engine …

2018-12-04: Nicholas Bate’s simple productivity boosters continues with scheduling ahead.

2018-12-03: It’s been two years since the first trailer for The Last of Use Part 2 dropped. Two years and …

2018-12-03: An electric bike with anti-theft features and rider recognition for the city. Cost? $4000. …

2018-12-03: Lately, I have been seeing web development articles with intriguing headlines that have me clicking …

2018-12-02: I’m getting good feedback on an idea for a new service and product. The next step is to create …

2018-12-01: Drew made great progress on the Lego Winter Village Fire Station tonight. Just a wee bit of help by …

2018-11-30: Daredevil to cancel after three seasons as all good stories must come to a close So it is official. No more Daredevil seasons on Netflix. “We are tremendously proud of the show’s …

2018-11-30: Some advice from Michael Wade on doing the day.

2018-11-28: How to back up your Bear notes. Good thing I do all three of these. Just to be safe.

2018-11-27: Saturn in our sky and other planets. I’ve always imagined what this would be like. Now I know!

2018-11-27: Just learned that serverless computing isn’t about doing away with servers, it’s about …

2018-11-27: That was probably one of the best Walking Dead episodes ever. Not thee best, but definitely up …

2018-11-26: Kurt Harden knows the value of a plan.

2018-11-25: This timelapse from the ISS is just amazing.

2018-11-25: New Fleetwood Mac album downloaded. My parents musical taste definitely rubbed off on me.

2018-11-23: Autographed ebooks? Matt Gemmell continues to push the limits of content creation with an iPad.

2018-11-23: Stockpiling of wine? I’m glad to see one company taking Brexit seriously! 😂

2018-11-23: With Wreck it Ralph set to appear in Fortnite, I’m now convinced that Fortnite is nothing more than …

2018-11-22: Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends!

2018-11-21: Programming win? Bloody typical. I just spent a couple of hours adding a new field to a Rails application, built up …

2018-11-21: Social media isn't reality, but I know that As David Heinemeier Hansson leaves Instagram for the second time, the question of reality on social …

2018-11-20: I wish I had people like Michael Wade teaching me at school. A proper education in life.

2018-11-19: Curtis McHale shares his process for routines using Things for iOS.

2018-11-19: Honoured to once again find myself in amongst a wonderful collection of bloggers. Many thanks Kurt.

2018-11-19: We don’t do Thanksgiving in the Lang household on account of being in the UK, but if we did, …

2018-11-19: NB’s simple productivity boosters continues.

2018-11-19: Bracing myself for a week of Brexit drama.

2018-11-17: Building back out from self-doubt Jonathon Snook has been sharing a few thoughts on imposter syndrome and what he’s doing to …

2018-11-16: The only thing I like about Google these days is their homepage doodle. I don’t use their …

2018-11-15: Just write the damn code One of my big downfalls, when I start work on something, is wondering if I am going in the right …

2018-11-15: Coffee and worrying don't go I’m with Kurt on this, amen brother. In my diet plan you can have as much coffee as you like. …

2018-11-14: I love Curtis’ idea for a daily shutdown routine.

2018-11-14: I wish I could have read this when I started high school all those years ago. Starting High School: …

2018-11-14: The Simplest of Productivity Boosters, a new series by Nicholas Bate. Can’t wait to get the …

2018-11-13: As always, Matt Gemmell provides a thorough and deep dive into his tech choices as an author. This …

2018-11-13: Still trying to land the Rockbounce to wallride twice in one run for Alto’s Odyssey. …

2018-11-13: The power-idea balancing act with Michael Wade.

2018-11-13: Weighing up single-page applications With a new full-time role, I’m in the process of getting my head around some of the technology …

2018-11-12: I imagine that the Twitter edit button will be limited to a number of edits and will also include a …

2018-11-09: A manifesto for programmers concerned about the impact of software. I’m definitely in the …

2018-11-09: Less and slow for a better quality of life says Nicholas Bate. I couldn’t agree more.

2018-11-08: How many companies are this transparent when it comes to making mistakes? Fewer than I would like to …

2018-11-06: Reviewers say iPad Pro a serious challenger to laptops. Well, until they add the capability to write …

2018-11-03: Chasing the tried and tested career During my last few months of job hunting, I was received numerous enquiries from recruiters for …

2018-11-02: My favourite notes app just turned 2 and continues to be an essential part of my day.

2018-11-02: Nicholas Bate asks, what can we remove?

2018-11-01: Dealing with distractions I’ve been trying to reduce my screen time on my phone. It hasn’t been easy and …

2018-11-01: So WhatsApp is going to starting showing ads in the Status feature. How long before they do the same …

2018-10-31: Still contemplating the portfolio career Six years ago I wrote a snippet about a portfolio career. This is still the end goal for my career. …

2018-10-31: I’ve not picked up my Kindle for a few months now. That’s no reflection on the device …

2018-10-31: The predictable Apple product update Is it just me or has the Apple product update become something of a formality now when it comes to …

2018-10-30: Forget the Apple announcement. Let’s get to a more important issue. How many people signed up …

2018-10-28: Great day for Ethan and the rest of the RGU boys practicing at Caldwell Golf Club today. Hope we get …

2018-10-26: Nerf are going to do guns from Fortnite starting with the always popular SCAR. Of course my boys …

2018-10-26: Another notebook recommendation from one of my blog buddies. This time, it’s Michael Wade …

2018-10-25: I’m halfway through Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. Definitely my favourite of the four defender …

2018-10-25: When it comes to blogs, Kurt Harden has one of the best there is. A wide range of topics, daily bite …

2018-10-25: Nicholas Bate goes beyond the to do list. Always an essential part of my daily surfing on the web.

2018-10-23: I’m of the mind that web development has become overly complicated. Or maybe I just …

2018-10-20: Got me a new prompt in the form of Spaceship ZSH. Git, Ruby and Docker info all in the one prompt. …

2018-10-20: Ruby falling out of fashion? Ruby is falling again on the TIOBE index. It’s not a cause for alarm, but I will continue to …

2018-10-13: I’m becoming more interested in Google’s Material Design for my web applications. The …

2018-10-13: Staying productive with side projects I’m in the process of moving back to full-time employment, but the step away from being …

2018-10-09: Great post by Julia Evans about what a senior engineer does. I’ve been giving this a lot of thought …

2018-10-09: VS Code continues to impress me. Not just in terms of functionality, but also in the consistent …

2018-10-08: Voyager 2 still going. Space sure is amazing.

2018-10-05: The power of the timetable. Who thought that something so simple could be the ultimate time …

2018-10-04: The new Action Text framework for Ruby on Rails looks great. Easier management of rich content for …

2018-10-03: I’ve started working through the Project Eueler problems in both Ruby and C# to see …

2018-09-30: What a great weekend of golf! Another win for Europe!🏌️‍♂️🇪🇺

2018-09-29: Europe still looking strong after this morning’s Fourballs. While I would like to a European …

2018-09-29: Just starting to get the benefits of Docker. It’s been a long time jumping on board with this, …

2018-09-28: Superb comeback from the European team in the Foursomes. Each time I watch it, I seem to enjoy the …

2018-09-28: It’s a clearing the decks kind of day. Both mentally and physically. It’s always feels …

2018-09-17: Disappointed to see Path closing down, but to be honest, it’s been a long time coming. The …

2018-08-29: Great night for some golf with my boy.

2018-08-29: Back to school for those at work. Great tips from Nicholas Bate.

2018-08-24: I forgot how time consuming and demanding job hunting can be. Practically a job in its own right!

2018-08-16: I love how Code allows you to create splits with a simple drag of the mouse. Sure I could learn the …

2018-08-15: Done an npm install for a HTML theme and found the resulting node_modules directory contains 700+ …

2018-08-15: After some thought, I’ve decided to skip setting up another Micro.blog account for coding. …

2018-08-14: MoviePass is losing money, not as appealing as when it first came out and now being sneaky with …

2018-08-14: Any suggestions on a name for my new programming blog? I’m setting one up just to catch notes …

2018-08-14: Winding down I’m winding down my freelancing business over the next few weeks to take on a permanent role. …

2018-08-14: Two weeks straight using Visual Studio Code and I have to say, I am definitely won over this time. …

2018-08-10: Now seems as good a time as any to not only reboot the blogging habit, but also a number of other …

2018-08-04: I just pasted some text into Grammarly’s app and it couldn’t find a thing wrong with it. …

2018-07-31: Listening to Banquet from Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm album. One of those albums that is perfect …

2018-07-27: As great as it is to be on holiday and having a change of scenery, there’s always the familiar …

2018-07-22: Great to see Francesco Molinari winning the Open. Truly well deserved. 🏌️‍♂️🇮🇹

2018-07-22: As much as I would love to see Tiger Woods win another major, I think it’s going to be Jordan Spieth …

2018-07-22: Back to Feedbin and the web For the last few weeks, I’ve been using the lire app on iOS for reading through my RSS …

2018-07-22: I love this time of year when Comic-Con is on. You get a bumper load of trailers for what’s coming …

2018-07-22: Spotted this overgrown shed playing golf with Ethan today at Hidden Lake.

2018-07-20: Great to hear that The Clone Wars is coming back.

2018-07-19: Thanks to my buddy Curtis for letting me know about cleaning your iPhone’s charging port. Solved my …

2018-07-18: Nightmare. I’m having to lift my lightning cable connection in order to get a charge into my iPhone …

2018-07-10: The master list. Have to do, want to do, dream to do, home and work. Doesn’t get much easier than …

2018-07-05: Is 120 the new 80? Did I miss the heated and crazy developer debate that the new accepted line length is 120 …

2018-07-03: I need to find a way to retire sooner to enjoy more days like this.

2018-07-01: Weekly digest Trying to enjoy the summer while baking in what has been a really hot start to it. Glasgow had its …

2018-06-29: Battleheart 2 for iOS looks great. I never played Battleheart, but I’m a huge fan of Battleheart …

2018-06-28: Anyone have any recommendations on a Jekyll theme that would serve a similar purpose as an About.me …

2018-06-28: Have I lost my tech touch? It’s been a frustrating couple of days getting my laptop into some kind of order. I …

2018-06-28: School holidays are here It’s the first day of the school summer holidays here in Scotland. In previous years I would …

2018-06-27: Vivo getting one up on Apple? Vivo also achieved another technological feat. Unlike Apple, it managed to incorporate a fingerprint …

2018-06-25: Sometimes I struggle with the whole being online thing. The last few days has been one of those …

2018-06-22: Took a few attempts but just managed to get GitLab’s CI and automated deployment working for a …

2018-06-21: The Micro.blog site is the only place where I can compose a reply and see what I’m replying …

2018-06-21: Mini standards by Nicholas Bate. Because it always starts with the little things.

2018-06-19: Goodbye Things I’ve been trialling Things on my iPhone and iPad for the last few weeks. This morning though, …

2018-06-18: WhenWorks WhenWorks is a new appoinments app that allows you to define when people can book appointments with …

2018-06-17: I’ve been using Lire for a couple of days now. A great RSS reader and one that really makes a …

2018-06-17: Weekly digest It’s not been so much about the grind this week. It’s been more about the struggle. While I’m not a …

2018-06-14: I’ve started compiling lists of bookmarks that I use almost daily. By putting them in Bear, …

2018-06-13: Boring Stuff Day. What a bloody great idea!

2018-06-12: Just watched The Last of Us Part II gameplay from E3. It looks fantastic. Violent, but fantastic. …

2018-06-11: Moving a few sites over from Heroku to Netlify. Having one of those moments when I wonder why I …

2018-06-10: Weekly digest Another busy week work wise. Counting the days now until the holiday. It’s official: …

2018-06-08: App rot Link rot is a problem on the Internet. When you find something great on the Internet, you bookmark …

2018-06-07: I remember a similar app for iOS that did something similar to Edit. As good as Bear and Ulysses …

2018-06-07: The Firefox Side View extension is already proving to be very useful. Great when using a page as a …

2018-06-06: I never get tired of the view from the braes. 📷

2018-06-05: Two new tests from Firefox. Colour options look fun but the side view extension could be really …

2018-06-05: Apple’s upcoming privacy changes for Safari are a welcome change for the Internet. With GDPR …

2018-06-05: The MDN web docs is becoming a daily visit in my quest to just understand and write plain-old JS …

2018-06-04: Curious to know if the Ruby on Rails framework and any other frameworks and languages are …

2018-06-03: Weekly digest Bit of a quiet week this week as Ethan was away for most of it on a school trip just down the coast. …

2018-06-03: Wondering now if the Microsoft acquisition of GitHub is just a ploy to keep devs busy on Monday and …

2018-06-01: Microsoft to acquire GitHub? My first impressions of this are nervousness. I always liked that …

2018-06-01: Great to see another Assassin’s Creed game coming out. I really enjoyed Origins. 🎮 Nice use of …

2018-05-31: Dual-screen? I want no screen. I want holographic displays that I can manipulate with my hands and …

2018-05-31: I'm all in with Micro.blog I think I’m getting to that stage now where I am all in with Micro.blog. I’ve been …

2018-05-31: The boys on the ice A horrific story about the plight of seven boys and young men who stowed away on a ship bound for …

2018-05-31: My working day is often plagued by those little decisions that I never get round to resolving. This …

2018-05-29: Ethan off on his first school trip away from home. A few tears this morning from mum and little …

2018-05-27: Weekly digest A great week for the boys this week. Ethan managed to get a couple of cuts in his handicap at the …

2018-05-27: Nicholas Bate’s Essential Tools of Excellence continues with the fixie. It’s the one …

2018-05-27: The Expanse is coming to Amazon Prime! Great timing. I just cancelled my Prime subscription a few …

2018-05-25: Han Solo movie was fantastic. Being a Star Wars fan I might be a little biased. But only a little. 🍿

2018-05-25: I’m finding it increasingly difficult to want to watch the NFL. First, the long-term damage …

2018-05-25: No battle royale mode, a more realistic limited stand mode and playing the game as a female? Dice …

2018-05-25: James Mangold is working on a Boba Fett movie? If Logan is anything to go by (fantastic btw), then …

2018-05-24: Feels like I’m drowning in the digital landscape these days. I need to simplify my digital …

2018-05-22: The never-ending cycle of trying out apps and what I am doing about it Everytime I try a new app or service out, it feels like I’m simply putting something else on …

2018-05-20: Weekly digest Keeping it short and sweet this week. Freelancers // Akimbo: A Podcast from Seth Godin - Loved this …

2018-05-18: Influential media Posts like Buffer’s “How to Share Posts From the Instagram Feed to Stories” are …

2018-05-17: More Twitter woes. Sad to see great Twitter clients being eroded away.

2018-05-17: An interesting post about science backed advice for parents who want to bring up well-rounded kids. …

2018-05-16: I’m increasingly wary of podcasts where the end of episode “picks” by the hosts …

2018-05-14: Finally after weeks of waiting, these little beauties arrived in the mail.

2018-05-13: Weekly digest The boys have been enjoying the good weather and the chance to play lots of golf. I had a great day …

2018-05-12: Spent the afternoon getting the garden into order today. There’s something to be said for a little …

2018-05-11: Started using Aloe Bud to remind myself to take breaks through the day. Particularly important for …

2018-05-11: I’m pretty much all in with Firefox these days as my main browser. I’m using it for both …

2018-05-11: After a couple of weeks of heads down work for a client, I decided last night to find some solace in …

2018-05-06: Weekly digest Highlight of the week was Ethan making his confirmation on Thursday night with my dad acting as his …

2018-05-06: Another great view from the top of the braes.

2018-05-06: Ethan and my dad all set for the Junior/Senior Open at Paisley GC today. Looking forward to seeing …

2018-05-02: I wonder if all those people that said, “I want to build the next Facebook” are still behind that …

2018-04-30: Views aren’t bad up here.

2018-04-30: Bear just keeps getting better and better.

2018-04-29: Weekly digest A horrible week this week with the incident that happened in Toronto on Monday afternoon. Thankfully …

2018-04-28: Just seen Infinity War. Loved it!

2018-04-26: The best map in the galaxy This morning, the European Space Agency unveiled a new, highly detailed sky map of the Milky Way …

2018-04-26: Nicholas Bate’s daily protocol is the killer app that I suspect many are looking for.

2018-04-24: Great to see a company like FastMail use the GDPR rules as a way to protect all their customers and …

2018-04-23: I never thought anything like this could happen in Toronto.

2018-04-23: Another week, another weekly plan.

2018-04-22: Weekly digest Busy this week with client work and running a test of a product idea. Beyond Black Box Management …

2018-04-19: Curtis McHale has some constraints for a better workflow.

2018-04-19: First, there are rumours of Black Ops 4 ditching the single-player mode and now the Battlefield and …

2018-04-16: I would love to make use of the micro-casting plan on Micro.blog, but I’d be too concerned …

2018-04-15: Weekly digest The boys both had their own golf games this week. Ethan was down at Troon on Friday for a friendly …

2018-04-14: The Expanse is back for season 3. I loved reading this series, but the television series does a …

2018-04-14: With no hard launch date for The Last of Us 2, God of War, might just be the game that can fill the …

2018-04-14: Hello Wavelength Micro.blog has added another great way of creating content, a micro-casting app. Micro.blog now …

2018-04-14: The rule of three I love this idea of picking the best three shots from a day-trip or an event. So, I’m going to do …

2018-04-13: View from the desk. Getting through some work while Ethan plays at Troon Links in a friendly match …

2018-04-12: Started using collections in Jekyll. Pretty powerful stuff.

2018-04-12: Finding it difficult to shake off the shit-storm state the world is in this morning.

2018-04-12: Still not happy with layout of PenMuse. I’m thinking of moving to a fixed-width container as opposed …

2018-04-11: Using Your Time. Back to blogging again. Good to get something out in the internets again.

2018-04-11: Publishing a blog post today that’s been collecting dust for a couple of weeks now. Might be great, …

2018-04-08: Weekly digest I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging this week. Kids are off school this week and next week, so …

2018-04-05: I would love to see account types on Twitter and then better controls that are derived from them. I …

2018-04-05: Migrating Day One to Bear This week I’ve started migrating my Day One entries to Bear. I initially wanted to omit all …

2018-04-05: Unsplash has its own iOS app now.

2018-04-05: Always interested to see what’s on Kurt Harden’s reading list.

2018-04-04: Michale Wade has the perfect way to focus. Chair. Notebook. Coffee. Drafts. Index cards. Pens. …

2018-04-01: Weekly digest Took advantage of the Easter break and gave myself a four day week this week and next week. I need …

2018-03-29: Good views while I wait.

2018-03-29: Tower 3 beta installed. A familiar front-end but a little bit more fresh than Tower 2. Not had a …

2018-03-28: Great to see @dave’s feeds database is up and running. Not many surprises among the top ranked …

2018-03-28: I'm ditching Day One For the last few years, I’ve been using Day One as a digital journal. However, over the previous few …

2018-03-28: Sustainable living? I’d love a place like this.

2018-03-28: I’ve been wrestling with VS Code for the last few weeks but I just can’t get that …

2018-03-28: A few observations on the Apple education announcement I missed the Apple education themed announcement yesterday. The time difference means that I’m …

2018-03-27: The audience's algorithm A post over at The Guardian highlights a great idea that I would love to see implemented by any …

2018-03-26: Features for PenMuse for April The automated delivery of daily writing prompts from my PenMuse website is stable enough now that I …

2018-03-25: Pretty good day for Ethan at Eastwood golf club today playing alongside the rest of the RGU boys. …

2018-03-25: Weekly digest No television this week, too busy for that. Made significant progress on a side-project this week …

2018-03-23: I wouldn’t mind seeing more split view options in MacOS. I know there’s apps that can do …

2018-03-21: A Ruby on Rails ERP book? I’ve been re-reading this post on how to build an ERP sytem from scratch. I’ll be honest …

2018-03-20: Great to get back out on the fixie today. Blue skies matched the bike perfectly.

2018-03-20: Great to get back out on the fixie again.

2018-03-19: Weekly digest Another flurry of snow on Saturday night and Sunday morning put the golf on hold again this weekend. …

2018-03-16: Human only email I’ve been migrating a number of newsletters over to Feedbin to reduce my …

2018-03-16: Nicholas Bate’s tools of excellence series continues. Sometimes an idea is bubbling. A plan, …

2018-03-15: Stephen Hawking is right; you all should leave planet Earth. Kurt Harden is staying behind. I might …

2018-03-15: Kaweco GRIP for Apple Pencil I’ve been considering an Apple Pencil for some time now. This …

2018-03-15: Firefox now lets you block annoying website notification pop-ups I’ve been using Firefox a …

2018-03-13: My personal defcon status has been lowered from “bloody miserable” to “almost bearable” as this cold …

2018-03-12: The great thing about RSS readers is the speed at which I can catch up. Even after a couple of days …

2018-03-12: Weekly digest Spring has been delayed by the still freezing bite of winter in Scotland. Never have I craved the …

2018-03-08: Did I just write a reply in the style of old Donald himself?

2018-03-08: 📚 Got my copy of Michael Wade’s Random Thoughts. Great to have all these in one place.

2018-03-08: Still considering Toronto Following a raft of measures to cool off the property market, sales have plunged, down 35% overall …

2018-03-08: 📚 Almost halfway through King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence before I decided to give up on it. First …

2018-03-07: What do you think Apple will call its over-ear headphones? I’m going with HeadPods on this …

2018-03-07: Lacking direction? Reset your personal compass with NB.

2018-03-06: All things good for the mind, body and soul.

2018-03-06: Do you want want blank spaces on your iPhone home screen? Here’s how

2018-03-05: Nothing better than getting back to normal. Roads are drivable and schools are back open.

2018-03-04: Weekly digest Big story of the week has been the weather. On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning we had …

2018-03-02: Street Fighter’s Chun Li is 50. Wow. Now I feel old.

2018-03-02: Themeable seasons One thing I’ve been doing over the last couple of years is switching colours on my blogs and …

2018-03-02: Nicholas Bate offers up some nudges to get you writing.

2018-03-02: BBC Studios is adapting Terry Pratchett’s iconic Discworld books for a six-part TV series I enjoyed …

2018-03-01: Version control for project management Did a stupid thing today and deleted a checklist from Trello that I was using. As far as I am aware, …

2018-03-01: 🎵Got the Master and Commander soundtrack playing while I catch up on some Rails work for a client …

2018-03-01: Brilliant and better note-taking at meetings courtesy of Nicholas Bate.

2018-03-01: Twitter finally gives us an official way to bookmark tweets I can’t see me using this at all. …

2018-03-01: Overwatch’s newest hero is an armor-clad engineer named Brigitte. Overwatch can do no wrong in my …

2018-03-01: Ask Micro.blog I’m wondering if this is something that might interest the users of Micro.blog. I want to ask …

2018-03-01: Another day of snow in Paisley.

2018-02-26: Micro Monday shout-out to my writing prompt generator on Micro.blog, @penmuse.

2018-02-26: Crux technology My wife is thinking of setting up a Facebook account so that she can book in for a fitness class she …

2018-02-23: Michael Wade advocates for a time of calm planning.

2018-02-23: Just what we need, more guns I’m not surprised it’s being suggested by Trump that they need to arm teachers in …

2018-02-23: Start that novel Nicholas Bate has the steps you need to start that novel.

2018-02-22: I’ve been moving a few newsletters so that they’re sent to Feedbin. Amazed by the amount …

2018-02-20: Looking forward to more nights like this when I can get both the boys out on the course.

2018-02-20: Forgot how great the Silent Alarm album by Bloc Party is 🎵.

2018-02-13: I could really do with a col-md-1.5 class about now. #webdevwoes

2018-02-13: Robots opening doors? Calm down people, we’re a long way from Skynet happening.

2018-02-13: Using Stimulus in PenMuse It’s been a while since I dabbled in a bit of JavaScript. It’s not that I don’t …

2018-02-12: The world looks pretty bleak just four degrees warmer.

2018-02-12: So, even with the night shift on, iPads aren’t good for night time reading. Already thought this …

2018-02-12: Great to see the snow didn’t put Drew off from his golf yesterday. Snow! What snow?

2018-02-07: Would you download an app that wasn’t on the App Store and didn’t have any developer …

2018-02-03: Feels good to be starting another Rails project. I’m hoping this one runs for a while, but I …

2018-02-02: RSS discovery A common observation around the slow uptake of RSS readers is that RSS is still something that …

2018-02-02: Despite a few attempts this week and last week at using VS Code, I keep coming back to Sublime Text. …

2018-02-02: Write daily Nicholas Bate with a run down on being happy. Writing daily is just one simple part of it. Write …

2018-02-01: That painful moment when you realise that the reason your JavaScript isn’t working is because …

2018-02-01: Move to Jekyll complete Last night I finally pulled the trigger and moved my Ghost hosted blog to Jekyll. While the cost of …

2018-01-31: Important things Michael Wade provides another gem of being productive. One important thing today, that will put …

2018-01-30: A Wishlist for Micro.blog Micro.blog has been getting some great updates over the last couple of weeks and I’m looking forward …

2018-01-28: I think the Frontlines series might be a good read while I wait for the last two books in the The …

2018-01-28: Better writing fundamentals by Nicholas Bate.

2018-01-27: Finally got my freelance website moved over from Ghost to Jekyll. 👍

2018-01-25: Be nice if feed readers like Feedbin could detect similar headlines for the last couple of days and …

2018-01-24: I wasn’t aware of Monzo’s VC funding. However, I’m still closing my account now …

2018-01-21: I’ve been playing with Wordpress again over the last few days. So much more going for it than …

2018-01-19: Looks like I’ve for a few updates to do over the weekend. Bootstrap 4 is here!

2018-01-18: Considering some blog changes I’m considering a few changes in the way I blog. Micro.blog for personal stuff, quotes, …

2018-01-17: Inbox zero.

2018-01-15: New updates to Faviconographer. Might give it another try.

2018-01-15: Share to Micro.blog is now available on Feedbin!

2018-01-15: Atom still trying to play catchup with the likes of Sublime Text. I can’t see it ever …

2018-01-15: Yesterday’s two NFL games are what the playoffs area all about. High scoring games with plenty …

2018-01-15: FastMail rule added to delete the almost daily emails I get from Cloudinary for their Heroku addon.

2018-01-11: Making the Most of Feedbin's New Twitter Integration Today Feedbin announced a new feature to their RSS reader which allows you to subscribe to Twitter …

2018-01-11: Michael Wade once again delivers a gem of wisdom: Move more into the role of “Creator” …

2018-01-11: Reading Twitter with Feedbin This is a great move for Feedbin. Rather than following a single collection of accounts, I can now …

2018-01-11: My First MailChimp Campaign A few weeks ago I had an idea. A newsletter that would provide help and guidance for a particular …

2018-01-10: This bug on Ghost is driving me round the bend. Every character you type in is registered as two …

2018-01-10: I’m considering a set of wireless headphones for client calls and blocking out the kids whiles …

2018-01-10: Damn. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Forgot about them. 🎵

2018-01-10: Staying on Track When it comes to planning the day with bullet journaling, there’s one aspect of it that frequently …

2018-01-09: Experimenting with numberless actions on Twitter In keeping with Micro.blog’s lack of counts for things like followers and likes, I’ve decided …

2018-01-08: Benefiting from the Constraints of Pen and Paper to Tame Tasks In the last 18 months, I’ve moved from using a task manager application to using pen and notebook …

2018-01-08: Right, so my predictions for the Wildcard Weekend were 1 for 4. Only got the Saints results right, …

2018-01-07: Right, calling it with a victories for the Bills and the Saints today.

2018-01-07: First half of wildcard weekend done and I got both predictions for yesterday wrong. Maybe I’ll have …

2018-01-06: I'm Starting a Newsletter Again, With a Difference​ With a rising interest in newsletters, I started one last year. I tried to publish one long-form …

2018-01-05: I completely missed the part of GitHub’s project tracking feature that allows you to track projects …

2018-01-05: Just found out how to use the SUMIF function in Numbers for the first time. Every day is a school …

2018-01-05: GitHub’s Projects feature is increasingly becoming an alternative to using Trello, but …

2018-01-05: Nicholas Bate reminds us of the basics when we’re stuck.

2018-01-05: My Three Words for 2018 I've already written about how I use habits rather than resolutions for the year. Resolutions are …

2018-01-04: Numberless Analytics One of the significant problems with social media is that everything has a number against it. …

2018-01-04: A new year, a new Hobonichi. Same old trusty Lamy Safari though.

2018-01-03: I’m seriously thinking about coming off Twitter or just making my account private. Seeing less …

2018-01-03: The unruly web Amongst another Twitter scare, there’s a reminder that there’s a better social network …

2018-01-03: No Resolutions, Just Good Habits I'm not making any resolutions for the year ahead. In my experience, it's a self-defeating exercise …

2018-01-02: Morning Stories For the last couple of years I've been writing every day through a practice called morning pages. It …

2018-01-01: RSS Update It’s been a while since I’ve posted any updates on my blogging habits and where you can find me. Now …

2018-01-01: So refreshing to have an inbox of positive posts in my RSS reader this morning. I wish every morning …

2017-12-29: Choose a word or three Nicholas Bate picks one word, Mike Vardy picks three words. Whatever number of words you choose for …

2017-12-28: After three days away from my desk, now is as good a time as any to clear the decks before client …

2017-12-25: Merry Christmas everyone!

2017-12-23: Disappointed to see that the Grammarly blog doesn’t have an RSS feed.

2017-12-21: Frustration is a blog post that doesn’t link to the products that it recommends.

2017-12-21: There’s been a change to Sublime Text in the last release that stops the command palette …

2017-12-21: First, Twitter’s ads play on the fact people don’t know what Twitter is for and now …

2017-12-18: I’ve been giving Feedly another spin. It’s been four years since I last used it. Other …

2017-12-16: Always a good view from The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

2017-12-16: Moved up another belt for Tigercubs. Well done wee man!

2017-12-15: Time for The Last Jedi! Update: It was amazing!

2017-12-14: Christmas jumper day at school!

2017-12-13: Bear just keeps getting better New themes, autocomplete for tags and of course TagCons! Once you get a decent tag collection …

2017-12-04: Bluetooth, oh how I hate thee.

2017-12-04: Nicholas Bate’s What we know about 2018, the complete list. A must read in preparing for the …

2017-12-01: Trying to kid myself on that the Hawaiian sunshine is included in every bottle. Alas no sunshine …

2017-11-30: Hard a-larboard! Posting this here in the hopes that Michael Wade sees this and doesn’t need to break his …

2017-11-29: Version bump for my Daring theme for Ghost so that it works with Ghost’s 1.0.0 release. Also hat tip …

2017-11-29: Discovered that I am a lousy open source software maintainer. Two pull-requests for my Daring theme …

2017-11-28: The Facebook Pages Organisation This morning I got a text message from my kids' primary school. It was a reminder that this week was …

2017-11-28: Deep work vs distractions Curtis McHale breaks down the process of getting work done in a world of distractions. I …

2017-11-28: Mindful giving It’s the time of year for giving and there’s lots of ways you can do it. Small …

2017-11-28: Independent feeds Tom Critchlow is re-discovering the glory days of blogging. The tags, the blogrolls and much more. …

2017-11-28: Better blogging I love this manifesto for blogging. Lots of good points to use. Also, why wasn’t I already …

2017-11-28: Starting to feel normal again after a lingering cough and cold.

2017-11-27: Outlined a couple of blog posts this morning that I’ll publish this week.

2017-11-26: Cracking afternoon for Drew at the putting competition up at Paisley Golf Club. Bobble hats off to …

2017-11-23: Remember what I said about Twitter being left in the dust?

2017-11-23: Looks like collections are the new must have feature in the social media silos. First Instagram and …

2017-11-23: 4 spaces for indentation on JS looks weird.

2017-11-22: Business without email Proof that your business can survive without email. In short, Schwarz is a classic craftsman. If …

2017-11-22: Just finished watching Stranger Things 2. Damn that was good television.

2017-11-21: I’m really liking what Kona are doing with their bikes these days. The Honza is another great …

2017-11-20: As a freelancer I’m wondering if a newsletter is worth putting into place. Another thing to maintain …

2017-11-19: Bacon. That’s good for a cold, yeah?

2017-11-18: Hello PenMuse I'm always on the lookout for something different to write about, but some days the nudge just isn't …

2017-11-15: Too many writing apps? I’ve got three apps on my MacBook that I’m starting to use on a more frequent basis. …

2017-11-14: Yeah, Firefox 57 is pretty fast. 😲

2017-11-14: EA’s release of Star Wars Battlefront II is already under fire. Let’s hope that Firefox …

2017-11-14: I’ve got Star Wars Battlefront II downloading on the PS4 for tonight. Early Xmas present to …

2017-11-13: Bootstrap 4’s Flexbox support is great. I can see me using it a lot more with new projects and …

2017-11-12: Them shadows again.

2017-11-12: Back to GitHub A few months ago I started a GitLab account out of curiosity. I wanted to see if there was anything …

2017-11-10: I think I have a rogue plug-in for Sublime Text. I’ve been getting errors all morning. …

2017-11-09: I wish Github’s Pull Request filters would persist in between changes.

2017-11-09: Tried to use my iPhone SE as a mouse this morning for about a minute. Definitely time for a coffee.

2017-11-08: Attention vs Currency Is attention no longer a viable form of currency? We’re told every day as creators online …

2017-11-06: Mondays Nicholas Bate has Monday’s covered. Do you? Mondays can be approached slowly or quickly or …

2017-11-05: Long shadows Long shadows up at the golf club today while I was picking up Ethan.

