That Remote Work Think Piece Has Some Glaring Omissions (A Rant)

When I started thinking about what would be next for me after my year of funemployment, remote work weighted pretty highly on my list. People who know me might think that it’s because of my geographical indecision, and yes, that was a consideration, but the biggest factor for me was not actually that. I didn’t want to […]

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My Current Policy on Speaker Travel Costs

Tiny Raccon perches on a pillow on a business class airline seat. Below sits a passport, in a case that says "without this I'm nothing"

About a year ago I wrote about how I get myself uninvited from unflattering speaking invitations (TL;DR I use them as negotiation practise). And last August I wrote about the different options that speakers have when it comes to travel costs – including not going. I was pretty public about not speaking if there was no […]

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Presenting Lessons from Walking Tours

shop sign advertising antique guns, swords... and gold jewelry

Last November I was in New Orleans with a friend, and we went on a couple of the many (many!) walking tours offered. These are essentially 2-hour long presentations, but the stage is the street and the slides are the city itself. Whilst I often find the presentation style a bit overdone (especially in a […]

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AirBnB Travel Tip

I stay in AirBnBs a lot (referral link), and my strategy is as follows: Filter on the things I care about (entire place, washing machine, location). Pick 2-3 that would be fine. Message them expressing an interest, asking a question, and saying something along the lines of “as it’s a longer stay, are you open to […]

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Headphones (my Travel Indulgence)

I travel with three pairs of headphones. Which is clearly unnecessary. But I listen to music constantly, and it’s one place where the inefficiency is small (if I was less disciplined about accessories I would need a bigger bag), and makes enough difference to my happiness that it seems worthwhile. All product links are Amazon […]

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Start a Project. Kill a Project.

I have been enjoying everyone’s year in review posts, and reading what they hope to achieve over the next year. I love the enthusiasm and the new projects starting, but one thing I love even more is when I see people defining what they will do less of in 2016. For myself, I set my self a limit […]

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Denver, August 2015

[slickr-flickr search=”sets” set=”72157662752303011″ align=”center”] I was in Denver for 360iDev (which was great), but decided to stay on and hang out for a bit. The conference put me up at the Sheraton Downtown, and then I stayed at this AirBnB (super nice). Denver is cool, walkable, with stuff to do. Mostly I did a lot of yoga […]

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Croatia, June 2015

[slickr-flickr search=”sets” set=”72157661283650831″ align=”center”] Croatia was on my list of Places to Go for two reasons: firstly, the Plitvice lakes. Secondly, The Museum of Broken Relationships. It didn’t disappoint. After arriving we drove straight from Zagreb Airport to Plitvice, modulo some time negotiating an automatic rental car. It’s a longish drive but really pretty, although we […]

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Technically Speaking Anniversary & 2016 Speaking Goals

Tiny Raccoon sits atop a pile of stickers that say "I have something to say"

A year ago Chiu-Ki and I met up in Copenhagen and decided to start a newsletter about public speaking in tech. Technically Speaking has been going ever since. We’ve learned a bunch about speaking  (of course!) which we’ve shared with our readers. But also about running a sustainable project, and (gasp!) self promotion. A year in, […]

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My Life as a White Migrant

Tiny Raccon perches on a pillow on a business class airline seat. Below sits a passport, in a case that says "without this I'm nothing"

  Ever since I read this article on the use of the word “expat” being exclusive to white people from western countries, I have been thinking about my own experiences living in a variety of places, through that lense. The words we use are not the only difference. When it comes to my immigration situation, […]

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