Me mcing at wordcamp Europe in Vienna.

MCing, Some Thoughts

Publishing a rough draft- links and images to follow:  In the last couple of years I have emceed at a few WordCamps. Not many, but they have been pretty large ones. As someone who works in WordPress and really values the broad open source community around the software, but whose day to day work doesn’t… Read more »

Olkiluoto-3 under construction in 2009, the first EPR to be built. It is scheduled to start electricity production in 2018, a delay of nine years. credit By kallerna - Own work, Public Domain,

Hinkley Point C – Ought it be built? A Series of Hard Questions Part 2

Question 2 – Why is this such an expensive project, and could we do something better and cheaper? Hickley Point is staggeringly expensive. So much so that the Chinese Government is being leant on to pay for it, and the financial head of the operators (Electricity de France) resigned as he says it’ll make EDF… Read more »

Hinkley Point C – Ought it be built? A Series of Hard Questions

Hinkley Point C is a planned nuclear power station on the Somerset Coast. Whether or not it *should* be built is a vexed question – most people i know have an opinion one way or the other, but it’s taken some time for me to try and work my own point of view out. Over… Read more »

Trident and the art of the possible

I am of a pacifist persuasion, but with an unhealthy interest in all things military. It’s curious combination that led to a brief and unhappy stint in the Royal Navy over 20 years ago. None the less I have maintained an interest in the workings of the defence industries and services, especially the senior service,… Read more »

I do not share your consensus, and that’s fine

Dare I wade into a post about politics? Actually, the fact that question is even a question is rather the point of this post. I’m going to argue here that for the last decade, no, probably two decades, we have forgotten that politics, actual different points of view on how things ought to be run,… Read more »

One of those “I needed to post this” posts

Pool requests! #hmgoes #hmretreat A video posted by Petya (@petyeah) on Jul 2, 2015 at 5:00pm PDT

Core Team on Contributor Day CC BYSA Andrey Savchenko

WCEU 2015: Bonus Podcast – Contributor Day

  The final day of WCEU 2015 this year was Contributor Day. Weirdly it felt a little like an after thought – I’m sure it’s not intentional, but the atmosphere was lower key, the after party had been the night before, and the whole set up was less formal. I guess a few people had… Read more »

Brent of prospress in a big chair. License..... nope you got me.

WCEU 2015 Podcast: Brent Shepherd

Remember I AM A NOOB here- and was even more so in Seville. I don’t really ‘get’ the whole of the WordPress “Theme/Plugin/Extension” system, let alone the myriad ways there are to run a business in all that complexity of relationships. So, I may have asked some clenchingly naive questions when talking to the utterly… Read more »

Drew Jaynes at WCEU 2015

WCEU 2015 Podcast: Drew Jaynes

I caught Drew‘s talk online on the Friday of WCEU before I flew out – I’m sure it’ll be up online soon, and I highly recommend checking it out as he goes pretty in depth on the UX work that is around the admin interface these days – it’s here on slideshare. The Customizer gets… Read more »

Ryan McCue's hugely anticipated and deply informative REST API presentation was a key highlight of the conference. CCBY

WCEU 2015 Podcast: Ryan McCue and Jack Lenox

We caught Jack and Ryan after they’d both presented on day 2 at WCEU – the conversation was already fizzing along, so it was just a question of dragging them into our little studio and unleashing the elephant. Great guys, clearly very good friends – the REST API is in good hands. This is a… Read more »

  • Brad Campeau-Laurion talks to us in the heat of Seville

    WCEU 2015 Podcast: Brad from Alley

    Bronson and I caught up with Alley Interactive‘s Brad Campeau-Laurion in the insane, intense sweltering heat of the shade of Seville. Brad and I had already talked online about IPR and contracts for WordPress development (it’s an ongoing trope in my work as Commercial Director – the compatability of the GPL and commercial business is, well,… Read more »

  • Bronson Quick interviews Graham Armfeild about accessibility for our podcast

    WCEU 2015 Podcast: Graham Armfield

    Graham is a tremendously good sport and was our first victim subject for a podcast in Seville. It was great that his area of expertise was so high profile in WCEU this year – his consulting firm Coolfields specialises in accessibility, and with all the UX and API work going on in WordPress right now,… Read more »

  • Ryan & the Humans, WCEU 2015 - CCBY

    WordCamp Europe – Welcome to the Community!

    I’m just back from WordCamp Europe 2015 (AKA WCEU) and wow, what a weekend. I was there with the whole Human Made crew, and carried on to the company retreat near Tarifa, which is in fact ongoing. But WordCamps are curious affairs and in a way they’re the soul of WordPress itself, so it felt… Read more »

  • Dropping Anchor

    And so ends the freelance adventure…

    …bar the accounting, natch. I left Clearleft about 5 months ago, with a really open mind about what to do next. Though my career had taken a decidedly ‘biz dev’ direction, I was still uncertain if it was really what I wanted to do, so when selecting where to focus next I took the easy… Read more »

  • Human Made

    And now I’m a Commercial Director

    A couple of months ago Tim Dobson told me about an amazing WordPress agency, properly world class, who were looking for a business development person. Having just left exactly that kind of role at Clearleft, I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to try it again, so I did. It so nearly worked out at… Read more »

  • Ant Miller presenting to the BBC Academy Playlister workshop

    Collaboration Workshop Reflections

    Last week I delivered the first round of workshops for the BBC Academy on Collaborative Innovation. The full title was (and this was not my call) “Driving innovation through open collaboration and partnership“ – hell of a mouthful, but apparently hit enough buttons for all but the last session of the day to be booked solid… Read more »

  • Open Source CMS Predictions

    I work with HumanMade at the moment (great team) and a lot of the enterprise level WordPress sites we do get launched on Pantheon. So when a client pointed me at a webinar from Pantheon I took a good look. This is their Open Source CMS predictions for 2015 webinar- and a great deal more interesting than the… Read more »

  • Map Reading

    Collaborative Innovation – the need for Empathy

    Right now I am working up a training session for a client about Collaborative Innovation, a variation on Open Innovation really, or a subset thereof. The senior managers of this broadcaster and engineering outfit come together a few times annually for a day of workshops, training seminars and skills presentations, and this year, I’m pitching… Read more »

  • Helmet + Ears. An interface challenge

  • Profile pix

    Never really know if I’m doing the right thing with these, and I consistently mislay them, but here’s one I took on my iPhone this morning.