2017-11-03: Hyper terminal emulator, good but not great A week running Hyper as my terminal has been mostly without incident, but I’ll be switching …

2017-11-03: Finding that Spark’s short and long swipes a pain to use when the actions are different. …

2017-11-03: Twitter's house rules I can understand the joy on Twitter when a certain account was removed by a member of staff who was …

2017-11-02: The value of silence There’s value to be had in silence you know. Late at night. A quiet office. No phone calls. …

2017-11-02: Another great lesson for Ethan with our club professional, Andy. Just a few minor setup changes and …

2017-11-01: A bleak future for the web? The Trinet (Amazon, Facebook, Google) is a depressing prospect for the future of the web. The War …

2017-11-01: Pocket Productivity Curtis McHale offers some advice for those looking to get more from their mobile devices when it …

2017-11-01: 40 day writing streak on 750words.com. The daily habit is getting easier to do now. Here’s to …

2017-10-31: Nice. You can now click the labels on a Trello card and it will show the text for the labels on all …

2017-10-30: Back to winter coaching with the RGU boys and David Orr. A few takeaways to work on.

2017-10-30: Finally, bobble hat season is here! #ynot #ynotmade

2017-10-30: Running Hyper this week instead of Terminal just to see what all the fuss is about.

2017-10-29: I haven’t seen the Buffalo Bills play like this for years. Great game to watch.

2017-10-28: Trying to put together the parts for a monthly newsletter aimed at both Rails developers and Rails …

2017-10-27: Just discovered the attribute_was method in Rails. Everyday is a school day. #til

2017-10-26: Goodbye Path For a long time, I’ve been a user of Path. A social media network for those who want a level a level …

2017-10-25: Part of my web development toolbox for years. Saying Goodbye to Firebug

2017-10-25: New home for my micro.blog - mattisms.blog.

2017-10-25: Levelling up advice for programmers One of many nuggets of advice for programmers who feel they are lagging behind. The goal is become …

2017-10-25: Downsizing Twitter Last night I started down-sizing my Twitter account. Here’s a few things I did. Deleted all …

2017-10-25: A reminder from Nicholas Bate that the Internet serves both the good and the bad. False news on …

2017-10-23: Taking stronger action Gregory Brown is closing his Twitter account (@practicingdev). In 24 hours I’ll be shutting …

2017-10-23: Great first episode of the new season of The Walking Dead. Good pace and build up to the next …

2017-10-23: I would love to be able to pin cards at the top of each list in Trello. Just saying.

2017-10-23: 25 smarter blogs One again I’ve made Kurt’s list and he now he’s planning a surprise visit! Family …

2017-10-22: Subscribed to the Hurry Slowly podcast this morning. Expecting good things.

2017-10-22: Less is more with Slack Half of these ideas on making Slack less of a time suck are terrible suggestions. Just because you …

2017-10-20: Great first lesson of the off-season for Ethan with Andy, our club professional. Plenty to work on …

2017-10-20: Nice start to the day.

2017-10-18: A lot of love for Cardhop on the blogs today. Going to have to give it a try at some point.

2017-10-18: Another day, another blog post written. That’s three in a row. Need to get a couple of topics in …

2017-10-17: Features I would love to see in Safari iOS I've been using an iPad Pro as a web development device for a few months now. Overall I've been …

2017-10-16: So many good things have happened on Micro.blog in the last few months and the cherry on the cake is …

2017-10-16: Weekly Digest Not much happened last week. More time at the golf centre for Ethan and I was finishing off some …

2017-10-15: My kind of prepping.

2017-10-11: Just tried pumpkin spice cream liqueur. Erm …. not a fan. Might be alright for a coffee …

2017-10-10: Cowboys must stand for national anthem Jerry Jones chips in on the NFL #takeaknee protest with an ultimatum for the Cowboys team. “I’m not …

2017-10-10: Another Star Wars Christmas Another Christmas, another Star Wars movie. I can’t wait to see this. Since watching it this …

2017-10-10: Had that moment in a software project yesterday when you realise you should have named something …

2017-10-09: Goodbye to being productive in the air I can’t say that I’m a fan of seeing high-speed Internet access being rolled out onto …

2017-10-07: Drew finished building this year’s Lego Halloween set. Well done wee man! 👍🏻

2017-10-07: Drew moved up to his Tiger cubs green belt this morning. It’s great to see him making progress even …

2017-10-06: An Instructor's Instructions Michael Wade with the essential list for instructors. Different ways to explain the subject and how …

2017-10-06: Currently having a geek out frenzy on ligatures in Sublime Text.

2017-10-04: Took the Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta for a spin tonight. Love it!

2017-10-04: Typical. The day the Battlefront 2 beta comes out and I’ve got work to catch up on tonight.

2017-10-03: Star Trek Discovery episode #3 was a lot better last night. Going to stick with it.

2017-10-03: Been a while since I did this. One more technique I found helpful is keeping a “content ideas” file …

2017-10-03: I often struggle with content ideas for my freelancing blog. I should look towards my expertise more …

2017-09-29: Techo and Field Notes deliveries in the same week! 👍

2017-09-29: Micro might just be the text editor that brings me back to full-time terminal use! On a related …

2017-09-29: Back on the #langster for running errands at lunchtime. Great to be clocking up the miles again. …

2017-09-28: I have to say. The unique way in which micro.blog allows posts and conversation in the form of …

2017-09-28: This is the most restraint I’ve had to show in my life. This tub contains the awesome trio of nuts, …

2017-09-27: It’s that time of year again! Next year will be my third year using a Techo. It’s proven to be so …

2017-09-27: When did Twitter’s native app for macOS get the split view treatment?

2017-09-27: Took a day off yesterday for some recovery, but it also gave me the chance to upgrade MacOS to High …

2017-09-27: It doesn’t seem to matter what Twitter does these days. Even with more characters to tweet …

2017-09-26: Just watched the first two episodes of Star Trek Discovery. I think it could get better. I’ll watch …

2017-09-25: I’ve returned to blogging with a post about why I think web analytics are not a good fit for …

2017-09-24: Watching the world go by.

2017-09-21: The combination of Working Copy and Textastic on iOS 11 now allows me to do more web development …

2017-09-21: Is it just me or is the iPhone’s battery draining faster under iOS 11?

2017-09-20: Just when I’m starting to like using Safari’s Shared Links feature, Apple goes and …

2017-09-20: No newsletter and micro me Yesterday was the last edition of my newsletter. I won't go into all the reasons why I've stopped …

2017-09-20: Published the last edition of my own newsletter last night. It wasn’t working out for me. Glad …

2017-09-19: Having one of those days I would like to forget.

2017-09-19: Learned my lesson today from buying cheap hardware. Bought a Bluetooth keyboard as a short term …

2017-09-18: Same thing we do every time I pick him up from school. A little selfie for his mum!

2017-09-18: Might be time to read Cal Newport’s Deep Work again.

2017-09-18: Now that I’m using the iPad Pro as my main development machine a couple of days a week …

2017-09-18: First national competition for Ethan down at Dumfries & County GC. Great conditions so far. 👍

2017-09-15: I now have Instagram photos feeding through to here as well as links from my Pinboard account and …

2017-09-15: Started composing a support email to @manton about the custom CSS changes for my micro-blog site as …

2017-09-15: About time I looked at something a little different than the usual web application framework.

2017-09-15: The new Banksy?

2017-09-15: Electron does take some flak for being a performance hog but the appeal of being able to deliver the …

2017-09-15: Trello’s new native app is just another Electron app, but I’ll still take it instead of …

2017-09-06: Pipedream Cycles Moxie The Singletrack review of what is without a doubt, the best hardtail I've laid eyes on, even if it …

2017-09-06: Star Wars stamps If stamps, scruffy-looking nerf herders and laser blasting walking carpets are you thing then these …

2017-09-06: Pro colour schemes If you see me bashing away at text editor then you'll know that I'm a die hard Solarized fan. In the …

2017-09-06: Disney now seems to be the creative equivalent of the Trump presidency.

2017-09-06: It’s official. I’m giving up on Twitter has a medium for conversation. It’s …

2017-09-06: I’ve been tempted to upgrade the iPad Pro to the public beta release of iOS 11 but with the …

2017-09-05: Finally a break in the weather.

2017-09-04: Gave up trying to remove those last few Instagram posts from my microblog timeline. Just going to …

2017-09-04: Drew built this little set all by himself. He needed just a little bit of help with the mechanism …

2017-09-04: I don’t know who’s scarier!

2017-09-04: Dinosaurs, warriors, bandits and pirates. His imagination knows no limits.

2017-09-04: Not bad 9 holes with Ethan tonight. He’s looking good for his final tomorrow.

2017-09-04: This caddying lark fair burns up the calories. I should take it up full time. Ethan, you pro yet?

2017-09-04: Loving the new Monokai Pro colour scheme for Sublime Text 3!

2017-09-04: Bought a license for Monokai Pro this morning. Small change to ensure that a great theme keeps going …

2017-08-31: Lost his final tonight but not until he took his opponent to a playoff. Super proud of you pal, keep …

2017-08-31: Productivity​ is ... ... defined by Nicholas Bate. Productivity is no longer simply about 'the things to do', it is …

2017-08-30: Learning Ulysses I can't remember the last time I bought individual learning material that wasn't a book. I'd be …

2017-08-30: Media diets Jason Kottke shares his. I love this idea as a recurring post.

2017-08-30: ​Where I don’t publish Last week I linked to Manton Reece’s dedication to staying the course for Micro.blog and the …

2017-08-22: Accountability Are you accountable?

2017-08-22: Stay the course I'm still grappling with Micro.blog but what's reassuring is Manton dedication to staying the course …

2017-08-22: Hello TextExpander ... again A while back, I read with disgruntlement about the change that Smile were introducing to their …

2017-08-21: Ghost & Unsplash Good to see the Ghost team are steadily adding features to my favourite blogging platform. This it's …

2017-08-18: Taming the Twitter timeline It seems that I just can't let go of my Twitter timeline. Despite not been very active on Twitter …

2017-08-16: Survive and thrive ... ... with the personal resilience guide from Nicholas Bate.

2017-08-16: Deep book researching advice Cal Newport divulges his technique for researching books. The key to my system is the pencil mark …

2017-08-16: The content creation device Jack Baty has been using his new iPad in anger this week. The results are good! I’ve been using the …

2017-08-15: Erasing the past Kurt Harden is concerned about the erasing of American history. The first is that it strikes me as …

2017-08-11: Time to kill the personal website? Rachel Kaser over at The Next Web certainly thinks so. Like it or not, social media provides an …

2017-08-10: Ulysses Subscriptions So following the footsteps of TextExpander and Day One, the writing app Ulysses is now moving …

2017-08-10: Hello Ghost 1.0 It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here. A couple of weeks ago the first major update to …

2017-08-07: Back to work. Always a good time to reboot a few habits.

2017-08-07: Back to work. Always a good time to reboot a few habits.

2017-07-24: The least loved great sportsman? On a day where a Brit has won his fourth Tour de France, the focus seems to be more on Jordan …

2017-07-19: Bullet journal #2

2017-07-15: Open source Medium Dave Winer ponders on the possibility of an open source version of the popular blogging platform …

2017-07-12: Exploring alternatives to GitHub I've been a user of GitHub for a long time now. Ever since I started my career in Ruby on Rails I've …

2017-07-10: Scorched Earth A sobering read about the future of the planet and what climate change effects could result in in a …

2017-07-10: Time to read Just as it is important to set aside time to think, it is important to block out time for reading. …

2017-07-10: Comic book kind of guy I'm not sure if Nicholas Bate is a comic books kind of guy, but I'm sure he'll make an exception for …

2017-07-07: Trillion Prime 27.5 Singletrack World are testing a new British built steel hardtail, the Trillion Prime 27.5. I wish …

2017-07-07: Slack: Necessary evil? I've been using Slack for a few years now. I use it more for work than anything else. I am part of a …

2017-07-06: Subscription pricing for Day One Day One's change to subscription pricing model is taking some flak but I think it's a good move for …

2017-07-04: Cracking open Vim again It's been a while since I took another stab at learning Vim. If you don't know what Vim is then all …

2017-07-04: Deep vs shallow It seems that a lot of the things I'm reading online point towards long-form blogging again. Gregory …

2017-07-03: Fall like a thunderbolt I have never read The Art of War, but I've seen this quote enough times mentioned elsewhere (other …

2017-07-03: The latest Field Notes Time for another quarterly delivery of Field Notes memo books. This time it's the Campfire edition. …

2017-06-23: Attended Nicholase Bate’s Deep Productivity seminar in March and and it was worth every penny. …

2017-06-22: Got a DigitalOcean server setup with multiple Jekyll sites. I forgot how great and simple static …

2017-06-21: Thanks to @curtismchale and @patrickrhone for their replies to my newsletter this month. Cheers …

2017-06-21: Another new fan of Discworld Glad to see Terry Pratchett's Discworld books are still gaining fans. Annie is the latest convert.

2017-06-17: Yard work done.

2017-06-16: The Green Machine It's great to see that Kona bikes are looking great again.

2017-06-16: Right, so you can only schedule a tweet with a pic on it.

2017-06-16: Can’t complain about the new look on Twitter’s iOS app, but would still like to improvements …

2017-06-12: Playing the “waiting on DNS” game. Sigh.

2017-06-12: iPad Pro for software development? Apple's App Store Guidelines now allow executable code in educational apps and developer tools. …

2017-06-12: Decision time ... ... with Nicholas Bate.

2017-06-09: Small solutions to big problems It's often the case with me that I look for a big solution to what I perceive to be big problems …

2017-06-09: 8 day streak on @750words. Feels great to be writing daily again.

2017-06-06: Never under-estimate the simplicity of a problem. Fixed a Rails 5 upgrade by updating the …

2017-06-06: iOS 11 looks great with the new Files app. Not enough changes though for me to use an iPad Pro for …

2017-06-05: Tame the distraction monster Not your usual productivity hacks. I do think I could be doing with less distractions during the …

2017-06-05: WWDC17 Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off today. I wouldn't call myself a fan-boy but I …

2017-06-02: Fixie Friday - Hartley Cycles Red Hook Crit Track Wonderful paint job on this one. via Bikesoup Magazine

2017-05-31: Covfefe Once again, Twitter explodes over the tweets of a certain president. As for what covfefe actually …

2017-05-22: Smarter money, smarter spending I've had pre-paid cards in the past but the app that accompanies the Monzo card should provide …

2017-05-17: Ugmonk "Gather" Desk Organiser Gather is a modular desk organiser that is being funded via Kickstarter. My inner-nerd says yes but …

2017-05-17: Another night on the course A lot colder tonight than last week, but glad to get out for a hit with Ethan.

2017-05-17: Who do I know that’s been writing frequently on Medium?

2017-05-17: MBP hardware boosts are tempting but I’ll wait on news of new iMacs before I decide on what …

2017-05-15: The basics ... ... are what we should always come back too.

2017-05-15: Simple rules I often fall into the trap of complicated systems. A simple rule works because I can have one of …

2017-05-11: Rebooting the morning routine The morning routine of reading, writing and planning is nothing more than a distant memory these …

2017-05-10: Sunset over Paisley Golf Club Enjoyed a few holes with Ethan out on the course tonight.

2017-05-09: Always have a book on the go ... ... and other essential reading basics from NB.

2017-05-09: Slow down Execupundit reminds us to slow down. I find that I get more work done by slowing down. …

2017-05-09: A spreadsheet will do Over the weekend I closed my Highrise account. In case your not familiar with the name, Highrise is …

2017-05-08: What to look for in a blog It's come to my attention that I am hardly the good faring blogging citizen I was a couple of years …

2017-05-08: Did that thing where you write a series of related words that results in something of value. Will …

2017-05-08: Did that thing where you write a series of related words that results in something of value. Will …

2017-05-08: Enjoyed the first episode of Jamestown. I can see me watching the rest of the series. It also fills …

2017-05-06: Just waiting for Guardians 2 to start.

2017-04-28: Hello Micro.blog This week I finally got my invite to Micro.blog. A few months ago Manton Reece wrote about a project …

2017-04-28: Evil Following A bike for all occassions. And it looks menacing as hell!

2017-04-28: More client work today and enabling the daily themes for DailyMuse users today. First new feature …

2017-04-27: The integration of RSS feeds means that Micro.blog might just be the perfect place to host an …

2017-04-27: Client work lined up for today and some product work on DailyMuse. It’s been neglected in the …

2017-04-24: “Hello there beautiful listener.” - Best podcast intro ever.

2017-04-21: Instagram business accounts require a Facebook page. Bizarre requirement. That’s the price of …

2017-04-19: I forgot how bloody great Muse are.

2017-04-19: What a day. I’m mentally exhausted.

2017-04-18: Coffee & Code The blogroll has been chirping about coffee shops. First it was Future Lawyer: First, some of us …

2017-04-18: New LinkedIn design would be nice if it did away with those loading progress bars and spinners.

2017-04-17: The Perfect System And yes, it's a one size fits all system.

2017-04-17: The Real Star Although I didn't attend Star Wars Celebration, it was clear from many people online that this was …

2017-04-17: Social Media Shifts Social media is always on the change. They clamber over each other to promote their best features …

2017-04-15: First time watching #doctorwho in a whille. Better than I expected.

2017-04-14: 8) Any advice or thoughts on #bloggingburnout?

2017-04-14: 5) I’ve still not found a way of quickly posting to my blog and while that isn’t the main issue it …

2017-04-14: 6) I’m going to start a last attempt to post regularly next week. If it fails then I think it might …

2017-04-14: 7) .. or switch to something that makes it stupid easy for me to share stuff. I’m even considering …

2017-04-14: 3) I want to blog because I enjoy it. It starting to wear on me though.

2017-04-14: 4) One thing about blogging with Ghost is that there are little in the way of automated tools and …

2017-04-14: 1) I used to be a consistent blogger. Frequent blog posts, sharing links from others and many other …

2017-04-14: 2) Lately though it feels like a chore to do. It feels like too much hassle for little in return.

2017-04-10: Back to work this morning and Rogue One is now available to watch on Apple TV. Nice timing Matthew.

2017-04-07: Fixie Friday - Mockba 80 via Amy Danger

2017-04-06: 7) If you have to do any kind of work for your freelance business, keep it light. Admin work, review …

2017-04-06: 8) Finally, schedule your next time off when you go back to work. Something to look forward to when …

2017-04-06: 4) Don’t go anymore than three months without taking at least a week off.

2017-04-06: 5) Use the week to rest. I’ve enjoyed some golf this week and a walk down at Troon.

2017-04-06: 6) Tie in your time off with the rest of the family. Don’t be the parent/partner who’s always …

2017-04-06: 2) It’s hard to take holidays when you don’t get paid for them but that’s all part of the …

2017-04-06: 3) If you are freelancing I recommend taking regular breaks from work. Look at it as an investment.

2017-04-06: 1) For the first time in a long time I feel completely rested. I think it’s been nearly a year since …

2017-04-04: The basics of productivity Basics or essentials? Either way, these are the foundations for anyone looking to level up. Bonus …

2017-04-04: New iMacs on the way Great to hear that new iMacs are on the way. Regarding iMacs, Schiller also said that new iMacs are …

2017-03-28: Stormcrow For serious tweet-storming on Twitter. I love this idea for an app as I hate trying to condense down …

2017-03-28: Cookies and batch processing ... ... with Annie Mueller.

2017-03-24: Blogroll updated Added Annie Mueller to the list. Who's on your blogroll?

2017-03-24: The Deep Productivity Seminar Yesterday I attended the Nicholas Bate's Deep Productivity seminar in Oxford. It was a great chance …

2017-03-23: Subscribe improvements ... ... over at Feedbin. I love using Feedbin. Such a great RSS reader and the fact that they keep …

2017-03-23: Bravery in brevity CJ Chilvers looks at the importance of being small and why avoiding the need to grow can be a good …

2017-03-23: Medium memberships Medium announced it's paid tier called Memberships. I'm not convinced though. Sure it's great that …

2017-03-22: Oxford bound Driving down to Oxford this afternoon for tomorrow's Deep Productivity seminar with none other than …

2017-03-20: Coffeeshop etiquette Some essential coffeeshop tips and etiquette from the peeps over at DNSimple. When you order your …

2017-03-15: Chain of thought Lately I've been thinking a lot about marketing. While making my afternoon coffee I was running some …

2017-03-13: Indyref, Brexit, Trump and now Indyref2. Haven’t we been through the mill enough?

2017-03-08: How Americans are still putting up with the Trumpster is beyond me. It must be infuriating as hell.

2017-03-06: I remember when asking a question on Twitter would get you replies from real people. Now you get …

2017-03-05: New Ass-savers Might be time for another batch of these. The one on the Langster is starting to look a bit worse …

2017-03-04: Observations ... ... from our man in Arizona, Michael Wade. The best way to create magic is never to rely upon it. …

2017-03-03: #playstationlive Fire arrow

2017-03-03: Patrick is nonline Patrick is now nonline for at least the next year. As of March 4, 2017 I’ve stopped all online …

2017-03-03: Installed .NET Core and Visual Studio Code. What could go wrong?

2017-03-03: Looking for an agile friendly project management tool. Team have outgrown Trello. Looking at Jira …

2017-03-03: Holding off on an iMac purchase to see if any new models come out soon. What’s the chances of …

2017-03-03: Fixie Friday - Specialized Langster Pro Not mine, but the Pro track edition. Looks great with the wide bars on the front. via Hizoku Cycles …

2017-03-02: Gunslingers ... ... re-imagined. via BoingBoing

2017-03-02: Rocket science ... ... it isn't.

2017-03-02: Replacing Evernote with Bear Bear uses a simple three-paned design. The largest column is devoted to your current note. A smaller …

2017-03-02: Being of a certain age, I can’t understand the comparison of Medium Series being a thinking man’s …

2017-03-02: Cement factory to home When Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon a dilapidated cement factory in 1973, he immediately saw a world …

2017-03-01: Giving up and adding at Cultural Offering. While I am giving something up for Lent, I am also adding something. I am …

2017-03-01: Pro devices in the wild At the start of this week I was visiting a client for a catch up and a chance to go over a project …

2017-02-25: Drew on my new tee from Hollister - “Daddy, that’s a cool t-shirt!” - Kid has good taste.

2017-02-23: Ghost on Indie Hackers We launched Ghost about 4 years ago with a $300,000 Kickstarter campaign. Today, it's a sustainable …

2017-02-21: Alto's Odyssey trailer The sequel to Alto's adventure is coming soon. This will be one sequel that I know won't disappoint. …

2017-02-21: It all begins with ... ... coffee. Once I start the coffee I have five minutes to make sure the dog doesn’t chase the deer …

2017-02-20: Capturing the wild ... ... with Patrick Rhone. I’ve recently re-adopted something I learned in a high school creative …

2017-02-20: Cool netbooks? I would love to see a return of some great quality and slim netbooks. I'm in the middle of assessing …

2017-02-20: New notebooks ... ... deserve great content.

2017-02-20: Weekly plan bars I've been having a successful run with the bullet journal and implementing Mike Rhode's daily plan …

2017-02-19: Be nice if @tinyletter could allow new subscribers to select previous newsletters to be sent to …

2017-02-19: Second newsletter of the year sent out using @tinyletter. Great product for managing a small …

2017-02-17: iPod to the rescue A story of one man and his music. Tonight I discovered that my music library has gone missing. I …

2017-02-17: Good blogs I'm bookmarking this as an essential. I'm surprised I haven't read this post before by Merlin Mann, …

2017-02-17: Quick wins The complete list from Nicholas Bate.

2017-02-17: Test the list with Execupundit.

2017-02-17: Scaling Back For a long time I've wrestled with a number of different terminal apps and tools in the hope of …

2017-02-13: Just noticed the black navigation bar at the top of @github. Nice! 👍

2017-02-09: An email just made my day. I wish I got more emails like that. Thank you sender (you know who you …

2017-02-07: The mid-life crisis bike I often joke with Jen that my mid-life crisis will involve buying a top-end mountain bike without …

2017-02-07: Plan the work Work the plan. It's all you need to know to get things done.

2017-02-07: The art of Minecraft Amazing how people have put Minecraft to such a creative use. via kottke.org

2017-02-07: Weekend Report #7 This weekend was something of a bust. It's that time of year when kids of a certain age turn from …

2017-02-07: I’ve been wrestling with Macvim (and Vim), Tmux and trying to copy and paste for a few days. Any …

2017-02-07: Watched the #superbowl2017 game last night. Great performance by the Pats in the 4Q. Do feel bad for …

2017-02-07: Still rebooting my MBP to re-connect my bluetooth keyboard and mouse. It is 2017, right?

2017-02-06: Didn’t stay up to watch the Super Bowl last night, but definitely going to watch this amazing …

2017-02-03: Essential reading material... ... from my man in British Columbia, Curtis McHale.

2017-01-30: Thanks to Kurt ... ... for the recommendation Kurt. If you're looking for the newsletter, you can sign up here. Next …

2017-01-30: The profound effect of Deep Work Cal Newport's book Deep Work has been circling the blogs I follow for the past year. I finally took …

2017-01-30: Campfire chat I know, from reading my friend Kurt Harden’s blog, that we may not see completely eye-to-eye …

2017-01-30: Rockin'1000 does Smells Like Teen Spirit Amidst the chaos of the world, I was glad to be taken away for a few minutes with the Rockin'1000. …

2017-01-26: And that’s why I would like to be able to edit my tweets.

2017-01-25: Sketching some ideas Finally broke out the other stack of Field Notes notebooks I got with my Black Ice editions. …

2017-01-23: Less - the 2017 edition by Nicholas Bate.

2017-01-22: Screw it. I’m switching over to something else. #GBvsATL

2017-01-22: Can’t dispute the fact that the Falcons are the better team though. #GBvsATL

2017-01-22: Game over. #GBvsATL

2017-01-18: Bluetooth has given up on me again on MacOS.

2017-01-17: Award for best planet ... ... goes to planet Earth.

2017-01-17: A lesson in building habits It's that time of year where people are starting to tail off on their new year resolutions. Let's …

2017-01-17: The bike industry is bad enough with it’s annual product cycle and “industry …

2017-01-17: Now I’m left with the choice of two Langster models that I’d rather not purchase and so …

2017-01-17: I had plans to buy a @iamspecialized Langster Street for my birthday next month, but it’s a US …

2017-01-17: Feels great to be human again. #manflugone

2017-01-16: Central heating on, four layers on, hot water bottle at my back and I’m still bloody freezing. …

2017-01-16: Picked! #GBvsDAL

2017-01-15: A great start! #GBvsDAL #GoPackGo

2017-01-13: Tempted to buy the Nintendo Switch but I think I’ll wait until its release and then check it out and …

2017-01-12: Just discovered the “caret_” settings in Sublime Text. Bumping up the width for eyes to …

2017-01-11: Logitech K811 definitely not holding as much charge as it used to. Time for a new keyboard me …

2017-01-11: Meaningful work Not all work will be meaningful. Some will be meaningful to others but not for you. Some, will be …

2017-01-11: I hope we get to see some of the features of the @dashboardapp app on @twitter this year.

2017-01-11: Productive morning at @BLENDTogether in Paisley with good music in the background. I should work …

2017-01-11: Winston Churchill Tweeting Twitter might have it's drawbacks but it's power to condense ideas and thoughts into a single-tweet …

2017-01-10: AskJeeves, Altavista and now Yahoo! We’re losing all those great website names from the early …

2017-01-09: I’m always skeptical about acquisations but I think Trello is going to continue to grow at …

2017-01-08: Taken a while for Rodgers to hit his stride but finally, points on the board! #NYGvsGB

2017-01-08: Always good to discover a Ruby gem in a book from a couple of years ago and the gem is still …

2017-01-08: Judging by the tweets I’m not missing much. #oakvshou

2017-01-07: The Marvel Universe Live was great fun to watch and had plenty of action. Bit loud for Drew but he …

2017-01-06: Fixie Friday - State Bicycle Ashton 4130 Core Line

2017-01-06: Is it time somebody built a bootstrapped version of Medium?

2017-01-06: Get what you want ... ... this year with Nicholas Bate.

2017-01-06: Rooted productivity Cal Newport touches on single root commitments and productivity. The solution to these issues is …

2017-01-05: 1000 words done for my first newsletter. Not a bad start. #amwriting

2017-01-05: Medium still isn't for me I've wrote in the past about the blogging platform Medium and how I have issue with such a high …

2017-01-05: One of the best things you can do as a member of a dev team is to simply talk to each other on a …

2017-01-03: Announcing my monthly newsletter I'm starting a newsletter this year. Yes, I'm a bit late to the newsletter thing and yes this is …

2017-01-02: More resolutions When everyone else is making resolutions to do things like less social media, less eating, less …

2017-01-02: May the force be with you ... ... for 2017. Sorry people, couldn't resist. via starwars.tumblr.com

2017-01-02: Building some goals for 2017? You might want to start with Nicholas Bate then.

2017-01-02: New micro-blogging service Manton Reece is launching a new microblogging service and a book about independent microblogging. I …

2017-01-01: 4yo stayed in his bed until 9am. I hope to God that’s his New Year resolution for 2017.

2017-01-01: Happy new year!

2017-01-01: Same old schedule by @bbcscotland. #onlyanexcuse and #jackiebird. Absolute dire.

2016-12-30: Like the idea of topics for #twitter2017. Lists could be replaced by these.

2016-12-29: New year essentials ... ... for an awesome 2017. It finally 'clicks' that you don't need much stuff-at all-to be very, very …

2016-12-29: The essentials of daily logging Michael Wade just provided the best daily logging template for my Hobonichi Techo for 2017.

2016-12-28: Be nice if you could filter out Twitter’s Moments based on their category. Moments is quite …

2016-12-28: Clearing the decks With the new year just around the corner, it's always a good time to clear the decks and start …

2016-12-27: Carrie Fisher dies at 60 Saddened to hear that Carrie Fisher has passed away at the age of 60. It wasn't until a few years …

2016-12-25: Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas to you all! I wish you all the very best over the holidays and for the new year.

2016-12-24: The Browns win! There is such a thing as the Christmas miracle then.

2016-12-23: #MINvsGB tomorrow. Disappointed it’s not on @skysportsnfl. Will watch the other game tomorrow …

2016-12-23: The turkey is in, the kitchen is stocked. Just a few presents to wrap and we’re all set in the …

2016-12-22: All client work wrapped up. Slack turned off. Holidays can officially start now!

2016-12-21: The spirits of a classic Fascinating how many times this classic has been illustrated. I began my annual tradition of reading …

2016-12-19: The enigma ... ... that is Nicholas Bate.

2016-12-17: #rogueone was amazing!

2016-12-17: The future adds a zero Except that messages now travel 50 times faster than they used to, sent to us by 100 times as many …

2016-12-16: Headphones too expensive to lose When I first heard about Apple's AirPods I thought they were a joke. Honestly. After all they're …

2016-12-16: Level up There comes a point in your career when you can no longer coast along just punching in and out and …

2016-12-15: Evernote - Time to move on? So apparently Evernote employees now have the ability to read the notes in your Evernote account. …

2016-12-15: Time tracking - A valuable metric Curtis McHale explains why tracking your hours as a business owner can improve the health of your …

2016-12-15: Trailer for Dunkirk via The Verge

2016-12-14: An honour ... ... to be included in a list of such fine and esteemed bloggers. Many thanks Kurt.

2016-12-14: The Cyclist's Christmas Wish List I'd take the Kona Cinder Cone purely for nostalgia reasons. They are bloody great bikes.

2016-12-14: Small wins ... ... are the best wins.

2016-12-14: Otterbox Chargers and Headphones My favourite mobile phone case company Otterbox are now expanding their product line to include …

2016-12-14: Timepage 2.0 Update My favourite calendar app, Timepage, has just been released with a number of particularly nice …

2016-12-08: I’ve noticed Firefox running really slow on my MBP these days.

2016-12-08: Alto's Odyssey Looking forward to the sequel to Alto's Adventure. Games on my phone are a rarity but Alto's …

2016-12-08: Get It Done Right Michael Wade reminds us to get it done ... right. In all of the rush to get it done, meet the …

2016-12-08: Paper Is Not Broken Patrick Rhone imparts some much needed opinions on the argument that paper is broken. But I’m here …

2016-12-06: I’ll let it slide for this half of the series. I hope it picks up after the holidays when it …

2016-12-06: Last night’s episode of #twd was another long drawn out affair. Is this how it is now? Start …

2016-12-05: Don't Forget To Schedule Life I was on one of those consulting projects that seemed fine months earlier when it went on my …

2016-12-05: A Little Inconvience Is Okay When you notice something is affecting your drive, find a way to adjust your environment. Even if …

2016-12-05: There should be an option to chain tweets together rather than do this “reply to self” …

2016-12-05: Now I’m using some of that knowledge to build a “light” ERP application with Ruby on Rails.

2016-12-05: Worked with Dynamics NAV for a few years building and maintaining ERP applications for clients.

2016-12-05: Never underestimate the benefits of your past software development experience.

2016-12-03: The $500 E Ink Gamble Another attempt to replace paper with a tablet. This time it's the turn of a $500 E Ink tablet. …

2016-11-30: Considering Spark Lately my email has been getting the better of me. Despite numerous attempt are curbing email, I …

2016-11-30: It doesn’t get said enough. @dnsimple’s service and support are amazing.

2016-11-30: Netflix Adds Offline Mode Parents with young kids on long haul flights rejoice! In all seriousness though, it's about time …

2016-11-29: It's never too late... ... to set those goals. You should have your goals and major projects decided before November …

2016-11-29: Another Social Network Entrant Gab aims to be an honest and open network for people to converse online. Their basic features appear …

2016-11-28: The MacBook Pro - Great for Hackers It struck me odd how so many people took to the Internet announcing their disgust that the new …

2016-11-28: “Even though Paul isn’t a professional unboxer, he’s a great entertainer.” - Professional unboxing? …

2016-11-28: Rogue One Reminder Tickets are on sale today for Rogue One. With the kids in tow we went for the Saturday morning …

2016-11-28: Rogue One tickets booked. Plumped for the Saturday morning showing. Can’t wait!

