Building Bots

Posted on Sat 12 August 2017 in Articles • Tagged with bots, automation, Twitter, Facebook, Zapier, development, python • 4 min read

After a comical disaster with Zapier, I contemplate creating my own bot to manage my publishing workflow


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Ulysses succumbs

Posted on Fri 11 August 2017 in Articles • Tagged with Ulysses, Scrivener, subscriptions • 3 min read

Two months after my anti-subscription rant, popular writing tool, Ulysses adopts the same model across macOS and iOS.


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History and story

Posted on Tue 08 August 2017 in Articles • Tagged with history, story, Dunkirk, historical fiction • 5 min read

History and story are two very different things, except in popular culture. I explore this dynamic after my brother expresses his disappointment with Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk


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Healthcare in the age of apps and clouds

Posted on Fri 28 July 2017 in Articles • Tagged with healthcare, big data, encryption, physiotherapy • 4 min read

I contemplate changes in healthcare in the age of apps, clouds and big data after a surprising visit to a physiotherapist.


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A Bridge too Far

Posted on Fri 30 June 2017 in Articles • Tagged with productivity, day one, subscriptions, saas • 5 min read

More and more software developers are turning to subscription-based business models but what does that mean for content creators when your faced with renting the tools of your trade.


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Workflows

Posted on Wed 21 June 2017 in Articles • Tagged with workflows, productivity, automation • 3 min read

I briefly describe the DIY automation workflows I use on iOS.


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On politics and political writing

Posted on Tue 06 June 2017 in Articles • Tagged with politics, Aristotle, Thomas More • 3 min read

I reflect on whether my blog is an appropriate place for contemporary political commentary.


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When marketing becomes myth

Posted on Fri 02 June 2017 in Articles • Tagged with Wales, Mythology, Marketing, Gelert, story • 4 min read

I ponder the origin of myth in the context of Wales' enduring tragedy of Gelert the Hound


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A surface for your creativity

Posted on Fri 26 May 2017 in Articles • Tagged with iPad, Windows, Surface Pro, macOS, iOS • 4 min read

Tablets should be a surface for our creativity. I contemplate an old debate in light of the release of the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 and why I want the iPad Pro to take a leaf from my MacBook.


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Screen size, ratio and focus

Posted on Wed 24 May 2017 in Articles • Tagged with iPad, MacBook, UI, UX, focus, writing, screens • 3 min read

I consider how something as mundane as screen size and aspect ratio can improve focus and why iPads may offer some slight advantage over widescreen laptops


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