Since 2010

The Fidget Cube

Friday 9 September 2016

The Fidget Cube on Kickstarter. Backed the moment I found out about it! I can’t sit at a desk and not have something in my hands - a pen, a cable, a piece of paper to fold and unfold…

Ian's Shoelace Site

Wednesday 27 July 2016

Under the category of how-would-we-have-found-this-out-before-the-internet, I bring you Ian’s Shoelace Site.

I replaced the laces on a pair of my shoes a couple of weeks back, and I’ve been constantly retying the damned things ever since. It turns out I’ve been tying my shoelaces wrong for the best part of 30 years!

Not only that, but I’ve been lacing them up wrongly in the first place as well!

Honestly, this site is amazing. The guy’s got everything - illustrations, recommendations, rankings, FAQs… There’s a lesson about questioning the mundane everyday things to be learnt here as well I reckon.

I’m off to try and break 30 years of muscle-memory.

A good project manager

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Daniel Kaplan at Sleep Easy Software, a relatively new addition to my RSS service, but already one of my favourites:

In these PM to Dev communications, it is extremely important that the developers are told why they are being asked to work on these use cases. With that information in hand, they can suggest better ways of approaching the problem and have a better chance of reading between the lines correctly when they have to make a technical decision that the PM won’t be able to answer.

Coding As a Career Isn't Right for Me

Saturday 21 May 2016

A chap called Tom Reece at

Now my day to day is filled with process. We must break our deliverables into 2 week chunks so that the stakeholders can see our progress and know that we’ll deliver on time. But it’s not on time. Everything must be tested. But it still has bugs. Everything must have thorough documentation. But it quickly gets out of date and we never read it. Ready to release it to the world? You have to submit a Change Request Form and ask someone else, some magical Oz behind a curtain, permission to do that.

Mum's pancakes

Friday 29 April 2016

  • 110g self-raising flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 15g margarine
  • 55g sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 70ml milk
  • Lemon essence

Mix flour and salt, and rub in margarine. Mix in sugar, egg, and milk. Add lemon essence.