2016-11-25: Why Notebooks Work For Me This week I've highlighted the three notebooks I am using to replace my task manager app. The reason …

2016-11-25: Chatbooks Your Instagram pictures printed to photo books. Love it.

2016-11-25: Newsletter Coming Soon I can't remember if I mentioned this in a previous post but in case I didn't here's an update. I …

2016-11-25: The Simplest Pleasures Courtesy of Nicholas Bate.

2016-11-25: The Ideal Gift For those that like notebooks and the Beatles.

2016-11-24: The Logging Notebook When it comes to getting things done the focus is always on what needs done and when you can do it. …

2016-11-24: Sidetracked with Sidetrack Installed Sidetrack this morning as a way of reading my RSS feeds from Feedbin. Loving it so far.

2016-11-23: Anonymus Blogging The makers of Telegram have launched a blogging platform called Telegram. Yes, it could be used by …

2016-11-23: Meeting Patrick Thanks for the lunch and afternoon in London Patrick! One down, four to go.

2016-11-23: The Bullet Journal Bullet journalling has been around for a few years now, but it's only now that I've decided to start …

2016-11-23: The Surveillance State Intrusive snooping by the government or a necessary action? The legislation in question is called …

2016-11-23: The 100 Most Influential Images Of All Time Selected by Time magazine to be the most influential images of all time. Warning. Some people may …

2016-11-23: The Don't List All the things you shouldn't be doing. via Nicholas Bate

2016-11-22: Bye Bye Black Friday I'm glad to see that the much hyped part of the retail year, Black Friday, is falling out of favour …

2016-11-22: Trello to JIRA. What’s the advantages from a client (product owner) perspective?

2016-11-21: Rogue One Expansion Pack Coming Soon The Rogue One movie is coming out soon and so is the last expansion pack for Star Wars Battlefront. …

2016-11-21: Time To Replace Twitter? Not a month goes by now without criticism of Twitter and it's walled garden network. I really don’t …

2016-11-21: Belle Is Planning And here's her setup.

2016-11-21: Moving To An Analog Task Management System A few weeks ago I decided to take the plunge and stop using Todoist as my task manager. As you know …

2016-11-21: An Execupundit Tradition For Thanksgiving Day on Thursday.

2016-11-18: Took advantage of the @ynotmade sale and put an order in for a Laneway backpack. My Gulper is great …

2016-11-17: First Todoist and now Any.do are adding AI to their task managers. Is it really that hard to manage …

2016-11-17: Somone convince me this blogging malarkey is worth doing.

2016-11-16: Wouldn’t mind seeing my Twitter lists added as filters to my timeline. Be nice to just switch …

2016-11-16: AI For Your Todo List Todoist has just anounced a new feature to their task management platform, Smart Schedule. Smart …

2016-11-16: Jagged Success comes from two simple realisations. NB explains.

2016-11-16: Japanese Calendar I've got the planner, next is the calendar (and of course being able to speak Japanese). via …

2016-11-15: Guerrilla Bike Tactics Great to see the city officials in San Francisco and Seattle responding positively to the need for …

2016-11-14: No super moon last night, just the Scottish equivalent. Super cloudy skies and rain.

2016-11-13: What is going on in Tennessee? #GBvsTEN

2016-11-09: How are my fellow Canadians taking the news of the election results? @curtismchale?

2016-11-08: The Four Quadrants Great advice by Curtis McHale and at a great time too. 2017 is just around the corner.

2016-11-08: Mike on Notebooks Mike Vardy shares his thoughts on Medium on why he uses notebooks. Ultimately, however, I use …

2016-11-08: Can still hear #easystreet from last night’s #twd.

2016-11-07: Digital Morning Pages Again For over a year now I've been writing my morning pages by hand. At first the exercise was all about …

2016-11-07: Time to Ditch Time Zones? A fair argument about abolishing timezones and the whole planet using Coordinated Universal Time. I …

2016-11-07: The Execupundit Show The pilot is coming folks. I can't wait.

2016-11-07: If I block every account when I see their ad in Twitter, will I eventually have an ad free timeline? …

2016-11-07: Fireworks Some great moments captured from Friday night's fireworks over Glasgow.

2016-11-07: Habit Calendar Another nifty kickstarter idea. A calendar for building habits. via Swiss Miss

2016-11-06: First mince pie consumed. Couldn’t hold out any longer.

2016-11-04: The Case for Big Business Who knew that so many positives can come out of big business? For one thing, he says, big companies …

2016-11-04: Convinced 4yo is going for a record. He’s watched “Wreck-it Ralph” 4 times this week and nothing …

2016-11-04: What a nightmare. There’s no belgian bun emoji.

2016-11-04: Reading again Nice prompt from NB to start reading again. Read deep again. Read the original not the news article …

2016-11-02: Instapaper in now free, the new MBP has no SD card slot and IFTTT has renamed their recipes to …

2016-11-02: Considering starting a monthly newsletter for next year. One essay a month on a general topic with a …

2016-11-02: Tempted to separate personal and work emails. I would still use a single inbox but just apply …

2016-11-01: Driving Range Practice Another practice session at the driving range with Ethan. Glad to see him improving and still …

2016-11-01: Well premium subscriptions are free now.

2016-11-01: Instapaper is free. Not entirely convinced this is a good thing.

2016-11-01: North American Holidays There's a lot of things I love about living in the UK. Beautiful scenery within an easy drive, great …

2016-11-01: The @FieldNotesBrand order confirmation email is actually pretty slick with the graph paper …

2016-11-01: In the Future I don't know about you but the Execupundit drive-time show trumps them all.

2016-11-01: Stoking the Creative Fire It's time to get out there. "If you get out of your daily routine—which for most of us is …

2016-10-31: Pumpkins This year's pumpkins went down quite well.

2016-10-31: The Stream I'm still finding my feet with consistent blogging but there may be something to what Patrick Rhone …

2016-10-31: Rhoneisms I love Patrick Rhone's approach to his online writing. Much like Henry David Thoreau had three …

2016-10-31: Benjamin Button Reviews the new MacBook Pro Brilliant. Just brilliant. The most obvious change is the redesigned keyboard. Removing the …

2016-10-31: New Ideas for Twitter Love these. Especially the news page.

2016-10-29: Enough Drama The dust has finally settled from Apple's announcements. The world has returned to what it once was, …

2016-10-28: Lesson from Vine. No platform or network is immune from being shut down.

2016-10-28: Apple vs Microsoft: A Win for Both Many might see the recent annoucements by Micrsoft and Apple as a win for Micrsoft and who can …

2016-10-27: Pockethub? Pocketpaper? Pocketslack?

2016-10-27: Switched to both Pocket and Pocket Casts in the last couple of days. New goal. Only use services …

2016-10-24: At this point I couldn’t care who bought Twitter. Just as long as someone makes the decision to kill …

2016-10-24: Avoiding my timeline today, so opting to use the Twitter widget in Notifications Centre to post …

2016-10-24: The first three pages ... ... are the most important.

2016-10-24: Aviemore Break Upon a friend's recommendation we took a break last year to Aviemore. We had such a great time last …

2016-10-20: Much love on Twitter for the Nintendo Switch. Was not expecting that response at all.

2016-10-17: 19 minutes to cancel my account on Siteground. As cancellation processes go, it probably the worst …

2016-10-17: Siteground chat duration - 17 minutes. Account still not deleted.

2016-10-17: Siteground chat duration - 9 minutes. Account still not deleted.

2016-10-14: Fancy a new bike? Get over to the Robin Williams bike auction and get your bid in. Some truly classic bikes!

2016-10-14: #notagitcommand git ass

2016-10-14: #notagitcommand git stash poop

2016-10-14: What started as an ordering application for a client is slowly turning into a full-blown ERP Rails …

2016-10-14: NFL season has been great so far. What a finish in the #DENvsSD game last night.

2016-10-13: Star Wars Rogue One Trailer #2 Seriously. Why isn't it December the 16th yet?

2016-10-13: Just Blogging The last year has been a real struggle here on the blog. Inconsistent posting and a lack of …

2016-10-13: Drew’s chasing the window cleaner round the windows of the house. I hope he doesn’t make him fall …

2016-10-13: The Red Bull Foxhunt An insane format but great fun to watch.

2016-10-13: Dictators beware! Good to see technology being put to good use. A Swiss journalist has created a Twitter bot that …

2016-10-13: I’m not actually in London. Twitter web client just thinks I am.

2016-10-13: Twitter has gone electoral map crazy.

2016-10-11: Essential Marketing Advice Curtis McHale has the three step process for marketing your business. Blog, podcast and meet people. …

2016-10-11: The DailyMuse Facelift Development of my DailyMuse service has been lagging in the last year. Sure I've shipped a few …

2016-10-06: Share Your OPML? Dave Winer may be kick-starting an old service. Share Your OPML. In 2006 I had a web service called …

2016-10-05: Virtual Tea This is wrong. A blatant mis-use of technology.

2016-10-05: Zen Writing Leo Babauta at Zen Habits has the lowdown on how to write every day. And it all starts with a …

2016-10-04: Here Comes Iron First Netflix's fourth superhero series will air in March 2017. I started watching Luke Cage last night, …

2016-10-04: Just Fine I've been rebooting a few habits and processes over the last few weeks and one emerging trend from …

2016-10-04: Effortless Results ... ... from Michael Wade.

2016-10-03: Ryder Cup 2016 Sketchnotes I haven't done any sketchnotes for a while but seeing Mike Rohde's great Packers game sketchnotes …

2016-10-03: Essentials ... ... from an essential blog to follow. Of course it's Nicholas Bate.

2016-10-03: The ultimate fail. A web design company with a web address but no website.

2016-10-03: Pirates Trailer Still love these movies. via The Verge

2016-10-02: Hard not to see that USA will hold onto their lead in the Ryder Cup. Can’t dispute it’s been great …

2016-10-02: Hilarious hearing the American fans cheering for shots and then the backspin kicks in! #RyderCup

2016-10-02: Apple family sharing, iTunes app and Music app. A combination of apps and preferences that results …

2016-10-01: What a putt! #RyderCup

2016-09-30: Chasing bugs in my code due to my many different typos of the word ‘denomination’.

2016-09-30: Raspbian Pixel Still don't own a Raspberry Pi, but the benefits of having one are far outweighing the drawbacks …

2016-09-30: Changing Productivity Curtis McHale on the placebo that continually changing your productivity tools offers and why it's …

2016-09-30: I had no idea you could change the colour of task categories in @highrise.

2016-09-28: Gap in the Themes Market? Over the last few weeks I've been looking at themes for Wordpress and Ghost. Now it's easy to say …

2016-09-27: New Daring release I released a new version of the Ghost theme I use for this blog last night. In an effort to …

2016-09-27: Can’t wait for @HMRCgovuk to move to one fecking site. Nightmare having to jump between two …

2016-09-27: A designer/developer could make a nice sideline income from Ghost themes by just keeping them up to …

2016-09-27: How many times before I click “I don’t like this ad” until @twitter decides to block ads from my …

2016-09-25: It’s taken 3 complete quarters but this game is starting to pick up. #WASvsNYG

2016-09-25: Great play by the Redskins. #WASvsNYG

2016-09-22: Tabs in Sublime Text 3 are a nice welcome though. Shame the ST3 update wiped my custom icon 😬

2016-09-22: Tabs everywhere in macOS. Will take some getting used too.

2016-09-21: Wordpress hosting recommendations please? Dreamhost? Siteground? Also what themes are y’all using?

2016-09-21: Having one those days where I could quite easily hit the “delete account” button for most of the …

2016-09-20: Spaces found after noticing keyboard shortcut is different.

2016-09-20: Where the hell are spaces in macOS?

2016-09-20: Need help writing a book? Wally Bock has you covered with your first six steps towards a published book. Long before any …

2016-09-20: A Wordpress theme that doesn’t display the title for each post in the posts index and each …

2016-09-20: Zombie email To get yourself into the groove of batching, try blocking out two to three daily email check-in …

2016-09-20: Start small Start small. Start with just the smallest version of your idea and a way to manually make it happen. …

2016-09-18: Finally. Some good offensive plays. #CINvsPIT

2016-09-18: Disappointing game tonight on @SkySportsNFL. Low score, little offence. #CINvsPIT

2016-09-16: Tempted Tempted to back this laptop stand that adjusts in height. Currently I have a Griffin laptop stand …

2016-09-16: Low tech productivity tips by Nicholas Bate.

2016-09-15: Can anyone recommend good examples of Ruby on Rails open source applications with good READMEs and …

2016-09-14: So you can delete most those iOS apps you never use like Stocks but for some reason you can’t delete …

2016-09-14: Restarted the Mail app to fix the font size issues. My only glitch from the iOS10 update.

2016-09-14: I haven’t swiped to unlock on iOS10 yet.

2016-09-13: iOS 10 is near and MacStories has a complete run down of the upgrade.

2016-09-13: Looks like I’ll be dusting off my Rspec-fu in the next couple of weeks. Been a good few years since …

2016-09-13: Safari beachballing on the Github site again. Appears to be a recurring issue.

2016-09-13: More hardtail fun Singletrack review the Ritchey Timberwolf. Looks great.

2016-09-12: Is an Aeron still the developers chair of choice?

2016-09-12: Be refreshing to see a few Wordpress themes that are slider free.

2016-09-12: When did Wordpress sites become so bloody confusing to use? Oh yeah, when every theme had to have a …

2016-09-11: Phew! Close one. #GBvsJAX

2016-09-11: Week 1 game? More like a playoff game. #GBvsJAX

2016-09-11: I didn’t think it was going to be this close. #GBvsJAX

2016-09-11: Nice catch Cobb! #GBvsJAX

2016-09-10: Getting some Overwatch tips from Ethan. Great having a gamer in the family.

2016-09-10: Less than 24 hours now until I get Sunday night football back. Also glad the first game on is the …

2016-09-09: Start the weekend ... ... with the Friday link pack courtesy of Swissmiss.

2016-09-07: Time to turn off Twitter for the next few hours.

2016-09-07: Got a Mac Mini from late 2014 with 2.6 i5 and 8GB. It is ridiculously slow to start up. Never been …

2016-09-06: Just discovered the in? method in Rails.

2016-09-06: Onza are back ... ... and they're making bikes. Proper beautifully made mountain bikes as well! Kind of makes me wish …

2016-09-06: Building a page of local and remote freelance designers and developers. I would rather refer work to …

2016-09-05: My First Wearable - The Fitbit Alta A few weeks ago my wife bought a Fitbit Alta. She’s been on a health kick for the last couple of …

2016-09-05: Need a new clipboard manager? A clipboard manager doesn't sound like a mega-useful app to have on your Mac but Tapbot are aiming …

2016-09-05: Finding out why Derek Sivers asks why. But whatever you decide, you need to optimize for that, and be willing to …

2016-09-02: Time to breathe A little reminder that we all need time to breathe. One of my favourite words has always been …

2016-09-02: At long last ... ... some worthy bike upgrades. The DMR V-Twin pedals.

2016-09-02: Can't wait ... ... to see the outcome of Michael Wade's new project.

2016-09-02: It's back to school ... ... for everyone.

2016-08-31: Dropbox account deleted. Rarely used it these past few months anyway.

2016-08-30: Saying Goodbye to Evernote Ian Dick writes about his farewell to Evernote. This year though a couple of things changed. …

2016-08-30: Star Wars Album Covers I love these. Mashups of classic albums with Star Wars. via kottke.org

2016-08-30: Forgot how great the sunspot gem is for interacting with the Solr search engine. Great DSL and …

2016-08-30: Nothing marks your learning progression with a programming language than reviewing older code you …

2016-08-30: Second thing I noticed is how I would have written the poor code now with all the experience I’ve …

2016-08-30: First thing I noticed was all the instances of poor code I had written. Bad design, object naming, …

2016-08-30: Started work this week on a Rails app I last worked on a few years ago. #learningdeveloper

2016-08-24: Is blogging dead? I've been asking that question myself for the last few weeks. I've been searching for a way to …

2016-08-24: Goodbye Vesper The notes app Vesper has closed down. I wasn't a user of Vesper but I did give it a try just over a …

2016-08-24: Instapaper acquired by Pinterest I'm on the fence about this. Products and companies get acquired all the time. The concern that many …

2016-08-24: Need some music to work too? The 50 best film scores have been compiled over at the Playlist and feature scores from movies such …

2016-08-23: Pinterest acquires Instapaper. I really hope Pinterest allow Instapaper to run as is.

2016-08-23: Wanted: A folder in the iOS Photos app that deletes photos older than 30 days.

2016-08-23: Great, now I’m mechanical keyboard shopping. #geeklife

2016-08-23: Quit Safari. Start Safari. Github page opens. groan

2016-08-23: Safari beach balling when I open up a client’s repo on Github. It’s gonna be one of them days.

2016-08-23: Dropping Todoist for a while For a while there has been a nagging at the back of my mind. Am I really getting the full use from …

2016-08-23: Write that book Find a reason and write.

2016-08-23: The oldest trick in the book? Or is it just common sense? During his 15 minutes with each executive, Lee explained his simple …

2016-08-23: The most overpriced box set ever $800 for the new box set of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. It's hard to see what you're really …

2016-08-19: Quality control Finally starting to see some positive moves from Twitter. Be great if they could make it easier for …

2016-08-18: The boy is getting No Man’s Sky for his birthday in a few weeks. I wish his birthday would …

2016-08-18: They should just call it anti-social media.

2016-08-17: More Potter books on the way Not the copious tomes I was hoping for but I'll take it.

2016-08-17: More than just a list If you want it done, it must be scheduled. If it’s not scheduled, it’s just another item on your …

2016-08-17: Looking forward to playing a few holes with Ethan tonight at @PaisleyGolfClub.

2016-08-15: The leap of faith It's great to see movie crews and especially stunt performers, going to extraordinary lengths to get …

2016-08-09: It doesn’t happen very often but it’s an effing pain when it does happen.

2016-08-08: The love-hate relationship with Medium I'm still on the fence about Medium. Despite having an account there and no stories posted I still …

2016-08-08: Batman vs Superman concept art Amazing work here for the movie. I particularly like the foldable spear. via Ian Dick

2016-08-08: Thanks to Charlene at @paisleyphysio. Back treatment is going great. What a difference from a week …

2016-08-05: Fixie Friday - YES Singlespeed via YES BIKES

2016-08-04: Earn that title A reminder from Derek Sivers that you need to continually do the work to earn that title. By using …

2016-08-03: My Web Development Tools - 2016 Edition The world is going gaga for mobile apps. They are seen as the most accessible form of software and …

2016-08-02: Ending the day here on Twitter with a little revelation. I’m actually enjoying using Twitter …

2016-08-02: My Desktop Development Tools - 2016 Edition Desktop apps are my main tools when it comes to web development. A browser, a terminal and an …

2016-08-02: Looking forward to my physio tomorrow to get my back into working order. It’s been a nightmare …

2016-08-01: My Hardware Development Tools - 2016 Edition For this week I’m going to focus on the different development tools I use and why I chose them. …

2016-08-01: Post scheduling in @TryGhost. Excellent!

2016-08-01: Thanks to @paisleyphysio for the back treatment this morning. It’s done wonders for my mobility!

2016-08-01: Are Your Tasks Competing? NB's Productivity series continues ... Among competing tasks the one with the highest long-term …

2016-07-31: A 58” wedge makes a not bad wee walking stick when you put your back out. #golftipsforlife

2016-07-29: Hardtail hooligans ... ... are going to love this.

2016-07-28: Get Creating Read Nicholas Bate.

2016-07-27: Problems with Twitter It appears that Twitter is dying. It's losing money and credibility. John A De Goes looks at the …

2016-07-27: Facebook Blogging? Blogging on Facebook. A chance for the masses to have more of a say online or just another way to …

2016-07-27: Cut-off Turning my ideas into reality is what I want the most out of life. So that’s what gives me the …

2016-07-27: Need Help? May be Patrick can help you?

2016-07-26: Picky date time pickers. The bane of web devs everywhere.

2016-07-25: Anyone using one of those Gigabyte boxes for web development? Looking to build a linux box for …

2016-07-25: First day back to work after four weeks off. Am gonna coffee … lots and lots of coffee.

2016-07-22: View from the desk I had a great time with Ethan yesterday playing at Paisley Golf Club.

2016-07-22: Miniture NES pre-ordered. I have to keep telling myself it’s a Christmas present for my …

2016-07-22: Another round of golf with Ethan yesterday. He played great, I played crap. I really should learn …

2016-07-20: Is Your Product Easy to Duplicate? For many software developers, rolling your own version of a product is a tempting thing to do. You …

2016-07-20: Seriously @twitter. Take my money and stop the ads.

2016-07-20: Back to work on Monday, but using this week to get the decks cleared and ready.

2016-07-19: Hello Simplenote For a long time I’ve been looking for a notes application for myself. The criteria for such an …

2016-07-19: White-board for the win? Of course. Get the big picture.

2016-07-19: New Star Trek Television Series And on the topic of Netflix: Star Trek fans around the world clamoring for CBS' new take on the …

2016-07-19: Always the Same or Free An interesting point about technology companies and how even just a small price change can have a …

2016-07-19: All the Same Today, right now, anyone with a $300 laptop can use the very same tools as the people at the top of …

2016-07-14: Run up to flying home begins. Just about to head to the airport. It’s been a great three weeks but …

2016-07-13: Boris Johnson as foreign secretary. Is that a joke?

2016-07-13: And on the topic of sports-related hobbies, I’ll be hoping to joining a golf club in October. …

2016-07-13: Any recommendations on hosting docs for an open source Rails application? Github pages? Read the …

2016-06-28: The List Productivity advice for the real world from Nicholas Bate.

2016-06-27: Interesting hearing a non-UK view on the England team.

2016-06-24: Last day of client work before downing tools for four weeks. A good time to get away I think.

2016-06-24: Going to try and block out the news for a while and get some work done.

2016-06-23: Great to see @path getting regular updates. Love the new #pathdaily feature.

2016-06-21: Disappointed that #downloadingdengar isn’t trending for the @eastarwars Battlefront update.

2016-06-21: Magical Lightswitches A shame you can't get these for UK light switches. They would have been a great addition to the boys …

2016-06-21: Korean Breakdancing A little reminder that people are awesome. via Kottke.org

2016-06-21: Trust In Experts The EU referendum debate has been nothing short of a fear factory in the last few weeks. Politicians …

2016-06-17: When Television Overtakes Books This has been something of a let down this season of Game of Thrones. There has been some great …

2016-06-16: Installed Elixir and Phoenix, created an application (does nothing atm) and deployed to Heroku. …

2016-06-16: Food for Summer Gyro anyone?

2016-06-16: The Death of Text? Facebook is touting video as the next big thing for their platform. However, Tim Carmody points to a …

2016-06-15: Book Recommendations from Curtis This has to be the definitive list of books on running a successful business. There is room for a …

2016-06-15: Finding Yourself Lost? I've been faced with this problem over the last couple of weeks. Read on for the answer. When you …

2016-06-13: Finish More Great advice given my recent "never finishing anything" run. ... readings of non-fiction …

2016-06-09: Do the Work There are no shortcuts. There’s no substitute for hours put in. Good work requires commitment and …

2016-06-09: Job or Project? Give me a project any day of the week. Projects are open-ended, chosen and ours. Working on a …

2016-06-09: Digging Deeper Into Trello Now that we know the basics of a Trello board we can start to dig deeper into the other parts of the …

2016-06-08: The Bike Shop of Dreams.

2016-06-08: What is Worth Communicating? A question prompted by Nicholas Bate in his Jagged Thoughts for Jagged Times series. In the New …

2016-06-07: Twin City Steel I love this mountain bike build. Period correct components from the 90s really make this bike …

2016-06-07: What is Trello? Trello is a great tool for managing projects and products. Before we dig deep into Trello though I'm …

2016-06-03: The Three Cs I think I've found myself a new set of labels for categorising my tasks in Todoist. Think of your …

2016-06-02: 300 issues of Ruby Weekly. Well done @peterc and the @cooperpress team in reaching this milestone. …

2016-06-02: People would find workarounds by including spaces, symbols or other text just to pad it out.

2016-06-01: Read More Blogs Set Godin has a great reminder of why blogs are the best free source of valuable content on the …

2016-06-01: Are You Curious? I love this view on how people are split when it comes to technology. We can make lists about how …

2016-05-31: Internet Mob Justice I'll be honest. I'm fed up seeing this mob justice on the Internet. But now we are reaching the …

2016-05-30: Grass Roots Productivty - Always Be Capturing Everyone has their own preferred system for getting things done. Whether it's GTD, maintaining …

2016-05-30: The Weekend Report #1 (Trying something new. Mini posts on the last weekend of the month.) Made a home cooked dinner on …

2016-05-27: New Leaders Ready for purchasing. The Cure is screaming out to be bought. I had great intentions of getting …

2016-05-27: Fight from Failure Great advice for programmers and anyone building a product. In this mindset, each day your task is …

2016-05-26: Why I Stopped Using TextExpander Text replacement utilities like TextExpander can make a big difference in the amount of time you …

2016-05-25: What Next for Apple? Fellow Scot Ian Dick highlights some areas of technology where Apple are falling behind. Apple also …

2016-05-25: Last of my files moved out of my Dropbox account. Now only used when working with clients and for …

2016-05-23: Forget LinkedIn Some suggestions for alternatives to the workplace social network.

2016-05-20: Is There Value in Social Media? All this week I’ve been writing about finding value with social media. Social media as a mainstream …

2016-05-20: Slow and Steady Wins the race. This morning, just as a test, move very slowly. Avoid scanning material. Read it …

2016-05-20: The BFe26 Redesign Excited about this bike with it being a steel hardtail, but I really wish we could settle on one or …

2016-05-19: Finding Value Outside of Social Media A lot of people use social media as their means of keeping up with news, topics and communities. …

2016-05-18: Worry Not For Patrick Rhone has some wise words on the subject: Worry is born of desire — desire for change. …

2016-05-17: Instructions via Austin Kleon

2016-05-17: We Need Realists It's funny, you never see "realist" as a required skill in ay job posting. We need order …

2016-05-17: Finding Value in Twitter as a Freelancer Yesterday I wrote about the value of Twitter on a personal level. While I don't place much value on …

2016-05-17: Anyone I know using a Fitbit? Would you recommend one?

2016-05-16: First round of golf with Ethan this year and I only beat him by one shot. I really need to up my …

2016-05-16: A round of golf with the boy this afternoon @PaisleyGolfClub. I hope I don’t embarrass him to much. …

2016-05-16: Remember FriendFeed? I do. It was great. It's a shame it fell into obscurity and was eventually closed down. After …

2016-05-16: Finding the Value in Twitter I think of social media as one of those necessary evils in life. I'm well aware of the benefits of …

2016-05-13: Great support from @sparkpost. My email issue was resolved in a few hours.

2016-05-13: Playing with Firefox and Test Pilot I have been a Safari user for a while now. Safari’s built-in sharing on OS X and iOS and the ability …

2016-05-13: More with Nicholas Bate A great series by NB.

2016-05-12: Still Here The observant among you will have noticed another lull in my writing here. It's been a frustrating …

2016-05-12: Ten Years of Hanselminutes Well done Scott Hanselman on reaching double-digits with his technology podcast, Hanselminutes.

2016-05-10: Dealing with Distractions Michael Wade keeps us on the path of the productive. Distractions swoop down to shatter your focus. …

2016-05-10: The Morning Pages Experiment What I'm experimenting with now, though, is adding a little more structure to my pages. Not …

2016-05-10: Been trying a number of desktop apps as web alternatives, but I keep coming back to the web based …

2016-05-10: Doing the Twitter cull thing again. Mostly news sites.

2016-05-09: Do I know any people who are good with SQL Server Reporting Services?

2016-05-09: Social Media Addiction Daniel's decision to delete the majority of his social media accounts is a reminder that social …

2016-05-06: That moment where you can’t decide which one your messaging apps you’re going to use. …

2016-05-06: Fixie Friday - Saffron Frameworks via CycleEXIF, photos by Jim Holland

2016-05-06: Switch Off A nice reminder from NB for the weekend.

2016-05-06: Converse, Connect & Value Required reading for anyone looking to harness social media as a tool to connect your product with …

2016-05-05: My three year old son knows no limits. He’s trying to eat his jelly using a Mikado stick. 😂

2016-05-04: Still no split-view in Twitter for Mac. Do you have to read the new Moments feature, upload a GIF …

2016-05-04: You know what I love to see in @dayoneapp? Being able to merge entries.

2016-05-03: “A solid post” says my editor. I have to be doing something right with this writing …

2016-05-03: Hello Quitter I have a particularly bad habit of opening apps, leaving them to run and then wondering why I have …

2016-05-03: Managed to switch my email address to a new one with a different domain and still receive the email …

2016-05-02: Closed my Zapier and Buffer accounts over the weekend. Wasn’t doing much with either of them.

2016-05-02: Write more with Nicholas Bate.

2016-05-02: The Feed is Dying The feed is dying. The reverse-chronological social media feed — the way you’ve read Instagram, …

2016-05-01: Nothing stops the boy ... Another Sunday, another medal under the belt. Ethan's settling in well at Paisley Golf Club and the …

2016-04-29: Sorry. That should have been more @dayoneapp sync woes.

2016-04-29: The Turn It Off ... ... Turn It On Again 22 didn't roll off the tongue as easily.

2016-04-29: Genius Fundraising Idea The contribution buys you an evening at home. No dressing up. No rubber chicken. No sitting at a …

2016-04-29: The Benefit of Writing When Blogging When Ethan was at golf coaching before Christmas, he asked the professional how many balls he would …

2016-04-28: Most other services provide their own syncing mechanism or I use iCloud. Dropbox just doesn’t have …

2016-04-28: Dropbox account downgraded to the free tier for the first time in three years. Just don’t need that …

2016-04-28: It’s snowing. It’s May next week. #bloodyweather

2016-04-27: Snowden Trailer I like the look of this. via The Verge

2016-04-26: Remembering the Glory Days The Awl remembers the glory days of Google Reader. Instead, our websites now keep tabs on us, the …

2016-04-26: Still Freelancing at 60? I love this post from Adrian about what he's learnt from his time as a developer and where he sees …

2016-04-26: Dropbox Infinite Project Infinite, announced at Dropbox’s Open London event wants to give you the best of both …

2016-04-25: It Can't Be Rushed The project is vaguely on your mind. You sip coffee and read a book. You scan the news but with …

2016-04-25: Peanut Butter When I was a kid and my mother wasn’t around to make us something to eat, my dad used to smile and …

2016-04-22: Be Even More Successful Do this.

2016-04-22: A Father's Advice A wonderful piece highlighting some life lessons from a father. Begin conversations with people on …

2016-04-21: Off The Grid Stephen Fry's post makes for a good argument in getting off the grid. Jacking out of the matrix …

2016-04-21: 20 Years Since Moseley Shoals Today marks 20 years since Ocean Colour Scene’s Moseley Shoals entered the British charts. It was …

2016-04-21: Perpetual Devotion Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of …

2016-04-21: Bourne is Back Great to Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass working on the new Bourne movie.

2016-04-19: Subscribing to @problogger’s RSS feed again. Feels like 2010 again.

2016-04-19: Sony PlayStation Neo I can't say that I'm exactly thrilled to see Sony releasing a console so soon after the release of …

2016-04-13: New Kindle Oasis Not content with the millions of Kindles out there, Amazon have introduced another Kindle to the …

2016-04-13: Also started using Sidekiq for processing background jobs like emails. Another tool added to the web …

2016-04-13: One eye on a Rails app I moved to Heroku from Cloud66. For my needs, Heroku’s managed platform is …

2016-04-13: Business Advice by Derek Sivers Derek Siver's latest post is the best business advice anyone needs before they start. First you …

2016-04-13: Rails app migration from Cloud66 to Heroku done. Time for bed now.

2016-04-12: TextExpander Subscription Change - Too Little Too Late? Smile have adjusted the pricing of the new TextExpander subscription service. We will apply a …

2016-04-12: Recommendations please for good blogs around the following topics: Web Development, Agile practices, …

2016-04-11: Book Recommendation from Curtis If you want to tip the daily balance from shallow work to deep work, my buddy Curtis in British …

2016-04-11: First Competition of the Year for Ethan Ethan played in his first competition of the year at Paisley Golf Club. He's still struggling with …

2016-04-11: Blog Bursts I've found it hard to maintain a steady level of posting. Seems like I'm in a continual state of …

2016-04-06: Installed aText, migrated snippets across and uninstalled TextExpander. Time to move on now.

2016-04-06: Alternatives to TextExpander? I love using TextExpander. I use it everyday for all manner of things. It's not completely …

2016-04-06: Smart Writing I applaud Moleskine for their determination to break into the digital world with their new Smart …

2016-04-06: Just Resting It's been a quiet here. I've got the week off and I'm enjoying some time away from the computer. …

2016-04-06: The Definitive Trilogy Courtesy of Nicholas Bate.

2016-04-06: Forget Flying Cars I'd rather have one of these in the driveway.

2016-04-05: And on the same day @medium announce a way for writers to get paid for their content. Good move!

2016-04-05: Can’t say I’m a fan of the new @textexpander subscription. I like paying for software I use …

2016-04-04: Finally. A week off. Glad that I put the MacBook in for its battery replacement this week. No …

2016-04-01: Let's be consistent ... ... with Nicholas Bate as our guide.

