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Introducing Pico

I've been on a side project binge lately. My latest effort is an Android client for called Pico. I've been using more lately and also using Android for my phone. is an Apple-heavy community from what I can tell, so there are no first-party Android apps for There is already a third-party app, but it doesn't let you compose new posts yet.

Although that functionality is apparently coming in future, I was bugged that I couldn't create new posts from my phone (especially since the text entry field in the web app …



Our Samoyed puppy, Jez (short for Jeremy), is now 7 months old. We picked him up at 2 months old (8 weeks). I've never raised a puppy before, so I did a lot of research before we got one, but there was a lot I missed. I've since learned a lot about puppies I didn't know, and wanted to share some of our experience. There's not really a good way to structure this into a narrative, so it's just a big list of thoughts on various puppy-related topics.

Jez happy

Puppies are hard

Everyone told us puppies are hard. But actually, I'm …

Android P

I've been running Android P for a while now on my original Google Pixel. I ran the beta for a few weeks, and switched to using my Pixel as my main phone around the time P was officially released.

Here are some of the good and bad things I've noticed about it.

Disconnecting Bluetooth accessories

In P, tapping or long-pressing on items in the control centre thing no longer offers extra detail for that control. Now, you can simply turn things on and off from here, or long press to open the actual settings app. Before P, disconnecting a Bluetooth …

Learning to hate Stephen King, and other writing lessons from reading 5 books in 10 days

Note: I wrote this a few years ago for a company I was working for. I still think it's one of the best things I ever wrote, and wanted to share it again, here.

It's around 3pm on Sunday afternoon when I slam closed my paperback copy of Stephen King's oft-recommended writing guide, On Writing. I don't have a problem dog-earing a book or bending its pages—I learned to love books and reading from my dad, who often battered a book before reading it to give it that "lived-in feel"—but I can't bring myself to throw one across …

Mid-year review, 2018

I've been working on this post since June. Now that it's August, it barely counts as a mid-year review.

Anyway, let's take a look at my 2018 goals. I only set two big goals for 2018:

  • Move house
  • Release Larder for iOS

I haven't done either of these yet. Our current lease doesn't expire until August so moving house won't happen until after that.

Larder for iOS has finally hit beta. This is super exciting because I started working on this app more than a year ago (maybe even two) and struggled to make time to finish it. Recently I …

First Hello Code podcast episode for ages! I forgot how much fun it is to record these.

I think I'm getting a bit too predictable. Although I don't know why I'm always tired on the day I have my longest sleep of the week...

Insights from

Whenever I read about people's favourite productivity tips or hacks, or how much time they spend with their productivity system, I'm relieved to have left all that behind. My number one tip about productivity is to find work you love, and stop needing to think about productivity at all. (I realise this is an incredibly privileged position to hold, and feel grateful that I'm able to do so, while understanding not everyone can.)

This weekend's project was trying out Kotlin and starting an Android app! There's a lot to take in but I'm really enjoying it so far.

One of the benefits of getting a puppy has been more exercise!

Steps graph

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