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Getting Foot in the Door Syndrome

Getting Foot in the Door Syndrome

A couple of weeks ago, I did a talk for Oliver & York on getting your foot in the door. The talk was well-received and fun, and as I wrote notes, thought I’d include the content of the speech here. I was struggling after university and working in a data entry...
There is No Watch: The Tale About My Erotic Hypno-Orgasm

There is No Watch: The Tale About My Erotic Hypno-Orgasm

There were many reasons why I ventured to New York a few months ago. To see a prolific part of the world. To get a handle on whether I could live there. To explore all it had to offer. So I guess when I set up time with Neil the Erotic Hypnotist, I was exploring some...
4 Books, 2 Courses, and 2 Projects in 21 Days

4 Books, 2 Courses, and 2 Projects in 21 Days

So I’ve been in experimental mode of late, since starting the $50 Research and Development Fund. I’m absorbing information where I can, trialling things I wouldn’t ordinarily engage with, and basically doing stuff with an open mind. There’s a number of things that...
Book review: The 7 Day Startup, by Dan Norris

Book review: The 7 Day Startup, by Dan Norris

I’ve been following Dan Norris (and his counterpart Alex McClafferty) since they announced they were going to launch a startup in 7 days. I thought the goal was audacious then, but curiosity got the better of me and I followed their course as they plotted out the plan...
My 4 favourite pieces of tech

My 4 favourite pieces of tech

I’ve watched the explosion in interest in tech over the last 10 years with bemusement. Conversations that were relegated to impassioned exchanges between fellow geeks now seem to bleed into dinner table conversation. It’s now okay to have a detailed POV on the...
The ongoing $50 research account

The ongoing $50 research account

A few weeks ago I was riding in the car with a loved one. I was talking about a new project idea and doing a very clumsy job of explaining it. I got a few questions back that I couldn’t answer, and I got frustrated. Inexplicably so. It was irrational frustration and I...
Why I’m an open book

Why I’m an open book

Every now and then, I’m made to feel ashamed about being so open. It’s bizarre I know, but when you volunteer to people how you’ve dealt with mental illness, are bisexual, and that you’ve written a book about the experience, you sometimes don’t receive the kindest...
Setting your mind on fire

Setting your mind on fire

“This is going to be a bit provocative”. When I saw Scott Berkun speak at the World Domination Summit 2014, I wasn’t sure I was going to like everything he had to say. I’d been riding waves of inspiration over the last few days, and was ready to change the...
A productive meeting, minus the coffee

A productive meeting, minus the coffee

I didn’t know what I was expecting when I left a buzzing party of 300+ people at a gaming lair called Punch Bowl Social. There’s something to be said for the warm, inquisitive audience of people anticipating the onset of a big conference, but when the question was put...
Sometimes inspiration lies 8,000 miles away

Sometimes inspiration lies 8,000 miles away

I was run down and sick. I was struggling to sleep and just had a short phone call with my Mum to get some desperately needed 31st birthday wishes. My throat felt raw. I had pushed, drank, cajoled, listened, and dared to be with some of the most intrepid and...