2016-04-01: What is Art? I love Tanmay's definition of art. Art isn’t just about doing fancy stuff or indulging into …

2016-04-01: Fixie Friday - Polished Cannondale Track A photo posted by A. Danger (@adangerpdx) on Mar 27, 2016 at 7:46am PDT

2016-03-30: SQL Server Mgmt Studio could really do with Sublime Text’s “Goto Anything” feature. Navigating the …

2016-03-30: It’s good to be shipping. #thewebdevlife

2016-03-28: Ubuntu Tablet A tablet that runs Ubuntu is now available for pre-order. I've toyed with the idea of adding a …

2016-03-28: The Beginning of Markdown John Gruber's early notes on the beginning of Markdown. Just another idea in a notebook. via The …

2016-03-28: Lots to do ... ... on Planet Earth. Let's start with the first one. Celebrate more often: you've got a place on …

2016-03-25: It's All You Need Pen and paper.

2016-03-25: Some Ideas for DailyMuse It’s been a while since I updated my daily email service, DailyMuse. It’s a year old now and I’m …

2016-03-23: Anyone got any pointers to finding topics to blog about from a web dev perspective?

2016-03-23: Morning Pages Update For six months now I've been writing my morning pages every weekday morning. The idea of morning …

2016-03-23: LENKR Wooden Handlebars Very nice. via PEDAL Consumption

2016-03-23: Field Notes Wallet I seen this very nice wallet on Tools and Toys and the first thing I thought was, "There's no …

2016-03-21: The Pitfall of Free Services There's little doubt that the world wants free online services. Darren Rovell's poll on Twitter …

2016-03-21: Too Late for Twitter? I love this idea of paying a subscription fee for using Twitter, but I fear that it might be too …

2016-03-21: Start Simple With current trends towards front end frameworks and micro-services, it's refreshing to see advice …

2016-03-15: More Raspberry Pi Goodies The recent release of the Raspberry Pi 3 and now Western Digital's new dedicated PiDrive makes the …

2016-03-15: Special Thanks Taking time out from the usual run of links and posts to say thanks to Curtis, Michael, Kurt, …

2016-03-11: Little Daily Actions These are the actions that could change your world. Forget the bold gesture. Don't bank on the big …

2016-03-11: Tracking A fantastic write up of your average day being tracked. A couple of weeks ago I went to the local …

2016-03-11: Fixie Friday - NEUKLN V1 Frameset Gotta love the raw polished finish on this bike from 8bar. via 8bar bikes

2016-03-10: I love the possibilities that “rails new” brings. So many things we can build.

2016-03-10: The Concentration of Power in Journalism A great post about how the concentration of power in journalism now lies with technology providers …

2016-03-10: Reviewed: On Writing Well I finally finished William Zinsser's On Writing Well last night. I've been making slow progress …

2016-03-09: Ulysses for iPhone Ulysses is now out for the iPhone. Having used it on my MacBook for a couple of weeks, I might still …

2016-03-09: Axe Review Minus Zombies An axe review with no mention of its use for taking down the odd zombie. Rick Grimes would not …

2016-03-09: The Freewrite I like the idea of the Freewrite, but I would never buy one. It creates a sense of being a …

2016-03-09: Are ISVs like this so paranoid about their product that they have to restrict access to videos that …

2016-03-09: To watch a demo of a reporting server tool being used to embed a report I have to sign in to the …

2016-03-09: ISVs that invoke insane levels of protection on the demoing of their products are closing the door …

2016-03-09: Falling Out With Twitter It's happening again. I'm falling out of favour with Twitter. Last night I thumbed through about six …

2016-03-04: The Ongoing Art of Handwriting It will never die. I write now more than I ever did. The growing collection of notebooks and pens on …

2016-03-03: Just discovered the Mac gamma setting on my Dell monitor. Only had the monitor for a year. #rtfm …

2016-03-02: The New Knog Oi Bike Bell A bike bell that doesn't look like a bike bell. How is it that it's taken this long for someone to …

2016-03-02: Thanks to @dnsimple and @cloud66 for making SSL upgrades simple to do. Took me just a few minutes to …

2016-03-01: Apple Wins Major Court Victory Apple received a boost in its fight against the FBI after a judge ruled in Apple's favour. Judge …

2016-03-01: Free Books Yes, you heard me right. Nicholas Bate has added a number of digital books to his growing list of …

2016-02-29: The missing step is often the most valued step. Thanks Michael!

2016-02-29: Where is Everybody? Last week my wife Jennifer was looking for something to read during her lunch break. She stumbled …

2016-02-26: On Writing Well - Technical Writing While reading On Writing Well last night, I was glad to have found the section on technical writing. …

2016-02-25: The Morning Routine The morning routine is going well since officially embarking on it around November of last year. …

2016-02-25: Book Recommendation of the Month Patrick Rhone's book Enough. Buy it, read it love it and then read it again. I'll still be reading …

2016-02-25: Benjamin Franklin and Scheduling A schedule, just like a financial budget, is there for the purpose of serving my goals. A schedule …

2016-02-25: I’ve been using Sublime Text 3 all week as my text editor. Is it just me or is the speed …

2016-02-24: Did I miss the memo? Where’s the Mandrill addon for @heroku?

2016-02-23: Signing Off No, not me. It's an idea proposed by Kurt Harden. And I have to say, it sounds like a great idea. …

2016-02-23: Less Noise I’m a user and fan of the private social networking app Path. I love the constraints on their …

2016-02-21: The Jeb Gamble Jeb Bush has ended his 2016 presidential campaign. Bush, the son and brother of US presidents, made …

2016-02-19: Be nice if @duckduckgo’s instant answers were wrapped in a native desktop wrapper. One app, …

2016-02-19: Fixie Friday - Aventon Mataro via Primicicli

2016-02-17: 1Password for Families AgileBits have announced their new plan for families. It’s never been easier to share 1Password …

2016-02-17: Revision Notes ... ... for the career you love. Thanks NB!

2016-02-16: Home Values Kurt Harden loves the family life at home and makes it a top priority. At lunch, I was able to …

2016-02-16: Social Media: The Best Of, The Worst Of As I'm writing this in my editor in Ghost, the title reads "Social Media Sucks". Yeah, I …

2016-02-16: Shawn Blancs iPhone Apps and Workflows I love reading posts like this. Discovering how different people tweak the home screens on their …

2016-02-16: Ghost are Moving Ghost's plan to relocate their business to Singapore is a blow to innovative internet businesses in …

2016-02-16: 4/ People here are mostly decent, but I do wish there was a better way of putting out these mobs and …

2016-02-16: 3/ It’s times like that I wonder myself why the fuck I spend time here and then I remember the …

2016-02-16: 2/ The Twitter mob rule seems to be one wrong move and you’re out. Must be hard being perfect …

2016-02-16: 1/ So Stephen fry becomes the latest casualty of the Twitter mob. I don’t blame him for …

2016-02-15: The Vastness of Space It's stuff like this that just boggles my mind. Compared with the overall vastness of space, the …

2016-02-15: Just watched Ethan complete a 60 and 0 game on #starwarsbattlefront. “I’ve never been so …

2016-02-13: Just opened Tweetdeck in the browser for the first time in a while. Actually quite a good Twitter …

2016-02-12: Fixie Friday - Cipolinni Cannondale Track The classic red and yellow colours of team Saeco brings back a few memories of watching Cipo. via …

2016-02-11: Do I Need LinkedIn as a Freelancer? LinkedIn. The social network for the workplace. I have something of a lax attitude towards it. I …

2016-02-11: Sure it’s easy to distinguish them in the picture but try looking at them on at the top of …

2016-02-10: The Sherp I definitely want one of these. Someday, civilization will collapse. It is with that knowledge …

2016-02-10: Firewatch A new game on the PS4 and PC that puts you in the role as a fire lookout in a national park in …

2016-02-10: Hawking's Reith Lecture An amazing illustrated guide to Stephen Hawking's wonderful second Reith lecture on black holes.

2016-02-09: If I had more say in the decision with the client I would have chosen Sinatra instead of Rails for …

2016-02-08: +1 for a zombie emoji. Describes exactly how l feel right now. And no, staying up watching the Super …

2016-02-08: Catching up on Super Bowl highlights. Well done the @Broncos. If it’s Peyton’s last …

2016-02-07: Chicken Nuggets and Twitter The perfect analogy of the relationship between Twitter and the user's of Twitter. I don't think …

2016-02-07: If Twitter was to stop tomorrow then I’m glad I still use an RSS reader to stay up to date …

2016-02-07: Social media isn’t the Internet. There’s a lot of people that don’t know that or …

2016-02-07: 6/ Reserve judgement for when you have used it. Until then, you’ve no facts to base your …

2016-02-07: 5/ Also Twitter is free so while I might not agree with all of their new features I can’t …

2016-02-07: 4/ If you’re threatening to leave Twitter over it then I do think you’re overreacting. …

2016-02-07: 3/ The “while you were away” sections of the timeline are quite handy. I don’t …

2016-02-07: 2/ You can always opt out of using the new timeline as well. That’s good. #twittertimeline

2016-02-07: 1/ This new “out of order” timeline doesn’t sound bad at all. It will be mostly in …

2016-02-05: Feedbin's Great New Feature Feedbin just won the Internet. Email newsletters direct to your Feedbin. What a great feature!

2016-02-05: Mail is Proven This week I had something of an issue involving my email and a feature in my CRM that I wanted to …

2016-02-05: The Career Manifesto Courtesy of Michael Wade*. I know the perfect place for this little gem. *(Sign up required, but it …

2016-02-05: 2nd session of circuit training done this week. That two sessions, two weeks running. Just need to …

2016-02-05: Fixie Friday - 8Bar KRZBERG V6 Love the colour! via 8bar Bikes, original source

2016-02-05: Best GoPro Use Ever We've all seen them. People showing off their GoPro footage of a mountain bike run down the alps, …

2016-02-04: Don’t underestimate the power of a client who is easy to talk to and always helpful.

2016-02-04: Props to the @highrise support team who replied to my support query this morning. Great product and …

2016-02-03: Mastery I've been reading George Leonard's book, Mastery. It was recommended by fellow blogger Nicholas …

2016-02-03: Facebook at Work I'll be surprised if this is as big a thing as Facebook. I can thing of a few things off the bat …

2016-02-02: I’ve got just under 70 followers on Medium and I haven’t posted anything.

2016-02-02: It’s not all bad though. Got The Beatles playing in the background.

2016-02-02: Everyone else in bed. Just me, the laptop and mountain of changes to do for a client. Best get …

2016-02-01: 1000 tweets! Feels like 2008 all over again.

2016-01-29: As soon as it hits 5pm it’s beer, burgers and then battlefront (the Star Wars kind).

2016-01-29: Pushing Words Daily Pushing words out even when I don’t have a lot of things I think others will care about is a …

2016-01-29: Spring Semester is Here And so is productivity revision time with Nicholas Bate.

2016-01-29: Fixie Friday - Bellitanner NYC Cab Belt drive fixie. That's a first for here (I think!). via Bellitanner Bikes

2016-01-29: Is it beer o’clock yet?

2016-01-28: Still Using Gauges A few weeks ago I wrote about how I was still using Feedbin as my goto RSS Reader. Well it seems …

2016-01-28: Declined another LinkedIn request from a Dynamics NAV recruiter. When are they going to start …

2016-01-28: Rails Concerns. So bloody useful.

2016-01-27: Impeccable Taste Last week was the funeral service for my uncle who suddenly passed away a couple of weeks earlier. …

2016-01-27: The Off Switch Remember the off switch? Thankfully, I have another option available to me that other might not …

2016-01-27: Busy or Thinking? Paul Jarvis writes about the uncomfortable silence that is doing nothing but thinking. The biggest …

2016-01-26: Hey @twitter, if you’re not going to put lists on the timeline page, then at least let me …

2016-01-26: Tiered Twitter It seems Twitter is turning off ads for it's highest engaging users. Matt Gemmell has doubts about …

2016-01-26: Ethan: “Oh man. I only got one kill with Boba Fett. That’s so embarrassing.” Ethan …

2016-01-26: I still think the shortcut-key to send an email in Mail is weird. CMD+SHIFT+D where D is deliver?

2016-01-25: Asking me to estimate on the spot isn’t an estimate. It’s a guess and not even a good …

2016-01-24: That was a DRIVE! #NEvsDEN

2016-01-23: How Belle Beth Cooper Uses Todoist Belle Beth Cooper's in-depth write up about how she manages tasks and projects is recommended for …

2016-01-23: The Reading List Thought I would publish my reading list to the world. Definitely helpful to have a Trello board for …

2016-01-22: Mighty mouse usually disconnects when I accidentally bump it from the side of my keyboard. More …

2016-01-22: Remember the days of wired keyboards and mice and they just worked, like all the fucking time. I …

2016-01-22: Fixie Friday - Greyhound P & B Love the matt finish on this bike. via FGGT

2016-01-21: Anywhere But Medium Dave Winer on the drawbacks to hosting your writing in the newest walled garden, Medium. Medium is …

2016-01-21: Essential Kitchen Gear ... over at Tools & Toys.

2016-01-21: Review - The Amazon Fire 7 Tablet It's been 4 days since our Amazon Fire 7 tablet arrived in the post. The idea behind buying the …

2016-01-18: Ethan still off school with tonsillitis and a pulled muscle in his leg. He doesn’t do things …

2016-01-17: Fairly new to the whole Android thing, so any recommendations for a Markdown editor on Android that …

2016-01-17: Just watched #coingate from the #GBvsAZ game. Aside from it going to Arizona, that takes some skill …

2016-01-17: Got an Amazon Fire 7 ordered. For the money you can’t beat it for the kids to use. I’ll …

2016-01-16: Predictions for the NFL divisional games this weekend. Wins for Patriots, Packers, Panthers and …

2016-01-15: Recommended Reading This week I subscribed to the writing blog of Wally Bock. Love what I've been reading so far from …

2016-01-15: Fixie Friday - Bishop Bikes Track Love the detailing on this bike. Absolutely amazing work. via Cycle EXIF

2016-01-14: Dear @twitter, please put lists within easy reach in the web client. Cheers, Matthew

2016-01-14: 5 Words 1 Rule It's as simple as that.

2016-01-14: A Canvas Made of Pixels Clay Bavor's large scale digital canvas is a fantastic use of technology. Even the frame is made to …

2016-01-13: Yet again I’m toying with the idea of deleting my LinkedIn account. Is this career suicide for …

2016-01-13: Just discovered you can start a new email from @alfredapp. Doh! #rtfm

2016-01-12: Has Web Development Gone To Shit? There was me thinking I was absolutely bonkers for not falling head over heels in love with the …

2016-01-12: Four Essentials for a Winning Proposal Curtis McHale continues his look into winning proposals with a look at four essentials for any …

2016-01-12: Reconsidering Moleskine Ana Reinert of The Well-Appointed Desk does an extensive comparison of three of Moleskine's …

2016-01-11: Considering Writing a Book? Consider these gems from Nicholas Bate.

2016-01-11: The Family Business Kurt's family business is ticking over nicely as the winter break comes to an end. My wife and I …

2016-01-11: 2 for 4 on the wildcard weekend predictions, not bad. Good to see the Packers back to good form.

2016-01-09: Predictions for the NFL wildcard weekend. Wins for the Chiefs, Bengals, Vikings and Packers.

2016-01-08: World Sketchnote Day World Sketchnote Day is coming! If you're new to sketchnotes then this is a great way to start the …

2016-01-08: The Playlist of All Playlists Meticulously compiled by Kurt. Enjoy!

2016-01-08: I’ve been re-discovering a few blogs I used to follow years ago but moved away from. Nice to find …

2016-01-06: Simplifying Last week I was toying with the idea of switching from Todoist to Wunderlist. The quick path out was …

2016-01-06: Understanding Others Understanding other people is a tall order because everybody is different—but that’s what makes life …

2016-01-06: Daily Moleskine Art Brought to you by Tom Joyce. I love these. Reminds me of the Slaine series from 2000AD.

2016-01-05: Old ... ... but certainly not busted. Marco Arment takes a look at why the 2012 non-Retina MacBook Pro is …

2016-01-05: Caesura Letters 2.0 Caesura Letters, my daily dose of deep reading, is now freely available for all. I've been reading …

2016-01-04: There’s a lotta love out the for Tom Coughlin. Shame his coaching career didn’t end on a …

2016-01-04: Jen and Drew are napping, Ethan is playing Star Wars Battlefront and I’m working. There’s something …

2016-01-04: I’ll happily pay for an OSX app that opens my apps full-size or with another app in a split pane. …

2016-01-04: Cramped Commonplacing Today's commonplace entry courtesy of Nicholas Bate's learning tips. My Kaweco fountain pen was …

2016-01-04: Most Amazing Lego Millennium Falcon Ever! A Star Wars fan has spent a year building the ultimate Lego Millennium Falcon. Absolutely amazing. I …

2016-01-03: Remember Blogrolls? You know what I miss? I miss blog rolls, where authors would list their favourite sites on their …

2016-01-03: The Blogroll Remember blogrolls? So do I. They were a great way of finding other blogs to follow. Here's a …

2016-01-03: The Website Obesity Crisis Maciej Cegłowski, the creator of Pinboard, highlights the growing obesity of the web and what can be …

2016-01-02: Start With a Page Write a page a day and in 12 months you'll have the makings of a novel. Study a nation a month and …

2016-01-01: More and Less Love Kurt's more and less theme for 2016.

2016-01-01: Happy New Year! That's it. The end of another year and the start of a new one. Start as you mean to go one they say …

2015-12-31: The one feature I wanted to see in Twitter’s Mac client and it’s not there. Back to Tweetbot it is …

2015-12-26: Jen’s mixing her drinks again. Lemsip in one cup and tea in the other.

2015-12-25: Best Christmas present this morning was the kids not waking up until 8:45am!

2015-12-25: Wishing you all a Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! 🎄☃

2015-12-24: “Spoiler warning: This piece contains major spoilers for The Force Awakens.” - …

2015-12-24: Time for New Lights? Maybe. My Knog lights are still going strong and they're holding their charge well. Despite that, …

2015-12-24: Star Wars Brawl Print Love this. via Kottke.org

2015-12-24: Need Wallpaper That Rocks? Louie Mantia has great wallpaper designs. I've started using some of these for Trello board …

2015-12-23: It’s been a joy to use Ghost for blogging over the last few months. Managed hosting, simple …

2015-12-23: The joys of having your kid playing #StarWarsBattlefront while you work. “Look Dad! I can make the …

2015-12-23: The Ice Storm of 2013 I was just reminded this morning that it was two years ago that the ice storm hit Toronto and the …

2015-12-22: Turning down client work again due to my availability. Can only be a good thing right?

2015-12-22: My Now Page My now page is live. Is yours? Thanks to Derek Sivers for the idea.

2015-12-22: What I'm Doing Now Photo by myself after an ice storm hit Toronto in 2013. Aside from putting my family first and …

2015-12-21: A Christmas Tradition Tonight marks the start of one of my Christmas traditions. The annual reading of A Christmas Carol. …

2015-12-21: Another Insight from Arizona I've added this one to my DailyMuse collection. There is much that you want to do and much that can …

2015-12-21: The only thing I was annoyed at was the audience. No whoops or cheers when the movie started. We …

2015-12-21: I did read a few tweets about disappointing characters but I think they will evolve in the next …

2015-12-21: I finally got to see The Force Awakens last night. Loved it. Absolutely loved it.

2015-12-20: Thanks JJ. Great movie!

2015-12-18: Fixie Friday - Icelandic Green Cannondale Track This is it. The last one of the year folks and what better way to finish this year's Fixie Friday …

2015-12-18: DuckDuckGo: Still Growing Great to see that DuckDuckGo is still growing. Through Dec. 15, DuckDuckGo received 3.25 billion …

2015-12-16: All I can say is thank goodness for other apps like Tweetbot that don’t have this and hopefully …

2015-12-16: Seen the new Moments feature on the Twitter’s website and iOS app. Not that taken with it. Does it …

2015-12-11: #WelcomeToCanada. Best hashtag ever. Honestly.

2015-12-11: Kill, Commit or Transform Your Writing I'll be honest. I'm probably not the ideal person to be giving advice on writing but here's a little …

2015-12-11: Want to be an Expert? Follow the seven steps from Nicholas Bate. There's no shortcuts or life hacks to this. Just honest …

2015-12-09: Goodbye Carousel and Mailbox Dropbox has decided to call it a day on their photo management app Carousel and the email client …

2015-12-09: It's Journal Day My plan for celebrating the day (which, truthfully, I started last night) is to open up past year’s …

2015-12-08: Crazy iPhone battery case theory - it’s actually there to stop the iPhone bending in your …

2015-12-08: Obviously as someone who hasn’t used Mailbox I might be wrong but Mail app isn’t the …

2015-12-08: I know Mail app might not have all the bells and whistles that Mailbox has but it gets the job done.

2015-12-08: Am I missing something? Dropbox closes down Mailbox. Tweets from people that they have no great …

2015-12-07: Flying Over Pluto “These close-up images, showing the diversity of terrain on Pluto, demonstrate the power of our …

2015-12-07: The Staying Power of the B-52 Makes you wonder why on Earth the US military has needed billions for more advanced bombers when …

2015-12-07: Still Using Feedbin A while a go I wrote about my move to Feedbin from Feedly and my reasons for the move. At the time I …

2015-12-07: The Mixtape radio station on Apple Music. The BBC Radio 2 equivalent for an Apple generation.

2015-12-04: Can I get some recommendations for an iPad Mini 4 case please? No keyboard cases, just a case that …

2015-12-04: That Throw, That Catch, Just One More Time This is why I love American football.

2015-12-04: Want More Time? Yes please! Another great new series from NB.

2015-12-04: Public Square of Me A nice reminder that there are more pressing matters in the world than the growing number of icons …

2015-12-04: CleanMyMac’s non-responsive feature is now non-responsive. I would grab a screenshot but even …

2015-12-03: An app or process is sucking the life out my MBP. Rebooting about three times a day now. Grrr.

2015-12-02: In the last month I’ve got a client using pull requests, review apps and AB testing. I wonder if I …

2015-12-01: Evolution of the Bicycle Evolution of the Bicycle from Visual Artwork on Vimeo. A wonderful video showing the different …

2015-12-01: Miniature Space Tilt shifting is the effect used in photography to simulate a miniature scene, but I've never seen …

2015-12-01: Another bookmarklet for the list Brett's latest bookmarklet is great for programmer. Turns code blocks into plain text and make them …

2015-12-01: Culling the Email Subscriptions I've been a fan of email subscriptions for a long time. The direct delivery to your inbox might not …

2015-12-01: A shocking state of affairs. There are no biscuits in the house. How I am supposed to get any work …

2015-11-27: Nothing Scheduled, Nothing Gained This blog has been gradually winding down in activity for the last few weeks. You've probably …

2015-11-26: I had no idea that Tweetbot on OS X allowed you to create columns based on lists and searches. Nice!

2015-11-26: Still haven’t bought a Raspberry Pi but I’m finding it hard to find a reason not too. A couple of …

2015-11-25: Over at the bothy ... ... I'm breaking down the technical debt concept for product stakeholders.

2015-11-25: Captain America: Civil War - Trailer The Cap movies are my favourites in the MCU and the series looks to get even better with Civil War …

2015-11-25: Good selection of NFL games coming to the UK next year.

2015-11-25: I need a new analogy for software as a service for a client. Maybe airplanes. Would you fly on an …

2015-11-24: The kind I can scribble in the margins. Can’t scribble on a Kindle. It makes a mess of the …

2015-11-24: I need to order myself a stack of books. Not the Kindle kind, the physical kind.

2015-11-24: Me and Jen have talked about emigrating to Canada, but the houses prices have always put us off. …

2015-11-20: Fixie Friday - P&B Greyhound Lovely build! via FGGT, photo by Arregui Velázquez

2015-11-20: Recommendations for a OS X SQL Server client? Anything that helps me manage all the objects in the …

2015-11-19: Like Buses Kickstarter campaigns are like buses. Nothing for ages then two come along at the same time. This …

2015-11-19: Christmas Holiday Tradition? Black Friday does not mean shopping; it means we watch the first Christmas movies of the year - Die …

2015-11-19: For the #sqlserver folks. Is there any advantages to using decimals as your primary key rather than …

2015-11-19: Developers can handle the multiple environments well enough with the command line, but its not for …

2015-11-19: The plan is to reserve the staging environment for pushes from the master branch. Once tested …

2015-11-19: The previous staging environment was used to test different branches, but it became a block. Review …

2015-11-19: Half the battle of this has been helping the client decide how best to use multiple environments for …

2015-11-19: Almost there with getting a client setup on @heroku’s pipeline feature. Review apps are set …

2015-11-18: Spent an hour using @careteditor tonight. Nice features that make it stand out from other Markdown …

2015-11-18: I’ve downloaded and installed Firefox Developer Edition out of curiosity. Just wondering if it …

2015-11-18: Is there any advantage to using Firefox Developer Edition over Firefox or any other browser?

2015-11-17: Kickstarted: The Baron Fig Squire Pen I haven't backed anything on Kickstarter yet. I missed the Baron Fig notebook and the Bullet …

2015-11-17: Your Ideal Week Suddenly, everything was dark, and I realized that I was in bed and it was time to face another day …

2015-11-17: I could do with a suite of tests right about now.

2015-11-17: Looks like I’m not worthy to be testing @github’s new repo design. Guess I’ll just …

2015-11-16: Another friendly customer experience from the staff at the Braehead Apple Store.

2015-11-14: No Words During times like this I tend to reserve commenting on social media. As NB puts it, "some days …

2015-11-13: Planned Basic Income For All in Finland In its final version, the basic income would replace other benefits people currently receive, and …

2015-11-13: Fixie Friday - RAW Santafixie Team via FGGT

2015-11-13: Catching up with some podcasts on @OvercastFM this morning. Great to so many of the features in the …

2015-11-12: I still wonder if the ultimate goal of Apple is to bring iOS and OS X together somehow.

2015-11-12: I’m using an MBP just now but I reckon I could move down to a new MacBook. iPad Pro as a main …

2015-11-12: Read a few articles about people being able to switch to iPad Pro from their current laptop. Think …

2015-11-12: I do wish @slack’s formatting just used @gruber’s Markdown as a starting point.

2015-11-11: So I gave the first few episodes of Sons of Anarchy a go. Good programme but I can’t see me …

2015-11-11: Finally deleted my @appdotnet account. It’s like a ghost town now.

2015-11-11: Some Goodies from NB A little present from Nicholas Bate in the post last week. Just getting round to looking at them …

2015-11-11: Honest Work I wanted to make a product and sell it directly to people who’d care about its quality. There’s an …

2015-11-11: Finding Dory Finding Nemo was one of Ethan's favourites, perhaps this one will be one of Drew's favourites. …

2015-11-11: Spoiled for Choice There are too many easy choices. I've noticed that retail stores and their vast volume of products …

2015-11-11: Twitter is far from perfect but the it’s gradually getting there. It is improving.

2015-11-11: I had great intentions of going back to using @appdotnet for a while there but it still feels like a …

2015-11-11: Pretty hard to get psyched about something if the founder isn’t using it.

2015-11-09: Resilience ... the full story by NB.

2015-11-04: The Ideal Life Another great post by Curtis McHale. This time on what your ideal life would be. Here's a hint. It's …

2015-11-04: Hearts or Stars? The latest update to Twitter has seen the replacement of the favourite action with a star to a like …

2015-11-04: If hearts aren’t your thing I’m pretty sure @appdotnet still use stars.

2015-11-04: Twitter’s new strategy: Make enough changes on Twitter to keep people tweeting.

2015-11-03: Starbucks red cups are out and I’ve only seen one tweet that references “the red cups …

2015-11-02: The Beautiful Bullet Journal of Kara Benz. I'm still intrigued by the Bullet Journal and it's place in my toolset. Especially …

2015-11-02: Got a Plan? Nicholas Bate does and so should you.

2015-11-01: Disappointed to hear that @GlenAbbeyGC may be redeveloped into housing and retail.

2015-10-30: The Dreaded About Me Page Two words that fill me with dread. About me. I don't mind writing about a lot of things, but one …

2015-10-30: Fixie Friday - Aero Commuter via Cycle EXIF

2015-10-30: The Mobile Writer Tools & Toys has another fantastic guide. This time it's the tools needed for writers that …

2015-10-30: A Morning Routine ... with a difference. No to do lists here.

2015-10-30: Hobbiton or Oxford? Amazing that Tolkien's work is still being found.

2015-10-30: The Path to Resilience Continues ... with Nicholas Bate.

2015-10-28: Reasons To Write Four reasons in fact. Here's an excerpt from the first reason, validate your expertise: Someone …

2015-10-28: Write Like You Talk I try to write in this style for longer posts. People have commented on this in the past but I never …

2015-10-28: Show Up Kurt Harden has some simple but effective advice for your career. Show up - Showing up plays a …

2015-10-27: Just ran 4km in 30 minutes. Is that good? It’s the first time I’ve ran any considerable …

2015-10-23: groan Wasn’t the 400 lines of JavaScript I wrote for this project enough? Evidently not.

2015-10-23: Fixie Friday - AllFixedGear Specialized Langster Nice to see the AllFixedGear crowd have a Langster in their group. via AllFixedGear

2015-10-23: Saying Thank You Steven Pressfield offers a top tip for making a lasting impression. Say thank you As in, on a card. …

2015-10-23: Feedbin Gets Image Previews My favourite RSS reader has a great new feature, image previews.

2015-10-21: The Now Page Movement People often ask me what I’m doing now. Each time I would type out a reply, describing where I’m at, …

2015-10-20: Blog migration to Ghost has went rather well. Pleased with it so far.

2015-10-20: I bought tickets for #StarWars last night. Between the game release next month and the movie the …

2015-10-20: Final Star Wars VII Trailer Tickets booked. Can't wait!

2015-10-20: Better Strategic Plans ... with Nicholas Bate. Yip, definitely time to do things differently.

2015-10-20: Lists As a kid, I remember my father at the dining room table in the morning jotting down his to-do list …

2015-10-19: Thanks! I'll get in touch as soon as I can.

2015-10-19: Contact Me Interested in working with me? Fill in your details below and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours. …

2015-10-19: About Me I'm a freelance Web Developer from the UK. I build high quality web application solutions using Ruby …

2015-10-19: The Playlist Inspired by this post by Leo Babauta, I've started to compile a list of articles that I frequently …

2015-10-19: Playgrounds A nice reminder that while places like Medium allow you to share your writing easily, you're still …

2015-10-19: New Digs For about two years now I’ve been a user of the static blogging engine Jekyll. In that time I’ve …

2015-10-08: Medium’s recent changes to allow you to use your own domain have me intrigued.

2015-10-06: Field Notes Planner Field Notes have joined the ranks of paper planners with their own take on a planner. I love the …

2015-10-06: Plant Trees, Be Productive Forest is an app that tries to help you concentrate by giving you the incentive of creating a …

2015-10-06: Still re-discovering people that I was following on Twitter before I deleted my account.

2015-10-05: Brief assessment from using Tweetbot 4 for the last few days: Nice features but for me the official …

2015-10-04: Clyde Timelapse A superb autumn night captured by Ian Dick. via iand.net

2015-10-04: Find Yourself Patrick Rhone is back from his personal retreat. Like Thoreau’s Walden Pond cabin, each hermitage …

2015-10-04: First Sketchnote Always great to see what people have done for their first sketchnote. Learning to #sketchnote with …

2015-10-04: Sustainable Services At a buck or few per app, how could it be otherwise? That type of pricing will work for Angry Birds …

2015-10-02: So you still can’t rename spaces in El Capitan then?

2015-10-01: The Paper Revolution Is paper making a comeback or did it simply refuse to budge from the digital invaders? When reports …

2015-10-01: Curious to know if any OS X users have ditched Alfred in favour of Spotlight since the Yosemite …

2015-10-01: Pinned tabs in Safari. Finally!

2015-09-30: Amazing Sketchnotes by Tanmay Vora. Amazing stuff!

2015-09-30: Morning Pages Milestone Yesterday I reached something of a milestone. I filled the Volant Moleskine notebook that I was …

2015-09-30: New Bike Frame Material? Can't wait to see if it can be used as a frame material for bikes. Today a team of material …

2015-09-30: Well Played I started the El Capitan upgrade process last night by kick starting the download before I went to …

2015-09-29: The X-Files Is Looking Good Me and Jen watched this religiously years ago. It's great to see it coming back.

2015-09-27: Always Good Always good to see a website I worked on go live.

2015-09-27: How the Night Sky Should Look It would be amazing if the night sky looked like this.

2015-09-27: New Website for Caesura Letters New website but always the same great content.

2015-09-27: Investigating an error on DailyMuse today. Full service should resume tomorrow.

2015-09-25: Pizzas and beers tonight. It’s been a long week. I deserve it.

2015-09-23: Client Work is Enough In the last few months I've made an interesting discovery. I'm crap at building and marketing …

2015-09-23: Saying No A quick story about Steven Pressfield and the power of saying no. After an incredibly difficult …

2015-09-23: The Right Effort I participate when directly engaged. I try to make sure that what I’m posting is of a positive …

2015-09-22: Hunter-Gatherer ... The complete list. One of NB's best in my opinion. Definitely in the top five.

2015-09-22: Three Is Enough One index card, three words. That's all it takes.

2015-09-21: It Arrived! My Hobonichi Techo planner arrived yesterday. Still can't get over how small it is. Can't wait now …

2015-09-21: Stuff Simplification A good three step guide to de-cluttering from NB.

