Hart contracts, not smart contracts
Feb 06, 2020
Why a philosophical argument shows the folly of Smart Contracts
The NHS Data Commandments and the memory hole
Feb 04, 2020
Back in 2018, the British government published a document on the World Wide Web. This happens fairly often. In fact, they have a whole publishing platform for this. I started writing a post critiquing this document, as I felt it was a poorly considered idea. Before I got around to publishing it, the document disappeared from the Internet. Life went on. I was busy, and there are always many more blog post drafts that don’t ever get written or published.
Essential reading on the MIT Media Lab
Sep 08, 2019
A peek inside the embattled Media Lab.
Making QR codes with cloud functions
Jun 07, 2019
How to use Google's Cloud Functions to... cope with Google's deprecation of their own APIs.
Instamuseums and the Tyranny of Engagement Metrics
Sep 20, 2018
Pop-up “Instamuseums” are a thing, according to this video from Vox and this article by Sophie Haigney in The New Yorker: people will queue around the block and pay $40 for the privilege of taking photos of themselves alongside works of installation art specifically designed for social sharing at places like the Museum of Ice Cream in New York.
I’ll spare you extensive thoughts on influencer culture, and instead say this: this kind of degradation of any actual discernible point to museums was an entirely predictable consequence of arts policy.
Sep 13, 2018
Some technical and personal reflections on this website.
Sep 13, 2018
Why primary identity documents matter (and why the DVLA is incompetent at it)
Aug 05, 2015
I’ve been grumbling on Twitter about the DVLA.
A long time ago, I applied for and received a provisional driving license with the intention to learn to drive. That provisional driving license expired (I had other things to do besides take driving lessons), so I renewed it recently.
The license I had included a number of errors. Firstly, it had the wrong date of birth and it also had the wrong address.