The sons of Martha

Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem called ‘The sons of Martha‘ which is a gentle hymn of praise to those in society whose graft keep things going while others enjoy themselves. I like to think it’s about engineers. It contains a Read more →


The Delight and Damage of Prettier

At work, we recently added Prettier to our TypeScript dashboard. Prettier is a code formatter that’s gained popularity for its smart and deterministic output. Why did we make this change? When you work on a big codebase with multiple contributors it can be difficult to keep everyone to a specific style of coding. Prettier takes this weight off your team’s shoulders and ensures you never have to re… Read more →


Three Thing Game November 2017 launches!

The next Three Thing Game event is coming very soon. I made this video to commemorate the occasion and encourage all the students to sign up and take part. For those not in the know, Three Thing Game is a programming Game Jam run over (approximately) 24 hours. Teams of enthusiasts (that’s you people, as Read more →


Science Superheroes on the Stage

Today was the day that we all headed for London to do our talks for the Secret Science of Superheroes (in the shops now). We all wrote the book last year at a book sprint in Manchester. We wrote a chapter each. And today chapter writers had five minutes to tell the assembled multitude what they had written. I was on last, which was probably for the best...Anyhoo, a great time was had, lovely audie… Read more →


Sorry about this

Which item in your toolbox has the widest range of interests?The eclectic screwdriver. Read more →


Hardware meetup, with hardware

It's coming to something when I'm too busy having an interesting time to get around to taking pictures. But that's how it was at the Hardware meetup tonight at c4di. Ross was trying to get his Gameboy emulator to run off a rechargeable battery. He has the not unreasonable desire to be able to play games while the battery is charging. And one of his power supplies keeps glitching and cutting out. W… Read more →


A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian

We went out to acquire some culture tonight. A proper play, with actors and everything. It was at Hull Truck. A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian. It's based on a book with the same name. And it's great. Book adaptations can be tricky things to do. A book can have hundreds of pages and loads of moving parts and complexity that doesn't always make it onto the stage. But the adaptation gets it p… Read more →


Secret Science of Superheroes: In the shops now, on the stage on Saturday

Last October me and a bunch of like minded souls sat down and wrote a book together. We all did one chapter each. The title of the book is "The Secret Science of Superheroes". I did chapter 12 as it turned out. All about computers, AI, and whether or not you should be afraid of your toaster. My chapter was great fun to write and, after Mark and Andy had finished knocking it into shape, great fun t… Read more →


Raspberry Pi at c4di Hardware Meetup this Thursday

If you were at the "Easy as Pi" HullDevs presentation from John Tasker last week (incidentally he has put his slides and sample code here) you might like to come along to our Hardware Meetup onThursday this week at the c4di, starting at 6:00. If you have any questions, or have a Pi that you want to get started with, or want to see what you can do with your Pi, then come along. Hardware welcome. I'… Read more →


Microsoft Surface Ergnomic Keyboard and Bluetooth

Ha. It works now I've replaced the Bluetooth adapator. So, pro-tip. If you want to use the Microsoft Surface Ergnomic keyboard with your desktop under Windows 10 I would suggest that you use the Pluggable Bluetooth USB adaptor. This works a treat. If you've got a Surface Pro 3 I'd advise you not to get this keyboard at all, or at least try it to make sure it works before you part with any cash.I'm… Read more →