2015-09-21: Winning Isn't Everything In a shock turnaround, Marco Arment has pulled his ad blocking app, Peace, from the App Store. Later …

2015-09-17: Fractured Days A writer has to focus. She can’t just flip a switch and start grinding. She needs time to settle …

2015-09-17: My Opinion on Medium is Changing Ever since Medium opened its doors to the world it has attracted fans and critics. People that use …

2015-09-17: Why Do I Like To Write? Jason Fried answers this on Twitter. Why do I like to write? Because words are fucking fun to play …

2015-09-16: Posting Rhythm The new posting rhythm continues. A snippet and a couple of link posts each day. I'm publishing …

2015-09-15: How to Read a Book There's reading and there's reading. Find out the difference. via Sandbox Rim

2015-09-14: Hobonichi Techo Planner Ordered I missed out on getting one of these last year but I wasn't going to make that same mistake twice. …

2015-09-14: Ignore the Trivial Many More wise words from NB. There is another way: work from a 3 by 5 card which highlights your vital …

2015-09-14: Thanks everyone for the keyboard recommendations from yesterday and thanks @patrickrhone for the RT.

2015-09-13: Breaking Tradition Myself an Jennifer made a decision over the weekend that will break a minor tradition in the family. …

2015-09-13: Hunter-Gatherer for the Digital Age ... by our bushcraft guide Nicholas Bate.

2015-09-13: Sunday is for Baseball To me the sports are not comparable; they are simply different games. I prefer to watch football in …

2015-09-13: Can I have your OS X wireless keyboard recommendations please?

2015-09-11: Playing the DNS propagation waiting game.

2015-09-11: Thanks to everyone who emailed and DM’d to keep my blog going!

2015-09-11: Received a word document that a school wants to use as a web page. Feels like the late 90s all over …

2015-09-10: I should really use AirDrop more often. Such an understated feature of OS X and iOS.

2015-09-10: Using Ruby on Rails with SQL Server. I didn’t think I would ever have to do work with SQL …

2015-09-10: I like the new AppleTV. Don’t think much of the iPad Pro but only because I can’t use it …

2015-09-09: Drowning in Digital I regularly go through the feeling of drowning in digital. I like being online and everything that …

2015-09-09: iA Writer 3 I love how iA have opened up with their iA Writer 3 release: If you came here to read about …

2015-09-06: Books: Dead-tree or Digital? Just a question for you all. What's your criteria for deciding whether to buy a book in dead-tree …

2015-09-06: Fixing Twitter Dustin Curtis weighs in with some areas where Twitter needs to do better. I completely agree. And …

2015-09-06: The Digital Struggle I've been struggling to find the motivation to write here. I've had my finger on the digital implode …

2015-09-03: Happy Blogiversary to Cultural Offering 8 years and still going strong. Well done Kurt!

2015-09-03: Skulls and Monsters and Demons! Oh My! Some truly amazing work by Tom Joyce.

2015-09-03: Thanks Nicholas I love getting stuff in the mail from Nicholas Bate.

2015-09-03: On lighter news here’s a free business idea. A newsletter that aggregates all the best bits …

2015-09-02: Started using Heroku’s new pipelines feature. No complaints so far with it. Also a much easier …

2015-09-02: I just clicked the language details bar on a repo for the first time in GitHub.

2015-09-02: Just wondering. With all the focus on iOS 9 being able to block ads, will Apple’s policy …

2015-09-01: Playing The Long Game Patrick Rhone is playing the long game on goals. Maybe you should too? The smart players, at best, …

2015-09-01: Project Success from our man in Arizona, Michael Wade. Read on for the minimal plan to project success. Write …

2015-09-01: The Richness of Slow There I was doing my morning pages on the subject of selecting tools to work fast when we want to be …

2015-08-30: Obviously private accounts could be skipped but the rest of the accounts could be added to this …

2015-08-30: It would be nice in Twitter if you could see other people’s timelines as they see them.

2015-08-30: Good luck to Heather, Josh and Jack representing the @ElderslieGolf juniors in finals day today.

2015-08-27: Can Old World Be More Modern? New technology doesn't always qualify as modern.

2015-08-27: Maintaining The Work Life Balance Curtis McHale dispenses seven tactics that help getting the balance right between work and life.

2015-08-27: Morning Pages Should Be Like Skimming Stones The morning pages habit trundles on with my Moleskine Volant notebook filling up by the day. Some …

2015-08-27: Most of the time tech news is much more pleasant to read than the actual news.

2015-08-27: Tech news of the day. Twitter app is going lighter and Instagram is allowing portrait and landscape …

2015-08-26: Living the Life A little reminder that the Internet is simply a facade into people's lives. You need to actually …

2015-08-26: Russian Family Cut Off For 40 Years The amazing story of a family living deep in Siberia without contact with the world for 40 years. …

2015-08-26: Searching for a Worthy Successor to Backpack Do you remember Backpack? If you don't, it was a knowledge base web application where you could …

2015-08-25: How to Ship Great Software Pearls of wisdom from JavaScript laureate, Thomas Fuchs. Don't follow the hype Use what works for …

2015-08-25: Mike Rohde's Sketchnoting Podcast Re-Released I can't wait to get through these. The great thing about these episodes is that they're all fairly …

2015-08-23: Black Notebooks No More Moleskine. Black. Two words that many people might associate with each other and with good reason …

2015-08-23: Everyone Needs a Personal Website I couldn't agree with Matthew on this topic more. Having a personal website is something most …

2015-08-23: Programming Language Commitment I'm not adverse to trying out different programming languages, but the steady stream of new …

2015-08-20: Email Done Right ... with our man from Arizona, Michael Wade.

2015-08-20: Need Fresh Ideas? Nicholas Bate advises you write. A lot.

2015-08-20: Nuclear Explosions: A Visualisation An extremely interesting and yet haunting visualisation of all the nuclear weapons that have …

2015-08-20: The Change Your Thinking Reading List Brought to you by Nicholas Bate.

2015-08-20: Time or Attention? Loved this. So many times I'll say I don't have the time but it's not actually true. I do have the …

2015-08-14: Dammit. Bought Reeder 2 on the MAS then found out today that Reeder 3 is in beta and includes …

2015-08-13: And Talking of Japanese Words ... here's The Art of Manliness with their take on kaizen. The Kaizen approach to self-improvement …

2015-08-13: Challenge and Eliminate Don’t be afraid to challenge prospective clients with goals. Make them work to prove that they’re …

2015-08-12: Japanese Words Ever since I heard about the word kaizen used in Scrum, I've been fascinated how Japanese words can …

2015-08-12: Nights are Fair Drawing In Darker nights mean no more sun blessed evening rides, well at least until next year. Going to make …

2015-08-12: You Don't Need Nicholas Bate with more thought provoking lists of wisdom.

2015-08-10: Focus Backgrounds Distraction free wallpaper by Joe Darnell.

2015-08-10: Infrequent Posting Is Good While I would love to commit to a steady stream of fresh and interesting content here, I'm just too …

2015-08-10: Is Ruby on Rails Still Relevant? It’s a question that I’m seeing on an increasing basis as I venture through the Internet. I’ve seen …

2015-08-10: Patrick's Path Patrick's journey on the Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path continues with the right livelihood. I use …

2015-08-07: The Apple Music family plan is worth it for the musical education my boys are getting. Access to …

2015-08-06: An Empty Cartridge I’ve just checked the order on a batch of Pentel pens and refill cartridges I bought from Amazon. It …

2015-08-06: Break Out Read, write, ask, plan, move, start and hold fast. It's all in NB's break out guide.

2015-08-06: Speed Matters An argument that working faster is better. Slowness seems to make a special contribution to this …

2015-08-06: Atom’s startup time is certainly a nuisance but if that’s my only critique of it then I …

2015-08-05: Free Can Be Good If you know me and you read my blog on a regular basis you’ll know that I’m an advocate for paying …

2015-08-05: Measure the Right Things This brings back nightmares of timesheets being used to measure performance. It's a poor way of …

2015-08-05: Star Wars Battlefront - Fighter Squadron Gameplay Star Wars Battlefront just keeps getting more and more awesome. Can't wait for November.

2015-08-05: Work Continues Work begins on a couple of software products. I'm not getting too wrapped up in the finished …

2015-08-04: Putting It Off I’ve been holding onto a few ideas for software products. There’s two in particular that I would …

2015-08-04: The Daily PKM Routine The seek, sense and share workflow of personal knowledge management.

2015-08-04: War of the Words All I can say is thank goodness for books.

2015-08-04: We went through two cabled headsets before I suggested spending more for a wireless headset.

2015-08-02: Less Email ... more talking. That's just one of NB's three rules for managing less email.

2015-08-02: Life or Death on the Roll of the Dice This brought back a few memories. Despite their unique preferences and stylistic tendencies, all of …

2015-08-02: The Rockin' 1000 Forget the Foo Fighters, I'd pay to see this lot sing.

2015-07-30: Be Future-safe A very nice reminder of why I choose to host my own blog rather than opting for a service like …

2015-07-30: The Hobby Writer I've got something of a fascination with writing. It's not that I want to become a writer, although …

2015-07-30: Recruitment agency has sent me a role for a rail engineer. Nice to know that Ruby on Rails attracts …

2015-07-29: Another New Coding Font No sooner do I get settled with Monoid when I hear of another coding font. This time it's the …

2015-07-29: Growing Up Too Fast? I was watching Ethan this morning as he was playing with a friend on the Playstation. A session of …

2015-07-29: Some Recommend Reading ... by Tools and Toys. Something for everyone in the list.

2015-07-29: Another round of golf with Ethan and another good score by him. I wasn’t too bad either!

2015-07-28: Half-way through my first Django project. Impressed with the features of the framework I’ve …

2015-07-28: Playing a round of golf with Ethan tomorrow. Looking forward to it, even if the weather isn’t …

2015-07-27: Hello Atom! About a year ago I made the jump to Vim. Having finally mastered enough of the keystrokes to muster …

2015-07-27: Monoid - Open Source Coding Font Got me a new coding font.

2015-07-27: Need a Boost? Execupundit has you covered. It can be difficult to predict the popularity of topics. Supervision …

2015-07-27: Stop Hurting the Web From time to time friends ask me what they should use if they want to start blogging, and for a …

2015-07-27: Given the choice between using Twitter’s embed snippet or just using a block quote for the …

2015-07-27: Still wondering though how I can gift movies to my father-in-law in Canada for his Apple TV.

2015-07-27: Not bad turnaround for a big company that handles thousands (probably millions) of transactions in a …

2015-07-27: First time I’ve had to contact Apple support for a purchase in the iTunes store. Prompt reply …

2015-07-26: Bold New Start Don't wait for the new year for a bold new start. Start today with Nicholas Bate and reap the …

2015-07-26: Music Recommendation The Last of Us is a fantastic game as is the soundtrack by Gustavo Santaolalla. Highly recommended …

2015-07-26: Notebook Lost and Found Ana Reinert has a couple of suggestions to ensure your most prized notebooks get back to you.

2015-07-26: Repeating the Basics A tweet by Brian P. Hogan sums up brilliantly what I've been doing in the last two weeks to stay …

2015-07-26: The Pixar Theory Jennifer read this over the weekend and suggested I read it too. With two young kids, a Pixar movie …

2015-07-23: Communities Need Trust When it comes to building communities, there's one essential ingredient that can make or break the …

2015-07-23: Fixie Friday - Affinity Kissena Second Affinity bike I've added in the last few bikes, they really are beautiful looking bikes. via …

2015-07-21: Book Recommendations by Patrick Rhone Another one for the list. Thanks for the recommendation Patrick!

2015-07-21: Down The List Michael Wade sums up well what being productive means: This means working with deliberation and not …

2015-07-21: I Want This The Bradley Mountain Waxed Canvas Utility Roll is one of those products you're going to own for a …

2015-07-21: Save The Web Amazing piece about the changes in the Internet since the glory days of blogging. The …

2015-07-21: T-Shirts ... the ultimate guide.

2015-07-21: Take the Stairs We end up with needlessly difficult lives because we have trouble recognizing ease when it’s hidden …

2015-07-21: The Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen Just dawned on me the other day that I don't currently own a fountain pen so I'm starting a short …

2015-07-20: I had a good week off with the family last week, but it’s back to work this morning.

2015-07-13: Better Photos for Instagram I've become something of a Instagram fan over the last few months, so this was right up my street.

2015-07-13: Naughty Firefox I've been a long-time fan of Mozilla and Firefox but the move to include Pocket in the open-source …

2015-07-13: The 32-Hour Workweek I work four days a week when a client allows it and most usually do but I will make exceptions for …

2015-07-13: The Medium Debate Continues I'm still not a fan of Medium for blogging, but that's just my preference. It is a great place for …

2015-07-11: Had a mini test ride on a Specialized Fatboy today. I’m pretty sure my next bike will be a fat …

2015-07-09: Better Note Taking One study found that taking notes on a computer leads us to transcribe lectures or talks verbatim, …

2015-07-09: Buffer's Transparency Dashboard Special hat tip to Buffer for their transparency dashboard. This is the kind of business I would …

2015-07-09: Fixie Friday - KHS Aero Track via FGGT, photo by Father Tu

2015-07-09: Where's the Value In Writing? For the last two weeks I've been writing my morning pages. The fact that I have managed to keep this …

2015-07-07: Need a Better Workspace? Tools & Toys have you covered. Definitely getting me a NeuYear calendar for next year.

2015-07-07: New Han Solo Film Announced A film about the early life of Han Solo has been announced by Disney. Good to see that Disney are …

2015-07-07: Offline Tools When we talk about tools that make us productive, we often refer to products and services that …

2015-07-07: Twitter Overhaul If I unfollowed you on Twitter then don't panic. I've got a bunch of you on lists.

2015-07-07: Victoire Cycles 29er MTB Having ridden the 650b wheel size for the last three months, I've been impressed with the larger …

2015-07-06: Does Your Organisation Pass the NB Audit? Be honest. I'd be surprised if most organisations managed to even get three out of seven on Nicholas …

2015-07-06: Freelance Offers Offers of freelance work have been overflowing in the last couple of days. Good to see.

2015-07-06: Right Intention, Wrong Store It happens to me more times than I care to admit. I take my iPhone out of my pocket, fully intending …

2015-07-05: Are You Bulletproof? And do you need to be? via Nicholas Bate

2015-07-05: Jurassic Mondays Off to the cinema tonight with Ethan to see Jurassic World. Should be good.

2015-07-05: No Regrets I recently read Kurt Harden's list of products he hasn't regretted owning. I decided to carry on …

2015-07-05: Why Young People Should Play Golf This post highlights the benefits that youngsters get from playing golf. Ethan's first year on the …

2015-07-02: Easier Meetings ... with Nicholas Bate's In Three series.

2015-07-02: Fixie Friday - Bob's Custom Titanium Track Who doesn't love titanium? via FGGT, photo by Father Tu

2015-07-02: Test Your Problem Solving Skills Interesting insights about how we can solve problems by disproving ideas rather than proving them.

2015-07-02: Writing Again I'm writing again. Trying to get into the habit of writing (not typing) 750 words every morning and …

2015-07-02: In fact I wonder if it there will be a decline amongst a few of BBC’s radio stations.

2015-07-02: Starting to wonder if Beats 1 is going to grab a significant percentage of listeners from BBC Radio …

2015-07-01: Cellphones Off Before Bed The study indicated that those spending time on their cellphones just before bedtime resulted in a …

2015-07-01: Ethan's First Junior Open Ethan played in the Junior Open at Elderslie Golf Club yesterday. He had a good time but it was a …

2015-07-01: Vacation What are you going to do on vacation?

2015-06-29: Is Microblogging Back? Returning to Twitter hasn't cracked up to what I thought it would be like. Good to see instead that …

2015-06-29: Microblogging ADN doesn't have enough people. Twitter is too short. Facebook is too big. I don't have a Google …

2015-06-29: Own-Mailbox I like this idea of a secure, self-hosted mailbox.

2015-06-25: Fixie Friday - Jacobs Track Bike via FGGT

2015-06-25: Moleskine Timepage Just added Moleskine's new calendar app, Timepage, to my iPhone. I'll be road testing this for a …

2015-06-25: On the Mend I had big plans for this week, but it was effectively written off as our youngest son was ill all …

2015-06-25: What's in Jason's Backpack? Everything he needs. Also great to see Jason's blog featuring a variety of posts. Long live blogging …

2015-06-25: What's in Patrick's Pockets? All the essentials and nothing more.

2015-06-25: Five days in and our 2yo is still fighting this stomach bug.

2015-06-22: My Backyard I think a trip to the highlands needs to planned for this autumn. Best of all, it's just a short …

2015-06-22: The Inside-Out Seven Another classic NB list for on the wall above your desk. The brand evolved organically from …

2015-06-22: The McDonalds Burger Bike Tote A nice idea, but I would rather go for a proper bike ride up the hills and make my own burgers when …

2015-06-19: Sad circumstances for the in-laws visit, but it was good for the boys to see their gran and papa …

2015-06-19: In-laws have left. Lower the DEFCON level.

2015-06-18: All 15 Pixar Movies Ranked by Vulture Adults will have their own variations on this ranked list of Pixar's movies, but has anyone asked …

2015-06-18: The Pocket Notebook - A Game Changer The Simple Dollar cover everything you need to know about using a pocket notebook. It’s really hard …

2015-06-18: Programmers or developers? What’s the difference?

2015-06-16: Golden Gate Bridge Construction I've never seen pictures of the bridge while it was being built. Quite amazing. via Eclecticity …

2015-06-16: Obama's Stealth Startup Great to see the US government using leading engineers from Silicon Valley to work on their digital …

2015-06-16: The Buddha Stand Nice trick. via FGGT

2015-06-12: No, that climb didn’t take two minutes.

2015-06-12: That was weird. First pic at the start of the ride just posted alongside the recent one. Bizarre.

2015-06-11: An Evening with Kurt Dog-walking, Shakespeare, baseball, Beethoven and hot dogs. All available at Cultural Offering.

2015-06-11: Fixie Friday - Storm Cycles via FGGT

2015-06-11: The Serious 11 Serious ambitions need a serious checklist. Thanks NB!

2015-06-11: Markdown editors. There must be hundreds of them.

2015-06-11: Pet Peeves: Web sites for desktop software that don’t show screenshots on their landing pages.

2015-06-10: Blank Pages Blank pages are great. They are empty to begin with. Devoid of markings, letters, pictures, symbols …

2015-06-10: Flatpack Skyscrapers Can a building taller than the Burj Khalifa be built in seven months?

2015-06-10: The Bleachers You think the best coaches and players sit near the field of play? Think again. You always find the …

2015-06-10: The Bristol Pound Would you use it? I propose the Glasgow Pound currency. Not an actual note, just a bottle of …

2015-06-09: Jupiter and Venus Converge UK-based observers will be able to see the convergence of Jupiter and Venus through the month of …

2015-06-09: The Fallen of World War II A visualisation of military and civilian deaths in World War II. The numbers are staggering. via …

2015-06-07: Make Your Kids Eat Everything It's certainly not impossible. You may wonder how we get our kids to eat kale and clams, and here …

2015-06-07: Matt's Guide to Consulting Not me, but my fellow Scot Matt Gemmell. His 15 minute guide to consulting is a wonderful guide to …

2015-06-07: Michael Wade ... says no. That and other great tools for greater productivity.

2015-06-07: Stop Reacting Seriously, stop reacting. Stop checking Twitter, Facebook, email and anything else that's driven by …

2015-06-07: Three In Three Sketchnotes More sketchnoting, this time it was the turn of Nicholas Bates' "In 3" posts from last …

2015-06-05: Apparently Netflix thinks I might like to watch “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”.
I don’t think so Netflix.

2015-06-04: 100 Uses for a Pocket Notebook Who knew there could be so many?

2015-06-04: Is Cleveland Cursed? 147 seasons without a title win. That's a long time. It could end this year though if the Cleveland …

2015-06-04: Sketchnoting Again Ever since I took delivery of my Nock Hightower a few weeks ago, my notebook has been with me every …

2015-06-04: Tweetbot 2.0 for Mac. Nice.

2015-06-04: With notes annotations on Instapaper I’m starting to wonder if I really need Pinboard.

2015-06-04: Goodbye Yahoo Pipes.

2015-06-04: Still the greatest feature in Firefox. Opening web sites in the sidebar. Especially when the web …

2015-06-04: In-laws settled in for their stay. Now, back to work.

2015-06-04: In-laws have arrived. Raise the DEFCON level!

2015-06-04: Good to see tmux have left the growing mess that is SourceForge.

2015-06-03: Extraordinary People, Ordinary Jobs It's unreasonable to expect extraordinary work from someone who isn't trusted to create it. — The …

2015-06-03: My Favourite Feature in Firefox I think it's fair to say that I've finally settled on a browser that I enjoy using. For well over a …

2015-06-03: Selling Three Three point guide to selling from NB. Can it be that simple?

2015-06-02: My Alternatives to Google Ever since going Google free, I've tried a number of different services to cover my needs. In this …

2015-06-02: Never Say Again ... with the incomparable Nicholas Bate.

2015-06-02: The Mailbox Effect Kurt Harden continues to deliver life changing lessons from his own experiences. My old …

2015-06-02: The USA Freedom Act is Passed The Intercept summarises the recent passing of the USA Freedom Act. Good to see change happening as …

2015-06-01: Batteriser Extends Your Battery Life This is the kind of technology innovation I like to see. "Killer apps" are common as muck …

2015-05-29: It’s been a long time since I’ve had the Twitter app on my iPhone. Very impressed with …

2015-05-29: First time searching for Twitter in the App Store. Gone are the multitude of good client apps and …

2015-05-29: Finding that a lot of the code I’m writing for DailyMuse is to support the product rather than being …

2015-05-28: Alternatives to Google Not only can you be Google free, but the alternatives are just as good in terms of functionality. I …

2015-05-28: Fixie Friday - Bianchi Pista Concept Been a while since we featured a Pista here. via Pedal Consumption

2015-05-28: Supporting Features in DailyMuse In the time it's taken me to get DailyMuse up and running, I've noticed that a lot of the code that …

2015-05-27: How Big is Minecraft? Wired answers the question in 8 bit. Funnily enough, the number of possible worlds is similar to the …

2015-05-27: Ideas for Better Twittering Adam Keys has some thoughts on this. I like this in particular. Keep a private list for high …

2015-05-26: FIFA Officials Face Corruption Charges FIFA officials are now facing corruption charges for bribery that occurred in the US and was paid …

2015-05-26: Happy Blog-iversary ... to SwissMiss. 10 years and still going strong!

2015-05-26: The Learning Benefit of a Side Project As I move towards building up my GitHub profile with examples of work, I realised something about my …

2015-05-26: The Open-office Model is Killing the Workplace I've worked in a couple of open-office layouts but nothing near having to share the same table with …

2015-05-25: Black Holes & Clones The BBC earth mini-site aims to explain what happens when you fall into a black hole. After all, …

2015-05-25: Building a Universe No Man's Sky has high expectations. With a game universe composing of billions of planets, it is set …

2015-05-25: Is the Web Defeated? I hope not. Technically, it’s simple. The web cannot emulate native perfectly, and it never will. …

2015-05-24: Are You an Early Adopter? I'm generally not, but that's okay. If we didn’t have any early adopters ironing out the kinks, …

2015-05-24: GitHub is not My Resume I've been searching through various contract opportunities over the last few weeks. Client work is …

2015-05-24: Switching Off CCTV I'm on the fence about whether switching off CCTV cameras to save money is a good or a bad thing for …

2015-05-23: Big Food is Out I can't say if this trend is happening in the UK, but in the Lang house we've almost completely …

2015-05-22: I hope the @ElderslieGolf juniors are playing well in their match against Kilmacolm. Couldn’t …

2015-05-22: Wrote my first bit of Rack middleware yesterday for a Rails application. Not so hard to do once you …

2015-05-21: Fixie Friday - 2010 Nagasawa Nakano Red Rainbow Flake via FGGT

2015-05-21: I Should Be Blogging I really should. My problem at the moment is that I have too many things on the go at once. …

2015-05-21: Lots of People ... ... are willing to pay for your product or service. You'd be surprised just how many.

2015-05-21: No Excuse There's no excuse for the lack of blog posts around here recently. I've tried to kickstart my daily …

2015-05-20: The Humble Pocket The Art of Manliness uncovers everything about the humble pocket. This is because the original …

2015-05-20: The Moleskine Tool Belt A clever idea for any notebook, but I have to say I do prefer my Nock Hightower.

2015-05-20: The Writing Workflow of Curtis McHale We need more posts like this. Good to see that Markdown is favoured by Curtis.

2015-05-19: This has come up in a few ads I’ve seen recently. Makes me wonder if it’s the new choice …

2015-05-16: Giving Atom a spin. A number of great improvements since I last used it. Could it replace Sublime …

2015-05-14: Fixie Friday - Don Walker Cycles A little fast one today.

2015-05-14: The Emojic 8 Ball XKCD delivers again with the Emojic 8 Ball.

2015-05-14: The Next Level of Blogging Curtis McHale talks about taking your blogging to the next level and hiring an editor. Working with …

2015-05-13: Re-reading I have old favorites I return to again and again. Stories like Watership Down, The Wind and the …

2015-05-13: Subscriptions Cleanout I cleaned out my RSS feeds over the weekend. The following feeds have been removed for different …

2015-05-13: What's Your Daily Intentions? Patrick Rhone shares a simple way he shapes the day in his favour. An excellent idea.

2015-05-13: Why You Turn Up I love this. You turn up because of the people around you. You know, the ones with common interests …

2015-05-11: Jason Christman's Star Wars Art Always loved these posters but never got round to buying one. via Star Wars

2015-05-11: Task Management That Works The Zapier blog has been a new addition to my reading list and it certainly hasn't disappointed. …

2015-05-11: The Distracting Dumbphones A brilliant post about the increasing world of digital distractions. Still, I am an optimist. Most …

2015-05-11: The Ruins of Berlin An amazing flyover of the ruins of Berlin after Allied air raids during World War 2.

2015-05-11: Time to Explore I've been working with Ruby on Rails full-time now for close to 4 years. Two years as a full-time …

2015-05-10: Recommended books for learning Python?

2015-05-08: The joys of home delivery from @asda. Ended up with two bags from someone else’s order which …

2015-05-07: Fixie Friday - Airtight Cycles Möbius 650c Kyudo A work of art. The detailing in the frame is amazing, especially around the seat tube cluster. via …

2015-05-07: Goodbye Minimal Mac It's the end of an era as Patrick Rhone calls it a day on his Minimal Mac blog. This is the final …

2015-05-06: Paper Star Wars These scenes from Star Wars are amazing in their detail.

2015-05-03: Fat Chance Cracking bike, cracking colour, cracking name. What more reason do I need to post this here? via …

2015-05-03: Focusing on Writing Code I wrote this on Friday's post: Building and marketing products isn’t for me. I prefer to be neck …

2015-05-03: Meanwhile at NBU ... they're teaching the things other business schools don't.

2015-05-03: Giving up 2/3 of the way through Peter V. Brett’s The Daylight War. Feel like I’ve been …

2015-04-30: Discoveries What was the last thing you discovered? I mean really discovered. Not just a link that you found …

2015-04-30: Fixie Friday - Ronin via FGGT photo by Father Tu

2015-04-30: Transforming Journalong Journalong has been limping along for a few months now. With almost no interest from myself in …

2015-04-29: Embrace Your Constraints Curtis McHale knows his limits when it comes to keeping up with the ever changing world of web …

2015-04-29: It's Official, Todoist Rules ... ... well, according to Matthew Stibbe anyway.

2015-04-29: Words That Sell The amazing story of author Mark Dawson.

2015-04-29: Added a dollop of peanut butter and honey to my porridge this morning. Not as bad as I thought it …

2015-04-27: Feels like January again. Bloody freezing.

2015-04-23: Fixie Friday - Winter Bicycles Velvet Hammer via Cycle EXIF

2015-04-22: Just a heads up that I’ll be available for freelance/contract Rails work from the 1st of June …

2015-04-20: Rise of the New York City Skyline This is amazing. As you ride the elevator to the top of 1 World Trade Centre, you can watch an …

2015-04-20: I keep pressing j and k to move up and down the emails in Mail. I’m well and truly a #vim user …

2015-04-19: Hello Instagram Jason Fried wrote about finding a positive experience when he joined Instagram: Every scroll …

2015-04-19: How Long To Internalise A Habit? Caesura Letters today discusses the time it takes to form a new habit. Habits are not the result of …

2015-04-19: Nice, Not Yet Essential A quick summary from different reviews of the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch is the best smartwatch …

2015-04-19: Programmers Need a Plan B Given I'm a couple of years from this milestone, it's a worrying prospect to think that my chances …

2015-04-19: The 25 Once again, I'm honoured to be included in such great company. Thanks Kurt.

2015-04-19: The Adapting Notebook Moleskine are adapting to the digital world around them, but the big plus from this article is that …

2015-04-16: Exercise Often The message is clear. Exercise often. It's just one aspect of clean living.

2015-04-16: Fixie Friday - Festka One LT Dazzle via FGGT

2015-04-16: War on the roads A slightly biased article towards cyclists that points the finger at the motor industry to blame for …

2015-04-16: Journalong has fallen by the way side for some time now. Think it’s time to call it a day and …

2015-04-16: Feels like you’re admitting defeat when pull the plug on something you created.

2015-04-16: Best. Trailer. Ever.

2015-04-16: In other news, I messed about with an Apple Watch yesterday. I’m still not sold on it.

2015-04-16: I must find a way to put in a 2 hour bike ride at night that doesn’t keep me awake for hours …

2015-04-14: Digital Hygiene Seth lays out five steps to digital hygiene.

2015-04-14: Something Special “We’ve always spoken about the principle of association since he was young and playing in bigger …

2015-04-13: Go Slow Michael Wade, our resident pathfinder, knows the way forward. Take your time and as you move down …

2015-04-13: Growing the Game After a rocky start to the year, it seems that Ethan is finding his form again. It was a big ask for …

2015-04-13: Make an Index for a Notebook A must step for anyone serious about embracing pen and paper.

2015-04-09: Vesper or Day One?

2015-04-09: Back to Basics ... is an undoubtably great new series from NB.

2015-04-09: Fixie Friday - Stelbel Ortica via PEDAL Consumption

2015-04-09: Molecover Yip, pretty sure I want one of these.

2015-04-09: The Rosko 650B This was too good not to post. via CycleEXIF

2015-04-09: Didn’t watch last night’s #scotsdebates. I probably didn’t miss much.

2015-04-09: Considered getting myself an @Instagram account. Gave up after trying almost every close permutation …

2015-04-07: Hello Tether I've been running Tether on both my Macbook Pro and iPhone for a week now. Install it on both and …

2015-04-07: Marco & DuckDuckGo Good to see Marco Arment switching to DuckDuckGo. I've been using it for the best part of two years. …

2015-04-07: The Problem with Petition Services Before the Internet, the best way to make a group of people heard was to have those people sign a …

2015-04-02: Fixie Friday - Samson Track via FGGT

2015-04-02: Hating on Attention A great piece on being an introvert. My thoughts are my thoughts. I share what I choose to, and the …

2015-04-02: Let Your Kids Point & Shoot Kids have the wonder and curiosity that adults have spent many years replacing with logic and …

2015-04-02: The Prodigal User Returns I have burned through a number of different tool choices over the last two years. In an effort to …

2015-03-31: I can understand people’s grievance with the limits on the free tier if they have side …

2015-03-31: The hobby tier is a great stepping stone from the free tier to their new standard tier and well …

2015-03-31: Heroku’s decision to curb the free tier and introduce a hobby tier is a great move. Am I in …

2015-03-31: Might get my head blown off for this but I’m glad to see Heroku are scaling back on their free …

2015-03-30: Being Boring With Technology Choices The nice thing about boringness (so constrained) is that the capabilities of these things are well …

2015-03-30: Cycling in Amsterdam Lots of cities could learn a thing or two when it comes to figuring out how to get the best of both …

2015-03-30: Drew Houston ... ... and his drive to keep Dropbox being a successful product. Excellent interview with Dropbox's …

2015-03-30: Managing Your Time Online with Automation and Filters Left unchecked, you could easily waste away your time online. Posting, bookmarking, pinning, …

2015-03-30: That was one helluva season finale to the The Walking Dead.

2015-03-30: Switch to Pocket from Instapaper hasn’t been that great. I can see me switching back to …

2015-03-29: Good Experience I spent Sunday down at Barassie Links with Ethan and the rest of the Elderslie Juniors Newton Shield …

2015-03-27: Curtis McHale Knows Good Project Plans A project plan should be built in partnership with your client. When they buy into the project plan …

2015-03-27: Fixie Friday - 1986 Pista Beauty or beast? via FGGT

2015-03-27: NSA Busting Security Advice Okay, maybe not NSA busting but definitely more secure than thinking up your own passphrase.

2015-03-27: Suggestions for Your Reading List ... ... all the way from sunny Arizona. Thanks Michael.

2015-03-27: Why I Paid for Fantastical 2 During the week I found out that Flexibits were releasing a major upgrade to their OS X calender …

2015-03-26: Expecting free upgrades for the complete lifecycle of a software product is ridiculous.

2015-03-26: Not only am I supporting the future of the app, but also the developers behind it as well.

2015-03-26: Didn’t even hesitate this morning to purchase Fantastical 2. For an app I use every day, …

2015-03-25: DailyMuse: The Today View Email is great. It's a reliable form of content delivery that can reach a multitude of devices and …

2015-03-25: The B-52, Still Flying This planning deficit is nothing unusual. It would be a tribute to Boeing engineers’ advance …

2015-03-23: Sounds harsh, but when you get emails every other day, they become just another “mail for the …

2015-03-23: I understand the motives behind such platforms and their push for positive change, but I’m at …

2015-03-20: Diary or Journal? Who cares. Just capture.

2015-03-20: Fresh Ideas ... ... are everywhere. You just have to look.

2015-03-20: Uses for DailyMuse Great to see DailyMuse making a positive change. Those are the two things I’m using it for so far …

2015-03-17: Don’t get me wrong, my straps are secure and keep my feet planted, but sometimes getting my feet out …

2015-03-17: Also good to have SPDs back on the fixie rather than toe straps. I’m feel more sure footed on them …

2015-03-17: Back to schools runs on the bike this week … well at least while the weather holds.

