Tudor time travel – Episode 1 of Crazy theories.txt

Because I work in technology, people are often surprised that I spend 2 weeks a year living in the 16th Century. The first episode of a new Podcast by Jonathan Deamer and I explains why. What is Kentwell Hall? Were the Tudors a high technology society? What does it mean to be human? Why do both Jonathan and […]

Awesome Foundation – Liverpool Chapter

There’s not enough awesomeness in the universe. Don’t get me wrong, there’s quite a lot. But we could do with a bit more. That’s why we’re lucky that Tim Hwang set up the Awesome Foundation a few years ago. It began in Boston, and has spread to dozens of cities. How’s it work? 10 trustees […]

Why did we love the giants coming to town?

Earlier this year, giants came to Liverpool. I was rapt. Addicted. Each day I woke my girlfriend early. A morning taxi to see a giant diver wake up near two football stadiums. Forced rushing after a night’s drinking to see what a little giant girl would do next. If you just saw the pictures, the […]

Mapping the product/market space – an hallucination

Imagine a vast multi-dimensional space. Each point of it represents a specific need that a specific person has, an iota of utility. The dimensions represent crazy things… Is the need in Africa or in Europe? Is the need on a LAN or on the web? Can travel to satisfaction of the need be done by […]

Heroku’s early history: 4 home pages that made $212 million

I decided to investigate Heroku’s early years. You can learn a lot from even quite recent tech history (see my previous article on version control). My tool? The Internet Archive. It’s an elephant that never forgets your pivots. 1. November 2007 – code in the cloud Ruby on Rails is riding high. But impossibly hard to deploy. […]

Products and markets are the same thing

At mySociety‘s annual retreat I gave a lightning talk about how I’ve come to realise that products and markets are the same thing. I’d originally intended it to be a blog post, so here you are. It’s a story of geeks learning. What is a product? It really is magic. Before the invention of products (whatever that […]

Do epic shit! On being the first friend of DoESLiverpool

Today’s audio blog is about the excellent DoESLiverpool, and why you should be their friend too. listen to ‘Do epic shit’ on Audioboo Being a friend (who does epic shit) of DoESLiverpool costs £9 a month. So far the perks are, on the surface, imperceptibly different from those that anyone can get – excellent events, free hotdesking if […]

On the need for a new profession

Complaining that I have a deluge of interesting things that I never get round to blogging, Neil suggested I use audio instead. Here’s the first one. listen to ‘Public Knowledge Gap Filler, a new profession’ on Audioboo Links to the topics in this audio blog: Overview Project, which helps you find stories in large dumps […]