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When we build

24th January 2012

On the morning of Thursday 10th November 2011, I was excited about closing the day’s talks at Build. Then, just before lunch, something happened. Something unexpected and incredible, care of Wilson Miner.

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Relly’s New Adventures video

22nd January 2012

Less than 24 hours after the second New Adventures conference day wrapped, we received an unexpected gift from one of our biggest supporters, Relly Annett-Baker. It’s a wonderful short video that really sums up the whole day

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New Adventures newspaper 2012

22nd January 2012

Right now, I’m resting hard after a very successful second New Adventures in Web Design conference, and I’ll write an overview of this overwhelming experience soon. For now, I just wanted to say a little about this year’s newspaper.

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We are the explorers

6th January 2012

Back in November, I was lucky enough to speak at the wonderful Build in Belfast. I reflected on over two years of specific investigation into our craft, and I think it’s one of my stronger talks. I certainly stand by the messages.

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Another year in review

3rd January 2012

The year 2010 was an important and epic one for me, so as it ended I wrote about it in some detail. In doing so, I set myself the goal of documenting each year I survive, and as 2011 was equally epic in some regards, I really want a record of it for the future me.

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Another year in music

31st December 2011

Twelve months ago I started something I now have to maintain: an annual roundup of the music I’ve fallen in love with each year. So, following the aforementioned 2010 roundup, here’s my year in music, 2011.

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My digital preservation utopia

6th December 2011

At Build last month, Jeremy Keith gave a presentation about preserving our websites, documents, and personal timelines. He talked about avoiding data loss, and shared his fears for the future. I really soaked up his thoughts, even though I had to get up and speak directly after him.

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Another lesson learned

19th October 2011

I learned many things at Brooklyn Beta last week, but one lesson in particular will stay with me for some time. Taking to the stage to announce our ambitious new web app capped a humbling and fear-inducing afternoon. Despite years of experience presenting to crowds, I was a mess.

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Don’t settle

6th October 2011

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks at Stanford University’s 114th Commencement on 12th June, 2005.

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My recommended reading

21st September 2011

During my talks and subsequent conversation, I often mention numerous books that have influenced my thinking. As a result, I’m getting an increasing number of emails and tweets asking for a full list. So, to deal with that, I’ve pulled together the following list.

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