I've been writing for most of my life. The first thing I remember writing, aged about 4, was a heavily illustrated story called The Crash about two cars that crashed into each other with a big explosion. It was published on the fridge door, and at the time the critical consensus was "lovely, perhaps try to stay within the lines more when colouring".
These days most of my work can be found on Medium. I've write for OneZero (Medium's official tech publication), The Startup (the most followed active publication on Medium), Prototypr (Medium tech partner publication), UX Collective and The Ascent. My work has been featured on the Medium homepage, on the front page of Hacker News, and I'm listed as a top writer in the categories of Technology and Leadership. Inexplicably, not a featured writer on the subject of crashes or explosions, though.
"Santa delivers billions of presents, on a scale that dwarfs Amazon, with a database of users that exceeds Facebook and he does so without any scandals. How does he do it?"
"It is a peculiar ailment of the modern world to know that something is happening, but to not know what. I often find myself on Twitter seeing outrage but not knowing what I should be outraged at."
Non fiction This Holiday Season, I’m Grateful for My Television - OneZero
"Last weekend, I bought a new TV. A massive, room-dominating, relationship-damaging TV. It sits in the corner, like the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey turned to landscape mode, with me as one of the chimps, braying at it and chucking the remote into the air."
"Compared to an app, a standard webpage is largely unstructured. When you scroll through a TableView in an app you know what to expect (more TableView cells), but when you scroll through a webpage, even on mobile, you have no idea what will be next."
"Missing numbers aren’t mistakes. It’s not as if, in the panic to ship the software, the PHP team forgot about the existence of the number six and were then kicking themselves afterward."
"This is what coding is: You type some special words into a text editor. It probably has a black background. Some of those words turn different colors as you type them. Once you’ve typed all the special words, you save, or save and build, or press compile. And then you look at the output. If it doesn’t look right, you go to a white and orange website and hunt around until you find someone who has done more or less what you want to do and you copy and paste that."
"Years ago websites were made of files; now they are made of dependencies."
Fiction When Lunch Becomes Dinner - Mays 15