I created a Chrome extension to show a barcode for your current tab’s URL in a lightweight popup window. I use it all the time when I’m presenting – people can take out their phones and browse to the site I’m demoing. The code is dead simple: i.e. – we get the URL for the … Continue reading 2dbc – Show a 2D barcode for your current tab.
One of the things that makes New York a cool place to be is CitiBike, the bike-sharing system from our friends at Citi. Credit where it’s due: they’ve blown this one out of the water. There’s even an open feed with up-to-the-minute data about docking station usage – which set my mind wandering in the … Continue reading Plotting CitiBike usage data with d3
I’m starting to realize that New York is much like Hong Kong, except that there are obviously more Chinese people here. I haven’t even been to Chinatown yet, but last night I watched the movie with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway and my guess is that it’s pretty much the same. It’s a great movie … Continue reading Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown
Talking politics with strangers in bars is dumb, and not only because it probably won’t get you laid. The thing is that most here people agree with most other people. Go back to apartheid South Africa, try saying “surely they’re not all that bad”, and see what happens – it’s the same, just without the … Continue reading Politics
“Over-easy sunny-up hard-scrambled soft-scrambled omlette boiled poached. How. Do. You. Want. Them?” I’m eating corned beef hash for breakfast in a diner in Hell’s Kitchen. My server is angry with me – either because I’m English or because I don’t know how to order eggs, but probably both. I thought “fried, please” was good enough … Continue reading Breakfast
My phone chirps at six am. I walk half-eyed to the bathroom, lean over the sink and stare at myself in the mirror. I wonder if it’s too early to start plucking the grey hairs out of my beard. Too early in the day, for sure. I can be a morning person, but not the … Continue reading LHR/JFK
My little sister is having a baby, which is beautiful and amazing but really hits you where it hurts in terms of being an adult and getting your shit together, which I’m not at all and haven’t in the slightest. Right now my idea of forward planning is buying two cans of gin and tonic … Continue reading THE NORTH
I’d booked a premium economy flight back to London. The first time I flew back I’d gone total economy – where they make you sit on rocks and drink each other’s urine. The flight was packed and the reclining seat didn’t, and this was long before I’d discovered Valium, so I’d been awake the whole … Continue reading Drug bust
I’m in Pai, a hill town about three hours Northwest of Chiang Mai. Small and quiet, it’s known as a mecca for people who are travelling in Northern Thailand and haven’t yet eaten enough pad thai. Pai the town is named after Pai the man – Georges Pai, the French pastry chef who retired here in the late … Continue reading Pai
I’m a morning person and if you’re a morning person you have to find more of your kind or you screw up cornflakes time for other people.