2015-03-17: Essential Zones with Nicholas Bate.

2015-03-17: Medium Adds Custom Domains Medium's recent announcement that they will start allowing people to use their own domain names for …

2015-03-17: The Great Unfollow A reminder that Twitter is the ultimate destructive distraction. Since returning, I've definitely …

2015-03-15: Typing on the MS keyboard would be easier. Not sure how I would fare on the TextBlade.

2015-03-15: Wondering if I really need such a device as a folding keyboard. The MS offering is nice but the …

2015-03-15: The Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard doesn’t have the greatest product name but good to see MS …

2015-03-13: Fixie Friday - Kalavinka Super Exhibition via FGGT

2015-03-13: Say Hi to DailyMuse It's been quiet of late on my blog and for a good reason. While my daily posts have ground to an …

2015-03-13: XKCD and Pratchett I spent my teens and many years after reading through the Discworld books and now I'm passing them …

2015-03-12: More Zombies Please Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are the only things on the television I'll sit down to watch. …

2015-03-12: Need a Highlighter for the Web? Here you go. Can't wait to see this being available. It will be interesting to see if snippets can …

2015-03-11: Developers love details. Nuff said.

2015-03-10: Apple Watch … meh. New MacBook … yay!

2015-03-10: Battle Plans ... ... carefully drawn up by Execupundit.

2015-03-10: Just Another Apple Announcement Last night, round about 5pm, I closed down my work apps, shut the lid on MacBook and left my iPhone …

2015-03-08: Second failed attempt at reading Book Yourself Solid. Going to keep it back for a time when I’m not …

2015-03-05: Fixie Friday - Rodagira Zorlac 2 via FGGT

2015-03-03: Dunbar's Number A little reminder that while we're connected in more ways now than we have ever been, our number of …

2015-03-03: Email Essentials ... ... you just can't ignore.

2015-02-27: I finally sat down to watch #citizenfour last night. Amazing documentary.

2015-02-27: I'm Busy In case you didn't notice, it's been real busy here at Lang HQ. Client work, side project work and …

2015-02-26: I might end up paying more in delivery charges, but I don’t order as much anymore. Prime lets you …

2015-02-26: Haven’t looked back since cancelling my Amazon Prime subscription. Rather than relying on next day …

2015-02-25: Cold in Ohio I love Ohio but it is cold. It is Ivan-Denisovich cold. It’s …

2015-02-25: Self-Destruct Tweets A very interesting idea. Lazin-Ryder is one of a number of Twitter users who are using homegrown …

2015-02-25: Small Tasks The trick, of course, is to choose the small tasks which Vilfredo Pareto - he of the 80/20 Rule - …

2015-02-24: Always wary about pre-empting the need for a gem when using Rails. More inclined to leave using a …

2015-02-24: Can’t decide if that was thunder or the wind I just heard. Bloody loud whatever it was.

2015-02-24: Are Trolls Attracted To Videos? No spot comes close to YouTube when it comes to the number of dumb and vicious remarks in its …

2015-02-22: Is OS X running on an iPad going to be a thing then? I would love to see it happen.

2015-02-20: Spent most of the day looking at Wordpress as a CMS for a local school. Like what I’ve seen so far.

2015-02-20: Essential Client Management 40 rules for managing clients including this one: Working weekends for clients: I’ll do it once if …

2015-02-20: Programming Advice Search for deeper understanding of approaches to programming that seem strange or incorrect to you. …

2015-02-20: Saddleback Leather iPad Sleve These iPad sleeves make me want to buy an iPad, just to warrant the purchase of the sleeve. …

2015-02-19: Deciding on a Pricing Strategy I've been working on a new idea for a service for the last few weeks and I'm just about ready to …

2015-02-18: Alas, front-end design and web copy are really not my thing.

2015-02-18: Draw Up Some Battle Plans ... and earn your victory.

2015-02-18: My Wall Calendar Problem I would love to have a wall calendar that would give me an at a glance view of what's coming up the …

2015-02-18: Write For Yourself A fantastic piece on the drawbacks of using publishing platforms such as Medium. In truth, Medium’s …

2015-02-17: If the postman wasn’t singing so bloody loud, he might have realised that he was delivering mail to …

2015-02-17: A Big Problem for Google Marco Arment on what could be Google's biggest challenge yet. Shallow social-shareable listicles …

2015-02-17: Clarity Through Blogging Perfect time to be reading this again. Even if nobody reads them, you should write them. It's …

2015-02-17: What is The Rails Way? It's a question I've been asking myself as I switch between different Rails applications for …

2015-02-16: Getting Noticed I've always been the quiet type, often electing for the quiet corner of the room rather than being …

2015-02-16: Good Weekend For Golf It was a good weekend for the members of Elderslie's Junior Newton Shield squad. Coaching on the …

2015-02-16: NB Knows What's More Important Routine & Ritual. Get the critical stuff, the vital stuff, the oh-so-easily-neglected stuff …

2015-02-16: Short Term Contractor, Long Term Freelancer Even before I started freelancing, I always got confused by the almost interchangeable career titles …

2015-02-14: Junior squad out with @ElderslieGcPro working on their short game. Good turn out as well. …

2015-02-14: Well that was a crap movie.

2015-02-13: Fixie Friday - Rozzo Fixie or Singlespeed? Who cares. This Czech built bike is definitely a great looking bike. via Cycle …

2015-02-12: Centireading I can't say that I've read a book over 100 times, perhaps the closest to that count is A Christmas …

2015-02-12: Patrick is Kicking Ass Warning, this contains a lot of ass kicking, but it's well worth the read.

2015-02-12: Sell to Yourself First The thing is, that even with all the successful projects behind us, we’re typically bad at selling …

2015-02-12: The One Ring Explained A brilliant five minute guide to the history of the One Ring. via kottke.org

2015-02-11: Doing a number of spikes with the Ionic framework this morning. Like what I’ve seen so far just by …

2015-02-10: Never thought I would be proficient with Vim on a day to day basis. It’s taken a number of …

2015-02-10: Decided to give this Twitter thing a try again. We’ll see how it goes.

2015-02-10: Back on Twitter I'm back on Twitter. After weighing up the options, I'm probably better being an active member of at …

2015-02-10: Kids & Technology Last weekend our son came home with the school quarterly bulletin. As always we familiarised …

2015-02-06: 3 Reasons for Sharing Content I've been keeping this site going for a few years now, and while my main form of sharing content is …

2015-02-06: Tips for an Effective Work Day Curtis McHale knows how to be effective during his work day. No further proof is needed than the man …

2015-02-06: Westeros Built With Minecraft The entire kingdom of Westeros created in Minecraft. Amazing. via kottke.org

2015-02-05: Store Bought Bike or Online Bought Bike? For the last month I've been pouring over mountain bike websites and magazines in the hope that I …

2015-02-03: A wise man said ... ... these things are unwise.

2015-02-03: Business Goals ... ... with Curtis McHale. Hats off to Curtis for his willingness to be transparent and honest about …

2015-02-03: Hosted Service or Custom Solution? In the early days of the Internet, hosting your own website was reserved for those in the know, but …

2015-01-30: Fixie Friday - Amy's Pista Concept via PEDAL Consumption

2015-01-29: Bike vs Taxi via PEDAL Consumption

2015-01-29: Hello Pocket, Goodbye Instapaper A couple of weeks ago I moved my Instapaper account over to Pocket. The reason for the move was that …

2015-01-27: Is Success Only In Your Head? Curtis McHale asks if success is only in your head?. Well worth reading if you've failed in the …

2015-01-27: The Distant Observer It's close to a couple of months now since I stopped being an active user on App.net. The only time …

2015-01-23: Fixie Friday - Treshombres CLASSY Lurvely! via FGGT

2015-01-23: One Year On With My YNOT Gulper Just over a year ago I noticed that working from home eradicated my need for two separate messenger …

2015-01-23: Stairway to Space Space, stairs, butter, motorcycles and slinkies. And they say education is boring! I got my oldest …

2015-01-22: Back on Track Minor setback this week as a couple of viruses knocked me and Jen out of contention for a couple of …

2015-01-22: Less Listening, More Learning Podcasts and screencasts can eat up a lot of time. I've started to see a swing towards listening to …

2015-01-19: Learning with Rust I'm always reading about other topics in software development. Over the last few years I've read …

2015-01-16: Benefits of Being an Indie Dev Marco Arment provides a detailed breakdown of his sales figures for 2014 for his app Overcast. More …

2015-01-16: Fixie Friday - Zorlac 2 via FGGT

2015-01-16: Writing is a Habit I've noticed a lull in my posting frequency here. Towards the end of last year, my posting frequency …

2015-01-14: Paying For Software Is Smart Paying for tools is a smart choice. If programs like Keynote and Mail.app were actually profit …

2015-01-14: Why Are Flashbangs Still in the Hands of US Police? In the past year I've read a number of different accounts of police using these harmful devices for …

2015-01-13: Amazing Aerial Photos of NYC A collection of stunning images of New York taken at night by Vincent Laforet. These are pictures …

2015-01-12: The De-cluttered Desk I had been putting it off for weeks, probably months in fact. My desk was slowly becoming a …

2015-01-12: The Last of Us This is just a quick hat tip to The Last of Us on the PS4. I've been playing this game for the last …

2015-01-12: Which way? A quick reminder to set your direction with NB.

2015-01-12: Zombie Music Two albums worth mentioning are the two albums of The Walking Dead soundtrack. I didn't think these …

2015-01-11: Paisley Packer Lambeau Field is over 3500 miles away. No distance is too great though to root for the team you …

2015-01-09: Fixie Friday - KRZBERG V5 Team Edition via PEDAL Consumption

2015-01-08: Double Win It was a bit of a double win today for me and my son. We each got good news today that have changed …

2015-01-08: To TDD Or Not To TDD Skipping the TDD cycle isn't always a bad thing to do. After all, sometimes you just want to write …

2015-01-05: Journal Prompts In this roadmap are many questions. In your journal — whether digital or by hand — you can simply …

2015-01-05: Love Mondays ... ... with NB. Surprise them. Shock them even. Don't even complain once. About having eaten too much, …

2015-01-05: Smaller Goals, More Opportunities Setting a goal for the year is made by many at the start of each year, but people frequently give up …

2015-01-05: The Developer's Sketchbook I've been thinking for a couple of week now about learning Rust, but something that's been bugging …

2014-12-30: Contextual Resolutions Resolutions rarely affect only ourselves when we make them. Patrick makes a good point of getting …

2014-12-30: I Should Write More I was on a roll there for a while, but it's been difficult to get that consistentcy back again. I am …

2014-12-30: Uses for Notebooks Sadly I failed to completely fill a whole notebook this year. Seems like a trivial goal to have, but …

2014-12-30: Worst movies of 2014 I would have to say that the Jack Ryan reboot was by far my most disappointing movie of 2014. Chris …

2014-12-26: Boxing Day Boxing Day: a day where you avoid anything too clever and start by reflecting on (1) identifying …

2014-12-26: Fixie Friday - Anson's Pelizzoli Ending Fixie Friday 2014 with a lovely Pelizzoli. via FGGT, photo by Father Tu

2014-12-24: Goals for Fans of The Beatles Read from the best, read from Nicholas Bate.

2014-12-24: Have You Changed? It turns out, 31-year-old me who’s played a handful of sports in adulthood is substantially more …

2014-12-24: The Burst Method An early Christmas present from Arizona. All you need to know to get things done.

2014-12-19: Christmas Quiet I can't wait for the run-up to Christmas to finish, and for Christmas itself to begin. This frantic …

2014-12-19: Fixie Friday - Sparkle Pony Holeshot Disc SS Yeah, I know. It's a single-speed. But you can't deny it's a rather fetching bike. via PEDAL …

2014-12-17: Custom Assertions with Minitest In the last few weeks I've been working on a Rails 3 application for a client. The test suite …

2014-12-17: Feedbin's New Updated Section Feedbin has been my goto RSS Reader ever since Google Reader closed. I'm glad to see that …

2014-12-17: Goodbye Dr Dobb's I haven't been reading the Dr Dobb's site for a while but back in my days as a .NET developer, it …

2014-12-17: School Run Topics This morning's topic of conversation in the car to school with the kids was very enlightening. …

2014-12-17: What a Hunk of Junk The different sound components of the Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive failing explained by Ben Burtt. …

2014-12-16: 10x Your Business If you’re serious about growing your business, I want to challenge you to aim high. Don’t just think …

2014-12-16: Faster Golf Rory McIlroy reckons a faster version of the game is required to get more kids interested in the …

2014-12-16: Measurable Goals It's that time of year where you should be thinking about goals and plans for next year. Here's a …

2014-12-16: This Will Help A little self promotion. My latest book, This Could Help, is now officially available on all …

2014-12-12: Bootstrapped: Under Armour From small beginnings to billion-dollar sports apparel giant, the story of Kevin Plank and Under …

2014-12-12: Fixie Friday - Москва-80 via PEDAL Consumption

2014-12-12: Santa Science The Santa deniers just ruin it for everyone else. The Guardian hits back with some key evidence to …

2014-12-11: Esteemed Company Always glad to be featured amongst some really great bloggers.

2014-12-10: Simple Job Performance What does your job really boil down to? Execupundit knows.

2014-12-10: Small Moon Makes me laugh everytime I read it. via XKCD

2014-12-10: YNOT Winter Beanie Anyone want to send me one of these for Christmas?

2014-12-08: New Gaming Market So I finished the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare single-player campaign last night after just three …

2014-12-08: Pong Traffic Light Wonderful idea. Wonder if there's any other games planning on being released? via Swissmiss

2014-12-08: The NOW Year Calendar I love the idea of incorporating monthly themes into the calendar. Each month leaves a space on the …

2014-12-06: The Tech Behind the Catch It's that catch again. This time looking at the tech behind Odell's gloves. Beckham’s are …

2014-12-05: A Recipe for Killer Apps? While I do believe that killer apps have had their day for the foreseeable future, I can't deny that …

2014-12-05: Fixie Friday - Kerry Hopkins Aero Track Love the exaggerated gussets on this frame. via Cycle EXIF

2014-12-05: He's Back (Again) Yes, another Terminator movie. Anyone else think that these movies will keep going and going with …

2014-12-05: New Bond Film, New Car The new Bond movie, Spectre, is out next year but that's not what I was interested in. I'm not a …

2014-12-05: Project or Context? Ensuring that your productivity system is correct is important if you want keep the actions flowing …

2014-12-04: My Bookmarklets It's been a while since I reviewed my bookmarklets and since Carl T. Holscher was doing his, I …

2014-12-04: Spectrum Vega Console Having owned a Spectrum as a kid, I would love to have one of these little beauties. I think I would …

2014-12-02: Bookmarklet Love I haven't reviewed my bookmarklets in a long time. Definitely think there's room though for one or …

2014-12-02: More ... ... with Nicholas Bate.

2014-12-02: Evolving: Freelance to Business Owner Curtis McHale talks about his change from solo freelancer to business owner and why it's necessary. …

2014-12-02: The Demise of Killer Apps? Are killer apps a thing of the past? I remember a few years back when Twitter was young and great, …

2014-11-30: Glorious Golf Another glorious day for the junior section at Elderslie Golf Club.

2014-11-28: Star Wars Episode VII Trailer At last! Looks like JJ kept the lens flare to a minimum.

2014-11-28: Some Paths Are Rough And that's not a bad thing in Michael Wade's eyes.

2014-11-28: Let Kids Fail Finally. A parent with the sense to not hold their children's hand in everything they do. If the kid …

2014-11-28: GTD in 15 minutes I read David Allen's GTD book a few years ago. It seemed a lot to take in and while I did try it, it …

2014-11-28: Fixie Friday - Dolan DF 3 Track via FGGT

2014-11-26: Jurassic World Trailer I'll save the criticism for when I've seen the movie, but I suspect that I will love this movie.

2014-11-25: App.net No More I'm stepping away from App.net. It was a hard decision but I think I made the right move. When I …

2014-11-25: More Jagged Thoughts from Nicholas Bate. The digital interrupt is relentless, often trivial, sometimes insufferable, …

2014-11-24: Best Catch Ever Odell Beckham Jr shows the world how it's done. And in case you think there's a stroke of luck here, …

2014-11-24: Packed Lunch Glad to see I'm not the only one who packs a mean lunch for their kids. The researchers have …

2014-11-21: Fixie Friday - Ellipsis Track Bike via FGGT

2014-11-21: Van Gogh Bike Path We need these bike paths everywhere.

2014-11-21: Wrong Question Continues Nicholas Bate's Wrong Question series continues with How do I get more time? Read on and subscribe …

2014-11-21: Spark Notebook Love the look of this new notebook on Kickstarter. Looks like it has a place for everything. via …

2014-11-21: Moving from Evernote to Dropbox I've not used Evernote for a while now but Seth Clifford's setup in Dropbox still was intriguing to …

2014-11-18: This Is How You Log Your Travels Amsterdam seen through the sketchnotes of Mike Rohde.

2014-11-18: Shared Tools, Shared Responsibility When it comes to working with clients, there's a shared responsibility to ensure that both parties …

2014-11-14: A Time for Things This one is definitely going on the playlist. That list of things is a wish list, a someday-maybe …

2014-11-14: Fixie Friday - Little Wing via PEDAL Consumption

2014-11-12: Daily Reminders from our man in Arizona.

2014-11-12: Broadcasting to Twitter Again I'm going to give Twitter another go but this time just as a broadcasting tool. In the past I've …

2014-11-07: Business Tools are the Exception to Simplifying Despite my efforts to simplify my tools, there are some that I just need to keep using. They're just …

2014-11-07: Fixie Friday - Rusby Cycles Fixed Commuter via Cycle EXIF

2014-11-06: Kappstein FlipFree Hub A rear hub that doesn't require you to flip the wheel to switch from fixed to freewheel? I'm sold. …

2014-11-06: Dragon Device Stands Love the look of these device stands.

2014-11-06: List Love You sip coffee and make your list. At a nearby table someone is writing The Great American Novel but …

2014-11-06: Simplifying Again In the pursuit of workflow zen, I've been simplifying things a bit. It's been a positive change so …

2014-11-04: Listen & Enjoy I'm a big fan of both Mike Vardy and Patrick Rhone, so I was really pleased to see Mike had asked …

2014-11-04: Reading Redmine: Comments Continuing my series on reading Redmine, we'll take a look at commenting. Next to tool choice, …

2014-11-03: Danny MacAskill - The Ridge More death defying bike riding by Danny MacAskill. This time it's back to the Isle of Skye to ride …

2014-11-03: Point Interesting new idea for home security. I would be interested to see how accurate it is.

2014-11-02: New Best New personal best for Ethan today at the golf with a round of 102. I'm really pleased at the …

2014-10-31: Battleheart Legacy I usually don't install games on my iPhone, but after hearing about Battleheart Legacy I just had to …

2014-10-31: GRÜN bike Integral01 There were a number of bikes that caught my eye this week, but this GRÜN bike won this week's place …

2014-10-30: Microsoft Band Microsoft products have waned with me over the years, but their new product, Band, definitely got my …

2014-10-30: Desktop decisions Apple's choice to remove the ability to upgrade the internals of their products has me asking …

2014-10-29: Team 256 What started as a monthly challenge is now fast turning into a social network daily ritual, which …

2014-10-29: Idea Index Excellent use of those blank pages at the start of a book, create your index of ideas from the book. …

2014-10-29: Planet Journey across the world using your mouse with these amazing images taken from the International …

2014-10-24: Pixelmator for iPad I love using Pixelmator on my MBP, but it's great to see it's now available on the iPad too. via …

2014-10-24: Fixie Friday - Legor Cicli 29er Obviously this isn't a fixed wheel bike, but with just a single gear and no suspension in sight, …

2014-10-23: New Todoist for Macs A new look Todoist for all you Mac people. Love this service.

2014-10-23: NB is Timeless No fads, gimmicks, or shortcuts. Just practical advice and hardwork.

2014-10-23: Be More You ... ... with a journal.

2014-10-23: Incubating Ideas Techniques like brainstorming try to sell a way of generating ideas in a short space of time, but is …

2014-10-14: Notebook Organisation For the paper purists out there, a great tip for organising your notebook. via Unclutterer

2014-10-14: Reading Redmine: Multiple Assertions Per Test In an effort to brush up my development skills I've been reading the Redmine source code this week. …

2014-10-10: The Real Life Thor An amazing account of a USMC pilot who ejected from his F-8 Crusader over a thunderstorm. As the …

2014-10-10: Need a Plan? Nicholas Bate is there to lend a hand.

2014-10-10: A New Todoist Karma Many of you will know my love for the Todoist service, but it just got better. The Karma part of …

2014-10-01: The App.net Daily Post Experiment For the month of September I committed to posting a 256 character post to my App.net account every …

2014-09-29: Time and a Place for Client Work There's a time and a place for client work. Rushing out the door on a Saturday morning isn't one of …

2014-09-25: Want to Blog? Write Carl's question on an index card. Put it on your wall. Answer his question. Repeat daily. I …

2014-09-25: Be a Rock Star Don't worry, there's no biting the heads off bats.

2014-09-25: The Smartphone Impact I've been without my iPhone for a week now. It's amazing how many things you miss when a single …

2014-09-19: Fixie Friday - Look Track Columbus Altec 2 via FGGT

2014-09-18: I Voted No to Independence Today is a big day. Not just for us Scots but for the rest of the UK as well. From that last …

2014-09-17: Getting Fridays Back I really need to learn to say no. I've been freelancing for over 18 months now. It has brought a new …

2014-09-16: Decision Making with Spikes Big decisions are often fraught with risk. Sometimes though the only way to make the right decision …

2014-09-12: A Quick Guide to the Other Football Sport Love American Football? Love writing code? Here's a quick run down of American Football related …

2014-09-12: Death of the Watch? Apple's addition of a smart watch to their product line is a sign that smart watches are definitely …

2014-09-09: The Compromise of Free Services Free services are the most popular way to attract users, but what are you compromising on for this …

2014-09-05: The First Draft Isn't Final I watched DHH's keynote from RailsConf 2014 and it re-iterated a few things for me but what stood …

2014-09-05: YNOT Weston Phone Pouch I would love to have one of these Weston phone pouches sitting on the shoulder strap of my Gulper. …

2014-09-05: Fixie Friday - Breadwinner Cycles Holeshot CX via PEDAL Consumption

2014-09-04: The Daily Reading Ritual It's taken me a long time to find a habitual way of reading books that works for me. I call it the …

2014-09-03: 10 Tips for Todoist Todoist has been my choice of task management app for almost a year now. In that time I've learned a …

2014-09-01: Compromising Compromise doesn't always need to mean settling for second best. When working with clients, …

2014-08-29: Fixie Friday - Arrogante This will turn a few heads. via PEDAL Consumption

2014-08-25: Back to School with CO Cultural Offering's prep list for the new semester.

2014-08-25: Back to School with NB Nicholas Bate's seven step planning list for the new term.

2014-08-25: What is my Target Market? Continuing with the book, Book Yourself Solid, I've identified what my ideal client is, but what's …

2014-08-22: Notebook Hacking 101 Wonderful idea for organising your notebook.

2014-08-22: Bad Press With anything we create we take a risk of getting a bad review of comment. Dealing with this is just …

2014-08-18: My Ideal Client Do you vet your clients for suitablility before working with them? Maybe you should for happier …

2014-08-15: Fixie Friday - Andy Ellis' Makino via PEDAL Consumption

2014-08-15: Making Mistakes We've all been there. We've made a mistake in our career that has had serious repurcusions. We might …

2014-08-15: Good Advice ... We should re-read some of our favorite books from childhood because adult life also has trolls, …

2014-08-15: Got a Book in You? Here's a good place to start.

2014-08-15: Bricks anyone? A festive idea for your kids or those just pretending to be kids.

2014-08-14: Exploring Alternative User Interfaces for Journalong I'm exploring alternative user interfaces to the standard web form for Journalong. In the quest for …

2014-08-08: Effective Communication Effective communication isn't about how your message gets to your audience, it's about the message …

2014-08-08: Fixie Friday - Ryan's Leader Kagero We've not had a Kagero for a while. via PEDAL Consumption

2014-08-07: Still Rebooting In what must be my longest period of habitual change, I'm still in the process of rebooting. It is …

2014-08-06: How I Use Projects in Todoist Inspired by Mike Vardy's series on using Todoist, I thought I would share how I use Todoist and the …

2014-08-05: Three Months With Linode My blog has been hosted with Heroku for sometime. My requirements for my blog were not complicated. …

2014-08-01: Faster, Easier Writing I've been following the tips from this post in the last week and I'm already starting to see the …

2014-08-01: The Healthy Freelancer An essential guide to leading a healthy life as a freelancer. It's not all work you know.

2014-08-01: Juvenile Journaling James Shelley has an important insight into the importance of journaling: Writing a journal feels …

2014-08-01: Fixie Friday - Red Hot Nagasawa 1977 This gorgeous fixie gets this week vote for it being as old as I am. Glad to see that even older …

2014-08-01: Confession: I've never used IRC It's one of the first big technologies to emerge from the early days of the Internet, it's still a …

2014-07-31: Mind Reading Chad Fowler's book, The Passionate Programmer has a chapter entitled 'Mind Reader'. In it Chad talks …

2014-07-30: Getting the Most from Feedbin There's been a lot of talk over the last couple of years that RSS is dead and it certainly didn't …

2014-07-25: Great Guide to That First Draft Michael Wade has the best advice for getting that first draft done.

2014-07-24: Small Is Good Twitter and Facebook are huge in terms of the number of users they have, but is this always a good …

2014-07-23: Productivity is About Processes Dazzled by the lights of new task management app? Before switching, make sure you're switching for …

2014-07-18: Fixie Friday - Trophy Bike The Senior VPs get all the cool toys these days. via FGGT

2014-07-17: Mastery takes time Yesterday I mentioned I was embarking on a last attempt to master a different text editor. If I'm to …

2014-07-16: Another attempt I'm trying it again. I've made a number of these attempts over the years with my longest attempt …

2014-07-04: Fixie Friday - Paul Smith Mercian via FGGT

2014-07-01: Celebrities There's a new age of celebrity available now. They offer more in the way of entertainment and you …

2014-06-27: Blog Update Many of you will notice that my daily posts have tailed off somewhat in the last few weeks. Despite …

2014-06-27: Fixie Friday - Violet Nagasawa via FGGT

2014-06-20: Two Todoist Tips Mike Vardy has been writing about his experiences with Todoist recently. If you're a fellow user of …

2014-06-20: Trade-offs Nicholas Bate is on the ball again with advice on true productivity. Trade-offs are hard, very hard …

2014-06-20: Choose the right medium Curtis McHale as an excellent follow up to my Limiting Yourself post. When you dive in to a project …

2014-06-20: Fixie Friday - HISPANIA Ciclos It was a hard pick this week, but this bike from Hispania won out.

2014-06-20: Rebooting Yesterday I wrote about coasting along. Good for when you're driving and taking in the good views, …

2014-06-19: Coasting It's a horrible thing to admit, but I've been coasting since the start of the year. While I've had …

2014-06-13: Fixie Friday - Kenny's GT Pulse via FGGT

2014-06-13: Still There Last night I took my oldest son to his coaching at the golf club. He had a great time. Chatting with …

2014-06-10: Limit Yourself Every week it seems there's another new service or product online that aims to solve the problem of …

2014-06-05: Fixie Friday - Black Warrior / KALAVINKA via FGGT, photo by Father Tu

2014-06-05: Podcast recommendations ... ... by Curtis McHale.

2014-06-05: Selling advice ... ... from the trenches.

2014-06-05: Moving Swiftly on With the release of the new Swift language for Mac developers, I am now interested in trying out app …

2014-06-02: Time to think I finally got round to reading this over the weekend. Matt makes a fine case for using tools that …

2014-06-02: Markup systems ... ... for your notebook. I'm a big fan of Patrick Rhone's Dash/Plus system, but whatever suits …

2014-06-02: The Essential Eight I keep just eight apps on the home screen of my iPhone. They're the essential eight, the eight apps …

2014-05-30: Being Useful Curtis McHale knows his tried and tested from his new hotness. You should too.

2014-05-30: Four Lists Essential lists for life from Cultural Offering. Thanks Kurt.

2014-05-30: Rewarding Work For most of my career I've worked on a number of applications, systems, websites and other software …

2014-05-29: A New DuckDuckGo Sicne I started using DuckDuckGo as my primary search engine last year, I've had to content myself …

2014-05-23: Checklists Checklists are often skipped over as an aid to problem solving. They shouldn't be. They provide a …

2014-05-23: Fixie Friday - Rossin Track via FGGT, photo by Father Tu

2014-05-20: A Startup Plan ... ... without VC's, funding, rock star programmers or a hip office. It can only be Nicholas Bate.

2014-05-20: The Wrong Assumption Not surprising that George RR Martin writes his Song of Ice & Fire books on a disconnected DOS …

2014-05-16: Scots Reinstated Graham Obree and Chris Boardman have both had their Hour Record times re-instated into the record …

2014-05-16: New Bike Itch I had that 'new bike itch' again, but despite the advances in lighter materials and better …

2014-05-15: Communication Communication is important when establishing a relationship with a potential client. It can be won …

2014-05-13: Be Wealthy Nicholas Bate once again with advice on becoming wealthy Hint: It's not about working your ass off. …

2014-05-13: Paper writing tips from ... ... Kurt Harden. Here's the first: Grab them by the … whatever will get their attention. Memo? …

2014-05-13: Matt Gemmell is ... ... thinking slowly.

2014-05-13: Tolerance Tolerance is something that many of us were able to exercise before the Internet, now though it …

2014-05-09: Fixie Friday - Stratos via FGGT

2014-05-09: Bad Assumptions Assumptions about the Internet based services we use lead to the fact that only the more popular …

2014-05-09: Important Syndrome ... ... and how to beat it.

2014-05-09: Personal Branding The desire and willingness to create things that genuinely help people is the only business plan …

2014-05-09: New Instapaper I'm glad I came back to using Instapaper when I did. They've just introduced a new UI and now you …

2014-05-09: More daily routines ... ... from Kurt over at Cultural Offering.

2014-05-07: Sticking with App.net Many readers here will know of my support of the social platform, App.net, and how it has become a …

2014-05-02: Daily routines The last two months have been something of a blur. Client work has taken up most of my day now and …

2014-05-02: Fixie Friday - Somec Pista via FGGT

2014-05-01: The Cramped The new site by Patrick Rhone for those that appreciate quality pens, beautiful notebooks and the …

2014-05-01: Moving to Linode I've been reluctant to explore other services for hosting web applications, but with costs for even …

2014-04-25: Fixie Friday - James Perse City Cruiser via FGGT

2014-04-25: Are you a team player? Carl Holscher is. We all have strengths and interests. I have been the Mac Guy. But I need the …

2014-04-25: In the zone ... ... with Execupundit.

2014-04-23: Breaking Habits for the Best Even the best kept habits require a break. Regardless of how well you think it's working for you as …

2014-04-15: Software Isn't for Life Software is a form of product that will deteriorate and expire with time. With this in mind, how …

2014-04-10: The Limits of Automation The other day I experienced the limits of what automation can deliver and realized that not all …

2014-04-08: To Kill a Project Stopping a project isn't easy to do, especially when that project is based on an idea that seemed to …

2014-04-01: Balance Balance isn't something that comes up a lot when people are writing about productivity. Once you are …

2014-03-28: Fixie Friday - Mars Cycles Track via FGGT

2014-03-28: Complicated Software Complicated software looks like hard work, but does that make simple software easier. I would say …

2014-03-24: Plain and Simple Bookmarking I seem to have a love/hate relationship with bookmark managers. I like using them yet I find faults …

2014-03-21: Ask Yourself ... .. are you being productive with the work tools you have?

2014-03-21: For the Pen & Notebook Lover In Your Life ... ... the perfect gift.

2014-03-21: Fixie Friday - Father Tu's A2 Seriously though, you have to wonder how many bikes this guy has. via FGGT Photo by Father Tu

2014-03-21: Logitech K811: A Review It's been a month now since I started using the Logitech K811 keyboard. The reason I made the switch …

2014-03-19: Mountain Bikes from NAHBS 2014 Too many beautiful bikes here to recommend one. Nice to see a few rigid singlespeed steeds in there. …

2014-03-19: Apps Are Not Solutions A nice reminder from Productivityist that apps are tools just like other tools and need to be …

2014-03-19: Need to Improve Your Business? Start here with Nicholas Bate's summary to building a better business.

2014-03-19: Testing Boundaries On a day to day basis I'm providing a service to my clients based on the programming languages I …

2014-03-14: Fixie Friday - Rose City Fix via PEDAL Consumption

2014-03-14: Does Freelancing Offer More Flexibility? Working as a freelancer doesn't offer the flexibility that I first thought it would, but is that a …

2014-03-13: Writing Takes Time When I first started blogging I thought I could simply keep on writing and the ideas would come. For …

2014-03-07: More & Less Nicholas Bate has the balance in productivity.

2014-03-07: Fixie Friday - GT Team USA via FGGT

2014-03-07: Five Dollar Value Three pounds got me a tea and hot roll this morning from my local cafe. A pot of tea which should …

2014-03-05: No More Netterpress For Me Yesterday I decided to pull the plug on the Netterpress newsletter. Saying no to your own ideas is …

2014-03-03: Project Retrospectives I'm coming to the end of a project with a client. In the past I would have made sure the client was …

2014-02-28: Fixie Friday - Stubborn Cycleworks Lightsaber via PEDAL Consumption Photo by Father Tu

2014-02-26: No Smoke, No Mirrors A reminder from Michael Wade that we need log our day as it happens. How else are you going to see …

2014-02-26: I Don't Have One A reminder from Carl Holscher that opinions on everything aren't a necessity.

