Should Have Paid for the Delivery, or: Value Your Time

Just before the weekend I realised I needed a few items from Ikea at fairly short notice. Nothing complicated. A rug and some rails of the sort kitchen utensils dangle from. My in-progress kitchen would definitely remain in-progress without the latter. The obvious solution was the usual online shopping and home delivery combo. I fired up Ikea.com and lobbed everything I needed into the basket. I clicked checkout. Cost for delivery: £35, said the site. "Daylight robbery!" said I. I think you can see where this is going. More specifically: I think you can see where I was going.

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Smart Watches, Pilots’ Associates, and Travelling Salesmen

I can probably be described as a wearable tech true believer. I bought in fairly early and have more or less stuck with it. As a device class it's still in the early stages, I think, but has a lot of potential. After all, humans have been putting computers on their wrists for a long time now (albeit ones which only compute the time).

My History with Smart Watches

I was an early backer of the original Pebble on Kickstarter. It looked (at the time) like everything I wanted out of a watch. It told the time, had a decent

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WWDC Predications Score Card

Having made a point of making some WWDC predictions in my last post, it seems only right that I should look back at them after the fact and see how I did. I'd also like to talk about a couple of the other interesting things from the Keynote.

My Predications

Firstly: how did I do with my predictions?

A More Impressive Follow Up to the Integration Between Swift Playgrounds and Robotic Toys

Nope. The keynote was just so jam packed that there was no time for this. Seriously, it was like some of the execs (I'm looking at you Kevin

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Yet Another Rambling WWDC Predications Post

Tomorrow is the opening keynote of Apple's WWDC1 conference. Two years ago I predicted that Apple would open source Swift, and I was right2. Last year my predication was XCode for iPad. That didn't happen, but Swift Playgrounds did… which sort of made me half right. Rather than just tweet one prediction this year, I figured I'd try writing a whole post on the subject. Does the internet need another one of these? No, it almost certainly doesn't. But it's fun to write about, so I'm going to anyway. Also worth noting: many of these predications are stolen

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When Apple (or Anyone Else) Really Gets a Product Right

Being British, I have a story about tea. It goes like this: For my entire life, it had tasted wrong. Not bad, exactly, but not quite right. I tried all different kinds, and just about every brand I could find. I drank it without milk which made it taste a little better1, and sometimes added lemon which pushed it a little more in the right direction. But still: tea tasted wrong and I had no idea why. Then one evening, my flatmate at the time asked me if I'd like a cup. I politely declined, explaining that it would

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The Lady Who Lives in the Tube on Top of The Fridge

In our kitchen is a short white cylinder. Inside is an array of microphones, always listening passively. Whenever someone says the magic word it starts actively listening for instructions. This might be to start a timer, it might be to add something to our shopping list, or perhaps to turn a smart light or socket on or off. Within moments a feminine voice informs that the instructions have been carried out. This is really, really convenient.

You might be thinking: "So what? My phone does the exact same thing," but you'd only be about half right about that. Your phone

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My Gymnastic Bodies Review

Previously I talked about getting back on the exercise horse, and how this lead my to following Gymnastic Bodies as my program. At the end of that post I promised a review of it, and so here it is. I also promised to talk about my nerdy system of tracking it, but this piece ran long so I'll come back to that in a later post.

The short version is this: I bought Fundamentals, since it seemed like the best place to start. It's not great. I don't recommend it. Still, I heard good things about Foundation, so I picked

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International Women's Day

I'm going to interrupt the regularly scheduled (ish) programming in order to talk about something topical. If you're reading this on the day it's published, today is International Women's Day. In the grander scheme of things, we shouldn't really need to explicitly devote a day to recognising people who make up a little over half of the world's population. Regretfully it very much seems that we do, however. That being the case, I'd like to talk about three women who've had a huge influence on my life. Which is to say: people who've had as big an influence on my

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Getting Back on the Exercise Horse

When I resolved to start training again, I had a problem: what sort of program should I follow? After a good eight or nine months of not going to the gym I was pretty damn out of shape. When I wrote my previous posts on workout programs I was following the Greyskull Linear Progression program. Linear progression programs are great for beginners because you can safely and quickly increase the amount you lift. As the naming suggests, you can increase it more or less linearly over time.

After a while these gains begin to tail off, and at the time

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Building My Shiny New Website Part 3: Tech Stack

This will be my last post on building the new implementation of this site. Having previously talked about the choice of platform and the theme, I’m now going on a quick dive into all of the other tech which keeps the site running the way I like it.

Excitingly (for me), this means I get to make diagrams. Let’s start with this monster, which covers every element in the tech stack (or at least every element I can think of):

Now that looks cool and all, and was a lot of fun1 to make, but it’s

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