2014-02-26: The Marketing Alternative to Social Networks Marketing your product online has one bad rule. It's not a rule so much as a practice. Whether it's …

2014-02-26: Make It Stick For the last couple of days I've been trying to resolve a bug in an application I'm writing for a …

2014-02-25: Remembering the Start Page Remember having a start page? I do. Everytime I would open my browser, I would be faced with a …

2014-02-21: Where's Your Own Backup? We IT folk love having backups of data, but what about backups of ourselves? Carl Holscher describes …

2014-02-21: Fixie Friday - Sean Martin's Zephyr via FGGT

2014-02-21: Switching to Annual Subscriptions Yesterday I got a hold of my credit card statement. This is the statement for the credit card that I …

2014-02-19: Social Networks: The False Ego Boost Social networks are everywhere. Some are aimed at specific individuals and markets while others just …

2014-02-19: Stir Kinetic Desk As nice as this desk is from Stir, it is way out of my price league.

2014-02-18: Netterpress - A Retrospective I'm four editions into my App.net newsletter and it has definitely been an eye-opener into running a …

2014-02-17: New Lights from Knog These are definitely one of the best brand of lights I've used for cycling. Great to see they're …

2014-02-17: Effective 7 Being effective is a seven point plan. Thanks NB.

2014-02-17: Star Wars Rebels Teaser Must catch up with The Clone Wars series before this comes on.

2014-02-17: Considering a Standing Desk Last week I hurt my back while lifting my youngest son. Five days on and the pain is still there. …

2014-02-14: Things To Do With A Bad Back All this week I had the pleasure of taking my youngest to nursery in the morning. It's been great …

2014-02-14: Fixie Friday - Cloud 9 Cycles via FGGT

2014-02-13: Who Are You? Social networks are a funny thing. They allow people who are shy or uncomfortable in crowds to be as …

2014-02-12: How to Keep a Programming Journal Keeping a journal is great for anyone looking to record their thoughts and experiences but I have …

2014-02-11: One Gesture, Multiple Actions I've been using Unread on my iPhone since it's launch and it is a joy to use. I star the articles I …

2014-02-07: Fixie Friday - Jooona's Kagero via PEDAL Consumption

2014-02-07: Plain Text Data Please Being a fan of plain text files means that I am particularly picky about the services and tools that …

2014-02-05: Write from the Beginning I need answers. Not right now, but definitely later on. I've an idea in my head to turn my Grass …

2014-02-04: Unread - The Simple RSS Reader It isn't often you find yourself using an app that is just effortless and simple to use. If you have …

2014-02-04: Bring Back DungeonKeeper I wrote about IAPs last month and now after seeing this, I will no longer support games developers …

2014-02-04: Good News for Everyone The complete list from NB.

2014-02-03: Justifying Purchases One aspect of freelancing that I didn't expect to be much of an issue was that of justifying buying …

2014-01-31: Plodders I would love to show one of my teachers this. "You're a plodder. You will never amount to …

2014-01-31: No plan involves later Curtis McHale knows the benefits of working smarter, not harder. You should too.

2014-01-31: Detach yourself ... ... for a clearer view. Thanks Michael.

2014-01-31: Mountain bike lovers beware ... ... Thomson (yes that Thomson) are making frames now. Click ahead to the frame in all its beauty …

2014-01-31: Social media is killing social media In the quest to find news users for people to follow in my Netterpress newsletter, I started putting …

2014-01-31: Fixie Friday - Victoire Cycles Polo Bike I just couldn't resist. via CycleEXIF

2014-01-29: Quality and Time I take pride in the work that I do as a web developer. I always try and deliver the best possible …

2014-01-28: Career Advice I was recently asked by a close friend for some career advice. They're in a good job with a good …

2014-01-27: Unproductive Day Today hasn't been a good day. It started going wrong before lunch-time with crossed wires with a …

2014-01-24: Fixie Friday - RAVANELLO ![](middle http://s3.matthewlang.co.uk/2014/fixie-friday-ravanello.jpeg) via FGGT photo by Father Tu …

2014-01-24: Build a Business ... ... a better business, with Nicholas Bate

2014-01-24: Lists for Life Some suggestions for lists to keep. I actually have some of these as sub-lists within my master …

2014-01-24: Great Technology Advice from MininalMac The one question you must ask yourself when you let new technology into your life: [What problem …

2014-01-24: Marked 2 - An Essential Markdown Viewer Markdown. It's become so engrained in my workflow that I barely think about the syntax now. This …

2014-01-24: Turbocharge your Lego ... ... with Atoms.

2014-01-22: How to Run Cheaters with Pow Brett Terpstra released a new version of his Cheaters cheat sheet system. Brett recommends two …

2014-01-21: Solutions with Code As a freelance developer working for a client, I don't have the luxury of daily stand ups to get the …

2014-01-17: Time to Grow? I always keep my ear to the ground when it comes to local businesses starting and closing in my …

2014-01-16: Need An Escape Plan? Nicholas Bate has some pointers to get you started.

2014-01-16: The Cinelli Hobo Notebook The journal for cyclists. I wants one. via PEDAL Consumption

2014-01-16: Offering Value One thing that I will need to focus on this year is increasing my client rosta for my freelancing …

2014-01-15: Apps - Free Isn't Free Anymore Well on the app stores at least. It's been bugging me for a while now, but you may have noticed the …

2014-01-14: Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer It's one of the few things I watch and enjoy on TV these days and also one of the very few …

2014-01-14: Budgeting Your Apps & Subscriptions As part of my smarter budgeting theme for the year, one area I'll be looking to budget better for is …

2014-01-13: Need a Productivity Boost? Nicholas Bate has 7 productivity boosters to get you on the right track again.

2014-01-10: Fixie Friday - Field Cycles Steel bike. Couldn't resist. via Cycle EXIF Update

2014-01-09: I'm done with bookmarking apps Last year I dropped Pinboard as a bookmarking manager and instead rolled my own bookmarking …

2014-01-08: Accountable Intentions I've probably read close to a dozen posts over the last week on setting resolutions. Half of the …

2013-12-30: After the Ice Storm After the ice storm that hit the Toronto area before Christmas, I managed to get a few shots of the …

2013-12-30: My Blog Plans for 2014 Last year was a great year for me in terms of blogging. I managed to write posts for most week days …

2013-12-30: Palmerston... ... a great place to write. No fast food, no traffic, no slog of a commute, no rat race, no corridor …

2013-12-27: Fixie Friday - Moth Attack Last one of 2013, enjoy! via FGGT

2013-12-20: Best bike trick of 2013 And the boundaries just got pushed even further for bike tricks. via Kottke.org

2013-12-20: Best golf shot of 2013 via Kottke.org

2013-12-20: Fixie Friday - Dosnoventa Houston via FGGT

2013-12-20: Is the blog truly dead? Every yeay I read that blogs are dead or declining in use. Blogs obviously aren't dead and I …

2013-12-13: Time to regroup The last few weeks have seen my writing tail off from the schedule I would have preferred to keep. …

2013-12-12: My First Year Freelancing The start of next year will mark my one year anniversary as a freelance web developer. It's been an …

2013-12-11: Journal Day Mark your calendars for next year, Patrick Rhone is proposing a new holiday for journal fans …

2013-12-11: More Essentials from NB This time the nicely titled, "How to be more intelligent 101". Essential reading from NB. …

2013-12-11: The Daily Capture Capturing. It's an action that I repeat every day. Although I don't have exact figures for it, I …

2013-12-10: Column Space Column space is a prize piece of real estate in a newspaper. In a medium that is restricted by …

2013-12-09: The Archive My blog archive goes as far back as 2009. A single post on a suggestion for Google Reader is all I …

2013-12-09: Don't Self-Destruct Nicholas Bate identifies the seven ways to self-destruction. Tip: Identify and eliminate these …

2013-12-09: Bike Bullies Proof that technology and search companies are not the only corporate bullies when it comes 'brand …

2013-12-06: Teaching Programming I've read quite a few articles about teaching kids how to program and write code. There's the …

2013-12-06: Fixie Friday - Rock Lobster Love the diamond tubes on the frame, really sets the bike apart from most other track bikes. via …

2013-12-05: Resistance Resistance is a natural response when you're faced with a big challenge or project. It can be all …

2013-12-02: Next Year's Motto It's the start of January and I'm already giving my motto for next year some thought. It's simply a …

2013-11-29: Fixie Friday - Skream Bikes Sprint via FGGT

2013-11-28: Confidence I'll be honest, I'm not a completely confident person. For those that know me personally this will …

2013-11-27: Goodbye Taskpaper, Hello Todoist This week I migrated my master list over to the Todoist service. I've been using Taskpaper for most …

2013-11-25: Sharpening the Saw: Shortcut Keys I managed to catch up on my queue of podcasts this morning and one of the topics on discussion on …

2013-11-22: Fixie Friday - Giovanni Pelizzoli Ciocc via FGGT (photo by Eroica Cicli)

2013-11-22: My Background Tools For programmers, there's two tools that they will use everyday. A terminal and a text editor. For …

2013-11-21: Personal Producitivty I've read lots of articles about being productive, but what I have yet to see is actual results. …

2013-11-20: Trying out TextExpander One tool that I have yet to fully embrace in my day to day work is a text expander. Back in my days …

2013-11-19: Admitting Defeat It's not often that I have days like today. Days where even the best laid plans are completely …

2013-11-18: More Random Thoughts ... ... from Michael Wade. If you do not have a stack of unread books at home then there is no hope for …

2013-11-18: Limiting Your Social Networks Many of you will know through my posts that I'm a big App.net fan. It's my goto place when I want to …

2013-11-15: Fixie Friday - No Quarter Plum Crazy Being a new frame builder in the UK, I just had to link to this amazing restored 1970's track bike …

2013-11-14: My Seven Essential Daily Tools I'm always reviewing the tools I'm using on a daily basis, and last week I wondered what tools I was …

2013-11-14: The Coach Who Never Punts As an American football fan, I thought this was such a refreshing take on the game. Given that this …

2013-11-13: Nice Idea ... I'd like to order a couple of sets of these iPad stands for the different iPads in the house. via …

2013-11-13: No Excuse Now Nicholas Bate is giving away some great resources for free or at reduced prices. Don't miss out!

2013-11-13: My Daily Reading List One habit I've managed to sustain this year is my daily reading list. It grew out of the fact there …

2013-11-12: The App.net Newsletter: An Update It's been a couple of weeks now since I first presented the idea of a newsletter for App.net. A lot …

2013-11-11: Use the Right Tool for the Job When I started freelancing I used email to store lots of things my clients would send me. I would …

2013-11-08: Fixie Friday - Team Raleigh Track via FGGT

2013-11-07: A Lasting Impression How many people have you encountered in life that have really left a lasting impression on you for …

2013-11-06: Trello Power Tips Some bloody useful Trello tips from my man in British Columbia. Thanks Curtis.

2013-11-06: Habits That Didn't Stick I've tried to start a number of new habits over the last few months, some of them have stuck, some …

2013-11-05: Why I'm Considering Evernote Again Plain text files. I love them. They're portable, easy to manipulate and work with hundreds of …

2013-11-04: Build a Better Business ... ... the executive's summary.

2013-11-04: Random Thoughts ... but always helpful. Thanks Michael.

2013-11-04: The Good Life Great find by Kurt..

2013-11-04: What's Your Personal Laws? A brilliant idea. A bit like a manifesto, but I would say I was more likely to follow a law than a …

2013-11-04: Back to Sketchnoting A while back I talked about looking to get back to mind mapping again but in the last few months …

2013-11-01: Book Reviews #1 I decided to lump these together in one post rather than drag them out into seperate posts. I'll …

2013-11-01: Fixie Friday - Yasujiro Nudity A beautifully put together bike. Frames like this deserve only the best components. via FGGT

2013-10-31: Idea: An App.net Newsletter Last night I posted to App.net an idea for a premium newsletter that aggregates and reports on …

2013-10-30: Little reminder ... ... from Adam Keys that you should reserve a place for work only. The big idea from that article, …

2013-10-30: Mug for Merckx Fans Even if you don't drink coffee, this is a must buy if you're a cycling fan. via PedalConsumption

2013-10-30: The Most Honored Photograph An amazing account of how an American photoreconnaissance team, in a battered B-17 called Old 666, …

2013-10-30: Journalong Update A few weeks ago I mentioned that I would be rewriting the Journalong application complete with a new …

2013-10-29: Winging it ... ... is such a bad move for a manager. Don't be that manager. Read on at Execupundit to see the …

2013-10-29: Trello: A Restrospective For the last two weeks I've been using Trello instead of Taskpaper for managing projects like …

2013-10-28: My Pyramid of Products and Services Eric Davis' book on long term contracts, recommends making long term contracts the top tier of your …

2013-10-25: What's My End Game? During one of my capture sessions from my inbox, I came across this question in Eric Davis' …

2013-10-25: Fixie Friday - Race Green Cannondale Track Nice racing green also the bars are rather good as well. via Pedal Consumption

2013-10-24: The Best and Worst of Freelancing When I first started freelancing, I thought I had the perfect job. Setting my own hours, working …

2013-10-23: Removing the Digital Deadwood Programmers have always got old code lying around. Forgotten applications, libraries, ideas and …

2013-10-22: Lean Product Hosting You don't get anything for free in life, and that is definitely true for hosting platforms. In …

2013-10-21: What's Your Notifications Strategy? At any one time there are usually three devices sitting on my desk. A laptop, a phone and a tablet. …

2013-10-18: Fixie Friday - Roda Gira Titanium Frame via PedalConsumption

2013-10-18: A better you I can't wait to get NB's latest book.

2013-10-18: Navigating life ... ... with our guide, Kurt Harden.

2013-10-17: Am I Doing This TDD Thing Right? I've been building web applications in Ruby, on a full-time basis, for a couple of years now. During …

2013-10-16: My Blogging History Curtis McHale has invited his readers to write about their blogging history, so here's mine. My …

2013-10-15: Getting to Know Projects in Sublime Text When I started using Sublime Text 2, I didn't use Sublime's projects feature. This year though, I've …

2013-10-14: Say Hello to Linkalong I mentioned previously that I was interested in building a replacement bookmarking application for …

2013-10-11: Great call to action ... ... from Patrick Rhone.

2013-10-11: Switching to Trello for Project Management I'm halfway through Curtis McHale's book on turning your freelance career into a viable business and …

2013-10-11: NHL Goal of the Season This has to be the goal of the season. via kotte.org

2013-10-10: How to Find People on App.net A couple of days ago I wrote about what I perceived as a problem on App.net. Finding actual …

2013-10-08: Blog Heroes #7 - Steven Pressfield If I'm being honest, I can't exactly remember how I stumbled across Steven's blog. It was a few …

2013-10-08: Finding People on App.net While flicking through my App.net timeline last week, I stumbled across a post by Guido Osorios …

2013-10-07: Project Updates Last week I found myself once again buried under a pile of work and projects that I wanted to do. …

2013-09-27: Fixie Friday - Digital Camo F550 via FGGT

2013-09-27: Planned Features for Journalong With Journalong still fresh in my head I thought I would list a few of the features that I am …

2013-09-25: Late to the Party While the rest of the family were getting ready this morning, I sat at the edge of my bed and …

2013-09-24: What Is LinkedIn For? Yesterday I read a blog post about a LinkedIn user who was unhappy with the service and had opted to …

2013-09-23: No Tests Please, I'm Having Fun I want to be a good developer and develop applications that are thoroughly tested but when was the …

2013-09-20: Take the Risk Another one for the playlist.

2013-09-20: A Simple Business Plan ... ... for the masses. No sense in starting a business unless it's viable. This is definitely a good …

2013-09-20: What's Your Swing Like? I've seen some whacky swings at the driving range, but most of the time the swing has the desired …

2013-09-20: Getting Things Done with Curtis Curtis' post gave me the kick I needed yesterday. You are choosing to do other things instead of …

2013-09-20: A Great Future ... ... is predicted by Nicholas Bate. I look forward to it.

2013-09-20: Blog Heroes #6 - James Shelley I first discovered James Shelley through Patrick Rhone's Twitter account just a couple of years ago. …

2013-09-19: Dear Retailers: Customers Vote With Their Feet A couple of weeks ago me, Jen and the kids headed to our nearest big electrical store, Currys at …

2013-09-18: Scheduling Time for Products When I first started working independently at the start of the year, I had grand visions of being …

2013-09-17: Considering an Alternative to Heroku I've hosted my blog on Heroku for a while now. I also have a number of other apps including …

2013-09-16: The Small Things Matter Last week I talked about why I was bored of the hype surrounding the release of Apple's two new …

2013-09-13: The Future of Writing is Here And it's called Markdown. Honestly, it's a simple markup that anyone can use.

2013-09-13: Fixie Friday - Rustic Leader Kagero via FGGT

2013-09-13: Why Paying For App Upgrades Is Good The excellent RSS reader client, Reeder received a welcome upgrade this week in the form of the new …

2013-09-12: Choosing My Next Games Console The console war has begun for the next generation of gamers, but choosing between either of these …

2013-09-11: My Sublime Text 3 Setup The text editor. The programmer's most important tool and the center of an ongoing debate that will …

2013-09-10: Bored of the Hype Yet another big Apple announcement goes by and yet again we see just marginal improvements on the …

2013-09-09: Curating Value Jame Shelley is spot on with his observation on the value of curating.

2013-09-09: My Problem I read Matt's post without even giving a thought to applying it to writing code like Curtis has. I …

2013-09-09: Preordered: Nicholas Bate's New Book It's a no brainer really. Books by NB are straight to the point and easy to act upon. I'm looking …

2013-09-09: A Thank You to All Open Source Developers Right now all over the world, open source software is being used by millions of people. Most of …

2013-09-06: Fixie Friday - Wu Tang Bike Killer bike for the clan. via FGGT

2013-09-06: Blog Heroes #5 - Patrick Rhone Patrick Rhone. Writer, curator, Mac fan, thinker, family man and blog hero. Did I miss anything? …

2013-09-05: The Sticker Business Model Path, the social network that limits you to just 150 people, just pushed a new update to their app …

2013-09-04: An Unproductive Day I just had a very unproductive day trying to implement a search addon for a customer. From first …

2013-09-03: Micro Changes Reviewing and adjusting your workflow is good practice as a freelancer if you want to minimise the …

2013-09-02: My iPad Setup I wrote last week about finding purpose for my iPad, a tool that I feel was underused. Over the …

2013-08-30: Doing More with Less A little reminder from Michael Wade that even with ten minutes, you can do a lot. But for small …

2013-08-30: Fixie Friday - Pink & Black Leader KAGERO via Pedal Consumption

2013-08-30: Finding Purpose for my iPad A while ago I wrote about my iPhone setup. I wanted to follow it up with a post on my iPad setup, …

2013-08-29: A Web Developer's Playground I'm ashamed to admit it, but I really don't have enough of my code available for others to see. I'm …

2013-08-28: Giving Draft Another Chance I'm writing this blog post on the web application, Draft. It's been a while since I used it. I …

2013-08-27: Filtering the Signals from the Noise I mentioned yesterday that the web can be a great platform for communicating and change, but is …

2013-08-26: Be a Good Netizen The internet is an amazing platform for the world to communicate and innovate on. It can provide …

2013-08-23: Got an Idea for a Book? Start with Steven Pressfield's Foolscap Method to get yourself started.

2013-08-23: Celebrate Your Success Working as a freelancer can be lonely. When it comes to celebrating client and project success, …

2013-08-23: Away But Not Forgotten NB is off the grid for the moment, but Kurt Harden has a great place to start if you want to start …

2013-08-23: Almost Additions to the Reading List Just a few more e-books that I am considering purchasing or they're not released yet. Everyday …

2013-08-22: New Additions to the Reading List Some additions to my current reading list involve a couple of new e-books that I have purchased …

2013-08-21: DuckDuckGo: A Retrospective Since I went Google free, I've been using DuckDuckGo as my main search engine. It wasn't really the …

2013-08-20: Just a Nudge Meet my son Ethan. He loves playing golf. He's also quite good at it. He might not be the next big …

2013-08-18: Blog Heroes #4 - Curtis McHale When I first started considering the idea of freelancing a couple of years ago, I started to …

2013-08-16: Fixie Friday - Neon Leader Kagero via Pedal Consumption

2013-08-16: School Day I'm in my mid-thirties now. 36 years living on this blue marble in space. In that time I've had bits …

2013-08-15: My Ideal Bookmarking Application I've been using Pinboard for sometime now for managing my bookmarks. I can't complain about the …

2013-08-14: The Windowless Aircraft On my recent trip to Toronto to visit my in-laws, I noticed something on the flight as we flew over …

2013-08-13: 3 Ways to Tell the World About Your Idea An idea is nothing unless you can tell it to someone else. With the world on the web at your hands, …

2013-08-13: Star Wars Weather ... ... where you are.

2013-08-13: Marginal Gains ... ... have been proven to work. So why not use them? Thanks Curtis.

2013-08-13: Breaking It Down ... ... with Adam Keys. Not all tricky problems are complex. Some are presented in a complex way, some …

2013-08-11: Just Write About It Every time I write a post for my blog, I ask myself this question: What if the majority of my …

2013-08-07: Grass Roots Productivity Part 1: Keep a Master List Being productive means keeping track of everything you want to do. This is the first step in being …

2013-08-05: A Reminder About Your Notes Patrick Rhone reminds us that our notes are always there for us. I have found that the longer my …

2013-08-05: Hunter's Moon Over the Alps There's more where this came from on the Astronomy Photographer of the Year shortlist. via Mme. …

2013-08-05: How to Work From a Shed ... ... when you don't have a shed. Matt Gemmell offers some great advice on getting it done.

2013-08-04: Blog Heroes #3 - Kurt Harden I first started following Kurt's blog, Cultural Offering, on the recommendation of Nicholas Bate a …

2013-08-02: Fixie Friday - Frenorosso via FGGT

2013-07-31: Seven Productivity Boosters ... ... from Nicholas Bate and not a single app in sight. Great stuff.

2013-07-31: Blogging Tips from Experts 16 blogging tips from experts. Well worth the read.

2013-07-31: Awesome to Know ... ... there are still places in the universe where Instagram users can't take pictures ... yet. via …

2013-07-27: Niagara Falls Panoramic I had a stab at taking a panaromic shot with my iPhone at the falls. Turned out better than I …

2013-07-27: Old Town Niagara Falls Me and Jen took the bus home from Niagara Falls on Thursday, a first for us as we usually drive …

2013-07-26: Thanks Curtis ... ... for the freelance advice this week. Seriously, I don't where I would be without Curtis' blog. It …

2013-07-26: There's Still Time ... ... to do all these wonderful things.

2013-07-26: More Books for the Reading List Just when I thought I had read all the right books for writing, I'm recommended this great list by …

2013-07-26: Everyday Decisions ... with Nicholas Bate.

2013-07-26: Make Your Day Count ... ... with advice from Execupundit.

2013-07-26: The Latest Addition to my Feed Reader ... ... a blog on note-taking.

2013-07-26: Fixie Friday - Titanium Track What's there not to like about this bike? via FGGT

2013-07-19: Fixie Friday - Hot Pink Sprint Build via FGGT

2013-07-18: Easy Oatmeal Breakfast I'm definitely giving these no-cook refrigerator oatmeal breakfasts a try next week. I'll report …

2013-07-18: Are you Stuck? The problem might be closer than you think. If you feel stuck in your job then make a plan to get …

2013-07-18: Markdown for Notetaking Enough praise can't be given for using Markdown for notetaking. I love it. Here's more from the …

2013-07-15: Break time Today marks the start of a three week holiday for myself from my daily posts. The last few months …

2013-07-12: Private Correspondence James Shelley has some great thoughts on private correspondence. In this age that champions …

2013-07-12: Fixie Friday - Weny's Colossi via FGGT

2013-07-12: The Fragmenting Mountain Bike My first bike. A Kona Fire Mountain. I think it was the 1995 edition of the bike. Gold P2 forks with …

2013-07-10: My Development Tools - 2013 Edition Here is this years list of tools that help me on a day to day basis in my role as a web developer. …

2013-07-08: Blog Heroes #2 - Michael Wade Michael Wade is a management consultant currently based in Arizona and has been blogging since 2005. …

2013-07-08: My iPhone Setup I wanted to share my apps setup on my iPhone for two reasons. Firstly, I wanted to see if any one …

2013-07-05: The First Hour ... ... is the best hour to write for Curtis. Maybe it is for you too?

2013-07-05: Learn the Easy Way to Write a Novel ... ... with nothing more than a sheet of paper and the guidance of Steven Pressfield.

2013-07-05: Fixie Friday - YNOT Bag Okay it's not a fixie, but I'm really looking forward to heading over to YNOT Cycle HQ to purchase …

2013-07-05: A Rule for Sharing Carl Holscher recently wrote about the sharing culture in social media and his preference for …

2013-07-04: Bookmarklets for Markdown Fans Markdown has pretty much been my default markup language for the last few years. All my writing is …

2013-07-03: When to Use Database Constraints in Rails Yesterday I was working on a new feature for a client when I ran into an issue. The ActiveRecord …

2013-07-02: Freelance Update #1 It's been six months since I started working as a freelance web developer. In this time I worked …

2013-06-30: The Blog Post Calendar Keeping up with posts on a daily basis is becoming a little more work than I anticipated. Previously …

2013-06-28: Feeding our Reading Habits - The Book Alex Kessinger has compiled all his blog posts on the future of feed readers into one handy little …

2013-06-28: Turning Pro is Hard ... ... and Steven Pressfield knows it. The person who is going to change is going to change anyway. …

2013-06-28: Love This Picture I really regret not having more time to spend here when I first visited. I'll be sure not to make …

2013-06-28: Fixie Friday - Heather's Kagero via PedalConsumption

2013-06-27: Feedbin: A Review With Google Reader going soon, people have been looking for a replacement RSS Reader. Fortunately …

2013-06-26: The Unread eBooks While going through my Dropbox, I came across a number of programming ebooks that I have yet to …

2013-06-26: Wishlist Wednesday - Ragley Bigwig 29er This is the hardcore hardtail of the big wheel world. I don't know if I'm convinced that bigger …

2013-06-24: Blog Heroes #1 - Nicholas Bate It's hard say when I first started reading Nicholas' blog and how I found it, but it's been required …

2013-06-24: Taking the Time to Read In this age of always on firehose content, it can be too easy to simply read something and forget to …

2013-06-24: Finally a Markdown Based Wiki I've been looking for a notes application just like nvAlt for some time. Glad to read it can also be …

2013-06-24: Mondays are better ... ... with Nicholas Bate to guide us.

2013-06-24: Which bricks ... ...blue or gray?

2013-06-24: Why do you Blog? I get asked this quite a lot. "Why do you do it?" people ask. Here's just a few reasons …

2013-06-21: Random Thoughts II ... with Michael Wade.

2013-06-21: Just a Web Page ... ... or is it more than that? Think about all the things you could communicate with a simple page …

2013-06-21: Fixie Friday - The Nicarus via FGGT

2013-06-21: Breaking Out of a Reading Genre Last week I mentioned that I was bored with the fantasy genre for reading. It's not very often I …

2013-06-19: Generate Blog Post Ideas With a Mind Map Coming up with new blog post ideas can be difficult if you're the kind of person who likes to post …

2013-06-17: Logging a TIL a day Every day is a school day. I love that phrase. As a programmer and daily resident of the Internet, …

2013-06-14: A good idea: The text playlist I originally read about Leo Babauta's text playlist at the start of the year. The idea is that you …

2013-06-14: Create something ... ... every day. A must read.

2013-06-14: Protection ... ... for all that's part of you with Nicholas Bate.

2013-06-14: Journalong love Nitin Khanna has been enjoying Journalong: So you like to note down your thoughts but don't want …

2013-06-14: Leaving a legacy I might not approve of Curtis McHale's choice of journaling tool (just kidding), but I do approve of …

2013-06-14: Fixie Friday - Condor Lavoro Track via Pedal Consumption

2013-06-13: A new hobby I have a new hobby, sort of. Last weekend I bought myself a new set of golf clubs and last night I …

2013-06-11: Goodbye Twitter This afternoon I said goodbye to my Twitter handle, @matthewlang and deactivated my account there. …

2013-06-09: What's in a name? What's in a name? Quite a lot actually. When I first started freelancing it was my wish to …

2013-06-07: Fixie Friday - Baby Bianchi Too cute not to post and it even has extension bars for time-trialling. via FGGT

2013-06-07: The Power Novels Just what I need to kick start the reading habit again. Thanks Michael!

2013-06-07: Dear Freelancer ... I'm going to read this at the start of every week.

2013-06-07: NB is back ... ... and armed with productivity tips that get you brilliant at the basics.

2013-06-07: I hereby give you ... .. permission to suck.

2013-06-05: Time for a reading switch I've been reading fantasy books for over 20 years now. I was first exposed to the genre through a …

2013-06-04: Rushing Code Through Life as a freelance developer isn't always plain sailing. I can deal with the bulk of my day to day …

2013-06-02: My tips for keeping a journal Keeping a journal seems quite an easy task to do, but remembering to update it and keep it going can …

2013-05-31: My new blogging rule To zoom in more on the detail. There's millions of topics to write about if you look close enough.

2013-05-31: The exception to the rule ... ... with our pilot through the ocean of life, Kurt Harden.

2013-05-31: Random thoughts III ... from Michael Wade.

2013-05-31: Don't Strive for Perfect Code Striving for perfect code is a goal of many developers and programmers. We want our code to be …

2013-05-29: The wrong approach The wrong approach. It's a major downfall of mine. Trying to solve a problem by approaching it wrong …

2013-05-28: Time to leave Twitter? It's a well known fact that if you're a reader of my blog, you'll know that I love the App.net …

2013-05-24: A great idea: Weekly pricing Dedicating yourself to a project weekly means you don't have to switch contexts. I wake up in the …

2013-05-24: The Today Card I've adopted this idea of Patrick's for my own stuff. The card only contains things that I want to …

2013-05-24: Your blog as a business card? Sure. Why not? Your blog is your digital footprint in the world and it is more easily found than …

2013-05-24: Starting a re-design After reading Matt Gemmell's post on designing blogs for readers, I decided to assess my own blog …

2013-05-20: Google Free Tonight I took the final step in making the move away from Google. After much deliberation I made …

2013-05-19: The Smart Organisation Quick to change and always adapting. Nicholas Bate knows how the smart organisation works.

2013-05-19: Dambusters 70th Anniversary Thanks to Execupundit for this reminder that it is 70 years since the Dambusters raid. The Spitfire …

2013-05-19: Don't be a design whiner Curtis McHale offers some advice for those that are just a little bit too quick to write off change. …

2013-05-19: Be a better leader ... ... with Nicholas Bate.

2013-05-17: Have annual reviews had their day? Yesterday I talked about annual reviews and how organisations can often get a simple process wrong, …

2013-05-16: The Annual Review Done Right It was my oldest son's parents night at his school tonight. We had a fair idea what his teacher was …

2013-05-14: I just want to ship code Today I did my first Capistrano deployment. Yes, that’s right. My first. Any experienced Ruby …

2013-05-13: The Pain of Task Switching In my ideal day I would have one very important thing to do and that's it. Nothing else. I haven't …

2013-05-13: Put the glowing rectangle down I grabbed my first rectangle very shortly after waking. I will likely stare into several throughout …

2013-05-13: Swoop bags Finally a bag big enough to hold all my son's Lego with the added bonus of it actually allowing you …

2013-05-13: Make this a movie Yet when the units of the veteran 17th Waffen-SS Panzer Grenadier Division arrived to recapture the …

2013-05-10: Fixie Friday - Maxim Project Love the paint job on this. via FGGT

2013-05-09: A Day for Making Improvements I’m a terrible person for saying I’ll do something, then I never do it. I’m not talking about the …

2013-05-08: Building products that use email At the moment I'm working on an application for a decision making tool for groups that uses email to …

2013-05-07: Wishlist Wednesday - Rocky Mountain Altitude This goes right to the top of the wishlist. I've wanted to own a Rocky Mountain bike since I was a …

2013-05-07: A day away I'm in between work at the moment. It's an odd place for me to be. I've worked in the full-time job …

2013-05-03: Fixie Friday - Tokyo Dart Nice geometry on the Dart. via Pedal Consumption

2013-05-03: Goodbye Feedly, Hello Feedbin Feedly has been my choice of RSS reader for about 2 years now. Initially I was won over by a service …

2013-05-02: Pick yourself No way could I build an online product. That was me two years ago. Thankfully my confidence has …

2013-05-02: Wizards are busy people Curtis McHale sums up why clients should wait for their favourite consultant. Think of Gandalf …

2013-05-02: Keeping a schedule Last week I started work on an idea for application. Just a small prototype of the idea really. No …

2013-05-01: Oh life: Another simple journaling service Journalong is just one of a number of options that I could recommend. But there are others if saving …

2013-05-01: Overcoming complications There’s a great line from the start of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” spoken by …

2013-04-30: Energy management Realise your own energy distribution with Nicholas Bate.

2013-04-30: Artificial deadlines Great analogy on deadlines for engineers. Similar to a soccer game when your opponent leads 0:1 and …

2013-04-30: An App.net application idea Over the weekend I was looking for a replacement for Google calendars. I was sure that I would be at …

2013-04-29: Here is today Great timeline animating.

2013-04-29: Transporting the Lockheed A-12 Amazing account of the moving of these spy planes from the Lockheed plant to Area 51. Dorsey …

2013-04-29: Breathing space When I worked for an ERP consultancy, I would frequently no sooner get my backside at my desk in the …

2013-04-26: The cull continues Ever since the news that Google was sunsetting it's Reader service, I've been looking at …

2013-04-26: Too busy consuming? Don't be. Owen Williams covers the reasons why your opinion matters and you should write about it: …

2013-04-26: Fixie Friday - Rainbow Spectacular paint job on this via FGGT

2013-04-25: Working from home, a great benefit Last night our oldest son gave us a bit of a scare. He started to run a very high temperature after …

2013-04-24: Clear your desk, clear your head Work has been a little slow this week, a morning here, an afternoon there. With the free time in …

2013-04-23: I want to sign up with email We've all been there. You're given a link to a new great product that is going to do wonders for …

2013-04-22: Pick a side ... ... Rebel Alliance or The Empire?

2013-04-22: Letting go I struggled with developing features for Journalong over the last six months. Always at the back of …

2013-04-19: Fixie Friday - Marco's Monster Track Mmmmmm, shiny! via FGGT - Photo by Father Tu

2013-04-19: Buying books again Bought myself a couple of books this morning for some light reading. Not the digital kind mind, …

2013-04-18: How many swings ... ... are you going to take at the fence?

2013-04-18: Six Steps I Should Have Taken With Journalong It's been a year since I started Journalong. It's been a real learning experience. While it might …

2013-04-17: Stop Chasing Rainbows When I started working on Journalong over a year ago, the primary goal for building it was to …

2013-04-16: 101 moments ... ... with Nicholas Bate.

2013-04-15: RSS is not dead While trawling through my RSS feeds looking for blogs to unsubscribe from, I came across Andrew …

2013-04-14: Ideas breed more ideas I had an idea for an application, so I stuck it into Journalong for later. Two seconds after saving …

2013-04-11: The advantage of plain text Today I spent an hour getting a script in place that will convert the Wordpress backup of my old …

2013-04-10: A new system for reading Getting informed is a means to an end, not an end in itself. And life’s too short for bad …

2013-04-10: Leave us introverts alone I find it increasingly tiresome to apologize for my need to be alone to recharge, for reasons that …

2013-04-10: To specialise or not? My career has been quite varied when you look at the different sectors I've worked in. NHS, risk …

2013-04-10: Putting up a breakwater It's been a while since I went through all the incoming data I receive and did some house keeping on …

2013-04-09: Wishlist Wednesday - Pedal Consumption Ass Savers My fixie tends to be a fair weather bike these days, but the weather in Scotland is so unpredictable …

2013-04-08: Not poking the box enough I've just finished Seth Godin's book, Poke the Box and one thing has become abundantly clear. I'm …

2013-04-04: Do you blog for you or your readers? Content is king. I hear this a lot when people refer to what drives the popularity of their blog. …

2013-04-04: Matt Gemmell on App.Net and Conversation Matt Gemmell has an excellent post on the community that has built up around App.Net and why he'd …

2013-04-03: Going Google Free Google free. I hear those words a lot now. Ever since Google decided to close down the Google Reader …

2013-04-02: Prioritizing Family, Career and Other Things Being a parent is tough at the best of times, but being a parent, holding down a job and working on …

2013-03-26: Combine my blogs? For a while now I've been running an essay style blog and a tumble log. They've both got a fair …

2013-03-25: A little idea for monitoring RSS feeds The loss of Google Reader as an RSS reader is a great shame but one thing that I am definitely going …

2013-03-22: Fixie Friday - Gianni Motta Pista Love the paint job on this Pista. via FGGT

2013-03-22: The return of mail A few weeks ago I signed up to a project that involved receiving regular index cards through the …

2013-03-21: Always switched on A few weeks back I tried to improve some code I was working on, but after a couple of hours I …

2013-03-20: Keep on reviewing Ever that get that feeling where you're continually picking up pace with work and you get faster and …

2013-03-20: Wishlist Wednesday - Orange Five29 via Singletrack

2013-03-19: Contemplating a blog move Yes it's that time again where I consider moving to another blog platform. Over the last few years …

2013-03-15: The long path Test-driven development (TDD) is often seen as the long way to developing software. The …

2013-03-14: Be a game changer It’s a sad fact of life, but there’s many workers out there simply dotting the i’s and the crossing …

2013-03-14: Do you have a passion for work? Not everyone is cut out for it. It takes not only a passion for the work but plenty of sacrifice. It …

2013-03-14: Fixie Friday - PELIZZOLI For3 via FGGT

2013-03-14: Three Questions What do I need to anticipate? What do I need to do better? What do I need to do differently? Read …

2013-03-14: Want more business? Then tune in every day to Nicholas Bate. I especially like the last one on the routes to more …

2013-03-13: Goodbye Google Reader So Google Reader is finally being killed off. The RSS reader that spurred many clones and provided a …

2013-03-13: Wishlist Wednesday - DMR Bolt (Long) The ultimate play bike. via BikeRadar

2013-03-12: Reviewing the master list It’s become clear to me that there’s far too much stuff on my master list. It’s things that I want …

2013-03-11: The monthly services bill This morning I was curious about the amout of money I was spending every month on subscriptions for …

2013-03-09: Go to them Cultural Offering takes it a step further with his advice about connecting: Go to them. When you …

2013-03-09: Life tips ... ... with Nicholas Bate.

2013-03-09: Teaching kids to think I would love to sit down and teach my sons how to code, but I think it's more important to teach …

2013-03-08: Fixie Friday - Concept Bikes Assassin via Pedal Consumption

2013-03-08: There's more to programming than writing code Another thought from episode 95 of the Ruby Rogues podcast had me thinking about just exactly what I …

2013-03-07: Being a team player Episode 95 of the Ruby Rogues podcast got me thinking about my previous roles as a developer and how …

2013-03-06: Comfortable tools Software developers love their text editors. Those developers that invest a significant amount of …

2013-03-06: Wishlist Wednesday - Less choice I'm in the market for a new iPhone case. There are hundreds to choose from. I mean hundreds. There's …

2013-03-05: In Great Company ... ... once again. Proud and honoured to be featured in Kurt Harden's annual 25 blogs guaranteed to …

2013-03-05: To categorise or not? I’ve been blogging on and off for the last few years, but more recently I’ve been publishing …

2013-03-04: Are you automating? Automation. The programmer’s best friend. Programmers automate as much as they can. Setting up a new …

2013-03-01: Talk to your client One of the greatest challenges I’ve had in my career as a software developer is that of …

2013-02-28: Tips on getting through your RSS feeds faster Let me get this clear to start with. I only use my RSS reader to scan feeds from blogs that I am …

2013-02-27: The Daily Checklist In an effort to be more productive, healthy and fit I’ve decided to keep a daily checklist for work …

2013-02-27: Wishlist Wednesday - Vintage Style Track Crankset This crankset is superbly finished. via Pedal Consumption

2013-02-26: Persistence pays off Being a software developer means that I spend a lot of time debugging code for problems. Sometimes …

2013-02-25: Exploring the freemium product So Journalong has been tried and tested as a fully paid product, but I’m just not getting people …

2013-02-24: Getting it ... ... with Nicholas Bate.

2013-02-24: Ideas do matter In the end if you can come up with something you can feel good about working on, that's the real …

2013-02-24: The rule of three in decision making Use the rule of three. Keep major decisions to three or fewer people. The more people involved the …

2013-02-22: Fixie Friday - FGGT Karena via FGGT

2013-02-22: The late adopter I made a small purchase last week at the Apple store. A new MacBook Pro to replace my very old …

2013-02-21: Why I love being a Netter Netter and netizen are just a couple of the words I've heard used to describe the people on App.net. …

2013-02-20: Abandoned technology When the Xbox Kinect first appeared, I was all over it like a rash. I was a big fan of Nintendo’s …

2013-02-19: Be present with Nicholas Bate Nicholas Bate on the importance of being present. But being where we are, that's another story. In …

2013-02-19: The reach of your words A few years ago I ran a blog called MindMapSwitch. It ran for a couple of years before I had to give …

2013-02-18: Learning As a web developer I tend to focus on the back end of the implementation of web sites and …

2013-02-15: Apps for staying in touch with family Staying connected with family in the modern world is great. Thanks to the Internet, the only thing …

2013-02-14: Decisions, decisions, decisions As a software developer I'm used to making hundreds, well probably thousands of decisions a day. …

2013-02-13: Technology Decisions For a long time now I've worked on my trusty black MacBook. Bought back in 2008, it has served me …

2013-02-13: Wishlist Wednesday - The bike ... ... not the beard. On-one's new 29er looks great.

2013-02-12: Microsoft: A shadow of its former self I was a fan of Microsoft when I first started out in my career. It was everywhere. Jobs local to me …

2013-02-11: Taskpaper I stopped using Wunderlist for maintaining lists last week. It just didn't fit with how I worked. I …

2013-02-10: Where does your Hogwarts allegiance lie? With Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin?

2013-02-08: I wish the sky could look like this ... ... at night without having to drive miles to get away from the light pollution.

2013-02-07: Everything in moderation kids, including technology Digital technology. The great invention of the late 20th century and now integrated into our daily …

2013-02-05: Getting ready for the next Star Wars installment ... ... with some teaser posters from the fans. Really like this one. via DBSW

2013-02-05: Moon setting behind the temple of Poseidon Amazing photograph. via Mme Scherzo

2013-02-05: The next idea: DecisionMail Journalong is up and running and I'm happy with it, but there's another itch building. Another itch …

2013-02-04: Journalong pricing and value It's been over a year now since Journalong was launched and since it's launch, the total number of …

2013-02-01: Fixie Friday - 2013 Kagero via Pedal Consumption

2013-02-01: The geek inside me just chuckled ... I would fail at this as well. via xkcd

2013-02-01: Use compass points for better goals Goal setting. How many different methods have you tried? Lots? So have I, and every time I tried to …

2013-01-31: Streaks I read an interesting post by Curtis McHale today highlighting his pledge to maintain a daily …

2013-01-30: Productivity apps don't work for me I'm not the first person to realise this, but productivity apps don't work for me. I've tried …

2013-01-30: Wishlist Wednesday - Maxlight Sync Titanium Hardtail A new bike to lust after. via BikeRadar

2013-01-29: We need more simple products The fixed gear bike. Two wheels. One gear. Brakes, optional. Simple really. And that's the reason …

2013-01-28: Road cycling fan no longer I watched Miguel Indurain as a kid. He is a legend in cycling. When I first started watching …

2013-01-26: Building a Better Business ... ... with everyone's favourite mentor, Nicholas Bate. Ultimately we need to get big, get niche or …

2013-01-25: Fixie Friday - BENOTTO Pista 2700 / 1984 via FGGT

2013-01-25: Mind mapping to outlining I've been trying to get back into using mind mapping on a daily basis again. I've used it a couple …

2013-01-24: My Writing Tools Matt Gemmell recently blogged about his array of writing tools. While my selection is somewhat …

2013-01-23: Be Present This was supposed to be this year's theme but I opted for being independent instead in light of my …

2013-01-23: This old notebook A look at the contents of a writer's notebook. Marvellous to see a notebook like this which has …

2013-01-23: Wishlist Wednesday - YNOT Products So we're definitely going to Canada this year. Which means I'm definitely heading down to YNOT's …

2013-01-22: Back on a regular reading schedule The last couple of months have been a bit hectic in our house with an unscheduled job hunt for …

2013-01-21: Always be learning One of Patrick Rhone's latest posts is his list of tools for daily learning. Patrick's list is a …

2013-01-18: Becoming a Wordpress Development Professional is launched My friend Curtis has been busy penning a new book. Congrats on the launch Curtis!

2013-01-18: Everyday is a school day ... ... with Patrick Rhone.

2013-01-18: Fixie Friday - Cinelli Super Corsa via FGGT

2013-01-18: Getting it wrong as a parent Some of you might already know this from my tweets in the past but for those that don't here's the …

2013-01-17: Don't criticise choice I read an article today where the author outlined her opinion on using the right tool for the job. …

2013-01-16: Making time for product building It's been a busy couple of weeks freelancing. However there is one thing that I didn't factor into …

2013-01-16: Micro X-Wing Can't wait to show my oldest son this! via Distracted By Star Wars

2013-01-15: Lifehacker asks ... ... how can I keep a personal, private journal online?

2013-01-15: Pricing products The only answers that matter are dollars spent. People answer when they pay for something. That’s …

2013-01-15: The holy grail of mobile computing A single device that can be used on the go as well as having the same functionality as a desktop …

2013-01-15: Where estimates can go wrong (and how to fix it) Estimating. It's a word that can strike fear into people who are new to the realms of programming, …

2013-01-14: Using multiple networks as a marketing tool Having multiple social networks can be a real headache if you're trying to manage them all at once. …

2013-01-11: Aggregation of media is not journaling The other week I read about a popular journaling app for the iPhone that allows you to populate your …

2013-01-11: Fixie Friday - SPUN Studio Couldn't actually get a name for this bike. Great build though. via FGGT

2013-01-10: TDD with your MVP Should you TDD your MVP? This question came up on the Hacker News website a few days ago. Reading …

2013-01-09: Wishlist Wednesday - Rogue Hoodie Nice hoodie for cutting about town. via Pedal Consumption

2013-01-04: I'm available for work It's taken a few weeks of job searching to make me realise that pickings are slim for the type of …

2013-01-04: It's time to get back into mind mapping again As part of a toolset reboot for the year I've decided to give mind mapping another go. Mind mapping …

2013-01-04: One to one networking I previously wrote about the importance of maintaining your professional network. Today we're going …

2013-01-04: This year's theme: Independence This year's theme was all set to be something else, but due to the fact I am currently trying to …

2013-01-02: Dealing with redundancy It's been four weeks now since I was made redundant. In that time I've had a chance to reflect on …

2012-12-31: There's Only One New Year's Resolution Wise words from Sergio Delaguera: There’s only one New Year’s resolution: never stop trying. Every …

2012-12-30: 21 Habits to Make Life Better ... ... with Michael Wade.

2012-12-30: Don’t Sell Your Solution Curtis McHale's blog is definitely one to watch for 2013. His post on not selling your solution is a …

2012-12-30: Nicholas Bate is leading the revolution ... ... and everyone who wants a more productive year in 2013 is invited.

2012-12-30: The fear of failure Glad to see I am not the only one with this fear. Even great people like Patrick Rhone have the …

2012-12-30: You Are Your Number One User I did try and build Journalong according to lean practices but at the end of the day I wanted …

2012-12-21: Fixie Friday - Rudy Melo’s Kagero via Pedal Consumption

2012-12-21: xkcd: Instagram Next time you think about signing up to a free service, remember this: via xkcd

2012-12-21: “How are you?” said one.... Great to see one of Arthur Rackham's illustrations in my Google Reader this morning. This is from A …

2012-12-19: Goals for 2013 ... ... with Curtis McHale. I should do this as well if freelancing becomes my preferred alternative to …

2012-12-19: How to Edit Your Own Writing Great advice for people like myself that edit their work wrongly! I don't how many times I have …

2012-12-19: Saddle up for 2013 ... ... with Nicholas Bate.

2012-12-19: Scotland Opens First Privately-Financed Incubator TechCube is a world class space for technology startups in Edinburgh. It provides affordable office …

2012-12-14: Fixie Friday - Leader Hurricane via Pedal Consumption

2012-12-13: Don't neglect your professional network I know and I'm sure you know that networking is important, but I didn't realise how important it was …

2012-12-12: Wishlist Wednesday - iMiNUSD Shell Functional bike clothing is great, but so is functional bike clothing that you can wear when you're …

2012-12-08: Creativity Seven ... ... with your own creative director, Nicholas Bate.

2012-12-08: Do One Thing Avoid the “Jack of all trades, Master of none.”-mantra, as this not only defocuses & complicates …

2012-12-08: Required life courses ... ... with Kurt Harden.

2012-12-08: Where do you achieve more? Michael Wade examines places where you achieve more work. It is obvious that where we work can …

2012-12-08: Why no one is reading your corporate blog Not surprised at all that so many corporate blogs are very rarely updated. I've seen too many …

2012-12-08: Writing with pen and paper Writing, real writing, makes you smarter. via Who Writes For You I need to do this more often. …

2012-12-07: Fixie Friday - Double Wonderful via FGGT / Photo by Father Tu

2012-12-06: Paradoxical Productivity Why wouldn't you want Paradoxical Productivity by Nicholas Bate?It's mega portable, it's always on, …

2012-12-05: Do you want freedom from the cubicle? Then check out Nicholas Bate.

2012-12-05: Hit it, don’t quit The bottom line: pick a few things to do well, do them, and don’t quit. Great advice from Adam …

2012-12-05: The Work You Love is Waiting For You The main reason people don’t try to do work they love, don’t even look for it, is because they don’t …

2012-12-05: Wishlist Wednesday - Genesis Fortitude Race Steel frame? Check. Rigid forks? Check. 29" wheels? Check. On the wednesday wishlist? Check. …

2012-11-30: Fixie Friday - KONGA Rata track bike via FGGT

2012-11-29: Curtis asks ... ... are you a dreamer or a finisher? I was dreamer until this year. I actually finished a product in …

2012-11-28: How to Make Your Job Search ... ... Productive. It's been a busy week of interviews for myself. Made easier from the fact I have …

2012-11-28: Job Hunting ... ... Zombie Style. Who thought that zombies could be so educational?

2012-11-28: Wishlist Wednesday - To make the right choice Since I got made redundant last week, I've had an opportunity to look at the path of my career and …

2012-11-26: E's guide to freelancing Well I'm naming it this anyway. Thanks E.

2012-11-26: The Uncompleted Projects Don't let uncompleted projects gnaw away at you.

2012-11-23: Fixie Friday - BB17 Transfer via FGGT / Photo by Father Tu

2012-11-23: From Cubicle To Freedom Yet again, I feel like NB is watching over my shoulder. Highly relevant for me given the …

2012-11-23: Gratitude This weeks news has me looking at my career differently for the first time in 15 years. Knowing …

2012-11-23: Helpful apps Kurt Harden has a list of apps you can use without a phone.

2012-11-23: Working with family people An old post from the svn blog at 37signals but a reminder that not everyone's number one concern is …

2012-11-22: Some productivity winners ... ... with Adam Keys. No fancy hacks or software here. Just straight forward tips that anyone can do. …

2012-11-21: Bookshops fight back Good to see independent bookshops fighting back but I suspect that this will only be a short lived …

2012-11-21: Opportunities ahead Bad news. Got paid off this morning. Good news. I now have an opportunity to carve a career that …

2012-11-21: Wishlist Wednesday - More writing ideas I've managed to write 3 posts over 3 days for my blog, but the writing well is running dry with …

2012-11-20: Stop sending 'important' emails Ever get an email marked as important and then proceeded to wonder why it is so important? I get …

2012-11-19: Disconnect Saturdays If you want the most from your Saturday, then why not get disconnected?

2012-11-19: Fear Last week seen a spike in traffic to my blog. Looking at the stats, I noticed that most of the …

2012-11-19: Mini-Escapes Execupundit offers escape strategies that every one can do.

2012-11-19: The Rebel Alliance Needs You! These are fantastic recruitment posters for the Rebel Alliance. via Distracted By Star Wars

2012-11-19: The slow boiled frog ... ... that is every Twitter user at the moment. A well written post by "love him or loathe …

2012-11-19: Why we need side projects I've always had a side project going for the last few years. Whether it was a blog, a bit of code or …

2012-11-16: Fixie Friday - 3RENSHO / NUGGET This bike has classic written all over it. via FGGT / photo Father Tu

2012-11-16: Honoured ... ... to be featured in Kurt Harden's annual 25 blogs guaranteed to make you smarter.

2012-11-15: Being socialable More of an introvert than an extrovert? Some good tips here to make social gatherings and meetings …

2012-11-15: Bring back the 40-hour work week For employees, the fundamental realization is that an employer who asks for more than eight hours a …

2012-11-15: The same old 7 Sometimes I think NB is watching me from afar.

2012-11-15: Thinking ... ... inside, outside and beyond the box. Lots of thinking with Nicholas Bate.

2012-11-15: What do you do? How boring? It's always the same opening line when your speaking to someone you've just met. Instead …

2012-11-14: A better review ... ... where Patrick Rhone looks at how he's still using his first generation iPad and why it's the …

2012-11-14: Simple tools A week ago I finally got round to doing some little jobs around the house and one of them was taking …

2012-11-13: An idea is brewing Start a new coffee shop that prides itself on not only making better tasting coffee and food and …

2012-11-13: The Fight A little reminder from Dustin Curtis. Avoid the trap of worrying about what you lose.

2012-11-13: Todays physics lesson ... ... brought to you by xkcd.

2012-11-09: Fixie Friday - Taipei Skyline behind a Kalavinka Good luck pedaling that off the building! via FGGT

2012-11-09: I Am A Terrible Programmer Glad to hear that I'm not alone. I don't always think that I am a terrible programmer, but some days …

2012-11-09: Want to go home on time? Try Nicholas Bate's time management plan for a better day.

2012-11-07: A change of network Barring a few replies out of common courtesy, it's now been three months since I stopped posting to …

2012-11-07: Do you follow the church of ... ... the Internet?

2012-11-07: Regrets from your past ... ... we all have them. However it's never too late to turn them around.

2012-11-07: Side projects need an end goal Otherwise you're project is going to stall and get nowhere. Know that when you start just a side …

2012-11-07: Wishlist Wednesday - Courage ... ... to say yes to forking a new career path.

2012-11-06: A new rule for ideas ... ... give them a 2 week shelf life.

2012-11-06: Patrick Rhone's Writing Steps It's easier than you think. Just read step one.

2012-11-06: Reading list for November Post Captain by Patrick O'Brian - I'm continuing the series with the second book after thoroughly …

2012-11-06: Start something small Which is why I love working on Journalong. The small problem I had with keeping notes and thoughts …

2012-11-05: Ghost This is just an idea for a new blogging platform, but i love the idea for the simple fact that your …

2012-11-02: Fixie Friday - All-City Thunderdome Love the detail on the down tube and the chain stays. via Pedal Consumption

2012-11-02: The Myth of Success ... ... with Caesura Letters. Let us expose the conspiracy: success is an illusion. To be sure, the …

2012-11-01: Behind the scenes of ... ... Raiders. I loved this movie as a kid, but equally amazing is that my oldest son also loves this …

2012-10-25: Execupundit has an assignment for you ... ... idea books. Think of it as topical journals. I currently post everything into the one journal, …

2012-10-25: Fixie Friday - LOW x Pepper Riser Bar What's not to like about this build? And you can't say the colour! via FGGT

2012-10-24: The $5 SaaS Is $5 the magical number when it comes to pricing your product in the SaaS market? Here's my current …

2012-10-24: Two sentences is all it takes to keep a journal Seriously, who can't write two sentences every day? That's all it takes to keep a journal for …

2012-10-23: Wishlist Wednesday - Quickfix Mudguard Fix it on, ride your bike, take it off again.

2012-10-22: Hacker debate Nothing like an Apple product launch to get a hacker debate going. Me, I can take it or leave it. …

2012-10-22: Outlining Books Faster, Revisited The FBO V3. Allows you to make notes from your books without writing in the margins of said books.

2012-10-22: The Best Upgrade Is You Today's essential reading comes from Patrick Rhone. I have come to believe that the best and most …

2012-10-18: Fixie Friday - Colnago Dream Pista Love the disc wheel at the back! via FGGT

2012-10-16: Wishlist Wednesday - No.22 Bicycle Company Fixed Frame This frame from the the No.22 Bicycle Company in Toronto is just amazing. via Pedal Consumption

2012-10-15: How To Live As I analyze, reflect, and write, I found myself scratching out my own list; my own criterion for …

2012-10-15: Is this the end of the todo list? Jeff Atwood uses his brain, Curtis McHale has thrown away some of his list and I've completely …

2012-10-11: Fixie Friday - Cervelo Someone has some new wheels over at FGGT. via FGGT.

2012-10-11: The Magazine Marco Arment, the man behind Instapaper, has a new venture called The Magazine. It's a fortnightly …

2012-10-10: John Gruber's review of the Kindle Paperwhite I know the Kindle Paperwhite isn't out in the UK yet, but I'm reading the reviews to see what others …

2012-10-09: Invent the right thing This doesn’t mean new problems shouldn’t be tackled and new techonologies should not be invented. It …

2012-10-08: Bike trials skills on a Pinarello road bike This type of riding by Martyn Ashton would sure as hell shake up the Tour de France if it had a …

2012-10-08: Instant Business Speak - Geeks Nicholas Bate gets us geeks. It's a shame that others don't. Organisations love to use the term …

2012-10-08: The best Kindle Paperwhite review I've read so far I gushed over the new Kindle Paperwhite when it was released a few weeks ago, however after reading …

2012-10-07: And over at xkcd today ... How appropriate for today's massive tech companies.

2012-10-04: Fixie Friday - Just Riding Rode to work on the fixie this morning. I would have preferred drier roads this morning, but the …

2012-10-03: A better shared space The trick, I think, is to make a better shared space for a remote/local team than the physically …

2012-10-03: Immerse yourself ... ... with Nicholas Bate.

2012-10-03: Instant MBA now free on Amazon Nicholas Bate's Instant MBA is now free on Amazon. Read it.

2012-10-03: Visualizing Tolkien This post has it all. Tolkien, words stats and a smattering of programming fu.

2012-10-02: How To Build ... ... a Blog Readership. Hats off to Dan Shipper for a great post on blogging. Definitely today's …

2012-10-02: Wishlist Wednesday - Merckx 525 The complete story of cycling legend Eddy Merckx. Who can say no to that?

2012-10-01: 45 Things Patrick Knows Essential reading for today. Make sure to set aside some time for this. And Happy Birthday Patrick! …

2012-10-01: Batten down the escape hatch ... ... with Nicholas Bate.

2012-10-01: Building for Enterprise Solutions So the real business opportunities are in enterprise solutions we’re told but no one is building for …

2012-10-01: The new world of work ... ... is coming fast and freelancing is on the rise as a result. Interesting.

2012-09-27: Fixie Friday - Bombtrack These Bombtrack bikes are fantastic. Especially love the curve on the seat tube. via PEDAL …

2012-09-27: That's the weekend sorted then Golf ... more golf ... and even more golf. Ryder Cup weekend begins today and me and my oldest son …

2012-09-26: Getting the right customers One thing that has continually bugged me about the Journalong journal entry screen is the social …

2012-09-25: How to Get Unstuck ... ... The Big Paper Exercise with Mike Vardy.It's amazing how often the lo-fi techniques that require …

2012-09-23: Firefighting Firefighting. I've been doing this for most of the last three weeks. It's the onslaught of …

2012-09-22: E-Mail Sensitivity/Paranoia: The Checklist I wish I read this list by Michael Wade last week when I was at my wits end with an issue at work. I …

2012-09-20: Fixie Friday - Fall is coming I wish I had a local spot like this for some leisurely cycling. via FGGT

2012-09-20: IFTTT disables Twitter Triggers Twitter's third party app lockdown continues with the removal of Twitter Triggers from IFTTT. I …

2012-09-19: Amazing Star Wars Animation Absolutely fantastic animation. I would love to see this expanded further into a series. via DBSW

2012-09-19: Good to see developers having success with Linux So, far its been good; most apps I use are web apps. I spend 70% of my time in a terminal, and 30% …

2012-09-18: Click and Drag Today's XKCD is amazing. Enjoy.

2012-09-18: I'm not a circus entertainer How many times have you heard these or words to this effect?​ Keep both plates spinning​ It's …

2012-09-18: Wishlist Wednesday - Fall in Canada Every year we miss the seasons moving from Summer to Fall in Canada and the changing colours in the …

2012-09-16: Stop using email for internal company communication ​I have a love hate relationship with email.I love having a medium that allows me to communicate …

2012-09-16: What is Markdown? Lifehacker has all the resources you'll need for using Markdown. There's hundreds of apps out there …

2012-09-14: One for the engineers I’m blogging today because computer nerds know how to make software, they tend to get exploited by …

2012-09-13: Fixie Friday - Girl on bike I just know my mate Mark would love this girl's style. via FGGT

2012-09-13: Photo of the day I still want to go back here and watch the sun rise and set on the canyon. I only got to see the …

2012-09-11: Capturing ideas on the go The notes are for you. Don’t worry about your handwriting, the spelling, or what someone else will …

2012-09-11: Kids and their imagination I initially drafted this in August 2011, during my stint on 750words.com. Since then it's been …

2012-09-11: The $9 cardboard bicycle I wonder how waterproof it is? via Kottke.org

2012-09-11: Wishlist Wedensday - Orange RX-9 Never tried riding a cyclo-cross bike, but if I ever wanted one, then this Orange would fit the bill …

2012-09-10: What’s Wrong With Twitter? While social networks might not be at the forefront of your worries, there has been a rising …

2012-09-09: Nice blog layout ... ... by Elliot Jay Stocks. Blog posts grouped together by year with a description for each year. Easy …

2012-09-08: A gathering place An impressive collection of books by Cultural Offering. Makes me wish I had a larger house for a …

2012-09-08: Sundays are for ... ... a long walk with the family, spending the time with your kids and their pastimes, a good book, …

2012-09-06: Edge of the universe Another little gem that hit my inbox courtesy of Caesura Letters: Sitting at the edge of the …

2012-09-06: Microsoft's first Canadian retail store opening in Toronto Might have to make a wee visit to the store when we visit the in-laws next year. via The Verge

2012-09-05: New Kindle Paperwhite The new Kindle range from Amazon is looking really good. I particularly like the look of the new …

2012-09-05: Offense and defense Defense is prepared. It is what we do with what the world throws back at us. via Cultural Offering …

2012-09-02: My 5 Favourite Books After seeing this posted on various blogs I'm subscribed to, I decided to list my five favourite …

2012-09-02: Startup Kits Give me Nicholas Bate's get real kit over the oh-so tempting one any day.

2012-08-30: Fixie Friday - De Rosa Ti Pretty sure that @andygumley will probably have his eye on this to compliment his road bike. …

2012-08-28: TextDown, a Markdown editor for Chrome I use Markdown everyday, so it's great to see TextDown, an Markdown editor extension for Chrome, …

2012-08-28: Wishlist Wednesday - Specialized P-Fix This would make a mighty fine addition to my Langster.

2012-08-27: For me, web apps still rule Like most people I've spent my fair share of money on apps for the iPad, but recently I've found …

2012-08-26: Habit holiday Building habits and routines is a great way make sure you're staying on top of life but for all the …

2012-08-23: Fixie Friday - Royal Mail Messenger Bag Awesome use for some old mail bags. I know it's not the usual Fixie Friday bike, but pickings were …

2012-08-23: Remembering JMC Jason was my reason for taking up mountain biking and remains an inspiration for hundreds of …

2012-08-22: Added to the reading list ... ... the Aubrey-Maturin series as recommended by Michael Wade. I loved the movie, so reading the …

2012-08-22: Marilyn Monroe Twins I've asked my brother-in-law why these towers are called the Marilyn Monroe Twins, but he didn't …

2012-08-22: Nicholas Bate has his own way of identifying a product ... ... worth building.

2012-08-22: Sense and Sensibility with Curtis McHale Top geek in the entrepreneur and web development world says that formality is a virus. Thank …

2012-08-22: The Slow Web Because everything you use and do on the web doesn't need to be freaking instantaneous. The slow web …

2012-08-22: Train and Towers Yip, Toronto is home from home. Wish I had more opportunities to visit. via Daily Dose of Imagery

2012-08-20: Escaping from the walled garden Some influential posts that have got me thinking that Twitter isn't really for me anymore. The …

2012-08-20: Moving on ... For a few months now I have been thinking about reducing my time spent on Twitter. When I first …

2012-08-19: Your words are wasted You are not blogging enough. You are pouring your words into increasingly closed and often walled …

2012-08-17: Don't Use black. via Nicholas Bate & Swiss Miss

2012-08-17: Everybody Out The world is buggered. We need to go elsewhere, but can we all go? Excellent physics questions and …

2012-08-14: Wishlist Wednesday - On-One Carbon 29er Race Frame On-One are doing great stuff with carbon fibre these days.

2012-08-09: Fixie Friday - GTB via Pedal Consumption

2012-08-09: View from Your desk with Cultural Offering What's your view from your desk?

2012-08-07: Follow Cultural Offering You won't regret it.

2012-08-07: What’s not to like about this sport? via KA-CHING!

2012-08-07: Wishlist Wednesday - And What Do You Do? More much needed career advice recommended by Nicholas Bate.

2012-08-02: Fixie Friday - 1993 Cannondale Track via Pedal Consumption

2012-07-31: Wishlist Wednesday - Getting this little guy home Forgive the cute picture of my 2nd son who was born today, but today's wish is to get this little …

2012-07-30: The habit manifesto Buster Benson outlines what habit decisions are and provides some tips integrating these habits into …

2012-07-24: Wishlist Wednesday - Mountain bike expo in SFO Not everything on your wishlist needs to be things you want to own. How about attending events?Well …

2012-07-23: Fun physics at xkcd Answering the questions in physics that you didn't ask at school. This time it's a mole of moles.

2012-07-19: Fixie Friday - Æ’s Brascona via Pedal Consumption

2012-07-18: Final journey for Space Shuttle Enterprise I've never seen such close pictures of any of NASA's shuttles before. via The Verge

2012-07-17: Wishlist Wednesday - New tunes Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones? It's definitely going on the wishlist. Thanks Rob! via The …

2012-07-16: Book store vs Amazon While browsing through the books at my local Waterstones store, I became aware of how easy it was to …

2012-07-16: Threat or Opportunity? Ever since Google Drive came out, I've been wondering about it in relation to my journaling product …

2012-07-14: .Mail The email client redesigned for today.

2012-07-14: Art of the day via Fixed Gear Girl Taiwan

2012-07-12: Fixie Friday - Makino NJS via Fixed Gear Girl Taiwan

2012-07-11: Let the waters roar The Hammock Papers. Because you never know when